2006 Spring/Summer Non Fiction

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Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction of Spring/Summer 2006. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2006.

Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Barretta, Gene. NOW AND BEN. Henry Holt, 2006. Grades 2-4
Cleverly illustated, the modern inventions of Benjamin Franklin!
Edwards, Pamela Duncan. THE BUS RIDE THAT CHANGED HISTORY. Illustrated by Danny Shanahan. Houghton Mifflin, 2005. Grades 1-4
The story of Rosa Parks and her refusal to give up her bus seat which changed the course of American history.
Fleming, Candace. OUR ELEANOR. Atheneum, 2005. Grades 4-12
A marvelous tribute to Eleanor Roosevelt in a lavishly illustrated biography with many rare photogaphs.
Fradin, Dennis Brindell. THE FOUNDERS. Illustrated by Michael Mccurdy. Walker, 2005. Grades 6-8
The 39 stories behind the U.S. Constitution.
Hesse, Karen. THE YOUNG HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN. Illustrated by Erik Blegvad. Scholastic, 2005. Grades 3-6
An intimate and gripping biography of the early life of the famed storyteller. Highly recommended.
Hopkinson, Deborah. FROM SLAVE TO SOLDIER. Illustrated by Brian Floca.
Johnny, a slave, joins the Union Army and proves his courage by becoming the army's littlest mule team driver.
Hort, Lenny. DID DINOSAURS EAT PIZZA? Illustrated by John O'Brien. Henry Holt, 2006. Grades 2-4
Mysteries about dinosaurs that science hasn't solved.
Jurmain, Suzanne. THE FORDIDDEN SCHOOLHOUSE. Houghton Mifflin, 2005. Grades 5-9
The well researched story of Prudence Crandall who fought prejudice in many forms to open the first school for African American girls in the U.S.
Keating, Frank. THEADORE. Illustrated by Mike Wimmer. Simon & Schuster, 2006. Grades 3-5
Fascinating incidents in the life of the youngest man to become president. Exciting illustrations that bring the man to life.
Kimmel, Eric. A HORN FOR LOUIS. Illustrated by James Bernadin. Random House, 2006. Grades 2-4.
An easy-to-read story of Louis Armstring and his love affaiar with a horn.
Lorbiecki, Marybeth. JACKIE'S BAT. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Simon & Schuster, 2006. Grades 2-4
A fictionalized account of how Jackie Robinson broke through professional baseball's color barrier.
McCarthy, Meghan. ALIENS ARE COMING! Knopf, 2006. Grades 2-4
The true account of the 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast.
McCully, Emily Arnold. MARVELOUS MATTIE. Farrar, 2006. Grades 2-4.
Based on the life of inventor, Margaret E. Knight, the story of how she won a patent for her paper bag machine at a time when women were not supposed to be inventors.
McNulty, Faith. IF YOU DECIDE TO GO TO THE MOON. Illustrated by Steven Kellogg. Scholastic, 2005.
An imaginary journey to discover the moon told in elegant and informative prose with delightful and playful illustrations.
Prelutsky, Jack. Ed. THE BEAUTY OF THE BEAST. Illustrated by Meilo So. Knopf, 2006. Grades 1-5
Poems from the animal kingdom with lyrical watercolor paintings.
Prelutsky, Jack. READ A RHYME, WRITE A RHYME. Illustrated by Meilo So. Knopf, 2005. Grades 2-5.
Rhymes chosen by a favorite poet with hints and starters for writing rhymes.
Rodriguez, Rachel. THROUGH GEORGIA'S EYES. Illustrated by Julie Paschkis. Henry Holt, 2006. Grades 2-4
The story of artist, Georgia O'Keefe, who saw the world differently from most people and captured her visions in her paintings.
Taylor, Gaylia. GEORGE CRUM AND THE SARATOGA CHIP. Illustrated by Frank Morrison. Lee & Low Books, 2006. Grades 2-4
In reacting to a diner who sent back his potatoes, George, a cook, made potatoes so thin and crisp that he is considered the inventor of the potato chip. Fun illustrations for this true story.
Schulte, Jessica. CAN YOU FIND IT INSIDE? CAN YOU FIND IT OUTSIDE? Metropolitan Museum of Art/Abrams, 2005. Grades k-3
The reader is asked to find objects in famous paintings. A creative introduction to the world of art.
Yolen, Jane. APPLE FOR THE TEACHER. Abrams, 2005. Grades 4-6
Thirty songs for singing while you work, accompanied by works of art.