Category Archives: nonfiction books

New! Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty offers readers a peak into the life of a wonderful jazz musician by the same name. I lived in New Orleans for a couple of years and had the pleasure of hearing Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews play back when … Continue reading

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New! Emmanuel’s Dream

In Ghana, West Africa, a baby boy was born: Two bright eyes blinked in the light, two healthy lungs let out a powerful cry, two tiny fists opened and closed, but only one strong leg kicked. So begins Emmanuel’s Dream, … Continue reading

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New! Take Away the A

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: There are many more alphabet books in the world than the world needs. Against poor odds, French authors Michaël Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo have created an alphabet book worthy of adding to any … Continue reading

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New! On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein is a picture book biography written by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky. This book introduces young readers to Albert Einstein and celebrates curiosity in a way that will … Continue reading

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10 Authors for Elementary School Social Studies Teachers to Know

The Common Core State Standards are being rolled out this fall, and teachers around the United States are looking for ways to incorporate more nonfiction books into their lessons. I have been devoting this week to helping teachers find excellent nonfiction … Continue reading

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Teach Science With These Excellent Nonfiction Picture Book Series

The Common Core State Standards are being rolled out this fall, and teachers around the United States are looking for ways to incorporate more nonfiction books into their lessons. For many teachers, selecting nonfiction books to have students read is … Continue reading

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The Common Core Standards are Here: Time to Incorporate More Children’s Literature in Classrooms

This coming school year, teachers around the United States will begin implementing new teaching standards: The Common Core State Standards. The Common Core State Standards are a consistent, national set of standards for teaching language arts and math to kindergarten … Continue reading

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Fantastic Nonfiction Picture Books from 2012

This year I am a judge for the Cybils nonfiction picture book award. As such, I have been reading a lot of newly published nonfiction picture books. Here are six nonfiction picture books that I am very excited about. I … Continue reading

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New! Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature

I am venturing into the world of recommending my favorite newly published picture books. I plan to recommend a select few of my very favorite picture books published with the past year or two. Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet is … Continue reading

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Linnea in Monet’s Garden is Back

After three years out of print, Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Christina Björk and Lena Anderson is back! It makes me happy when wonderful old books get new life, and Linnea in Monet’s Garden is one of my favorites. Linnea … Continue reading

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