||Nancy's picks for the
best non-fiction of Winter 2011-2012. Compiled by Nancy Polette © 2012.
- Anderson, Jodi Lynn. AMERICAPEDIA. Walker, 2011. Grades 5-9
- Understanding how America works and how to get involved as a citizen.
- Aronson, Marc. TRAPPED. Atheneum, 2011 Grades 5-9
- How the world rescued 33 miners from 2000 feet below the Chilean desert.
- Aston, Dianna. DREAM SOMETHING BIG. Illustrated by Susan Roth. Dial, 2011.
- The true story of the building of towers to bring beauty to the depressed section
of Watts in Los Angeles by a single man.
- Blumenthal, Karen. MR. SAM. Viking, 2011. Grades 4-6
- The life story of Sam Walton founder of Walmart stores.
- Borgenicht, David et. al. SURVIVE-O-PEDIA. Chronicle, 2011/ Grades 4-8
- Be prepared for a wild ride through mudslides, volcanoes, shark-infested oceans and menacing mountains but you will have all you need to get out of any situation alive.
- Brown, Don. AMERICA IS UNDER ATTACK. Roaring Brook Press, 2011. Grades 3-6
- An illustrated account of Sept. 11 th disaster.
- Corley, Shana. HERE COME THE GIRL SCOUTS. Illustrated by Hadley Cooper. Scholastic, 2012.
- An illustrated version of the life of Juliette Gordon Low and the beginning of the Girl Scouts.
- Cyrus, Kurt. THE VOYAGE OF TURTLE REX. Harcourt, 2011. Grades 2-4
- Follow a tiny sea turtle through the dangers of the deep until it, at last, becomes a very large turtle. Great for story time with large illustrations.
- Gourrley, Robin. FIRST GARDEN. Clarion , 2011. Grades 1-4
- The story of the White House garden and how it grew.
- Griffin, Molly Beeth. LOON BABY. Illustrated by Anne Hunter. Houghton-Mifflin, 2011.
- A charming read-aloud as loon baby waits and waits wondering if his mother, who is off finding food, will ever return.
- Hulbert, Laura. WHO HAS THESE FEET? Illustrated by Erik Brooks. Henry Holt, 2011.
- Can you match an animals feet with the animal? Find out why the feet of eight different animals are perfectly adapted to their habitat.
- Hutchinson, Mark. REPTILES. Simon & Schuster, 2011. Grades 4-9
- The colorful world of reptiles brought to life with up to date information and 3-D illustrations.
- Kerley, Barbara. THOSE REBELS, JOHN & TOM. Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham. Scholastic, 2012 Grades 3-6
- John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were very different men but both cared deeply about America and worked to make the new nation a reality. Delightfully illustrated.
- Krull, Kathleen. THE LIVES OF THE PRESIDENTS. Illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. Harcourt, 2011. Grades 3-6
- An updated fun to read version including George W. Bush and Obama.
- Kay, Verla HORNBOOKS AND INKWELLS. Illustrated by S.D. Schindler. Putnam, 2011,
- Life in an 18th century schoolhouse told in rollicking verse.
- Markle, Sandra. RACE THE WILD WIND. Illustrated by Layne Johnson. Walker, 2011. Grades 3-6
- A story of the Sable Island horses.
- Messner, Kate. OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW Illustrated by Christopher Neal.
Chronicle Books, 2011. Grades PreK-2
- Explore the world of creatures who in winter live under the snow.
- Moses, Will. MARY AND HER LITTLE LAMB. Philomel, 2011. Grades 3-6
- The origin of the famous poem illustrated by the son of Anna Mary Moses.
- Murphy, Claire. MARCHING WITH AUNT SUSAN. Illustrated by Stacey Schuett. Peachtree, 2011.Grades 2-4
- Bessie learns about the restricted rights of women when Susan B. Anthony comes to town and learns that small efforts can result in big changes.
- Rothstein, Barry. EYE POPPING 3D BUGS. Chronicle Books, 2011. Grades 2-4
- A book of phantogram insects that jump right off the page!
- Uhlbeg, Myraon. A TORM CALLED KATRINA. Illustrated by Colin Bootman. Peachtree, 2011. Grades 2-4
- A dramatic, beautifully illustrated account of a boy and his family in the aftermath of Katrina.
- Van Allsburg, Chris. QUEEN OF THE FALLS. Houghton-Mifflin, 2011. Grades 3-7
- The true account of sixty-two year old Annie Edson Taylor who at age 62 went over
Niagara Falls in a barrel and lived to tell her story. Beautifully told and illustrated.
An outstanding book!