Non-fiction and Young Readers – a Perfect Match

  This year I have made it a goal to include more non-fiction in my classroom and in my booktalks. It’s working! I’ve had more students than ever pick up nonfiction books- biographies, memoirs, informational books, literary nonfiction, and everything in between.  Access to nonfiction opens so many doors and today’s posters are here to help us find more doors and windows to open in the house of nonfiction reading with readers of all ages. The power of nonfiction! Six years ago during our Share a Story blog tour, Sarah Mulhern at The Reading Zone hosted a roundup of ideas about the Nonfiction Book Hook. That quote is from her opening for our day devoted to non-fiction in March 2010. At the … Read more

Bad News for Outlaws – a #TBT Book Review

It is hard to believe that it’s been almost six years since we read and reviewed Bad News for Outlaws.  Bad News for Outlaws The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson illustrated by R. Gregory Christie Carolrhoda Books, 2009 Colonel George Reeves was so impressed with the marksmanship skills of his young slave Bass that he would take him hunting and enter him in shooting contests. He even took Bass to fight beside him in the Civil War. After Bass got into an argument with Colonel Reeves and struck him, he had no choice but to run. He settled in Indian Territory; at the end of the Civil War, he bought some land … Read more

Need a Unique, budget-friendly gift? Think Journals

The summer I turned eight, my family camped our way across the United States from Baltimore, Maryland, to Monmouth, Oregon. Just before we left, my mom gave me a small, spiral-bound notebook for memorializing our trip. That little notebook (that cute little notebook to the left over there) launched a lifelong love of writing. From the mundane to the sublime its all there in my nearly 20 year collection of little diaries with keys, fancy journals (including Papyrus journal that was a wedding present from Bill), and college-ruled spiral notebooks! They’re not worthy of a memoir, for sure, but they remember moments long ago forgotten, and in the times that I spent writing, they were comfort and refuge, joy and … Read more