Looking for fascinating stories about real people? Explore the following list for some suggestions.
Henri's scissors by Jeanette Winter — The story of how Henri Matisse changed from sketching to making cut-out creations.
Harlem's little blackbird by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Christian Robinson — A lesser-known singer from the Harlem Renaissance, Florence Mills' story is told here.
Daredevil: the daring life of Betty Skelton by Meghan McCarthy — Looking for more variety in your stories about achievements in aviation?
The quite contrary man: a true American tale by Patricia Rusch Hyatt ; illustrated by Kathryn Brown — Breaking the law by growing a beard? A contrary (and interesting) man, indeed!
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin ; illustrated by Mary Azarian — A Caldecott-winning biography about a curious nature photographer.
Inside Syria: the backstory of their Civil War and what the world can expect by Reese Erlich ; foreword by Noam Chomsky
How to be a Victorian: a dawn-to-dusk guide to Victorian life by Ruth Goodman
The return of George Washington: 1783-1789 by Edward J. Larson
The collapse: the accidental opening of the Berlin Wall by Mary Elise Sarotte
A storm of witchcraft: the Salem trials and the American experience by Emerson W. Baker
Where is dear dragon? by Margaret Hillert ; illustrated by David Schimmell
Daniel's mystery egg by Alma Flor Ada ; illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Where is the green sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek
Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale by Mo Willems
The doghouse by Jan Thomas
Young Cam Jansen and the circus mystery by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Susanna Natti
Detective Dinosaur: lost and found by James Skofield ; pictures by R.W. Alley
Baxter the Tweeting dog by [Doreen Marts]
Bean Dog and Nugget: the ball by Charise Mericle Harper
Owly. Vol. 3. Flying lessons by Andy Runton
Silly Lilly in What will I be today?: a toon book by Agnès Rosenstiehl by Rosenstiehl, Agnès
Arf and the greedy grabber by Philip Wooderson ; illustrated by Bridget MacKeith ; colors by Jessica Fuchs
The twelve days of Christmas in Michigan by written by Susan Collins Thoms ; illustrated by Deb Pilutti
Bernida: a Michigan sailing legend by Al Declercq and Tom Ervin with Gloria Whelan ; illustrated by David Miles
Island magic by Martha Bennett Stiles ; illustrated by Daniel San Souci
M is for mitten: the Michigan alphabet book by Annie Appleford ; illustrated by Michael Monroe
Up, up, up dear dragon by Margaret Hillert ; illustrated by David Schimmell
Alien ice cream by David Anthony and Charles David ; illustrations, Lys Blakeslee
Fifty states: every question answered by Lori Baird, Marcel Brousseau, Amber Rose
The devils' alliance: Hitler's pact with Stalin, 1939- 1941 by Roger Moorhouse
The fortunes of Africa: a 5000-year history of wealth, greed, and endeavour by Martin Meredith
Leningrad: siege and symphony by Brian Moynahan
- Alison Gross
- Bad moon rising
- The battle of evermore
- Black magic woman
- Boris the spider
- The creature from the black lagoon
- Dead man's party
- Dream on
- Graveyard train
- The green manalishi (with the two-pronged crown)
- Hell hound on my trail
- Human fly
- I put a spell on you
- Love potion number nine
- Moon over Bourbon Street
- Pet sematary
- Season of the witch
- Vampire blues
- Voodoo child
- Werewolves of London
- Wicked Annabella
- Witch's promise
- Witchy woman
- Zombie boy
- Zombie zoo
Michigan's most haunted: a ghostly guide to the Great Lakes state by Sandy Arno Lyons
The haunting of America: from the Salem witch trials to Harry Houdini by William J. Birnes and Joel Martin ; foreword by George Noory
Haunted halls: ghostlore of American college campuses by Elizabeth Tucker
Ghosts of southeast Michigan by Kristy Robinett
Occult America: the secret history of how mysticism conquered America by Mitch Horowitz
Where'd you go, Bernadette: a novel by [kit] / Maria Semple — Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle — and people in general — has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence — creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.
Silver Bay: a novel by [kit] / Jojo Moyes — A surprising and moving romance set in an old-fashioned seaside town. On the verge of unwelcome change Liza McCullen will never fully escape her past, but the unspoiled beaches and tight-knit community of Silver Bay offer the freedom and safety she craves — if not for herself, then for her young daughter, Hannah. That is, until Mike Dormer arrives as a guest in her aunt's hotel. The mild-mannered Englishman with his too-smart clothes and distracting eyes could destroy everything Liza has worked so hard to protect: not only the family business and the bay that harbors her beloved whales, but also her conviction that she will never love-never deserve to love-again. For his part, Mike Dormer is expecting just another business deal-an easy job kick-starting a resort in a small seaside town ripe for development. But he finds that he doesn't quite know what to make of the eccentric inhabitants of the ramshackle Silver Bay Hotel, especially not enigmatic Liza McCullen, and their claim to the surrounding waters. As the development begins to take on a momentum of its own, Mike's and Liza's worlds collide in this hugely affecting and irresistible tale full of Jojo Moyes's signature humor and generosity.