Category Archives: Nonfiction

Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein

First off, Júlia Sardà’s illustrations are the perfect mix of shadowy angles for a biography of a horror writer. The double page spread of Castle Frankenstein (a real place! and inspiration, perhaps, for Mary’s famous title) uses a limited dark … Continue reading

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What Do You Do With a Voice Like That?

What Do You Do With a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan by Chris Barton, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, tells the true story of Barbara Jordan’s life, beginning with her childhood. In 1966, Barbara Jordan became the first … Continue reading

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Drawn From Nature

This picture book about the seasons is unique in many ways. First, Helen Ahpornsiri focuses on the animals and their varying activities throughout spring, summer, winter and fall. Little known facts make it an interesting read. Second, Ahpornsiri’s illustrations are detailed collages of … Continue reading

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The Mushroom Fan Club

The cover and the title drew me to this book. The Mushroom Fan Club by Elise Gravel is shelved under graphic novel at my library, looks more like an easy reader, but I think it’s most like a picture book–an incredibly … Continue reading

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Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

A little girl in Rome who hates having her picture taken grows up into an international fashion designer. Inspired by beautiful, bold flowers, Elsa Schiaparelli imagines many amazing scenarios and when she’s grown, she becomes an artist–a dressmaker. “To be … Continue reading

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Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters was never good at doing what he was told, a refrain that runs throughout this picture book biography by Michael Mahin (illustrated by Evan Turk). No matter who told him he couldn’t do something–his grandma, the boss man, … Continue reading

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Sachiko, A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story

When Sachiko was six years old, an atomic bomb exploded over Nagasaki, killing Sachiko’s little brother and most of her playmates. While her family traveled to a relatively safer place, her brothers suffered and died from the effects of radiation. Radiation … Continue reading

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Julia Child: An Extraordinary Life in Words and Pictures

Julia Child was extraordinary in many ways. Even so, this biography shows how highly relatable Julia Child was, from her nonchalance about making cooking mistakes on TV to her dedication to keep trying until a recipe became perfect. Julia’s unique … Continue reading

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Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement is that rare book that packs nonfiction, biography, poetry and gorgeous layered artwork to tell the story of Fannie, whose community activism and singing earned her “the voice of … Continue reading

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Redwoods

Jason Chin‘s nonfiction picture book,  Redwoods, takes us on one boy’s visit to the home of redwoods. Did you know that plants grow in the crevasses of redwoods? Did you know that a whole ecosystem exists in the redwood canopy, never touching or … Continue reading

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