Football. No one would ever claim that I was a big football fan. But the story of Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football team is one that I would recommend to anyone and now I know of not one, but two marvelous books on the topic! I first heard of Jim Thorpe when … Continue reading The Unstoppable Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team
War. This is not a topic that I tend to read about. The human condition that goes along with wars, okay, maybe (I've been known to read way too many books about the Holocaust), but not usually books about the actual fighting. But I know a lot of young readers who are completely fascinated by … Continue reading Grenade by Alan Gratz
When I first saw the series Little People, BIG DREAMS on Netgalley.com, I wasn't all that interested as I thought that the books looked like they were aimed towards really young children. I was wrong. Today I finally downloaded one of them and was quite impressed by the content. Haven't heard of them? You should … Continue reading Little People, BIG DREAMS
When I was younger, I recall that a lot of history was taught as memorizing dates and very specific events. That never captured my attention. I realized early on that if I was to get into history, it had to be more anthropological or social. So when I opened Christopher Lloyd's brand new book, Absolutely … Continue reading Absolutely Everything – A Truly Readable History Book
Last year I had the pleasure of being included in helping launch the Kickstarter campaign for Queen Girls Publications to present Bessie: Queen of the Sky and had a great interview with the team behind the books. So I am thrilled to announce that today they have launched their new Kickstarter campaign to promote their … Continue reading The Queen Girls are Back!
Children today do not often read the classics. Not in the same way they were encouraged and assigned when I was younger. But some classics and some authors have always held an important place in the discussion of literature. The works of Jane Austen are some of those works. There are two beautiful picture books … Continue reading Discovering Jane Austen
Did you know that M&M's were originally invented for the military? Did you know that battles were fought over cinnamon? Tanya Steel and National Geographic Kids have put together a fun book that teaches kids not only about food, but a bit of world history, geography and culture at the same time. The book is … Continue reading Food Fight!
July 18, 2018 would have been Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday. In honor of that date, his youngest daughter, Zindzi, and two of her grandchildren put together a book about Mandela in the format of questions that a child might ask about the man and his years in prison. Grandad Mandela is a very important story … Continue reading Grandad Mandela
There have been a number of books in the last few years that are collections of 1-2 page biographies about important people in history written in an exceptionally engaging manner for kids. From Rebel Girls to Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, Women Who Dared to National Geographic's Book of Heroes. But one thing … Continue reading Three Cheers for The People Awards
Every year, during the month of June, the LGBTQ community celebrates in a number of different ways. Since I no longer live in a large city with parades and festivities, I'm going to celebrate Pride Month here with a selection of amazing non-fiction picture books. I'm so impressed that this is becoming a topic that … Continue reading Hooray for Pride Month!