2009-2010 Winter Non Fiction Books


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Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction of Winter 2009-2010. Compiled by Nancy Polette © 2010.
Bednar, Sylvie, FLAGS OF THE WORLD. Abrams, 2009 Reference
A useful reference book with brief information and an illustration of the flag of each country.

Bildner, Phil. THE HALLELUJAH FLIGHT. Illustrated. by John Holyfield. Putnam, 2010.
The cross-country flight of African-American pilot James Banning in 1932.

Bogacki, Tomek. THE CHAMPION OF CHILDREN. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009. Grades 5-7.
The story of Janusz Korczak who established an orphanage for Jewish children, giving his life in an attempt to protect them from the Nazis in WW II.

Bond, Rebecca. IN THE BELLY OF AN OX. Houghton-Mifflin, 2009. Grades 2-4
The unexpected photographic adventures of Richard and Cherry Kearton.

Deedy, Carmen Agra. FOURTEEN COWS FOR AMERICA. Illustrated. by Thomas Gonzlez, Peachtree, 2009. Grades 2-4
The true tale of a gift from the Masai of Kenya to the people of the U.S. to show their compassion for the losses of 9/11.

Dennis, Brian. NUBS. Little Brown, 2009. Grades 2-4
The true story of a mutt, a marine and a miracle.

Gifford, Clive. 10 INVENTORS WHO CHANGED THE WORLD. Illustrated. by David Cousens. Kingfisher, 2009. Grades 4-8
Short biographies of ten inventors from ancient to modern times.

Goldish, Meish. TITANIC TRUCKS. Bearport, 2009. Grades 2-4
One of a series that includes airplanes, roller coasters and earth movers.. Simply written with excellent photographs with bibliography, glossary and index.

Hale, Christy. THE EAST WEST HOUSE. Lee & Low, 2009. Grades 2-4
Biography of the sculptor Noguchi.

Hendriz, John. JOHN BROWN: HIS FIGHT FOR FREEDOM. Abrams, 2009. Grades 4-6
A dramatically illustrated account of the life and work of abolitionist, John Brown.

Holub, Joan. GROUNDHOG WEATHER SCHOOL. Illustrated By Kristen Sorra. Putnam, 2009. Grades 3-5
A blend of facts and humor at Professor Groundhog’s school.

Ingalls, Ann and Macdonald, Maryann, THE LITTLE PIANO GIRL. Houghton Mifflin, 2009. Grades 3-5
The biography of Mary Lou Williams, jazz musician.

Jenkins, Steve. NEVER SMILE AT A MONKEY. Houghton-Mifflin, 2009. Grades 3-6
Information about 17 dangerous animals

Jones, Charlotte Foltz. THE KING WHO BARKED. Illustrated. by Yayo. Holiday House, 2009. Grades 3-6
True accounts of animals who held positions of power in many governments.

Judge, Lita. YELLOWSTONE MORAN. Viking, 2009. Grades 4-6
A biography of Thomas Moran, a painter who found adventure in the wildest parts of America.

Jurmain, Suzanne. THE SECRET OF THE YELLOW DEATH. Houghton-Mifflin, 2009. Grades 5-8
The true account of the search for the cause and cure of yellow fever.

Kerley, Barbara. THE EXTRAORDINARY MARK TWAIN. Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham. Scholastic, 2010. Grades 3-6
An intimate portrait of Mark Twain told by his 13 year old daughter.

Low, Alice. THE FASTEST GAME ON TWO FEET. Illustrated. by John O’Brien. Holiday House, 2009. Grades 3-6.
The history of many sports told in poetry.

Kimmelman, Leslie. MIND YOUR MANNERS ALICE ROOSEVELT. Illustrated. by Adam Gustavson. Peachtree, 2009. Grades 2-4
True events in the lives of Theodore Roosevelt and daughter Alice.

Law, Stephen. REALLY REALLY BIG QUESTIONS. Kingfisher, 2009. Grades 4-8
Questions and answers about life, the universe and everything!

Lunis, Natale. GREEN IGUANAS. Bearport, 2009. Grades 2-4
One of a series that includes Furry Ferrets, Miniature Horses and Potbellied Pigs. Simply written with excellent photographs with bibliography, glossary and index.

Lunis, Natalie. PORTUGUESE MAN OF WAR: FLOATING MISERY. Bearport, 2009. Grades 2-4
One of a series that includes the shark, eel, stonefish etc. Simply written with excellent photographs with bibliography, glossary and index.

Mora, Pat. A PINATA IN A PINE TREE. Illustrated by Magaly Morales. Clarion, 2009. Grades K-3
A Latino twelve days of Christmas.

Murphy, Jim. TRUCE. Scholastic, 2009. Grades 5-8
The true tale of the Christmas truce of World War I.

Raffin, Deborah, MITZI’S WORLD. Illustrated by Jane Wooster. Abrams, 2009. GRADES K-3
A seek and find book through all four seasons in cities and the Countryside.

Robinson, Sharon. TESTING THE ICE. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Scholastic, 2009.
Dramatic episode in the life of Jackie Robinson.

Ruelle, Karen Gray and Deborah DeSaix. THE GRAND MOSQUE OF PARIS. Holiday House, 2009. Grades 4-6.
A true account of how Muslims in Paris rescued Jews during the Holocaust.

Sandler, Michael. DARING BMXERS. Bearport, 2009. Grades 2-5
One of a series that includes skateboarders, Snowboarders etc. Simply written with excellent photographs with bibliography, glossary and index.

100 famous people tell how a children’s book affected their lives.

Stewart, Melissa. UNDER THE SNOW. Illustrated by Constance Bergum. Peachtree, 2009. Grades K-2
Animals as they live out the winter through snow and ice.

Van Wyk, Chris. NELSON MANDELA LONG WALK TO FREEDOM. Illustrated by Paddy Bouma. Roaring Brook Press, 2009. Grades 5-7
Picture book version of his autobiography.

Warhola, James. UNCLE ANDY’S CATS. Putnam, 2009. Grades 2-4
True story of the cats that played in Andy Warhol’s art studio.

Whitaker, Suzanne. THE DARING MISS QUIMBY. Illustrated by Catherine Stock. Holiday House, 2009. Grades 3-6
A biography of the first woman in the U.S. to receive a pilot’s license.

A seek and find book with marvelous illustrations.

Winter, Jonah. THE FABULOUS FEUD OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN illustrated by Richard Egielski. Arthur H. Levine Books, 2009. Grades 2-4
The true story of the men who wrote the words and music for Broadway musicals, their falling out and how they got back together again.

Winter, Jonah. PEACEFUL HEROES. Illustrated by Sean Addy. Arthur H. Levine, 2009. Grades 4-6
Short accounts of fourteen people who risked their lives for peace. The biography of Mary Lou Williams, jazz musician.