A Race Around the World: The True Story of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland By Caroline Starr Rose

Back of Book: In 1889, New York reporter Nellie Bly—inspired by Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days—began a circumnavigation she hoped to complete in less time. Her trip was sponsored by her employer, The World. Just hours after her ship set out across the Atlantic, another New York publication put writer Elizabeth Bisland on aContinue reading “A Race Around the World: The True Story of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland By Caroline Starr Rose”

Always Looking Up: Nancy Grace Roman, Astronomer By Laura Gehl

My Review: I received a copy of this picture book from Albert Whitman Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This is a fascinating nonfiction narrative about the life and work of Nancy Grace Roman. As a child, Nancy Grace loved to look up at the beauty of the night sky. She grew up withContinue reading “Always Looking Up: Nancy Grace Roman, Astronomer By Laura Gehl”

Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln By Margarita Engle

Back of Book: As a little girl, Teresa Carreño loved to let her hands dance across the beautiful keys of the piano. If she felt sad, music cheered her up, and when she was happy, the piano helped her share that joy. Soon she was writing her own songs and performing in grand cathedrals. ThenContinue reading “Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln By Margarita Engle”

16 Words: William Carlos Williams and “The Red Wheelbarrow ” By Lisa Rogers

Back of Book:  “Look out the window. What do you see? If you are Dr. William Carlos Williams, you see a wheelbarrow. A drizzle of rain. Chickens scratching in the damp earth.” The wheelbarrow belongs to Thaddeus Marshall, a street vendor, who every day goes to work selling vegetables on the streets of Rutherford, NewContinue reading “16 Words: William Carlos Williams and “The Red Wheelbarrow ” By Lisa Rogers”

Born to Draw Comics: The Story of Charles Schulz and the Creation of Peanuts By Ginger Wadsworth

Back of Book: As a child, Charles split his free time between adventures outdoors with his friends and dog Spike, and daydreams and doodles inspired by the comics he loved to read. He longed to become a professional cartoonist, but saw his dreams deferred by unexpected challenges that laid ahead: military deployment to the EuropeanContinue reading “Born to Draw Comics: The Story of Charles Schulz and the Creation of Peanuts By Ginger Wadsworth”

Thurgood By Jonah Winter

Back of Book: Thurgood Marshall was a born lawyer–the loudest talker, funniest joke teller, and best arguer from the time he was a kid growing up in Baltimore in the early 1900s. He would go on to become the star of his high school and college debate teams, a stellar law student at Howard University,Continue reading “Thurgood By Jonah Winter”

Little Libraries, Big Heroes By Miranda Paul

Back of Book:  Todd and his friends love heroes. But in school, Todd doesn’t feel heroic. Reading is hard for him, and he gets scolded for asking too many questions. How will he ever become the kind of hero he admires?  Featuring stunning illustrations that celebrate the diversity of the Little Free Library movement, hereContinue reading “Little Libraries, Big Heroes By Miranda Paul”

A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation By Barry Wittenstein

Back of Book: Martin Luther King, Jr. was once asked if the hardest part of preaching was knowing where to begin. No, he said. The hardest part is knowing where to end. “It’s terrible to be circling up there without a place to land.” Finding this place to land was what Martin Luther King, Jr.Continue reading “A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation By Barry Wittenstein”

Girls with Guts!: The Road to Breaking Barriers and Bashing Records by Debbie Gonzales

Back of Book: A celebration of the strength, endurance, and athleticism of women and girls throughout the ages, Girls With Guts! keeps score with examples of women athletes from the late 1800s up through the 1970s, sharing how women refused to take no for an answer, and how finally, they pushed for a law toContinue reading “Girls with Guts!: The Road to Breaking Barriers and Bashing Records by Debbie Gonzales”

Samuel Morse, That’s Who!: The Story of the Telegraph and Morse Code Tracy Nelson Maurer

Back of Book: Back in the 1800s, information traveled slowly. Who would dream of instant messages? Samuel Morse, that’s who! Who traveled to France, where the famous telegraph towers relayed 10,000 possible codes for messages depending on the signal arm positions―only if the weather was clear? Who imagined a system that would use electric pulsesContinue reading “Samuel Morse, That’s Who!: The Story of the Telegraph and Morse Code Tracy Nelson Maurer”