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Nonfiction Monday is the best day of the week!

It’s here – the most wonderful day of the week – NONFICTION MONDAY. Again, the rules are simple:

  • Write a blog post on anything to do with nonfiction
  • Send me a link to your blog post via email to DianeRChen at comcast dot net (preferable) or in the comments below.
  • Read everyone else’s blog posts and comment.

Picture Book of the Day: Nonfiction Monday: Me, Frida

A bio of how a now famous artist found her own way.
Chapter Book of the Day: Disasters: Natural and Man-Made Catastrophes Through the Centuries
Disasters aren’t new, but they are in the news, so this book gives us some perspective.
Shelf-Employed reviews Roxie Munro’s, Hatch!
Margo and Lisa share from KidLit Celebrates Women’s History Month a guest post by author, Sue Macy, about her book, Basketball Belles.
(Readers, did you catch our blog post on KidLit Celebrates Women’s History Month?)

Jeff Bargar at NC Teacher Stuff has posted a review of The Prairie Dog’s Town.

Don’t miss Jeff Bargar’s review of an Amelia Earhart biography written by a pilot.

Books 4 Learning shares a non-fiction post for today on Rocks! Rocks! Rocks! (you know how mucy I love rocks!)

This morning Sarah has posted on two books about families all over the world for toddlers, at Books, Dogs, and Frogs.

All About the Books with Janet Squire’s selection is “All in the family : a look-it-up guide to the in-laws, outlaws, and offspring of mythology” written by Steven Otfinoski.

The Children’s War blog has a post on an activity book at

A Patchwork of Books has a post on the book Totally Human by Cynthia Pratt Nicolson. 

This week’s post for The Cath in the hat is a review of Sign Language for Kids.

Did you know that ASL has become so popular that it is now the fourth language studied in the U.S.? I didn’t either, but thanks to Catherine Nichols, now I know.

Here’s the link:

Carol Hampton Rasco has posted on THE SECRET WORLD OF WHALES by Charles Siebert at or

Heidi Grange’s Nonfiction Monday post is at her blog Heidi  reviewed She Loved Baseball: the Effa Manley Story by Audrey Vernick.

Heidi wrote:Being the last Monday of Women’s History Month, I thought it would be appropriate to share a book about a women who made a difference in the world by speaking out for what she believed in.  Such role models are especially important in a world that is growing increasingly conflicted

The specific URL is

Jennifer Wharton writes at the Jean Little Library blog about Electrifiying EcoRace Cars from one of my very favorite publishers – Bearport!  Her verdict is

“When you’re ready to update your racing section, this is the hands-down, top choice!”

Becky Levine has written a blog post about writing nonfiction for children. We had to include this one since we are obviously pretty passionate about nonfiction here in Practically Paradise. What does a cookie have to do with writing? Read her blog to find out.

For Nonfiction Monday, Roberta Gibson of the Wrapped In Foil Blog  is excited to be part of the kick-off for the Scribbling Women blog tour.

Diane’s note:  I read this post and immediately put Scribbling Women on my wish list.

At 100 Scope Notes Travis has a review of Celebritrees by Margi Preus and Rebecca Gibbon.
Diane’s note: I cannot wait to go read about “the Post Office Tree that once lived in Kansas, where travelers on the Sante Fe Trail posted their letters and messages.”

To wrap up Women’s History Month, Jeanne Walker Harvey has written on TRUE TALES & A CHERRY ON TOP about NURSE, SOLDIER, SPY – The Story of Sarah Edmonds, A Civil War Hero who dressed up as a man and enlisted!

Shirley has Colors of Insects by Laura Purdie Salas at SimplyScience today. I like her easy lessons with young children.

Jennie at Biblio File is  in with a post about Sugar Changed the World.

Diane’s note: Since Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science was co-written by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos. I made sure to point out to Marc, who also blogs on SLJ,  the review. Let’s see if Marc replies.

Amy O’Quinn has a post on P is For Peach: A Georgia Alphabet written by Carol Crane and illustrated by:Mark Braught. Published by: Sleeping Bear Press.

Wendie’s Wanderings with Wendie Old has an easy reading Photographic picture book of very cute (but some are really ugly) Zoo Borns! zoo babies from around the world.

Abby the Librarian has reviewed Of Numbers and Stars: The Story of Hypatia by D. Anne Love.

Diane’s note: I was really excited to see this biography of a female mathematician. We need more of these and I purchase every one that I can find. Thanks for pointing out this one, Abby.

Better late than never from Bookends.  They are writing about Energy Island:  How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World by Allan Drummond.
Jules weighed in today with an interview with author/illustrator Claire A. Nivola, who’s done lots of nonfiction titles, many featured in the post:

At my blog, Lori Calabrese Writes!, I review National Geographic’s Baby Animal Pop!

Who’s next? Send me your link and I’ll get it up as fast as I can.               – Diane


  1. Thanks for hosting today! I’m in with a post about Sugar Changed the World:

  2. Better late than never from Bookends. We are writing about Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World by Allan Drummond.

    Thanks for hosting and for letting us come in so late.

  3. Thanks for hosting. I weighed in today with an interveiw with author/illustrator Claire A. Nivola, who’s done lots of nonfiction titles, many featured in the post:

  4. What a lovely post this turned out to be. I like that you took time to retrieve the covers, that really adds a lot.

    Thank you for your kind words, too.


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