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Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction of Spring / Summer 2010. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2010.

Last updated: Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Kent, Peter. CITY ACROSS TIME. Kingfisher, 2010. Grades 4-6
Cities from the stone age to the distant future.
Krull, Kathleen and Paul Brewer. LINCOLN TELLS A JOKE Illustrated by Stacy Innerst. Harcourt, 2010. Grades 3-6
A very readable picture book biography...how laughter saved the president and the country.
Krull, Kathleen. LIVES OF THE PIRATES Ilustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. Harcourt, 2010. Grades 4-8
Fascinating facts of twenty real and fictional pirates, beautifully illustrated.
Krull, Kathleen. THE BROTHERS KENNEDY, JOHN, ROBERT, EDWARD Illustrated by Amy June Bates. Simon & Schuster, 2010. Grades 2-5.
The tragedies and triumphs of three brothers raised with the belief that they could change things for the better.
Lach, William. MY FRIENDS THE FLOWERS Illustrated by Doug Kennedy. Abrams, 2010. Grades PreK-2
A beautifully illustrated rhyming introduction to the world of flowers.
McCully, Emily. WONDER HORSE Holt 2010. Grades 1-4
A beautifully illustrated, well written account of the world’s smartest horse.
Miller, Debbie S. SURVIVAL AT 40 BELOW Illustrated by Jon Van Zyle. Walker, 2010. Grades e-5
How a variety of animals adapt to the Arctic cold. Beautifully illustrated.
Nelson, S.D. BLACK ELK’S VISION Abrams, 2010. Grades 4-6
A cousin of Crazy Horse, Black Elk was involved in the battles of Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee. He traveled as a part of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, Here is an account of his life from 1863 until 1950.
Rudolph, Jessica. ERASED BY A TORNADO Bearport, 2010. Grades 2-4
Well written extensively illustrated account of tornados, causes and stories of survivors. One of a series of disaster books including blizzards, volcanoes, heat waves, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis and lightning.
Singer, Marilyn. MIRROR, MIRROR Dutton, 2010. Grades 4-8
Fairy tales as reversible poetry. Reads the same top to bottom or bottom to top, Highly recommended.
Spradlin, Michael P. OFF LIKE THE WIND! Illustrated by Layne Johnson. Walker, 2010. Grades 3-6
The true story of the first Pony Express ride.
Stern, Steven. WRETCHED RUINS Bearport, 2010. Grades 2-5
One of a series on scary places with easy to read text and authentic photographs, sure to catch the interest of young readers. Other titles in the series include Abandoned Insane Asylums, Creepy Castles, Dark Labyrinths, Ghost Towns, Haunted Hotels, Haunted Houses and Spooky Cemeteries.
Weinstock, Robert. CAN YOU DIG IT? Hyperion 2010. Grades K-3
Poems about everything from Brontosaurus Burgers to Neanderthal hats.