Prepublication Reviews and Expertly Selected Title Lists

Children & Teen Nonfiction October 2013

With all of the mysteries that come with the changing seasons, children and young adults will be eager to explore the world around them. By taking a step away from mythical lands and creatures, we can encourage children and teens to discover the majesty of our own environment by picking up a great nonfiction book. Nonfiction sometimes has the connotation of being dull, but with these amazing reads, children and teens will be encompassed in alarming animals, startling space trips, everyday endeavors, and feline friends. View samples below or the entire list.

Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy TrumborePuerto Rican Parrots

In this gripping picture book, Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore recount the challenges of the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program to save Puerto Rican parrots from extinction. Due to environment destruction through foreign exploration and human development, the Puerto Rican parrots came dangerously close to extinction in the 1960s. Since then, the recovery program has been working to save the parrots and ensure a safe future for them. Furthermore, a brief history of Puerto Rico, from its first settlers to present day, is included in the story. Learn more and order here.

How the Meteorite Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland

Meteorite MuseumTake a step by step journey of a meteorite travelling from space, beyond Earth’s atmosphere, and eventually to the American Museum of Natural History. From its inception in space, children can learn how a meteorite falls to Earth, detailing its landing on a car in New York and then being recovered by the museum. Once the meteorite is tested and verified, it can take its final home as an exhibit in the American Museum of Natural History. Kids will be amazed at how something from space can become a mainstay in our cultural awareness here on Earth. Learn more and order here.

Toilet: How it Works by David MacauleyToilet

By asking the question, “Where exactly does my waste go after I flush?” David Macauley provides children with an informative and entertaining journey through our sewer systems. Explaining the procedure post-flush on a tour of the bathroom to the sewer, children can decipher where our waste goes and how it ends up safe. Learn more and order here.

Helen Keller’s Best Friend Belle by Holly M. Barry

Helen Keller's BFBEven though the story of Helen Keller’s triumphs and tribulations to learn to communicate are well known, as is the story of her teacher Anne Sullivan, many are unaware of her feline friend, Belle. Through all of the ups and downs of Helen Keller’s teachings and eventual success, Belle was right by her side every step of the way. Readers can learn more about Belle and her support to Helen in this enticing new book. Learn more and order here.


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