Best Children’s Nonfiction

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Science Comics Skyscrapers, The Heights of Engineering

Written and Illustrated by John Kerschbaum I was prepared to “endure” this graphic novel about the science behind skyscrapers, but ended up truly enjoying it! John Kerschbaum has definitely done his research and strikes a great balance between entertaining and educating in this book. He includes kid-friendly, but not condescending, definitions within the book for …

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From a Small Seed: The Story of Eliza Hamilton

Written by Camille Andros, Illustrated by Tessa Blackham A charming picture book biography of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton. The soft illustrations and simple story give a brief glimpse into the life of Eliza, from small seed to a strong rooted tree. As a child she loved to climb hills that left most breathless, hop fences for …

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Maker Comics: Draw A Comic!

Written and Illustrated by J.P. Coovert This book starts with a warning about using certain supplies and advises kids to use them properly and carefully. It then goes into each step of how to create a comic by starting with squares in which each scene will take place. It also gives them tips for how …

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Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of “The Children’s Ship”

Written by Deborah Heiligman It was so refreshing reading a book about a part of World War II that I was unfamiliar with. I loved how Heiligman located interviews, letters, and news articles of the incident and was able to weave the story to feel like I was hearing the account told by the individuals …

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Three Days at the Brink: FDR’s Daring Gamble to Win World War II (Young Readers’ Edition)

Written by Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney I really enjoyed this book! I think this book is good because it has a vivid description of how the events of World War II happened. It also has the back story of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, which I find very interesting. I liked everything about this book. Reviewed …

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Red Rover: Curiosity on Mars

Mars has a visitor. It likes to roam… observe… measure… and collect. It explores the red landscape— crossing plains, climbing hills, and tracing the bottoms of craters—in search of water and life. It is not the first to visit Mars. It will not be the last. But it might be… the most curious. Written by …

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Cutting-Edge Black Holes Research

Written by Kevin Kurtz, Illustrated by This book is about black holes and the Milky Way galaxy. In 1974, using special telescopes, astronomers saw a bunch of stars surrounding a HUGE space. It was millions of times bigger than our sun! They knew it was a black hole. Really big black holes are called supermassive …

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Hooray for Women!

Written and Illustrated by Marcia Williams Hooray for Women! celebrates the accomplishments of women throughout history, some familiar and some I’d never heard of. Each page is devoted to a different woman and her story is told in graphic novel format. Along the border outside of the panels other facts and info are shared, as …

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