Interview with Mary Cronk Farrell, author of PURE GRIT

I have a confession to make. Normally I read every book before I post about it here, but–just this once–I was going to cheat. As much as I’ve been dying to read PURE GRIT by Mary Cronk Farrell, my to-do list is huge right now: writing new books (I’m currently working on EIGHT separate manuscripts Read More …

Interview with author Cynthia Levinson

A few weeks ago I posted this review of Cynthia Levinson‘s amazing middle-grade nonfiction book, WE’VE GOT A JOB. Now, I’m thrilled to welcome Cynthia herself  here to talk about it! LT: Hi Cynthia! One of the first things I noticed about WE’VE GOT A JOB was how thoroughly researched it is. What was the hardest Read More …

Review: Only the Mountains Do Not Move

Only the Mountains Do Not Move: A Maasai Story of Culture and Conservation by Jan Reynolds Lee & Low Books, September 01, 2011 40 pages Grades 3-4 I’ve always been fascinated by the Maasai, so I was pleased to see this book about their culture written for children, and this book didn’t disappoint. Straightforward text Read More …

Nonfiction Monday book review: Spiky, Slimy, Smooth

I must admit, when my own daughter entered kindergarten and started the unit on texture, I was surprised. Yes, textures are all around us, but what’s to study? These kids are already experts. After all, they’ve been feeling textures since before they were born (often with their mouths)! I soon realized that’s exactly the point, though. They Read More …

Nonfiction Monday: Emotion and Passion in Writing Nonfiction for Kids (#nfforkids)

I loved this recent post by Cheryl Harness over at I.N.K. (Interesting Nonfiction for Kids). My favorite part comes right at the end: As for me, here’s the “Boston Massacre,” March 5, 1770, in The Revolutionary John Adams: “Noisy men and boys were throwing snowballs and oyster shells at a British sentry …The scene exploded Read More …