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Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction of Summer  2000 and ideas for using them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2000.
Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Corey, Shana. You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer! Illustrated by Chesley McLaren. Scholastic, 2000 Gr 1-4

The true story of a woman who fought injustice and skirted conventions by designing an outfit for herself with a skirt and pants, quite shocking for her day. Not only did she change clothing styles but struck a blow as well for women' s rights.

Garland, Sherry .Voices of the Alamo. Illustrated by Ronald Himler. Scholastic, 2000 Gr 3-6
The true tale of the Alamo is told from the perspectives of Native Americans, Spaniards, Tejanos, Texians, Mexicans and Americans. This is a great introduction to point of view and a valuable addition to histories of the Alamo.

Giblin, James Cross. The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin. Illustrated by Michael Dooling. Scholastic, 2000 Gr 4-6
Here is a fairly comprehensive look at the life and accomplishments of this great man beautifully illustrated with full color spreads.

Mandel, Peter. Say Hey, A Song of Willie Mays Illustrated by Don Tate. Hyperion, 2000 Gr 1-4
This is a rhythmic tribute to the "Say Hey Kid" who proved that baseball was just as much his sport as anyone's.

Pat ten, Brian. The Blue-Green Ark. An Alphabet for Planet Earth. Scholastic,2000. Gr 2-4
"A is for Ark. For the blue and green Ark adrift in the dark." So begins this alphabet where each letter celebrates the many natural wonders of the world, from the Earth' s smallest creatures to the vast night skies above us.

Rubin, Susan Goldman. Fireflies in the Dark. The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin. Holiday House, 2000 Gr 3-6
In December of 1942 Friedl Dicker-Brandeis was forced to move to the Terezin concentration camp. There she used her gifts as an artist and teacher to bring a world of beauty and fantasy to hundreds of children Their story reveals how flashes of kindness can spark joy, like fireflies in the dark.

Wellington, Monica. Squeaking of Art: The Mice Go to the Museum. Dutton, 2000 Gr K-3
An introduction to museums led by ten mice pals. Paintings are grouped by subject and are identified by artist and title.. An unusual approach to art appreciation.