Me… Jane

Written by: P. McDonnell

Jane Goodall as a child. It is so hard to realize that the real people we read about were actually children at one time. And they actually did things that kids do. Playing outside, climbing trees, watching clouds, and learning about the world around us by looking around and listening. Knowing that they made important discoveries doing those things can inspire kids to make their own discoveries.

Links:

National Geographic

A read aloud

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Balloons Over Broadway

Written by: M. Sweet

With her own beautiful artwork, Sweet tells the story of the man who is responsible for one of our nation’s most cherished Thanksgiving Day events – Macy’s Parade. The puppets that we look forward to seeing each November are inspired by the puppets that Tony Sarg created for the first Macy’s Parade. They have evolved over the years but they are here because of him.

Links:

Book trailer

This is awesome

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We are the ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

Written by: K. Nelson

An amazingly gorgeous book based on an awesome time in sports. The beautiful oil paintings that Kadir Nelson created for this book compliment the men who inspired his art and put baseball in the hearts of many. The courage and persistence these men had created a place in sports that will never be denied again. They made the sport what it is – incredible.

Links:

BBC’s interview with the author

Lesson plans and more

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How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous

Written by: G. Bragg

Biographies are usually so dry and boring, and if you actually manage to get to the end of the book you find out the date that the person died and that’s it! Not so with this book, here you begin with the death! All of the gory details are here just waiting for you to be grossed out or at least a little disturbed over it. There aren’t any passed-away-peacefully-in-their-sleep stories here, no sir! These are all top-of-the-line deaths! Interesting facts you probably had no clue about! And at the end an entire list of other places you can go to discover more gruesome details!

Links:

Book trailer

The author’s website

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It’s so Amazing! A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families

Written by: R. Harris

Does the question, “So….where DO babies come from?” send terrors through you, are you ready for that discussion with your child? If you feel a little nervous anticipating this you might need to arm yourself with this book. Laid out in easy to understand terms and pictures that are accurate but not overwhelming, this is a good companion to any parent who might need support with this talk.

Links:

The author’s website

Video interviews and much more

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LSSL 5360 Textbook Assignment 2 – Informational Books

This assignment required reading several children’s informational books. Along with reading each book I was asked to evaluate these books according to several criteria, which when used properly, help librarians choose the best books that are available. I hope that children who visit the library will then find books that lead them to things they love and maybe introduce them to new things to love. I hope my evaluations help you find a new favorite book!

What to Look for in Great Children’s Informational Books on MindMup