Review: Votes for Women!

Votes for Women! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot by Winifred Conkling Algonquin Young Readers, February 13, 2018 Grades 8-12, 320 pages Here’s what the publisher says about Votes for Women!: For nearly 150 years, American women did not have the right to vote. On August 18, 1920, they won that right, when Read More …

Review: Capsized! by Patricia Sutton

Capsized! The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster by Patricia Sutton Chicago Review Press (July 1, 2018) Grades 5-8, 176 pages Here’s what the publisher says about Capsized!: A fascinating historical account of courage and tragedy on the Chicago River On July 24, 1915, the SS Eastland, filled to capacity with 2,500 passengers and crew, Read More …

Review: EAVESDROPPING ON ELEPHANTS

EAVESDROPPING ON ELEPHANTS by Patricia Newman Millbrook Press/August 1, 2018 Grades 4-8, 56 pages Here’s what the publisher says: Can understanding how forest elephants communicate help scientists find ways to protect this vulnerable species? Researcher Katy Pane and others involved with Cornell University’s Elephant Listening Project believe it can. Patricia Newman takes readers behind the Read More …

2018 CYBILS Round 1 judge

2018 CYBILS, here I come! I’m excited to share that I’ll be a CYBILS judge again this year. The CYBILS Awards recognize authors and illustrators whose books for children and young adults combine both literary merit and popular appeal. In the past, I’ve always helped with judging the younger nonfiction category (Nonfiction Picture Books in Read More …