Absolutely Everything – A Truly Readable History Book

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

Go Out and Explore Nature!

There are many books that talk about women from the late 1800s and early 1900s who were forerunners of the study of nature, I wrote about a few of them once before. One of the newer additions to this collection is Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story, written by Suzanne Slade … Continue reading Go Out and Explore Nature!

Etiquette & Espionage

The year is 1851 and women are expected to be perfect hostesses, focus on fashion, complete with full petticoats, and always behave as a proper lady. Fourteen year old Sophronia is much more interested in climbing trees and figuring out how machines work than behaving as she is supposed to. It has gotten to the … Continue reading Etiquette & Espionage

My Brigadista Year

Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the free review copy of his book – all opinions are my own. I have found that I really enjoy reading middle-grade historical fiction. They are an amazing way to learn about periods in history from a completely different perspective. Of course, I realize that you have to take … Continue reading My Brigadista Year

Picture Books that Make Math Fun

I will admit, I loved math as a kid. Wait, I loved math after I finally mastered borrowing - for some unknown reason, that was a major challenge for me, enough so that I remember it 30+ years later. But algebra, loved it. So I want my kids to feel comfortable with math and to … Continue reading Picture Books that Make Math Fun

Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education

There have been many books written about Malala Yousafzai, and rightfully so. One of the newer books is Malala: Activist for Girls' Education, by Raphaële Frier. This book was originally published in France in 2015, but was translated to English and published in the US this year. Malala: Activist for Girls' Education takes a different … Continue reading Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education

Nonfiction 10 for 10 2017 – Black History Month

Every year there is a meme for lists of nonfiction picture books called the 10 for 10. I don't always remember to participate, but I am thrilled that I managed to get my act together this year. I started thinking about my list when I was deep in the throws of Multicultural Children's Book Day … Continue reading Nonfiction 10 for 10 2017 – Black History Month