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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: May Update

May 29, 2012

I finally caught up on some nonfiction picture book reading at the end of the month. As usual, history and biography dominated my efforts for the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge. Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O’Keeffe Painted What She Pleased by Amy Novesky and illustrated by Yuyi Morales is a feast for the eyes. This […]

Nonfiction Picture Books: Chinese History, Culture & Folklore

March 12, 2012

In preparation for an upcoming trip, I’ve been enjoying many books about Chinese history, culture and folklore. This is just a sampling that fits in with the Non-Fiction Picture Book Challenge, but please leave suggestions for others in the comments! Mao and Me is a beautiful autobiography by Chen Liang Hong (author/illustrator of Little Eagle […]

Nonfiction Picture Book January Releases

January 30, 2012

January brought a whole slew of new nonfiction picture books. Perfect timing to give me a big headstart on the nonfiction picture book challenge before reading will have to take a backseat in February. A couple, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and The Worst of Friends I’ve taken time to review individually. Here’s a quick roundup of […]

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

January 25, 2012

For a truly inspirational book, check out The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by inventor William Kamkwamba and journalist Bryan Mealer with pictures by Elizabeth Zunon. Forced to drop out of school when famine struck Malawi, fourteen-year-old William turned to the local library where the pictures of windmills inspired him to build his own. Hoping […]

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: The Worst of Friends

January 11, 2012

Politics brought John Adams and Thomas Jefferson together. It also tore them apart.  In Worst of Friends, Suzanne Tripp Jurmain captures the deep friendship between them, the political differences that severed that friendship and the eventual reconciliation. Larry Day’s illustrations complement Jurmain’s writing beautifully. They capture both the seriousness and the humour in this tale. Facial […]