I love to find nonfiction picture books about women in science! This lovely new picture book tells the story of Marie Tharp, a cartographer and ocean researcher. She didn’t live that long ago, but she still encountered lots of opposition to her working in science. She managed to carve out a tiny place for herself […]

 I love Carrie Charley Brown’s Reading for Research Month. The idea is simple: for 20 days in March, you read picture books every day, write about what you learn from them, and read a blogpost about picture books that have taught them something about writing. There’s a mix of old and new, fiction and nonfiction, […]

Are you ready for the Sweet Sixteen? Chips? Check. Cold drinks? Check. Stack of nonfiction picture books? Here are three great basketball books that every basketball fan–and every picture book fan!–will love. Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball, by John Coy (Carolrhoda: 2013). The unlikely story of the beginnings […]

In this voting year, no child is going to escape bombardment with news about the election. But will those children understand the significance and context that led to that vote? Two new books look at the right to vote in very different ways. The first book is Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass is […]