Nonfiction is a hot topic right now. It kicked in when states began adopting the Common Core State Standards. It makes us happy to know more children will be exposed to nonfiction, because we LOVE it! Recently, we were asked to present a workshop for librarians on how we evaluate nonfiction.
Dear Readers, It's that time of year when we reflect upon the past twelve months and look for titles that rose to the top. 2014 was an excellent year for nonfiction, so our list of favorite books is lengthy. We have organized our favorite books into categories: history, science, poetry, and biography/memoir.
Dear Readers: Sorry to have been away so long -- I had to go through a lengthy, thorough, and successful process to be reappointed at Rutgers, and am now working hard to finish up two books, but still this is a home and miss being here.
"We are here because of our ancestors and elders and the people who hold us up every day - thanks for helping all of us never forget them or the way each of us finds a way to make a way out of no way - every single day.
Murphy, Jim. An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793. Clarion, 2003. 165pp. Lexile 1130. In 1793, yellow fever swept Philadelphia, then the nation's temporary capital, a tragedy brilliantly recounted in this Sibert Award Winner and Newbery Honor Book.