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Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction of fall 2003 and ideas for using them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2003.

Ada, Alma Flor. PIO PEEP! HarperCollins, 2003. Gr K-3
Traditional Spanish nursery rhymes told in Spanish and English.

Aliki. AH, MUSIC! HarperCollins, 2003. Gr K-3
An introduction to instruments, artists and performers.

Byrd, Robert. LEONARDO;BEAUTIFUL DREAMER. Dutton, 2003. Gr 4-8
A lavishly illustrated biography of Da Vinci as a dreamer with a thirst for knowledge.

Cole, Henry. ON THE WAY TO THE BEACH. Greenwillow, 2003. Gr K-3
Find a place to sit and watch and listen. On thebeach or in the woods or in a salt march, what can you see and hear?

Cole, Joanna. MRS FRIZZLE'S ADVENTURES: MEDIEVAL CASTLE. Illus by Bruce Degan. Scholstic, 2003. Gr 3-6.
A lavishly illustrated introduction to castles and Medieval life.

Edwards, Judith. THE GREAT EXPEDITION OF LEWIS & CLARK. Farrar, 2003. Gr 3-6.
A retelling ot the expedition as told by Private Reubi Field.

Gauch, Patricia Lee. UNDER AT GETTYSBERG. Illus by Stephen Gammell. Boyds Mill, 2003. Gr 3-6.
The battle of Gettysburg as seen through the eyes of a child.

Harness, Cheryl. RABBLE ROUSERS. Dutton, 2003. Gr 3-6.
Short biographies of 20 women who made a difference in American life.

Hynes, Margaret. THE BEST BOOK OF EARLY PEOPLE. Kingfisher, 2003. Gr 4-6
Both text and art trace the origins of human progress.

Jenkins Steve and Robin Page. WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A TAIL LIKE THIS? Houghton-Mifflin, 2003. Gr K-2.
Animal parts are shown on one page and the animals and how they use them on the next.

Keenan, Sheila. SCHOLASTIC BOOK OF OUTSTANDING AMERICANS. Scholastic, 2003.
Short biographies of 450 Americans.

Koontz, Dean. EVERY DAY'S A HOLIDAY. Illus by Phil Parks.HarperCollins, 2003.
Here are poems for every holiday including unusual holidays like Praise-the-Chicken Day and Lost-Tooth Day.

Krull, Kathleen. I HEAR AMERICA SINGING. Knopf, 2003. Gr 3 up
A wonderful collection of American folk songs with CD included.

Krull, Kathleen. WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN ROSWELL? HarperCollins, 2003. Gr 3-6.
Facts and rumors about UFOs and aliens. Easy reading.

Peters, Lisa Westberg. EARTHSHAKE. Illus by Cathie Felstead. Greenwillow, 2003. Gr 3-6.
A wonderful collection of poems that will fit into any geology unit.

Stevenson, James. CORN CHOWDER. Greenwillow, 2003. Gr 2-5
Illustated poems about everyday things.

Swinburne, Stephen. THE WOODS SCIENTIST. Photographs by Susan C. Morse. Houghton-Mifflin, 2003. Gr 3-6
A close glimpse at the homes of woodland animals.

Thomson, Sarah L. STARS AND STRIPES. Illus by Bob Dacey & Debra Bandelin. HarperCollins, 2003. Gr 3-6
Beautifully illustrated story of the American flag.

U'Ren. MARY SMITH. Farrar, 2003. Gr 2-4
The true story of a woman whose job it was to wake up the people of her town by shooting pebbles at their windows.

Waldman, Neil. THE NEVER-ENDING GREENNESS. Boyds Mill, 2003. Gr 2-4
The story of the Jews who escape to Israel and build a new home.

Meltzer, Milton. HOUR OF FREEDOM: AMERICAN HISTORY IN POETRY. Boyds Mills Press. 2003. Gr 4-8.
Poems that chronicle American history from the Colonial era to today.

Micucci, Charles. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE ANT. Houghton-Mifflin, 2003. Gr 3-6
Clever illustrations reveal the role ants have played on Earth since prehistoric times.

Rappaport, Doreen and Joan Verniero. VICTORY OR DEATH! HarperCollins, 2003. Gr 4-6
Stories of the American Revolution.

Sandler, Martin. AMERICA'S GREAT DISASTERS. HarperCollins, 2003. Gr 4-8.
Accounts of major disasters and the courageous and strong Americans who faced them.

Stevenson, Harvey. LOOKING AT LIBERTY. HarperCollins, 2003. Gr 2-4
The story of the Statue of Liberty told through verse and paintings.