Category Archives: Non-Fiction

Snow Forts, Snowballs & Snowflakes

Snow Forts, Snowballs & Snowflakes

Snow Forts

Provides tips and techniques for building snow forts, slides, and games


Snowball Launchers

Offers instructions for fifteen unusual projects including a rocket-propelled toy car, an automatic dog feeder, storm-predicting bells, and a mechanical snowball thrower.

 

 


Snowflake Bentley

Wilson Bentley, a real guy also known as “The Snowflake Man”, was fascinated with snow even as a young man. He started photographing individual snowflakes…and since no two are alike, you know that’s a lot of flakes! He collected snowflake crystals and worked on perfecting the technique to photograph them his entire life. Click on the link below to see some of his pictures. I really didn’t know that the snowflakes you cut out of paper…really do look like the real crystals. The flakes are really beautiful. Author: Jacqueline Martin Illustrator: Mary Azarian

 

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Christmas

Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Websites

 

Indiana Websites

Favorite Christmas Stories:

Arthur's Christmas The Best Christmas Pageant Ever A Charlie Brown Christmas A Christmas Carol
Gift of the Magi How the Grinch Stole Christmas Miracle on 34th Street Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
Night Before Christmas Nutcracker Polar Express Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Santa's Book of Names The Story of Holly and Ivy The Twelve Days of Christmas  Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree

Christmas History, Crafts and Customs:

The Story of Christmas from the King James Bible Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters The Christmas Menorah How a Town Fought Hate Franklin and Winston a Christmas That Changed the World
Silver Packages Truce The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting Christmas Crafts Christmas Unwrapped
How to Draw Christmas Things Legend of Saint Nicholas Legends of Santa Claus Merry Christmas Activity Book
Merry Christmas Everywhere Reindeer Crunch and Other Christmas Recipes Super Simple Holiday Treats Holiday Papercraft
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Stubby the War Dog

Stubby the War Dog

Mr. Ferris and his Wheel

American soldier J. Robert Conroy befriended a stray dog with a stumpy tail while training to fight overseas in WWI. They bonded so closely that Conroy smuggled him to Europe, where Stubby accompanied Conroy’s regiment on the Western Front, lending both his superior olfactory senses and amiable temperament to the war effort.

Conroy kept a scrapbook for Stubby. This book is FULL of great photos from it as well as remembrances from the people who were Stubby’s friends. Dog is definitely man’s best friend. Loyal with a capital “L”.

Websites:

Military Animals:

Animals at War Navy Seal Dogs Sea Lions in the Navy Combat Wounded Dogs
Rags Hero Dog of World War I Soldiers Dogs Stubby the Dog Soldier Military Dolphins
War Dogs Dogs on Duty Nubs

Military Animal Stories:

Caesar the War Dog Operation Blue Dragon Duke Dog Tags Prisoner of War Dog Tags Semper Fido
Dog Tags Strays Dogs of War Soldier Dog The Donkey of Gallipoli
Darling Mercy Dog of World War I Fly Cher Ami Fly Bunny the Brave War Horse

World War I:

50 Things World War I Voices of World War I Women Heroes of World War I The Sinking of the Lusitania
Harlem Hellfighters Treaties Trenches Mud and Blood Archie's War Truce the Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting
Shooting at the Stars The War to End All Wars Wordl War I For Kids War Game
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Explorers

Explorers

IndyPL Library Card 150

eBooks to Check out with your Library Card: – No Waiting!

Directions; List of More eBooks about Explorers


Champlain Peacemaker & Explorer Polar Explorers for Kids Christopher Columbus and the Age of Exploration Lewis and Clark for Kids
A World of Her Own 24 Amazing Women Trail Blazers

Printables, Crafts & Websites:


Online Games:

World Explorer Game Polar Explorer

Printed Books to Check Out with Your Library Card:

A World of Her Own Bird and Igloo The Spanish in Early America Conquistadors
Plant Hunters Adventurs on the Ancient Silk Road Eyewitness Explorer Explore The Most Dangerous Journeys of All Time
Down the Colorado Explorers Trappers & Pioneers Epic Voyages Into the Unknown
Into the West Women Explorers Explore with Lewis and Clark The World Made New
Your Life as a Private on the Lewis and Clark Expedition Uncovering Vikings_1 Discover More Explorers Who Was First
Marco Polo Columbus Alexander the Great Sailing the Unknown

Find Books About These Explorers:

Alexander the Great
Amundsen, Roald
Balboa, Vasco Nunez de
Boone, Daniel
Byrd, Richard
Cabot, John
Carson, Kit
Cartier, Jacques
Champlain, Samuel
Clark, William
Columbus, Christopher
Cook, Captain James
Coronado, Francisco Vasquez de
Cortes, Hernan
Drake, Sir Francis
Henson, Matthew
Hudson, Henry
La Salle, Sieur de
Lewis, Meriwether
Magellan, Ferdinand
Peary, Robert
Pizarro, Francisco
Polo, Marco
Ponce de Leon, Juan
Powell, John Wesley
Raleigh, Sir Walter
Shackleton, Ernest
Soto, Hernando de
Vespucci, Amerigo
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Staff Pick: Water Is Water

Staff Pick: Water Is Water

Water Is Water

A spare, poetic picture book exploring the different phases of the water cycle in surprising and engaging ways.

“Water is all around us, especially this summer, right? So how can an author take something so common that it might be dull and show us the wonder in it? With beautiful watercolor illustrations and simple prose, Water is Water shows kids the quiet poetry in the science of what’s right in front of them. The book starts simply with, “Drip. Sip. Pour me a cup. Water is water unless …it heats up. Whirl. Swirl. Watch it curl by. Steam is steam unless…” and meanders through the many forms in which we find water in our world. Kids who like science will like this book but teachers or other adults who want to foster a love of the natural world will find this book a beautiful invitation for preschool through early elementary-age kids to consider the ways that they interact with water, as well as the turning of the seasons. A book about the water cycle could be boring unless it’s Water is Water.”

Recommended by: Shellie Rich – The Learning Curve at Central Library

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