Browsing Category : Non Fiction

Decorate for the Holidays with Legos


Today I have a book that will let you decorate for the holidays with Legos.  I remember an ill fated year when Christmas arrived in the midst of our remodel.  All our decorations were squirreled away in boxes off site with no hope of retrieval.  Lego creations saved our tree from the shame of being naked but none we made…

Is That Actually a Job?


Today I have a book that will have kids saying “Is that actually a job?”  We have all read the books where kids can be a Doctor, a Lawyer or a Construction Worker.  But how about Dinosaur Duster or a Cow Massager?  Not jobs kids typically consider.  This book will open kids’ eyes to all the unusual passions they can pursue…

Bringing Down a President


With the current news about impeachment, I was fascinated to find this book about the Watergate scandal for kids (a big shoutout to Ms. Yingling at http://msyinglingreads.blogspot.com for putting it on my radar!)  This newsworthy event may have taken place in 1973, but some of the parallels and language used are eerily familiar as we look at events today.  This…

Women’s Air Race Across America


Today I have a book that chronicles the women’s air race across America.  Never heard of it you say?  Well it happened in 1929, and if you think Amelia Earhart was a trailblazer for women in aviation, just wait until you meet Marvel Crosson, Louise Thaden, and Pancho Barnes.  Amelia Earhart may get the glory today, but as plane travel…

Childhood in South Africa


Today I have a book by Trevor Noah about his childhood in South Africa.  It is an adaptation from his adult novel.  I had absolutely no idea how powerful this book would be.  Nor did I understand before reading it, what Trevor Noah went through being biracial in a country where his birth was literally a crime.  I handed it…

Female Pilots in World War II


Today I have a really cool book about female pilots in World War II.  First off, the illustrations are stunning and will transport the reader to the 1940s.  What makes this book even better is the story of how far women had to go to be trained as pilots. These women, trying to fly for the military, remind all of…

The American Flag and the Star-Spangled Banner


Today I have a wonderful picture book that looks at the American flag and the Star-Spangled Banner.  Really, this should be your go-to picture book for the Fourth of July.  I do have a confession to make.  The author/illustrator Jessie Hartland can do no wrong in my eyes.  Years ago I reviewed her picture book biography of Julia Child, which is…

Power of an Immigrant


Today I have a book that shows the power of an immigrant.  It profiles 36 immigrants who are the first members of a family to immigrate to the United States and shows how they have contributed to our great country.  Did you know that 1 in 6 American adults were born in another country?  New immigrants enrich our country just…

Never Underestimate a Beaver


Today I have a book that will teach you to never underestimate a beaver!  I know what you are thinking.  Beavers are lumpy rodents with buck teeth.  Yup, that is correct.  However, they are also wetland warriors and heroes to frogs, toads, salamanders, ants, herons … well, you get the picture. Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook,…

Insider’s Guide to Cons, Hoaxes, and Scams


Today I have an insider’s guide to cons, hoaxes, and scams.  There is barely a day that goes by that I don’t get a call from the IRS telling me that I am delinquent or from Microsoft that they are shutting down my account.  My kids and I interact on the internet with people we have never met.  Russians have infiltrated…