Category Archives: Non-Fiction
An Eye for Art: focusing on great artists and their work
Call #: J 708.153 Eye
by National Gallery of Art
Introduce children ages 7 and up to more than 50 great artists and their work with this lively family-oriented art resource. This treasure trove from the National Gallery of Art features works of art by, among others, Raphael, Rembrandt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Henri Matisse, Chuck Close, Jacob Lawrence, Pablo Picasso, and Alexander Calder, representing a wide array of artistic styles and techniques. Each chapter is focused on a theme ranging from studying nature and observing everyday life to breaking traditions and telling stories and includes works from a broad spectrum of artists, art mediums, nationalities, and time periods. Forty fun activities throughout will inspire the artist and art appreciator in every child. Written by museum educators with decades of hands-on experience helping children connect with art and the lives of artists, the projects include molding a clay figure inspired by Edgar Degas’s sculptures; drawing an object from touch alone, inspired by Joan Miró’s experience as an art student; painting a double-sided portrait reflecting physical traits and personality traits, inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Ginevra de’ Benci; and creating a story based on a Mary Cassatt painting. Educators, homeschoolers, and families alike will find their creativity sparked by this beautiful gathering of art and information from the nation’s stellar collection.
Call #: J 597.9246 Geo
by Jean Craighead George
This is the story of the famous Lonesome George, a giant tortoise who was the last of his species, lived to be one hundred years old, and became known as the rarest creature in the world. His story gives us a glimpse of the amazing creatures inhabiting the ever-fascinating Galápagos Islands.
Renowned naturalist and bestselling author of the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves and the critically acclaimed Everglades Jean Craighead George once again introduces children to the wonders of the natural world, in this incredible evolution story set in the Galápagos Islands.
Children’s Book of the Movies
Call #: J 791.4309 Chi
Now kids can explore the magical, behind-the-scenes world of cinema in the Children’s Book of the Movies.
Exploring the glamorous world of the movies with child-friendly text and pictures, this definitive guide to cinema reveals how movies work: who makes them, the jobs they have, and the tools and techniques they use. It showcases top movie stars and characters, introduces groundbreaking must-watch films, and covers every genre, including comedy, Westerns, drama, action, animation, CGI, and more, and encourages kids to start capturing their own stories on camera.
Mommy & Me Craft: make and learn together
Call #: J 745.5 Mom
The perfect way to introduce kids to the wonderful world of crafting, knitting, sewing, crocheting, and more, Mommy and Me Craft is full of fun craft ideas for the whole family.
With a wide range of projects including animal masks, friendship bracelets, knitted bunnies, fabric bags, pom pom creatures, and more, kids will develop a sense of achievement upon completion of projects and will love the rewarding feeling of being able to have something to show for the time they’ve spent. In addition to the projects featured throughout the book, readers will learn about materials such as wool and fabric: what they are, where they come from, and fun facts about each one, making Mommy and Me Craft one-of-a-kind.
Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry
Call #: J 745.5942 Dor
by Colleen Dorsey
Are you ready to make the most awesome, fun bracelets EVER? Then jump into Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry! With this new book and your Rainbow Loom®, Cra-Z-Loom™, or FunLoom™, you can make all of the cool rubber band accessories that are driving the hottest crafting craze in years.
Enjoy hours of creative fun with this ultimate guide to stretch band looms. Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry is packed with 12 original projects, more than 200 full color photos, and dozens of clear, easy-to-follow loom diagrams.
Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry shows you everything you need to get the most out of your loom. You’ll learn to create completely colorful and super stylish bracelets, earrings, belts, and more in just minutes. Step out in style with the Hippie Belt, show off your skills with the Zipper Bracelet, and embellish your journals, bags, and barrettes with Flower Charms. The possibilities are endless!
How to Act like a Kid: backstage secrets of a young performer
Call #: J 792.028 Hod
by Henry Hodges & Margaret Engel
Henry Hodges has spent the last twelve years either on stage or in front of a camera. From playing Chip in Beauty and the Beast to Jeremy Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Michael Banks in Mary Poppins, Henry literally has lived on Broadway for most of his young life. His other credits include community and regional theaters, touring shows, opera, television commercials, and voice-overs for Snow Buddies and Space Buddies.
In How to Act Like a Kid, Henry will use his considerable experience–and wisdom beyond his years–to give young readers advice on open calls, auditions, rehearsals, dance and voice classes, child wranglers, studio teachers, and how to do homework in green rooms! Most of all, he will relate how to live a normal life while devoting your time to performing on stage and screen. The book will cover all the ups and downs of childhood acting, including disappointments: he didn’t get the role of Tiny Tim when he first auditioned for The Christmas Carol because he was too small, but returned to win the role for two seasons!
For the first time, young aspiring performers will be able to read about and learn from a young actor–through his own words.
Gabe and Izzy: standing up for America’s bullied
Call #: J 302.343 For
by Gabrielle Ford with Sarah Thomson
The moving, true story of the young woman dubbed “The Voice of America’s Bullied”; how her bond with her dog, Izzy, changed her life; and their mission to help break the cycle of bullying.
In middle school, Gabrielle “Gabe” Ford developed a degenerative muscle disease, and was harassed by bullies as a result. She did her best to keep her head high, but it wasn’t easy. Then Gabe got a dog, Izzy, who developed an uncannily similar disorder. They were invited to appear on Animal Planet to talk about their bond, which in turn led to an invitation to speak at a school. And so began Gabe’s career as an anti-bullying advocate. Dubbed “The Voice of America’s Bullied” by the Huffington Post, Gabe now makes a career of public speaking and has received numerous honors for her hard work. Here is her amazing story—from her lowest days dealing with various challenges, to the unbelievable and immediate bond with Izzy, to her ongoing mission to put an end to bullying, one school at a time.
What in the World: fun-tastic photo puzzles for curious minds
Call #: J 152.148 Agn
by Julie Vasburgh Agnone
Move over I Spy! National Geographic Kids What in the World? is a photographic game book the way that only National Geographic can do it. This book turns cool photos into fun-filled visual games. Fun facts and nuggets of information will be sprinkled throughout, so kids learn while they’re having fun. Games will include: “What’s wrong with this picture?”, hidden pictures, “find the camouflaged animal in the scene,” and many others. “What in the World?” will be an instant favorite and will have a place on the family bookshelf for years to come.
Let’s Make Faces
Call #: J 704.942 Piv
by Hanoch Piven
Learn how to find faces in unexpected places using everyday objects in this interactive guide to cultivating creativity, from globally acclaimed portrait artist Hanoch Piven.
There are so many faces to discover in our world! All you have to do is look. Is a button just a button? Or is it an eye? That stick of gum sure looks like a mouth. How about some old yarn, unraveled from a scarf—that could be hair. Put all these objects together and you can make a face!
Join internationally renowned portrait artist Hanoch Piven on a delightful, artistic journey to reimagine the everyday world into facial fun in this instructive, illustrated guide.
Beneath the Sun
Call #: J 591.5 Ste
by Melissa Stewart
illustrated by Constance R. Bergum
When the sun is shining brightly, people put on sunscreen or scurry inside to cool off. But how do wild animals react to the sizzling heat? Journey from your neighborhood to a field where an earthworm loops its long body into a ball underground, to a desert where a jackrabbit loses heat through its oversized ears, to a wetland where a siren salamander burrows into the mud to stay cool, and to a seashore where a sea star hides in the shade of a seaweed mat. In simple yet informative language, Beneath the Sun shows young readers how the animals who live there survive the hottest time of the year.
The Story of Buildings
Call #: J 720 Dil
by Patrick Dillon
illustrated by Stephen Biesty
Aspiring architects will be in their element! Explore this illustrated narrative history of buildings for young readers, an amazing construction in itself.
We spend most of our lives in buildings. We make our homes in them. We go to school in them. We work in them. But why and how did people start making buildings? How did they learn to make them stronger, bigger, and more comfortable? Why did they start to decorate them in different ways? From the pyramid erected so that an Egyptian pharaoh would last forever to the dramatic, machine-like Pompidou Center designed by two young architects, Patrick Dillon’s stories of remarkable buildings — and the remarkable people who made them — celebrates the ingenuity of human creation. Stephen Biesty’s extraordinarily detailed illustrations take us inside famous buildings throughout history and demonstrate just how these marvelous structures fit together.
The Scraps Book: notes from a colorful life
Call #: J 741.64092 Ehler
by Lois Ehlert
The renowned Caldecott Honoree and illustrator of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom provides a moving, intimate, and inspiring inside look at her colorful picture book career.
Lois Ehlert always knew she was an artist. Her parents encouraged her from a young age by teaching her how to sew and saw wood and pound nails, and by giving her colorful art supplies. They even gave her a special spot to work that was all her own.
Today, many years and many books later, Lois takes readers and aspiring artists on a delightful behind-the-scenes tour of her books and her book-making process. Part fascinating retrospective, part moving testament to the value of following your dreams, this richly illustrated picture book is sure to inspire children and adults alike to explore their own creativity.
The Parent’s Guide to the Medical World of Autism
Call #: JPS 618.92853 Aul
by Edward Aull, MD
Dr. Aull clearly explains the world of diagnosis, treatments, and the overwhelming world of medications for parents facing a diagnosis for their child of autism. The much needed explanation of what is safe, and what to use when can be found here. Dr. Aull explain concepts about utilizing medication treatment, why medications might give an adverse outcome, and what might be done to improve the patient’s results.
“This is the first book I have read where a wise, highly experienced doctor has discussed his use of medications on many different types of individuals on the autism spectrum.” — Dr. Temple Grandin
Stars and Planets: glow in the dark
Call #: J 523 Sto
by Carole Stott
illustrated by Peter Bull
Blast off into space, then work your way back in Stars and Planets: Glow in the Dark.
Page by page, you’ll take an exciting mission through the solar system from the outside in, exploring each planet in turn.
Starting at the very edge of the solar system and traveling all the way to the sun, you’ll see city-sized comets, Saturn’s rings, ferocious storms on Jupiter, and scorching volcanoes on Venus. On the way, you’ll dodge and dive through an asteroid belt, explore planets’ moons, and bump into other spacecraft on their own important missions before reaching the sun at the end of the journey.
With die-cuts, images, labels, descriptions, and fun facts, plus a poster and sheet of glow-in-the-dark stickers, Stars and Planets: Glow in the Dark is the ultimate way to explore space.
Poem Depot: aisles of smiles
Call #: J 811.54 Flo
poems and drawings by Douglas Florian
In the vein of Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky, this illustrated book of humorous poems will guarantee giggles
Artist, poet, and award-winning author Douglas Florian successfully captures the comedy of kids’ everyday lives with this jam-packed volume of 170 nonsense poems. Meander through the different aisles—such as “Jests & Jives” or “Tons of Puns”—to find everything from laugh-out-loud limericks to frenetic free verse. With Florian’s eccentric wit and off-the-wall drawings, this one-stop funny poetry shop is perfect for fans of Where the Sidewalk Ends.
Call #: J 302.34302854678 Stu
by Rachel Stuckey
Gr 5-8-Three timely, useful, and informative titles. A one-page scenario unique to a specific type of bullying serves as an example to enlighten readers on the experience of being a target. This scenario further helps to introduce the focus of the book, followed by an explanation and definition of the type of bullying. Each chapter provides helpful advice and recommendations for ways of handling an attack. Other topics examined include the roles and impact of people present during an act of bullying, where an incident occurs, and parents and siblings as bullies. They all help readers to better understand and grasp the trauma experienced by targets. Other chapters address the fear of future attacks and the impact of these incidents on school attendance. A list of personality characteristics of bullies, physical characteristics and tendencies of those often targeted by bullies, and recommendations for actions to take when witnessing an act of bullying or being a victim help readers become empowered. Material is to the point and easy to understand. A short quiz at the conclusion of each book, “Did You Know?” text boxes with additional facts and statistics, “Think About It!” sections, an appealing layout with color photos and computer-enhanced and altered graphics, accompanied by first-person accounts, create accessible and helpful resources.-Susan Shaver, Hemingford
Made by Dad: 67 blueprints for making cool stuff
Call #: JPS 745.5 Bed
by Scott Bedford
The Snail Soup Can Decoy to keep the candy stash safe. The Customizable “Keep Out” Sign to deter meddlesome siblings and parents. A Bunk Bed Communicator made from cardboard tubes (“Psst! Can you keep the snoring down?”). Clever, whimsical, and kind of genius, here are 67 unique projects that will turn any dad with DIY leanings into a mad scientist hero that his kid(s) will adore.
No screens, no hi-tech gadgetry. Made by Dad combines the rough-edged, handmade ethos of a Boy Scout manual or The Dangerous Book for Boys with a sly sense of humor that kids love. Scott Bedford, a creative director by day and Webby Award–winning blogger by nights and weekends, wields an X-ACTO knife, magic marker, and prodigious imagination to create endlessly delightful projects for his two sons. He knows that kids like contraptions and gadgets, things that are surprising—a chair that appears to be balanced on eggshells. Things that are complex—a multilevel city, with buildings, tunnels, and roads, built from old boxes around the legs of a table. And especially things with humor—the Snappy Toast Rack, made to resemble a crocodile’s gaping mouth.
The projects are shown in full-color photographs, and the instructions are illustrated in detailed line drawings that exude personality. Some are quick and simple enough to be done in a coffee shop; others are more of an afternoon project— yielding hours and hours of rich, imaginative playtime.
The Muppets Character Encyclopedia
Call #: J 791.4572 Muppe-S
by Craig Shemin
Did you know that Miss Piggy was raised on a farm and has two nephews named Randy and Andy? Or that Gonzo’s girlfriend, Camilla the Chicken, can be simply identified by the color of her eyes — they’re blue!
From Kermit the Frog, to Animal and Fozzie Bear, the gang’s all here in The Muppets Character Encyclopedia, the perfect introduction to the Muppets. Each page of this fun and friendly guide features a different Muppet profile packed with tons of interesting facts about these beloved characters. With full bios of the characters from the new 2014 movie, The Muppets Character Encyclopedia is essential for any Muppet fan.
Why do we Fight? Conflict, war and peace.
Call #: J 303.69 Wal
by Niki Walker
Battles, protests, standoffs, strikes. We hear about them all the time. On the surface, a battle and a protest don’t seem to have much in common, but they’re really just two ways of handling a dispute. One uses violence, the other uses signs and picket lines. But both start as a disagreement between two groups of people. Both are conflicts.
Since it’s impossible for people to agree on everything all the time, conflicts naturally pop up every day, all over the world. Sometimes they turn into full-blown wars, which can be a lot trickier to understand than the conflicts that pop up in everyday life, but every conflict has some things in common.
Using real world examples, Why Do We Fight? teaches kids to recognize the structures, factors, and complex histories that go into creating conflicts, whether personal or global — as well as the similarities between both. They’ll be given tools to seek out information, enabling them to make informed opinions while learning to respect that others may form different ones.
From culture clashes and trade disputes to disagreements about how to govern, Why Do We Fight? insists that the key to fulfilling humankind’s wish for “world peace” lies in how we choose to deal with conflict and provides a genuine cause for optimism in the face of an at-times frightening world.
How the Beatles changed the World
Call #: J 782.421660922 Beatl-S
by Martin W. Sandler
The Beatles’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, has been called “a night that changed the course of American culture.” More than seventy million television viewers – the largest-ever audience for an entertainment show – watched the Beatles’ performance that February 9, 1964. It was only the beginning.
Had the Beatles been simply the most successful musical group of all time, their place in history would be secure. But they were much, much more. The Beatles changed popular culture forever. They changed the way people listened to music and experienced its role in their lives. And they were even more. For as their work matured, they became nothing less than the embodiment of the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s. Readers will also discover how the Beatles became prisoners of their own success and how, by retreating into the recording studio, they attained even greater heights by creating songs and albums of such meaning and of such influence that the entire nature and importance of popular music was profoundly altered.