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More Recent Nonfiction Picture Books: President-Plants-Protest-Princess Edition

As John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday approaches later this month, some new picture books portray various aspects of his legacy. Last month I reviewed Ryan Tubridy’s Patrick and the President, and this month’s reviews include two more Kennedy books, along … Continue reading

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Nine More Nonfiction Picture Books for Your Consideration

Several books about animals are featured in this month’s round-up of recent nonfiction picture books.  I hope these brief descriptions are useful as you select books for your school or family collections.  You will be able to tell which ones … Continue reading

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Seven More Nonfiction Picture Books for Your Consideration

This is a strong batch of books–no duds here.  Along with some of the books in last month’s installment of reviews, many of these titles can become part of a collection featuring culturally diverse personalities and topics. Frederick Douglass: The … Continue reading

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Six Nonfiction Picture Books for Young Readers

Each month in 2017, I’m planning to offer a round-up of recent nonfiction picture books with the hope that it will help parents and educators at all levels sort through and pick titles that are the best choices for their … Continue reading

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Review: HILLBILLY ELEGY: A MEMOIR OF A FAMILY AND CULTURE IN CRISIS by J. D. Vance

J. C. Vance made it out. Raised in the hillbilly culture of Appalachia and a transplanted hillbilly culture in Ohio, Vance had the help of generous grandparents who force fed him education, and he eventually ended up at Ohio State … Continue reading

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Six 2016 Nonfiction Picture Books for Your Consideration

Here are my thoughts on a few nonfiction picture books from the first half of 2016. These reviews first appeared on Goodreads in slightly different form. I hope this post is helpful to those choosing books for young readers. Pink … Continue reading

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Eleven Quick Book Reviews

Here are some of my recent book reviews. All of these originally appeared in other places, in some cases in slightly different form. I hope at least one of the books in this post appeals to you! Jerry Lee Lewis: … Continue reading

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What Students Read When They Can Read Anything

Back in December, I posted a list of books students in my classes were reading. Now, four months later, my students are still reading, and I’ve added two new classes of readers to the mix. Today I made a list … Continue reading

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Review: BRAIN ON FIRE: MY MONTH OF MADNESS by Susannah Cahalan

Brain on Fire is New York Post reporter Susannah Cahalan’s gripping memoir about her horrific experience with a rare brain inflammation. The attack first manifested itself behaviorally—hallucinations, impulsive actions, anxiety—so Cahalan’s case was misunderstood and misdiagnosed as mental illness. After … Continue reading

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Review: THE PARIS WIFE by Paula McLain

The Paris Wife is Paula McLain’s beautifully written nonfiction novel told by Hadley Richardson, the first wife of Ernest Hemingway. Set in 1920s Paris, Hadley’s story gives readers a deeply imagined version of the American expatriate scene and its most … Continue reading

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