Non-Fiction Monday: Welcome!

Welcome to Nonfiction Monday, hosted here at Supratentorial today. Participants leave your links in the comments and I’ll come back during the day and update this post with the links as I can. Be sure to come back so you don’t miss any of the great nonfiction offerings!

My own offering is a new book in the “A True Book” series: Understanding Diagrams by Christine Taylor-Butler. I really like the books in this series. We’ve used quite a few of them this year for science. They aren’t always the most complex book on the topic or the kind of beautiful non-fiction stories that win awards. However, without fail they give a good solid foundation on a topic. They are also written at a simple enough level that my first grader can understand the information and they have enough illustrations that keep him interested.

I got the Understanding Diagrams book out of the library because the boys are working on science fair projects. I thought it would be good for them to see some of the different ways they could visually show their data. The book covered Venn diagrams and flow-charts and had some nifty historical information about Leonardo da Vinci and Florence Nightingale. Like the other books in the series, it’s not an exhaustive look at diagrams but it did help them to see the kinds of ways that they can organize thoughts and information.

Ok, now your turn. Leave your links in the comments and I’ll be back to update the body of the post as I’m able.


First the earlybirds. Jeff at NC Teacher Stuff has a book on meat-eating plants. Meat-Eating Plants: Toothless Wonders by Ellen Lawrence looks like something my boys would really eat up. (Pun totally intended.)

Laura Purdie Salas is sharing Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne. It looks beautiful and I’m definitely going to look for this one at our library.

Loree Griffen Burns at A Life in Books has a review and a giveaway (!!!) of Sy Montgomery’s biography of Temple Grandin. I’ve read Grandin’s book Thinking in Pictures. That was a fascinating look into the mind of someone with autism and I’ve had this middle -grade biography on my radar for awhile. It was a Cybils finalist this year and sounds like it’s well-worth reading.

I love picture book biographies; we read a lot of them in our homeschool. Jeanne Walker Harvery at True Tales and A Cherry on Top reviews Heart on Fire: Susan B. Anthony Votes for President by Ann Malaspina. This one would be a great addition to any Women’s History Month studies.

Jama’s Alphabet Soup offers up an alphabet book designed to appeal to all the senses: The ABC’s of Fruits and Vegetables and Beyond by Steve Charney and David Goldbeck.

Stacking Books is sharing The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton, a biography of the two brothers who invented Day-Glo colors. I love books about people who aren’t very well-known but who did amazing things.

Tara at A Teaching Life has The Forgiveness Garden, a story based on a garden created in Beirut.

Learn about the fairy hoax that fooled Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at Mrs. Yingling Reads. Along with The Fairy Ring or Elsie and Frances Fool the World: A True Story by Mary Losure there is also a bonus review of a new middle-grade book my own son has anxiously been awaiting: The Runaway King by Jennifer Nielsen.

Shelf-Employed  and Booktalking both have reviews of what looks likes a must-read, a new offering by the mother-daughter duo of Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple. Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves, and other Female Villians looks like a great combination of information and fun.

Sally’s Bookshelf has another great offering for Women’s History Month: I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets the Vote by Linda Arms White.

Amy at Hope is the Word is over at KidLit today with a review of this year’s winner of a Cybils in the nonfiction picture book category, Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter.

We’ve been using a lot of picture book biographies as a jumping off point for artist study in our homeschool. Perogies & Gyoza is sharing a biography of Georgia O’Keefe today that focuses on a trip she took to Hawaii. Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O’Keefe Painted What She Wanted by Amy Novesky looks like one we will definitely have to check out for our art studies.

The Fourth Musketeer gives us another book just in time for Women’s History Month. Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children by Jan Pinborough looks like a book that is near and dear to my heart (and I imagine a lot of yours  also).

Mother Reader offers us some thoughts on a choose-your-own adventure story that bridges the gap between historical fiction and non-fiction, Can You Survive the Titanic?: An Interactive Survival Adventure by Allison Lassieur.

Jean Little Library shares five wonderful butterfly books for those who want to think about spring and not snowstorms potentially heading their direction.

Janet Squires is sharing a collection of short biographical sketches, The Civil War: Profiles, One Event, Six People by Aaron Rosenberg.

I’m going to have to take a look at the book reviewed by Jennie at Biblio Fiile. Invisible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure by Jim Murphy sounds like a fascinating medical non-fiction tale.

That’s it for right now. I head to work this afternoon. I’ll try and update as I can and will definitely be back tonight to add any more links. Be sure to check out some of these amazing books!

And I’m back with a few more..

Over at Bookends, there is a review of the new book by Steve Sheinkin (author of Bomb which has won a ton of awards this year). Lincoln’s Grave Robbers sounds like one of those “so weird it must be true” kind of books; weaving together grave-robbing, counterfeiting and the formation of the Secret Service.

Alicia at The LibrariYan has a book about the lunar landing, Man on the Moon: The Photograph That Made Everything Seem Possible by Pamela Dell. I’ve always been a bit of a space geek so this is yet another book I want to check out.

I don’t know about you but my own list of books to read and books to read with my kids just grew by leaps and bounds! I’ll check back again later tonight or early tomorrow morning to make sure there are no late entries. Otherwise, thanks to everyone who participated! I had a lot of fun hosting.



26 thoughts on “Non-Fiction Monday: Welcome!

  1. This looks like a cool book! More and more (as a writer), I’m appreciating nonfiction books that take a narrow topic and give just enough good info to take a kid one step forward from where he or she is at. Exhaustive is not always a good thing!

    I’m in with the Jacques Cousteau biography, Manfish. It’s been on my tbr list for ages, and I finally got to it. It’s a fantastic book!

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Pingback: [nonfiction monday] Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau | laurasalas

  3. Looks like this book would be very helpful for science fair projects! I’m not familiar with this series so it was good to hear about this one.

    At Alphabet Soup I’m featuring The ABC’s of Fruits and Vegetables and Beyond by Steve Charney and David Goldbeck:

    My link will go live at 6 a.m. EST. Thanks for hosting this week, Alice. 🙂

  4. Hi Alice, We recently read picture books called “The Day Glo brothers”. (link: The book is a story about the Switzer brothers who invented or discovered the “Glow in the dark” colors. We found this to be a fun book to read as well as do fun arts activities with Glow colors afterwards. Thanks for hosting Non Fiction Monday!

  5. Thanks for hosting today, and for sharing this interesting book – great for science! At “A Teaching Life” i have a review of The Forgiveness Garden.

  6. Pingback: tasting the abc’s of fruits and vegetables and beyond by steve charney and david goldbeck | Jama's Alphabet Soup

  7. Thanks for hosting! At Booktalking I’m reading Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, and Other Female Villains by Jane Yolen (Author), Heidi E. Stemple (Author) and Rebecca Guay (Illustrator). It has the tales of 26 notorious women from history (and the two authors argue about each woman in comic panels between each story!)

  8. Hi, I’m featuring a Women’s History Month Review: Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children, by Jan Pinborough. Here’s the link:

    Also, at Kidlit Celebrates Women’s History Month 2013, we have a review of Mrs. Harkness and the Panda, by Amy of Hope is the Word. Here’s the link:

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