Daily Archives: September 22, 2008

Nonfiction Monday: No Girls Allowed

Need a little girl power to kick start your Monday morning? Look no further. Kids Can Press presents No Girls Allowed, a new book written by Susan Hughes, and illustrated in rockin’ graphic style by Willow Dawson. This book hits the mark in many ways. It offers readers short tales, in graphic format, of women throughout history who disguised themselves as men in order to shape their lives on their own terms. You’ll find the story of Hatshepsut, the female pharoah, and the tales of Mu Lan and Alfhild, the Viking warrior. Each mini-bio is quite short, around ten pages, so I imagine there will be a lot of readers who want to learn more about the women they read about here. Good thing there’s a list of Further Reading suggestions on the last page. Susan Hughes’ afterword, in which she leads readers to consider why women have faced different treatment throughout history to the present, is a good introduction for all young readers to a complex subject.

This one belongs in classrooms, as it matches strong kid-appeal with worthy content, and a contemporary feel.

I won! I won!

Melissa of Book Nut just gave me a little award. Aw shucks. Right back at you. Thanks Melissa! Now I’m pretty good at receiving these types of blog awards… not so good at the passing-them-along-to-others part. So I decided to seize the moment and just do it, gosh darn it. I can think of lots of blogs I love, so why not spread the love to a few blogs I don’t cheer enough about?

Here are the rules:

1) Add the logo of the award to your blog

2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you

3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs

4) Add links to those blogs on your blog

5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs!

(drumroll…) “The envelope please…”:

Class of 2k8 (The best place to discover the best new writers)
Reading Rants (Awesome, succinct reviews for teens)
The Planet Esme Plan (Like hanging out with the coolest librarian ever)
The YA YA YAs (The latest, greatest in everything YA)
Read.Imagine.Talk (Smart ideas on education, kids’ books and raising readers)
The Book Club Shelf (A made-for-teachers site crammed with ideas for book clubs)
Just One More Book! (Podcasty perfection)

Thanks to all of you, for making the land of blog that much cooler, everyday.