May 20, 2013

Nonfiction Monday Roundup for May 20, 2013

Welcome to the Nonfiction Monday Roundup!

Nonfiction Monday is the brainchild of Anastasia Suen. Bloggers across the kidlitosphere celebrate Nonfiction Monday by writing about nonfiction books for kids on Monday.

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Nonfiction Monday will be at ProseandKahn next week on May 27, 2013, so get your nonfiction reviews ready!

Without further ado, here are the amazing submissions we have for nonfiction children's books this week:

Jeanne Walker Harvey at True Tales & a Cherry on Top has a great book for Canadians celebrating Victoria Day at home (or at the lake) today- a book by a Canadian librarian,  Joanne Stanbridge, with a strong message of hope, called The Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives.

 Donald A. Ritchie's book about the US constitution and bill of right for teens, Our Constitution, is the focus at Kid Lit about Politics today.

Can you imagine if learning to read was outlawed? It was for Booker T. Washington and other slave boys in the US before emancipation. Jeff Barger features Washington's struggle to get an education via Fifty Cents and a Dream, by Jabari Asim and Bryan Collier.

Tara at  A Teaching Life also has a story of a man who was affected by the prohibition on literacy among slaves. Dave the potter has a profound legacy and you can check it out in Etched in Clay by Andrea Chen.

Laura Salas introduces us to the life cycle of a godwit through The Long, Long Journey. I'd never heard of a godwit bird before so I need to find this book and find out all about them!

This seems to be a popular choice because Ami at A Mom's Spare Time is reviewing The Long, Long Journey today too! You know what they say about great minds- they read the same books!

Ms. Yingling has a civil rights theme going on today and for nonfiction she introduces Courage Has No Color by Tanya Lee Stone, about the Tuskegee Airmen.

It's a fascinating non-fiction graphic novel at Shelf-Employed today, all about non-human primates and the humans who have studied them. Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani will be released next month.

Kids who like things that go will be interested in The Great Big Book of Mighty Machines showcased by Jennifer at The Jean Little Library. My son is sitting over my shoulder trying to get me to order it before I finish typing this sentence- looks like a good one!

Barbed Wire Baseball, by Marissa Moss and Yuko Shimizu, is featured at The Children's War. I've never heard of Kenochi Zenimura who made it possible to play baseball in his internment camp, but I want to know more now.

Amy at Hope is the Word brings us a review of Miss Moore Thought Otherwise, about the woman who made libraries accessible to children- and I am sure all of us participating today are thankful for that!

Cindy and Lynn at Bookends introduce a unique activity book, Sneaky Art by Marthe Jocelyn. Who wouldn't like an artistic surprise?

I think today's creepiest choice goes to Janet Squires, who is introducing a book about a real-life monster, Giant Squid: Searching for a Sea Monster. With a cover like that I bet it will be very popular!

Stacking Books has another story of someone who couldn't get the education she wanted, in For the Love of Music, The Remarkable Story of Maria Ann Mozart, who was Amadeus' big sister.

Julie Gerber introduces two books in Carole P. Roman's If You Were Me and Lived In... series. Click over and take a journey to France and Mexico!

Our fearless founder, Anastasia Suen, has a book about a rescue mission to save a Navy SEAL, called Today's Air Force Heroes by Miriam Aronin.

Pragmatic Mom has a number of nonfiction middle grade books about skateboarding, including
Cool Skateboarding Facts.

I review a Japanese children's book about conceptual math that has been translated into English, Which is Round? Which is Bigger? by Mineko Mamada here at Perogies & Gyoza.


  1. Thanks so much for hosting Nonfiction Monday today! I enjoyed your review of Which is Round? Which is Bigger?

    Thanks so much for hosting today!

    I'm featuring a picture book biography, The Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives.

    I saved this one to feature on your hosting day as the author, Joanne Stanbridge, grew up in Canada!

  2. Thanks for hosting Nonfiction Monday! I reviewed a book about our Constitution, called Our Constitution. The URL is Please let me know if you have any trouble with the URL etc. Thanks again!

  3. Thanks for hosting today! At A Teaching Life I have a review of Andrea Cheng's Etched in Clay: The Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet.

  4. Thank you for hosting this week! At NC Teacher Stuff, I am featuring Fifty Cents and a Dream which is a picture book biography of a young Booker T. Washington.

  5. Might help if I give you the URL:

  6. I've got a wonderful Sandra Markle picture book, The Long, Long Journey: Thanks for hosting!

  7. I've got a review of Courage Has No Color up today at

  8. I'm sharing a review of the soon-to-be-released graphic novel, Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas. Thanks for hosting.

  9. I've got a review of a book about Mighty Machines

  10. Hi, and thank you for hosting Nonfiction Monday this week.

    I have a review of Barbed Wire Baseball today at

  11. Bookends Blog is planning to get sneaky with Marthe Jocelyn's craft book: Sneaky Art. It looks like an easy way to have fun.

    Thanks for hosting Nonfiction Monday!

  12. Hi, Thanks for hosting. I am a children's book author writing a series on non fiction books on historic places and events featuring a funny character named Miss History as a guide. I also review children's book on my blog twice weekly. see

  13. Thanks for hosting.
    My selection is "Giant Squid: searching for a sea monster" written by Mary M. Cerullo with Clyde F.E. Roper.

  14. I think this is the first timi I've seen a duplicate book:

  15. Hi, thanks for hosting!
    We are reading about Maria Mozart at Stacking Books:

  16. Thanks for hosting! I am really enjoying Carole P. Roman's new series!

  17. Thanks for hosting this week! At Booktalking I'm sharing Today’s Air Force Heroes by Miriam Aronin


    Mostly non-fiction books on skateboarding for a reluctant 7th grade boy reader.

  19. I definitely need to read Primates and Which is Round? Which is Bigger?
    Thanks for the great review :)


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