Tag: Common Core Standards

Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary

Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary

Cindy: Please wash your hands before you read this post! Measles, whooping cough, and now an outbreak of typhus … in youth literature, that is! A few years ago, Lynn and I posted about a fictional Typhoid Mary story, Deadly (2011) by Julie Chibbaro, and I was intrigued about Mary Mallon and her real story. This year […]

Motivating Teens to Think for Themselves about the Environment — and Act Accordingly

Motivating Teens to Think for Themselves about the Environment — and Act Accordingly

Lynn: Renowned author Paul Fleischman is a man on a mission. He wants teens to look beyond their own “internal movie,” beyond the dazzling technological changes in our world to the side effects and huge environmental problems we face. Using in-your-face, blunt language in Eyes Wide Open: Going Beyond the Environmental Headlines (2014), Fleischman sets about […]

Nonfiction Monday! Where Myth Meets Science

Nonfiction Monday! Where Myth Meets Science

Lynn: As an educator, a parent, and a grandparent, one of my goals has been to fan the flames of curiosity in kids. It’s a critical trait and one that often seems to get squashed somewhere along the K-12 march. I love books that encourage kids to ask questions. Marc Aronson’s books always seem to […]

True Stories Will Turn Boys and Girls into Eager Readers

True Stories Will Turn Boys and Girls into Eager Readers

Cindy: I’ll drink my own urine and eat my peeling, sun-burned skin if anyone can name a more solid nonfiction collection of informational short works! Okay, I highly doubt I would ever really agree to do that, but I think you’ll find it hard to ante up a nonfiction short “story” collection to rival True […]

Freebie Friday: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on Audio
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Freebie Friday: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on Audio

Washington Irving’s classic tale gets the celebrity treatment in this atmospheric audio narrated by Tom Mison, star of the Sleepy Hollow TV series. Click this link to download to your Kindle Fire, mobile device, tablet or computer’s Audible app. At just over an hour, this makes a great family in-the-car audio or a classroom listen-aloud to connect classic literature […]

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Leaving China by James McMullan

Leaving China by James McMullan

Lynn:  We reviewers are supposed to be analytical about our reading and writing, assessing the elements of what we read and conveying those to you making decisions about what to read and purchase.  I try, really I do.  But sometimes a book comes along that I just love.  Period.  Leaving China:  An Artist Paints His […]

The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

Cindy: Every time I think I’ve read the last of the horrific stories of racism in this country, someone like the Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling speaks up or I read a new young adult nonfiction book that unearths a little known story that infuriates me. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for […]

Stubby the War Dog by Ann Bausum

Stubby the War Dog by Ann Bausum

Lynn:  If I had a nickel for every kid who ever told me history was boring, I’d be living in the south of France eating glorious cheese and sipping a crisp Provencal rosé.  The trick to gaining history converts, I firmly believe, is in showing kids that history is really just people’s stories.  Well, here […]

Firefly July Selected by Paul B. Janeczko

Firefly July Selected by Paul B. Janeczko

Lynn:  I know it is early in the year to be announcing favorite books but I have no doubt that Firefly July:  A Year of Very Short Poems (Candlewick 2014) is going to be one of mine.  Let me count the ways that I LOVE this book! The book is divided into seasons beginning with […]

Handle with Care by Loree Griffin Burns

Handle with Care by Loree Griffin Burns

Lynn:  For many years our family has enjoyed a wonderful rite of spring that fortunately doesn’t depend on the outside temperature in Michigan.  We are lucky to live close to the outstanding Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.  I could go on and on about the wonders of the Gardens but today […]