||Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction
of Spring/Summer 2005. Compiled by Nancy Polette © 2005.
Last updated: Sunday, May 01, 2005
- Appelt, Kathi. MISS LADY BIRD'S WILD FLOWERS.
Illustrated by Joy Hein. Boyds Mill, 2005. Grades 3-6
- The story of how Lady Bird Johnson, the
First Lady, helped to beautify America.
- Brown, Don. YOUNG ALBERT EINSTEIN.
Houghton-Mifflin, 2004. Grades 2-4
Albert was an odd child and no one would
have predicted that he would become one of the world's greatest
thinkers. Here is the story of that boyhood.
- Carney, Mary Lou. DR WELCH AND THE GREAT GRAPE STORY. Boyds Mill, 2005. Grades 3-6
The story of Dr. Welch who thought grapes
might make a sweeter drink than wine and his work to make his idea
- Cox, Sarah Mayor. PICTURES TELLING STORIES: THE ART OF ROBERT INGPEN. Penguin, 2005. Grades 6 up
Reproductions of the artist's work from
more than 100 illustrated books. with enlightening commentary.
- Davies, Jacqueline. THE BOY WHO DREW BIRDS.
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Houghton Mifflin, 2004. Grades 2-4
A well written easy to read biography of
John James Audubon with illustrations that help tell his story.
- Demi. MOTHER TERESA. McElderry Books, 2005. Grades 3-6.
A beautifully illustrated biography of
Mother Teresa, a tireless benefactor of society.
- High, Linda Oatman. CITY OF SNOW: THE GREAT BLIZZARD OF 1888. Illustrated by Laura Francesca Filippucci.
Walker, 2004. Grades 3-6
Haunting illustrations and free verse
narration bring the blizzard alive showing the hardships when the
largest city in the country was shut down.
- Hopkins, Lee Bennett, Ediyot. OH NO, WHERE ARE MY PANTS? Illustrated by Wolf Erlbruch.
HarperCollins, 2005. Grades 1-4
Fourteen poems about disaster
days..worm-in-the-apple days, friends-moving-away days and even
- Hines, Gary. MIDNIGHT FORESTS. Illustrated
by Robert Casilla. Boyds Mill, 2005. Grades 3-6
The story of Gifford Pinchot and our
national forests. Inspiring & thought provoking.
- Karr, Kathleen. MAMA WENT TO JAIL FOR THE VOTE.
Illustrated by Malene Laugesen. Hyperion, 2005. Grades 3-5
Mama fights for women's right to vote by
picketing the White House, ending up in chains and being arrested
for protesting. Susan Elizabeth joins the fight, too, in her own
- Krensky, Stephen. DANGEROUS CROSSING: The Revolutionary Voyage of John Quincy Adams. Illustrated by Greg Harlin.
Dutton, 2005. Grades 3-5
In February 1778 John Adams is sent on a
secret mission to France. Together with his son, John, they make
the dangerous winter crossing facing an angry ocean and perilous
- Krull, Kathleen. A WOMAN FOR PRESIDENT: THE STORY OF VICTORIA WOODHULL. Illustrated by Jame Dyer. Walker Grades
Victoria Wodhull supported her family from
the age of eight. She became a millionaire by offering financial
advice from the spirit world. In 1872 she was the first woman to
run for president. A close look at the life of a fascinating
- Lewis, J. Patrick. PLEASE BURY ME IN THE LIBRARY. Illustrated by Kyle M. Stone. Harcourt 2005.
Delightful poems about books and libraries,
beautifully illustrated. A must have!
- Lunge-Larson, Lise. THE HIDDEN FOLK. Illustrated by
Beth Krommes. Houghton-Mifflin, 2004. Grades 4-6.
Here is a much needed resource of stories
of fairies, dwarves, selkies and other secret beings. Lush
- Marx, Trish.. EVERGLADES FOREVER: RESTORING AMERICA'S GREAT WETLAND. Photographs by Cindy Karp. Lee & Low,
2004. Grades 3-6.
Beautifully illustrated account of the work
being done to restore the Everglades.
- Morrison, Gordon. NATURE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.
Houghton-Mifflin, 2004. Grades 4-6,
The diversity and abundance of life that
can be found in your own back yard along with the life cycles of
plant and animal families in the neighborhood.
- Prelutsky, Jack. THE FROG WORE RED SUSPENDERS.
Illustrated by Petra Mathers. Harper trophy paperback release,
Twenty-eight rhymes with colorful
illustrations from the popular poet.
- Sommer, Shelley. JOHN F. KENNEDY HIS LIFE AND LEGACY. HarperCollins, 2005. Grades 5-8
An intimate look at the former president
with photographs from the Kennedy family.
Time for Kids Biographies: JOHN F. KENNEDY,THEODORE ROOSEVELT, JACKIE ROBINSON, HARRIET TUBMAN. HarperCollins, 2004. Grades 2-4
Well written, easy to read biographies that
help connect the past with the present.
- Weatherford, Carole Boston. FREEDOM ON THE MENU: The Greensboro Sit-Ins. Illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue. Dial,
2005 Grades 3-4
The story of the Woolworth counter sit-ins
that led to a revolution and changes throughout the nation.
- Yolen, Jane. HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN.
Illustrated by Dennis Nolan.Dutton, 2005 Grades 2-4
A sensitive picture book biography of the famous storyteller