King of the Wind: Story of the Godolphin Arabian

John Newberry MedalA wonderfully woven story of the first Arabian horse that was brought to Europe, thereby establishing a lineage of prized Arabian horses used in races to this day. This story is based on some true aspect of history pertaining to the gifting of an Arabian horse to a French king. Henry brings the reader from Morocco, through the desert all the way to France and eventually England. Sham, the Arabian horse that was gifted to the King Louis XIV was accompanied by his faithful caretaker and companion, Agba,…


Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Subjects: Equine, history
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Teaching Minds : How Cognitive Science Can Save Our Schools

Schank is definitely a divergent thinker and this comes out in his innovative thoughts on the conventional system of education and his proposals for solutions. Instead of acquiring factual knowledge, he focuses on thinking. He proposes a high school program in which the students get a mentor in different areas and learn the ‘subjects’ in real life context instead of learning chemistry or physics just because. This book is an eye opener for those of us who grew up in the traditional educational system. He proposes what teaching should look…


Genre: Cognitive Science, Education, Teaching
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Think Smart: A Neuroscientist’s Prescription for Improving Your Brain’s Performance

One theory claims that creative impulses exist in all of us but are weakened by custom and social rules of behavior – a variation of the claim dating back to French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau that formal schooling inhibits rather than stimulates creativity.


Genre: Cognitive Science, Education, Neuroscience, Psychology
Subjects: Neuroscience
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A Faraway Island

Imagine yourself a child, and you are sent away to another country on your own, or with your younger sibling, who can get on your nerves sometimes, while your parents remain behind in the country where you were born and raised. You are told that it would only be 6 months before you are reunited with your parents, and you put all your hopes into a future together, in America, escaping growing persecution of the Nazis in annexed Austria. Thor really threw one event after another to her character, which…


Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Subjects: Europe, Jews, Nazi occupation, Sweden, World War II
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The Green Glass Sea

Judy Lopez Memorial AwardNew Mexico Book Award for Best Young Adult BookScott O’Dell AwardDewey Kerrigan is the daughter of a scientist who works with the government during the World War II years. From St. Louis, Dewey was put on a train to Lamy, New Mexico, to next be transported to the ‘Hill’ where her father was. Working for the government, her father is one of the scientists involved in the top secret project that should win the war. Having such a close relationship with her Papa, Dewey is happy in…


Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Subjects: atomic bomb, Los Alamos, New Mexico, World War II
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The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

Dyslexia, or the dyslexic processing style, isn’t just a barrier to learning how to read and spell; it’s also a reflection of an entirely different pattern of brain organization and information processing – one that predisposes a person to important abilities along with the well-known challenges.


Genre: Education, Non-Fiction, Psychology, Science, Teaching
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