Beneath the Sun by Melissa Stewart

I am so excited to be on the blog tour for Melissa Stewart’s latest seasonal/habitat book in the series that includes When Rain Falls and Under the Snow. Somehow I’ve never gotten around to reviewing either of those titles, although I use them regularly in storytime and they are everything I want in a nonfiction picture book. Happily, Beneath the Sun is equally delightful. For the full review, visit my blog

World War I for kids: A history with 21 activities by R. Kent Rasmussen

Every year the dreaded World War I project strikes. Random middle school students suddenly appear demanding 20 facts about a single topic. The smart ones have weeks, the procrastinators need them, like, now and are usually rather surly when I tell them that their fellow students have already checked out my entire World War I section and anyways I don’t have an entire book on the Zimmerman telegram, trench warfare, or carrier pigeons. However, in view of the demand, I’ve been slowly building this section. Slowly because, however heavy the demand, it’s still only once a year and therefore I want items that are attractive enough to check out all year round.

Which is a lengthy way of saying that Chicago Review Press has met my requirements with this book on an obscure topic, packed with information and activities (yes, you may not consider WWI obscure, but trust me, the kids do).

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About Habitats: Forests by Cathryn and John Sill

I’m the first stop on a blog tour for the Sill’s latest easy nonfiction book. Hop over to Jean Little Library to hear all about the sixth book in the About Habitats series – and see how I made it into a flannel board game! 

This series profiles a number of different habitats. Each spread has a simple, informative sentence on one side and a beautiful painting on the facing page, illustrating the concept. There is also a caption describing the predominant elements of the painting.

Nonfiction Monday: Brown Bear by Suzi Eszterhas

I saw this series, Eye on the Wild, at an ALA conference a few years back and fell in love. This one is my particular favorite, because I love bears.

Beaaaars, so round and furry and awesome. Beaaaars.

Ahem. So, this is a picture book format, simple introduction to the life cycle, especially the growing-up years, of a brown bear. The story of the bear’s lives begins with their birth in the den and moves through their growing up years until they set out on their own. The text is simple and bold, using plain language to explain to young children how the bears’ mother takes care of them and adding in interesting facts seamlessly to the text. It’s a little longer for reading aloud to very young children, but four year olds up through first grade will enjoy listening to this.

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Nonfiction Monday: Things that Float and Things that Don’t by David Adler

I almost didn’t borrow this book to preview because I thought the illustrations looked blah and unattractive. Well, I still think they’re not the strongest part of the book, but it’s such a good explanation of science concepts for young kids that I purchased it for the library anyways.

The book starts with a sort of general introduction and question. There is a lot of water in the world and people have been using it to travel and move things for a long time. However, how do you know what floats and what sinks? Why does a boat full of people float, but a pebble sinks?

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Jennifer at Jean Little Library