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      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.

      Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968

      by Alice Faye Duncan

      Oct 2018

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      $12.75  $10.00  Member Price
      In February 1968, two African American sanitation workers were killed by unsafe equipment in Memphis, Tennessee. Outraged at the city’s refusal to recognize a labor union that would fight for higher pay and safer working conditions, sanitation workers went on strike. The strike lasted two months, during which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was called to help with the protests. While his presence was greatly inspiring to the community, this unfortunately would be his last stand for justice. He was assassinated in his Memphis hotel the day after delivering his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” sermon in Mason Temple Church. Inspired by the memories of a teacher who participated in the strike as a child, author Alice Faye Duncan reveals the story of the Memphis sanitation strike from the perspective of a young girl with a riveting combination of poetry and prose.
      Memphis sanitation strike time line. Museum to visit. Sources. Source notes. Full-color gouache illustrations.

      The Sinking of the Vasa: A Shipwreck of Titanic Proportions

      by Russell Freedman

      Oct 2018

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      This is the saga of the great Swedish warship, the Vasa. Built to be the crown jewel of the Swedish Navy, the Vasa capsized not a mile into her maiden voyage in 1628—a tragedy resulting in many deaths and great loss. But who was to blame? Award-winning author Russell Freedman explores the history of this ship, and her resurrection from the seas in 1961. William Low’s gorgeous illustrations bring this story to life.
      Sources. Full-color illustrations created digitally.

      Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented

      by Tanya Lee Stone

      Sep 2018

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      A nonfiction picture book history of Monopoly, one of the world's most famous games.
      In the late 1800s lived Lizzie Magie, a clever and charismatic woman with a strong sense of justice. Waves of urban migration drew Lizzie’s attention to rising financial inequality. Suddenly she had an idea: create a game about the landlord-tenant relationship. But Lizzie’s initial game vilified the monopolist. Enter Charles Darrow—a marketer and salesman with a keen eye for what Lizzie’s creation could become: an enticing board game, and a staple of family entertainment in households across America.
      Boldness, imagination, and ruthless competition combine in this riveting story that sets the record straight on the history of Monopoly's origins. Features back matter that includes "Monopoly Math" word problems and equations. Excellent STEM connections and resources.
      Monopoly trivia. Monopoly math. Author’s note. Sources. Full-color illustrations were created with crayon, ink, gouache, and pastel, then scanned and finished digitally in Adobe Photoshop.

      Up & Down: The Adventures of John Jeffries, First American to Fly

      by Don Brown

      Sep 2018

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      The incomparable Don Brown chronicles the ballooning misadventures of JohnJeffries, scientist and aviation pioneer.

      Endnote. Bibliography. Quotation sources. Author’s note. Full-color illustrations done in oil-base pencil and watercolor.
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