Kerrie Logan Hollihan

Writing Books to Help Kids Wonder


I've wondered about Stonehenge since 1964.

Who's wondering what at Grasslands Elementary ?


"A worthwhile addition to every library collection and a natural for military-history enthusiasts." Kirkus


School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Hollihan profiles the lives of 16 trailblazing war correspondents in this well-researched and riveting book. Pioneers in the field of journalism, these little-known women come to life as the author illuminates not only the professional dangers they faced but also the cultural assumptions made about their abilities based solely on their gender. Whether facing bias and discrimination in their assignments—early reporters were tasked with writing about war from a woman's angle—or denied credentials their male counterparts were easily granted, these women found ways to circumvent obstacles to provide readers around the world with gritty, eyewitness accounts from countless battle zones. They revolutionized a profession and paved the way for future women in the field. Filled with black-and-white photos, newspaper clippings, and personal anecdotes from the women themselves, the text is chock-full of their daring exploits—such as Sigrid Schultz cohosting an engagement party for top Nazi Hermann Göring—all in the name of landing their stories. Not only do readers gain a healthy respect for each reporter, but they also gain insight into global history. As such, the book reads like a narrative time line of world history, women's rights, and the field of journalism as a whole. The inclusion of notes and a bibliography provides additional resources for further reading.—Audrey Sumser, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Mayfield, OH


In the topsy-turvy whirlwind that’s publishing today, one fact is holding strong: young people must have quality books to read about history and science.

Increasingly, we authors of nonfiction for kids hear that big trade publishers are turning away nonfiction titles. Their reasoning: kids and teens who need to write reports can easily ferret out information on the internet. Why should a kid pick up a book when a few clicks lead to any number of web pages filled with facts and figures?

Why indeed. Facts and figures are not enough. Well-crafted narrative nonfiction places facts in context for young readers, not only to give them a good read but also enabling kids and teens to build mental connections across space and time.

My Books & Reviews

16 women, living and dead, who end-ran roadblocks on their quest to bear witness to wars on the battlefield and the civilians who suffer.

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