Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Nonfiction Wednesday

  Join Alyson and others at Kid Lit Frenzy for a nonfiction picture book bonanza each week!
Gingerbread for Liberty!: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution
Who knew that the outcome of the American Revolution could have been influenced by a baker?! Food sure can be a powerful weapon, though, when you're hungry. Christopher Ludwick was a German-American who was well-known for baking delicious gingerbread. He was also patriotic and wanted to help the Revolution. However, he wasn't exactly in the right shape to serve as a soldier. George Washington trusted him, though. When Ludwick saw the hungry enemy armies, he fed them, and many switched sides! The Author's Note is interesting, and I loved that the illustrator, Vincent X. Kirsch was inspired by his visual food stylist background and designed the illustrations to resemble gingerbread cookies.
Trombone Shorty

Troy Andrews (aka "Trombone Shorty") tells the story of his inspirational neighborhood in New Orleans and his musical family and how they set the stage for his own music. At first, he had to make his own instruments, but then found a broken trombone. He was ready to play! Bryan Collier's explanation of his beautiful illustrations and the Author's Note about his humble upbringing and success add to this lively and inspirational story.



  1. Trombone Shorty is one of my favorite nfpb from this year!
    Loved the illustrations in Gingerbread for Liberty.

  2. I've read both of these, & both are good, Holly. I enjoyed Gingerbread for Liberty, had never heard this story & what a good one.

  3. Yay Trombone Shorty!

  4. Absolutely loved Trombone Shorty - really a well-crafted PBB, I thought. Great video too!