Chris Barton. The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and
Brand-New Colors. (Charlesbridge, 2009)
Fred Bowen. No Easy Way: The Story of Ted Williams and the Last .400 Season. (Dutton, 2010)
Bowen tells, in spare text and with illustrations reminiscent of Norman Rockwell, the simple story of T
ed Williams, who wouldn't go into the record books with a tainted record and anything less than a full
season of hitting .400, a feat that has not been matched in seven decades. This is a baseball biography
for even the very young; read this to a future Hall of Famer in your life.
John Coy, illustrations by Joe Morse. Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class
Invented Basketball. (Carolrhoda, 2013)
And you thought YOUR class was bad! This one was HISTORICALLY bad. But one great teacher turned
one tough class into one of the most popular games in the world.
Timothy Decker. For Liberty: The Story of the Boston Massacre. (Calkins Creek, 2009)
Nancy Bo Flood. Sand to Stone and Back Again. (Fulcrum, 2009)
For those young explorers who are obsessed with the question "How?", here is a stunning look at the
natural wonders of the desert. The words seem to gladly sink into the background as pictures of rock
formations and minerals just dance across the page. It looks like fantasy, and reads like nonfiction.
How can you go wrong?
Robert Gould. "Big Stuff" (Series):
Monster Trucks. (Big Guy Books, 2004)
Tractors. (Big Guy Books, 2004)
Big Rigs. (Big Guy Books, 2004)
Giant Earthmovers. (Big Guy Books, 2004)
Rescue Vehicles. (Big Guy Books, 2005)
Racers. (Big Guy Books, 2005)
Sea Creatures. (Big Guy Books, 2005)
Dinosaurs. (Big Guy Books, 2005)
Steve Jenkins. Actual Size. (Houghton Mifflin, 2004)
Put your hand up against the hand of a gorilla. Go eye to eye with a giant squid. Lay your whole arm
along the back of the world's biggest insect. Too cool!
William Kamkwamba and Brian Mealer, pictres by Elizabeth Zunon. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
"Magesti a mphepo," he whispered. "I will build electric wind." And that is exactly what he did.
Kathleen Kudlinski. Boy Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs. (Dutton, 2005)
Marilyn Singer. What Stinks? (Darby Creek , 2006)
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Artie Bennett, illustrated by Pranas T. Naujokaitis. Belches, Burps, and Farts, Oh My! (Blue Apple, 2014)
What's better than a book about gas? One with unforgetable pictures and easy-to-memorize rhymes! In
typical Artie Bennett fashion (Do you remember The Butt Book and Poopendous?) this book puts the
logical in scatological, making sense of the things we all have in common without ever lessoning the
gut-busting humor. Watch out! If your kids laugh too hard they might slip up and learn something!
American Museum of Natural History, illustrated by Steve Jenkins. 1-2-3 Dinosaurs Bite!: A Prehistoric
Counting Book. (Sterling, 2012)
Learn to count... or these dinosaurs will eat you!
Doris Fisher, illustrated by Julie Buckner. Army Camels: Texas Ships of the Desert. (Pelican
Just picture a line of huge, humpy camels in Texas, eating the spiny cacti that were supposed to fence
them in, scaring horses, dogs, mules, and, well, Texans! How did THOSE animals get in THAT place?
Before the railroad, before the Civil War, before camels even made it to American zoos, the Army
brought a little piece of Africa to the western desert.
Sara C. Levine, illustrated by T.S. Spookytooth. Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons. (Lerner,
Oh sure, that little kid knows all the animals... from the outside. But can you tell an animal from just the
bones? Here is a first nature challenge for that budding little naturalist.