Gotcha Good!: Nonfiction Books to Get Kids Excited About Reading

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Overview

This fifth Gotcha! book, aimed at public and school librarians and teachers, discusses well-reviewed and kid-tested nonfiction titles for third through eighth grade readers published in 2005-2007 with a few extra oldies but goodies added in. Chapters are built around the high- interest topics kids love. Irresistible book descriptions and book talks guide librarians and teachers to nonfiction books kids want to read. New features include numerous booklists to copy and save (similar to the bookmarks in Gotcha for Guys!) and profiles and interviews of some innovative authors such as Sally Walker, Kathleen Krull, Catherine Thimmesh, Steve Jenkins, Ken Mochizuki, and others. Grades 3-8.

This fifth Gotcha! book, aimed at public and school librarians, as well as elementary and middle school teachers, discusses well-reviewed and kid-tested nonfiction titles for third through eighth grade readers published in 2005-2007 with a few extra oldies but goodies added in. Chapters are built around the high-interest topics kids love as the authors provide irresistible book descriptions to guide librarians and teachers to nonfiction books kids will want to read.

Features include numerous booklists that can be copied and saved (similar to the bookmarks in the authors' Gotcha for Guys!), as well as profiles and interviews of some innovative nonfiction authors such as Sally Walker, Kathleen Krull, Catherine Thimmesh, Steve Jenkins, Ken Mochizuki, and others. Grades 3-8.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"In this fourth installment of the excellent Gotcha guides, Baxter and Kochel do not disappoint. In addition to annotations for over 1000 nonfiction titles, they profile eight prolific authors and provide fun top-10 features for the various subjects covered. The guide is divided into seven chapters: American Journeys, People to KNow, Around the World and Through the Ages, Animails, Science, Playing with Words, and Monsters, Mummies, and Other Quirky Books. The titles chosen are truly high quality, relevant, and up-to-date, with suggested ages provided, most ranging from grades three through eight. Many lesser-known and newer titles have been selected, and their attractive covers are sprinkled throughout, which adds to the overall fresh look and feel of this resource. This inclusive title is as user-friendly as its predecessors and a must-have for all librarians who want to get kids excited about nonfiction."

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School Library Journal

"Aimed at public and school librarians and teachers working with students in third through eighth grades, this fifth Gotcha! book discusses well-reviewed and kid-tested nonfiction titles published 2005-2007….A highly useful and updated resource for anyone interested in encouraging children to read and enjoy nonfiction."

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Booklist

"Gotcha Good! Is written for the public or school librarian who wants to purchase or promote nonfiction titles for elementary and middle school students. Booktalks or book reviews are written for each selected title. Books listed are generally published between 2005 and 2007, with most having a 2006 copyright date… The booktalks are delivered in a variety of formats, including 'fun facts,' notes of interesting illustrations to show, and plenty of hooks to get the audience clamoring for nonfiction books."

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Reference & User Services Quarterly

"This highly useful and updated resource is appropriate for anyone involved in encouraging children to read and enjoy nonfiction selections. This text is particularly geared to audiences of public and school librarians as well as elementary and middle grade teachers. . . . This edition is a must for those librarians and teachers passionate about integrating meaningful and high-quality nonfiction into daily instructional activities."

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Collection Management

VOYA - Susan Hampe
This professional resource is a wonderful collection of nonfiction titles that expands upon the previous four volumes in the Gotcha! series. Aimed at reluctant readers in grades five through eight, the authors do an excellent job accommodating different reading levels by offering titles for grades one and up. Titles are offered in a variety of different subjects such as history, biographies, science, language arts, as well as bizarre and mysterious happenings. Bibliographic information is provided for each title along with a summary and target grade level. Reproducible bookmarks that offer the top ten titles for each of the seven subject areas are also included. Some titles feature interviews with authors, in which they explain what inspired them to choose their topic and write a book about it. While this title is a great resource, it does have a few weaknesses. The book contains an author and title index with a few keywords mixed in, but no subcategory index is provided to assist in locating more specific subjects. The reproducible bookmarks offer a good selection of titles, but some assorted bookmarks within the various topics would have been nice. There is also no index leading readers to where the bookmarks can be found within the book. All things considered, this title would be an excellent addition to any professional collection. Reviewer: Susan Hampe
School Library Journal

In this the fourth installment of the excellent "Gotcha" guides, Baxter and Kochel do not disappoint. In addition to annotations for over 1000 nonfiction titles, they profile eight prolific authors and provide fun top-10 features for the various subjects covered. The guide is divided into seven chapters: "American Journeys," "People to Know," "Around the World and Through the Ages," "Animals," "Science," "Playing with Words," and "Monsters, Mysteries, Mummies, and Other Quirky Books." The titles chosen are truly high quality, relevant, and up-to-date, with suggested ages provided, most ranging from grades three through eight. Many lesser-known and newer titles have been selected, and their attractive covers are sprinkled throughout, which adds to the overall fresh look and feel of this resource. This inclusive title is as user-friendly as its predecessors and a must-have for all librarians who want to get kids excited about nonfiction.-Jessica Kerlin, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591586548
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publication date: 7/30/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

KATHLEEN A. BAXTER is the co-author of several other Gotcha! titles for Libraries Unlimited and is a popular BER presenter.

MARCIA AGNESS KOCHEL is a middle school librarian in Bloomington, MN. She was a member of the 2006 ALA Siebert Award committee and currently reviews for SLJ.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 American Journeys 1

Ch. 2 People to Know 51

Author Profile: Kathleen Krull 64

Author Profile: Ken Mochizuki 73

Ch. 3 Around the World and Through the Ages 93

Ch. 4 Animals 119

Author Profile: Jacob Berkowitz 120

Author Profile: Steve Jenkins 134

Author Profile: Sally Walker 158

Ch. 5 Science 161

Author Profile: Loree Griffin Burns 162

Author Profile: Catherine Thimmesh 181

Ch. 6 Playing with Words 185

Ch. 7 Monsters, Mysteries, Mummies, and Other Quirky Books 203

Author Profile: Kelly Milner Halls 214

Author Index 249

Title Index 253

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