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April 15, 2014

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Nonfiction Monday: Gravity by Jason Chin

Nonfiction Monday: Gravity by Jason Chin

Gravity By Jason Chin Roaring Brook Pres (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596437173 $16.99 Grades K-3 In Stores April 29, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Pet peeve time. Often when people talk about low-level nonfiction, they don’t mean really low. Sorry K-1 crowd. Although the field is getting better all the [...]

A Look at Minor League Baseball from John Feinstein

A Look at Minor League Baseball from John Feinstein

We’re two weeks into the baseball season, the Giants are in first place in the National League West, and all is right with the world.  That must mean it’s time to start reading some baseball books, specifically John Feinstein’s Where Nobody Knows Your Name. Feinstein is a prolific sports writer, with nonfiction works on golf, [...]

Review of the Day: Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus

Review of the Day: Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus

Grandfather Gandhi Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus Illustrated by Evan Turk Atheneum (an imprint of Simon and Schuster) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-2365-X Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Are you familiar with the concept of booktalking? It’s a technique librarians developed to get people interested in books they might otherwise not pick up. The whole concept is [...]

Birds of a Feather: Fiction and Nonfiction Books for Young Readers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Pigeon Needs a Bath

Books about birds can teach kids amazing facts about nature, and they can also make them laugh. From a lost chicken in the city to a pigeon who really needs a bath, these following titles will be a feather in your cap.

Show Your Work!

Show Your Work!

Two years ago, I was electrified by Austin Kleon‘s Steal Like an Artist. I gave a copy to each of the students in my literary magazine club at school, and have continued to booktalk it in the library. It made its way onto our Best Books of 2012 list. Now I’m pleased to offer a [...]

Nonfiction Monday: Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill

Nonfiction Monday: Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill

Shackleton’s Journey By William Grill Flying Eye Books (Nobrow) ISBN: 9781909263109 $24.00 Grades 3 and Up In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Some works of nonfiction come off a bit like assignments. The author dutifully studies a topic and relates the subject matter for young readers. Other nonfiction books, like Shackleton’s [...]

Biographies, part two

Biographies, part two

Last week, Mark wondered if teens are still reading biographies — or are they less popular now than when he was a teen? It’s true that we don’t review very many biographies here. But we do review quite a few autobiographies and memoirs each year. Has the publishing landscape shifted? Are today’s teens simply more [...]

Nonfiction Monday: He Has Shot the President! by Don Brown

Nonfiction Monday: He Has Shot the President! by Don Brown

He Has Shot the President! April 14, 1865: The Day John Wilkes Booth Killed President Lincoln By Don Brown Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596432246 $17.99 Grades 4-6 In stores April 1, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I know you’ve noticed, but we are in the midst of a Lincoln revival. [...]

Biographies

Biographies

I remember reading a lot of biographies when I was a teenager. Not memoirs or autobiographies (although I read those too), but big, thick books about famous people written by someone who had done a lot of research. I was obsessed with the Beatles, and I know I read several massive biographies of John Lennon [...]

Nonfiction Monday: The Scraps Book by Lois Elhert

Nonfiction Monday: The Scraps Book by Lois Elhert

The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life By Lois Ehlert Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781442435711 $17.99 Grades K-5 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library If you’re thinking of challenging an illustrator to an autobiography-off, just don’t. Oh, you already did it? Look, there’s no shame in bending [...]

Outstanding Books for the College Bound

Outstanding Books for the College Bound

Every five years, YALSA publishes new Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Readers lists. The 2014 lists were announced last week. The selection committee is asked to determine five broad categories, and this year they stuck with the traditional ones (which work very well): Arts and Humanities, History and Cultures, Literature and Language [...]

Poetry

Poetry

Today we introduce two books — one poetry collection, one book about writing poetry, both excellent additions to high school or public library teen collections. And a third to mention. One of the events I attended at ALA Midwinter last month was the RUSA Book & Media Awards, which includes many wonderful lists. (My favorite [...]

Review: GO

Review: GO

GO: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd. Workman Publishing. 2013. Library copy. YALSA Nonfiction Finalist. It’s About: A book about graphic design, designed in such a way to both show and tell what graphic design is. The Good: To be honest, the nonfiction titles on the YALSA Nonfiction Finalist that are about history are [...]

Review: Imprisoned

Review: Imprisoned

Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II by Martin W. Sandler. Walker Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Bloomsbury. 2013. Review copy from publisher. YALSA Nonfiction Finalist. It’s About: The United States entered World War II after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The history of the Japanese [...]

Review: Courage Has No Color

Review: Courage Has No Color

Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone. Candlewick Press. 2013. Library copy. YALSA Nonfiction Finalist. It’s About: During World War II, the US Armed Forces were segregated. This discrimination also included what roles African American men were, and weren’t, allowed. Combat? No. Cleaning? [...]

Review: The Nazi Hunters

Review: The Nazi Hunters

The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb. Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc. 2013. Library copy. YALSA Nonfiction Award Shortlist. It’s About: In 1960, a group of Israeli spies and operatives captured the Nazi fugitive, Adolf Eichmann. Eichmann had been in [...]

Harrowing Memoirs

Harrowing Memoirs

Today we look at two memoirs of harrowing childhoods.  Today’s teens are too young to remember the media onslaught brought on by Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapping and rescue. But they will be by turns riveted and revolted by her account of her abduction, which was made especially horrific to her as she was forced to act [...]

Review: The President Has Been Shot

Review: The President Has Been Shot

The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson. Scholastic. 2013. YALSA Nonfiction Award Shortlist. It’s About: The assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963.  The Good: The past November — the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK — I watched a lot of specials and documentaries about [...]

Lerner Spring Kids 2014 | Preview Peek

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Contributing editor and former school librarian Rocco Staino spent a snowy afternoon getting reacquainted with Lerner Books and its high-interest nonfiction titles via the publisher’s spring 2014 webcast preview, “and I am glad I did,” he says. The 54-year-old publisher remains a “go-to” resource for librarians working with kids.

Truth & Responsibility

All three of today’s books are concerned with learning the truth and/or facing responsibility. In Ben Dolnick‘s At the Bottom of Everything, young Adam is trying to avoid facing the mistake he and his best friend made as teenagers. If he could only take responsibility for it, he would be better off. So would his [...]