Monday, January 30, 2012

Nonfiction Monday is HERE!

Welcome to Nonfiction Monday, the day when kid lit bloggers talk about nonfiction books for children and for you and me.  (They're all good.)  During the day I'll be adding to this list so do come back and check all the links out this evening.

First up is Jone MacCulloch on the blog, Check it Out, Life and Books in a K5 Library School Setting who encourages us to Get the Scoop on Animal Poop! by Dawn Cusick. Ya know? I had that very question a year or so ago in my library , except the boy was asking for 'animal scat.'  I could have used this book then.

Fats writes a review on Sawdust and Spangles: The Amazing Life of W. C. Coup by Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills illustrated by Giselle Potter at the blog, Gathering Books. This blog entry must get the prize for most illustrated post.  Go see for yourself. 
Actually, I think I have the blog writer's name wrong here.  On the blog it has a smiley face after it like this --  fats:)

Mary Ann Scheuer at Great Kids Books shares How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? by Chris Butterworth. She says that she loves the informative but encouraging tone of this look at how food travels from the farm to our table. And, oh my goodness, she inserted the Google preview of the book into her blog. Great idea.

Roberta Gibson has a review of Stranger at Home, a True Story on her blog, Wrapped In Foil. It's a sequel to the memoir, Fatty Legs. In Stranger at Home, a young Inuit girl tells about her life when she returns home only to find her life at a boarding school had changed her.

Amy at Hope is the Word has a review of Yucky Worms by Vivian French, which although it's a story about grandmother planting a garden, has lots of worm information to fascinate the child in the story -- and the child reader, too.

Over at A Teaching Life, Tara features Meadowlands, A Wetland Story an inspiring tale about how New Jersey discovered the importance of wetlands and restored the Meadowlands near New York City. She also reviewed Allan Drummond's Energy Island: How one Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World, and a biography of the poet Pablo Neruda, plus a picture book story about a child finding his family again during the aftermath of the civil war. 

Over at Jean Little Library (Don't cha just love a blog and a library with the name of a popular children's book author?), Jennifer takes a look at The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont, another "inventor" of airplanes during that rush-to-the-sky era in the early 20th century. This book takes three fictionalized looks at turning points in his life, but does have an extensive nonfiction author's note.

Shirley Duke who blogs at the Simply Science Blog -- Books and Simple Science Lessons, reviews Laura Purdie Salas' newest book of poetry, A Leaf Can Be, which is full of leaf facts both in the poetry and in the back matter.

Lisa at Shelf Employed has a conundrum.  She offers you the trailer for Suryia and Roscoe, the True Story of an Unlikely Friendship (very cute) by Dr. Bhagavan Antle, Barry Bland and Thea Feldman-- a book she considers nonfiction but the Library of Congress classification for it is fiction.  Stay tuned to her blog to see if she gets an answer from the publisher about this conundrum.

Oh goodie -- a new book about houses around the world! Alice at Supratentorial gives us If You Lived Here by Giles Larouche, illustrated with bas-relief paper cut collage. 

True Tales and a Cherry on Top, Jeanne Walker Harvey's blog, offers a patriotic theme with a biography of Betsy Ross in 64 words, which continues the legend of the five-pointed star.

Jeff Barger at his NC Teacher Stuff blog posted a review of A Warmer World by Caroline Arnold. (I don't know about your neighborhood, but this has been the warmest January on record here in Maryland which makes this book right on target discussing global change.) 

At the Apples with Many Seeds blog Tammy Flanders is looking at The Force Born of Truth, Mohandas Gandhi and the Salt March by Betsy Kuhn, one of a series of books for highschoolers about civil rights movements around the world.

All About the Books with Janet Squires has mind-stretching math riddles in the Grapes of Math by Greg Tang.

Wow -- There's a Marvelous Middle Grade Nonfiction Guy Monday (don't you just love that blog post title) over at Ms. Yingling Reads, books for middle school students especially boys. She has the lowdown on two books on Forensics: Police Forensics by Adam Sutherland (NF) and she partners it with a fiction book -- Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator by Josh Berk. 

The Biblio phile, written by Jeannie (Librarian ninja, among other things), features a National Geographic Kids book: Tornato, The Story Behind these Twisting, Turning, Spinning and Spiraling Storms by that famous writer team of Judith Bloom Frandin and Denis Brindell Frandin.

Sibert Award Winner, Marc Aronson, talks about his newest book-- Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies over at the NonFiction Book Blast blog. If you are going to attend the June meeting of ALA, be sure to plan to be at the Nonfiction Book Blast presentation to meet a lot of your favorite nonfiction writers and hear about their new books. (and then go to their publisher's booth to get copies signed by them.) Of course, the other reason to go to ALA this summer is that it's at Disneyland. Take your family and enjoy both books and the amusement park.

Over at Booktalking Children's Books, Anastasia Suen brings our attention to two books: Polar Bears by Mark Newman, and Sky Sailors, True Stories of the Balloon Era by David L. Bristow.

We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Levinson got a smashing review on the blog, Laurie Thompson -- Inspiring and Empowering Young Changemakers. She says, "It's a Must Read!"

Bookends, a blog on the magazine, Booklist Online, has a review of The Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the True Story of an American Feud, by Suzanne Tripp Jurman. The reviewer today is Lynn Rutan.

The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families by Susan L. Roth and Cyndy Trumbore is the featured book at The Swimmer Writer today.

Allison Hamer at Better with a Book says that Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature written by Joyce Sidman invites us to look at the world around us a little differently. 

I was cleaning out my Spam Filter today (Friday) and discovered another Nonfiction Monday announcement had been caught there. So sorry that this entry is late.
 Heidi Grange at Geo Librarian featured Kubla Kahn, Emperor of Everything by Kathleen Krull. 


Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

I reviewed a book entitled Yucky Worms by Vivian French today:

Thanks for hosting!

Tara said...

Thanks for hosting today!
I reviewed two abooks about the envirnment and a biography of the poet Pablo Neruda:

Jennifer said...

I've got a picture book/easy nonfiction left over from Cybils, The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont

Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

Hi Wendie, Thanks for hosting NonFiction Monday. My post at True Tales & A Cherry On Top is about the picture book, BETSY ROSS, at


Alice@Supratentorial said...

I reviewed If You Lived Here by Giles Larouche about houses around the world.

Thanks for hosting!

Jeff Barger said...

Hi Wendie! Thank you for hosting today. At NC Teacher Stuff, I have posted a review of A Warmer World which deals with global warming:

Tammy Flanders said...

Thanks for taking care of today's event, Wendie.
At Apples with Many Seeds, I'm looking at The Force Born of Truth: Mohandas Gandhi and the Salt March, one of a series of book at civil rights for high school.

Janet S. said...

Thanks for hosting.
My selection is "The Grapes of Math: mind-stretching math riddles" by Greg Tang with illustrations by Harry Briggs.

Ms. Yingling said...

I have a nonfiction and a related fiction title on forensics at

Jennie said...

Thank you for hosting Wendie! I'm in with the Cybils nominated book Tornado

Laurie Thompson said...

Thanks for hosting, Wendie! Today I reviewed Cynthia Levinson's WE'VE GOT A JOB, a fantastic middle-grade about the 1963 Birmingham Children's March. It's a must read!

Lynn Rutan said...

Bookends has Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the True Story of an American Feud by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain.

Thanks for hosting!

The Swimmer Writer said...

Read The Mangrove Tree:Planting Trees to Feed Families. This PB tells the story of how a project growing mangrove trees in Africa began. See the post

Unknown said...

I reviewed Joyce Sidman's book, Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature Thanks for hosting!
Allison @ better with a book