Focus on Nonfiction: Interview with Author Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson writes nonfiction (mainly science) books for kids and young adults. In my first year doing booktalks, I shared her book WHEN LUNCH FIGHTS BACK: WICKEDLY CLEVER ANIMAL DEFENSES at elementary schools. Fifth and sixth graders were simultaneously awed, disgusted, and intrigued when they heard that fulmar chicks ward off predators by vomiting on them. (The chicks can hit a moving target from 6 feet away — how cool Read More …

Focus on Nonfiction: Interview with Author Elizabeth Rusch

Elizabeth Rusch is the author of numerous acclaimed nonfiction titles for youth, with topics ranging from volcanoes and asteroids to the invention of the piano. I discovered her books several years ago with THE MIGHTY MARS ROVERS, which I loved for its clarity and strong storytelling. I am delighted that she has agreed to share her perspective on writing nonfiction for kids. How did you get started Read More …

Booktalk for LINCOLN’S GRAVE ROBBERS by Steve Sheinkin

During the Civil War, the U.S. Treasury started printing paper money—and by 1864, half of the paper money in circulation was fake, produced by counterfeiters, or “coney” men as the U.S. government agents called them. The fake money was causing serious problems for the country’s economic system. It was so bad, the government created the U.S. Secret Service to lead Read More …

Booktalk for AN ILLUSTRATED TREASURY OF SCOTTISH MYTHICAL CREATURES by Theresa Breslin

Long ago, when giants roamed the earth, there lived a great big Irish giant by the name of Finn MacCool, and an even bigger great big Scottish giant called Benandonner. The two giants couldn’t see each other across the channel separating Ireland from Scotland, but they could hear each other. They would stand on opposite shores and bellow insults across Read More …