The Bug Girl: Maria Merian’s Scientific Vision By Sarah Glenn Marsh

Back of Book: Maria Sibylla Merian was fascinated with insects. But when Maria was a girl in the mid-1600s, superstitions about bugs prevented most people from taking a close look. People thought bugs were evil—and anyone interested in such creatures was surely evil too. That didn’t stop Maria. Filled with curiosity, she began to studyContinue reading “The Bug Girl: Maria Merian’s Scientific Vision By Sarah Glenn Marsh”

Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom By Teresa Robeson

Back of Book: When Wu Chien Shiung was born in China 100 years ago, most girls did not attend school; no one considered them as smart as boys. But her parents felt differently. Giving her a name meaning “Courageous Hero,” they encouraged her love of learning and science. This engaging biography follows Wu Chien ShiungContinue reading “Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom By Teresa Robeson”

The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature By Sue Macy

Back of Book: Over the last forty years, Aaron Lansky has jumped into dumpsters, rummaged around musty basements, and crawled through cramped attics. He did all of this in pursuit of a particular kind of treasure, and he’s found plenty. Lansky’s treasure was any book written Yiddish, the language of generations of European Jews. WhenContinue reading “The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature By Sue Macy”

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”