Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson

The book The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton tells the story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, the youngest known Civil Rights Activist to have participated in The Children’s March in Birmingham, Alabama. Audrey Faye Hicks is a 9 year old girl who is frustrated by the obvious injustices in her community. […] Continue reading

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A Time to Act: John F. Kennedy’s Big Speech

A Time to Act: John F. Kennedy’s Big Speech is a brand new nonfiction picture book written by Shana Corey and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. You’ve likely heard these names before. Corey is the author of numerous children’s books including multiple biography readers in the “Step Into Reading” series, Here Come the Girl Scouts!, […] Continue reading

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I am Jane Goodall

I am Jane Goodall by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos (2016) is the biography of primatologist Jane Goodall. Written in first person, Meltzer takes on the persona of Goodall and tells the story of how the events of her childhood (i.e. reading Dr. Dolittle) lead her to accomplish all she has and become the person she is […] Continue reading

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The First Step

The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation On Trial is a great picture book that is able to balance being informative about segregation issues while also being engaging with beautiful watercolor illustrations and relatable characters. The story gives us a glimpse into the untold struggles and strength of Sarah Roberts, who brought to court […] Continue reading

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Blog 8 – Life on Enceladus?

Several Jovian moons are candidates for extraterrestrial life.  One of these is Enceladus, a medium-sized moon of Saturn.  Like Europa, there is strong evidence for a subsurface ocean, which is likely 30-40 kilometers below the moon’s surface, and then extends down another 30 kilometers.  Due to the suspected ocean’s thickness, it is more likely that […]Continue reading Continue reading

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Blog 7 – Interplanetary Life Travel

From the title, you might think the subject of this blog is about human space travel, something that isn’t very developed today.  However, it is possible that some life forms before us have experienced travel between the planets.  There are theories that support the idea that life originated on either Venus or Mars, and then […]Continue reading Continue reading

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We’re All Wonders

R.J. Palacio made her first big debut as the writer of Wonder. After many years of the novel being on every best-selling list, it gained enough momentum to become a motion picture being released next year. Readers fell in love with Auggie and his story about acceptance. Therefore, you can imagine the excitement when Palacio […] Continue reading

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The Power of a Seed

For a child, and most likely many adults, the idea of a farm is a big open field with a big red barn and rows of plants as far as you can see.  Phyllis Root, aptly named, challenges that picture that we have in our heads and introduces the Anywhere Farm.  All you need for an […] Continue reading

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Pete with No Pants

Pete with No Pants is a new picture book by Rowboat Watkins. I was intrigued by this book from the get-go. First of all, the title is enough to make anyone stop and reread it. Then you see a little elephant running around, mouth agape, with his pants flying behind him. Any child is going […] Continue reading

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