Two Noteworthy Nonfiction Titles in Celebration of African-American History Month

Last week, I recommended three stunning novels that I hope you’ve leafed through or picked up for your middle-grader(s). This week, here are two complementary nonfiction titles that are just as stellar. Without further ado . . . 

3 Fantastic Novels in Preparation for African-American History Month

When I was younger, I spent nine years living in Clemmons, a little town outside of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After my family moved to Connecticut when I was in fifth-grade, I remember looking back on my experiences in elementary and middle school and thinking, “Wow. That was different.” While the public schools my brothers and […]

2 New Books in Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday

This Sunday, January 15,marks the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In celebration, here are two fantastic new books—one covering the renowned figure’s life and legacy; the other, the fraught period in which King lived and died. Marching to the Mountaintop by Ann Bausum. Bausum, an award-winning children’s book author (Unraveling Freedom) who has published eight […]

Walter Dean Myers Named New National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012, proved to be a groundbreaking day in the children’s and young adult publishing world. Walter Dean Myers was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a prestigious honor bestowed upon an author by the Librarian of Congress for a two-year term (past winners include Jon Scieszka of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales  fame […]