||Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction of
Summer 2000 and ideas for using them in the classroom. Compiled
by Nancy Polette © 2000.
- Last updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2002
- Corey, Shana. You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer!
Illustrated by Chesley McLaren. Scholastic, 2000
The true story of a woman who fought injustice and skirted conventions by designing an outfit for
herself with a skirt and pants, quite shocking for her day. Not only did she change clothing styles but
struck a blow as well for women' s rights.
Garland, Sherry .Voices of the
Alamo. Illustrated by Ronald Himler. Scholastic, 2000
The true tale of the Alamo is told from the perspectives of Native Americans, Spaniards, Tejanos,
Texians, Mexicans and Americans. This is a great introduction to point of view and a valuable addition to histories of the Alamo.
Giblin, James Cross. The Amazing Life of Benjamin
Franklin. Illustrated by Michael Dooling. Scholastic, 2000
Here is a fairly comprehensive look at the life and accomplishments of this great man
beautifully illustrated with full color spreads.
Mandel, Peter. Say Hey, A Song of Willie Mays
Illustrated by Don Tate. Hyperion, 2000 Gr 1-4
This is a rhythmic tribute to the "Say Hey Kid" who proved that baseball was just as much his sport
Pat ten, Brian. The Blue-Green Ark. An
Alphabet for Planet Earth. Scholastic,2000. Gr 2-4
"A is for Ark. For the blue and green Ark adrift in the dark." So begins this alphabet where each
letter celebrates the many natural wonders of the world, from the Earth' s smallest creatures to the
vast night skies above us.
Rubin, Susan Goldman. Fireflies in the Dark. The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children
of Terezin. Holiday House, 2000 Gr 3-6
In December of 1942 Friedl Dicker-Brandeis was forced to move to the Terezin concentration camp.
There she used her gifts as an artist and teacher to bring a world of beauty and fantasy to hundreds of
children Their story reveals how flashes of kindness can spark joy, like fireflies in the dark.
Wellington, Monica. Squeaking of Art: The Mice Go to the
Museum. Dutton, 2000 Gr K-3
An introduction to museums led by ten mice pals. Paintings are grouped by subject and are identified by artist and title.. An unusual approach to art appreciation.