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      Titan and the Wild Boars: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team

      by Susan Hood

      Sep 2019

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      One afternoon after soccer practice, young Titan, eleven friends from the Wild Boar team, and their twenty-five-year-old coach rode their bikes to explore a local cave as a team-building adventure. Together, they crawled through the narrow tunnels in the dark toward the center of the cave. When they turned to go home, they discovered heavy rains had flooded the tunnel. They were trapped! With rising waters and monsoon season upon them, time and oxygen were running out. The world watched with bated breath as rescuers from around the globe teamed up to try and free the boys. After eighteen harrowing days, they were finally saved.
      This picture book marries Susan Hood’s lyrical text with Pathana Sornhiran’s first-hand account reporting of the event and is brought to life by Dow Phumiruk’s beautiful illustrations. It will also include an introduction, a timeline, and extensive back matter with additional resources.

      Endpaper map. Quote attributions. More about the cave rescue and the Wild Boars soccer team, with photographs. Time line. Interview with British divers Chris Jewell and Jason Mallinson. Sources. Online resources. Full-color digital illustrations were created with pencil, charcoal, and ink sketches and Photoshop.

      Samuel Morse, That's Who!: The Story of the Telegraph and Morse Code

      by Tracy Nelson Maurer

      Sep 2019

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Back in the 1800s, information traveled slowly. Who would dream of instant messages? Samuel Morse, that’s who! Who traveled to France, where the famous telegraph towers relayed 10,000 possible codes for messages depending on the signal arm positions—only if the weather was clear? Who imagined a system that would use electric pulses to instantly carry coded messages between two machines, rain or shine? Long before the first telephone, who changed communication forever? Samuel Morse, that’s who!
      This dynamic and subtsantive biography celebrates an early technology pioneer. Perfect for fans of Gene Barretta's popular inventor series.
      ,br> Time line with photographs. Further information about Samuel Morse, telegraphs, and Morse code. Bibliography. Author’s note. Full-color illustrations were created with pencil and charcoal and colored digitally.

      Liberty Arrives: How America’s Grandest Statue Found Her Home

      by Robert Byrd

      Aug 2019

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      America’s most iconic national symbol was a gift from France to the United States—provided America raised the money for the pedestal on which it was to stand. Urged on by the publisher Joseph Pulitzer, it was raised, largely with the help of children, in the first example of a crowd sourced fundraising campaign. This book tells the story of the best gift ever: how it was designed, created, transported, and then finally erected on its pedestal in the entrance to New York Harbor. Readable text is enhanced with illustrations chock full of historical detail in Bob Byrd’s light-hearted, witty style.

      Statue of Liberty measurements. Time line. Further information about the statue and the historical figures mentioned in the book, with photographs. Author’s note. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations were created using ink-line, watercolor, and colored inks.

      Crossing on Time: Steam Engines, Fast Ships, and a Journey to the New World

      by David Macaulay

      Jul 2019

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Prior to the 1800s, ships crossing the Atlantic Ocean relied on the wind in their sails to make their journeys. But the invention of steam power ushered in a new era of transportation that would change ocean travel forever: the steamship. This book artfully explores the design and construction of the most advanced—and last—of these steamships, the SS United States, and the life of its designer and engineer, William Francis Gibbs.

      Gatefolds. Afterword with photographs. Time line. Selected reading. Full-color illustrations.

      O Captain, My Captain: Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln, and the Civil War

      by Robert Burleigh

      Jun 2019

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Whitman and Lincoln shared the national stage in Washington, DC, during the Civil War. Though the two men never met, Whitman would often see Lincoln’s carriage on the road. The president was never far from the poet’s mind, and Lincoln’s “grace under pressure” was something Whitman returned to again and again in his poetry. Whitman witnessed Lincoln’s second inauguration and mourned along with America as Lincoln’s funeral train wound its way across the landscape to his final resting place. This book tells the story of one of America’s greatest poets and how he was inspired by one of America’s greatest presidents.

      Brief overviews of Walt Whitman and Abraham Lincoln. Important Civil War dates. Two of Whitman’s “Lincoln poems.” Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. Source notes. Bibliography. Index. Full-color mixed media illustrations.

      The Frog Book

      by Steve Jenkins

      May 2019

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Long legs, sticky tongues, big round eyes, and other dazzling features—what's not to love about frogs? In this magnificently illustrated picture book, Caldecott Honor–winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page explore one of the world's most diverse—and most threatened—animals. With more than 5,000 different frog species on the planet, in every color of the rainbow and a vast number of vivid patterns, no creatures are more fascinating to learn about or look at. Jenkins and Page present a stunning array of these intriguing amphibians and the many amazing adaptations they have made to survive.

      Table listing size, diet, and range of the featured frogs. Book and website suggestions for further information. Full-color collage illustrations created with torn and cut paper.

      Wild Horse Annie: Friend of the Mustangs

      by Tracey Fern

      Apr 2019

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      As recently as 1971, wild mustangs were legally hunted on US public land. This finally changed, thanks to one determined woman and help from a brigade of children across the country.
      Author’s note. Selected sources. Full-color illustrations.

      Rotten!: Vultures, Beetles, Slime, and Nature’s Other Decomposers

      by Anita Sanchez

      Mar 2019

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      "Decomposition isn’t always ugly and disgusting. And, believe it or not, it isn’t always smelly. So unplug your nose! Get ready to take a trip into the world of rotten. Sometimes it’s a gross journey—but not always."

      Glossary. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Full-color illustrations.

      Avalanche Dog Heroes: Piper and Friends Learn to Search the Snow

      by Elizabeth Rusch

      Feb 2019

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Diagrams. Instructions to make a tug toy and train your dog to tug. Resources. Full-color photographs.

      Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story

      by Marc Tyler Nobleman

      Jan 2019

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      The devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, drew the United States into World War II in 1941. But few are aware that several months later, the Japanese pilot Nobuo Fujita dropped bombs in the woods outside a small town in coastal Oregon. This is the story of those bombings, and what came after, when Fujita returned to Oregon twenty years later, this time to apologize.
      This remarkable true story, beautifully illustrated in watercolor, is an important and moving account of reconciliation after war.
      Author’s note. Selected sources. Full-color illustrations created with watercolor and mixed media.

      An Inconvenient Alphabet: Ben Franklin & Noah Webster's Spelling Revolution

      by Beth Anderson

      Dec 2018

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Once upon a revolutionary time, two great American patriots tried to make life easier. They knew how hard it was to spell words in English. They knew that sounds didn’t match letters. They knew that the problem was an inconvenient English alphabet.
      In 1786, Ben Franklin, at age eighty, and Noah Webster, twenty-eight, teamed up. Their goal? Make English easier to read and write. But even for great thinkers, what seems easy can turn out to be hard.
      Children today will be delighted to learn that when they “sound out” words, they are doing eg-zakt-lee what Ben and Noah wanted.
      Author’s note. Research note. Illustrator’s note. Quotation sources. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations rendered using a mix of traditional and digital media.

      Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon

      by Suzanne Slade

      Nov 2018

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Powerful verse and stunning illustrations tell the true story of the American effort to land the first man on the Moon. More about Team Apollo. “Bringing Apollo 11 Home.” Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. Selected bibliography. Online resources. Quote sources. Full-color illustrations were rendered in pastel, colored pencil, and airbrush.
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