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"Pooh and Piglet walked home thoughtfully together in the golden evening, and for a long time they were silent. 'When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,' said Piglet at last, 'what's the first thing you say to yourself?' 'What's for breakfast?' said Pooh. 'What do you say, Piglet?' 'I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?' said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. 'It's the same thing,' he said." [Tell Me!]

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Recommended Juvenile Nonfiction     View List as Printable PDF

Juvenile Selections

Recommended Juvenile Nonfiction

19 Varieties of Gazelle: poems of the Middle East

19 Varieties of Gazelle: poems of the Middle East
by Nye, Naomi Shihab
J 811.54 NYE
Naomi Shihab Nye has been writing about being Arab-American, about Jerusalem, about the West Bank, about family all her life. These new and collected poems of the Middle East -- sixty in all -- appear together here for the first time.

Ain't Nothing But a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry

Ain't Nothing But a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry
by Nelson, Scott Reynolds
J 973.0496 NEL
Historian Scott Reynolds Nelson recounts how he came to discover the real John Henry, an African-American railroad worker who became a legend in the famous song.

An American plague: the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793

An American plague: the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793
by Murphy, Jim
J 614.541 MUR
Recreates the devastation rendered to the city of Philadelphia in 1793 by an incurable disease known as yellow fever, detailing the major social and political events as well as the time's medical beliefs and practices.

Black and White Airmen: Their True History

Black and White Airmen: Their True History
by Fleischman, John
J 940.5449 FLE
John Leahr and Herb Heilbrun grew up in the same neighborhood and were elementary school class mates, they didn't become friends, because Herb was white and John was black.They led parallel lives as both enlisted during WWII: Herb became an Army Air Forces B-17 bomber pilot and John flew P-51 fighters. They were segregated from one another until almost seventy years later when they became acquainted and then best friends--an interesting story of racism, war, and friendship.

Boy: Tales of Childhood

Boy: Tales of Childhood
by Dahl, Roald
J BIO DAHL
Dahl tells the story of his adventures and misadventures as a child: his involvement in the Great Mouse Plot of 1924; his first automobile ride, in which he nearly lost his nose; his many canings by Headmasters; and his vacations at home in Wales with his big family.

Children of the Wild West

Children of the Wild West
by Freedman, Russell
J 973.8 FRE
Historical photographs with explanatory text present a picture of life in the American West from 1840 to the early 1900s, written by a foremost historian.

Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder

Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder
by Wick, Walter
J 546.22 WIC
Describes the origins, characteristics, and uses of water.

Eggs

Eggs
by Singer, Marilyn
J 591.4 SIN
Explains the varieties, functions, and characteristics of the eggs of a multitude of creatures, including insects, birds, and reptiles.

Face to Face with Caterpillars

Face to Face with Caterpillars
by Murawski, Darlyne A.
J 595.7813 MUR
Ever had an in-your-face encounter with a caterpillar? Darlyne Murawski came eye-to-eye with a spiny caterpillar in Costa Rica and was severely stung by the harmless-looking creepy-crawly. But she still got the picture. It's one of many caterpillar close-ups which illustrate this extraordinary book. Readers learn to study these insects like the experts: witness the astonishing life cycle with its metamorphosis from caterpillar to pupa to butterfly; see the amazing snake-like defenses of some poisonous species; and the silk stitching used by others to build leafy hideaways.Face to Face with Caterpillars encourages an active study of this intriguing insect: How to find caterpillars, how to raise a monarch, how to help preserve their habitats, how to photograph the caterpillar, and how to learn more; it's all in Darlyne Murawski's fun book

Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey

Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey
by Kalman, Maira
J 974.7104 KAL
The fireboat, launched in 1931, was retired after many years of fighting fires along the Hudson River, but jumps into service when New York Fire Department on September 11, 2001 called out for help. Read about how the brave fire fighters and the John J. Harvey.

House of a Million Pets

House of a Million Pets
by Hodgman, Ann
J 636.0887 HOD
Ann Hodgman's basement is home to three guinea pigs, a cage full of birds, a big gray rabbit, a prairie dog, a bulbul (look it up), two little rabbits, a hamster, and twenty-six pygmy mice. And that's just the basement. Would your parents ever let you have that many pets at once? If Ann Hodgman were your parents, she'd let you. Here is the true story of what it's like to live in her barnyard er, house; with more animals than you'll be able to keep track of. Any kid (or adult) who has ever owned or wanted a pet will love these furry, feathered, slimy, and scaly stories.

Inside Outside Book of Libraries

Inside Outside Book of Libraries
by Munro, Roxie
J 027.073 MUN
Illustrations and brief text present all kinds of libraries, from bookmobiles and home libraries to the New York Public Library and the Library of Congress.

Invisible Thread

Invisible Thread
by Uchida, Yoshiko
J B UCH
Children's author, Yoshiko Uchida, describes growing up in Berkeley, California, as a Nisei, second generation Japanese American, and her family's internment in a Nevada concentration camp during World War II.

It's Perfectly Normal: a book about changing bodies, growing up, sex, and sexual health

It's Perfectly Normal: a book about changing bodies, growing up, sex, and sexual health
by Harris, Robie H
J 613.907 HAR
When young people have questions about sex, real answers can be hard to find. Providing accurate, unbiased answers to nearly every conceivable question, from conception and puberty to birth control and AIDS, It's Perfectly Normal offers young people the real information they need now more than ever to make responsible decisions and to stay healthy.

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
by Fleischman, Paul
J 811 F
A dynamic collection of poems describing the characteristics and activities of a variety of insects that can be performed with two people.

Lincoln: A Photobiography

Lincoln: A Photobiography
by Freedman, Russell
J BIO LINCOLN
Much more than just photographs and text tracing the life of the Civil War President. Find out what he had in his pocket when he was assassinated and what historians think it meant.

M. L. K.: Journey of a King

M. L. K.: Journey of a King
by Bolden, Tanya
J BIO KING
Coretta Scott King Honor winner Tonya Bolden focuses her critical eye on Martin Luther King, Jr., bringing words and pictures together to tell the life story of one of America's greatest figures in an inspirational, one-of-a-kind biography. Full color.

New Way Things Work

New Way Things Work
by Macaulay, David
J 600 MAC
Text and numerous detailed illustrations introduce and explain the scientific principles and workings of hundreds of machines. Includes new material about digital technology.

Our Eleanor: a scrapbook look at Eleanor Roosevelt's remarkable life

Our Eleanor: a scrapbook look at Eleanor Roosevelt's remarkable life
by Fleming, Candace
J BIO ROOSEVELT
Told in a unique "scrapbook" style, this biography presents Eleanor Roosevelt in her many roles: wife and mother, United Nations delegate, Junior Literary Guild board member, children's author, and civil rights crusader

Phineas Gage: a gruesome but true story about brain science

Phineas Gage: a gruesome but true story about brain science
by Fleischman, John
J BIO GAGE
In 1848, Gage, a railroad worker was the victim of an accident that blew a 13-pound iron rod through his head. He maintained consciousness and survived with major personality differences and became the subject of medical investigations.

Psalm Twenty-Three

Psalm Twenty-Three
by Ladwig, Tim
J 223.205 LAD
The text of the familiar psalm comparing God to a loving shepherd accompanies illustrations which shows the world of love and fear faced by an urban African-American family.

Race to Save the Lord God Bird

Race to Save the Lord God Bird
by Hoose, Philip M.
J 598.72 HOO
Tells the story of the ivory-billed woodpecker's extinction in the United States, describing the encounters between this species and humans, and discussing what these encounters have taught us about preserving endangered creatures.

Real Benedict Arnold

Real Benedict Arnold
by Murphy, Jim
J BIO ARNOLD
"Drawing on Arnold's surviving writings and on the letters, memoirs, and political documents of his contemporaries ... a fascinating portrait of a brilliant man, consistently undervalued by his peers, who made a choice that continues to reverberate through American history."

Revenge of the Whale: the true story of the whaleship Essex

Revenge of the Whale: the true story of the whaleship Essex
by Philbrick, Nathaniel
J 910.9164 PHI
Recounts the 1820 sinking of the whaleship "Essex" by an enraged sperm whale and how the crew of young men survived against impossible odds. Based on the author's adult book "In the Heart of the Sea."

Seed Is Sleepy

Seed Is Sleepy
by Aston, Dianna Hutts
J 581.467 AST
An informative, yet beautiful, introduction to seeds.

Shipwreck at the bottom of the World: the extraordinary true story of Shackleton and the Endurance

Shipwreck at the bottom of the World: the extraordinary true story of Shackleton and the Endurance
by Armstrong, Jennifer
J 919.8904 ARM
Describes the events of the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition when, after being trapped in a frozen sea for nine months, their ship, Endurance, was finally crushed, forcing Shackleton and his men to make a very long and perilous journey across ice and stormy seas to reach inhabited land.

Sky Pioneer: A Photobiography of Amelia Earhart

Sky Pioneer: A Photobiography of Amelia Earhart
by Szabo, Corinne
J BIO EAR
A biography, with numerous photographs and quotes from Earhart herself, tracing this determined woman's life and interest in flying.

Soul Surfer: a true story of faith, family, and fighting to get back on the board

Soul Surfer: a true story of faith, family, and fighting to get back on the board
by Hamilton, Bethany
J 797.3209 HAM
Bethany Hamilton, a teenage surfer lost her arm in a shark attack off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii. Not even the loss of her arm keeps her from returning to surfing, the sport she loves.

Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood

Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood
by Barakat, Ibtisam
J 956.952 BAR
A woman from Palestine lyrically writes a memoir of her experiences in the six-day war and experiences in the late sixties.

This Land Is Your Land

This Land Is Your Land
by Guthrie, Woody
J 781.62 GUT
This well-known folk song is accompanied by a tribute from folksinger Pete Seeger, the musical notation, and a biographical scrapbook with photographs.

Through My Eyes

Through My Eyes
by Bridges, Ruby
J 379.263 BRI
Ruby Bridges recounts the story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the integration of her school in New Orleans in 1960.

Top of the World

Top of the World
by Jenkins, Steve
J 796.522 JEN
Description of a climb to the top of Mt. Everest.

Trouble Begins at 8: a life of Mark Twain in the wild, wild West

Trouble Begins at 8: a life of Mark Twain in the wild, wild West
by Fleischman, Sid
J BIO TWAIN
This lively biography recounts Mark Twain's (Samuel Clemens) life from his birth through his tours through America's Wild West.

Ultimate Weapon: The Race to Develop the Atomic Bomb

Ultimate Weapon: The Race to Develop the Atomic Bomb
by Sullivan, Edward T.
J 355.8251 SUL
When the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the world changed forever. But the story started long before that fateful day, and here Edward T. Sullivan delves into all that led up to it: the scientific developments of the Manhattan Project, the Nazi nuclear arms program, and the massive commitment by the United States to win the nuclear arms race.

Upon the Head of the Goat

Upon the Head of the Goat
by Siegal, Aranka
J BIO SIEGAL
Recounts the bewilderment of being a Jewish child in Hungary between 1939 and 1944, and relates the ordeal of survival in the ghetto.

Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the struggle for equal rights

Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the struggle for equal rights
by Freedman, Russell
J BIO ANDERSON
Drawing on Anderson's own writings and other first-person accounts, Newbery medalist Russell Freedman shows readers a singer pursuing her art in the context of the social and political climate of the day. Profusely illustrated with contemporary photographs, here is an inspiring account of the life of a talented, determined artist who left her mark on musical and social history.

Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
by Sis, Peter
J BIO SIS
In his most personal work to date, award-winning author Peter Ss offers a brilliant graphic memoir, taking readers on an extraordinary journey as he recalls his youth growing up in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s, when his country was on the Communist side of the Iron Curtain.

War Boy: a country childhood

War Boy: a country childhood
by Foreman, Michael
J BIO FOREMAN
Michael Foreman wrote and illustrated his WWII childhood experiences on the British front.

Way Things Work

Way Things Work
by Macaulay, David
J 600 M
Text and numerous detailed illustrations introduce and explain the scientific principles and workings of hundreds of machines including a lawn sprinkler, pneumatic drill, electric guitar, and a smoke detector.

Way We Work

Way We Work
by Macaulay, David
J 612 MAC
Macaulay provides a detailed illustrated and written description of the workings of the human body.

Who Was First: Discovering the Americas

Who Was First: Discovering the Americas
by Freedman, Russell
J 970.01 FRE
Many generations of American schoolchildren were taught that Columbus discovered America, and a holiday reminds us every October. But historical investigation in recent years has shown us otherwise. There is evidence that adventurers, explorers, traders, and nomads from various parts of the globe set foot on American soil long before 1492. And expeditions that landed in the Americas reported people already living there—indicating that America had been "discovered" before. Colorful legends and first-person accounts are woven into the riveting narrative, which also illuminates the way historians and mapmakers have gathered, evaluated, and recorded information throughout the ages.

Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane

Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane
by Freedman, Russell
J 629.13 FRE
An amazing experience awaits those interested in seeing the original photographs the Wright brothers took of themselves flying; they took turns flying and taking the photographs. "The Wright Brothers" follows their lives and describes how they developed the first airplane.

Zlata's Diary: a child's life in Sarajevo

Zlata's Diary: a child's life in Sarajevo
by Filipovic, Zlata
J 949.742 FIL
The war in Sarajevo began eight months after Zlata began her diary, and Zlata describes her peril and her fear.