Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge #NFPB2016 #113

30 Mar

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Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking MachineAda Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’d been meaning to read this nfpb for awhile. I admit I wasn’t even familiar with Ada Lovelace until recently and then all of a sudden her name was everywhere. I’m glad people are getting to know her and giving her the credit that she deserves. It always amazes how people back in the day were able to figure things out without the benefit of all the technology we have at our disposal.

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Little People, Big Dreams is a new series imported from Spain.

“In this new series, discover the lives of outstanding people from designers and artists to scientists. All of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream.”

I like how they seem to be picking people that may not be the go-to subjects for biographies. These just seem like simple biographies to introduce young readers to these people. I hated the illustrations for the Frida Kahlo bio. The books include a timeline and photos.

For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's StoryFor the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story by Rebecca Langston-George

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There have been lots of picture books about Malala recently. This particular title is one of them. Her story is a story for everyone because what she encountered is not a thing of the past. Education is continually being threatened. Girls are still not being treated as equals and therefore not being given the same opportunities to further improve themselves. I hope young people look up to her more than other celebrities who make the news.

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The Secret SubwayThe Secret Subway by Shana Corey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story of New York’s first subway is told with stunning claymation. We hear about the congestion in the streets and how one person proposed a clever solution that was met with a lot of obstacles that proved to be more impenetrable than rock but still paved the way into what was possible. The dustjacket folds outs to reveal the creative process to create the amazing illustrations.

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3 responses to “Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge #NFPB2016 #113

  1. Michele

    March 30, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Secret Subway was very cool!
    I would like to read about Coco Chanel. That would be a new person to read about!

  2. Kellee from Unleashing Readers (@kelleemoye)

    March 30, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Little People, Big Dreams looks like a wonderful new series! I will have to find them for my future reader 🙂

  3. annettepimentel

    April 1, 2016 at 10:48 am

    I just saw Bottle Houses at the library 2 hours ago, but I’d never heard of it before. And now I find you recommending it here! Definitely going on my to-read list.


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