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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Recap

December 30, 2015

Participating in the Nonfiction Picture Books Challenge was a fun reading inspiration again this year. Only eleven of my #nfpb15 reads were blogged, but I easily met my goal of twenty-five. And thanks to the wonderful reviews from our host Alyson and all the other participants, my to-be-read list is even longer! Biographies & History Alice Waters and the […]

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 […]

Curious Critters #nfpb15

October 7, 2015

Gorgeous up-close photographs complement interesting members of the animal kingdom (some decidedly less-than-gorgeous) in David FitzSimmons’ Curious Critters. Against a stark white background, each creature’s features are clear and compelling. Chatty first-person text with just the right combination of swagger and fact accompanies each creature. The jumping spider declares, “Hey, there! I saw you coming. Eight times. Yep! […]

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 […]

Stone Giant

May 13, 2015

Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. Michelangelo In Stone Giant: Michelangelo’s David and How He Came to Be by Jane Sutcliffe, Michelangelo does just this; discovering David within the giant piece of marble that had troubled the city of Florence for years. Even […]

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 […]

Gingerbread for Liberty #nfpb15

February 25, 2015

Gingerbread for Liberty: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution by Mara Rockliff with illustrations by Vincent X. Kirsch is the delightful story of Christopher Ludwick. Appreciative of the freedom and comfort life in America brought him, the aging and overweight baker was determined to do his part when the Revolutionary War began. His […]