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      Bertha Takes a Drive: How the Benz Automobile Changed the World

      by Jan Adkins

      Jan 2018

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      It's 1888 and Bertha Benz's husband, Karl, has invented the prototype Benz motorwagen. But the German government declares the vehicle illegal, and the church calls it the devil's work.

      Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R. B. G. vs. Inequality

      by Jonah Winter

      Dec 2017

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Structured as a court case in which the reader is presented with evidence of the injustice that Ginsburg faced, this is the true story of how one of America's most "notorious" women bravely persevered to become the remarkable symbol of justice she is today. Glossary. Author's note. Full-color illustrations done with gouache, ink, and Photoshop.

      Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero

      by Patricia McCormick

      Nov 2017

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      When a group of US Marines fighting in the Korean War found a bedraggled little mare, they wondered if she could be trained to as a packhorse. They had no idea that the skinny, underfed horse had one of the biggest and bravest hearts they'd ever known. Author's note with photograph. Selected bibliography. Full-color illustrations were drawn with pencil and colored digitally.

      Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion

      by Chris Barton

      Oct 2017

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      This dazzling nonfiction picture book explores art, desperation, and one man's incredible idea for saving ships from German torpedoes in World War I. Author's note. Illustrator's note. Time line, with photographs. Suggestions for further reading. Link to author's complete bibliography. Full-color illustrations created using mixed analog and digital media.

      The Quest for Z: The True Story of Explorer Percy Fawcett and a Lost City in the Amazon

      by Greg Pizzoli

      Sep 2017

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Get lost in this unusual and irreverent twist on a picture-book biography. Think: Indiana Jones for eight-year-olds. "Fawcett Hunters." Glossary. Selected sources. Author's note. Art note. Photograph of Percy Fawcett. Full-color mixed-media illustrations.

      Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat’s Foster Mom

      by Suzi Eszterhas

      Jul 2017

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Moto and Me tells the remarkable firsthand story of wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas's care for an orphaned baby serval—a small, spotted wildcat—in Kenya. Further information about servals. Full-color photographs and map.

      Pedal Power: How One Community Became the Bicycle Capital of the World

      by Allan Drummond

      Jun 2017

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      This nonfiction picture book is about the women and children who led the social movement that made Amsterdam the most bike­friendly city in the world. Author's note with photographs. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations.

      John Deere, That’s Who!

      by Tracy Nelson Maurer

      May 2017

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Beautiful illustrations—including spectacular landscapes—reflect the time period and bring John Deere's remarkable story to life. Glossary. Facts about John Deere and his company. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations were created "using acrylic on plywood and a unique combination of stains and glazes."

      Catching Air: Making the Leap with Gliding Animals

      by Sneed B. Collard III

      Apr 2017

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Only a few dozen vertebrate animals have evolved true gliding abilities, but they include an astonishing variety of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Maps. Further resources. Glossary. Full-color photographs and black-and-white illustrations.

      The Secret Project

      by Jonah Winter

      Mar 2017

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Mother-son team Jonah and Jeanette Winter bring to life one of the most secretive scientific projects in history—the creation of the atomic bomb—in this powerful and moving picture book. Author's note. Further reading. Full-color illustrations.

      Hopping Ahead of Climate Change: Snowshoe Hares, Science, and Survival

      by Sneed B. Collard III

      Feb 2017

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      $12.75  $9.75  Member Price
      Can animals that change their coat colors with the seasons survive shorter winters caused by climate change? Suggestions to reduce one's carbon footprint. Further resources. Glossary. Index. Full-color map, charts, diagrams, and photographs.

      What Milly Did: The Remarkable Pioneer of Plastics Recycling

      by Elise Moser

      Nov 2016

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      $12.75  $9.75  Member Price
      Milly Zantow wanted to solve the problem of her town's full landfill and ended up creating a global recycling standard. Glossary. Chart of the seven types of plastics. Further reading. Selected sources. Source notes. Index. Black-and-white illustrations done in ink and Photoshop.
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