Tag: nonfiction

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 […]

The Carnegie Interviews: Patrick Phillips

The Carnegie Interviews: Patrick Phillips

Please enjoy our series of interviews with each of the finalists for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. For your chance to win a copy of Blood at the Root, follow @bookistreader on Twitter and tweet the link to this interview by midnight CST tonight (December 15, 2016) using the hashtag #Carnegie2017giveaway. We’ll […]

How to Build a Museum

How to Build a Museum

Lynn: The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its doors in September 2016. It’d been a long time coming—100 years since the idea of a “Monument at the Capital in Honor of the Negro Soldiers and Sailors Who Fought in the Wars of our Country,” was proposed by the National Memorial Association […]

2016 National Book Awards: Pics and Reviews

2016 National Book Awards: Pics and Reviews

Last night, I live-tweeted the National Book Awards. While I prepare a full post, here’s a list of the winning titles with their winners, linked to their Booklist reviews:   Young People’s Literature March: Book Three, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell           Poetry The Performance of Becoming Human, by Daniel […]

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Elise Gravel’s Disgusting Critters: EWWW!

Elise Gravel’s Disgusting Critters: EWWW!

Lynn: Given that our focus group loves nothing more than bugs and creepy critters, I have NO idea how I missed Elise Gravel’s series, Disgusting Critters, that began in 2014. I may be coming in late, but I’m coming in enthusiastic after discovering The Toad (2016) on the new books shelf at my public library. EWWW—what […]

Miss Mary Reporting: A Middle-Grade Biography of Pioneering Sportswriter Mary Garber

Miss Mary Reporting: A Middle-Grade Biography of Pioneering Sportswriter Mary Garber

Lynn: Reading for Bookends is a very humbling job. I am always finding books about subjects I know nothing about—but should! Pioneering female sportswriter Mary Ellen Garber is a prime example. Thankfully, there’s Miss Mary Reporting: the True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber (2016) by Sue Macy. Born in 1916, Mary Ellen Garber loved sports. Much to her […]

Animal Rescue Picture Books

Animal Rescue Picture Books

Lynn and Cindy: There isn’t much more moving than a wonderful animal rescue story. Today, we bring you two picture books that are guaranteed to elicit a little moisture in even the driest of eyes. Prepare yourself for a cuteness surge! The latest entry in Suzi Eszterhas’ Wildlife Rescue series, Orangutan Orphanage (2016), features one heart-melting […]

Two Authors Go Behind the Scenes at the Zoo

Two Authors Go Behind the Scenes at the Zoo

Lynn: “In the heart of many cities there is a jungle.” So begins renowned biologist Caitlin O’Connell’s call-to-arms for the next generation of naturalists. Jungles and zoos have never been more important to conservation and species preservation. For nature lovers, the outlook on the environment is often depressing. While O’Connell acknowledges this reality, she is not hopeless: she […]

Concrete Poetry with Bob Raczka

Concrete Poetry with Bob Raczka

Lynn: If you are looking for some engaging word play to inspire kids, look no further than Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems (2016) by the inventive Bob Raczka. Inside the pages of this slim book is a delightful mix of playful concrete poems that are guaranteed to get kids itching to create their […]

Hold Onto Your Head! Samurai Rising is a Great Historical Adventure

Hold Onto Your Head! Samurai Rising is a Great Historical Adventure

Lynn: I shouldn’t begin a review with a left-handed compliment, but the real truth is that I don’t think that I would have ever picked up Samurai Rising: the Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune (2016) if I didn’t love Pamela Turner’s writing. If I’m being totally honest, the violent, head-chopping warrior culture of the Samurai period is […]

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