March 30, 2017

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Something Old, Something New | Old Favorites and New Trends in Easy Readers


While favorite authors from Dr. Seuss to Mo Willems remain perennial favorites with our earliest readers, each year brings new authors and titles to share with this audience.

Kathleen Krull: An Author to Study


Kathleen Krull’s many picture books exemplify the best kind of narrative nonfiction for our students—accurate, well-researched, lively texts enhanced by large, handsome illustrations.

Silly Chickens and Red Lollipops | Rukhsana Khan, An Author to Study


Rukhsana Khan is on a mission to write stories that children can identify with, while, at the same time, show Western readers that Muslim families are pretty much the same as theirs.

No More “Yucky Spinach” | The Nonfiction of Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney

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“I am sick of nonfiction that is yucky spinach!” Andrea Davis Pinkney told her audience at the 2013 National Book Festival. Have no fear…she and Brian Pinkney serve up works as tasty as homemade pie.

Meghan McCarthy: An Author to Study

Aliens Are Coming!

Teachers in search of an entertaining nonfiction author study need look no further than Meghan McCarthy. Not only does this author/illustrator have a knack for choosing compelling events and subjects to write about, but her accessible books, injected with humor and wit, cover a wide range of curricular areas.

Old-time Gals with Gumption | The Picture Books of Shana Corey


Shana Corey’s picture-book biographies feature little-known women with buckets of gumption.

The Long Road to Freedom | Books for Black History Month

Walking Home to Rosie Lee

As Andrea Davis Pinkney explains in With the Might of Angels, “Negro History Week was created by historian Carter G. Woodson to bring national attention to the achievements of black people in America.” In 1976, this week in February became “Black History Month.” Now, African-American History “Month” generally begins in mid-January in anticipation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and often flows into March, as there is no shortage of strong black women to be remembered and celebrated during Women’s […]