Category Archive: Biography

Too Much Research?: A Guest Post from Author Karen Blumenthal


We at Mackin love nonfiction—grown-up books, of course, but especially those written for children and young people. It seems that authors who write for younger readers find such little-known and often, well, ODD… Continue reading

Book Review: Shadow Warrior


Chiyome knew she wanted to be a ninja.  Kōga, her home, had long been a training ground for them.  She trained for years until, finally, she passed the test and achieved her dream. … Continue reading

Native American Heritage Month


When I was a sixth grade teacher, one thing I always wanted more of were good books that opened up a dialogue with students about a variety of historical topics. I wanted more… Continue reading

Loving vs. Virginia: An Author/Illustrator/Editor Interview


In June of 1958, Virginians Richard Loving (a white man) and his bride-to-be Mildred Jeter (a black woman) went to Washington, D.C. to be married.  The reason? Interracial marriage in the state of Virginia… Continue reading

Trail-blazing Women in Picture Books


I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.  (Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own) Though this quote is a favorite of… Continue reading

Bicycles, Books, and Service Learning (Oh my)


    While splashing through rain puddles, running errands, and joining in group rides—all month long I’ve been pedaling through my pledge to ride my bicycle each and every day of April. It’s called… Continue reading

Adult Crossover Nonfiction for High Schools


I promised a list of adult nonfiction to suggest to high school readers (or their teachers) to go with the post on crossover fiction.  All of these titles can be read for interest,… Continue reading

Bios: The Ones Your Students WANT To Read!

by Zach K.

Teaching Picture Books in MS/HS


As someone who has only taught secondary education, I can’t help but see every book through that middle school/high school lens…even picture books. And, oh how fun it is! As an adult, I… Continue reading

Picture Book Biographies


As a child, I loved biographies. I especially remember that my very small school had a series of chapter book biographies with orange covers, and I read them all. They were great tales… Continue reading