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Review of Signs of Hope: The Revolutionary Art of Sister Corita Kent

Signs of Hope: The Revolutionary Art of Sister Corita Kent by Mara Rockliff; illus. by Melissa SweetPrimary    Abrams    40 pp.4/24    9781419752216    $19.99e-book ed.  9781647009496    $17.99The words revolutionary, art, and sister in the book’s subtitle offer a fitting description of the legacy of Sister Corita Kent, the “Pop Art Nun” (1918–1986)....

Review of Ted Kooser: More Than a Local Wonder

Ted Kooser: More Than a Local Wonder by Carla Ketner; illus. by Paula WallacePrimary, Intermediate    Nebraska    40 pp.11/23    9781496236777    $17.95From the collaged endpapers illustrated with watercolor vignettes and short childlike verse to reproductions of several of the poems for which Kooser became well known, this spare, quiet picture-book biography honors...

Review of Song After Song: The Musical Life of Julie Andrews

Song After Song: The Musical Life of Julie Andrews by Julie Hedlund; illus. by Ilaria Urbinati Primary  Little Bee    40 pp. 9/23    9781499813791    $18.99 “Julia Elizabeth Wells was born into a melody—her childhood attuned to the timbre of the tiny English village where she heard music in the rhythm of...

Mirrors, Windows, Sliding Glass Doors; Prisms…Curtains…Starting Blocks…and More!

The first evening I walked into room 212 of Ramseyer Hall at The Ohio State University and took a seat near the front, so I could see and hear everything Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop shared, my life as a librarian, writer, and speaker was changed forever. You see, my family...

Challenge your students to activism

I was too young in the 1960s to join the activist movement, and the narrow-minded family in which I grew up wouldn’t have tolerated it. But I feel as if I’ve been given a second chance. Today’s political and social atmosphere simply won’t let me be silent to the injustices...

Unprecedented daring: awe-inspiring picture book biographies

Are you a daredevil at heart? Ready to take on a challenge? Are you passionate about causes and willing to jump in when you see injustice, even in the face of possible danger? If you answered “yes” to any of these, you’ll find a kindred spirit in the subjects of...

Scientists as dreamers

Can scientists be dreamers? They not only can, but should! The imagination pushes the boundaries of what can be discovered or created. The picture book biographies of the three subjects below — well-known Carl Sagan, and lesser-known Chester Greenwood and Jean-Henri Fabre — are intriguing examples of scientists who let...

The power of the image: photographs in biographies

Striking photographs in biographies can draw in, engage, and inform young readers on a deep level. In addition, they can serve as outstanding primary sources. Whether the photographs are current, colorful, high quality prints, or old, sepia, grainy shots, they reveal much about the subject, the setting, and the social/historical...

Are biographies a hard sell?

Can't get kids to read biographies, you say? Have you tried reading aloud picture book biographies? It's a sure way to hook kids into the lives, obstacles, and contributions of thousands of individuals, both historical and present day. But aren't picture books only for young children? Never! Today's picture book...

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