Category Archives: Non-Fiction

Staff Pick: The Camping Trip That Changed America

Staff Pick: The Camping Trip That Changed America

The Camping Trip That Changed America

Offers insight into the camping trip that President Theodore Roosevelt and naturalist John Muir took to the redwoods of Yosemite in 1903, during which the two men had experiences and conversations that eventually contributed to the establishment of national parks in the United States.

“This special book will transport young readers  into the 1903  camping trip President Teddy Roosevelt took  to the Yosemite wilderness.  With the world famous naturalist, John Muir as his guide, they saw the giant Sequoia trees, camped on a mountaintop  and  even played in the snow that fell one night.  It inspired Teddy Roosevelt  to push Congress to pass laws that eventually created our national parks.  The story and illustrations blend perfectly to capture the exuberance and passion of two great Americans for saving the wilderness of America and a joy to read.”

Recommended by: Beverly Elrod, Haughville Library

More Staff Picks

Here are some more books about Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir and the lands they loved and helped preserve in our national parks and reserves:
Camping with the President John Muir Welcome to Yosemite Natural Wonders of North America
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Kid Review – A Picture Book of Rosa Parks

Kid Review – A Picture Book of Rosa Parks

A Picture Book of Rosa Parks

A biography of the Alabama black woman whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus helped establish the civil rights movement.

Jasmine says:

I love his [David A. Adler] books because one i love mystery and its really funny. The one i really love is cam jansen and the stolen diamonds. i loved it some much that i did it for my book report project. I also loved the rosa park one i even passed the quiz i had on it. Thats how i know i love the book. I hope one day you will read one of his books and you will love it just like me. I hope you enjoy the little thank you for reading have a good day.

Author: David Adler

Jasmine really likes books by David Adler. Here is a link to her favorite Cam Jansen and the Stolen Diamonds, and a few more of his books you might like:
Cam Jansen and the Stolen Diamonds Cam Jansen and the Graduation Day Mystery Mystery Math Bones and the Clown Mix-Up
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Heart and Soul

Heart and Soul

Heart and Soul

Sometimes history can be overwhelming for me. It’s hard to keep the people and places and dates straight. I really like Heart and Soul because the history unfolds like a story. In fact, the book is written like an old lady talking. It’s like listening to your Grandmother explain it.

This is the kind of book that makes you proud to be a part of your country and it doesn’t matter if you are black or white or young or old. Our country is only 236 years old. That’s a baby country. And in that time we have worked through some struggles that could have ended really badly. Instead, we have struggled together to work out our differences and find common ground and build a life together.

This book shows how a country can go from thinking a black person was property to having a black president. It explains how changes were slowly made to help make that happen. It doesn’t say the job is done, but it shows how we got to where we are today. And it has the BEST paintings. Author & Illustrator: Kadir Nelson

If you like reading about the story of America and African Americans try these::
Traveling the Freedom Road Marching for Freedom Miles to Go for Freedom Powerful Words
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Drawing from Memory

Drawing from Memory

Drawing From Memory

Allen Say is the author/illustrator of many books that are often based on things that happened in his life. In this story, Mr. Say tells the story of how he became a maker of books. He tells it in very few words and with lots of photographs and drawings.

Believe it or not, Mr. Say moved out of his family’s house and into an apartment when he was 12 years old! Mr. Say became an apprentice to a master Japanese cartoonist and the two remained dedicated friends until Sensei Shinpei died at the age 87. Sensei Shinpei lived to see Mr. Say become a Caldecott Medal . Say, “the treasure of my life.” Author: Allen Say

More books from Allen Say:
Grandfather's Journey The Bicycle Man Tree of Cranes The Innkeeper's Apprentice
If you liked reading about Mr. Say and how he became an illustrator and a writer here are some books by authors who tell their own life story:
Bill Peet an Autobiography World of William Joyce Scrapbook 26 Fairmount Avenue Words to My Life's Song
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Science of Scary Stuff – Screaming Cup; Screaming Balloon

Science of Scary Stuff – Screaming Cup; Screaming Balloon

Are You Afraid Yet?

This book is laid out like a comic book – it’s full of drawings, pictures and all kinds of freaky facts about the things that usually scare us: monsters, UFOs, vampires, mummies, ghosts, haunted houses, and lots more scary stuff. For each freaky thing you get an explanation of the science behind it – either why the thing appears the way it does or why the thing is impossible. There’s nothing like a little bit of hard science to take the chill out of scary stuff. Of course some of the stuff remains gross…even if it isn’t scary anymore. So beware! Author: Steven O’Meara

The Stunning Science of Everything Gross Me Out
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