Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: What am I reading? - Biographies

This week, I caught up on a few picture book biographies and dove into Sy Montgomery’s new memoir.

Here’s what I have been reading…


Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere by Barb Rosenstock, Illustrated by Katherine Roy (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2018) - I am working on my Mock Sibert/Orbis Pictus post for the beginning of November. I will be putting this on my list.


Through the Window: Views of Marc Chagall’s Life and Art by Barb Rosenstock, Illustrated by Mary GrandPré (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2018) - If you enjoyed The Noisy Paint Box and Vincent Can’t Sleep: Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky, you will enjoy this one.

Don’t miss Barb Rosenstock’s guest post on Melissa Stewart’s Celebrate Science blog. Rosenstock talks about her process of writing biographies.


Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey of Neil Degrasse Tyson by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer, Illustrated by Frank Morrison (Crown Books for Young Readers, 2018) - I realized that I didn’t know a lot about Neil Degrasse Tyson and Krull & Brewer do a nice job of introducing young readers to this fascinating scientist.

Currently reading…


How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery, Illustrated by Rebecca Green (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2018)


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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: A Nod to the Women of the Supreme Court

This is going to be a short post. I have to admit the last few weeks have been emotionally hard. The Supreme Court confirmation process has made me cry, scream, and get angry. I am going to get a little political for a moment. From where I sit, the current president and the Republican Senators have made a mockery of so many aspects of our democracy, most recently the Supreme Court. Their decision to ignore the voice of women and to plow forward with a nomination of a candidate with very low approval ratings and lots of red flags is disconcerting.

So, in honor of the women on the Supreme Court, I am going to celebrate two amazing women. Here are two recent picture book biographies.


No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Kathleen Krull, Illustrated by Nancy Zhang (HarperCollins, 2018)


Turning Pages: My Life Story by Sonia Sotomayor, Illustrated by Lulu Delacre (Philomel Books, 2018)


You can find these and other books about Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor at your local indie bookstore and community library.

So, who is going to write the picture book biographies of Justice Elena Kagan and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor?

 Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017

Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017

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