Category Archives: Reason: Pre-Reading for Adrian

I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis

I Survived the Attacks of September 11th, 2001 is a fictionalized account of the son of a FDNY firefighter and what happened to him and his dad on September 11th. It portrays the feeling and emotions of the morning without being too graphic since it is aimed at children. I highly recommend it to kids learning about 9/11.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 89
Pages Read in 2019: 22,822
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100 Scientists Who Shaped World History by John Hudson Tiner

Each page (in pretty small print in two columns) gives an overview of one of the 100 Scientists Who Shaped World History. It starts with Pythagoras and ends with Hawking. The focus of each mini bio is on what one or two things they discovered or invented that changed the world and is not meant to even remotely cover their whole life. This book can easily be read cover to cover or by picking and choosing a scientist to read about here and there. It’s a great introduction for kids to lots of scientists from many branches of science.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 88
Pages Read in 2019: 22,724
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Who Was Fidel Castro? by Sarah Fabiny

Aimed at kids, Who Was Fidel Castro? gives a good overview of the life of the Cuban dictator. It’s pretty neutral as far as whether he was a good or bad person (as the book says, it depends on who you ask). There are lots of illustrations and several asides to explain things like guerrilla warfare and communism. I highly recommend this book to kids learning about Castro or Cuba.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 86
Pages Read in 2019: 22,310
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George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl

George’s Marvelous Medicine is a typical Roald Dahl book (read: weird, but fun to read). It’s outlandish and funny and quite imaginative. I highly recommend it to kids of all ages. It makes a great read-aloud, too!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 85
Pages Read in 2019: 22,203
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What is Rock and Roll? by Jim O’Connor

What Is Rock and Roll? is packed with fascinating facts aimed at kids about rock and roll from Elvis to today (I’m not a kid and I learned a lot, too!). About half the chapters are on subgenres of rock (such as acid rock and grunge) and about half are about specific artists (such as Elvis, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Bruce Springsteen). I highly recommend this to kids interested in rock music.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 84
Pages Read in 2019: 22,114
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Who Was Gandhi by Dana Meachen Rau

Who Was Gandhi? is a nice overview of his life aimed at children. It explains things in simple terms and includes plenty of illustrations. I highly recommend it for kids learning about Gandhi and Indian independence.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 83
Pages Read in 2019: 22,009
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The Diary of Ma Yan

When Ma Yan, a peasant girl in China, was 13 and 14 she kept a journal that, on a whim, was published in the early 2000s. Her diary is a glimpse into the need for education to stop the cycle of poverty. What she wrote is interrupted occasionally with interesting explanations on the culture. I recommend it to middle grade kids and up.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 82
Pages Read in 2019: 21,904
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