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Monday
Jun142010

Look out! Nonfiction Monday is here

Books together is back from a blog break just in time to host Nonfiction Monday.  Now with added Barbarians!

[Barbarians include Goths, Huns, Vikings, and Mongols and are courtesy of author Steven Kroll and illustrator Robert Byrd (Dutton, 2009).  Handsome cover barbarian is Alaric, chief of the Goths and responsible for the sacking of Rome on August 24, 410 ad (ce). Look inside for more on Attila et al.!]

Who are your favorite barbarians?  Or are you loyal to Rome?  Let me know in the comments, and leave a link to your Nonfiction Monday post.  I'll add your links to this post throughout the day.

Early morning edition

Our first vote for Vikings!  Zoe at Playing by the book had a lot of fun writing about some pretty barbaric looking Creatures that glow -- a fantastic book by Anita Ganeri, illustrated by Obin, Roger Stewart and Peter Sarson.

Two posts from Redtedart's Blog this week:  Duckie's Rainbow (and rainbow cookies, yum) and three books about post (mail to US folks).  Thanks, Maggy!

Midmorning

Laura Salas put together a handy chart about nonfiction signings at ALA later this month. Authors/illustrators can add their own signing info, and attendees who want to go to some nf signings will be able to use the chart to figure out who's where at what time!

Shelf-employed is featuring award-winning nonfiction author, Jim Murphy.  Murphy is this year's winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for his significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.

Abby the Librarian has a review of If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge by Marc Aronson (and the first vote for the Mongols).  Be sure to check out her lovely new blog layout, too.

The Wild About Nature blog has a review of Little Black Ant on Park Street by Janet Halfmann, from the excellent Smithsonian's Backyard series.

Bookends has two great new dinosaur books this morning: Dinosaur Mountain: Digging Into the Jurassic Age by Deborah Kogan Ray and Born to Be Giants: How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World by Lita Judge.  They do look great, and we're overdue for some new dinosaur books around here.

At Lori Calabrese Writes!, Lori reviews National Geographic Kids Almanac 2011. She says it's an amazing book filled to the brim with everything you can think of.

Jennifer is off for another day supervising the sacking of the library by hordes of children, but is in with a quick post on The Hive Detectives at her blog, Jean Little Library.

Brenda posted about a picture book biography of Ted Williams and his .400 season on her blog, proseandkahn.  Speaking of baseball, go Nats!

Jeannine Atkins wrote about the picture book Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty by Linda Glaser with paintings by Claire A. Nivola.  It's an insightful analysis, particularly with respect to the representation of 19th century women writers, of a lovely book.

Midafternoon

Shirley wrote about Pika at SimplyScience today.  They're very cute!

Tammy wrote about Black-Canadian history at Apples with Many Seeds.  She recommends three books and is looking for suggestions.

Jeff at NC Teacher Stuff posted about a picture book biography of jazz legend Mary Lou Williams titled The Little Piano Girl, written by Ann Ingalls and Maryann Macdonald and illustrated by [books together favorite] Giselle Potter.  See his comment for a Mongol-related tongue twister that's vintage Calvin and Hobbes, too.

Anna J. chimes in this week with a review of an international picture book/artist at Full of Grace.  I'm always interested in international children's literature, and Sara Fanelli's The Map Book sounds intriguing.

BookMoot issues a "global warning" about Seymour Simon's Global Warming that emphasizes the importance of research, documentation, and sources.

Early evening

At Moms Inspire Learning, Dawn recommends If America Were a Village: A Book about the People of the United States, by David J. Smith. She says, "It's an extremely thought-provoking picture book for the 9-12 age range, and pulls in social studies, science, language arts, and math."

Three Turtles and their Pet Librarian have a "totally cheating but highly enjoyable" review of their favorite comic strip.  Hint:  It stars youth librarians.

Bedtime

Doret of TheHappyNappyBookseller is in with another review of A Little Piano Girl, a biography of jazz artist Mary Lou Williams.  I have a little piano girl of my own and will definitely add this one to our list.

Thanks to everyone who participated in Nonfiction Monday this week!

Reader Comments (21)

Well, my daughter M can't get enough of Vikings at the moment thanks to Cressida Cowell. so I guess our Barbarian vote goes for Viking (appropriate enough seeing as my maiden name is allegedly a viking name!) As for nonfiction monday, I've had a lot of fun writing about some pretty barbaric looking "Creatures that glow" - a fantastic book by Anita Ganeri, illustrated by Obin, Roger Stewart and Peter Sarson.

http://www.playingbythebook.net/2010/06/14/glowing-in-the-dark/

Thanks for hosting today, looking forward to reading other people's posts :-)

Well we are still very much at the level of rainbows and ducks... so can't say who would win in our house (yet)!!

Here are our two non fction monday links:

Duckies Rainbow - I know it is a book about a Duck running home, bu it does explain the Rainbow too! http://redtedart.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/book-cook-duckies-rainbow-by-frances-barry/

Books x 3 - Post related books - the 3rd one is my non fiction monday entry - "The Post Office Book".
http://redtedart.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/books-x3-flat-stanley-the-post-office-book-kisses-from-rosa/

Thank you for hosting!

Maggy

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaggy, red ted art

Great cover on this book! Sounds like a fun book. I don't actually have a favorite barbarians, but since I live in Minnesota, I guess I should say the Vikings:>)

I'm in at http://laurasalas.livejournal.com/222731.html with a chart about nonfiction signings at ALA later this month. Authors/illustrators can add their own signing info, and attendees who want to go to some nf signings will be able to use the chart to figure out who's where at what time!

Thanks for hosting,
Laura

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Purdie Salas

Today Shelf-employed is featuring award-winning nonfiction author, Jim Murphy. http://www.shelf-employed.blogspot.com

Thanks for hosting!

As for your Barbarians vs. Rome poll, though it had many faults, I'm for Rome. That whole Dark Ages thing was such a drag. ;)

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShelf-employed

My Barbarian vote has to go to the Mongols.

And for Nonfiction Monday, I have a review of If Stones Could Speak by Marc Aronson - http://www.abbythelibrarian.com/2010/06/if-stones-could-speak.html

Thanks for hosting!

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

This week at the Wild About Nature blog we have a review of Little Black Ant on Park Street by Janet Halfmann. http://wildaboutnaturewriters.blogspot.com/2010/06/nonfiction-monday-little-black-ant-on.html

Welcome back, and thank you for hosting this week!

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim Hutmacher

Bookends @http://bookends.booklistonline.com has two great new dinosaur books this morning: Dinosaur Mountain: Digging Into the Jurassic Age by Deborah Kogan Ray and Born to Be Giants: How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World by Lita Judge.

Thanks for hosting on this summer day!

I'm outnumbered testosterone-wise in my house, so we lean toward toward the barbaric side. Besides, I'm still a little weirded out that the Romans took baths together!

At Lori Calabrese Writes!, I review National Geographic Kids Almanac 2011. What an amazing book filled to the brim with everything you can think of.

Thanks for hosting!

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori Calabrese

Well, the hordes of children who showed up for summer reading on Saturday were awfully barbarianish.....I'm off for another day supervising the sacking of the library, but here's a quick post on The Hive Detective...http://jeanlittlelibrary.blogspot.com/2010/06/nonfiction-monday-hive-detectives-by.html

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Great cover and Barbarians sounds like one to book talk.

I posted a picture book biography of Ted Williams and his .400 season to my blog,
http://proseandkahn.livejournal.com/120951.html.

Thanks for hosting!

brenda

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda Kahn

Anamaria, thanks for hosting! I'm going to duck the barbarian question, though it's a good one. But I'm afraid I need more coffee to ponder.

Today I wrote about the picture book, Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty by Linda Glaser with paintings by Claire A. Nivola

at http://jeannineatkins.livejournal.com/128901.html

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeannine Atkins

Thanks for hosting. I wrote about Pika at SimplyScience today.

http://simplyscience.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/pika-life-in-the-rocks/

Shirley

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

Good Morning.
I'm definitely voting for the Barbarians.
As for Nonfiction Monday, I've written about Black-Canadian history.
http://applewithmanyseedsdoucette.blogspot.com/2010/06/black-canadian-history.html
Thanks for hosting this week's event.
Tammy

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTammy Flanders

Thank you for hosting this week! My vote goes with the Mongols. Without them, we wouldn't have the great tongue twister from Calvin and Hobbes: "How many boards could the Mongols hoard if the Mongol hordes got bored?"

I've posted about a picture book biography of jazz legend Mary Lou Williams titled The Little Piano Girl. It was written by Ann Ingalls and Maryann Macdonald and illustrated by Giselle Potter.
http://ncteacherstuff.blogspot.com/2010/06/little-piano-girl.html

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Barger

Thanks for hosting! I'm chiming in this week with a review of an international picture book/artist . . .

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna J.

Had such high hopes for this title. Instructive though on the importance of research, documentation and sources. Review of the new book: Global Warming by Seymour Simon.
http://www.bookmoot.com/2010/06/nonfiction-monday-global-warming.html

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBookMOot

Hmmm....I'll definitely have to take at look at Barbarians! I'd have to refresh myself about the topic before I answered your question.

I recommended If America Were a Village: A Book about the People of the United States, by David J. Smith. It's an extremely thought-provoking picture book for the 9-12 age range, and pulls in social studies, science, language arts, and math.

Thank you so much for hosting! Have a great week.

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDawn Riccardi Morris

It would help if I added the link! Sorry. Here it is:

http://www.momsinspirelearning.com/2010/06/the-world-according-to-picture-books.html

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDawn Riccardi Morris

http://3tnar.blogspot.com/2010/06/nonfiction-monday-unshelved-collections.html

After much fighting with the computer today, we have a totally cheating (but highly enjoyable) review of our favorite comic strip:) So, our favorite barbarians would be...the libraians, or the patrons? We'll let you decide!

I am in a little late another review of A Little Piano Girl, a biography of jazz artist Mary Lou Williams.

http://thehappynappybookseller.blogspot.com/2010/06/little-piano-girl-ann-ingalls-mary-ann.html

Sadly I am not up on my barbarians. Though I will say the Vikings since I really liked this YA series Viking Warrior by Judson Roberts

Thanks for hosting. I am off to check out some of the other reviews.

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDoret

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