Orbis Pictus Honor
Titles Owned by the Kathryn A. Martin Library

"NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), through the Committee on the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, has established an annual award for promoting and recognizing excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children. The name Orbis Pictus, commemorates the work of Johannes Amos Comenius, Orbis Pictus--The World in Pictures (1657), considered to be the first book actually planned for children." The award information was retrieved from the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award website. PDF's of the awards at: Orbis Pictus 2010 - Present Winners, Orbis Pictus 2000-2010, Orbis Pictus 1990-2000.pdf


Kerley, Barbara. (2014). A home for Mr. Emerson. (Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham). New York, NY : Scholastic Press. 921 E713ke

Before Ralph Waldo Emerson was a great writer, he was a city boy who longed for the broad, open fields and deep, still woods of the country, and then a young man who treasured books, ideas, and people. When he grew up and set out in the world, he wondered, could he build a life around these things he loved? This biography illustrates the rewards of a life well-lived, one built around personal passions: creativity and community, nature and friendship.

Davis, Kathryn Gibbs. (2014). Mr. Ferris and his wheel. (Illustrated by Gilbert Ford). New York, New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. 791.06 D256mr

Examines how the engineer George Ferris invented and constructed the amusement park ride that bears his name for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

Tonatiuh, Duncan. (2014). Separate is never equal : Sylvia Mendez & her family's fight for desegregation. New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers. 379.2 T663s

"Years before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez, an eight-year-old girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, played an instrumental role in Mendez v. Westminster, the landmark desegregation case of 1946 in California."

Sisson, Stéphanie Roth. (2014). Star stuff : Carl Sagan and the mysteries of the cosmos. New York : Roaring Brook Press. 920 S129si

"A biography of Carl Sagan focusing on his childhood and culminating in the Voyager mission and the Golden Record"--Provided by publisher.

Bryant, Jennifer. (2014).  The right word : Roget and his thesaurus. (Illustrated by Melissa Sweet). Grand Rapids, Michigan : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.
920 R534ra

The story of "shy young Peter Mark Roget, [for whom] books were the best companions--and it wasn't long before Peter began writing his own book. But he didn't write stories; he wrote lists. Peter took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express just what he thought. His lists grew and grew, eventually turning into one of the most important reference books of all time"--Amazon.com.


Markel, Michelle. (2013). Brave girl : Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909. (Illustrated by Melissa Sweet). New York : Balzer + Bray. 331.892 M345b

An illustrated account of immigrant Clara Lemlich's pivotal role in the influential 1909 women laborer's strike describes how she worked grueling hours to acquire an education and support her family before organizing a massive walkout to protest the unfair working conditions in New York's garment district.

Stone, Tanya Lee. (2013). Courage has no color : the true story of the Triple Nickles : America's first Black paratroopers. Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press. 940.54 S881c  

Examines the role of African-Americans in the military through the history of the Triple Nickles, America's first black paratroopers, who fought against attacks perpetrated on the American West by the Japanese during World War II.

Floca, Brian. (2013). Locomotive. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 385.09 F628L

Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s.

Roth, Susan L., & Trumbore, Cindy. (2013). Parrots over Puerto Rico. (Collages by Susan L. Roth). 598.71 R845p

"A combined history of the Puerto Rican parrot and the island of Puerto Rico, highlighting current efforts to save the Puerto Rican parrot by protecting and managing this endangered species"--Provided by publisher.

Heiligman, Deborah. (2013). The boy who loved math : the improbable life of Paul Erdős. (Pictures by LeUyen Pham). New York : Roaring Brook Press. 921 E668h

Growing up in Hungary during WWI, Erdos tried school but chafed at the rules and convinced his mother that he should study at home. He was fascinated by numbers from an early age, and by the time he was 20, he was known as The Magician from Budapest. Unable to do common tasks such as cooking, laundry, or driving, he spent his adult life flying around the world, staying with other mathematicians, and working collaboratively on challenging math problems.


Burns, Loree Griffin. (2012). Citizen scientists : be a part of scientific discovery from your own backyard. (Photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz). New York : Henry Holt. 590.72 B963c

Shows young readers how a citizen scientist learns about butterflies, birds, frogs, and ladybugs. Anyone can get involved in gathering data for ongoing, actual scientific studies such as the Audubon Bird Count and FrogWatch USA. Just get out into a field, urban park, or your own backyard. You can put your nose to a monarch pupa or listen for raucous frog calls. You can tally woodpeckers or sweep the grass for ladybugs. This book, full of engaging photos and useful tips, will show you how.

Byrd, Robert. (2012). Electric Ben : the amazing life and times of Benjamin Franklin. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Group. 921 F8322by

Learn all about the life of Benjamin Franklin, from his childhood to his golden years.

Rusch, Elizabeth. (2012). The mighty Mars rovers : the incredible adventures of Spirit and Opportunity. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children. 523.43 R951m

The story of the two robot vehicles, Spirit and Opportunity, that were sent to explore Mars, lasting far past their projected lives of 3 months and sending back invaluable images of the environmentally hostile planet.

Kerley, Barbara. (2012). Those rebels, John and Tom. (Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham). New York : Scholastic Press. 973.4 K393t

A dual portrait of two American founding fathers shares introductions to the many ways they helped a young United States in spite of their disparate views, tracing how they overcame interpersonal differences at key points in the nation's early history.

Levinson, Cynthia. (2011). We've got a job : the 1963 Birmingham Children's March. Atlanta, Ga. : Peachtree Publishers. 323.11 L665w

Discusses the events of the 4,000 African American students who marched to jail to secure their freedom in May 1963.


Fleming, Candace. (2011). Amelia lost : the life and disappearance of Amelia Earhart. (Lettering by Jessica Hische). New York : Schwartz & Wade Books. 921 E128fl

Tells the story of Amelia Earhart’s life - as a child, a woman, and a pilot - and describes the search for her missing plane.

Holzer, Harold.(2011). Father Abraham : Lincoln and his sons. Honesdale, Pa. : Calkins Creek. 973.7 H762f

Looks at the lives of Abraham Lincoln and his family, including the relationship between the president and his sons.

Brown, Monica. (2011). Pablo Neruda : poet of the people. (Illustrated by Julie Paschkis). New York : Henry Holt and Co. 921 N454b

Describes the life and times of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet.

Thomson, Ruth. (2011). Terezín : voices from the Holocaust. Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press. 940.53 T485t

Through inmates' own voices--from secret diary entries and artwork to excerpts from memoirs and recordings narrated after the war--"Terezin" explores the lives of Jewish people in one of the most infamous of the Nazi transit camps.

Roth, Susan L. & Trumbore, Cindy. (2011). The mangrove tree : planting trees to feed families. (Collages by Susan L. Roth). New York : Lee & Low Books. 577.69 R845m

"A cumulative verse, alternating with additional narrative, describes the ecological and social transformation resulting from the work of Dr. Gordon Sato, a Japanese American cell biologist who made saltwater and desert land productive through the planting of mangrove trees in the tiny African country of Eritrea. Includes afterword, photographs, glossary, and author's sources"--Provided by publisher.


Brimner, Larry Dane. (2010). Birmingham Sunday. Honesdale, PA : Calkins Creek. 323.1196 B857b

Before 1963, there had been many hate-related bombings in Birmingham, but none had been deadly. On September 15, the blast in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church killed four little girls outright. Before night, two more children, boys, died, victims of racial violence. But instead of creating paralyzing fear, that brutality helped push the 1964 civil rights legislation through Congress.

Tunnell, Michael O. (2010). Candy bomber : the story of the Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot".   Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge. 921 H1978tu

"World War II was over, and Berlin was in ruins. US Air Force Lieutenant Gail Halvorsen knew the children of the city were suffering. They were hungry and afraid. The young pilot wanted to help, but what could one man in one plane do?" - dust jacket flap.

Aronson, Marc. (2010). If stones could speak : unlocking the secrets of Stonehenge. Washington, D.C. : National Geographic. 936.2 A769i 

Explores the mysterious monument of Stonehenge and reveals some of its secrets and history.

Johnson, Rebecca L. (2010). Journey into the deep : discovering new ocean creatures. Minneapolis, MN : Millbrook Press. 591.77 J68j 

Presents new animals discovered during a ten year project of documenting sea life, describing new species of such creatures as jellyfish, octopuses, squids, sea worms, and crabs, found along coral reefs, ocean mountain ranges, and in the dark zone.

Bardoe, Cheryl. (2010). Mammoths and mastodons : titans of the Ice Age. New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers. 596.6 B247m

Provides information about the mammoths and mastodons that roamed the Earth for millions of years.


Stone, Tanya Lee. (2009). Almost astronauts : 13 women who dared to dream. Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press. 629.45 S881a

The tale of thirteen women who became astronauts and were true pioneers of the space age. "T minus thirty-eight years" -- "I jumped at the offer" -- "Not a meaningful test" -- "Mommy’s going to the moon!" -- "Too good to be true" -- "Regret to advise" -- "Let’s stop this now!" -- "Jerrie Cobb isn’t running this program. I am!" -- "The men go off and fight the wars and fly the airplanes" -- "NASA never had any intention of putting those women in space" -- "We want to see a woman driving the bus, not sitting in the back" -- "I am living proof that dreams do come true."

McGinty, Alice B. (2009). Darwin. (Illustrated by Mary Azarian). Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 921 D2283m

A picture book biography which reveals the assembling of Darwin’s most profound idea: the survival of the fittest.

Markle, Sandra. (2009). How many baby pandas? New York : Walker & Co. 599.78 M346h

Looks at the eight panda pairs that were born at China's Wolong Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in 2005, examining how they live, grow, and play and the steps that are being taken to prepare them for their release into the wild.

Shea, Pegi Deitz. (2009). Noah Webster : weaver of words. (Illustrated by Monica Vachula). Honesdale, Pa. : Calkins Creek. 921 W3831sh

This book is an exploration of the life and work of Noah Webster, which discusses his promotion of a living American language and universal education for all, career as a newspaper publisher, and creation of America's first insurance company.

Turner, Pamela S. (2009). The frog scientist. (Photographs by Andy Comins). Boston : Houghton Books for Children. 597.8 T951f

Tyrone Hayes works to discover the effects pesticides have on frogs and, in turn, us.


Bolden, Tonya. (2008). George Washington Carver. New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers. 921 C3313bo 

Illustrated with historical artifacts and photographs, a fresh look at a pioneering American innovator traces Carver's life, discoveries, and legacy as the first African-American to attend Iowa State College and as an inspirational conservationist.

Fleming, Candace. (2008). The Lincolns : a scrapbook look at Abraham and Mary. New York : Schwartz & Wade Books. 921 L7363f

Though Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln's backgrounds differed considerably, both were intellectuals who shared interests in literature and politics, as well as a great love for each other. Backwoods boy -- Bluegrass girl -- The happiest stages of life -- Tumultuous times -- And the war came: Washington, 1861 -- This awful burden: Washington, 1862-1863 -- With charity for all: Washington, 1863-1864 -- Blind from weeping.

Freedman, Russell. (2008). Washington at Valley Forge. New York : Holiday House. 973.3 F853w 

During the harsh winter of 1777-1778, the Revoluntionary Army supply lines collapsed. Forced to forage and lacking the most basic supplies, the Army was at its most vulnerable. But when spring came, they marched away from Valley Forge determined to fight together. In 1783, when the British surrendered, George Washington credited the American victory to the volunteer soldiers who survived Valley Forge.

Nelson, Kadir. (2008). We are the ship : the story of Negro League baseball. New York : Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children. 796.357 N428w

Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. Illustrations from oil paintings by artist Kadir Nelson.

Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw. (2008). When the wolves returned : restoring nature's balance in Yellowstone. (Photographs by Dan Hartman and Cassie Hartman). New York : Walker : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan. 599.773 P295w 

When wolves were eliminated from Yellowstone National Park the natural system was out of balance. Shows the return of the wolves to the park and the natural balance being restored.


Fleischamn, John. (2007). Black and white airmen : their true history. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 921 L4351f 

Mission briefing -- Old friends -- Schoolboys -- Volunteers -- Cadets -- Fighters -- Bombers -- The target for today -- V for victory -- Mission debriefing.

Sullivan, George. (2007). Helen Keller : her life in pictures. New York : Scholastic Nonfiction. 921 K295t 

The fascinating life of one of the most popular historical figures is told through images -- most rarely, if ever, seen -- from the American Foundation for the Blind and The Perkins School for the Blind. The images trace Keller’s life from birth, to childhood with Annie Sullivan in the cottage, to college, and on to her many years as a dedicated social activist and spokesperson.

Bausum, Ann. (2007). Muckrakers : how Ida Tarbell, Upton Sinclair, and Lincoln Steffens helped expose scandal, inspire reform, and invent investigative journalism. Washington, D.C. : National Geographic. 070.4 B351m 

Examines the birth of investigative journalism in America at the turn of the 20th century, discussing the work of the dedicated journalists who, through their exposés, forced responsible changes in the industrial practices and politics of that period. Foreword / Daniel Schorr -- Introduction -- 1. The shame of the nation -- 2. Muckraker origins -- 3. Fighting the octopus -- 4. Labor and lamb chops -- 5. Shaking the foundations -- 6. An enduring tradition -- Afterword -- Time line of muckraking and pantheon of muckrakers -- Resource guide -- Bibliography -- Research notes and acknowledgments -- Citations and illustrations credits -- Index.

Bishop, Nic. (2007). Spiders. New York : Scholastic Nonfiction. 595.4 B622s 

Text and photographs introduce readers to different types of spiders and their behavior.

Singer, Marilyn. (2007). Venom. Plain City, OH : Darby Creek Pub. 592.16 S6174v 

Learn about venom and the animals that produce it and use it to survive, including spiders, insects, snakes and other reptiles, frogs and toads, fish, and ocean invertebrates.


Freedman, Russell. (2006). Freedom walkers : the story of the Montgomery bus boycott. New York : Holiday House. 323.1196 F853f

Looks at the key personalities and events of the Montgomery bus boycott, a yearlong struggle in the civil rights movement.

Bardoe, Cheryl. (2006). Gregor Mendel : the friar who grew peas. (Illustrated by Jos. A. Smith). New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers. 921 M5373b

The son of poor farmers, Gregor Mendel became a friar. He pondered how parents can pass their traits along to offspring and noted that plants, animals, and people seemed to show similar variation patterns. Mendel devised a complicated experiment breeding peas to see if he could discover a pattern in this puzzle.

Lasky, Kathryn. (2006). John Muir : America's first environmentalist. (Illustrated by Stan Fellows). Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press. 921 M9534L

The founder of the Sierra Club, whose efforts led to the creation of Yosemite National Park, was born in Scotland where he roamed the moors, studying wildlife there. The family moved to Wisconsin and Muir extended his study there. An accident caused temporary blindness. Sight restored, he began studying nature while walking from Indianapolis to Florida.

McClafferty, Clara Killough. (2006). Something out of nothing : Marie Curie and radium. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 921 C9754m

Meet Manya Sklodowska, better known today as Marie Curie, the co-discoverer of radium, who became the first woman awarded the Nobel prize for her work on the discovery. Learn what life was like for Marie, and the effect her discovery had on the world.

Thimmesh, Catherine. (2006). Team Moon : How 400,000 people landed Apollo 11 on the moon. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co. 629.45 T433t

The story of Apollo 11 is a story that belongs to the astronauts, but also to many other people. Seamstresses, engineers, camera designers, photo developers, Software experts, flight directors and many other people made the project happen successfully.


Jackson, Donna M. (2005). ER vets : life in an animal emergency room. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 636.089 J12e

Witness the excitement and drama of life in an animal emergency room as the ER vets work to heal the creatures we consider part of our families.

Delano, Marfe Ferguson. (2005). Genius : a photobiography of Albert Einstein. Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society. 921 E357d

Text and photographs tell the story of the man who changed the way we view the universe.

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. (2005). Hitler Youth : growing up in Hitler's shadow. New York : Scholastic Nonfiction. 943.086 B292h

The story of a generation of German young people who devoted all their energy to the Hitler Youth and the propaganda that brought Hitler his power, and the youths that resisted the Nazi movement. "I begin with the young. We older ones are used up. But my magnificent youngsters! Look at these men and boys! What material! With them, I can create a new world." Adolf Hitler, Nuremberg,1933. By the time Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, 3.5 million children belonged to the Hitler Youth. It would become the largest youth group in history. Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores how Hitler gained the loyalty, trust, and passion of so many of Germany's young people. Her research includes telling interviews with surviving Hitler Youth members.

Siy, Alexandra. (2005). Mosquito bite. (Illustrated by Dennis Kunkel). Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge. 595.77 S625m

A game of hide-and-seek forms the backdrop of a mosquito's life cycle. Micrographs show details of the mosquito and what she sees as she searches.

Jurmain, Suzanne. (2005). The forbidden schoolhouse : the true and dramatic story of Prudence Crandall and her students. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 921 C8912j

Prudence Crandall opened successful private girls' school in Canterbury, Connecticut in 1831. A year later, a young African American, Sarah Harris, asked permission to attend. Accepting the new student would sink the new school, but for a conscientious Quaker, it was the right thing to do.


Jenkins, Steve. (2004). Actual size. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 591.4 J52a

Discusses and gives examples of the size and weight of various animals and parts of animals.

Giblin, James. (2004). Secrets of the Sphinx. (Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline). New York : Scholastic Press. 932 G446s

Discusses some of Egypt's most famous artifacts and monuments, including the pyramids, the Rosetta Stone, and, especially, the Great Sphinx, presenting research and speculation about their origins and their future.

Burleigh, Robert. (2004). Seurat and La Grande Jatte : connecting the dots. New York : Harry N. Abrams in association with Art Institute of Chicago. 759.4 B961s

An analysis of Georges Seurat's famous painting, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, including where and when it was made, interesting details, and the techniques used to create a sense of stillness.

Hoose, Phillip M. (2004). The race to save the Lord God Bird. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 598.7 H789r

Tells the story of the ivory-billed woodpecker's extinction in the United States, describing the encounters between this species and humans, and discussing what these encounters have taught us about preserving endangered creatures.

Freedman, Russell. (2004). The voice that challenged a nation : Marian Anderson and the struggle for equal rights. New York : Clarion Books. 921 A548f

Already acclaimed in the United States and abroad, in 1939, Marian Anderson was denied the opportunity to sing in Constitution Hall solely because of her race. Her response catapulted her into the center of the civil rights movement of her time and hastened the end of segregation and racial barriers in the arts.


Mann, Elizabeth. (2003). Empire State Building. (Illustrations by Alan Witschonke). New York : Mikaya Press. 974.71 M281e

Discusses the history, design, and construction of New York City's Empire State Building.

Freedman, Russell. (2003). In defense of liberty : the story of America's Bill of Rights. New York : Holiday House. 342.73 F853i

Describes the origins, applications of, and challenges to the ten amendments to the United States Constitution that comprise the Bill of Rights.

Byrd, Robert. (2003). Leonardo, beautiful dreamer. New York : Dutton Children's Books. 709.2 B995L

Illustrations and text portray the life of Leonardo da Vinci, who gained fame as an artist through such works as the Mona Lisa, and as a scientist by studying various subjects including human anatomy and flight.

Hopkinson, Deborah. (2003). Shutting out the sky : life in the tenements of New York, 1880-1924. New York : Orchard Books. 307.76 H797s

Photographs and text document the experiences of five individuals who came to live in the Lower East Side of New York City as children or young adults from Belarus, Italy, Lithuania, and Romania at the turn of the twentieth century.

Lasky, Kathryn. (2003). The man who made time travel. (Pictures by Kevin Hawkes). New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 526.6 L345m

Describes the need for sailors to be able to determine their position at sea and the efforts of John Harrison, an eighteenth century man who spent his life refining instruments to enable them to do this.


Freedman, Russell. (2002). Confucius : the golden rule. (Illustrated by Frédéric Clément). New York : Arthur A. Levine Books. 181.112 F853c

Presents the few facts we know about the man we call Confucius. Kong Qiu (or Kongfuzi, Master Kong) taught the Golden Rule and laid out the ideals on which democratic government is based more than 2500 years ago.

Fleischman, John. (2002). Phineas Gage : a gruesome but true story about brain science. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 362.1 F596p

Gage's head was pierced by an iron bar in an explosion. Instead of dying, he recovered his physical health but his personality changed radically. Studying him and people like him has brought doctors to a new realization of how the mind works.

Bial, Raymond. (2002). Tenement : immigrant life on the Lower East Side. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 307.76 B576t

Presents a view of New York City's tenements during the peak years of foreign immigration, discussing living conditions, laws pertaining to tenements, and the occupations of their residents.

O'Connor, Jane. (2002). The emperor's silent army : terracotta warriors of Ancient China. New York : Viking. 931 O18e

Describes the archaeological discovery of thousands of life-sized terracotta warrior statues in northern China in 1974, and discusses the emperor who had them created and placed near his tomb.

Old, Wendie C. (2002). To fly : The story of the Wright brothers. (Illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker). New York : Clarion. 629.13 P44t

Traces the work that the two Wright brothers did together to develop the first machine-powered aircraft.


Rappaport, Doreen. (2001).  Martin's big words : the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Illustrated by Brian Collier). New York : Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children. 921 K535r

A picture of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. life and involvement in the Civil Rights movement with the policy of non-violence along with quotes from his life as a preacher and politician.

Kurlansky, Mark. (2001). The cod's tale. (Illustrated by S.D. Schindler). New York : Putnam's. 639.2 K96c

Describes the life and history of the cod fish. Interwoven is the role of the cod fish from Vikings to the present including a timeline and recipes.

Kerley, Barbara. (2001). The dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins : an illuminating history of Mr. Waterhouse Hawkins, artist and lecturer. (Drawings by Brian Selznick, many of which are based on the original sketches of Mr. Hawkins). New York : Scholastic. 567.9 K39d

The true story of Victorian artist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, who built life-sized models of dinosaurs in the hope of educating the world about what these awe-inspiring ancient animals and what they were like.


Adler, David A. (2000). America's champion swimmer : Gertrude Ederle. (Illustrated by Terry Widener). San Diego : Harcourt Brace. 921 E22a

Describes the life and accomplishments of Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel and a figure in the early women's rights movement.

Stanley, Diane. (2000). Michelangelo. New York : HarperCollins. 921 M6235s

A biography of the Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, and poet, well known for his work on the Sistine Chapel in Rome's St. Peter's Cathedral.

Mays, Osceola. (2000). Osceola : memories of a sharecropper's daughter. (Collected and edited by Alan Govenar ; illustrated by Shane Evans). New York : Hyperion Books for Children. 976.4 M474o

A sharecropper's daughter describes her childhood in Texas in the early years of the twentieth century.

Giblin, James. (2000). The amazing life of Benjamin Franklin. (Illustrated by Michael Dooling). New York : Scholastic Press. 921 F8313g

A biography of the eighteenth-century printer, inventor, and statesman who played an influential role in the early history of the United States.

Arnosky, Jim. (2000). Wild and swampy. New York : HarperCollins Publishers. 591.768 A763w

Describes and portrays the birds, snakes, and other animals that can be seen in a swamp.


Myers, Walter Dean. (1999). At her majesty's request : an African princess in Victorian England. New York : Scholastic Press. 921 B721m

Biography of the African princess saved from execution and taken to England where Queen Victoria oversaw her upbringing and where she lived for a time before marrying an African missionary.

Reich, Susanna. (1999). Clara Schumann : piano virtuoso. New York : Clarion Books. 921 S3925r

Describes the life of the German pianist and composer who made her professional debut at age nine and who devoted her life to music and to her family.

Johnson, Sylvia A. (1999). Mapping the world. New York : Atheneum Books. 526 J69m

A history of mapmaking showing how maps both reflect and change people's view of the world.

Montgomery, Sy. (1999). The snake scientist. (Photographs by Nic Bishop). Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 597.96 M788s

Discusses the work of Bob Mason and his efforts to study and protect snakes, particularly red-sided garter snakes.

Jenkins, Steve. (1999). The top of the world : climbing Mount Everest. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co. 796.52 J52to

Describes the conditions and terrain of Mount Everest, attempts that have been made to scale this peak, and general information about the equipment and techniques of mountain climbing.


Burleigh, Robert. (1998). Black whiteness : Admiral Byrd alone in the Antarctic. (Illustrated by Walter Lyon Krudop). New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 921 B995b

An account of Admiral Richard Byrd's stay alone in a small shack during an Antarctic winter.

Holmes, Thom. (1998). Fossil feud : the rivalry of the first American dinosaur hunters. Parsippany, N.J. : J. Messner. 560.9 H753f

Relates the life stories of two nineteenth-century American dinosaur paleontologists and gives details of the bitter feud that existed between them.

Jenkins, Steve. (1998). Hottest, coldest, highest, deepest. Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin. 910 J52h

Describes some of the remarkable places on earth, including the hottest, coldest, windiest, snowiest, highest, and deepest.

Lobel, Anita. (1998). No pretty pictures : a child of war. New York : Greenwillow Books. 921 L797L

The author, known as an illustrator of children's books, describes her experiences as a Polish Jew during World War II and for years in Sweden afterwards.


Wick, Walter. (1997). A drop of water : a book of science and wonder. New York : Scholastic. 546.22 W363d

Describes the origins, characteristics, and uses of water.

Dorros, Arthur. (1997). A tree is growing. (Illustrated by S.D. Schindler). New York : Scholastic Press. 582.16 D716t

Tells about the structure of trees and how they grow, as well as their uses.

Giblin, James. (1997). Charles A. Lindbergh : a human hero. New York : Clarion Books. 921 L742g

A biography of the pilot whose life was full of controversy and tragedy, but also fulfilling achievements.

Stanley, Jerry. (1997). Digger : the tragic fate of the California Indians from the missions to the gold rush. New York : Crown Publishers. 979.4 S788d

Chronicles the fate of California's native peoples and the terrible impact on them by the mission settlement and the gold rush.

Hampton, Wilborn. (1997). Kennedy assassinated! : the world mourns : a reporter's story. Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press. 364.1 H232k

Wilborn Hampton's account of his role in reporting the tragedy of the assassination of John F. Kennedy and a chronicle of of how the facts were reported.


Blumberg, Rhoda. (1996). Full steam ahead : the race to build a transcontinental railroad. Washington D.C. : National Geographic Society. 385 B658f

Captures the drama of Chinese immigrants who risked their lives building roads and tunnels in the Sierra Nevada and tells about railroad workers laboring across plains and deserts at breakneck speed.

Osborne, Mary Pope. (1996). One world, many religions : the way we worship. New York : Knopf. 291 O81o

An illustrated introduction to comparative religion, discussing Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism.

Freedman, Russell. (1996). The life and death of Crazy Horse. (Drawings by Amos Bad Heart Bull). New York : Holiday House. 921 C9119f

A biography of the Oglala leader who relentlessly resisted the white man's attempt to take over Indian lands.


Pringle, Laurence P. (1995). Dolphin man : exploring the world of dolphins. (Photographs by Randall S. Wells and Dolphin Biology Research Institute). New York, N.Y. : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 599.5 P957d

A biography of marine biologist Randall S. Wells and his studies of bottlenose dolphins in Sarasota Bay, Florida.

Colman, Penny. (1995). Rosie the riveter : women working on the home front in World War II. New York : Crown Publishers. 331.4 C716r

Shows how millions of women responded to the need for workers during the Second World War and how they changed the course of history.


McKissack, Pat and Fredrick. (1994). Christmas in the big house, Christmas in the quarters. (Illustrated by John Thompson). New York : Scholastic. 975 M158c

Describes the customs, recipes, poems, and songs used to celebrate Christmas in the big plantation houses and in the slave quarters just before the Civil War.

Freedman, Russell. (1994). Kids at work : Lewis Hine and the crusade against child labor. (Photographs by Lewis Hine). New York, N.Y. : Clarion Books. 921 H6625f

The story of Lewis Hine, a man whose life work made significant differences in the lives of others, is interwoven with a vivid account of social reforms that were urgently needed as industrialization transformed American society.

Dewey, Jennifer. (1999, c1994). Wildlife rescue: the work of Dr. Kathleen Ramsay. (Photographs by Don MacCarter). Honesdale, PA : Boyds Mills Press. 639.95 D519w

How the Wildlife Center, based in Espanola, New Mexico, and headed by Dr. Kathleen Ramsay, nurtures sick and injured animals back to health.


Brooks, Bruce. (1993). Making sense : animal perception and communication. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux in association with Thirteen/WNET. 591.1 B873m

Discusses animals' six senses--seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, and feeling--and how they use them to perceive and react to the world around them.

Brandenburg, Jim. (1993). To the top of the world : adventures with Arctic wolves. New York : Walker. 599.74 B817t

A wildlife photographer records in text and photographs two visits to Ellesmere Island, Northwest Territories, where he filmed a pack of Arctic wolves over several months.


Cone, Molly. (1992). Come back, salmon : how a group of dedicated kids adopted Pigeon Creek and brought it back to life. (Photographs by Sidnee Wheelwright). San Francisco : Sierra Club Books for Children. 639.3 C747c

Describes the efforts of the Jackson Elementary School in Everett, Washington, to clean up a nearby stream, stock it with salmon, and preserve it as an unpolluted place where the salmon could return to spawn.

Cummings, Pat. (1992). Talking with artists : conversations with Victoria Chess, Pat Cummings, Leo and Diane Dillon, Richard Egielski, Lois Ehlert, Lisa Campbell Ernst, Tom Feelings, Steven Kellogg, Jerry Pinkney, Amy Schwartz, Lane Smith, Chris Van Allsburg, and David Wiesner. New York : Bradbury Press ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International. 741.6 T146

Fourteen distinguished picture book artists talk about their early art experiences, answer questions most frequently asked by children, and offer encouragement to those who would like to become artists.


Myers, Walter Dean. (1991). Now is your time! : the African-American struggle for freedom. New York : HarperCollins. 973 M996n

A history of the African-American struggle for freedom and equality, beginning with the capture of Africans in 1619, continuing through the American Revolution, the Civil War, and into contemporary times.

Conrad, Pam. (1991). Prairie visions : the life and times of Solomon Butcher. New York, NY : HarperCollins. 921 B9834c

A collection of photos and stories about photographer Solomon Butcher and turn-of-the-century Nebraska.


Ekoomiak, Normee. (1990, c1988). Arctic memories. New York : Holt. 998 E36a

Text in both Inuktitut and English describes a now vanished way of life for the Inuit.

Lauber, Patricia. (1990). Seeing Earth from space. New York : Orchard Books.

Text and photographs taken from space depict the nature, evolution, and future of Earth.


Blumberg, Rhoda. (1989). The great American gold rush. New York : Bradbury Press. 979.4 B658g

Describes the emigration of people from the East Coast of the United States and from foreign

Lauber, Patricia. (1989). The news about dinosaurs. New York : Bradbury Press. 567.9 L366n

Discusses all the latest scientific thinking about dinosaurs, with illustrations keyed to major topics.


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