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Nonfiction for Younger Readers 2019

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

Cover of The Flying Girl: How Aida
Margarita
Engle
Sara Palacios
Atheneum
2018

Told through lyrical language, this book describes how Aida de Acosta became the first women to fly a powered aircraft. And it happened six months before the famous Wright Brothers took their first flight!

Cover of We Are Grateful: Otsalihel
Traci
Sorrel
Frane Lessac
Charlesbridge
2018

Otsaliheliga is a Cherokee word that is used to describe gratitude. Through vibrant pictures and text, this book illustrates a year with one Cherokee family – as they express thanks for many different life events.  The story is told by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

Cover of Counting on Katherine: How
Helaine
Becker
Tiemdow Phumiruk
Holt
2018

An inspiring story of a girl who loved math and went on to do great things as a NASA mathematician. Her contributions were enormous! She helped calculate the course of moon landings and also saved many lives.   

Cover of Chester Nez and the Unbrea
Joseph
Brucach
Liz Amini-Holmes
Whitman
2018

When he was a boy, Chester Nez was told that his native Navajo language and culture had no value. But his Navajo language was called into service when he helped create an unbreakable military code during World War II.

Cover of Adventures to School: Real
Miranda and Paul
Baptiste
Isabel Muñoz
Little Bee
2018

Young people all around the world go to school. But the way they get to school varies hugely! This book charts the many diverse, unusual – and sometimes dangerous - ways children get to school in the morning. (From trekking three hours on foot – to walking across a wire bridge – to taking a bus.)

Cover of Drawn from Nature
Helen
Ahpornsiri
Big Picture Press
2018

Illustrator Helen Ahpornsiri uses leaves, petals, and seeds – to create intricate and absolutely stunning artwork of plants and animals throughout the four seasons. This book will intrigue readers on its page-by-age nature adventure. 

Cover of The Brilliant Deep: Rebuil
Kate
Messner
Matthew Forsythe
Chronicle
2018

An exploration of coral reefs – and the many ways we are trying to save and rebuild these amazing and incredibly diverse ecosystems (with hammer and glue, and grafts of newly grown coral). This is the legacy of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation.

Cover of I Am Loved
Nikki
Giovanni
Ashley Bryan
Atheneum
2018

With vibrant, swooping illustrations, this book emphasizes the important message to young and old alike: you are loved!  It includes a mirrored page for readers to see themselves reflected in the book.

Cover of Seeing Into Tomorrow
Richard
Wright
Nina Crews
Millbrook
2018

Photo-collage artwork by Nina Crews is paired with haiku by Richard Wright – focusing in on every day moments and celebrates the lives of contemporary African American boys. The words and art are contemplative, thoughtful – and perfectly paired. d

Cover of Bird Builds a Nest: A Firs
Martin
Jenkins
Richard Jones
Candlewick
2018

A first storybook about the process of nest-building – from pulling a worm out of the ground, to lifting some twigs, to piecing them all together. Readers will feel proud and satisfied watching the process from start to finish – and see the bird’s completed nest at the end of the day.