Tag: children’s nonfiction

BOUND BY ICE: A True North Pole Survival Story

BOUND BY ICE: A True North Pole Survival Story

  Bookends is thrilled to participate in our first blog tour. At the end of this post, find details about the rest of the stops on the tour!     Cindy: If you thought Shackleton’s three months trapped in the ice in the Antarctic was a gripping survival story, wait until you hear about George […]

When Life Gives You Lemons, Search for Bigfoot

When Life Gives You Lemons, Search for Bigfoot

Cindy: As we reported a few years ago in this Bookends post, our county could be hiding Bigfoot, and Michigan is a top site for hunting. So naturally, we were drawn to Melissa Savage’s debut novel, Lemons (2017), which features a pair of tween Bigfoot detectives! The first thing almost-11-year-old Lemonade Liberty Witt sees when […]

A Palestine Reader, Part I: Books for Youth
By April 27, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

A Palestine Reader, Part I: Books for Youth

The unrelenting conflict between Palestine and Israel keeps the Middle East in the news. But for a fuller picture of the Palestinian and Palestinian American experience than what the media can provide, here’s a starter reading list for young people. Stay tuned for our list of titles about Palestine for adults and, as always, please add your suggestions […]

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Trump for Kids!

Trump for Kids!

EDITOR’S NOTE: A fascinating article in today’s New York Times delves into the potential perils of publishing children’s books about Donald Trump. Booklist’s own Daniel Kraus weighed in on the issue. “Publishers are a little nervous,” he said. It’s easy to see why. The post below, which originally appeared on The Booklist Reader in November 2016, gives a sneak […]

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Three Picture Books for the Birds

Three Picture Books for the Birds

Cindy: More snow. It’s for the birds, but at least it’s given me the opportunity to sneak in another snowy book as we look toward spring. Best in Snow (2017), by April Pulley Sayre, contains stunning photos of snowflakes and icicles. Various other forms of snow—from crusty to slushy—show the cycles of changing winter weather. Birds […]

Publishing U: How to Give the Truth Its Due

Publishing U: How to Give the Truth Its Due

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. Today’s expert, award-winning writer Ann Bausum, writes history books for elementary, middle school, and high school students (and one for adults). Her most recent, The March against Fear, is a primer on Civil Rights […]

THE SECRET PROJECT: Building the Atomic Bomb for Kids

THE SECRET PROJECT: Building the Atomic Bomb for Kids

Cindy: The shadowy deeds in the 1940s New Mexico desert that culminated in “the gadget”— the world’s first atomic bomb—come hauntingly to life in Jonah and Jeanette Winter’s The Secret Project (2017). The book’s opening images of boys at play in a remote school juxtaposed with the closed, silent school that will become the headquarters of the titular secret project cast an ominous […]

SAVED BY THE BOATS: The Heroic Sea Evacuation of September 11

Cindy:  Mine is a boating family and, as such, we’ve been rescued by other boaters and rescued others in turn. Even on small rivers and lakes, boaters follow an unwritten code to help other boaters: You don’t leave someone in distress on the water. As citizens fled the twin towers on September 11, 2001, that code benefited over […]

Sydney Taylor and National Jewish Book Awards Announced

Sydney Taylor and National Jewish Book Awards Announced

It was a big day for Jewish book awards yesterday. The Association of Jewish Libraries announced the winners of the annual Sydney Taylor Book Award, intended to honor “books for children and teens that exemplify high literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience.” Meanwhile, the Jewish Book Council announced the winners of the 2016 National […]

Snack-Sized Nonfiction Audio for Kids
By November 15, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Snack-Sized Nonfiction Audio for Kids

Looking for short, high-interest audio for the classroom or your kid’s spare moments? Try the Nonfiction Minute, a daily morsel of free, original content with the audio of the text read aloud by the author—a great opportunity for young people hear favorites like Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, Vicki Cobb, David Schwartz, Jan Greenberg, and Cheryl Harness. As Dr. […]

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