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March 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Series Nonfiction
Behind the Legend (little bee)
Gr. 3–6. Creatures of myth (Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, etc.) are thoroughly investigated in this illustrated series, which aims to prove or disprove their existence through concrete evidence. The balanced writing and high-interest topic make it a winner.
Children in Our World (Barron’s)
K–Gr. 2. These books tackle complex topics, such as poverty and refugees, in a compassionate and kid-friendly way. Through simplified concepts, straightforward sentences, and illustrations, the tough topics are easy to bear.
Gr. 7–10. This topical series addresses sensitive or hot-button issues that affect teens’ lives, not only defining subjects like gender dysphoria, breakups, and opioid abuse but clearly establishing myths and facts surrounding them.
Defining Images (ABDO)
Gr. 8–11. Iconic photographers who documented important moments in history are placed in front of the lens in this attractive series. While the value and artistry of their work is explored (including high-quality reproductions of their photographs), the text’s contemporary perspective doesn’t shy away from criticism.
Hidden Heroes (ABDO)
Gr. 7–12. Women and minority groups overlooked by history take center stage in this essential series. From female baseball players to Native Americans demanding change to the African American women who were human computers for NASA—these are all stories that need to be told.
Meet the Greats (Gareth Stevens)
Gr. 3–6. These cheerful biographies provide accessible introductions to noteworthy historic figures, ranging from Sacagawea to Martin Luther King Jr. Impeccably organized and smoothly written, this resource makes an ideal starting point for first reports.
Out of This World (World Book)
Gr. 5–8. STEM collections will benefit from adding this space-oriented series, which focuses on cutting-edge research and real projects funded by NASA that are designed to help scientists explore other planets, asteroids, and more.
Rookie National Parks (Scholastic)
K–Gr. 3. A friendly cartoon fox takes young readers on tours of different U.S. national parks in these inviting books. With famous sites, animal field guides, popular activities, and map skills challenges, this series is a great way to get kids excited about national parks.
A Step into History (Scholastic)
Gr. 4–8. This well-designed series sidesteps dense text and unwieldy dates and instead offers readers highly illustrated, succinct accounts of major events in U.S. history. Notes to the reader appear as marginalia and serve to clarify the text while giving it a less formal feel.
What’s the Big Idea? A History of Ideas That Shape Our World (Cavendish Square)
Gr. 6–8. Deftly handling the nuances of fundamental topics, such as human rights or democracy, this informative series will support researchers and pique their interest. Enhanced with a plethora of visuals, these basic concepts are examined through history and into today.
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