2007 Summer/Fall Non-Fiction


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Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction of summer/fall 2007 and ideas for using them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2007.

ARTIST TO ARTIST. Philomel, 2007. Grades 4-adult
23 major illustrators talk to children about their art.

Atkins, Jeannine. ANNE HUTCHINSON'S WAY. Illustrated by Michael Dooling. Farrar, 2007. Grades 3-6
A true tale of an early heroine whose preaching was at odds with the minister of an early colony. Well written, powerful illustrations.

Beccia, Carlyn. WHO PUT THE B IN THE BALLYHOO? Houghton-Mifflin, 2007. Grades 2-4
An ABC introduction to bizarre and celebrated circus performers

Covert, Ralph and G. Riley Mills. SAWDUST AND SPANGLES: THE AMAZING LIFE OF W.C. COUP. Illustrated By Giselle Potter. Abrams, 2007.
The tale of one of the most famous circus leaders of all time brings both the behind the scenes and the performances to life ... a great addition for young circus fans.

David, Laurie and Cambria Gordon. THE DOWN TO EARTH GUIDE TO GLOOBAL WARMING. Scholastic, 2007. Grades 4-8
The causes, effects and solutions to global warming.

Fritz, Jean. WHO'S SAYING WHAT IN JAMESTOWN. THOMAS SAVAGE? Illustrated By Sally Wern Comport. Putnam, 2007. Grades 3-6
Details of American history come alive as seen through the eyes of a young Jamestown settler.

Gerasole, Isabella and Olivia, THE SPATULATTA COOKBOOK. Scholastic, 2007. Grades 3-6.
Recipes for kids by kids from the James Beard award-winning spatulattta.com web site.

High, Linda Oatman. THE CEMETERY KEEPERS OF GETTYSBURG. Illustrated By Laura Francisca Filippucci. Walker, 2007. Grades 3-6
Peter Thorn and his family were the cemetery keepers of Gettysburg. On July 1, 1863 the brutal battle of Gettysburg began. This book is s tribute to those who lost their lives and to the family who dutifully tended to the soldiers after they had fallen.

Joosse, Barbara. PLEASE IS A GOOD WORD TO SAY. Illustrated By Jennifer Pleecas. Philomel, 2007. Grades k-2.
A humorous approach to manners and words like please, excuse me and Thank you.

Judge, Lita. ONE THOUSAND TRACINGS. Hyperion, 2007. Grades 2-4
How one family helped homeless and starving Europeans following World War II. 

Lunge-larsen, Lise, THE ADVENTURES OF THOR THE THUNDER GOD, Illustrated by Jim Madsen. Houghton-Mifflin, 2007. Grades 3-6
A beautifully illustrated re-telling of the Thor stories.

Marcus, Leonard S. Pass It Down: five picture book families Make their mark. Walker, 2007. Grades 4-8
An intimate look at parents and children who are authors/illustrators of picture books including the Crews, Hurd, Myers, Pinkney and Rockwell families.

Michelson,Richard. TUTTLE'S RED BARN. Illustrated by Mary Azarian. Putnam, 2007. Grades K-3
American history recounted through twelve generations of a family on a real farm.

Morrison, Taylor. TSUNAMI WARNING. Houghton-Mifflin, 2007. Grades 2-5
Learn what a tsunami is like through the eyes of those who lived through one. Magnificent illustrations.

Noyes, Deborah. WHEN I MET THE WOLF GIRLS, Illustrated by August Hall. Houghton-Mifflin, 2007. Grades 2-4.
A slightly fictionalized account of two girls raised by wolves and brought to civilization.

O'Brien. Patrick. THE MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY. Walker, 2007. Grades 4-6.
A beautifully illustrated re-telling of one of history's great adventure stories.

Peacock, Louise. AT ELLIS ISLAND: A HISTORY IN MANY VOICES. Illustrated By Walter Lyon Kudop. Atheneum, 2007. Grades 4-6
Immigrant experiences told through many voices as they describe their suffering in steerage, their first glimpse of the Statue of Liberty, and their journey through the great hall on their way to becoming American citizens.

SIS, Peter. THE WALL. Farrar. Straus & Giroux, 2007. Grades 3-6
Growing up behind the Iron Curtain is explained with illustrations and captions.

Steiner, Joan. LOOK ALIKES AROUND THE WORLD. Little Brown, 2007. Grades 4-8.
Using three dimensional objects the artist creates 40 famous landmarks from Cape Cod to the Taj Mahal.

Sullivan, George. HELEN KELLER HER LIFE IN PICTURES. Scholastic, 2007. Grades 3-6
A breathtaking collection of photographs that highlight the life of this famous woman.

Winter, Jonah. THE SECRET WORLD OF HILDEGARD. Illustrated by Jeanette Winter. Scholastic, 2007. Grades 2-4
The visions, and accomplishments of an extraordinary woman who lived 900 years ago.