||Nancy's picks for the best non-fiction of Winter
Compiled by Nancy Polette © 2004.
- Last updated: Friday, November 26, 2004
- Adler, David A.
SLAVERY. Illustrated by Donald A. Smith. Holiday House, 2004. Gr 4-6
- Fourteen men and women who
fought against slavery in a variety of ways. Easy-to-read text and
- Ammon, Richard. VALLEY FORGE.
Illustrated by Bill Farnsworth. Holiday House, 2004. Gr 4-8
- A well written account of the
winter of 1778 at Valleyey Forge enhanced by stirring
- Barron, Rex. SHOWDOWN AT THE
FOOD PYRAMID. Putnam, 2004. Gr 2-4
- A lively introduction to the
food pyramid when junk foods try kicking out the fruits and
- Barron, T.A. HIGH AS A HAWK.
Illustrated by Ted Lewin. Philomel, 2004. Gr 2-4
- The story of the youngest
person ever to climb Longs Peak in 1905. Well written true life
- Cherry, Lynne. THE SEA, THE
STORM, AND THE MANGROVE TANGLE. Farrar, 2004. Gr 2-4
- How the mangrove trees povide
nourishment and a home for many ceatures of the land and sea.
- Costanza, Stephen. MOZART
FINDS A MELODY. Henry Holt, 2004. Gr 2-4.
- A fictionalized biography of
Mozart telling how he used a small bird as one source of
inspitation for his music.
- Crossley-Hollnd, Keven, Ed.
ONCE UPON A POEM. The Chicken House, 2004. All ages
- A beautifully illustrated
collection of favorite story poems.
- Davis, Giffs. WACKIEST WHITE
HOUSE PETS. Illustrated by David A. Johnson. Scholastic, 2004. Gr 2-5.
- True tales of pets that have
belonged to the First Families. Fast moving text, fun
illustrations. Highly recommended.
- Fritz, Jean.THE LOST COLONY OF
ROANOKE. Illustrated by Hudson Talbot. Putnam, 2004.
Clues to an American history
mystery. What happened to the 115 colonists of Roanoke who
disappeared almost without a trace? Carefully researched with an
easy flowing text.
- Gaffney, Timothy. WEE AND THE
WRIGHT BROTHERS. Illustrated by Bernadette Pons.
Henry Holt, 2004. Gr 2-4.
A charming approach to
learning aboput the Wright Brothers and their invention as a small
mouse goes along for the ride.
- Hansen, Joyce. AFRICAN
PRINCESS. Illustrated by Laurie McGaw. Hyperiion, 2004. Gr 5-8
- The amazing lives of six of
Africa's royal women, beautifully illustrated. A stunning book .
- Keenan, Sheila. OH SAY CAN YOU
SEE? Illustrated by Ann Boyajian. Scholastic, 2004.
The stories behind the symbols
of America from Plymouth Rock to Mt. Rushmore.
- Kerley, Barbara. WALT WHITMAN:
WORDS FOR AMERICA. Illustrated by Brian Selznick.
Scholastic, 2004. Gr 5-8.
A beautifully illustrated
picture biography of the poet including lines from his poetry.
- Kudlinski, Kathleen. THE
SPIRIT CATCHERS. Watson-Guptill. 2004. Gr 5-9
The tale of a young boy who
makes his way through the Depression with biographical
and artistic information about
Georgia O'Keefe. An interesting approach to the life of the famous
- Lewin, Betsy. ANIMAL SNACKERS.
Holt, 2004. Gr K-3
Rhyming poems help children
learn about different creatures' favorite snacks and dining
habits. A great addition to the primary animal collection.
- Lorenz, Albert with Joy
Schleh. JOURNEY TO CAHOKIA. Abrams, 2004. Gr 4-6
A young Brave visits the great
mound city of Cahokia which thrived fro 800 to 1400 CE.
- McCarty, Peter. T IS FOR
TERIBLE. Holt, 2004. Gr K-2
A simple , easy to read
introduction to Tyrannosaurus Rex. Compelling illustrations.
- McCully, Emily. SQUIRREL AND
JOHN MUIR. Farrar, 2004. Gr 2-4.
The relationship between a
fiesty little girl called Squirrel and the famed naturalist in the
Yosemite Valley in 1868. An interesting approach to learninga
about Yosemite and the need to preserve land and wildlife.
- McWhorter, Diane. A DREAM OF
FREEDOM. Scholastic, 2004. Gr 6-9
A well researched account of
the civil rights movement from 1954 to 1968. Illustrated
throughout with photographs.
- Meltzer, Milton. HEAR THAT
TRAIN WHISTLE BLOW. How the Railroad Changed
the World. Random House, 2004.
A very readable history of the
railroad withh emphasis on how it changed societies.
- Nagda, Ann Whitehead and Cindy
Bickel. POLAR BEAR MATH. Holt, Gr K-2.
Learn about fractions as a zoo
staff cares for new born cub.
- Piven, Hanoch. WHAT PRESIDENTS
ARE MADE OF. Atheneum, 2004. Gr 3-6
Collages of items related to
various presidents. A good model for a biography report
showing items connected with a
person along with an explanation of how the items are
- Raimondo, Joyce. IMAGINE THAT.
Watson-Guptill, 2004. Gr 5-8
Activities and adventures in
surrealism with the art of Dali, Miro, Magritte, Ernst, Oppenheim,
- Rees, Douglas. SMOKING MIRROR.
Watson-Guptill, 2004. Gr 5-9
A teen tries to solve a murder
in Tahiti with an unlikely new ally, the Fench artist, Paul
Gauguin. A good blend of fact and fiction.
- Tanaka, Shelley. A DAY THAT
CHANGED AMERICA: EARTHQUAKE! Paintings by David Craig. Hyperion,
2004. Gr 4-7
A well researched account of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 with dramatic paintings to
accompany the text.
- Thimmesh, Catherine. MADAM
PRESIDENT. Houghton-Mifflin, 2004. Gr 4-6
True accounts of women in politics. both U.S. and world.
- Warren, Andrea. ESCAPE FROM
SAIGON. Farrar, 2004. Gr 5-8
The true story of how a Vietnam war orphan became an American boy.