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Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction of Winter 2002-2003. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2002.
Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Arnold, Ann. THE ADVENTUROUS CHEF: ALEXIS SOYER. Farrar 2002. Gr 3-6.
The story of the man who revolutionized the culinary world.
Arnosky, Jim. FIELD TRIPS. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 4-7
With hints for sharpening observational skills, the author takes you on a hike to discover, draw and record birds, insects, shells, animals and other finds from a busy day's watch.
Arnosky, Jim. TURTLE IN THE SEA. Putnams, 2002 Gr K-3
Turtle must battle sharks, boats, storms and nets to stay alive. An exciting tale.
Bishop, Nic. BACKYARD DETECTIVE: CRITTERS UP CLOSE. Scholastic, 2002 Gr 3-6
A photographic exploration of creatures common to backyards. Young explorers will discover their own minitaure wilderness.
Brown, Craig. BARN RAISING. Greenwillow, 2002. Gr K-3
An Amish community builds a barn in a day. A tale of generosity, cooperation and neighborly concern.
Brown, Don. FAR BEYOND THE GARDEN GATE. Houghton-Mifflin, 2002. Gr 3-6
Alexandra David-Neel's journey , treking through snow-choked mountain passes and wild encounters on the Tibetan tablelands in 1924.
Carr, Karen. DINOSAUR HUNT. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 2-6
The lifelike art of Karen Carr creates a strange and threatening world and one of the most gripping tales a few footprints ever told.
Cohen, Daniel & Susan. HAUNTINGS & HORRORS. Dutton, 2002. pb Gr 4-8
101 monster sightings, UFO visitations and hauntings from every state pack this guide to America's most hair-raising places.
Davis, Kenneth C. DON'T KNOW MUCH ABBOUT THE KINGS AND QUEENS OF ENGLAND? HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 4-7
In question and answer format the author shows royal life, what it is like to wear a crown, the ruler's changing role in making laws, battles, castles and much more.
Driscoll, Laura. NEGRO LEAGUES; ALL BLACK BASEBALL. Illustrated by Tracy Mitchell. Grosset, 2002.Gr 2-4
Story of the Negro teams that played betwen 1900 and 1947.
Fink, Sam. THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. Scholastic, 2002.
An illustrated edition of the words that made America.
Freedman, Russell. CONFUCIUS:THE GOLDEN RULE. Illustrated by Frederic Clement. Scholastic, 2002. Gr 4-6.
A lively introduction to the life and teachings of Confucius.
Freedman, Russell. GIVE ME LIBERTY. Holiday House, 2002. Gr 4-6
The story of the Declaration of Independence, lavishly illustrated.
Gellman, Marc. AND GOD CRIED,TOO. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 3-6
A kids' book of healing and hope as an angel-in-training learns about God.
Giblin, James Cross. THE LIFE AND DEATH OF ADOLPH HITLER. Clarion, 2002. Gr 7-9.
An excellent biography detailing the forces that shaped Hitler, the conditions that brought him to power, and why his name inspires anger, fear and hatred even today.
Green, Michelle. A STRONG RIGHT ARM. Dial 2002 Gr 5-7
The story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, only one of three womento play in the Negro Leagues.
Haduch, Bill. SCIENCE FAIR SUCCESS SECRETS. Dutton, 2003. Gr 3-6.
Ways to create original, prizewinning science fair projects.
Holub, Joan. VALLEY OF THE GOLDEN MUMMIES. Grosset, 2002 Gr 2-5
Easy inroduction to mummies with humorous illustrations.
Krensky, Stephen. PAUL REVERE'S MIDNIGHT RIDE. Illustrated by Greg Harlin. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 3-6
A dramatic account of the night Paul Revere galloped into history.
Lafasse, Emeril. THERE'S A CHEF IN MY SOUP. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 4-7
Recipes for kids to make alone or with an adult chosen by a famous chef and tested by children.
Lerner, Carol. BUTTERFLIES IN THE GARDEN. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr K-3
A beautifully illustrated introduction to butterflies and how to lure them into your garden.
Marrin, Albert. DR JENNER AND THE SPECKLED MONSTER. Dutton, 2002. GR 4-7.
A combination of medical detection and human history in the search for a smallpox vaccine.
Meltzer, Milton. TEN KINGS AND THE WORLDS THEY RULED. Orchard Books, 2002. Gr 4-8.
From Hammurabi to Peter, the Great, here is a chronicle of how political leaders use and abuse power. Stories of ten kings show how one person can change the course of history.
Myers, Walter Dean. PATROL: AN AMERICAN SOLDIER IIN VIETNAM. Illustrated by Ann Grifalconi. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 4-8
A dramatic picture book account of a young, frightened soldier on patrol during the Vietnam War. Heart-pounding and tense.
New York Times. A NATION CHALLENGED. Scholastic, 2002.
A visual histoy of 9/11 and its aftermath.
Nixon, Joan Lowery. THE MAKING OF A WRITER. Delacorte, 2002. Gr 5-8
A prolific author takes the reader on a journey toward reading and ultimately writing.
Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw. THE LEWIS AND CLARK TRAIL: THEN AND NOW. Dutton, 2002. Gr 4-7.
The contrast between the American West then and now with prints, photographs and paintings.
Pinkney, Andrea Davis. ELLA FITZGERALD;THE TALE OF A VOCAL VIRTUOSA. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Hyperion, 2002
"Determination was her teacher. The sidewalk was her stage. Imagination was her spotlight. A well told biography of the famous singer.
Rockwell, Ann. THEY CALLED HER MOLLY PITCHER. Knopf, 2002. Gr 2-4
A rousing tale of the American Revolution and one very independent-minded woman, Molly Pitcher.
Ryan, Pam Munoz. WHEN MARION SANG. Illustrated by Brian Selznick. Scholastic, 2002. Gr 3-6.
A beautifully illustrated life of the famous singer, her talent, the strength of her character and the troubled times in which she lived.
Sheindlin, Judy. YOU CAN'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER: COOL RULES FOR SCHOOL. Illustrated by bob Tore. Cliff Steet books, 2002. Gr 2-5
Judge Judy tackles moral choices kids must make every day at school.
Shafer, Anders C. THE FANTASTIC JOURNEY OF PIETER BRUEGEL. Dutton, 2002. Gr 4-7
The two year journey of the artist, observing, drawing and, at times, escaping from danger.
Stanley, Diane. SALIDAN NOBLE PRINCE OF ISLAM. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 5-7
Biography of the 12th century warrior who longed for peace. Revered even by his enemies as the "marvel of his time."
Weitzman, David. MODEL T: HOW HENRY FORD BUILT A LEGEND. Crown, 2002. Gr 4-6.
The story of how Henry Ford built a sturdy, dependable, inexpensive car despite warnings that it couldn't be done.
Zoehfeld, Kathleen Weidner. DINOSAURS BIG AND SMALL. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 1-4
A colorful introduction to a variety of dinosaurs with large, easy-to-read print.