by The Bookologist
In this month’s “From the Editor,” Marsha Qualey share’s scholar Rudine Sims Bishop’s observation that while there are many nonfiction books for children and YAs about the civil rights events of the 1950s, not too many authors have tackled the topics in fiction. One exception might be school desegregation/integration,which is the focus of this month’s timeline.… more
Our Bookstorm™ book, The Shadow Hero, is the origin story of a superhero, The Green Turtle. While this character is not an actual chelonian — though that would be an awesome super hero — there are many turtles and tortoises in children’s literature. Some might even be, technically, terrapins. Here are some notables.
The year of Birdy’s story in Catherine, Called Birdy is more than 700 years ago. It might be hard for us to imagine what it was like to live then, before technology and planes and even the printing press! Reading the book gives us an opportunity to put ourselves into that world and time. Here’s what was going on throughout Birdy’s world to help us place the book within its reference points.… more
Leroy Ninker Saddles Up rides on the withers of a great many previous books. A timeline is only an at-a-glance historical survey, of course; still, we created this one to highlight some of the seminal books in a long history of horse stories.