Monday, March 2, 2015

Massachusetts School Library Association Conference Handout

The Power of Voice in Nonfiction Writing
Nonfiction voice options span a continuum, from lively to lyrical. A writer’s topic and the approach he/she chooses will dictate the best voice choice for a particular piece.

Great Books with a Lively Voice
Animal Grossapedia by Melissa Stewart

Army Ant Parade by April Pulley Sayre

A Black Hole Is Not a Hole by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano

Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons by Sarah Levine

Bugged: How Insects Changed History by Sarah Albee

Deadliest Animals by Melissa Stewart

How They Choked by Georgia Bragg

I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat by Carlyn Beccia

It’s Spit-acular by Melissa Stewart

Lives of the Explorers: Discoveries, Disasters (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull

Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate

Oh, Yikes! History’s Grossest, Wackiest Moments by Joy Masoff

Poop Happened: A History of the World from the Bottom Up by Sarah Albee

See How They Run by Susan E. Goodman

What to Do About Alice? by Barbara Kerley (illus. Edwin Fotheringham)

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Larvae: A Guide for Insect Parents (and Curious Kids) by Bridget Heos

Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson


Great Books with a Lyrical Voice
Ballet for Martha by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

Beneath the Sun by Melissa Stewart

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill

An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Aston Hutts

Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart

Frog Song by Brenda Z. Guiberson

Lightship by Brian Floca

On a Beam of Light by Jennifer Berne

Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire A. Nivola

The Secret World of Walter Anderson by Hester Bass

Step Gently Out by Helen Frost

Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart

When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan

Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre


Great Books with a Neutral Voice
Coral Reef by Jason Chin

Eye to Eye by Steve Jenkins

Frogs by Nic Bishop

Move by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

My First Day by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

Neo Leo by Gene Barretta

Now & Ben by Gene Barretta

Redwoods by Jason Chin

Timeless Thomas by Gene Baretta

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