May 24, 2016

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Review: Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans

The children I work with on a day-to-day basis have no real memory of an event that has changed the course of our country’s history. While for those of us sitting in New York City and in many other cities in the United States (the world!), Hurricane Katrina was far away, but with the TV […]

Still Too Many Books, or, a Tale of Even More Hanging Chad

And we’re back with even more more books, in part 2 of our mega roundup of all (not really all) the books. Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, Don Brown HMH Books for Young Readers, August 2015 Reviewed from final copy (6 stars) With six starred reviews, I wish we’d had time and space to […]

Draper Takes Charlotte Huck Award; Brown Wins Orbis Pictus

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The 2016 NCTE Charlotte Huck and NCTE Orbis Pictus Award winners were announced over the weekend at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) convention in Minneapolis, MN.

Fast Friendships, Aesop’s New Groove, and a Romp Through the Human Body | Graphic Novel Roundup

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From a haunting examination of Hurricane Katrina to a can’t-miss title from “Babymouse” creators Jennifer and Matthew Holm to an anatomy lesson readers won’t soon forget, these titles illustrate the awe-inspiring potential of sequential art.

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown | SLJ Review

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BROWN, Don. Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans. illus. by Don Brown. 96p. bibliog. ebook available. notes. HMH. Aug. 2015. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780544157774.
Gr 7 Up–A murky watercolor storm spreads across pages, darkening and becoming more ominous as it builds in Brown’s deeply affecting look at Hurricane Katrina. Dynamic sketches capture shocking scenes, such as residents fleeing down claustrophobic highways as the 400-mile-wide storm looms in a nearly completely dark spread. Brown depicts broken levees, flooded homes, and inhabitants […]

Ten Years Later: Hurricane Katrina

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Published to coincide with the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, several new titles revisit this moment in history with clarity, compassion, and an appreciation for the resiliency demonstrated by those impacted.

History That Bears Repeating: Picture Book Nonfiction │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Stubby the War Dog

Fascinating narrative nonfiction satisfies the curriculum while quenching kids’ thirst for a riveting story. The following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild, including picture books about Gandhi and Stubby the War Dog, will intrigue young readers.

Web Resources for Must-Read Book Club Picks │JLG’s On the Radar

Great American Dust Bowl

Do they really use human bones in bone china? How long can you farm without water? After reading the following titles, selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild, students won’t need much prompting for discussion. Check out suggestions and resources for using these picks with student book clubs or share them with classroom teachers.

Pick of the Day: Henry and the Cannons

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BROWN, Don. Henry and the Cannons: An Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution. illus. by author. 32p. bibliog. Roaring Brook. Jan. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-59643-266-6. LC 2012013450.
Gr 1-4
–As the American Revolution was getting underway, George Washington knew he needed cannons to defeat the British. Unfortunately, he was camped outside British-held Boston, and the nearest big guns were 300 miles away at Fort Ticonderoga, New York. They were thought to be impossible to retrieve, until Henry Knox agreed to […]