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

YA Nonfiction – Bomb by Steve Sheinkin #TBT

So far, our Throwback Thursday book reviews have represented the Easy Reader and Middle Grade Fiction categories. This week, our category representative is YA Nonfiction. Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin won the 2012 Cybils in tye YA Nonfiction category. Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon written by Steve Sheinkin Flash Point, 2012 An InLinkz Link-up Why a Throwback Thursday for Book Reviews? Those of us who blog about books are a community. We read lots of books, we write lots of reviews, and we share those reviews with fellow book lovers and those in search of books for children and … Read more

Black History Month: Strong Women for Strong Girls

To kick off Black History Month, Google chose Harriet Tubman for its daily Google logo on February 1, 2014. It is so cool on so many levels. It also ties nicely with our theme for Black History Month this year: Strong Women for Strong Girls. When I read Patricia Hruby Powell’s new book Josephine, the Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, I couldn’t wait to share it with my daughter. It is a beautifully told and illustrated story … and one that I did not know. That was when I decided to share some of our favorite books about incredibly influential women of color – trail blazers, independent thinkers, confident women. Women whose stories are not talked about as often as … Read more