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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 Books Challenge

September 17, 2014

Time to catch up on sharing nonfiction picture book reading over the last few months. As usual, historical biographies and nature books dominated my choices. Bird lovers and more will enjoy Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart. Stewart highlights the many accomplishments of bird feathers from providing shade and warmth to more obscure […]

Nonfiction Picture Book March Reads

March 26, 2014

I really enjoyed and learned a lot reading Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons by Sara Levine and illustrated by T. S. Spookytooth. The combination of comparisons and questions is an effective method of teaching children about bones. I had no idea that giraffe’s and humans have the same number of vertebrae, but I’m sure […]

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 […]

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge 2014

January 8, 2014

I’ve set my kidlit and yalit reading goals low (50 books on GoodReads for 2014), but I still can’t resist joining KidLit Frenzy’s Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge again. I’m only going to commit myself to one book a month and now that I’m no longer reading review journals regularly will definitely be gleaning ideas from […]

Fantasy Book Challenge Complete!

November 14, 2012

I’ve read (for me) surprisingly little fantasy this year. I’m shocked that it took me until mid-November to finish this challenge. I really thought I would have knocked it out by no later than June, but that 2012 copyright requirement tripped me up! Here are the ten fantasy books published in 2012 that I read […]