Category Archives: Nonfiction

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin Grades 5 & up This book chronicles racial segregation in the US Navy during World War II, particularly the events leading up to and just … Continue reading

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The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming Grades 6 & up An in-depth look at the life of Tsar Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia, and his family. It includes a view … Continue reading

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Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat

Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat by Gail Jarrow Grades 5 & up I do love a good medical mystery! The disease known as Pellagra was characterized by a rash, diarrhea, and then going crazy right … Continue reading

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Somewhere There Is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust

Somewhere There Is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust by Michael Gruenbaum and Todd Hasak-Lowy Grades 5 & up This is one of the most powerful books about the Holocaust that I have read in a long time. … Continue reading

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Earmuffs for Everyone!: How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs

Earmuffs for Everyone!: How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs by Meghan Mccarthy Grades 1-4 This engaging picture book about the “inventor” of the earmuffs tells the history of earmuffs and how Chester Greenwood, who improved upon … Continue reading

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The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko Grades 2 & up This non-fiction picture book introduces the historic prejudice against interracial marriage and the fight to make it legal in a clear way that will … Continue reading

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Toilet: How It Works

Toilet: How It Works by David Macaulay Grades 1-4 Toilets. We all use them everyday. But most children (and probably plenty of adults) don’t know how they work, or what happens after you flush. David Macauley’s book takes a look … Continue reading

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Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron

Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron by Mary Losure Grades 4 & up The story of the Wild Boy of Aveyron has intrigued me for quite awhile. I had read the picture book version by Mordecai … Continue reading

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Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, & a Miracle

Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Brian Dennis Grades 3 & Up This heart-warming story is one of this year’s nominees in the California Young Reader Medal Picture Books for Older Readers category. … Continue reading

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Animals Welcome

Animals Welcome: A Life of Reading, Writing, and Rescue by Peg Kehret Grades 3 & up Author Peg Kehret tells the story of the many animals (mostly cats) that she has rescued and fostered throughout the years in this heart-warming … Continue reading

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