Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Nonfiction Monday - the roundup!

It’s been a pleasure to host Nonfiction Monday!  Here is the final roundup for the 
February 25, roundup.

In the Nonfiction Picture Book category,

According to Jeff, "Henry and the Cannons is the story of a determined man who led a group in bringing 59 cannons to Boston from Fort Ticonderoga." I like Don Brown. He does a great job of making history accessible to younger readers.

"It's a terrific, fast read with great images, and it introduces the concept of staying healthy and safe. It shows kids that children all over the world do and need basically the same things to stay strong and healthy, but they go about it in different ways.”

When I was younger, these were numbers that were barely used except when calculating distances in outer space. Today, these numbers are most commonly used in discussing money. Kids need to know them. Thanks, Abby.

"It's not a book you'll quote in a research paper, but it is a fun book that may inspire you to pick up some more on the topic."

"Terrific new book with engaging format listing random, fascinating facts about birds."

  • Cindy and Lynn, the librarian duo of Bookends, are taking it slow and easy with A Little Book of Sloth. Their consensus is that it's an "adorable picture book about sloths that is packed with fascinating information about this unusual creature." The cover certainly is adorable!

Her post "is a review of a stunning picture book about Lincoln.  It includes textbook-like facts along with commentary by the narrator.  The illustrations communicate emotion that can't be communicated with words."  

In Middle Grade Nonfiction,

"This new Scholastic title will appeal to boys who want more information on the Vietnam War. It is graphically appealing and gives short biographies of major players."

Jennifer describes Boydguards! as "an interesting look at bodyguards through history, both male and female, with career advice for kids interested in this field and comic panels."

She's featuring this book "by Glennette Tilley Turner to highlight this important moment in history."

In Young Adult Nonfiction,

"I'm celebrating the SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books on my blog over the next three weeks by giving away signed copies of the winners in the YA, middle grades, and picture book categories. (My own book, Citizen Scientists, won in the hands-on category.) The celebration starts this week with Terrie Williams' page-turner, THE ODYSSEY OF KP2. It's a great read for teens, particularly those with a scientific bent."

  • The LibrariYAn has a review and discussion of a memoir, Grayson. Sharing more than just a review, Alicia tells us, "Grayson is one of the most heavily circulated nonfiction titles in my middle school library. It is a short memoir of swimmer Lynne Cox's encounter with a baby gray whale."

What we think often doesn't matter. If a nonfiction book has broad kid-appeal, then it's probably worth having in your library.

And last, but not least, in the biography category,

She notes that, "Pippin's inner strength and creativity shone throughout this book." Coincidentally, Jen Bryant was interviewed today on NPR's, Radio Times. Listen to the interview here:
  • Janet at All About the Books with Janet Squires has the second Abraham Lincoln title of the day, Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Doreen Rappaport. Janet writes, "Rappaport sheds her light on the life of Lincoln by skillfully detailing both the major events in his life and personal moments and balancing her narrative with relevant quotes from our sixteenth president that provide context through his words and a heightened sense of emotion through his voice."

  • At Stacking Books, Reshama is featuring Monsieur Marceau: Actor Without Words. "This is a beautiful dedication to Marcel Marceau , the world's greatest Mime. This picture book is an excellent dedication to his lifetime work. We loved seeing what a Mime does, what inspired Marcel, learning about his life before and after he discovered "Bip the Clown" and his performances. We hope this book inspires kids to have fun and mime!"

That's a wrap, everyone! Thanks so much for participating.


  1. What a great list of books! Thanks again for hosting.

    Loree Griffin Burns

  2. Wonderful list! Cant wait to check out all the other books. I am already adding them to Goodreads shelf :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. I am really impressed by this list. So many interesting things to learn in so many different areas. Certainly a boon to teachers working with the core curriculum.

    1. Thanks, Barbara. We hope you'll follow the Nonfiction Monday roundup each week as it travels from blog to blog! I'm so glad you've found it useful.


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