Kids Corner Non-Fiction – New Picks

Welcome back to another installment of Library Picks – This week, Youth Services Assistant Jordan Wright has an ideal list for local parents who might already have their households entering Back-To-School-Mode, with brand new titles from the non-fiction department, each of them promisingly educational (yet also quite cool) as well as historically-insightful for kids, tweens and teens.

While we have you her, though, we’ll remind you that the revamped Family Story Time, “Family Trees” will be kicking off on Monday, Sept 8, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. (Storytime for all ages, “Family Trees” will be meeting on every 2nd Monday of the month). Click here for more info:

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Pictured: Jordan Wright, assistant in Youth Services, performing with his band, Due North at the Library Benefit Concert 2013 – THIS YEAR’s Benefit show is 9/26 @The Loving Touch, fyi

Jordan’s Picks:

New Juvenile Non-Fiction


Hey everyone!  I’ve recently taken over book buying responsibilities for our juvenile non-fiction collection, so I’m super excited to share with you a few of my favorite books we’ve purchased in the last month or two!


Sarah Emma Edmonds Was a Great Pretender:  The True Story of a Civil War Spy by Carrie Jones 


Before reading reviews of this title, I had never heard of Sarah Edmonds, and I would bet most Americans haven’t either!  Born in Canada, Edmonds was shamed by her father for not being born a boy.  After doing her best to pretend to be a boy to avoid her father’s wrath, she quickly learned that she was a very talented actor.  Disgusted by the institution of slavery, as a teenager she ran away from home to fight for the Union Army.  Her career in the army consisted mostly of espionage behind enemy lines, where she was almost exclusively disguised as a man!

The great illustrations and picture book style text helps bring this unknown American hero to life!


World War I for Kids: A History with 21 Activities by R. Kent Rasmussen

J 940. 4 R

This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the onset of the First World War.  The conflict – which has been dubbed by many as the event the brought the world careening into the “Modern Era” – has had lasting social and political consequences that in some ways are still observable today (arbitrary national borders set forth after the conclusion of the war are still causing turmoil to this day).  This comprehensive history provides pretty much everything you could ever want to know about the conflict, with wonderful pictures and diagrams to keep kids busy.  I would definitely recommend this pick for kids who are fans of the Eyewitness books.


Fighting Fire!  Ten of the Deadliest Fires in American History and How We Fought Them by Michael L. Cooper

J 363.37 C

Providing in-depth, well researched primary source information is a difficult thing to accomplish when writing non-fiction for children, but the author of Fighting Fire has done a wonderful job.  Many readers will have heard of some of the fires documented in the book, like the Great Chicago Fire or the Triangle Shirtcoat Factory, but many of the other fires in this book are lesser known, such as colonial Boston’s first major fire.  Though this book is mostly text, it also contains a plethora of fascinating historical photographs that help these stories really come to life.  Younger readers may find the book’s mostly text format to be a little intimidating, but this book definitely holds appeal for those interested in history or firefighting.


Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo


Beginning with her childhood in Nazi occupied Holland, this beautifully illustrated picture book biography of Audrey Hepburn does a wonderful job of detailing the career and personal life of one of America’s favorite actresses.    Children will love the fantastic illustrations and the way the author portrays Hepburn’s modest personal life.  Aspiring actors/actresses will find inspiration in the story of Audrey’s influential life.


Treasury of Greek Mythology & Treasury of Egyptian Mythology by Donna Jo Napoli

J 292.13 N & J 299.31 N

For those children interested in mythology, these National Geographic books are a must read.  Fans of the Eyewitness series will love these books as they are of a similar format.  My personal favorite thing to do with these books is just to flip to a random page and start reading.  Because both the illustrations and the writing are positively stellar, these books will be a great resource for those doing research or a blast for those just looking to read for pleasure.


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