Nonfiction

Nonfiction, Picture Books

Book Review: Amy’s Brass Band

Book Review: Amy’s Brass Band

Amy’s Brass Band (©2019) written by Amy Schumaker Bliss and illustrated by Allie Geddert is a new picture book that music lovers, music teachers, and young aspiring musicians will love. Brass bands, which consist entirely of brass and percussion instruments, are among the three most common types of large music […]

May 19, 2019 ×

Nonfiction, Picture Books

35 Earth Day Books for Kids

35 Earth Day Books for Kids

April 22 is Earth Day, a worldwide annual event dedicated to environmental awareness and conservation efforts. I’ve compiled a list of 35 Earth Day books for kids, ranging from preschool all the way to high school. The books on this list are as entertaining as they are edifying and would […]

February 12, 2019 ×

Nonfiction, Picture Books

HOW TO COACH GIRLS + Picture Books about Girls in Sports

HOW TO COACH GIRLS + Picture Books about Girls in Sports

Did you know that about 70% of kids quit sports by age 13? Even more startling is the fact that girls drop out of sports at six times the rate of boys. Enter How to Coach Girls (©2018) by Mia Wenjen and Alison Foley, a comprehensive guide to help parents […]

March 6, 2018 ×

Nonfiction

Gardening Books for Kids

Gardening Books for Kids

Summer has almost arrived! Even here in the frequently dreary Pacific Northwest, the sun is shining and we’ve been spending most of our days outside enjoying the backyard as much as possible, enjoying our new 2 seat patio set and soaking up the rays. It’s a lovey way to spend […]

May 22, 2017 ×

Nonfiction, Picture Books

Children’s Books about Honeybees

Children’s Books about Honeybees

Bees are a keystone species, meaning they are a vital component of our ecosystem. Many people think that all bees do is make honey, but in fact, they are responsible for about one-third of the food that we eat, thanks to the pollination of crops such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, […]

May 9, 2017 ×

Nonfiction, Young Adult (14-18)

Botanical Beauty

Botanical Beauty

Botanical Beauty: 80 Essential Recipes for Natural Spa Products (©2017) by Aubre Andrus is brand-new book from Switch Press, a young adult imprint of Capstone Publishing. I’ve been making handmade soaps, lotions, and scrubs since I was a teenager (and I briefly had my own Etsy business in my early […]

March 1, 2017 ×

Nonfiction

The Story of Inventions

The Story of Inventions

The Story of Inventions (©2007) by Anna Claybourne and Adam Larkum is a clever nonfiction book that curious kids will surely enjoy. This fun and fascinating book explores the real-life stories behind more than 70 well-known inventions, spanning all the way from centuries-old inventions to everyday essentials including light bulbs, […]

November 14, 2016 ×

Nonfiction, Picture Books

Balloons Over Broadway

Balloons Over Broadway

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet is one of my favorite books to read around Thanksgiving. It delves into the fascinating history behind the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. This biographical picture book tells […]

November 7, 2016 ×

Nonfiction

Art Appreciation for Kids

Art Appreciation for Kids

My father is an artist, and art education was an important part of my childhood. One of my favorite publishers of nonfiction art history books for children is Usborne Books. Their selection of nonfiction is unparalleled, with hundreds of books that make subjects like science and history accessible and fun, […]

February 15, 2016 ×