October 4, 2015

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Obscure Historical Figures Brought to Life | Nonfiction Grades 5 & Up


Two stellar titles this month focus on lesser-known historical figures. Tonya Bolden’s Capital Days uncovers a journal kept by Michael Shiner, a former slave whose diary entries provide a man in the street perspective of significant historical events, while Robert P.J. Cooney Jr’s Remembering Inez is an excellent account of the life of suffragist Inez Milholland.

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Pick of the Day: Searching for Sarah Rector

Searching for Sarah Rector

This book will be extremely useful to teachers and librarians seeking material to align with Common Core State Standards dealing with the craft of writing of informational text.

Searching for Sarah Rector | An Interview with Tonya Bolden

Searching for Sarah Rector

The Oklahoma-Texas oil boom of the early 1900s created fortunes for many landowners, including an 11-year-old girl named Sarah Rector. Her fascinating story is told here by Tonya Bolden.

Pick of the Day: Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty

title in white letters on red banner across book, pix of lincoln on left

BOLDEN, Tonya. Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty. 120p. bibliog. chron. glossary. illus. index. notes. photos. reprods. Abrams. Jan. 2013. RTE $24.95. ISBN 978-1-4197-0390-4. LC 2012000845.
Gr 5-9
–After a dramatic opening description of abolitionists waiting for word that the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed, this title reviews the events that led up to the Civil War, examines Lincoln’s reasons for writing it, and details the role of abolitionists. Bolden makes excellent use of primary sources; the pages are filled […]

From Cannons to Courage | Nonfiction Notes, January 2013


Educators eager to implement the Common Core standards into their work need look no further than School Library Journal’s newest column, Nonfiction Notes. This month, we examine titles that include biographies, the American Revolution, and exploration.