Category Archives: Nonfiction

Sachiko, A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story

When Sachiko was six years old, an atomic bomb exploded over Nagasaki, killing Sachiko’s little brother and most of her playmates. While her family traveled to a relatively safer place, her brothers suffered and died from the effects of radiation. Radiation … Continue reading

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Julia Child: An Extraordinary Life in Words and Pictures

Julia Child was extraordinary in many ways. Even so, this biography shows how highly relatable Julia Child was, from her nonchalance about making cooking mistakes on TV to her dedication to keep trying until a recipe became perfect. Julia’s unique … Continue reading

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Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement is that rare book that packs nonfiction, biography, poetry and gorgeous layered artwork to tell the story of Fannie, whose community activism and singing earned her “the voice of … Continue reading

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Redwoods

Jason Chin‘s nonfiction picture book,  Redwoods, takes us on one boy’s visit to the home of redwoods. Did you know that plants grow in the crevasses of redwoods? Did you know that a whole ecosystem exists in the redwood canopy, never touching or … Continue reading

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Terrible Typhoid Mary: True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America

Before reading Susan Campbell Bartoletti‘s middle grade book about her, I did not know much about Typhoid Mary. In fact, I thought she was a fictional character. I was wrong. She was a real person, who cooked for many families in … Continue reading

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14 Cows for America

14 Cows For America is about Kimeli’s journey back home to Kenya after being in New York City on September 11, 2001. He speaks to his Maasai elders and they choose to give fourteen cows, the symbol of life, to America to bring healing: … Continue reading

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Rad American Women A – Z

This nonfiction picture book has twenty-five page long biographies (X is a unique tribute to all those “women whose names we don’t know”) about historic women, including many less often lauded historical figures such as Dolores Huerta, The Grimke Sisters, Patti … Continue reading

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Kate and Pippin: An Unlikely Friendship

Kate and Pippin: An Unlikely Friendship by Martin Springett and photographed by Isobel Springett is the true story of a rescued fawn the mutual caring that developed with a Great Dane. Sweet and unlikely, yes, but even more interesting is what happens after … Continue reading

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Separate Is Never Equal

I knew about Brown v. Board of Education, but I did not know about Mendez v. Westminster. Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh is a gorgeously illustrated non-fiction picture book about a girl’s experience … Continue reading

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The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse

This lovely picture book biography, The Iridescence of Birds, by author Patricia MacLachlan and illustrator Hadley Hooper poses questions to a young child. What if you grew up in a gray French town and found colour wherever you went? Would you grow … Continue reading

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