Friday, May 31, 2013

Armchair BEA Day 5: Non-fiction Books...

There's something that happens I've noticed while I've been a school librarian for a three school libraries which cover grades 6 through 12 at three different buildings...they seem to love non-fiction at one point, or at east try it easily but then gravitate heavily to fiction and then seem to (at some point) either make a very firm choice to forever be fiction OR non-fiction readers as they become high schoolers and then adults. I'm not sure really why this is. I have many, many theories about this and am working on them and we'll see if I can turn this around so that the kiddos in our schools at least see that sampling all different types of reading materials are not only acceptable, but also enjoyable! 

Here are a few of the ones I've really liked lately that have come through my libraries, across my circulation desk and that I all of a sudden realized that my "I'm just going to flip through this..." turned into "I just read this!" :)

Author: Regine Stokke  

Release date: October 23, 2012
Published by: Zest Books

This is actually Regine's, a Swedish teen with a rare form of Leukemia, blog that was turned into a book which is very honest and educational while also very emotional and quite beautiful. She was also quite the photography artist and many of her photographs are in the book as well. She really lived to the end...

Release date: November 6, 2012
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

Meet the scientists of Assateague Island who are committed to unraveling the mysteries of the wild herds of horses through the extreme weather, clouds of biting parasites, and enduring
hundreds of watchful hours to maintain balance within their ecosystem there, while also dedicating themselves to researching the population. 

The photography alone in this one is phenomenal!! I have a feeling we might have to get this one for our home library since we are "horse people"!! :)

Author: Na Liu 
Illustrator: Andres Vera Martinez 
Release date: October 1, 2012
Published by: Graphic Universe

When Chairman Mao dies so many things become so very different in China. Some things are better and some aren't, and for two very little girls it's hard for them to know that anything important is happening at all. Now that Ziao Qin is all grown and looking back though she realizes that there were many good things and many bad things that came from Chairman Mao's way of doing things. Her family actually gained quite a bit from his leadership while others did not around her so while others may always curse him she would always find hard to do so.

Author: Steve Sheinkin 
Release date: September 4, 2012
Published by: Flash Point/MacMillan

When a German chemist discoveries that placing radioactive materials next to a Uranium atom, it will split...a race it started in three power-house countries! A VERY dangerous  and deadly race! This is an absolutely fascinating read and also a huge award winner from this past year! WOW! You have to try it this summer! This is the story of the atomic bomb, the creation of the world's most formidable weapon.

Release date: October 30, 2012
Published by: Zest Books

70+ YA authors (including Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, and Nancy Holder) give advice to their teenage selves through letters about bullying, friendship, love, physical abuse, body issues, and more. Find out which author had a really bad first kiss. Who found true love at 18? Who wishes they'd had more fun in high school? Some authors write diary entires, some write letters and a few even draw visual art! 

I LOVED this and we even wrote our own letters to our teen selves on the blog tour for this one!

Release date: September 21, 2012
Published by: Candlewick Press

Rappaport brings to light stories of Jews who organized to sabotage the Nazis and help other Jews during the Holocaust right under the noses of the military. 

I haven't read this one yet, but this one is going to go home with me this summer for sure! It sounds really good. Intense and powerful, but good!

What about you? Do read non-fiction? Have you read any of these? Do you have any great suggestions? I'm ALWAYS looking for great suggestions for my school libraries if you've got some good ones to share!


  1. I love nonfiction and you've listed a bunch that I haven't read! I can hear my tbr pile groaning from here ;)

    I especially want to read Dear Teen Me. The premise sounds so interesting.

  2. Dear Teen Me sounds so interesting!
    Great list
    Kerri @ Turn the Page Reviews

  3. Oh I haven't read many of these. Bomb and Beyond Courage sound right up my alley. I must look for those next time I'm at the bookstore.

    If curious, here is my Non-Fiction Post from the other day.