Nonfiction Monday

Picture Book of the Day

Red Bird Sings: The Story of Zitkala-Sa, Native American Author, Musician, and Activist (Exceptional Social Studies Titles for Intermediate Grades)

by Gina Capaldi (Adapter, Illustrator) and Q. L. Pearce (Adapter)

Booktalk: Gertrude Simmons, also known as Zitkala-Sa (which means Red Bird) was born in 1876 on the Yankton Sioux reservation in South Dakota. She willingly left her home at age eight to go to a boarding school in Indiana. But Zitkala-Sa soon found herself caught between two worlds–white and Native American.



February 1884

From my playmates I heard that two paleface missionaries from the Land of Red Apples were in our village. They were from that class of white men who wore big hats and carried large hearts. When they came to our house, an interpreter who knew a smattering of my language joined them.


Chapter Book of the Day

Vampires (Monster Mania)

by John Malam (Author) and Vincent Boulanger (Illustrator)

32 pages

Booktalk: Unearth all the most chillling legends and mysteries aoubut VAMPIRES! Did you know that vampires have no reflection? Or that Count Dracula was based on a Romanian prince? Or that holly thorns protect against vampires?


The meaning of “vampire”

No one really knows where the word “vampire” comes from. Some say it comes from the Lithuanian word wempti, which means “to drink.” Some say it’s from the Turkish word uber, meaning “witch.”


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