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My son’s 3rd grade teacher gifted him I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor as a holiday gift. I was skeptical since he is a picky reader, and then shocked and very pleased when he read it in one day. Not only that, he was full of questions about Pearl Harbor and battleships. The series […]


Charting the World

It figures that as soon as I write about how difficult it can be to find standout children’s nonfiction, a slew of books come along to prove me wrong. The latest discovery is Richard Panchyk’s, and where Winter’s Tail placed its real-life subject matter into a children’s-book format, this is more an adult-style book made […]


save the tiger1

Most parents are familiar with today’s earnestly conscientious children’s nonfiction that tries to teach young readers about environmentalism and conservation. Most of these titles, I’m sorry to say, are not so great: lecturing, often self-righteous, and—the worst sin of all for a children’s book—dull. Some even take a propagandist, indoctrinating tone, which I find especially […]




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