Nonfiction Monday Roundup

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nonfiction.monday Every Monday is Nonfiction Monday in the Kidlitosphere; bloggers interested in books for children celebrate their recent nonfiction finds. It’s a great way to find new books, and in my case take me into parts of the library I don’t often frequent! Today I’m excited to be hosting Nonfiction Monday– if you have a Nonfiction Monday post please leave a link to it in the comments to this post (just under the post title) and I’ll update this post to include your links as the day goes on.

  • My own contribution this week to Nonfiction Monday is all about inventions – I’ve reviewed Three Cheers for Inventors by Marcia Williams and Owning Up by Janine Amos and Annabel Spenceley

  • Tarie from Into the Wardrobe has not only reviewed The Frog Scientist by Pamela S. Turner, she’s also got an interview with the author!

  • A review of Bad News for Outlaws, the Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie can be found at Check It Out. MsMac also rounds up news of the Orbis Pictus Award.

  • Sarah at In Need of Chocolate has reviewed The Story of the Orchestra by Robert Levine – definitely a book I’d like to read with my own kids!

  • Abby (the) Librarian has a great post about the Magic Tree House Research Guide series – she’s taken a look in particular at the guides which cover space, tsunamis and sea monsters.

  • Jennifer at JeanLittleLibrary has reviewed Mr. Lincoln’s High-Tech War by Thomas and Roger Allen – one I should definitely track down given my own post today as it is also about inventions!

  • Shirley at SimplyScience is reviewing Molds, Mushrooms and Other Fungi. One of the things I love about SimplyScience is that activities to match the book are always suggested and today’s post is no exception.

  • Head on over to Bookends for an interesting conversation from Cindy and Lynn about a magazine for girls that they discovered while at ALA Midwinter, called Kiki. The issue they discuss has articles about Route 66, Vintage fashion, Numb Thumb (texting), and the Statue of Liberty National Monument just to name a few.

  • A theme seems to be emerging… Dawn at has reviewed a book about inventions this week, too – The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth, by Kathleen Krull

  • Becky at offers us a timely review of Claudette Colvin Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose – this book (in case you’ve been nowhere near the kidlitosphere this last week) was Winner of the National Book Award, and also a Sibert Honor, and a Newbery Honor!

  • The very same Becky but with a different hat on, this time the one she wears over at Young Readers brings us a review of Down, Down, Down: A Journey To The Bottom of the Sea. By Steve Jenkins.

  • The Wild About Nature blog has a review of Zoo in the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations by Jacqueline Mitton. This looks like a really gorgeous book!

  • At Lori Calabrese Writes! there’s a review of I and I Bob Marley by Tony Medina, illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson. Having read the review, I’m now itching to go and put some of his music on…

  • Today at the Lerner Books Blog, Carol is discussing figure skating scoring and nonficiton writing. They have more in common than you might think!

  • Congratulations go to Wendie for not being the last to post this week 😉 She has a review of Diggers at Work by D.R. Addison.

  • Make sure you check out the review of the Rick Bowers’ book Spies of Mississippi up and running at A Fuse #8 Production today

  • Roberta at Wrapped in Foil has reviewed Into the Deep by David Sheldon – clearly there’s a second theme running through today’s Nonfiction Monday – the deep sea and its creatures!

  • Over at A Patchwork of Books Amanda has reviewed two titles in the Spectacular Animal Series by Bearport, A Prairie Dog’s Town and A Honey Bee’s Hive.

  • Bugs and Bugsicles: Insects in Winter by Amy S. Hansen, illustrated by Robert C. Kray is reviewed by Anastasia at Picture Book of the Day.

  • Anna from Lost Between the Pages has reviewed Sid Fleischman’s Escape: The Story of the Great Houdini.

  • Jennie at Biblio File has reviewed two biographies that were both Cybil nominations this year – Leaving Glorytown: One Boy’s Struggle Under Castro by Eduardo F. Calcines and Rock ‘n’ Roll Soldier: A Memoir Dean by Ellis Kohler with Susan VanHecke.

  • Like Becky at, Mama Librarian has reviewed Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Philip Hoose

  • Next week’s Nonfiction Monday is hosted by Wild About Nature. If you’d like to see the full schedule for Nonfiction Monday, please visit Anastasia Suen’s Picture Book of the Day.

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