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NYPL's Children's Books 2013: Nonfiction

The Boy Who Loved Math
The Boy Who Loved Math The Improbable Life of Paul Erdős By Heiligman, Deborah (Book - 2013 ) J B Erdos H and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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!

The Boy on the Wooden Box
The Boy on the Wooden Box How the Impossible Became Possible...on Schindler's List By Leyson, Leon, 1929-2013 (Book - 2013 ) J B Leyson L and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 1 on 25 copies

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.

Breakfast on Mars and 37 Other Delectable Essays
Breakfast on Mars and 37 Other Delectable Essays (Book - 2013 ) J 372.62 B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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.

Brick by Brick
Brick by Brick By Smith, Charles R., Jr., 1969- (Book - 2013 ) J 975.3 S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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.

The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees
The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees A Scientific Mystery By Markle, Sandra (Book - 2014 ) J 595.79 M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Without honeybees, we would only be eating oats, rice, and corn. Now bees are disappearing in large numbers each year. Investigate why.

Courage Has No Color
Courage Has No Color The True Story of the Triple Nickles : America's First Black Paratroopers By Stone, Tanya Lee (Book - 2013 ) J 940.54 S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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.

Daredevil
Daredevil The Daring Life of Betty Skelton By McCarthy, Meghan (Book - 2013 ) J B Skelton M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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.

Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table
Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table By Martin, Jacqueline Briggs (Book - 2013 ) J 635 M and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 1 on 74 copies

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.

Frog Song
Frog Song By Guiberson, Brenda Z. (Book - 2012 ) J 597.89 G and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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.

How Big Were Dinosaurs?
How Big Were Dinosaurs? By Judge, Lita (Book - 2013 ) J 567.9 J and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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.

Ick! Yuck! Eew!
Ick! Yuck! Eew! Our Gross American History By Huey, Lois Miner (Book - 2014 ) J 973 H and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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!

Locomotive
Locomotive By Floca, Brian (Book - 2013 ) J 385.09 F and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 2 on 105 copies

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.

Martin & Mahalia
Martin & Mahalia His Words, Her Song By Pinkney, Andrea Davis (Book - 2013 ) J 323.09 P and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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.

Master George's People
Master George's People George Washington, His Slaves, and His Revolutionary Transformation By Delano, Marfe Ferguson (Book - 2013 ) J 973.41 D and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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.

Miracle Mud
Miracle Mud Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud That Changed Baseball By Kelly, David A., 1964- (Book - 2013 ) J 796.35 K and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:David A. Kelly. Illustrated by Oliver Dominguez. Millbrook Press “What’s the secret to the perfect baseball? You just need a little mud…”

On A Beam of Light
On A Beam of Light A Story of Albert Einstein By Berne, Jennifer (Book - 2013 ) J B Einstein B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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!

Pluto's Secret
Pluto's Secret An Icy World's Tale of Discovery By Weitekamp, Margaret A., 1971- (Book - 2013 ) J 523.49 W and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Once a planet, always a planet? Maybe not. Just ask Pluto.

A Splash of Red
A Splash of Red The Life and Art of Horace Pippin By Bryant, Jennifer (Book - 2013 ) J B Pippin B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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.

To Dare Mighty Things
To Dare Mighty Things The Life of Theodore Roosevelt By Rappaport, Doreen (Book - 2013 ) J B Roosevelt R and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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.

The Tree Lady
The Tree Lady The True Story of How One Tree-loving Woman Changed A City Forever By Hopkins, H. Joseph (Book - 2013 ) J B Sessions H and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 3 on 44 copies

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.

Volcano Rising
Volcano Rising By Rusch, Elizabeth (Book - 2013 ) J 551.21 R and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Mixed media art captures the explosive power of a volcano as it creates underwater mountains and newly fertile islands.

Wild Animal Neighbors
Wild Animal Neighbors Sharing Our Urban World By Downer, Ann, 1960- (Book - 2014 ) J 591.75 D and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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.


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