NYPL's Children's Books 2013: Nonfiction
Annotation:Awkward outsider Paul Erdős wasn't too good at taking care of himself. But with the help of great friends and his generous spirit Paul became one of the most influential mathematicians of his time. Complex illustrations show us the world as Paul saw it - with math everywhere!
Annotation:The youngest Holocaust survivor on Oskar Schindler’s famous “list” tells his story at last -- bringing a child’s perspective to the Nazi Occupation of Warsaw and the remarkable courage needed to live through those horrifying times.
Annotation:Some of your favorite authors take on the dreaded essay assignment. Read about time travel, video games, and the afterlife and you’ll never fear this onerous task again.
Annotation:Did you know that slaves helped build The White House? In this poignant, visually compelling work told in verse, learn what went into constructing one of the most famous buildings in the world, piece by piece...brick by brick.
Annotation:Without honeybees, we would only be eating oats, rice, and corn. Now bees are disappearing in large numbers each year. Investigate why.
Annotation:An expertly researched and deftly written account of those soldiers that fought for their country, in spite of segregation on the homefront and amongst their ranks.
Annotation:Meet “The First Lady of Firsts”. If it could go fast, Betty June Skelton was there. Here’s one woman who never said no to adventure.
Annotation:No space? No problem. Poor soil? We’ll find a solution. A persevering former basketball star decides to turn an empty lot into a garden and doesn’t stop there.
Annotation:Gorgeously detailed, color-saturated illustrations bring to life everything from the scarlet-sided pobblebonk to other frog species that carry babies in their mouths.
Annotation:They were really small! And really big! And superstar T-rex wasn't even the biggest! How would they stack up to the animals of today? Compare and contrast in this read aloud story.
Annotation:Take a trip to colonial America but make sure you pack soap, toilet paper, toothbrush, and hand sanitizer. Life was smelly, dirty, and buggy!
Annotation:Along steel rails a family travels the newly opened transcontinental railroad. Hear the sounds, see the sights, and take an amazing journey over mountains, through plains, and finally to the sea.
Annotation:There's more than one way to make a difference. Spoken-word style prose evokes the lives of these two greats side-by-side. From their childhoods to the historic March on Washington, Pinkney's expressive art conveys the feeling of the times.
Annotation:An account of George Washington’s slow change from slave owner to early abolitionist sympathizer. Photos of modern reenactors bring to life another side of America’s first president.
Annotation:David A. Kelly. Illustrated by Oliver Dominguez. Millbrook Press “What’s the secret to the perfect baseball? You just need a little mud…”
Annotation:Young Albert Einstein didn't talk until he was three, but the gift of a compass taught him to question everything. Find out how he grew up to be a scientist celebrated worldwide!
Annotation:Self taught African-American folk artist Horace Pippin chronicled his life through his art, becoming a full time artist after being injured in WWI. A richly illustrated multi-layered account of Pippin’s life and work.
Annotation:From a small, sickly boy with debilitating asthma to a visionary president who approached all things with energy, enthusiasm and an eye towards benefiting all.
Annotation:The inspiring story of Kate Sessions, a science teacher who became a tree hunter - searching far and wide for plants that would prosper in San Diego’s harsh desert climate.
Annotation:Flying foxes in the park? A coyote in a sandwich shop? What happens when nature’s creatures decide to adapt to a city lifestyle?
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This has been another outstanding year in the world of children's book publishing. Authors and illustrators, both veteran and novice, enchanted children with a breathtaking of fantastic tales. A group of librarians from The New York Public Library read more than one thousand titles this year, shared countless stories with the children who visit their branches, and compiled this list of the very best children's books for toddlers to sixth graders. Consider it a snapshot of titles NYPL's librarians thought book lovers of all ages might like to know.