Category Archives: Non-Fiction

Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams a Life in Nature

Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams a Life in Nature

Ansel Adams was a photographer. His pictures are some of the most recognized in the world. You have probably seen many of his pictures but didn’t know it. They are often reproduced on calendars or posters or greeting cards. His favorite subjects were mountain peaks and rushing rivers and wildlife. He is most famous for photographing National Parks, especially Yosemite, in California.

When someone is good at what they do, and Ansel was REALLY good, people often want to ask them, “How did you get started?” This book shows you exactly how Ansel got started. And you’ll like this…part of his start was having his father say he didn’t have to sit still at school anymore!

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Books:

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photo-adventures-for-kids
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Ada’s Ideas: the Story of Ada Lovelace

Ada’s Ideas: the Story of Ada Lovelace

I know the girl on the back of that horse looks like she is from the old days…the hairdo, the ribbons, the long dress and all that. “The World’s First Computer Programmer” is not what you think of when you see her…but it’s the truth. Ada Lovelace was born in 1815. That is the year Napoleon fought in the Battle of Waterloo…just to give you an idea of the time we are talking….back when battles were fought on horseback. How is it possible that she could be considered the world’s first computer programmer?

You might not realize it, but the first computer was actually invented that long ago. Back than computers were mechanical, machines that counted things or made math computations or made repeating patterns possible in a machine like a loom or a player piano. Ada was friends with Mr. Charles Babbage who invented a mechanical device for math computations.

Ada had an amazing mind for math, and she used it in a time when girls typically weren’t educated much at all. Ada had to fight to do the things she wanted to do. A smart girl. A strong girl. This is her fascinating story.

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Books:

poet-of-scienceada-byron-lovelace-and-the-thinking-machinewomen-of-science women-who-launched-the-computer-age
coding-games-in-scratch coding-projects-in-scratchhow-to-codeso-you-want-to-be-a-coder
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Happy National Chocolate Day!

Happy National Chocolate Day!

October 28th is National Chocolate Day, just in time for trick-or-treating! Here are all kind of mysteries and adventures featuring chocolately deliciousness and some non-fiction books to learn where chocolate actually comes from and who has developed the best recipes for this universally loved treat.

Stories:

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase The Candy Factory Mystery This Book Is Not Good For You
The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop Chocolate Fever The Chocolate Touch Max and Maddy and the Chocolate Money Mystery
Clara the Chocolate Fairy Cam Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery Chocolate Dreams The Chocolate Rose
Theo Stilton and the Chocolate Sabotage My Chocolate Year The Chocolate Phantom The Chocolate-Covered Contest

Non-Fiction:

The Mars Family Blue Frog the Legend of Chocolate Holy Mole The Sweet Story of Hot Chocolate
From Cocoa Bean to Chocolate Choc Full of Chocolate Chocolate a Sweet History A Chocolate Bar
Beans to Chocolate Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory Candy Bomber Milton Hershey More Than Chocolate
Who Was Milton Hershey Milton Hershey Milton Hershey 2 The Chocolate Chip Cookie Queen

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Native Americans

Native Americans

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Non-Fiction Books:

Black Indians Native American Heroes Looks Like Daylight Native American Tribes
Buckskin Dresses First People Hands On History Native Americans Children of the Tipi
A Native American Thought Of It Native American Mythology Native American Culture A Day in the Life of a Native American
Native Americans Native Americans a Visual Exploration Tecumsah The World of North American Indians
Before Columbus Exploring the Life Myth and Art of Native Americans Kids Guide to Native American History Native American Art
Native American History for Kids

Fiction Books:

The Birchbark House Buffalo Bird Girl Crossing Bok Chitto Ghost Hawk
The Legend of Lighning and Thunder The Man Who Dressed As Elk Dogs Paiute Princess The Porcupine Year
Return to Hawk's Hill The Story of Jumping Mouse The Woman Who Lived With the Wolves

Indiana Books & Websites:

The Miami, Potawatomi, Kickapoo, Mascoutens, Delaware (Lenape), Shawnee were some of the Native Americans that lived in Indiana before settlers came here. One of the most well-known Native Americans from Indiana is the Miami Chief, Little Turtle. The websites and books below will help you learn more about Native Americans all over country, especially those who lived in Indiana.

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Crow Smarts

Crow Smarts

Crow Smarts

If you were asked to name an intelligent animal, what would you say? A gorilla? The chimpanzees studied by Jane Goodall? A dolphin maybe? When I think of an intelligent animal I usually think of Koko first, the gorilla Mr. Rogers visited who knew American Sign Language. I doubt if I would name a bird, any type of bird, let alone a common one like a crow.

In Crow Smarts, I learned that birds are actually really smart. I learned to think about human brains and animal brains differently. As the book says, “…there is more than one way to build a brain.” (page 27) Birds CAN problem solve and use tools, their brains are not exactly like ours, but they can still do similar things.

It was also really interesting to meet Gavin and Guido – two scientists who study crows. Really great photographs show what it is really like to be a scientist studying animals out in the wild. I liked getting to know them. What a great job they have!

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More Books About Smart Animals:

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