Tuesday, November 20, 2018

12 Days of Children's Books Gala Giveaway Results

To find out if you are a winner, go to: 12 Days of Children's Books Gala Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to everyone who won a book, and a heartfelt thanks to everyone who took the time to enter.

After I get over my sinus infection which is preventing my brain from working, I will share with you why we did this book giveaway and who my fellow authors are and why we became the NONFICTION NINJAS! Till then, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 

Friday, November 16, 2018


It is my turn to offer up a free book for the 12 days of Children's Books Gala Giveaway.  Check out Nancy's Blog and Rafflecopter for a chance to win Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation. A wacky way to look at our 3rd president.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

DAY 6 !

You won't want to miss your chance to win Pat Miller's The Hole Story of the Doughnut.

Also -- interesting insight from Clelia Gore on Twitter about PB biographies (right up my alley). I guess I'll have to step up my game to bring new life into traditionally told bios.  I wonder what she thinks about an agricultural slant!?!?!?

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The 12 Days of Children's Books Gala Giveaway!

As a proud Nonfiction Ninja, I am pleased to be part of 
The 12 Days of Children's Books Gala Giveaway that Nancy I. Sanders is hosting on her BlogZone
Today Nancy features Linda Skeers and her wonderful biography collection Women Who Dared. Check it out!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

A Book for Bird Lovers -- Finding a Dove for Gramps

Finding a Dove for Gramps by Lisa J. Amstutz is a sweet story about a boy and his mother carrying on a tradition that began more than 100 years ago -- the Christmas Bird Count. But this year is different. Jay is missing his Gramps and hopes to find his favorite bird, a dove. 

Lisa's crisp narrative leads the reader through crunchy snow to find chickadees, a red-bellied woodpecker and other birds. Like a real birding walk we hear the blue jay before we see it, and search the page for the red-bellied woodpecker. 

Maria Luisa Di Gravio's illustrations reflect the softness of a winter's morning-- muted greys, bright whites, and warmly bundled birders. Although the birds are stylized, they are easily identifiable and will help young readers add new species to their life lists. 

As Jay and his mother wander the woods, we learn about the Christmas Bird Count and why it is so important. The back matter elaborates on the history of the yearly event and shares a two-page bird count checklist. I especially appreciate the invitation to join the Bird Count and websites for kids to access.  

As a writer I admire the clean narrative. Lisa fills her story with sounds of crunching snow, hammering of the woodpecker and calls of flying geese. The language sings with words like skitter, raggedy, waggle and prickle, which will make it a fun read-aloud. Lisa is also a pro at weaving facts into a fictional story line without bogging down the pace or emotion of a story with heart. 

Finding a Dove for Gramps will look lovely under the Christmas tree, and is sure to turn any child into an avid birder.