2002 Spring Non Fiction


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Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction of Spring 2002 and ideas for using them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2002.

Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Davis, Kenneth C. DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE PRESIDENTS? HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 3-6
Learn about the Presidents' achievements, nicknames, hobbies, favorite foods and how life in the White House has changed over the years.
Drummond, Allan. LIBERTY! Farrar, 2002. Gr 2-4
The story of the Statue of Liberty from its construction in France to its unveiling on October 28, 1886.
Duquette, Keith. THEY CALL ME WOOLLY. Putnam, 2002. K-3
Striking illustrations and simple text show a variety if animals and tell how they got their names.
Fradin, Dennis & Judith. WHO WAS SACAGAWEA? and WHO WAS BEN FRANKLIN? Grossett, 2002. Gr 2-4
Simplified biographies with lively writing that should appeal to those ready for chapter books.
Fraser, Mary Ann. HOW ANIMAL BABIES STAY SAFE. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr K-3.
Some animal babies depend on their parents. Some help each other. Some manage on their own. But all must find a way to keep safe.
Gerstein, Mordicai. WHAT CHARLIE HEARD. Farrar, 2000. Gr 2-5
Charlie wanted to re-create all of the sounds that he heard in his childhood. He wrote music but others heard his music only as noise. The story of Charles Ives, the composer who persisted despite criticism of his music.
Harrison, David L. RIVERS: NATURE'S WONDROUS WATERWAYS. Illus. by Cheryl Nathan. Gr 2-4
Readers are taken on a journey down a river from its source at the top of a mountain to its mouth where it meets the sea. Beautiful poetic language!
Helfer, Ralph. MOSEY. Scholastic, 2002. Gr 4-6
A boy and an elephant grow up together in a circus town in 1896. When the circus is sold, the elephant, Mosey, is taken away on a ship. The boy sacrifices everything to stow away with the beast. A true tale of love and courage.
An easy to read account of this famous flight.
Leedy, Loreen. FOLLOW THE MONEY. Holiday House, 2002. Gr K-3
The travels of George, a quarter, from the time he is minted to his return to the bank.
Lewis, J. Patrick. A WORLD OF WONDERS. Dial, 2002 Gr 3-6
Geographic travels in verse and rhyme.
Logan, Caludi. THE 5000-YEAR-OLD PUZZLE. Farrar, 2002. Gr 3-6
An introduction to archeology as Will and the team of scientists unearth they mysteries of a tomb.
Mak, Kam. MY CHINATOWN: ONE YEAR IN POEMS. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr K-3
Visit Chinatown, a place of dreams, fireflies, dragons and magic. Moving poems share a year of growing up in this small city within a city.
Nir, Yehuda. THE LOST CHILDHOOD. A WORLD WAR II MEMOIR. Scholastic, 2002. Gr 5-8.
A young boy's intelligence, cunning and will prove to be his best weapons against the terror of the Holocaust. The true tale of a family who spend four harrowing years hiding the open.
Polette, Nancy. THE FIGHTER WORE A SKIRT. Pieces of Learning, 2002. Gr 4-7
Tales of 32 American women from colonial days to the space age, each of whom fought for what she believed. The stories are told in a variety of verse forms that make excellent biography reporting models for young poets and researchers.
Simon, Seymour. SEYMOUR SIMON'S BOOK OF TRAINS. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 1-4
Different trains and their uses illustrated with full color photographs.
Simon, Seymour. Easy reading science series: Level One:WILD BEARS, PLANETS AROUND THE SUN, KILLER WHALES, GIANT MACHINES Level Two: DANGER! EARTHQUAKES and SUPER STORMS.. Sea Star Books, 2002.
A master science writer brings the excitement of the animal world, outer space, natural disasters and machines to the youngest readers. Highly recommended.
Walker, Alice. LANGSTON HUGHES, AMERICAN POET. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 3-6
A picture book version of the life and work of this famous poet.
Weatherford, Carole Boston. REMEMBER THE BRIDGE. Philomel, 2002. Gr 4-6
Poetry about the heroes of over 400 years of African-American history.
Winter, Jeanette. EMILY DICKINSON'S LETTERS TO THE WORLD. Farrar 2002. Gr 3-6.
21 small poems of Dickinson, beautifully illustrated. A good introduction to the poet for young readers.
Winter, Jonah. FRIDA. Scholastic, 2002. Gr 1-3
Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo was born in Mexico in 1901. This is the story of how she learned to paint, how painting saved her life and why her paintings are like no one else's.