Category Archives: nonfiction

The Birth of an American Terrorist Group

That’s the subtitle of Susan Campbell Bartoletti’s 2010 book They Called Themselves the KKK, one of the many books that has been on my mind lately. I remember hearing the author speak that year about her research for the book … Continue reading

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Under the Kapok Tree

Or, what happens after a children’s librarian visits the rainforest? I first explored a trees theme in Wonderworks in the Spring of 2013: https://cultivatewonder.wordpress.com/category/trees/ Yesterday we revisited the theme with a different twist. On a trip to Costa Rica the … Continue reading

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Space, Rockets & Gravity

The morning of this storytime, Wednesday, March 11 at 11:30 a.m., I checked the NASA site looking for a good video clip to show to accompany the books I had chosen. Turns out, NASA was conducting a solid rocket booster … Continue reading

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A trip down the Amazon

The Great Snake: Stories from the Amazon (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2008) is a fascinating collection of nine stories interwoven with factual details of  author Sean Taylor’s travels through the Amazon rainforest. The inclusion of these elements sets the stories … Continue reading

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Under the Sea

Another voyage of the imagination from the author of Redwoods. This time a little girl picks a book off the library shelf on Coral Reefs, and as she begins to read, coral begins to grow on library tables in the Reading … Continue reading

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The Air up There

Amazing photographs and a very accessible narrative by wildlife photographer Robert Haas combine in I Dreamed of Flying Like a Bird: My Adventures Photographing Wild Animals from a Helicopter (National Geographic, 2010.) Though at first the photographers’ job seems quite … Continue reading

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All about Wombats

I’ve been a fan of Jackie French’s Diary of a Wombat since it was published in 2003 (Clarion). The pithy, droll text and charming illustrations work wonderfully together to create an incredibly funny and appealing book. Bruce Whatley’s wombat is adorable … Continue reading

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Becoming Jane

Every once in a while a book comes along that touches your heart. Me . . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell (Little, Brown 2011) is one of those books for me. From the title page, which shows a photographs of a … Continue reading

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Let’s Go Outside!

These two picture books are perfect for encouraging young children to explore nature and observe the natural world around them. You don’t have to travel somewhere — you can explore right in your own backyard, neighborhood or park. Insect Detective … Continue reading

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Nonfiction Monday is here! Happy 4th of July!

I enjoy reading nonfiction, recommending it, and using it in storytimes and programming. Hosting Nonfiction Monday on the Fourth of July seemed to call for something special. At first I was thinking of something red, white, and blue — patriotic … Continue reading

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