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2019 Schneider Family Book Award Winner: Rescue & Jessica

Rescue & Jessica

Winner of the 2019 Schneider Family Award, the story of Jessica Kensky’s road to healing after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing robbed her of the use of legs is offered in a heartwarming picture book autobiography.

Constructing Curriculum: Teaching with Jorey Hurley’s Skyscraper

Skyscraper

The processes and machines used to build a skyscraper are the subject of Jorey Hurley’s latest picture book offering. Construction vehicles take center stage in the digitally rendered illustrations. Hurley’s bright colors and geometrical shapes detail fourteen different machines and their roles in building a glass encased skyscraper. This engaging title is sure to inspire young readers to want to know more about cities and their skylines.

Exploring Power, Agency, and the Black Freedom Movement with Never Caught

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Never Caught, the Young Reader’s Edition of Erica Armstrong Dunbar’s 2017 National Book Award Finalist, explores the intricate and intimate ways in which the personal lives of George and Martha Washington and the enslaved men and women they owned were tangled together. As Martha Washington’s personal maid, Ona Judge, a skillful seamstress, had access to fine clothes, trips to the theater, and the chance to travel beyond Mt. Vernon. But for Judge, that was not enough. Only freedom was enough. Ideal for biography genre study as well as explorations of the Black Freedom Movement and the American Revolution, Never Caught can play many roles in middle grade language arts and social studies classrooms.

The Power of Apology: Teaching with Orbis Pictus Honor Book Thirty Minutes Over Oregon

Thirty Minutes Over Oregon

This book is a welcome invitation to all of us to model civility and forgiveness in our communities, without waiting for our elected officials.

Rodent Rascals: From Tiny to Tremendous – 21 Creatures at Their Actual Size

Rodent Rascals

A superhero rat who can scale buildings and chew through cement; a capybara as a seeing-eye guide animal; rats trained to detect landmines and Tuberculosis – these fascinating rodents and 18 more are the subject of author/illustrator Roxie Munro’s latest picture book.

Post-Orbis Pictus Nonfiction Musings, Round Two

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Last week, Erika and I wrote a post about the Orbis Pictus and Charlotte Huck Book Award announcements at the NCTE Annual Convention. The Orbis Pictus Award was the first stand-alone award for children’s nonfiction, established by NCTE in 1989 and first awarded in 1990. You can learn more about the award on the NCTE […]

La Frontera and Dreamers

La Frontera

La Frontera: El Viaje con Papá/My Journey with Papa Written by Deborah Mills and Alfredo Alva Illustrated by Claudia Navarro Published by Barefoot Books, 2018, ISBN 978-1-78285-388-6 Book Review “Cuando era niño, mi familia vivía en el pequeño pueblo de La Ceja, en el centro de Mexico, en el estado de Guanajuato. Mi familia había vivido allí […]

Nothing Stopped Sophie and Counting on Katherine

Nothing Stopped Sophie

Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain Written by Cheryl Bardoe; Illustrated by Barbara McClintock Published by Little, Brown Young Readers, 2018 ISBN #978-0-316-27820-1   Grades K and up   As a young girl, Sophie Germain could not get enough of numbers: “she cherished how math could make sense of the world.” […]

Water Land: Land and Water Forms Around the World

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Water Land: Land and Water Forms Around the World Written and Illustrated by Christy Hale Published in 2018 by Roaring Brook Press ISBN:  978-1-250-15244-2 Grades PK – 6 Book Review Author/illustrator Christy Hale employs geographic terminology and cutouts to offer an inventive exploration of land and water forms in her latest nonfiction picture book. The […]

Becoming Madeleine: A Biography of the Author of A Wrinkle in Time by Her Granddaughters

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Becoming Madeleine: A Biography of the Author of A Wrinkle in Time by Her Granddaughters Written by Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Léna Roy Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018 ISBN #978-0-374-30764-6 Grades 4 and up   Book Review “I was born with the itch for writing in me, and o, I couldn’t stop it if […]