2003 Fall Non-Fiction


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Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction of fall 2003 and ideas for using them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2003.

Ada, Alma Flor. PIO PEEP! HarperCollins, 2003. Gr K-3
Traditional Spanish nursery rhymes told in Spanish and English.

Aliki. AH, MUSIC! HarperCollins, 2003. Gr K-3
An introduction to instruments, artists and performers.

Byrd, Robert. LEONARDO;BEAUTIFUL DREAMER. Dutton, 2003. Gr 4-8
A lavishly illustrated biography of Da Vinci as a dreamer with a thirst for knowledge.

Cole, Henry. ON THE WAY TO THE BEACH. Greenwillow, 2003. Gr K-3
Find a place to sit and watch and listen. On thebeach or in the woods or in a salt march, what can you see and hear?

Cole, Joanna. MRS FRIZZLE'S ADVENTURES: MEDIEVAL CASTLE. Illus by Bruce Degan. Scholstic, 2003. Gr 3-6.
A lavishly illustrated introduction to castles and Medieval life.

Edwards, Judith. THE GREAT EXPEDITION OF LEWIS & CLARK. Farrar, 2003. Gr 3-6.
A retelling ot the expedition as told by Private Reubi Field.

Gauch, Patricia Lee. UNDER AT GETTYSBERG. Illus by Stephen Gammell. Boyds Mill, 2003. Gr 3-6.
The battle of Gettysburg as seen through the eyes of a child.

Harness, Cheryl. RABBLE ROUSERS. Dutton, 2003. Gr 3-6.
Short biographies of 20 women who made a difference in American life.

Hynes, Margaret. THE BEST BOOK OF EARLY PEOPLE. Kingfisher, 2003. Gr 4-6
Both text and art trace the origins of human progress.

Jenkins Steve and Robin Page. WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A TAIL LIKE THIS? Houghton-Mifflin, 2003. Gr K-2.
Animal parts are shown on one page and the animals and how they use them on the next.

Short biographies of 450 Americans.

Koontz, Dean. EVERY DAY'S A HOLIDAY. Illus by Phil Parks.HarperCollins, 2003.
Here are poems for every holiday including unusual holidays like Praise-the-Chicken Day and Lost-Tooth Day.

Krull, Kathleen. I HEAR AMERICA SINGING. Knopf, 2003. Gr 3 up
A wonderful collection of American folk songs with CD included.

Krull, Kathleen. WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN ROSWELL? HarperCollins, 2003. Gr 3-6.
Facts and rumors about UFOs and aliens. Easy reading.

Peters, Lisa Westberg. EARTHSHAKE. Illus by Cathie Felstead. Greenwillow, 2003. Gr 3-6.
A wonderful collection of poems that will fit into any geology unit.

Stevenson, James. CORN CHOWDER. Greenwillow, 2003. Gr 2-5
Illustated poems about everyday things.

Swinburne, Stephen. THE WOODS SCIENTIST. Photographs by Susan C. Morse. Houghton-Mifflin, 2003. Gr 3-6
A close glimpse at the homes of woodland animals.

Thomson, Sarah L. STARS AND STRIPES. Illus by Bob Dacey & Debra Bandelin. HarperCollins, 2003. Gr 3-6
Beautifully illustrated story of the American flag.

U'Ren. MARY SMITH. Farrar, 2003. Gr 2-4
The true story of a woman whose job it was to wake up the people of her town by shooting pebbles at their windows.

Waldman, Neil. THE NEVER-ENDING GREENNESS. Boyds Mill, 2003. Gr 2-4
The story of the Jews who escape to Israel and build a new home.

Meltzer, Milton. HOUR OF FREEDOM: AMERICAN HISTORY IN POETRY. Boyds Mills Press. 2003. Gr 4-8.
Poems that chronicle American history from the Colonial era to today.

Micucci, Charles. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE ANT. Houghton-Mifflin, 2003. Gr 3-6
Clever illustrations reveal the role ants have played on Earth since prehistoric times.

Rappaport, Doreen and Joan Verniero. VICTORY OR DEATH! HarperCollins, 2003. Gr 4-6
Stories of the American Revolution.

Sandler, Martin. AMERICA'S GREAT DISASTERS. HarperCollins, 2003. Gr 4-8.
Accounts of major disasters and the courageous and strong Americans who faced them.

Stevenson, Harvey. LOOKING AT LIBERTY. HarperCollins, 2003. Gr 2-4
The story of the Statue of Liberty told through verse and paintings.