Category Archive: History

Book Review : Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence

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Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence by Richard Platt, illustrated by John Kelly. 2011. 9780753466872. Gr 4-7. Come in and take a tour of the Pox Lab—if you dare! This fascinating and humorous book describes… Continue reading

Book Review: Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska’s WWII Invasion

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Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska’s WWII Invasion by Samantha Seiple.  2011. 9780545296540. Gr 6-9. All of us know about the Pearl Harbor bombings, but did you know that on… Continue reading

GIRL SCOUTS: Happy 100th Birthday!

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In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low was inspired to found an organization for girls modeled on the Boy Scouts of America, which began in 1910 (both groups trace their origins to Lord Baden Powell’s… Continue reading

Commemorating the Titanic: 100 Years Later

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We’ve already mentioned several Titanic books in this blog (see Kristin’s post on the 99th anniversary of the Titanic disaster and my review of The Watch That Ends the Night).  But so many… Continue reading

Women’s History Month

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What do Amelia Earhart, Sandra Day O’Connor and Dr. Sally K. Ride all have in common? They were all women that made a difference in women’s history. Amelia Earhart was the first woman… Continue reading

U.S. History in Picture Books!

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As you can probably tell by now, I love history.  And I love when history comes alive in books and stories.  So when I find good picture books that focus on history, I… Continue reading

February is Black History Month

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“Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, / I am the dream and hope of the slave. / I rise. / I rise. / I rise.” ~ Maya Angelou, Still I Rise. Whenever… Continue reading

Mock ALA Awards – Lindsey’s Picks

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When Kristin first suggested selecting our own nominees for the ALA awards, I was excited. But then came the agony of narrowing down all the wonderful and fantastic books that came out this… Continue reading

ALA Mock Youth Media Awards – Kristin’s Picks

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If you are anything like us, you are eagerly anticipating the ALA Youth Media Awards on January 23rd. It’s like the Oscars for librarians, and the Collection Development department at Mackin has definitely… Continue reading

Book Review: Breaker Boys : How a Photograph Helped End Child Labor

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Breaker Boys : How a Photograph Helped End Child Labor (Captured History series) by Michael Bergan. 2011. Child labor was common in the United States in the 19th century.  Children, sometimes as young… Continue reading