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Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction of Summer/Fall 2009 and ideas for using them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette © 2009.

Adler, David and Michael. A PICTURE BOOK OF DOLLEY AND JAMES MADISON. Holiday House, 2009. Grades 2-4
A picture book biography of the president and his wife who always had the public good at heart.

Agee, Jon. PALINDROMANIA. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009. Grades 3-6
Fine vignettes using palindromes.

Agee, Jon. ORANGUTAN TONGS. Hyperion, 2009. Grades 1-4
Tricky poems to tie your tongue in knots!

Bial, Raymond. ELLIS ISLAND. Houghton-Mifflin, 2009. Grades 3-6
The history of Ellis Island richly illustrated with photographs.

Brown, Don. TEDDIE. Houghton-Mifflin, 2009. Grades 3-5
The story of young Teddy Roosevelt.

Chorao, Kay. RHYMES AROUND THE WORLD.
Old favorites and new poems from England to Africa, Japan to Mexico and every corner in between. Delightfully illustrated.

Cook, Michelle. OUR CHILDREN CAN SOAR. Bloomsbury, 2009. Grades K-3
A celebration of Rosa Parks, Barack Obama and the pioneers of change.

Cummins, Julie. SAM PATCH, DAREDEVIL JUMPER. Illustrated by Michael Austin. Holiday House, 2009. Grades 2-4
Sam Patch attracted his biggest crowd when he did his biggest jump into Niagara Falls in 1829!

Gibbons, Gail. TORNADOES! Holiday House, 2009. Grades 2-4
An easy to read introduction to tornadoes with vibrant illustrations.

Harrison, Davie. PIRATES. Wordsong, 2008. Grades 3-6
Poems that tell of thugs, misfits, high points and low points in the life of a pirate!

Harrison, Davie. VACATION: WE’RE GOING TO THE BEACH. Wordsong, 2009. Grades 2-4
Vacation poems that cover everything from the hotel ice machine to filling brothers’ shorts with sand! A sure winner!

Hopkinson, Deborah. KEEP ON! Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn. Peachtree, 2009.
The story of Mathew Henson, co-discoverer of the North Pole.

JACKSON, DONNA M. THE NAME GAME. Illustrated by Ted Stern. Viking, 2009. Grades 3-6
All about names and labels and where they came from.

Jenkins, Steve. DOWN DOWN DOWN. Houghton Mifflin, 2009. Grades K-4
Travel to the bottom of the sea and see the mysterious creatures that live there.

Katz,Bobbie. MORE POCKET POEMS. Illustrated by Deborah Zemke. Dutton, 2009. Pre K-2
Short kid-friendly poems for every season. Most eight lines or less.

Lasky, Kathryn. GEORGIA RISES. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009. Grades 3-6
A day in the life of artist Georgia O’Keefe.

Laroche, Giles. WHAT’S INSIDE? Grades 2-5
A tour of the world’s most unique and unusual buildings.

McGinty, Alice. DARWIN. Illustrated by Mary Azarian. Houghton-Mifflin, Grades 3-6.
The life of Darwin with glimpses into his Private Journal and Letters.

Nez, John Abbott. CROMWELL DIXON’S SKY-CYCLE. Putnam, 2009. Grades 2-5
In 1907, Cromwell Dixon with the help of his mother designed, built and flew a flying bicycle!

Rockwell, Anne. BIG GEORGE. Illustrated by Matt Phelan. Harcourt, 2009. Grades 2-4
How a shy, hot-tempered boy became President Washington.

Rockwell, Anne. OPEN THE DOOR TO LIBERTY. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Houghton-Mifflin, 2009. Grades 5-7
A biography of Toussaint L’Ouverture who led a revolution to free the enslaved people of Haiti.

Rylant, Cynthia. THE BEAUTIFUL STORIES OF LIFE. Illustrated by Carson Ellis. Harcourt, 2009. Grades 2-5
Six Greek myths retold.

Schertle, Alice. WRINKLED RHYMES. Illustrated by Petra Mathers. Harcourt, 2009. Grades 2-5.
A collection of poems about clothing.

Stewart, Melissa. A PLACE FOR BIRDS. Illus. by Higgins Bond. Peachtree, 2009. Grades 3-6
Ways human action or inaction can affect birds.

Thimmesh, Catherine. LUCY LONG A GO. Houghton-Mifflin, 2009. Grades 5-up
47 skeleton bones reveal a human ancestor. Beautiful introduction to anthropology.

Usher, M.D. DIOGENES. Illustrated by Michael Chesworth. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009. Grades 2-4
An introduction to the Greek philosopher using a dog to introduce his ideas.

Warren, Claudia. UNDER SIEGE. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009. Grades 5-8
Three children at the Civil War battle for Vicksburg.

Yoo, Paula. SHINING STAR THE ANNA WONG STORY. Lee & Low, 2009. Grades 2-4.
The life and trials off actress Anna Wong who led the way for Asian actors.