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Exploring the world of children's nonfiction books
Exploring the world of children's nonfiction books

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#Cybils #kidlt Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History - Have you nominated your favorite children’s books from the last year yet? The Cybils nomination window ends October 15, 2018. Learn how to nominate at the Cybils blog. ### The New York Times bestseller Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison has already been nominated for a 2018 Cybils award in the Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction category.   Vashti Harrison wanted an outlet for her art and also wanted to ...
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#Nonfiction Monday Counting on Katherine - Let’s explore some of the fantastic nonfiction children’s books that have been nominated for 2018 Cybils awards. For Nonfiction Monday, we’ll start with the picture book biography Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker and illustrated by Dow Phumiruk. Katherine Johnson was a gifted mathematician who was denied a high school education where she lived because of her skin color. Her father decided to move the fa...
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#Cybils Nominations Start Today - October 1, 2018 is the opening day to nominate children’s books for a 2018 Cybils Award. (See previous post for more information about what books are eligible). Categories (links go to nomination lists): • Early Chapter Books/Easy Readers • Elementary/Middle-Grade Nonfiction • Elementary/Middle-Grade Graphic Novels • Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction • Fiction Picture/Board Books • Middle Grade Fiction • Poetry • Junior/Senior High Nonfiction • Yo...
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#ReadYourWorld — Multicultural Children’s Book Day Call for Reviewers - Multicultural Children’s Book Day is coming January 25, 2019 and the organizers are calling for children’s book reviewers to sign up now. Once you fill out the form, shortly before the event they will provide a multicultural book for you to review. The organizers Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom say: Our mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diver...
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Encouraging Kids to Read: Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett - Want to encourage children to enjoy reading and books? Try this two-pronged approach. Prong 1:  Book Ownership Buy books for kids. Give books as gifts. Why? Owning an age-appropriate book means the child will be able to return to it again and again, allowing him or her to become comfortable with it. Ownership allows children to make friends with books. Books don’t have to be expensive. Plenty of used book stores, library sales, and disco...
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Cybils 2018: Call for Volunteer Judges - Do you blog about children’s books on a regular basis? Like to promote books and reading? Then you might want to become a Cybils judge. The call for judges is ongoing until September 9, 2018. What are Cybils? The acronym stands for children’s and young adult bloggers literary awards. Bloggers who specialize in children’s and young adult books have developed the Cybils awards to highlight some of the best books published in the previous year. Voluntee...
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#kidlit Baby Loves Gravity! - I’ve been wanting to take a look at the Baby Loves Science series forever. When book 5 came out in May 2018, I knew it was time. Babies, toddlers and preschoolers are explorers and scientists; they are constantly discovering new things and trying to figure out how the world works. Baby Loves Gravity! (Baby Loves Science) by Ruth Spiro and illustrated by Irene Chan introduces the vocabulary they’ll need to explore the concept of gravity. Using short sentences, a...
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#kidlit: Two New Picture Books Featuring Adorable Spiders - Two fiction picture books came out in the last few months that both feature adorable spiders. The Weaver by Qian Shi Stanley the spider collects things and stores them in his web. What will he do when a storm comes and his collection is washed away? He comes up with a clever solution. The Weaver Promo – Collector from Qian Shi on Vimeo.   Age Range: 5 – 7 years Publisher: Andersen Pr USA (April 1, 2018) ISBN-10: 1541514548 ISBN-13:...
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Purrfect #Kidlit: Super Cats -True Stories of Felines That Made History - For the Chinese Year of the Dog I created a list of children’s books about dogs, so let’s even things up by taking a look at the new middle grade book Super Cats: True Stories of Felines That Made History by Elizabeth Macleod. After a brief introduction to how cool cats are, Elizabeth MacLeod delves into the history of cats, including how cats were treated as gods in ancient Egypt. Next she explores cultures that cons...
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Practical #Kidlit: Let’s Hatch Chicks - Just in time for spring, meet Violet the Lavender Orpington hen and learn all about the life cycle of chickens in Let’s Hatch Chicks!: Explore the Wonderful World of Chickens and Eggs by Lisa Steele and illustrated by Perry Taylor.   When my son was in fourth grade, his teacher incubated eggs in the classroom. One weekend it was our turn to bring the incubator home and take care of the eggs. My son was thrilled and followed the instructions he had bee...
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