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Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction of Spring/Summer 2003. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2003.

Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Anderson, William. RIVER BOY THE STORY OF MARK TWAIN. Illustrated by Dan Andreasen. HarperCollins, 2003. Gr 3-6
The colorful story of the life of Mark Twain as he grows from a mischievous boy to a famous author.
Atkins, Jeannine. WINGS AND ROCKETS. Illustrated by Dusan Petricic. Farrar, 2003. Gr 4-8
The story of women in air and space.
Bradley, Kimberly B. ENERGY MAKES THINGS HAPPEN. Illustrated by Paul Meisel. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 1-3.
An excellent introduction to energy for early readers shows how energy makes things happen on land, water and sky.
Chandra, Deborah and Comora, Madeleine. GEORGE WASHINGTON'S TEETH. Illustrated by Brock Cole. Gr 2-4
George Washington suffered all his life with tooth problems and when elected Persident he had only two teeth left.
Cole, Joanna and Stephanie Calmenson. CRAZY EIGHTS AND OTHER CARD GAMES. Illustrated by Alan Tiegreen. Seastar, 2002. Gr 2-6
With twenty card games to choose from, there's one for every mood, group or age.
Cowling, Douglas. HALLELUJAH HANDEL. Illus by Jason Walker. Gr 3-6
Fictionalized biography telling how Handel donated proceeds from the Messiah to help poor and orphaned children. .
Edwards, Pamela Duncan. THE WRIGHT BROTHERS. Illustrated by Henry Cole. Hyperion, 2003. Gr 3-6
Retelling of the inventin of the airplane using the 'House that Jack Built' format.
Fearrington, Ann. WHO SEES THE LIGHT HOUSE? Illustrated by Giles Laroche.
A counting book in which all manner of creatues are drawn to the beacons of light houses. Bold, dramatic illustrations.
Gerstein, Mordicai. SPARROW JACK. Farrar, 2003. Gr 2-4
A true tale of how sparrows came to America to solve the inchworm problem in Philadelphia.
Harness, Cheryl. RABBLE ROUSERS. Dutton, 2003. Gr 3-6
Short illustrated biographies of 20 women who made a difference.
High, Linda Oatman. THE GIRL ON THE HIGH-DIVING HORSE. Illustrated by Ted Lewin. Philomel, 2003.Gr 2-6
In Atlantic City in 1930 Cordelia goes daily to see the girl on the high-diving horse. Is it possible that she, too, might someday be that girl?
Kimel, Elizabeth Cody. AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE.Random House, 2003. Gr 4-6.
A well-written account of Lewis and Clark's westward journey.
Kuskin, Karla. MOON HAVE YOU MET MY MOTHER? Illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier. HarperCollins, 2003. Gr 1-6
The collected poems of Karla Kuskin.
Kasky, Kathryn. THE MAN WHO MADE TIME TRAVEL. Farrar, 2003. Gr 3-6
The true story of a simple clockmaker in England who changed the world with a timepiece that could measure longitude.
Leedy, Loreen and Pat Street. THERE'S A FROG IN MY THROAT. Holiday House, 203. Gr 2-6.
440 animal sayings with an index to help readers find their favorites.
Lewin, Ted. LOST CITY. Philomel, 2003. Gr 4-8
The true story of one man's quest in the wilds of Peru for the remains of an ancient city and his exciting discovery of Machu Picchu.
Linz, Kathi. CHICKENS MAY NOT CROSS THE ROAD AND OTHER CRAZY (BUT TRUE) LAWS. Illustrated by Tony Griego. Houghton-Mifflin, 2002. Gr 2-6
A collection of absurd laws that are still on the books, humourously illustrated.
McKissack, Patricia and Fredrick. DAYS OF JUBILEE. Scholastic, 2003. Gr 4-8
A well documented account of the days and weeks that followed the end of slavery which did not happen in one day.
Melmed, Laura K. CAPITAL! Illustrated by Frane Lessac. HarperCollins, 2003.Gr 2-4
Washington D.C. from A to Z. Colorfully illustrated.
Mora, Pat. A LIBRARY FOR JUANA. Illustrated by Beatriz Vidal. Gr 3-6.
The life of Juana Ines who lived in 1695, one of the most brilliant writers in Mexico's history.
Schanzer, Rosalyn. HOW BEN FRANKLIN STOLE THE LIGHTNING. HarperCollins, 2003. GR 2-5
Find Ben Franklin busy at work on every spread and discover how he found a way to steal the lightning right out of the sky.
St. George, Judith. SO YOU WANT TO BE AN INVENTOR. Illustrated by David Small. Philomel, 2002.
A humorous look at a variety of inventors, their similarities and differences.
Tang, Greg. MATH APPEAL. Illus by Harry Briggs. Scholastic, 2003. Gr 1-3
Each clever riddle poses a problem and offers a helpful hint to the solution.
Tang, Greg. MATH-TERPIECES. Illustrated by Greg Paprock. Scholastic, 2003. Gr K-3
Using paintings by the great masters, the author presents math problems in entirely new ways.
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr. SWAN LAKE. Illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger. Gr3-6
The classic ballet tale retold with haunting illustrations.
Van Leeuwen, Jean. THE AMAZING HOT AIR BALLOON. Illustrated by Marco Ventura. Phyllis Fogelman Books, 2003. Gr 3-6
The story of the first recorded hot air balloon flight in the Colonies in 1784.