Tag: animals

The Slowest Blog Post – We Mean BOOK – Ever

The Slowest Blog Post – We Mean BOOK – Ever

Cindy: If it weren’t for the subject of this book, I would feel the need to apologize for being so slow to post about April Pulley Sayre’s The Slowest Book Ever (2016). My Goodreads account tells me that I started reading this a full month ago and I should have finished it much more quickly, but […]

Grumpy Fun with Two Picture Books about Bears: Mother Bruce and The Bear Report

Grumpy Fun with Two Picture Books about Bears: Mother Bruce and The Bear Report

Lynn: We all know someone who is too grumpy for words, and it is sad but true that I “bear” more than a passing resemblance to the grumpy character, Bruce, in Ryan Higgins’ picture book, Mother Bruce (2015) on some days. I do try to focus on the positive, honestly I do. But thanks to cold December […]

Emulate the Emu: Hard-Working Dads of the Animal World

Emulate the Emu: Hard-Working Dads of the Animal World

Cindy: Dads often don’t get enough credit, but Claire Saxby’s Emu (2015) will help their reputation. In the animal world, it is often the mother who does the lion’s share of the work, but emus apparently join the likes of emperor penguins and seahorses when it comes to tending to their young. Saxby shares her information in two […]

Amazing Pop-Up Books for All Ages

Amazing Pop-Up Books for All Ages

Cindy: Pop-up books amaze and delight and sometimes inspire challenging crafting. I have an assortment of pop-up books in my middle school in the leisure-reading area and they are looked at daily. They make the best coffee-table books ever. Readers of all ages will be fascinated by the pop-up books we have for you today, starting […]

Appreciating Wildlife with Ted and Betsy Lewin

Appreciating Wildlife with Ted and Betsy Lewin

Lynn: For many of us, summer is a chance to travel. I love to travel, but if I can’t, I will happily read about someone else’s adventures. Here’s a fabulous new book that will scratch that travel itch just by reading it: How to Babysit a Leopard: And other True Stories from Our Travels across […]

Hippos Are Huge in Picture Books

Hippos Are Huge in Picture Books

Lynn: I love my job! Seriously—sometimes I am just awed by the amazing books being created for young readers these days. Take nonfiction for example: gorgeous, fascinating, perfectly attuned to children’s developmental levels, packed with information and just plain fun. Jonathan London’s terrific Hippos Are Huge! (2015) is a perfect example of just how outrageously […]

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head: Rainy Day Books

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head: Rainy Day Books

Lynn: Here is a treasure for every classroom studying the water cycle! Raindrops Roll (2015), by April Pulley Sayre, is a visual gem that provides a close-up look at the action of raindrops. The book opens by setting the stage: “Rain is coming. You can feel it in the air.” Each page has a gorgeous photograph, […]

Checking in on Chernobyl’s Dead Zone

Checking in on Chernobyl’s Dead Zone

Cindy: Almost 30 years ago, when I was a baby librarian—and not too many years after acquiring my college protest marching “No-Nukes” button—a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine exploded and the news was full of the fallout. Today’s students may be fuzzy on the details, if they even know about this devastating accident. […]

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Winnie-the-Pooh and a Soldier, Too!

Winnie-the-Pooh and a Soldier, Too!

Cindy: After a year on the Sibert Award I said I was taking a break from nonfiction, but when I saw the cover art, the title, and the name Sally Walker on Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh (2015), I just couldn’t resist. Last year saw the publication of many soldier-and-dog […]

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox

Lynn:  Picture books featuring adorable animals are commonplace.  Picture books about a real-life elephant seal who won the hearts of an entire town?  Rare!  In the author’s note, Cox,  a famous long-distance swimmer, tells of first hearing the story of Elizabeth during a trip to New Zealand.  She says she knew she would someday have […]