Tag Archives: Non-Fiction

Book Review: Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice by Adam Makos

Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice by [Adam Makos]

This is the true story of Jesse Brown, the U.S. Navy’s first black carrier pilot.

It is a story of an unconventional friendship that developed between the son of a poor sharecropper from Mississippi and a rich white kid from New England.

It is a war story from the Korean War. It portrays the horrors and heroism that can be found when nations collide. Being a true story, the good guys don’t always win.

But it is also a love story. You will follow Jesse as he meets the love of his life and starts a family.

This story will make you laugh, cry, shake your head at events that happened. But it is for me ultimately an inspiring story of a young black man who overcame prejudice and racism to make history.

Warning: This book is an unflinching telling of Jesse’s life. It begins in the South of the 1920s. Some readers today may find it hard reading about what Jesse and his family endured. But you do not learn from history by running away from it.

Book Review: The Science of Star Wars by Mark Brake and Jon Chase

The Science of Star Wars: The Scientific Facts Behind the Force, Space Travel, and More! by [Mark Brake, Jon Chase]

I would heartily recommend this book to other closet scientists like myself.

It looks at 50 topics and tries to explain in real-life terms whether these things could happen. Is The Force real? How much would it cost to build a Death Star? Could a single blast from the Death Star destroy the earth? Can you build a light saber? And many more.

Mark Brake developed the world’s first science and science fiction degree in 1999. He also launched the world’s first astrobiology degree in 2005.

If you have advanced training in the sciences, this book may not be detailed enough for you. But the book is written in a way that I understood it while I was reading it. It was fun and thought provoking at the same time.

May The Force Be With You!!

New Books: Ireland

How much do you know about Ireland? There’s so much to learn about the Emerald Isle that even its residents don’t know. In this trivia book, you’ll learn more about Ireland’s history, pop culture, folklore, and so much more!

The Great Book of Ireland: Interesting Stories, Irish History & Random Facts about Ireland by Bill O’Neill: DA911.2 O54 2019

“Known… for its four-color maps, photos and illustrations, the [DK] Eyewitness Guides are extremely user-friendly for travelers who want their information delivered in a concise, visual way.” (Chicago Tribune)

Ireland by Darragh Geraghty: DA980 .G46 2019

“The Fodor’s guides are notable for their ratings of sights, restaurants, shops, accommodations and attractions.” (Chicago Tribune)

Fodor’s 2020 Essential Ireland by Paul Clements: DA980 .C592 2020

New Books: Race Relations

“A valuable guide . . . While especially helpful for those new to the critical analysis of whiteness, this work also offers a useful refresher to anyone committed to the ongoing process of self-assessment and anti-oppression work.” (Library Journal)

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo: HT1521 .D486 2018

The history and contributions of African Americans in northeast Indiana have been largely overlooked. This new publication, African Americans in Fort Wayne: The First 200 Years, does not claim to be a definitive history of the topic. It does, however, recognize and honor the pioneers who have made the African-American community in Fort Wayne what it is today.

African Americans in Fort Wayne : The First 200 Years by Dodie Marie Miller: F534.F7 M647 2000

New Books: College Teaching and Learning

“Every college professor should read this book. It is useful, accessible, lively, and humorous. It is not ideological or pedantic, but is instead a practical guide to becoming a better professor for those of us who never desired to read a book about pedagogy.” (David Arnold, Columbia Basin College)

Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intellectuals, Introverts, and Nerds Who Want to Be Effective Teachers by Jessamyn Neuhaus: LB2331 .N424 2019

“Gooblar adds his voice to a growing chorus questioning the absence of systematic pedagogical training of the professoriate in higher education. With deep empathy for emerging educators and an unwavering focus on students, Gooblar offers a guide towards cultivating a collaborative, active, and inclusive classroom.” (Kimberly Tanner, San Francisco State University)

The Missing Course: Everything They Never Taught You about College Teaching by David Gooblar: LB1778 .G655 2019

Cheating in College is a valuable read that allows educators of all disciplines to gain much-needed insight into the numerous complex issues related to student cheating. It also offers readers concrete and easy to follow tips on how to work to reduce the prevalence of cheating in their classrooms and campuses.” (Academy of Management Learning & Education)

Cheating in College: Why Students Do It and What Educators Can Do about it by Donald L. McCabe, Kenneth D. Butterfield, Linda K. Trevino: LB3609 .M27 2017

“This powerful book beautifully merges data and anecdote to explain that for far too many, college is not a gateway, but a trap. We as a society can and must do better, and The College Dropout Scandal shows us how.” (Wes Moore, bestselling author)

The College Dropout Scandal by David Kirp: LC148.15 .K57 2019

“For anyone teaching online—novice or seasoned—Small Teaching Online is a must-read! Darby expertly combines educational research and her expertise as an instructional designer to suggest practical solutions to challenges faced in the online environment in bite-sized chunks that don’t overwhelm.” (Mel Young, Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub, Cambrian College)

Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Sciences in Online Classes by Flower Darby: LB1028.5 .D322 2019

New Books on Education

“With its inviting tone and straightforward advice, 33 Simple Steps for Faculty is the rare combination of useful and user-friendly. For faculty who feel like their time is stretched more than ever, Nunn provides excellent strategies with which professors can help students succeed.” (Jessica Wilkerson, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi)

33 Simple Strategies for Faculty by Lisa M. Nunn: LB2343.32 .N86 2019

“As an expert in the cognitive science of learning and an award-winning educator, Miller is well-poised to bridge the gap between science and practice. Minds Online translates principles and findings from cognitive science into concrete, actionable tips and recommendations for educators trying to incorporate technology into their teaching. This is a terrific book.” (Sean Kang, Dartmouth College)

Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology by Michelle D. Miller: LB1028.5 .M548 2016

“An essential, compelling and practical examination of the relationship between culture and cognition that will forever transform how we think about our role facilitating the learning of other people’s children – and our own children!” (LaShawn Route Chatmon, Executive Director, National Equity Project)

Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta Hammond: LC1099.3 .H335 2015

“Overall, Faculty Development in the Age of Evidence is an essential resource for the field of faculty development and for the higher education sector. Beach and colleagues provide an updated examination of the status of the field, and create meaningful arguments in favor of continually strengthening faculty development. Beyond that, the book asks important questions for practitioners to reflect and act upon, in order to continue evolving the field of faculty development and the overall impact of higher education in society.” (Teachers College Record)

Faculty Development in the Age of Evidence: Current Practices, Future Imperatives by Andrea L. Beach, Mary Deane Sorcinelli, Ann E. Austin, and Jaclyn K. Rivard: LB2331.7.B43 2016

“This brilliant book that presents a comprehensive look at the concerns about student loan debt, the employment rate of college graduates, and the viability of institutions of higher learning. Tiffany Mfume does an amazing job of offering a thoroughly researched perspective on this landscape and answers the question most inquisitive minds want to know: ‘Is a college degree really worth it?'” (Heidi M. Anderson, president, University of Maryland Eastern Shore)

The College Completion Glass–Half-full or Half-Empty? Exploring the Value of Postsecondary Education by Tiffany Beth Mfume: LC148.2 .M48 2019

“This book makes a compelling case for adopting universal design in all postsecondary offerings in order to support a diverse educational community and an inclusive approach to academic excellence. There is something here for everyone.”
(Michael K. Young, president, Texas A&M University)

Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice 2nd Edition by Sheryl E. Burgstahler: LC4818.38 .U55 2015

New Early Childhood Education Books

Engaging Learners Through Artmaking: Choice-Based Art Education in the Classroom (TAB)

By Katherine M. Douglas and Diane B. Jaquith
Call Number: N 350 .D6 2018
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The authors who introduced the concepts of “Teaching for Artistic Behavior” (TAB) and “choice-based art education” have completely revised and updated their original, groundbreaking bestseller that was designed to facilitate independent learning and support student choices in subject matter and media.

More than ever before, teachers are held accountable for student growth and this new edition offers updated recommendations for assessments at multiple levels, the latest strategies and structures for effective instruction, and new resources and helpful tips that provide multiple perspectives and entry points for readers.

The Second Edition of Engaging Learners Through Artmaking will support those who are new to choice-based authentic art education, as well as experienced teachers looking to go deeper with this curriculum. This dynamic, user-friendly resource includes sample lesson plans and demonstrations, assessment criteria, curricular mapping, room planning, photos of classroom set-ups, media exploration, and many other concrete and open-ended strategies for implementing TAB in kindergarten–grade 8.

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Teaching Early Years: Theory and Practice / Edition 1

By Amanda Thomas and Karen Mcinnes
Call Number: LB 1139.23 .T43 2018
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This textbook focuses on the main areas of teaching young children, covering the 3-7 years age range that spans the early years and primary phases. The majority of chapters are written by both an academic and practitioner, reflecting a genuine theory and practice approach, and this helps the reader to set theoretical discussion in the context of real practice.

Key themes explored within the book include:

–        Play and playfulness in the curriculum

–        Child development in practice

–        Literacy development and subject pedagogy

–        Creativity and outdoor learning

Packed full of learning features such as case studies, reflective questions and lesson plans, Teaching Early Years is an essential resource for both students and practitioners, and will enhance your knowledge of how young children think and learn.

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Preschool Appropriate Practices: Environment, Curriculum, and Development / Edition 5

By Janice J. Beaty
Call Number: LB 1140.4 .B43 2019
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Preschool Appropriate Practices, 5th Edition, helps future and current teachers create self-directed learning environments in their classrooms. Each chapter helps students learn how to set up one type of learning center (e.g., music/dance), including instructions on what to include in the center and how children can use it. The self-directed learning approach encourages children to become involved in their own learning. A second theme emphasizes the teacher’s role as a facilitator, helping readers understand how to:

1) observe children’s developmental levels,

2) provide developmentally appropriate activities,

3) serve as a behavior model, and

4) best support children in their learning.

Learning activities, some of which incorporate children’s picture books, exemplify the NAEYC’s developmentally appropriate practice (DAP). Chapters also incorporate NAEYC accreditation criteria.

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September 2019 Children’s Nonfiction

Pollen: Darwin’s 130 Year Prediction

By Darcy Pattison
Call Number: Q180.55.D57 P38 2019
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How long does it take for science to find an answer to a problem? On January 25, 1862, naturalist Charles Darwin received a box of orchids. One flower, the Madagascar star orchid, fascinated him. It had an 11.5” nectary, the place where flowers make nectar, the sweet liquid that insects and birds eat. How, he wondered, did insects pollinate the orchid?

The Astronaut who Painted the Moon

By Dean Robbins
Call Number: TL789.85.B36 R63 2019
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As a boy, Alan wanted to fly planes. As a young navy pilot, Alan wished he could paint the view from the cockpit. So he took an art class to learn patterns and forms. But no class could prepare him for the beauty of the lunar surface some 240,000 miles from Earth. In 1969, Alan became the fourth man and first artist on the moon. He took dozens of pictures, but none compared to what he saw through his artistic eyes. When he returned to Earth, he began to paint what he saw. Alan’s paintings allowed humanity to experience what it truly felt like to walk on the moon.

When Sue Found Sue

By Toni Buzzeo
Call Number: QE707.H46 B89 2019
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From a very young age, Sue Hendrickson was meant to find things: lost coins, perfume bottles, even hidden treasure. Her endless curiosity eventually led to her career in diving and paleontology, where she would continue to find things big and small. In 1990, at a dig in South Dakota, Sue made her biggest discovery to date: Sue the T. rex, the largest and most complete T. rex skeleton ever unearthed. Named in Sue’s honor, Sue the T. rex would be placed on permanent exhibition at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.