Best Children’s Nonfiction

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Child of the Dream

A Memoir of 1963 Written by Sharon Robinson This is a memoir of a singular year in the life of Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball great Jackie Robinson. As a newly minted teenager in 1963, Sharon is witness to the civil unrest in the “Deep South” and feels guilty about her comfortable, if not separate, …

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Epic Athletes: Serena Williams

Written by Dan Wetzel, Illustrated by Sloane Leong Inspiring biography about Serena Williams from growing up with a dream and her road to becoming indisputably among the greatest players of all time. Maintaining the Mindset of a champion through hardship and racism on the court, Serena is a great role model. The book includes graphic …

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Power Up

Your Incredible, Spectacular, Supercharged Body Written by Seth Fishman, Illustrated by Isabel Greenberg This engaging book helps readers appreciate the wonders of our “incredible, spectacular, supercharged body!” It helps us understand how energy from the sun powers our bodies. The illustrator, Isabel Greenberg, does an excellent job of showing how much energy different activities require …

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Birthday On Mars!

Written by Sara Schonfeld, Illustrated by Andrew J. Ross Celebrate a birthday on Mars? With Curiosity you can. This book is about a robot named Curiosity that was sent to Mars to explore the surface and report back to earth. To commemorate its first year being on Mars, it sang to itself “Happy Birthday” on …

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Megabugs

And Other Prehistoric Critters That Roamed the Planet Written by Helaine Becker, Illustrated by John Bindon This book is both fascinating and freaky! If having a 4 inch scorpion crawl across your foot gives you shivers, imagine facing the 2 ft. 7 in. Pulmonoscorpius! Its survival strategy is referred to as the “toxic stab.” Yikes! …

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You Can’t Dance to These Rhythms: What Are Algorithms?

Coding Is CATegorical Series Written by Brian P. Cleary, Illustrated by Martin Goneau This is a cute, easy-to-read story about the definitions and examples of algorithms,even giving examples of recipes and self-driven cars. Who knew? The illustrations are delightful and clever, but they are very helpful to further educate the reader regarding algorithms. This will …

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Billie Jean!

How Tennis Star Billie Jean King Changed Women’s Sports Written by Mara Rockliff, Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley This is an easy-to-read nonfiction picture book about the accomplishments of tennis star Billie Jean King. Beginning with her energetic childhood, the book shows how Billie Jean ran fast, played hard, and put everything she had into her …

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Predator and Prey

A Conversation in Verse Written by Susannah Buhrman-Deever, Illustrated by Bert Kitchen I absolutely loved this book and easily gave it 5 stars! I shared it with my family and my teen children were even interested in it. Great educational poetry book that can be read with two voices. It had many fascinating animal behavior …

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