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Staff Picks 2018 -- Nonfiction

This is one of the hardest lists to compile because there are so many amazing nonfiction titles published each year.  We managed to narrow it down to our favorite 73 books.  You'll find everything from animals to history, poetry to space.  Access the printable list by clicking here.

1,000 Facts About Insects by Nancy Honovich
Action Presidents: George Washington by Fred Van Lente
Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird by Bethany Hegedus
Around the World in 50 Ways: Canoe, Camel, or Cable Car . . . You Choose! by Dan Smith
The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid by Dylan Thuras
Backyard Bears: Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban WIldlife by Amy Cherrix
Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery by Sandra Neil Wallace
Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote by Kristen Gillibrand
Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge
The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs by Kate Messner
Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild by Catherine Thimmesh
Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham & Charles Waters
Champion: The Comeback Tale of the American Chestnut Tree by Sally M. Walker
The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs by America's Test Kitchen Kids
Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon by Suzanne Slade
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker
Crash: The Great Depression and the Fall and Rise of America by Marc Favreau
The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection by Colby Sharp
Drawn from Nature by Helen Ahpornsiri
Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice: Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, the White House, and the World by Ilene Cooper
Endurance: My Year in Space and How I Got There by Scott Kelly (Young Readers Edition)
Epic Fails series by Erik Slader & Ben Thompson
     The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving Into History
     The Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix
First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make American Great by Sandra Neil Wallace & Rich Wallace
Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII by P. O'Connell Pearson
Fly with Me: A Celebration of Birds Through Pictures, Poems, and Stories by Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, Adam Stemple & Jason Stemple
Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible Alvin by Michelle Cusolito
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman
Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
How I Resist: Activism and Hope for the New Generation edited by Maureen Johnson
How Tickles Saved Pickles: A True Story by Maddie Johnson
Howl Like a Wolf! by Kathleen Yale
The Hyena Scientist by Sy Montgomery
In the Past by David Elliott
Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing by Nancy Churnin
Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez
A Journey Through Art: A Global History by Aaron Rosen
Junior Maker: Experiments to Try, Crafts to Create, and Lots of Learn! by DK
Meet My Family: Animal Babies and Their Families by Laura Purdie Salas
Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Faye Duncan
No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas by Tonya Bolden
Nothing Stopped Sophie: A Story of Math and Impossible Dreams by Cheryl Bardoe
Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented by Tanya Lee Stone
Proud: Living My American Dream by Ibitihaj Muhammad (Young Readers Edition(
Rodent Rascals by Roxie Munro
Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Who the Right to Vote by Susan Zimet
Science Comics: Solar System: Our Place in Space by Jon Chad
Science Comics: Trees: Kings of the Forest by Andy Hirsch
The Secret Life of the Little Brown Bat by Laurence Pringle
Seeing Into Tomorrow by Richard Wright & Nina Crews
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World by Susan Hood
Ski Soldier: A World War II Biography by Louise Borden
Snowy Owl Invasion: Tracking an Unusual Migration by Sandra Markle
So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth's Long Walk Toward Freedom by Gary D. Schmidt
Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill by Heather L. Montgomery
Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and the War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America by Gail Jarrow
Streetcar to Justice: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York by Amy Hill Hearth
Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot's World War II Story by Marc Tyler Nobleman
This Moment Is Your Life (And So Is This One): A Fun and Easy Guide to Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga for Teens and Tweens by Mariam Gates
The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow by Jan Thornhill
Turning Pages: My Life Story by Sonia Sototmayor
The Ultimate Book of Sharks: Your Guide to These Fierce and Fantastic Fish by Brian Skerry
The United States v. Jackie Robinson by Sudipta Bardham-Quallen
The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown
Water Land: Land and Water Forms Around the World by Christy Hale
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices edited by Wade Hudson
Weird-But-True Know-It-All: Greek Mythology by Sarah Wassner Flynn
What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan by Chris Barton
When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana by Michael James Mahin
With My Hands: Poems About Making Things by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater
Words That Built a Nation: Voices of Democracy That Have Shaped America's History by Marilyn Miller, Ellen Scordato & Dan Tucker
Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present by Jamia Wilson
 

 

 

 

 

 

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