Nonfiction

 

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Books are suggested for First Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

This inspirational tribute to Anne Frank describes how, after being deprived of the outdoors for years, she found hope and courage while hiding in the secret annex by glimpsing the branches of a tall chestnut tree through an attic window.

This biography of astronomer Annie Jump Cannon describes how she helped develop the system for classifying the temperature of stars. Other astronomers of interest include: Henrietta Leavitt, Galileo, and Eratosthenes.

 

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

This introduction to the unconventional life of the eminent mathematician describes the phenomenal math talents he demonstrated from an early age while revealing how he was often stymied by everyday tasks.

Also available in: audiobook | e-video

This picture book introduction to the life of the mid-twentieth-century aviation and auto racing pioneer, describing her fascination with vehicles during childhood and the daring achievements that earned her the title "First Lady of Firsts."

 

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Grade levels are suggested, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level. Under each grade is a link for even more titles.

Kindergarten

A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz

Learn about a a young boy with a speech impediment, who overcame his difficulties by working with animals.

All Kinds of Bugs for Kids

Ultimate bugopedia: the most complete bug reference ever by Darlyne Murawski & Nancy Honovich

Behold the beautiful dung beetle by Cheryl Bardoe ; illustrated by Alan Marks

The secret life of the woolly bear caterpillar by illustrated by Joan Paley ; Laurence Pringle

Noisy bug sing-along by John Himmelman

Weird insects by Michael Worek

100 Best Nonfiction Books

Time Magazine has just revealed their list of the 100 Best Nonfiction Books. The list is comprised of their choices of the most influential nonfiction books written in English since 1923 (when Time Magazine first published), and are taken from all categories, including biorgraphy, history, politcs, health, business, sports and culture. While lists like these are always subject to debate, it is certainly a starting point for some great reading. Although the Library doesn't own every title, a majority can be found throughout our various collections:

Autobiography / Memoir

The autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein

Black boy: (American hunger): a record of childhood and youth by Richard Wright; with a forward by Edward P. Jones

Dreams from my father: a story of race and inheritance by Barack Obama

Books For Animal Lovers

Fiction

Notes from a liar and her dog by Gennifer Choldenko — Ant, stuck in a family that she does not like, copes by pretending that her "real" parents are coming to rescue her, by loving her dog Pistachio, by volunteering at the zoo, and by bending the truth and telling lies.

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo — Though this book is shelved in the youth department, the story of Opal and the dog that she finds should not be missed.

Julie of the wolves. Pictures by John Schoenherr by George, Jean Craighead, 1919- — While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.

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