||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.
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.
The 39 stories behind the U.S. Constitution.
- Hesse, Karen. THE YOUNG HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN. Illustrated by Erik Blegvad. Scholastic, 2005.
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.
- 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.
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
- McNulty, Faith. IF YOU DECIDE TO GO TO THE MOON. Illustrated by Steven Kellogg. Scholastic,
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
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.
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.