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Nonfiction Monday in Practically Paradise

Readers, rejoice! We are hosting Nonfiction Monday here in practically paradise. Nonfiction Monday Nonfiction Mondayis a celebration of nonfiction children’s books. Kidlitosphere Bloggers with nonfiction posts will be featured here today. Keep checking back & clicking Read More throughout the day as the links grow. I hope you will discover the magic of nonfiction on this Monday.

If you have written a nonfiction post today to include, you can email me (best option) or you can leave the URL in the comments section. Just remember to leave off the http:// because the comments machinery rejects it.

My highlighted nonfiction pick this week is Celebrating the Obama Family in Pictures by Jane Katirgis ISBN 978-0-7660-3653. Enslow Elementary is releasing the The Obama Family Photo Album series on September 1, 2009, and you’ll want to get your orders in early. 

Aimed at grades 3-4, this title shows the joy and fun the first family has together. Interest level will extend far beyond those grades and I intend to put this in my middle school collection. Author Jane Katirgis has paired clear writing without hyperbole as she describes these photographs. Elementary students will love the facial expressions and details of family outings – particularly the picture of Barack Obama and Sasha riding the bumper cars at the Iowa State Fair in 2007. 

My students cannot read enough about the first family especially Malia and Sasha. They devour each new biography I receive, and stumble through newspaper articles. Since the majority of my students are minorities (I love saying that), they need these biographies. Adults cannot get enough of celebrities. Watch people in checkout lines. They are fascinated with the tabloids and magazines like People magazine with the photographs of politicians, celebrities, and sports stars. Our students have the same fascination but fewer opportunities. These titles will be popular and receive heavy use – they are worth the investment. 

Also in the set is:
Celebrating First Lady Michelle Obama in Pictures
Celebrating President Barack Obama in Pictures
Celebrating the Inauguration of Barack Obama in Pictures

Nonfiction Monday posts for August 3, 2009 include:

Anastasia’s Suen’s post on 14 Cows for America has a mini-lesson idea to help you prepare for Patriot Day on September 11th.
Cindy Dobrez of Bookends booklist blog features David Small’s graphic novel memoir, Stitches, an adult publication with high interest for high school students. stitches
Guest blogger, Paula Morrow, reviews Whose Nest is This? by Heidi Bee Roemer and Paws, Claws, Hands and Feet by Kimberly Hutmacher at the Wild About Nature blog.
Lori Calabrese interviews nonfiction children’s book author, Pat McCarthy about her latest book, Heading West: Life With the Pioneers on the blog Lori Calabrese Writes.
Amanda Snow has a review up of Into the Deep: The Life of Naturalist and Explorer William Beebe, over at A Patchwork of Books
Roberta has two great What Lives In A Shell?( Series - Let's Read-and-find-out Science, Stage 1 ), Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, Helen K. Davie, 0064451240science books to take to the beach at Wrapped in Foil blog. How To Hide An Octopus And Other Sea Creatures( Series - All Aboard Book ), Ruth Heller, 0448404788
 MsMac, Jone Rush MacCulloch, has a post about Wangari’s Trees of Peace at Check It Out.


Tricia has a post up today reviewing two books by David Smith. It is entitled Exploring the Big Numbers of Population.  
Angela reviews ‘Almost Astronauts’ by Tanya Lee Stone at Bookish Blather Almost Astronauts cover
 Jen Robinson’s Book Page has a review of The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau: Jacques Cousteau
Shirley Duke has "G is for Galaxy" by Alan Stacy at SimplyScience.



Check out the nonfiction authors of  Interesting Nonfiction for Kids of I.N.K
And to round out our Monday on Tuesday, Wendie’s Wanderings has written a slightly longer review for 14 Cows for America.

Thanks for visiting paradise!