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Two intrepid librarians review the best nonfiction books for children

Monday, January 14, 2019

Our Top Posts from 2018

We just spent some time looking over the most popular posts from 2018.  

And, here they are!!!




by Sandra Neil Wallace; Illustrated by Bryan Collier






and Part 2  


Written by Kate Messner; Illustrated by Matthew Forsythe




by Monica Kulling; Illustrated by Julianna Swaney


by Christy Hale







There you have it! Our top posts from 2018. 
We look forward to what will be released in 2019.
Thank you to all our readers!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

New Nonfiction Releases- January 2019

2019 is already looking like a strong year for nonfiction. 

Here are new titles published this month.


On shelves January 1st


The Greatest Treasure Hunt in History: The Story of the Monuments Men
by Robert M. Edsel

Fake News: Separating Fact from Fiction
by Michael Miller

Forest Talk: How Trees Communicate
by Melissa Koch

Taking Cover: One Girl’s Story of Growing Up During the Iranian Revolution
by Nioucha Homayoonfar

When Plants Attack: Strange and Terrifying Plants
by Rebecca E. Hirsch

Little Monsters of the Ocean: Metamorphosis Under the Waves
by Heather L. Montgomery

A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks
by Alice Faye Duncan and Xia Gordon


On shelves January 8th


We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults
by Susan Kuklin

We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World
by Malala Yousafzai

Standing Up Against Hate: How Black Women in the Army Helped Change the Course of WWII
by Mary Cronk Farrell

This Promise of Change: One Girl's Story in the Fight for Social Equality
by Jo Ann Ellen Boyce and Debbie Levy


1919: The Year That Changed America
by Martin W. Sandler

Elvis Is King
by Jonah Winter and Red Nose Studio

On shelves January 15th


The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop
by Carole Boston Weatherford and Frank Morrison

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre
by Anika Aldamuy Denise and Paola Escobar

On shelves January 22nd


Rotten!: Vultures, Beetles, Slime, and Nature's Other Decomposers
by Anita Sanchez and Gilbert Ford

Out of This World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington
by Michelle Markel and Amanda Hall


On shelves January 29th


Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow
by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet
by Curtis Manley and Jessica Lanan

Monday, December 31, 2018

Best Biographies of 2018




Today we are featuring the best biographies and memoirs of the 2018. Picture books and graphic novels dominate the list. This year's best biographies for children and teens feature artists, athletes, politicians, scientists and more!



by Sandra Neil Wallace
illustrated by Bryan Collier


by Mara Rockliff
illustrated by Michele Wood

by Penelope Bagieu


by Monica Kulling
illustrated by Julianna Swaney

Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass
by Tonya Bolden

by John Hendrix


by Joyce Sidman

The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague
by Julia Finley Mosca
illustrated by Daniel Rieley


Hey, Kiddo
by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles
by Patricia Valdez
illustrated by Felicita Sala


by Laura Veirs
illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

by Sharlee Glenn


by Isabel Quintero and Zeke Pena

by Gary D. Schmidt 
illustrated by Daniel Minter

Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Defeated Army
by Art Coulson
illustrated by Nick Hardcastle

by Chris Barton
illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Monday, December 24, 2018

Best History Books of 2018




Today we're highlighting the best history and current events books of 2018. These books for children and teens span topics such as The Great Depression, the Syrian Refugee crisis, the Civil Rights Movement and the invention of Monopoly.


by Olivia Burton and Mahi Grand

by Karen Blumenthal

Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam
by Elizabeth Partridge

by Marc Favreau

by David Hockney and Martin Gayford
illustrated by Rosa Blake

by Alice Faye Duncan
illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

by Tanya Lee Stone
illustrated by Steven Salerno

by Gail Jarrow

by Don Brown