For Thanksgiving there are picture books about Sarah Josepha Hale, and for Veteran’s Day, there’s a picture book about Arlington Cemetery. But how do you satisfy your yen for nonfiction on Halloween? Duncan Tonatiuh swoops to the rescue with his new biography. He takes us to nineteenth century Mexico and introduces us to Lupe Posada, […]
The Children and Young Adults Bloggers’ Literary Awards’ nomination lists are now available. The Early and Middle Grade Nonfiction List has some great titles–many that I’ve already reviewed, and many that just vaulted onto my to-read list. Check it out here.
“The huge humpback whale dips and dives. Her sleek black sides shimmering, she spyhops, lobtails, flashes her flukes.” Robert Burleigh’s vivid language drew me into his book. Quickly, his beautiful descriptions of everyday life in the sea shift into a suspense filled drama. The humpback whale becomes entangled with fishing nets. Can she survive? We […]
Biographers face an alluring temptation: to tell an entire life. In this book, Julie Danneberg resists the allure and instead tells the story of one intense night in her John Muir’s life. And in the process, we learn all about who the man was. John Muir settled in Yosemite early, early. He lived in a […]
Here in Idaho, our air has been choked with smoke from the out-of-control wildfires around us. So this strange and beautiful book is timely. It is a family story, retold. When the author’s grandfather was a child, he was caught in a forest fire. He and all the other people from the lodging house in […]