||Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction
of Spring 2007. Compiled by Nancy Polette © 2007.
Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008
- Allen, Judy. UNEXPLAINED.
Kingfisher, 2006 Grades 6 and up
- An in depth guide to bizarre phenomena that defy scientific explanation. An excellent reference book for middle/high
- Arnold, Nick and Tonu DeSaulles. THE STUNNING SCIENCE OF EVERYTHING.
Scholastic, 2006. Grades 4-8
- A gruesome and fun guided tour through the world of science with the squishy bits left in.
- Aston, Dianna and Syliva Long. A SEED IS SLEEPY.
Chronicle Books, 2007. Grades 1-4
- Beautifully illustrated introduction to many kinds of seeds.
- Becker, Bonny. HOLBROOK, A LIZARDS' TALE.
Clarion Books, 2006. Grades 3-6
- Not appreciated in his home town, Holbrook, a painter, sets off for the big city where he meets a variety
of characters and finds himself trapped in a frightening world.
- Buckley, Susan and Elspeth Leacock. KIDS MAKE HISTORY.
Houghton-Mifflin, 2006. Grades 4-8
- Accounts of children who have played important parts in many historical eras.
- Deary, Terry and Martin Brown. THE WICKED HISTORY OF THE WORLD.
Scholastic, 2006. Grades 4-8
- The foul but fascinating history of humans from cannibal cavemen to terrified teenage soldiers
in the 20th century...all in florious and goriest color!.
- Fleming, Thomas. EVERYBODY'S REVOLUTION.
Scholstic, 2006. Grades 4-8
- A new (multicultural) look at the people who won America's freedom.
- Florian, Douglas. COMETS, STARS, THE MOON AND MARS.
Harcourt, 2007. Grades 4-6
- Delightful space poems and paintings.
- Freedman, Russell. THE ADVENTURES OF MARCO POLO.
Illustated by Bagram Ibatouilline. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2006. Grades 5-8
- Was Marco Polo the world's greatest explorer or biggest liaf? FInd out as you read the life of this extraordinary man.
- Gourley, Catherine. WAR, WOMEN AND THE NEWS.
Atheneum, 2007. Grades 5-8
- Well researched account of the role of women journalists in time of war.
- Hopkinson, Deborah. SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY.
Illustrated by Leonard Jenkins. Peachtree, 2007. Grades 3-6
- The story of Oscar Chapman and his role in arranging the Marian Anderson concert at the Lincoln Memorial.
- Hughes, Ted. COLLECTED POEMS FOR CHILDREN.
Illustated by Raymond Briggs. Farrar, 2007. Grades 2-6
- Over 250 poems for children that Ted Hughes wrote throughout his life.
- Johnson, Angela. WIND FLYERS.
Illustated by Loren Long, Simon & Schuster, 2007. Grades 1-3
- An account of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II as told through the
life of one boy whose love of flight takes him to the skies of Europe.
- Levine, Ellen. HENRY'S FREEDOM BOX.
Illustated by Kadir Nelson. Scholastic,
2007. Grades 2-4
- Henry, a young slave, mails himself to freedom
- McCully, Emily Arnold. THE ESCAPE OF ONEY JUDGE.
Martha Washington's slave escapes to freedom.
- Rappaport, Doreen. FREEDOM SHIP.
Illustated by Curtis James. Hyperion, 2006.
Samuel and his family are slaves who seek a way to get to the Union ships .
They take their chances and risk it all to be free.
- Thomas, Jane. BLIND MOUNTAIN.
Clarion Books, 2006. Grades 4-6
Sam would rather be playing his guitar than proving himself to his dad
during a dangerous mountain climb. When his father is injured it is only
Sam's knowledge and skill that can save the day.
- Weatherford, Carole. MOSES.
Illustated by Kadir Nelson. Hyperion, 2006.
The story of Harriet Tubman and her first trip in guiding slaves to freedom
on the Underground Railroad.
- Winter, Jonah. DIZZY.
Illustated by Sean Qualls. Arthur A. Levine Books. 2006.
The story of musician, Dizzy Oillespie, who broke the rules of music to create
a unique sound.
- Wise, Bill. WUIS SOCKALEXIS.
Illustated by Bill Farnsworth. Lee & Low Books, 2007. Grades 3-6
In 1884 a Native Amrican, Louis Sockalexis, fell in love with baseball.
Despite opposition from many he made his dream to join a major league team