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Earmuffs for Budding Entrepreneurs

December 9, 2015

Earmuffs for Everyone! by Meghan McCarthy is a nonfiction picture book covering so much more than earmuffs. While examining “How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs”, McCarthy teaches the process of invention, patents and the historical record. Greenwood’s patent (no. 188,292) was for “Improvement in Ear-mufflers,” not their invention, yet Maine celebrates Chester Greenwood Day […]

John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall #nfpb15

June 24, 2015

In John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall, Julie Danneberg has chosen a dramatic episode in the naturalist, writer and explorer’s life to illustrate his approach to the world around us. Moved by a growing desire to live “anywhere that’s wild,” Muir built and ran a small lumber mill in the Yosemite Valley in 1871. From there, he […]

Twenty-two Cents #nfpb15

June 17, 2015

Muhammad Yunus Picture book biographies about bankers are a rarity, but Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus is worthy of the attention. In Twenty-two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank, Paula Yoo begins with the everyday acts of kindness his mother demonstrated by sharing food with the poor. Her exampleprimed Yunus to notice inequalities around hi and his […]

Ben Franklin’s Big Splash #nfpb15

April 1, 2015

Ben Franklin’s Swim Paddles Ben Franklin’s zest for life and self-assurance shine through in Ben Franklin’s Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of his First Invention by Barb Rosenstock. Not restricting himself to the way things were always done, Franklin learned to swim (rare in colonial America) and then started pondering ways to swim faster and […]

Goldie Takes a Stand #nfpb15

March 4, 2015

“I knew just what to do and naturally – I’d be president!” Goldie Takes a Stand: Golda Meir’s First Crusade written by Barbara Krasner and illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley fills a gap in childhood biographies of political leaders.  There is no shortage of the biographies of the childhood adventures of male presidents and prime ministers foreshadowing their great […]

PB & J Hooray #nfpb15

February 4, 2015

PB & J Hooray written by Janet Nolan and illustrated by Julia Patton is a fun and effective picture book answering the question “where does your food come from?” Nolan tells a cumulative story beginning with a boy making himself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. With short rhythmic, but informative explanations and illustrations, the trail […]

Separate is Never Equal

January 28, 2015

Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh details the struggle Sylvia Mendez’ parents undertook to ensure that she and her siblings were able to attend the public school closest to their house, a school that was not only closer than the “Mexican school”, but also provided a […]

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday

January 21, 2015

Two excellent 2014 books begin this year’s nonfiction picture books reading. A historical biography and one STEM title. Dare the Wind: The Record-Breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud by Tracy Fern, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully As a young girl, Ellen Prentiss’ father taught her to “have the caution to read the […]

Nonfiction Picture Book January Reads

January 29, 2014

A STEM theme ran through my nonfiction picture book January reads: biographies of two scientists, Kate Sessions and Albert Einstein, as well as two bird books covering parrots and godwits. Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbure, collages by Susan L. Roth Roth and Trumbure chronicle the demise of the Puerto Rican […]