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Nonfiction Monday – Where’s your post?

We are sharing our favorite nonfiction titles with  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.

Wild About Nature

A Place to Go Wild About Books and Their Creators


Kim from the Wild About Nature blog posted a review of Buffy Silverman’s new book, Can An Old Dog Learn New Tricks?

Jean Little Library Blog  Jennifer Wharton of the Jean Little Library Blog writes today of the newest Scientists in the Field book Whaling Season by Peter Lourie.
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Lisa at Shelf-Employed created a tongue-in-cheek poem on Minimum Rage.

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Bookends Blog has a post about Marilyn Singer’s collection of "reverso" poems, Mirror, Mirror today with a reverso poem of their own. 

Whispers of Dawn
Sally Apokedak at Whispers of Dawn posted a review of Mark Twain and the Queens of the Mississippi written and illustrated by Cheryl Harness.
Wendie’s Wanderings  Wendie’s Wanderings is reviewing
I’m Getting a Checkup by Marilyn Singer.
Young Readers blog  Becky Laney is reviewing Moonshot at the Young Readers blog.
Becky’s Book Reviews At Becky’s Book Reviews, Becky is reviewing John Steinbeck by Milton Meltzer (part of the Up Close series of biographies)

Wrapped in Foil   
Observations on reading and writing children’s books.
Roberta Gibson at Wrapped in Foil shares Life-Size Zoo: From Tiny Rodents to Gigantic Elephants, An Actual Size Animal Encyclopedia by Teruyuki Komiya.
100ScopeNotes  Travis Jonker has a fun visual and blog on 100ScopeNotes today. It includes the Nonfiction Monday Photo Diary: Weeding Biographies. Travis, could you drop by and help me weed my biographies, too?
Lori Calabrese Writes! Cover of Reel Culture At Lori Calabrese Writes!, she reviews Reel Culture: 50 Classic Movies You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends) by Mimi O’Connor .
The Book Nosher Robin Gaphni reviewed Mama Miti today at The Book Nosher . I’m so excited to see this new title illustrated by Kadir Nelson and written by Donna Jo Napoli. This biography about Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize is on my must read list thanks to Robin.

Mother Reader: 

The heart of a Mother.
The soul of a Reader. 

MotherReader (Pamela Coughlin) reviews A Young Dancer: The Life of an Ailey Student MotherReader

Lucy was robbed 

 I love the story behind this blog’s name (too) 

Lawral at Lucy was robbed reviews Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography. 
A Patchwork of Books Amanda Snow of A Patchwork of Books has a review of How the World Works.
Challenging the Bookworm Challenging the Bookworm blog explores Tales of the Cryptids: Mysterious Creatures that May or May Not Exist by authors: Kelly Milner Halls, Rick Spears, and Roxyanne Young 

While this is a 2006 title, it remains in heavy demand in my middle school.

Linda’s Little Corner in the Big Writer’s World    
Linda Bozzo at Linda’s Little Corner in the Big Writer’s World writes today about kicking off Read Across America week at East Amwell Township School. What a great idea to have a nonfiction author kickoff your event! Especially one who writes about my favorite topics – DOGS. 
Picture Book of the Day

Anastasia Suen provides a mini lesson today at Picture Book of the Day using an easy to read biography President George Washington by Kathy Allen (Author) and Len Ebert(Illustrator).


It’s not too late to submit your entry! I’m so glad that Brenda Kahn sent me her entry for today’s Nonfiction Monday at proseandkahn

The Year of Goodbyes by Debbie Levy sounds like an amazing book and makes me wonder if I have overlooked arc’s from conferences that deserve a second look. 

A great blog post makes you think, makes you compare what you believe with what you may know, and helps link you to others. Thanks for this review.

Terry Young posted on the NFMON listserv (a Yahoo Group you could join, too)

Beware, readers! I am listening and reading what you communicate, always looking for ways to connect you to the wide world of wonderful nonfiction lovers.

From the February 2010 issue of Nature magazine

"In the hope that this might change, this week we kick off a series of weekly interviews with science book authors in Nature’s Books & Arts section. Peter Atkins reveals the hard work behind a successful textbook (see page 612); Carl Zimmer will highlight how passion is essential for popular science; David Brin will reveal that criticism improves fiction writing; Georgina Ferry will share research tips for biographies; and Joanna Cole will explain how to convey science to children."

Carl Zimmer’s article can be found online.

Nancy Kelly Allen
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY": The Story of the World's Most Popular Song

On her blog Nancy Kelly Allen shares her interview with an agent over the weekend and his take on the outlook for the picture book market. Her list of small and mid-size publishers has been much discussed over the weekend.  Nancy Kelly Allen provided classroom activities that can be used with her latest book, Happy Birthday.
Charlotte’s Library 

Fantasy and science fiction books for children and teenagers
Charlotte contributes her review of Aliens are Coming! The True Account of the 1938 War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast, by Meghan McCarthy (Alfred A. Knopf, 2006) at Charlotte’s Library  

Did you catch this notice today?
Booklist Webinar The Scoop on Series Nonfiction:  What’s New in 2010
Tuesday, March 16   2:00PM Eastern / 1:00PM Central 12:00PM Mountain / 11:00AM Pacific 

Have you wanted to join us in chatting about nonfiction? Today is your day to try it out.  If you have written a nonfiction blog 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. 


  1. sally apokedak says:

    gorgeous post! Thanks!

  2. Thanks for the lovely round-up! I have Aliens are Coming! by Meghan McCarthy.