2007-2008 Winter Non-Fiction


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Nancy's picks for the best non-fictionof Winter 2007-2008.Compiled by Nancy Polette © 2008.
Last updated: Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Borgenicht, David and Robin Epstein. THE WORST CASE SCENARIO SURVIVAL HANDBOOK. Illustrated by Chuck Gonzales. Chronicle Books, 2007.
An advice book for 8-10 year oIds on everything from bullies to bad report cards.

Brown, Don. DOLLEY MADISON SAVES GEORGE WASHINGTON. Houghton Mifflin, 2007. Grades 2-4
How Dolley saved the White House treasures when the British attacked.

Bruchac, Joseph. BUFFALO SONG. Illustrated by Bill Farnsworth. Lee & Low, 2008. Grades 3-6
The inspiring story of the first efforts to save the buffalo from extinction.

Cummins, Julie. WOMEN DAREDEVILS. Illustrated by Cheryl Harness. Dutton, 2008. Grades 4-8
Fourteen women with nerves of steel who performed daring acts.

Curlee, Lynn. MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES. Atheneum, 2008. Grades 4-6
An excellent introduction to creatures from the literature of mythology.

George, Jean Craighead. THE WOLVES ARE BACK. Illustrated by Wenall Minor. Dutton, 2008. Grades 2-4
How wolves were brought back from near extinction.

Harris, Jay M. THE MOON IS LA LUNA. Illustrated by Matthew Cordell. Houghton Mifflin, 2007. Grades K-2
Silly rhymes in English and Spanish.

Hartland, Jessie. NIGHT SHIFT. Bloomsbury, 2008. Grades K-2
Discover the world of work that goes on at night.

Hopkins, Lee Bennett. AMERICA AT WAR. Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn. McElderry Books, 2008.
A collection of 50 poems and paintings related to eight of America's wars.

Kerley, Barbara. WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE? Illustrated by Edwin Cunningham. Scholastic, 2008. Grades 3-5
A lively biography of Alice Roosevelt, oldest daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt.

Lach, William. BABY ANIMALS. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Abrams, 2008. Grades K-4
Simple text and paintings of baby animals from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Larios, Julie. IMAGINARY MENAGERIE: A BOOK OF CURIOUS CREATURES. Illustrated by Julie Paschkis. Harcourt, 2008. Grades 4-6
Poems about creatures from the mythological world.

Lee, Carol Ann. ANNE FRANK AND THE CHILDREN OF THE HOLOCAUST. Puffin Books, 2008. Grades 6-10
Photographs, first person interviews and journal entries from some of World WAR II's youngest prisoners.

Lucke, Deb. A BOOK OF TIME OUTS. A Mostly True History Of The World's Biggest Trouble Makers. Simon & Schuster, 2008. Grades 3-6
Very short accounts with humorous illustrations of adults who needed time out for breaking rules.

Marrin, Albert. THEODORE ROOSEVELT AND THE RISE OF MODERN AMERICA. Dutton, 2008. Grades 5-Adult
The genius, courage and tragedies of Roosevelt and the effect of his policies on American yesterday and today.

McGuire, Bill. NATURAL DISASTERS. Kingfisher Books, 2007.
Brief, illustrated explanations of a variety of natural disasters including volcanoes, earthquakes, floods and tornadoes.

Park, Linda Sue. TAP DANCING ON THE ROOF. Illustrated by Istvan Banyai. Clarion Books, 2007. Grades 2-5.
Three line SIJO poems from Korea with a twist in the third line.

Porcellino, John. THOREAU AT WALDEN. Hyperion, 2008. Grades 5-8
Thoreau's philosophy with cartoon illustrations.

St. George, Judith. STAND TALL ABE LINCOLN. Illustrated by Matt Faulkner. Philomel Books, 2008. Grades 3-6
The dramatic events of Lincoln's early years and the influence of his stepmother in assuring an education for the boy.

Schulevitz, Uri. HOW I LEARNED GEOGRAPHY. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008. Grades 1-3
The author/artist recalls his childhood in World War II and the map that took him far away from his hunger and misery.

Sturges, Philemon. THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS. Illustrated by Ashley Wolff. Little Brown, 2007.
A lively Hispanic adaptation of a familiar Christmas song. "A Piñata for the Pinion Tree." Grades K-3
Weatherford, Carole Boston. I, MATTHEW HENSON. Illustrated by Eric Velasquez. Walker, 2008.
A picture book version of the travels of African-American explorer Matthew Henson.

Wilding, Valerie. REAL PRINCESSES. Walker, 2008. Grades 3-6
Photographs, illustrations and fascinating facts about real princesses around the world.

Yaccarino, Dan. GO, GO AMERICA. Scholastic Press, 2008. Grades 2-4
Fun facts and illustrations about each state.