RovingFiddlehead KidLit

Nonfiction Monday: Eye on the Wild Series

October 1, 2012

Wildlife photographer Suzi Esztherhas combines her excellent photography with clear concise writing in this winning series about animals growing up. So far, four books have been published in the Eye on the Wild series, Brown Bear, Cheetah, Lion and Gorilla with two more, Orangutan and Sea Otter due for publication in Spring 2013. The large photographs clearly depict the animals and tug the heart strings. Each book covers […]

Nonfiction Monday: Puffling Patrol

July 23, 2012

It’s hard to beat puffins for cuteness. Cute + informative = a winning combination. Once again, Ted and Betsy Lewin’s travels bring a fascinating glimpse into a way of life I never knew existed. In Puffling Patrol, the Lewins chronicle eight-year-old twins, Dani and Erna, as they rescue pufflings on the Icelandic island of Heimay. […]

Nonfiction Monday: Bird Books

June 3, 2012

For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson by Peggy Thomas and illustrated by Laura Jacques covers Peterson’s life from early childhood. From a young age he was a keen observer of nature as well as a talented artist. Inspired by Yan of Two Little Savages by Ernest Thompson Seton, Peterson taught himself bird identification […]

Nature Adventures by Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom

April 30, 2012

Nature comes alive in springtime and with it many families resolve to spend more time outdoors in the coming year. Nature Adventures by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom is an effective field guide for family nature explorations. In heavily illustrated fashion, they show the plant and animal life found in a variety of settings such […]

The Kids’ Guide to Duct Tape Projects

March 5, 2012

Duct tape rules! There have been quite a few duct tape craft books put out for teens and adults, but The Kids Guide to Duct Tape Projects by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt is directed at children.  The projects are similar to those in other publications and thus suitable for a broad audience despite the title. However, the directions […]

Nonfiction Monday: Baby Mammoth Mummy Frozen in Time!

February 13, 2012

Siberia is littered with mammoth tusks and new ones are revealed with each spring’s frost. But in 2007, Yuri Khudi discovered something extraordinary. 42,000 year-old Lyuba, a baby mammoth, was found intact (minus toenails and most hair)! The scientific analysis from her intact remains has provided a wealth of information regarding mammoths. In Baby Mammoth Mummy Frozen in […]

Youth Nonfiction & Stuff You Missed in History Class Pairings

January 9, 2012

I love listening to the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcasts. While listening I’m often reminded of children’s and young adult nonfiction books. Both are a great introduction for adults as well as children and teens. Here are some natural pairings from 2011. Can you think of others? “The Halifax Explosion” (December 2011) and Blizzard […]

Secret of the Yellow Death

June 6, 2011

Is that not one of the creepiest pictures of an eye you’ve ever seen? It could be on the cover of a science fiction novel. Unfortunately, it belongs to a victim of yellow fever. I find the history of medicine fascinating, throw in information about Cuba and I was hooked by Suzanne Jurmain’s The Secret […]