Category Archive: Biography

Eccentric Characters in Nonfiction

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January is a good time to reflect on the past year, and as I reflect upon my past year in reading, it is interesting to see what kinds of books I was drawn… Continue reading

Preparing for Black History Month, 2015

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Black History Month is celebrated every February. The books below, some of the best published in 2014 and 2015, will help your students to understand the passions in the fight for rights and… Continue reading

Review: The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus

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Ok, here’s a scenario I’m wondering if anyone can relate to besides me.   Let’s say you’re getting ready to go out for the evening, maybe you’ve gotten dressed-up for the occasion, but just… Continue reading

The American Presidents

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During my college years at the University of Minnesota-Morris, I took a number of political science courses that intrigued me.  One that particularly stood out was “The American Presidency”, where we studied the… Continue reading

Henri Matisse

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This summer I had the opportunity to see a Henri Matisse exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts that combined their collection of his work along with a circulating exhibit from the Baltimore… Continue reading

More Stellar Space Books

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As Mindy alluded to in her last post, we recently presented a number of our recent favorites at a conference for teachers and librarians. We spent a lot of time researching, reading, and… Continue reading

Stubby Stories

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I must admit at the start that I am a dog lover–and a fan of history–so when I discovered this trio of books about a dog named Stubby, I found an irresistible match… Continue reading

Two Biographies of Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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For fans of The Little Prince, we have two new biographies of the author Antoine de Saint-Exupery. I wasn’t familiar with his life, so I was  fascinated to learn his story and see… Continue reading

Learning from Your Mistakes…or Not!

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Here comes another great title from Georgia Bragg. How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous (May 2014) follows her 2011 popular book How They Croaked: the Awful Ends of… Continue reading

Review: The Scraps Book

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The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert. 9781442435711. March 2014. Gr. 1-4 I’ve already confessed my particular affinity for memoirs, and what could be better than a memoir that… Continue reading