Kids Non-fiction

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The woolly monkey mysteries : the quest to save a rain forest species / Sandra Markle.
Readers will learn how scientists use camera-trap technology to study woolly monkeys in the Manu Biosphere Reserve.
Forest talk : how trees communicate / Melissa Koch.
"Trees are essential. They provide water, shelter, and food for millions of plant and animal species, including humans. They deliver proven health benefits, and they capture and store carbon, which combats climate change. Yet trees are in trouble. Forests…
Guatemala / by Joanne Mattern.
"Guatemala and the United States share many things and also have many differences. But like any neighbor, it is good to know how we are alike and how things are different. Readers will discover the beauty of Guatemala's land, animals, and cities while dis…
Golden sparkles : an introduction to mindfulness / by Catarina R. Peterson ; illustrations by Mateya Aikova.
"Introduces children to mindfulness, offering them a valuble [sic] tool to recognize thoughts and emotions and regulate challenging feelins in order to thrive socially and developmentally."--from back cover.
A to Z of science : a visual dictionary for curious scientists / created by Basher ; written by Tom Jackson with Dan Green & Adrian Dingle.
Introduces the language and concepts of science through alphabetically listed entries with illustrations, covering such disciplines as astronomy, chemistry, biology, physics, and the human body.
The unofficial guide to coding with Minecraft / Álvaro Scrivano ; illustrated by Sue Downing.
In The Unofficial Guide to Coding with Minecraft, you can walk through a sunflower field, create a sheep pen, get hopping with rabbits, and farm your own field. Easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions will guide you through coding these fantastic projec…
Falling up : poems and drawings / by Shel Silverstein.
Twelve new poems and drawings selected from the Silverstein archives.
A year of nature poems / Joseph Coelho ; illustrations, Kelly Louise Judd.
Presents a poem for each month of the year along with miscellaneous facts about nature.
Soccer record breakers : Goal scorers! Trophy winners! Soccer legends! / Clive Gifford
Looks at statistics for professional club and international soccer from around the world, looking at the most distinguished clubs and players from a broad sampling of leagues, as well as facts and figures from the FIFA World Cup
Who was Jesus? / by Ellen Morgan ; illustrated by Stephen Marchesi.
"This fascinating addition to our best-selling Who Was...? series does not settle questions of theology. Instead, it presents young readers with a biography that covers what is known historically about Jesus and places in his life in the context of his wo…
Invaders from outer space : real-life stories of UFOs / written by Philip Brooks.
Examines the phenomena of unidentified flying objects and encounters with alien beings.
A concise history of Africa / Annelise Hobbs.
Presents the history of the African continent, including the rise and fall of empires and kingdoms, the varied religions and social structures, and the power of a modernized Africa.
My family celebrates Thanksgiving / Lisa Bullard ; illustrated by Katie Saunders.
Turkey! Mashed potatoes! Pie! These things help make Thanksgiving great, but the holiday is about much more than eating. Learn all about the origins of Thanksgiving and why it's celebrated.
Jambo means hello : Swahili alphabet book / by Muriel Feelings ; pictures by Tom Feelings.
Presents a word, with English translation, for each of the twenty-four letters in the Swahili alphabet. Brief explanation of each word introduces an East African custom
The Lego movie 2 : the awesomest, most amazing, most epic movie guide in the universe! / written by Helen Murray.
"Discover everything there is to know about The LEGO® Movie 2(TM) with this totally awesome guide to all the characters, vehicles and locations. The ultimate companion to the highly anticipated The LEGO Movie 2, this book explores the heroes and the villa…
I want to be a police officer / Dan Liebman.
"I Want to Be a Police Officer gives young children a realistic insight into the working day of police officers. Easy-to-read captions and color photographs of women and men from different cultures help children understand what's involved in police work. …
This or that... or that? quiz book / by Emma MacLaren Henke ; illustrations by Zoe Persico.
Hundreds of silly and serious questions to help you get to know yourself and others better.
My little golden book about Martin Luther King Jr. / by Bonnie Bader ; illustrated by Sue Cornelison.
This Little Golden Book captures the essence of Martin Luther King, Jr. for the littlest readers. They'll learn how his childhood in segregated Atlantaand in his father's churchshaped the future civil rights leader. And they'll gain a clear understanding …
The Higgs mechanism explained / Jaryd Ulbricht.
"The Standard Model explains how the universe works at distances a billion times smaller than the size of an atom. However, in the Standard Model, none of the particles have mass, yet one only has to look around to see that things do have mass. Explaining…
Gandhi / by Diane Bailey ; illustrated by Charlotte Ager.
"Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born at a time when his home country was choked under the oppression of British rule. Many thought that violence was the only way to fight back, but Gandhi disagreed. Instead, he successfully used his teachings of non-viol…
Anne Frank / by Stephen Krensky ; illustrated by Charlotte Ager.
"Anne Frank's diary is read by children and adults worldwide. It tells two stories: one of an extraordinary young girl living in hiding during one of the most fearsome times in history, and one of a relatable young girl facing the same questions and troub…
Minecraft master builder : time machine / Jake Turner, Juliet Stanley.
Presents a step-by-step guide to creating fifteen Minecraft masterpieces inspired by real-life buildings and inventions through time, including a pyramid, a hot air balloon, and a pirate ship.
World of birds / by Vicky Woodgate.
Provides facts about the different birds that live around the world, including the barn swallow, common starling, Steller's sea eagle, and wild turkey.
The new children's encyclopedia / US editors, Margaret Parrish, Karyn Gerhard, Megan Douglass.
A one-volume encyclopedia covers a range of up-to-date topics through easily accessible text and photographs and includes more than nine thousand entries.
Tomie dePaola's cats and kittens / Tomie dePaola
"An informative and funny book on every kind of cat, from Abyssinian to alley cat, from the bestselling author of Strega Nona, Quiet, and many more. FREE KITTENS INSIDE, reads the sign outside Granny Twinkle's house. But kittens aren't the only thing Mrs.…
Gravity explained / Alexander Tolish.
"Gravity causes an apple to fall to the ground and keeps the moon in orbit around Earth. But it can also trap light for infinity in a dying star and ripple across the cosmos carrying the news of a massive collision between two distant black holes. With ac…
Martin Luther King Jr. / by Laurie Calkhoven ; illustrated by Charlotte Ager.
"Martin Luther King Jr. will always be remembered for his famous 'I have a dream' speech, which he gave during the March on Washington in 1963. But his life before and after that big event, and his other ... contributions to the civil rights movement in …
Albert Einstein / by Wil Mara ; illustrated by Charlotte Ager.
"Albert Einstein is known as one of the most brilliant people in history. His many theories and discoveries changed the way scientists think and work, and the way in which we look at and understand things. Learn all about Einstein's family and education,…
Helen Keller / by Libby Romero ; illustrated by Charlotte Ager.
Discover the inspiring story of Helen Keller, whose activism changed the world for blind and deaf people, and many others.
What is poetry? : the essential guide to reading & writing poems / Michael Rosen ; illustrated by Jill Calder.
Over many years as a working poet, Michael Rosen has thought a great deal about what poems are, what they can do and the pleasure that comes from writing and reading poetry. In this invaluable handbook, he shares this knowledge and experience in book form…
Life with epilepsy / by Clara MacCarald.
"Gives readers a look into the lives and abilities of people who have epilepsy, as well as the challenges they face. Learn how medications, special diets, and service dogs can help people manage their epilepsy"--
How big is big? How far is far? All around me / illustrated by Jun Cen.
"Did you know that a colossal squid's eyeball is bigger than a basketball, or that your sneeze shoots out faster than a hurricane? 'How big is big? How far is far? All around me' moves through the world to find creative ways of explaining size, distance, …
A velocity of being : letters to a young reader / edited by Maria Popova and Claudia Zoe Bedrick.
"A collection of 121 letters by authors, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and philosophers about the impact reading has had on their lives. Every letter is accompanied by a full page illustration"--Provided by publisher.
Planting stories : the life of librarian and storyteller Pura Belpré / words by Anika Aldamuy Denise ; illustrations by Paola Escobar.
"From the author of MONSTER TRUCK and STARRING CARMEN comes a gorgeous and lyrical story about Pura Belpré, a Puerto Rican librarian who changed the world"--Provided by publisher.
Brave ballerina : the story of Janet Collins / Michelle Meadows ; illustrated by Ebony Glenn.
Presents the story of a remarkable pioneer, who was the first African American prima ballerina in the Metropolitan Opera, in a time when racial segregation was widespread in the United States.
The town mouse and the country mouse / retold by Emma Carlson Berne ; illustrated by Jennie Poh ; music by Dean Jones.
A modern song retells the fable of mouse cousins who visit each other's homes, one in the quiet countryside and one in the busy city. Includes a brief introduction to Aesop, sheet music, glossary, discussion questions, and further reading.
This promise of change : one girl's story in the fight for school equality / Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy.
"In 1956, one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School, fourteen year old Jo Ann Allen was one of twelve African-American students who broke the color barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee. At first …
The march on Washington / by Bonnie Bader ; with Melody stories by Denise Lewis Patrick ; illustrated by Kelley McMorris.
An introduction to the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom shares the real-life experiences of protestors and leaders of the march, along with the story of American Girl Melody as she grows up during the Civil Rights Movement.
My journey to the stars / by Scott Kelly with Emily Easton ; illustrated by André Ceolin.
The author describes his childhood as an average student who often got into trouble with his twin brother, and how he became a NASA astronaut and commander of the International Space Station.
I can learn social skills! : poems about getting along, being a good friend, and growing up / Benjamin Farrey-Latz.
Uses poetry to teach young readers social skills, including the importance of eye contact, patience, and learning to calm down when feeling anxious.
The roots of rap : 16 bars on the 4 pillars of hip-hop / by Carole Boston Weatherford ; art by Frank Morrison.
Presents the history of hip-hop including, how it evolved from folktales, spirituals, and poetry, to the showmanship of James Brown, to the culture of graffiti art and breakdancing that formed around the art form.
Never Caught, the story of Ona Judge : George and Martha Washington's courageous slave who dared to run away / by Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve.
"A National Book Award Finalist for Non-Fiction, Never Caught is the eye-opening narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington's runaway slave, who risked everything for freedom. Now in a Young Readers Edition"--Provided by publisher.
Elvis is King! / written by Jonah Winter ; illustrated by Red Nose Studio.
Presents the life and legacy of Elvis, from his birth in Mississippi through his music career, his time in the army, his marriage, and his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
42 is not just a number : the odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American hero / Doreen Rappaport.
An eye-opening look at the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball and became an American hero.
Thomas Jefferson and the mammoth hunt : the true story of the quest for America's biggest bones / written by Carrie Clickard ; illustrated by Nancy Carpenter.
"This rhyming non-fiction picture book tells about Thomas Jefferson's quest to find a woolly mammoth to disprove French Count Buffon's assertion that the animals of the New World are weak"--Provided by publisher.
Flags of the world / Lyn Coutts.
"Physical and political geography combine together in an appealing format that will interest kids doing reports and projects, as well as trivia seekers. Captivating photos with detailed captions accompany flag facts, high-interest tidbits, and geographica…
Sewers stink! : how does waste go down? / by Riley Flynn.
"Ever wonder how the sewer system works? Look no further! Discover the story behind the pipes beneath our feet. From facts on the first plumbing systems to information about how wastewater gets treated and cleaned. Readers will learn about why we need san…
TV shapes presidential politics in the Kennedy-Nixon debates : an augmented reading experience / by Michael Burgan ; content adviser: Alan Schroeder, Professor, School of Journalism, Northeastern University.
"On-point historical photographs combined with strong narration bring the story of the Nixon-Kennedy presidential debates to life. TV was new in those days, and these were both the first debates ever held between two presidential candidates and the first …
Bee to honey / Sarah Ridley.
"Honey is a tasty food, but do you know where it comes from and how it ends up on supermarket shelves? Find out what worker bees are busy collecting from flowers, how it becomes honey in the hive, and the process that brings it to your table! Simple text …
Immigrants from Afghanistan and the Middle East / by Nel Yomtov Consultant : Karyn D. McKinney, PHD Associate Professor of Sociology Penn State Altoona.
In today's uncertain world, many families are leaving their home countries and seeking a better life in the United States. Immigrants from Afghanistan and the Middle East explores the stories of two families who left their home countries to find a better …
Biddy Mason speaks up / by Arisa White and Laura Atkins ; illustrations by Laura Freeman.
Presents the life of Biddy Mason, a slave born in state of Mississippi who emigrated to California with her Mormon owners, successfully sued for her freedom in that state, and went on to become a well-known nurse, business entrepreneur, and philanthropist…
Ultimate predatorpedia : the most complete predator reference ever / Christina Wilsdon.
"Reference book for children about all predators in the animal world"--Provided by publisher.
Pokémon legendary and mythical guidebook / Simcha Whitehill.
Presents the legendary and mythical Pokémon available in the video game, describing each character's statistics, fighting styles, and the best way to catch them.
Malala Yousafzai / Jenni L. Walsh.
Describes the life of the young Pakistani who was shot due to her support of education for girls and how her work as an activist led to her winning the Nobel Peace Prize when she was only seventeen years old.
Squares, rectangles, and other quadrilaterals / by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Edward Miller.
A picture geometry book that introduces children to quadrilaterals, including parallelograms and trapezoids, using hands-on activities and simple explanations. --Provided by publisher.
The unofficial Harry Potter joke book : stupefying shenanigans for Slytherin / Brian Boone ; illustrations by Amanda Brack.
Collects jokes, riddles, and tongue-twisters related to the "Harry Potter" book and film series.
Phrases of the moon : Lunar poems / by J. Patrick Lewis ; illustrated by Jori van der Linde.
"In this ode to the moon, poems weave together stories people have told for centuries with impressions we all might have had about this mysterious but constant celestial orb"--Provided by publisher.
I am the rain / written and illustrated by John Paterson.
"Introduces various aspects of water in rhyming verse including: the water cycle, states of matter, and the importance of water in our lives."--Provided by publisher.
The great grammar book / Kate Petty ; Jennie Maizels.
Explains to young readers different aspects of English grammar, including nouns, adverbs, prepositions, and sentences.
Dinosaurs discovered / by Dean R. Lomax.
Introduces dinosaurs, describing where they lived, what they ate, and how humans uncover more information about them.
Disney ideas book / written by Elizabeth Dowsett.
Presents step-by-step instructions for creating Disney-themed arts and crafts projects, including musical flying carpets, animal-feet stilts, clothespin mermaids, pixie-dust lip gloss, and paint-splatter fireworks.
Mythical beasts / by Andrea Mills.
Introduces magical creatures from mythology around the world, including unicorns, dragons, werewolves, and kappa.