Sunday, February 19, 2012

The President's Day Edition of Nonfiction Monday

Welcome to a presidential edition of Nonfiction Monday!! Nonfiction Monday is a blogging celebration of nonfiction books for kids. I invite you to join us by clicking the links below this post that highlight great nonfiction books for kids and other nonfiction posts of interest. Alright, I don't have my own presidential book review, but it is a biography that features a man who was a leader. . .

The news of Steve Jobs' passing traveled faster than anything I've ever seen before, and publishers jumped to it with a flux of Steve Jobs biographies. No doubt Jobs had a huge impact on our world, so it was great to see these books give young readers the opportunity to learn more about one of the world's greatest inventors. One of those bios is Amanda Ziller's STEVE JOBS: AMERICAN GENIUS published by HarperCollins.

The book stresses that without Jobs, we wouldn't have computers with a screen monitor, keyboard and mouse; Pixar movies and characters such as Buzz Lightyear; the iPod; iPad and much more. Young readers will enjoy reading some of Steve Jobs' famous quotes and discovering how Jobs' talent was in his "artistic creativity to adapt science to fit people's needs."

The book follows Jobs' life from birth to working at a start-up video game company named Atari (yeah, remember them?) to revolutionizing technology. The back of the book  provides a listing of milestones from Jobs' life, a chronology of his career, and quotes from others about his legacy. What I really like about STEVE JOBS: AMERICAN GENIUS is how it stresses that we can all learn from Jobs and "live life at that intersection between art and science." And who knows, perhaps, one young reader will make that next dent on our universe.

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Collins (January 3, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0062197657
ISBN-13: 978-0062197658
Source of review copy: Publisher

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Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book.


  1. Thanks for hosting. Looks like a great book!

  2. Lori, thank you for hosting this week! Since so many of our students have used devices created by Steve Jobs and company, he is a great choice for a biography.

  3. I just received a different Steve Jobs bio at my branch last week. I haven't seen Steve Jobs: American Genius yet, however, I'm sure that any book about Steve Jobs will be very popular with kids. He certainly was an icon of innovation and creativity.

  4. I recommend this lovely picturebook, POLAR BEARS, by the photographer, Mark Newman, who has supplied photographs for National Geographic. For a really interesting fact, please visit the blog post(

  5. Thanks for sharing your posts, everyone. There's definitely a bunch of Jobs bios out there and like you said, they'll definitely be very popular with kids as they use all the stuff he invented!

    Can't wait to check out POLAR BEARS. I'm sure the photos are amazing!

  6. Hi Lori. The book looks interesting. The majority of biogs on Jobs I had seen so far were pitched to the adult audience so it's great to see a child friendly introduction to the man and his work.

  7. Thanks for hosting.

    My selection is "Baby Mammoth Mummy: frozen in time!: a prehistoric animal's journey into the 21st century, written by Christopher Sloan with the cooperation of Bernard Buigues and photographed by Francis Latreille.

  8. hi..Im student from Informatics engineering, this article is very informative, thanks for sharing :)