Sunday Afternoon Surfing, 2.24
Free Poster, National Poetry Month 2008

Nonfiction, Freshly Minted

It's fun to dig around the Internet and turn up some new books. Here are a few nonfiction titles that piqued my curiosity. Any feedback is welcome, since I've not seen a one of them. (Some of these may be due out later in the year.) I hope the inter-library loan system is ready for a big batch of requests.

Looking Closely Along the Shore, by Frank Serafini (Kids Can Press).

Looking Closely Through the Forest. Same author, publisher.

On My Block: Stories and Paintings by Fifteen Artists, a multicultural anthology edited by Dana Goldberg. (Children's Book Press).

Maple Syrup Season, by Ann Purnell. (Holiday House).

What To Do About Alice? (a biography of Alice Roosevelt), by Barbara Kerley. (Scholastic).

The Brook Book, by Jim Arnosky. (Dutton).

I Am Scout: The Biography of Harper Lee, by Charles J. Shields. (Henry Holt).

The McElderry Book of Greek Myths, by Eric A. Kimmel. (Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster).

All Aboard: A Traveling Alphabet, by Bill Mayer. (Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster).

Delicious: The Life and Art of Wayne Thiebaud, by Susan Goldman Rubin.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Through the Gates and Beyond, by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan. (Roaring Brook Press—PDF file).

Each Monday, Anastasia Suen, a children's book author and blogger, collects blog posts on nonfiction for kids; see today's edition here.


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I haven't seen Maple Syrup Season, but we really enjoyed Purmell and Weber's Christmas Tree Farm, so I'll be on the lookout for that one, too.

I really didn't like Kimmel's Greek Myths, though I had high hopes for it. I should probably say more about that at some point!

The 7Imp-sters reviewed Delicious a day before I was gonna and they did a better job than I ever could. It's a great review and a great book. I commented that Chronicle did a great job with it, visually you want to lick it.

I reviewed What To Do About Alice? and I liked it. Admittedly I was sucked in by the illustrations but I think it's a fun, spunky bio of a character who hasn't previously gotten the picture book treatment to my knowledge.

Anamaria, Christmas Tree Farm sounds like something we'd like. Thanks for the feedback on the myths book.

David, thanks! I knew I'd seen something about both Delicious and Alice around the blogosphere. My third grader came home one day with a painting of a cake, "just like Wayne Thiebaud." You could have knocked me over with a feather. Sounds like a must for us!

I will head over and read your review of Alice now!

Hi there! I work for Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. I'd love to send you a copy of I Am Scout! Please contact me at [email protected] if you're interested.


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