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NYPL's Children's Books 2011: Nonfiction

Alicia Alonso
Alicia Alonso Prima Ballerina By Bernier-Grand, Carmen T. (Book - 2011 ) J B Alonso B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A simple free-verse account of a young Cuban woman who triumphs over cultural and physical adversity. Textured watercolors capture the elegance of the world of dance.

All the Way to America
All the Way to America The Story of A Big Italian Family and A Little Shovel By Yaccarino, Dan (Book - 2011 ) J 813.54 Y and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:This tale of a treasured heirloom passed down from father to son through four generations will have children asking "Where did our family come from?"

Amelia Lost
Amelia Lost The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart By Fleming, Candace (Book - 2011 ) J B Earhart F and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:This illuminating glimpse into the life of this complex heroine separates fact from myth. Chapters of her biography alternate with accounts from search teams and those who listened to her pleas for help on their radios.

America Is Under Attack
America Is Under Attack September 11, 2001 : the Day the Towers Fell By Brown, Don, 1949- (Book - 2011 ) J 973.931 B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Brown's sensitive account of the 9/11 tragedy is based on teh experiences of eyewitnesses and those who knew them. Watercolors and pencil drawings balance emotional power with a gentleness appropriate for exploring the subject with younger children.

Balloons Over Broadway
Balloons Over Broadway The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade By Sweet, Melissa, 1956- (Book - 2011 ) J B Sarg S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Meet Tony Sarg, a kid who constructs a chicken-feeding contraption to get out of doing his chores, and grows up to create the very first giant balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The Boy Who Bit Picasso
The Boy Who Bit Picasso By Penrose, Antony (Book - 2011 ) J 709.2 P and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:An iconic artist is introduced to young readers through a friend's childhood memories. Includes original artwork and never-before-seen family photographs.

Bugs by the Numbers
Bugs by the Numbers Facts and Figures for Multiple Types of Bugbeasties By Werner, Sharon (Book - 2011 ) J 595.7 W and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Like bugs? Like numbers? Find out plenty about both as insect facts - many hidden beneath flaps - surround large images of cockroaches and other creepy crawlies cleverly constructed from numerals.

Can We Save the Tiger?
Can We Save the Tiger? By Jenkins, Martin, 1959- (Book - 2011 ) J 591.68 J and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Big, powerful pencil-and-oil portraits of some of the world's rarest animals are paired with a conservationist's inspiring plea to care for our vanishing wildlife.

Celebritrees
Celebritrees Historic and Famous Trees of the World By Preus, Margi (Book - 2010 ) J 582.16 P and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:"Trees are the oldest, biggest, and tallest living organisms on earth." This quirky look at the arboreal world - from the ancient Methuselah tree to the Tule Tree in Mexico - blends fact and myth.

Coral Reefs
Coral Reefs By Chin, Jason, 1978- (Book - 2011 ) J 577.789 C and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A young girl gets a close-up look at an endangered ecosystem when she is suddenly "transported" from The New York Public Library to a city under the sea. Imaginative pictures accompany the clear, factual text.

Drawing From Memory
Drawing From Memory By Say, Allen (Book - 2011 ) J 741.64 Say S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:An autobiographical account of the Japanese author's artistic journey from childhood on, interspersed with photographs, sketches, ink drawings, and cartoons.

Energy Island
Energy Island How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World By Drummond, Allan (Book - 2011 ) J 333.92 D and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A true story of how the children and adults of a windy small town ended their dependence on nonrenewable energy sources. An engaging case study, with lively cartoon pictures, about learning to work together to make a greener planet.

Heart and Soul
Heart and Soul The Story of America and African Americans By Nelson, Kadir (Book - 2011 ) J 973.04 N and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A fictionalized narrator weaves together both the well-known and lesser-known events of the African American experience in this United States from Colonial times to the Civil Rights era. Lushly illustrated with oil portraits and landscapes.

In Search of Sasquatch
In Search of Sasquatch By Halls, Kelly Milner, 1957- (Book - 2011 ) J 001.94 H and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Do you believe? Yeti, Bigfoot, Sasquatch - are all the footprints, recordings, and hundreds of reported encounters nothing but wishful thinking? Here's a lively gathering of interviews, photos, and other evidence. You decide!

Into the Unknown
Into the Unknown How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air By Ross, Stewart (Book - 2011 ) J 910.9 R and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:These 14 true tales of travelers, from ancient Greek sailors to men on the moon, will take readers around the world and beyond. Many fold-out diagrams provide inside views of explorers' ships and gear along with finely detailed route maps.

Meadowlands
Meadowlands A Wetlands Survival Story By Yezerski, Thomas (Book - 2011 ) J 577.69 Y and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Despite being misused for centuries as home to chemical factories and garbage dumps, the wetlands of New Jersey remain a living, complex ecosystem. An inspiring tribute to nature's resilience, illustrated with accurately detailed overhead and close-up views of the landscape and its wildlife.

The Mysteries of Angkor Wat
The Mysteries of Angkor Wat Exploring Cambodia's Ancient Temple By Sobol, Richard (Book - 2011 ) J 959.6 S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A photographer searches for clues that link an ancient civilization with present-day Cambodian culture and makes an unexpected discovery with the help of local children.

Rah, Rah, Radishes!
Rah, Rah, Radishes! A Vegetable Chant By Sayre, April Pulley (Book - 2011 ) J 641.35 S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:"Oh boy, bok choy! / Brussels sprouts! / Broccoli. Cauliflower. / Shout it out!" Mouthwatering close-up color photos take very young children on a rollicking ride through the produce stand.

Queen of the Falls
Queen of the Falls By Van Allsburg, Chris (Book - 2011 ) J B Taylor V and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 2

Annotation:Would you dare go over Niagara Falls in a barrel? Annie Edson Taylor, the first person to do so, threw caution to the wind and survived to tell the tale.

The Quite Contrary Man
The Quite Contrary Man A True American Tale By Hyatt, Patricia Rusch (Book - 2011 ) J 974.03 H and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Imprisoned for growing a beard, Joseph Palmer lived on his own terms in a time when conformity was expected. Watercolors and pen and ink evoke 19th-century New England.

The Watcher
The Watcher Jane Goodall's Life With the Chimps By Winter, Jeanette (Book - 2011 ) J B Goodall W and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:This natural follow-up to Me...Jane (on the NYPL's Children's Books 2011: Picture Books list) focuses on Jane Goodall's adult life and experiences as she pursued her dream career helping chimps in Africa and became a renowned environmental activist.

Wheels of Change
Wheels of Change How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (with A Few Flat Tires Along the Way) By Macy, Sue (Book - 2011 ) 796.6082 M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:"To ment, the bicycle in the beginning was merely a new toy...to women, it was a steed upon which they rode into a new world." This engaging account of the intertwined history of bicycles and women's rights is embellished with historical photographs and documents.

Witches!
Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem By Schanzer, Rosalyn (Book - 2011 ) J 133.43 S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Immerse yourself in the world of 1600s Salem with this revealing portrait of the famous, tragic community. Spooky red-and-black scratchboard artwork adds an eerie note to this unusually objective and detailed account.

Wild Women of the Wild West
Wild Women of the Wild West By Winter, Jonah, 1962- (Book - 2011 ) J 920.7209 W and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The world of outlaws, gamblers, and warriors doesn't usually include petticoats. Meet 15 women who helped "put the 'wild' in Wild West".

The Worst of Friends
The Worst of Friends Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the True Story of An American Feud By Jurmain, Suzanne (Book - 2011 ) J 973.4 J and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Can you imagine a President getting so mad that he stomps on his own hat? Discover the friendly feud between rival Founding Fathers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Expressive illustrations help make the past relevant - and nearly impossible to resist America's first historical "frenemies".

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As children's librarians shared this year's newest books with the children in their local libraries, it became clear that the old adage - the more things change, the more they stay the same - is truer than ever. From Xboxes to iPads, from Wii consoles to the hottest apps, technology ages in a blink of an eye, but the timelessness of a good tale will always engage even the most tech-savvy child. Here are some of the best children's nonfiction titles of the 2011 year. Enjoy them with your families.


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