Two intrepid librarians

Two intrepid librarians review the best nonfiction books for children

Friday, October 12, 2012


It's that time of year when we start putting together a list of our favorite books. We have been getting requests to list titles we thought were noteworthy. Last year we had 15 top books; this year we are already up to twenty-two. And, we still have two months to go! It must mean there are more great books being published. Look for our complete list in December. Happy reading...Cathy and Louise

Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard by Loree Griffin Burns
Bomb: The Race to Build -- and Steal -- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery
Seeing Symmetry by Loreen Leedy
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer; illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose
I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of Slavery by Cynthia Grady; illustrated by Michele Wood
We've Got a Job: the 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Levinson
Little Rock Girl 1957: How a Photograph Changed the Fight for Integration by Shelley Tougas
Chuck Close: Face Book by Chuck Close
A Black Hole is Not a Hole by Carolyn DeCristofano; illustrated by Michael Carroll
Annie and Helen by Deborah Hopkinson; illustrated by Raul Colon
Mrs. Harkness & the Panda by Alice Potter (no relation); illustrated by Melissa Sweet
The Giant and How He Humbugged America by Jim Murphy
Mighty Mars Rover: the Incredible Adventure of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch
My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
Black Gold: the Story of Oil in Our Lives by Albert Marrin
unBEElievables: Honeybee Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian
The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins
In the Bag: Margaret Knight Wraps It Up by Monica Kulling; illustrated by David Parkins
Here Come the Girl Scouts! by Shana Corey; illustrated by Hadley Hooper


  1. Thanks for sharing this list!


  2. Great list! I was amazed by My Friend Dahmer... truly disturbing, horrifying, impossible to put down. Probably the best book I read this year, though I will never read it again. Thanks for including it, and again this is an excellent list!

  3. I missed this somehow...thanks SO much for including Seeing Symmetry in this list!