Who Was Anne Frank? by Ann Abramson

June 22nd, 2016 by

Who Was Anne FrankSubmitted by Taylor, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

This book is about how Anne grew up. She was just a young girl growing up with her parents and her sister, Margot. But then the Holocaust started happening. So they hid in The Secret Annex. Margot was one of the people that got a letter saying that she had to leave. They refused. They were successful for two years until someone ratted them out. They went to Auschwitz. Only her father, Otto survived. He made her famous by publishing her diary.I liked this book because it was nice and short and fun to read.

Who Was Anne Frank? by Ann Abramson

June 20th, 2016 by

Who Was Anne FrankSubmitted by Katie, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

Who was Anne frank was about a girl living in Frankfurt Germany.With a happy life Anne had a problem the nazis invaded.Anne had to hide for protection.She wrote a diary that told her life and when she died her dad found it and got it published.

Crazy Horse: Young War Chief by George E. Stanley

August 28th, 2013 by

Crazy-Horse_George-E-StanleySubmitted by David, Age 6 from South Dakota

Rating: ★★★★½

This book is about Crazy Horse. He used to be a Sioux war chief. He helped stop the white men fighting the Sioux.

After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

February 22nd, 2012 by

[Note from Kidsmomo: This book is recommended for ages 12 and up. If you want to give your parents more info on this series, send them here.]

Submitted by Vinnie, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

Such a good book it keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you like tupac there is good facts about him in there. Its a book for both boys and girls. D Foster is a girl that is a foster child and she sneeks away from her foster moms house with her friends to go some where? RIP in peace TUPAC u changed the rap game forever!

Kidsmomo Podcast #15: “Fame! I’m Gonna Live Forever…”

January 19th, 2010 by

A revolutionary rodent, a smart supercomputer, a master magician, and an accomplished artist who was also an ingenious inventor. Meet them all in our latest podcast, all about biographies and fiction about real-life famous figures. Hey, Lady Gaga may be the expert at acting like the paparazzi, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rub elbows with some of the biggest celebs in history!

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  • Behind every great man, there’s… an animal? This week’s mystery book tells all…
  • Books about an escape artist and an artist artist (A Spotlight for Harry and Leonardo Da Vinci: The Genius Who Defined the Renaissance)
  • Kid-submitted book recs (Stolen Children, Warriors: Into the Woods, and The Worlds Most Exotic Cars)

And don’t forget: our next topic is books about animals other than cats and dogs! So watch our latest Mystery Book Theater video and check out these books about unusual animals — from pigs to raccoons to crickets to monkeys. (Yes, monkeys! Any book about monkeys is a good book, don’t you think?)

— Nancy and Karen

Remembering MLK Jr.

January 18th, 2010 by

Marching to Freedom by Joyce Milton

Marching to Freedom by Joyce Milton

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and you know what that means — a day off! 😀 [insert shower of confetti here]

Personally, I’m very happy not to be in the office today. And I’m sure you’re not overly disappointed about a break from school either. I don’t know about you, but I plan to take full advantage of the holiday — which in my case means a huge array of desserts and a marathon of the TV show Chuck.

But before rotting my teeth with sugar and rotting my brain with TV, I decided to spend a little time honoring MLK, since it is his day and all. I have to admit that I don’t do that every year. But I figured, “Hey, maybe I should recommend a book about MLK on Kidsmomo or something…” So I picked up this one: Marching to Freedom: The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Joyce Milton. And it’s AWESOME!

But I know reading a biography may not be exactly the way you want to spend your day off, so I’ve done you all a little favor and reproduced my favorite part of the book here, for your reading enjoyment. (You can thank me later.) It’s definitely not light reading, but it’s really interesting — and taught me something I never knew about MLK before! This is a description of a momentous bus ride that King took with his teacher when he was 14 years old:
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“Meet” Deep Blue by Bat

January 14th, 2010 by

If you could meet any famous person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Submitted by Bat:

I would like to “meet” Deep Blue, the supercomputer programmed to play chess. Why? We would never know if I didn’t type this: I like chess (and computers). I would also like to meet the programmers. Why? We would never know if I didn’t type this: They might be interesting to talk to.

Book Trailer: Ben and Me

January 12th, 2010 by

This book trailer for Ben and Me was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Biographies & Real-Life Figures theme. For more on Ben and Me, check out our “Fame! I’m Gonna Live Forever…” podcast.

You’ve heard of the classic novel Of Mice and Men? Well, that’s not our focus here. But Robert Lawson’s Ben and Me IS about a mouse and a man. One is famous. And the other? Well, he thinks he should be.

Meet Yesterday’s Celebs: Books About Real-Life Figures

January 12th, 2010 by

If you’re a loyal fan of Kidsmomo (and all the cool kids are, of course), then you know that a little while back, a class in Indiana submitted a bunch of awesome book reviews — many of them for biographies.

Nancy was inspired to revisit some of her favorite books about Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, and we’ve decided to dedicate our new theme entirely to books about famous real-life figures!

So get ready to meet yesterday’s celebrities through this week’s recommended reads (in no particular order):

Nonfiction Biographies:

  1. Leonardo Da Vinci: The Genius Who Defined the Renaissance by John Phillips (Nancy’s pick)
  2. Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
  3. Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt! by Jean Fritz
  4. Charles A. Lindbergh: A Human Hero by James Cross Giblin
  5. We Were There, Too! Young People in U.S. History by Phillip M. Hoose
  6. Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I A Woman by Patricia C. McKissack and Frederick McKissack

Fiction:

  1. A Spotlight for Harry by Eric A. Kimmel (Karen’s pick) &#151 Harry Houdini
  2. Baseball Card Adventures by Dan Gutman &#151 famous ballplayers including Jackie Robinson and Babe Ruth
  3. Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  4. Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan &#151 Charlotte Parkhurst
  5. Streams to the River, River to the Sea by Scott O’Dell &#151 Sacagawea
  6. Royal Diaries series by various authors &#151 female monarchs including Cleopatra and Marie Antoinette

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review and we may read it our podcast. Or send in a review of your favorite book about a real-life famous figure!

Thomas Jefferson: The Third President of the United States by Helen Johnston

December 3rd, 2009 by

Reviewed by: Savanah, Age 9 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★½☆

Do you want to find out more about Thomas Jefferson? Do you want to know how he died? Well then read this book! The book has thirteen facts. A couple of these facts are that Thomas Jefferson was married when he was twenty-three. His daughter and his wife’s names were both Martha. His wife, Martha, died at the young age of 56. My favorite fact of theis entire book is that he got married October 30, 1768. This fact makes me happy. If you want to find more facts then read this book!!

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