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KCLS Recommends: Children's - Fun Nonfiction

Me-- Jane
Me-- Jane By McDonnell, Patrick, 1956- (Book - 2011 ) EB GOODALL Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 14 copies

Annotation:Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals. Includes biographical information on the prominent zoologist. Ages 3 and up.

Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled
Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled How Do We Know What Dinosaurs Really Looked Like? By Thimmesh, Catherine (Book - 2013 ) J567.9 THI Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 33 copies

Annotation:This book reanimates dinosaurs in full-color paintings that are as strikingly beautiful as they aim to be scientifically accurate. Ages 9-12.

On A Beam of Light
On A Beam of Light A Story of Albert Einstein By Berne, Jennifer (Book - 2013 ) EB EINSTEIN Available in some locations

Annotation:From a boy fascinated by the wonders around him, Albert Einstein grows into a man of genius. This picture book invites the reader to travel along with Einstein on a journey full of curiosity, laughter, and scientific discovery. Ages 6-9.

Moonshot The Flight of Apollo 11 By Floca, Brian (Book - 2009 ) J629.454 FLO Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 14 copies

Annotation:Here is the story of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon -- a story of leaving and returning during the summer of 1969, and a story of home, seen whole, from far away by steady astronauts in their great machines. Ages 4-10.

125 True Stories of Amazing Animals
125 True Stories of Amazing Animals (Book - 2012 ) J590 ONE All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 on 12 copies

Annotation:Meet a kayaking sea otter, a penguin that became a knight, a bear that stole a family's car, a pet cat that called 911 to save its owner, and many more amazing animals. Ages 8-12.

Alien Deep
Alien Deep Revealing the Mysterious Living World at the Bottom of the Ocean By Hague, Bradley (Book - 2012 ) J551.23 HAG Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 14 copies

Annotation:Stunning photos and informative text let readers travel along with oceanographers using new technologies to do their research exploring a deep water site. Ages 8-12.

Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space
Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space By Walliman, Dominic (Book - 2013 ) J520 WAL Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 15 copies

Annotation:Professor Astro Cat explains everything he knows about the solar system and outer space, including the Big Bang, manned missions to the Moon, and the night sky throughout the months of the year. Ages 8-11.

The Animal Book
The Animal Book A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest--and Most Surprising--animals on Earth By Jenkins, Steve, 1952- (Book - 2013 ) J590 JEN Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 44 copies

Annotation:Animals smooth and spiky, fast and slow, hop and waddle through the two hundred plus pages of the Caldecott Honor artist Steve Jenkins’s most impressive nonfiction offering yet. Ages 6-9.

Balloons Over Broadway
Balloons Over Broadway The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade By Sweet, Melissa, 1956- (Book - 2011 ) E791.53092 SWE Available in some locations

Annotation:This is the story of pioneering artist Tony Sarg, whose innovative "upside-down puppet" creations have become the trademark of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Ages 4-8.

Bird Talk
Bird Talk What Birds Are Saying and Why By Judge, Lita (Book - 2012 ) E598.1594 JUD Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 25 copies

Annotation:A gorgeously illustrated tribute to birds of all kinds and the fantastic, funny, fascinating things that they do. Ages 6-9.

Bones Never Lie
Bones Never Lie How Forensics Helps Solve History's Mysteries By MacLeod, Elizabeth (Book - 2013 ) J614.17 MAC Available in some locations

Annotation:Seven intriguing stories about historical royal figures whose demise was suspicious, and hard scientific facts about crime-solving techniques make each seem like an episode of CSI rather than a history lesson. Ages 10-12.

Born to Be Giants
Born to Be Giants How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World By Judge, Lita (Book - 2010 ) J567.9 JUD Available in some locations

Annotation:The fascinating world of baby dinosaurs—in amazing pictures! Ages 6-9.

ChopChop The Kids' Guide to Cooking Real Food With your Family By Sampson, Sally, 1955- (Book - 2013 ) 641.5973 SAM Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 14 copies

Annotation:Provides simple instructions for healthy and delicious meals that can be prepared together by family members of every age, including recipes for French toast, frittatas, curried tofu fingers, frozen yogurt, and mango lassis. Ages 7-12.

Everything Rocks and Minerals
Everything Rocks and Minerals By Tomecek, Steve (Book - 2011 ) J552 TOM Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 35 copies

Annotation:Readers become geology experts as they browse eye-popping photos and absorb layers of information made extra fun through a humor-infused presentation. Ages 8-12.

Explore Titanic
Explore Titanic By Chrisp, Peter (Book - 2011 ) J910.91634 CHR Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 17 copies

Annotation:A pictorial history of the ill-fated ocean liner is comprised of photographs and illustrations as well as 3-D-rendered graphics that relate its story from the 1911 launch at the Belfast shipyard to its destruction during its maiden voyage. Ages 10 and up.

How Do You Burp in Space?
How Do You Burp in Space? And Other Tips Every Space Tourist Needs to Know By Goodman, Susan E., 1952- (Book - 2013 ) J629.45 GOO Available in some locations

Annotation:This fact-filled guide to space travel is written in the style of a comically illustrated tourist guide and includes coverage of everything from what to pack to entertainment options while providing material on the history of space travel. Ages 8-12.

From Mud Huts to Skyscrapers
From Mud Huts to Skyscrapers Architecture for Children By Paxmann, Christine (Book - 2012 ) J720 PAX Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 11 copies

Annotation:Readers will be utterly absorbed by this journey through the history of architecture, from the earliest mud huts to today's soaring towers. Ages 9-12.

In Search of Sasquatch
In Search of Sasquatch By Halls, Kelly Milner, 1957- (Book - 2011 ) J001.944 HAL Available in some locations

Annotation:An introduction to the mythology of Sasquatch also discusses the nontraditional science of cryptozoology, drawing on interviews with field experts, linguists, anthropologists and other authorities to consider the plausibility of various Sasquatch claims. Ages 9-12.

Into the Unknown
Into the Unknown How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air By Ross, Stewart (Book - 2011 ) J910.9 ROS Available in some locations

Annotation:Open this dynamic book and discover how the greatest explorers in history — from Marco Polo to Neil Armstrong — plunged into the unknown and boldly pieced together the picture of the world we have today. Ages 8-12.

Just Joking
Just Joking 300 Hilarious Jokes, Tricky Tongue Twisters, and Ridiculous Riddles (Book - 2012 ) J818.602 JUS Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 13 copies

Annotation:Packed with the silly jokes that kids love--including knock-knocks, tongue twisters, riddles, traditional question and answer jokes and more--this fun-filled book will keep readers laughing page after page. Ages 7-12.

LEGO Play Book
LEGO Play Book Ideas to Bring your Bricks to Life By Lipkowitz, Daniel (Book - 2013 ) J688.725 LIP Available in some locations Holds: 10 on 42 copies

Annotation:Featuring more than 200 different projects, including a mixture of simple, medium and complex models, this guide offers tips and tricks to help enthusiasts get the most out of LEGO brick building fun. Ages 7 and up.

Lives of the Pirates
Lives of the Pirates Swashbucklers, Scoundrels (neighbors Beware!) By Krull, Kathleen (Book - 2010 ) J910.45 KRU Available in some locations

Annotation:Learn about the quirks and bad habits of some of the most notorious pirates in history, including Blackbeard, Madame Cheng and Sir Francis Drake. Ages 9-12.

Magic Tricks From the Tree House
Magic Tricks From the Tree House A Fun Companion to Magic Tree House #50 : Hurry Up, Houdini! By Osborne, Mary Pope (Book - 2013 ) J793.8 OSB Available in some locations Holds: 7 on 41 copies

Annotation:Featuring new art, step-by-step diagrams and tips from Jack and Annie, a chapter-book companion to the 50th Magic Tree House adventure outlines how to perform basic magic tricks and is complemented by engaging facts about famous historical magicians. Ages 7-10.

Ox, House, Stick
Ox, House, Stick The History of Our Alphabet By Robb, Don (Book - 2007 ) J428.13 ROB Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 15 copies

Annotation:A playful look at the history and development of the Roman alphabet, from its ancient origins to today. Ages 8-12.

The Real Wonders of the World
The Real Wonders of the World By Butterfield, Moira, 1960- (Book - 2013 ) J910 BUT Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 12 copies

Annotation:Delve into this Lonely Planet guide for kids to odd facts, fun trivia, and interesting attractions around the world. Ages 8-12.

Spy By Platt, Richard (Book - 2009 ) J327.12 PLA 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 17 copies

Annotation:Explore the world of espionage with this lavishly photo illustrated DK guide to spying. Ages 8-12.

The Story of Salt
The Story of Salt By Kurlansky, Mark (Book - 2006 ) J553.63209 KUR Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 16 copies

Annotation:This illustrated picture book details the fascinating history of salt, the only rock we eat, vital for life, the object of wars and revolutions. Ages 5 and up.

The Top 10 of Everything in Sports
The Top 10 of Everything in Sports By Gramling, Gary (Book - 2013 ) J796.02 GRA Available in some locations

Annotation:Presents a collection of top ten lists of such sports topics as stadiums, sports movies, clutch performers, and rivalries. Ages 8 and up.

The Ultimate Dinopedia
The Ultimate Dinopedia The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever By Lessem, Don (Book - 2010 ) J567.9 LES Available in some locations

Annotation:The book to turn to for amazing descriptions and illustrations of all known dinosaurs, published by the National Geographic Society. Ages 7-10.

You Are the First Kid on Mars
You Are the First Kid on Mars By O'Brien, Patrick, 1960- (Book - 2009 ) E919.92304 OBR Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 15 copies

Annotation:Read this book to find out what it would be like to be a kid traveling 35 million miles to Mars to set up the first base there. Ages 5 and up.


Fun nonfiction books for children ages 3-12.

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