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      I Voted: Making a Choice Makes a Difference

      by Mark Shulman

      Apr 2020

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      I Voted explains the concept of choosing, individually and as a group, from making a simple choice—Which do you like better, apples or oranges—to selecting a class pet, to even more complicated decisions, like electing community representatives. You may not always get want you want, but there are strategies to better your odds! Serge Bloch’s effortless and charming illustrations, paired with Mark Shulman’s funny and timely text, create a perfect resource for discussing current events with your children.

      Honey, the Dog Who Saved Abe Lincoln

      by Shari Swanson

      Mar 2020

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      Deeply researched and charmingly told, this is the true story of one extra-special childhood rescue—a dog named Honey.

      Long before Abraham Lincoln led the nation or signed the Emancipation Proclamation, he was just a barefoot kid running around Knob Creek, Kentucky, setting animals free from traps, and snatching frogs out of the jaws of snakes. One day, young Abe found a stray dog with a broken leg and named him Honey. He had no idea that the scruffy pup would find his way into Abe’s heart, become his best friend, and—one fateful day—save his life.

      Time line of “Abraham Lincoln and His Animal Encounters.” Author’s note. Full-color digital illustrations created with Photoshop.

      Gross as a Snot Otter: The World of Weird Animals

      by Jess Keating

      Feb 2020

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      The creators of Pink Is for Blobfish are back, and they’ve brought seventeen of their most revolting friends: there are slippery, slimy snot otters, gulls that projectile-vomit on command, fish that communicate via flatulence, and chipmunks that cultivate healthy forests by pooping a trail of seeds wherever they go. But there’s more to these skin-crawling creatures than meets the eye, and as zoologist Jess Keating explains, sometimes it’s the very things that make us gag that allow these animals to survive in the wild.

      The perfect combination of yuks, yucks, and eureka!’s, this latest installment in the World of Weird Animals series will inspire budding scientists and burp enthusiasts alike!

      Glossary. Full-color photographs and illustrations created using ink and digital coloring.

      Red Rover: Curiosity on Mars

      by Richard Ho

      Jan 2020

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      On a planet far, far away, one pioneer explores a vast frontier. Many others have come before it seeking an answer to Mars’s many secrets, and the little rover is no different. It plays games.

      It looks for water.
      And it waits…
      …for the next one to come to Mars to explore.


      Join Curiosity on its journey across the red planet in this innovative and dynamic nonfiction picture book by journalist Richard Ho, illustrated by Sibert Honor-winner Katherine Roy.

      Diagram of Curiosity rover. “Mars at a Glance.” Further information about Curiosity and other Mars rovers. Bibliography. Online resources. Full-color illustrations.

      It's a Round, Round World!

      by Ellie Peterson

      Dec 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      Intrepid young scientist-adventurer Joulia Copernicus takes readers on a journey through space and time, explaining with humor and wit how we know the earth is round.

      “How to Be a Scientist.” Full-color illustrations.

      Parrots, Pugs, and Pixie Dust: A Book About Fashion Designer Judith Leiber

      by Deborah Blumenthal

      Nov 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      At night, she took comfort
      making handbags
      with any scraps she could find.
      Every purse she made
      made her dreams come alive.


      Growing up in Budapest, Hungary, Judith Leiber drew inspiration from her father, who always brought back special handbags for her mother from wherever he traveled. After getting a job at a handbag house, she dreamt up designs that took her mind off her difficult life. World War II had broken out, and Judith and her family were Hungarian Jews facing persecution. At night, she would make handbags with any scraps she could find.

      She found her passion for fashion, and after the war ended, Judith immigrated to America. Here, she found her vision for her designs from preening peacocks, fanciful frogs donning gilded crowns, burgers and fries, and layer cake. She turned the ordinary into extraordinary handbags, designing creations unlike anything that had been seen before.

      This is an inspiring picture book about finding your passion and being creative from the same team behind Polka Dot Parade: The Story of Bill Cunningham!

      Author’s note with photographs. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations.

      Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln

      by Margarita Engle

      Oct 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      As a little girl, Teresa Carreño loved to let her hands dance across the beautiful keys of the piano. If she felt sad, music cheered her up, and when she was happy, the piano helped her share that joy. Soon she was writing her own songs and performing in grand cathedrals. Then a revolution in Venezuela forced her family to flee to the United States. Teresa felt lonely in this unfamiliar place, where few of the people she met spoke Spanish. Worst of all, there was fighting in her new home, too—the Civil War.

      Still, Teresa kept playing, and soon she grew famous as the talented Piano Girl who could play anything from a folk song to a sonata. So famous, in fact, that President Abraham Lincoln wanted her to play at the White House! Yet with the country torn apart by war, could Teresa’s music bring comfort to those who needed it most?

      Historical note. Full-color mixed-media illustrations.

      Summer Green to Autumn Gold: Uncovering Leaves' Hidden Colors

      by Mia Posada

      Oct 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      This nonfiction picture book written and illustrated by Mia Posada beautifully explains why leaves change color in fall. It highlights both the eye-catching colors of the season and the science behind the colors.

      Further information about types of leaves and leaf pigments. Glossary. “Hands-on Experiments with Leaves and Pigments.” Full-color illustrations created using cut paper collage with watercolor.

      The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The Story of Alan Bean

      by Dean Robbins

      Sep 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      As a boy, Alan wanted to fly planes. As a young navy pilot, Alan wished he could paint the view from the cockpit. So he took an art class to learn patterns and forms. But no class could prepare him for the beauty of the lunar surface some 240,000 miles from Earth. In 1969, Alan became the fourth man and first artist on the moon. He took dozens of pictures, but none compared to what he saw through his artistic eyes. When he returned to Earth, he began to paint what he saw. Alan's paintings allowed humanity to experience what it truly felt like to walk on the moon. Journalist and storyteller Dean Robbins's tale of this extraordinary astronaut is masterful, and artist Sean Rubin's illustrations are whimsical and unexpected. With back matter that includes photos of the NASA mission, images of Alan's paintings, and a timeline of lunar space travel, this is one adventure readers won't want to miss!

      Author’s note. Photographs compared with Alan Bean’s paintings. Time line of space exploration. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations.

      When Sue Found Sue: Sue Hendrickson Discovers Her T. Rex

      by Toni Buzzeo

      Sep 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      From a very young age, Sue Hendrickson was meant to find things: lost coins, perfume bottles, even hidden treasure. Her endless curiosity eventually led to her career in diving and paleontology, where she would continue to find things big and small. In 1990, at a dig in South Dakota, Sue made her biggest discovery to date: Sue the T. rex, the largest and most complete T. rex skeleton ever unearthed. Named in Sue’s honor, Sue the T. rex would be placed on permanent exhibition at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. When Sue Found Sue inspires readers to take a closer look at the world around them and to never lose their brave, adventurous spirits.

      Author’s note. Resources. Additional sources. Full-color illustrations created with gouache and watercolors.

      Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate

      by Sara Levine

      Aug 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      This new book from Sara Levine features a cantankerous talking cactus as a narrator, revealing to readers the significance of different colors of flowers in terms of which pollinators (bees, bats, birds, etc.) different colors "talk" to. A fun nonfiction presentation of science info that may be new to many kids—and adults!

      More about pollination. “Protecting Our Pollinators.” Suggestions for further reading. Full-color illustrations created with watercolor and digital effects.

      Secret Engineer: How Emily Roebling Built the Brooklyn Bridge

      by Rachel Dougherty

      Jul 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      On a warm spring day in 1883, a woman rode across the Brooklyn Bridge with a rooster on her lap. It was the first trip across an engineering marvel that had taken nearly fourteen years to construct. The woman's husband was the chief engineer, and he knew all about the dangerous new technique involved. The woman insisted she learn as well. When he fell ill mid-construction, her knowledge came in handy. She supervised every aspect of the project while he was bedridden, and she continued to learn about things only men were supposed to know: math, science, engineering. Women weren't supposed to be engineers. But this woman insisted she could do it all, and her hard work helped to create one of the most iconic landmarks in the world.

      Author’s note. More about Emily Roebling. Glossary. Selected bibliography. Suggestions for further reading. Full-color illustrations.
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