Tag: nonfiction

Hidden Lives of Toads Revealed!

Hidden Lives of Toads Revealed!

Lynn: Yes, there are a zillion books for kids about toads, frogs, and tadpoles. Trust me, few are as terrific as The Hidden Life of a Toad (2017), photographer Doug Wechsler’s up-close and personal look at the fascinating stages of metamorphosis. Most kids will have seen tadpoles, or at least books about them, but here the […]

Book Trailer Thursday: I CAN’T MAKE THIS UP

This week’s Book Trailer Thursday introduces the memoir of one of my favorite comedians, Kevin Hart. Hart’s debut, I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons (Simon & Schuster), coauthored by Neil Strauss and released June 6, plumbs the depths of Hart’s humble beginnings in Philadelphia, as well as universal concerns, including sex, relationships, money, parenthood, and […]

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MOTO AND ME: Cuteness Overload

MOTO AND ME: Cuteness Overload

Lynn: Suzi Eszterhas makes it clear that Moto is no pet, but I doubt anyone who reads Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat’s Foster Mom (2017) won’t feel a pang when she releases the serval kitten to the wild. Wildlife photographer and author Eszterhas was living in Kenya to photograph animals on the Masai […]

Road Tripping with Eclectic Audiobooks

Road Tripping with Eclectic Audiobooks

Once upon a time, I was wary of audiobooks; I didn’t think they were “real” reading. How wrong I was! Two sparked an obsession: Feed by M.T. Anderson, read by David Aaron Baker, with a full production complete with brain-fed ads and instant messages before I even knew what they were (!), and Shantaram by […]

EYES OF THE WORLD: Photojournalists Robert Capa and Gerda Taro

EYES OF THE WORLD: Photojournalists Robert Capa and Gerda Taro

Lynn: I need to start this post about Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism (2017) with a disclaimer: Cindy and I had the privilege of watching part of this book’s creation. Marc Aronson shared some of his early ideas with us when we all spoke at a conference […]

Posted in: Bookends, Young Adult
Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with 12 New Titles

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with 12 New Titles

While Columbus is credited with discovering the Americas, notable scholars and historians have argued that Chinese explorers traveled around the world in the early 15th century and created a surviving map that shows America on its route. Imagine if those ancient explorers had stayed. The history of Asians who did stay in the Americas dates back to […]

Posted in: Books and Authors
Encouraging Young Naturalists: THE SEARCH FOR OLINGUITO

Encouraging Young Naturalists: THE SEARCH FOR OLINGUITO

Lynn: Sometimes, the most surprising discoveries have been right under our noses for years! Being observant, curious and asking questions can lead to valuable new knowledge. This is an important lesson for young naturalists, who sometimes think all nature is known by science. Sandra Markle’s fascinating new book, The Search for Olinguito: Discovering a New Species […]

Hats Off to Farmers, Starting with JOHN DEERE, THAT’S WHO

Hats Off to Farmers, Starting with JOHN DEERE, THAT’S WHO

Lynn: I think it’s sad that so few kids now have any real understanding, or even an acquaintance with farming and farm life. Children think food comes from grocery stores, and many adults seem to have an unconscious snobbery toward the people who put that food on the shelves. Farming has always been hard work, but I would […]

Last of the Magicians: ISAAC THE ALCHEMIST

Last of the Magicians: ISAAC THE ALCHEMIST

Lynn: In 1936, the economist John Maynard Keynes purchased a set of Isaac Newton’s papers. To his great surprise, Keynes found that many of them related to Newton’s intense study of alchemy. To those of us in the modern world, alchemy is a discredited pursuit, the stuff of magical thinking and ignorance. Keynes wrote that […]

Posted in: Bookends, Young Adult
SEA OTTER HEROES to the Rescue

SEA OTTER HEROES to the Rescue

Lynn: In schools these days, we talk about science in terms of the scientific method, theories, observation, and conclusions. Pedagogically, this is excellent, but it is important not to lose sight of something that both drives and excites kids: asking questions. Young biologist Brent Hughes did just that. His question? Why was the fertilizer-polluted Elkhorn Slough […]