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True Books: Outstanding Nonfiction for Kids

    The Librarian of Basra: A True Story of Iraq

    The Librarian of Basra: A True Story of Iraq - Jeanette Winter

    When war comes, Alia Muhammad Baker, the librarian of Basra, fears the library will be destroyed, so she asks government officials for help, but they refuse, which means Alia must take matters into her own hands to protect the books that she loves.

    CHILDREN 020.92 B167zw 2005                
    Through My Eyes

    Through My Eyes - Ruby Bridges

    Ruby Bridges recounts the story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the integration of her school in New Orleans in 1960.

    CHILDREN 379.263 B851 1999
    The Day Glo Brothers

    The Day Glo Brothers - Chris Barton

    The true story of Bob and Joe Switzer's bright ideas and brand-new colors.

    CHILDREN 535.352 B293 2009
    The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

    The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins - Barbara Kerley

    The true story of Victorian artist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, who built life-sized models of dinosaurs in the hope of educating the world about what these awe-inspiring ancient animals and what they were like.

      CHILDREN 567.9 H393zk 2001
    Here There Be Monsters: The Legendary Kraken and the Giant Squid

    Here There Be Monsters: The Legendary Kraken and the Giant Squid - H.P. Newquist

    Examines the connections between old myths about the kraken--a Scandinavian sea monster--and modern scientific study of the giant squid, and explores representations of the creature in film and literature.

      CHILDREN 594.58 N558 2010
    Look Up! Bird Watching in Your Own Backyard

    Look Up! Bird Watching in Your Own Backyard - Annette LeBlanc Cate

    An introduction to bird watching, encouraging kids to get outside and look around.

    CHILDREN 598 C357 2013                
    Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor, B95

    Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor, B95 - Phillip Hoose

    Examines B95, a red knot bird that has flown the distance to the moon and halfway back during its lifetime.

    CHILDREN 598.33 H789 2012                
    The Tapir Scientist

    The Tapir Scientist - Sy Montgomery

     
    Follows the extensive efforts of Pati Medici and her scientific team to study Brazil's mysterious lowland tapir and protect it from extinction.
      CHILDREN 599.66 M788 2013


     
    The Elephant Scientist

    The Elephant Scientist - Caitlin O'Connell

    Journey to the Namibian desert with Caitlin O'Connell, an American scientist, and witness one of nature's largest , most complex, and most intelligent mammals living today on this earth.

    CHILDREN 599.674 O18e 2011
    Invincible Microbe

    Invincible Microbe - Jim Murphy

    This is the compelling, suspenseful, down-to-earth story of a killer that has been stalking and doing away with people for thousands of years: Tuberculosis.

    CHILDREN 616.995 M978 2012
    Locomotive

    Locomotive - Brian Floca

    Presents a visual exploration of America's early railroads, examining the sounds, speed, and strength of the fledgling transcontinental locomotives and the experiences of pioneering travelers.

    OVERSIZE CHILDREN 625.26 F628 2013
    The Mighty Mars Rovers

    The Mighty Mars Rovers - Elizabeth Rusch

    Presents the story about the team who gave us our first look at the Martian landscape, including pictures from NASA and the author's personal collection.

    CHILDREN 629.4354 R951 2012
    Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream

    Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream - Tanya Lee Stone

    What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape, any checklist would include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was another unspoken rule: you had to be a man. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved that they were not only as tough as the toughest man but also brave enough to challenge the government.

      CHILDREN 629.45 S881 2009
    Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

    Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 - Brian Floca

    Here is the story of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon -- a story of leaving and returning during the summer of 1969, and a story of home, seen whole, from far away by steady astronauts in their great machines.

      CHILDREN 629.454 F628 2009
    Parrots Over Puerto Rico

    Parrots Over Puerto Rico - Susan Roth

    A combined history of the Puerto Rican parrot and the island of Puerto Rico, highlighting current efforts to save the Puerto Rican parrot by protecting and managing this endangered species.

      CHILDREN 639.978 R8452 2013
    Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum

    Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum - Meghan McCarthy

    Full of fun historical facts, this book is the true story of how bubble gum was invented.

    CHILDREN 664.6 M123 2010
    Adventures in Cartooning

    Adventures in Cartooning - James Sturm

    Once upon a time...a princess tried to make a comic. And with the help of a magical cartooning elf, she learned how--well enough to draw her way out of an encounter with a dangerous dragon, near-death by drowning, and into her very own adventure.

      CHILDREN 741.5 S936 2009
    Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring

    Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring - Jan Greenberg

    Tells the story behind the creation of "Appalachian Spring," describing Aaron Copland's composition, Martha Graham's intense choreography and Isamu Noguchi's set design.

      CHILDREN 792.8 G798 2010
    To Dance: A Memoir

    To Dance: A Memoir - Siena Siegel

    The  author describes how she first decided she wanted to be a ballerina at the age of six, and how that dream carried her from her home in Puerto Rico to dance class in Boston to performing with the New York City Ballet.

      CHILDREN 792.8 S571 2006
    Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women's Hoops on the Map

    Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women's Hoops on the Map - Sue Macy

     
    Raised on a cattle ranch, Agnes Morley was sent to Stanford University to learn to be a lady. Yet in no time she exchanged her breeches and spurs for bloomers and a basketball; and in April 1896 she made history.

      CHILDREN 796.323092 C623zm 2011
    We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

    We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball - Kadir Nelson

    Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947.

      CHILDREN 796.357 N427 2008
    Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World

    Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World - Marilyn Nelson

    A look at a 1940's all-female jazz band, that originated from a boarding school in Mississippi and found its way to the most famous ballrooms in the country, offering solace during the hard years of the war.

      CHILDREN 811.54 N428 2009
    Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past

    Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past - James Deem

    Recounts the discovery of the oldest human mummy in the 1990s by two mountain climbers on the Austrian border, in this exciting volume that reveals how glaciers, hulking masses of moving ice, are now offering up many secrets from the past.

      CHILDREN 904 D311 2008
    Titanic: Voices from the Disaster

    Titanic: Voices from the Disaster - Deborah Hopkinson

    A 100th anniversary tribute to the Titanic tragedy based on the words and stories of its witnesses and survivors, in a dramatic account that is complemented by archival photographs.

    CHILDREN 910.453 T617zh2 2012
    Bomb: The Race to Build - And Steal - The World's Most Dangerous Weapon

    Bomb: The Race to Build - And Steal - The World's Most Dangerous Weapon - Steve Sheinkin

    Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.

    CHILDREN 940.544 S543 2012
    Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917

    Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917 - Sally Walker

     
    Recounts the story from World War I in which two towns were leveled and almost two thousand people killed following the collison of two warships in Halifax Harbour and a blizzard that dumped over a foot of snow in the area.
    CHILDREN 971.6225 W184 2011
    The Giant and How He Humbugged America

    The Giant and How He Humbugged America - Jim Murphy

    Presents an account of the famous 1869 Cardiff Giant hoax, describing the story that was spread about the discovery of a purported ten-foot-tall "petrified man" and the debates by world-renowned scientists about his authenticity and origins.

      CHILDREN 974.7 C267 2012
    The Camping Trip That Changed America

    The Camping Trip That Changed America - Barb Rosenstock

    Introduces the story of how President Theodore Roosevelt, on a camping trip with naturalist John Muir in Yosemite National Park, decided to support the conservation of national parks.

      CHILDREN 979.447 R781zr 2012
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