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Courage has No Color

Written by Tanya Lee Stone Candlewick, 2013   IBSN: 978-0-7636-5117-6 Grades 6 and Up Book Review The reader drops into Courage has No Color, just as thousands of soldiers dropped out of airplanes and into Europe and the Pacific region during World War II. The author carries us through the jump, from plane to ground, […]

2013 Sibert Medal, YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, Newbery Honor: Bomb

Bomb: The Race to Build –and Steal—The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin 2012, Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan ISBN: 978-1-59643-487-5 Grades 6 and Up Book Review “It’s a story with no end in sight. And, like it or not, you’re in it.” What story, you may ask? The story of “how humans created a […]

Skull in the Rock & Their Skeletons Speak

The Skull in the Rock Written by Marc Aronson and Lee Berger National Geographic, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4263-1010-2 Grades 6- 8  Book Review  “For Dr. Berger, it would have been enough to find that one special bone. But the clavicle was just the beginning. It was the rabbit hole beckoning Alice, the wardrobe flung open to […]


Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson Scholastic Press, 2012 IBSN 978-0-545-11674-9 Grades 5-8 Book Review Rhoda Abbott. Olaus Jorgensen Abelseth. Lawrence Beesley. Frank Goldsmith. Charles Lightoller. Mother of two. Swedish immigrant turned South Dakota farmer. Science teacher. Nine year-old. Second officer on the RMS Titanic. All survivors of the disaster, and some of […]

2012 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Treachery By Stephen Sheinkin Flashpoint/Roaring Brook Press, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-59643-4686-8 Grades 6 and Up Review If you are of a certain generation, you remember when Peter Brady was assigned the role of Benedict Arnold, dashing his hopes of playing George Washington. In American culture, […]

Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert

Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert Written by Marc Aronson Atheneum, New York  ISBN: 978-1-4169-1397-9 Grades 5-8 Book Review Written in the two and half months following the rescue of the Chiean miners in October of 2010, this book is like a newly dug mine: deep, rich, […]

Ten Years Ago: Remembering September 11, 2001

This week, The Classroom Bookshelf is offering a different format to provide you with resources to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001 in a way that is appropriate for your students, school, and community. It is early in the school year, and, just like teachers that very day ten years […]

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship that Changed the World Written by Penny Colman Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2011 ISBN 978-0-8050-8293-7 Grades 7 and Up Book Review As the world changes around us this spring, we witness political unrest as it unfolds, thanks to cell phones and […]

Night Flight and Amelia Lost

This week, The Classroom Bookshelf reviews two new biographies about Amelia Earhart that we felt deserved attention in today’s classrooms. This is our first experiment blogging about two related books concurrently, Night Flight, a picture book, and Amelia Lost, a chapter book. There are two separate reviews; our Teaching Invitations for the primary and intermediate […]

Built to Last

Built to Last Written and Illustrated by David MacaulayPublished by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2010ISBN # 978-0-547-34240-5Grades 5 and up Book Review As its title implies, deconstructing the construction process of some of history’s most incredible architectural feats is the topic of celebrated author and illustrator David Macaulay’s Built to Last. In this compelling […]