||Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction
of Spring/Summer 2003. Compiled by Nancy Polette © 2003.
Last updated: Friday, August 29, 2003
RIVER BOY THE STORY OF MARK
TWAIN. Illustrated by Dan Andreasen. HarperCollins,
2003. Gr 3-6
- The colorful story of the life of Mark Twain as
he grows from a mischievous boy to a famous author.
- Atkins, Jeannine. WINGS AND ROCKETS. Illustrated by Dusan
Petricic. Farrar, 2003. Gr 4-8
- The story of women in air and space.
- Bradley, Kimberly B. ENERGY MAKES THINGS HAPPEN. Illustrated
by Paul Meisel. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 1-3.
- An excellent introduction to energy for early
readers shows how energy makes things happen on land, water and
- Chandra, Deborah and Comora, Madeleine. GEORGE WASHINGTON'S
TEETH. Illustrated by Brock Cole. Gr 2-4
- George Washington suffered all his life with
tooth problems and when elected Persident he had only two teeth
- Cole, Joanna and Stephanie Calmenson. CRAZY EIGHTS AND OTHER CARD
GAMES. Illustrated by Alan Tiegreen. Seastar, 2002. Gr
- With twenty card games to choose from, there's
one for every mood, group or age.
- Cowling, Douglas. HALLELUJAH HANDEL. Illus by Jason
Walker. Gr 3-6
- Fictionalized biography telling how Handel
donated proceeds from the Messiah to help poor and orphaned
- Edwards, Pamela Duncan. THE WRIGHT BROTHERS. Illustrated by Henry
Cole. Hyperion, 2003. Gr 3-6
- Retelling of the inventin of the airplane using
the 'House that Jack Built' format.
- Fearrington, Ann. WHO SEES THE LIGHT HOUSE? Illustrated by
- A counting book in which all manner of creatues
are drawn to the beacons of light houses. Bold, dramatic
- Gerstein, Mordicai. SPARROW JACK. Farrar, 2003. Gr 2-4
- A true tale of how sparrows came to America to
solve the inchworm problem in Philadelphia.
- Harness, Cheryl. RABBLE ROUSERS. Dutton, 2003. Gr
- Short illustrated biographies of 20 women who
made a difference.
- High, Linda Oatman. THE GIRL ON THE HIGH-DIVING HORSE.
Illustrated by Ted Lewin. Philomel, 2003.Gr 2-6
- In Atlantic City in 1930 Cordelia goes daily to
see the girl on the high-diving horse. Is it possible that she,
too, might someday be that girl?
- Kimel, Elizabeth Cody. AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE.Random
House, 2003. Gr 4-6.
- A well-written account of Lewis and Clark's
- Kuskin, Karla. MOON HAVE YOU MET MY MOTHER? Illustrated
by Sergio Ruzzier. HarperCollins, 2003. Gr 1-6
- The collected poems of Karla Kuskin.
- Kasky, Kathryn. THE MAN WHO MADE TIME TRAVEL.
Farrar, 2003. Gr 3-6
- The true story of a simple clockmaker in England
who changed the world with a timepiece that could measure
- Leedy, Loreen and Pat Street. THERE'S A FROG IN MY THROAT.
Holiday House, 203. Gr 2-6.
- 440 animal sayings with an index to help readers
find their favorites.
- Lewin, Ted. LOST
CITY. Philomel, 2003. Gr 4-8
- The true story of one man's quest in the wilds of
Peru for the remains of an ancient city and his exciting discovery
of Machu Picchu.
- Linz, Kathi. CHICKENS MAY NOT CROSS THE ROAD AND OTHER CRAZY
(BUT TRUE) LAWS. Illustrated by Tony Griego.
Houghton-Mifflin, 2002. Gr 2-6
- A collection of absurd laws that are still on
the books, humourously illustrated.
- McKissack, Patricia and Fredrick. DAYS OF JUBILEE.
Scholastic, 2003. Gr 4-8
- A well documented account of the days and weeks
that followed the end of slavery which did not happen in one day.
- Melmed, Laura K. CAPITAL! Illustrated by Frane Lessac.
HarperCollins, 2003.Gr 2-4
- Washington D.C. from A to Z. Colorfully
- Mora, Pat. A
LIBRARY FOR JUANA. Illustrated by Beatriz Vidal. Gr
- The life of Juana Ines who lived in 1695, one of
the most brilliant writers in Mexico's history.
- Schanzer, Rosalyn. HOW BEN FRANKLIN STOLE THE
LIGHTNING. HarperCollins, 2003. GR 2-5
- Find Ben Franklin busy at work on every spread
and discover how he found a way to steal the lightning right out
of the sky.
- St. George, Judith. SO YOU WANT TO BE AN INVENTOR.
Illustrated by David Small. Philomel, 2002.
- A humorous look at a variety of inventors, their
similarities and differences.
- Tang, Greg. MATH
APPEAL. Illus by Harry Briggs. Scholastic, 2003.
- Each clever riddle poses a problem and offers a
helpful hint to the solution.
- Tang, Greg. MATH-TERPIECES. Illustrated by Greg
Paprock. Scholastic, 2003. Gr K-3
- Using paintings by the great masters, the author
presents math problems in entirely new ways.
- Tchaikovsky, Pyotr. SWAN LAKE. Illustrated by Lisbeth
- The classic ballet tale retold with haunting
- Van Leeuwen, Jean. THE AMAZING HOT AIR BALLOON. Illustrated
by Marco Ventura. Phyllis Fogelman Books, 2003. Gr 3-6
- The story of the first recorded hot air balloon
flight in the Colonies in