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Nonfiction for Younger Readers - 2018

A list of MPL Youth Services Librarians' recent favorites in nonfiction for younger readers

Cover of The World is Not a Rectang
Jeanette
Winter
Beach Lane
2017

A simple and beautiful picture book biography about Iraqi architecht Zaha Hadid. A lovely and accessible story about art, drive, and overcoming adversity.

Cover of Grand Canyon
Jason
Chin
Roaring Brook Press
2017

A virtual hiking tour of the Grand Canyon, this breathtaking picture books is full of illustrations and facts, big and small, and follows and father and daughter as they wind their way through the Canyon.

Cover of Quilts of Gee's Bend
Susan
Goldman Ruben
Abrams
2017

The women of Gee's Bend, Alabama have been making gorgeous, colorful quilts for generations. This photo essay tells the story of these women, their quilts, and their community.

Cover of Before She was Harriet
Lesa
Cline-Ransome
James E Ransome
Holiday House
2017

In flowing verse and lush pictures, Harriet Tubman narrates her life in reverse.

Cover of I'm just no good at rhymin
Chris
Harris
Lane Smith
Little Brown
2017

A super engaging book of nonsense verse, with lots of visual jokes, for silly kids and adults who love Shel Silverstein.

Cover of Let's Clap, Jump, Sing & S
Patrick
McKissack
Brian Pinkney
Schwartz & Wade
2017

Hand claps, jumprope rhymes, poems, songs and stories from African American tradition. This book will get families moving, talking, and singing.

Cover of How To Be An Elephant
Katherine
Roy
Roaring Brook Press
2017

It's not easy being an elephant, and this book takes readers through all the skills a baby elephant needs to learn to survive on the savanna.

Cover of Marti's Song for Freedom/M
Emma
Otheguy
Lee and Low
2017

A bilingual picture book biography of Cuban activist Jose Marti.

Cover of Her Right Foot
Dave
Eggers
Shawn Harris
Chronicle Books
2017

Have you ever noticed that the statue of liberty is mid-stride? That she's on the move? Why do you think that is? This playful, colorful book examines this question, and the very foundation of our country.

Cover of Bats: Learning to Fly
Falynn
Koch
First Second Books
2017

A funny and colorful graphic novel presents facts about bats.