Monday, January 19, 2015

More Books About Real People

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One of my favorite ways to sneak in learning in our off-times from school (or anytime!) is through a variety picture books.  It's more fun that forcing dry facts, plus a well-written, engaging picture book keeps the attention of my youngest listeners while always teaching me a thing or two as well.

Queen Victoria's Bathing Machineby Gloria Whelan was a fun story of a problem solved. The conflict? Queen Victoria wanted to dip her toes in the water, but it was a disgrace for her, the queen of a nation and a proper lady,  to show her skin in public. The solution?  If I tell, it would give away the story!

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
by Jen Bryant was not only an interesting read, but the pages were visually stunning.  With list of words, timelines, and sketches in the margins, you could read this book multiple times and still miss something.

I'm also looking forward to these two books about real people, currently on my library hold list:

Mr. Ferris and His Wheelby Kathryn Gibbs Davis and The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisseby Patricia MacLachlan (the same author who wrote Sarah, Plain and Tall).

Want more reading ideas? Check out my original list of books about real people.


  1. I love these kinds of books!! I am going to be adding these to my library list. (Never mind that my youngest listener is nearing age 14. A good book is a good book!) :)

    1. Well, if you need an excuse, the one about Roget is an advanced picture book. ;-)

  2. These look really interesting. I need to pay my library fine so I can put books on hold again...oops! :)


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