Book Lists - Books for Kids - Nonfiction for Reluctant Readers
The love of books must be discovered on your child's own terms. Give your child time to read. Limit to an hour a night watching television or using the computer. This leaves time for children to be read to, do homework, play board games and to read themselves and discover the joy of books.
This list is non-fiction titles for kids who "think" they do not like to read. They have been chosen because of their visual appeal and their unique presentation. And they have kid appeal.
Macaulay, David. The new way things work. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1998.
Text and numerous detailed illustrations introduce and explain the scientific principles and workings of hundreds of machines. Includes new material about digital technology.
Hamm, Mia, 1972-. Go for the goal : a champion's guide to winning in soccer and life. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c1999.
Olympic and World Cup soccer champion Mia Hamm discusses her life, tracing her path to success on the field, and offers advice and tips to other girls who would like to follow in her footsteps.
Viola, Herman J. It is a good day to die : Indian eyewitnesses tell the story of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, , c1998.
A series of eyewitness accounts of the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn and the defeat of General Custer as told by Native American participants in the battle.
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O'Brien, Patrick, 1960-. Steam, smoke, and steel : back in time with trains. Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, c2000.
A boy traces the development of railroad engines from coal to steam to diesel as he recounts his family's experience of driving trains over the years.
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Bortz, Alfred B. Martian fossils on earth? : the story of meteorite ALH 84001. Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, c1997.
Discusses the study of a meteorite found in Antarctica in 1984 and why it is thought to come from Mars, examining how the scientific process works.
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Rey, H. A. (Hans Augusto), 1898-. Find the constellations. Rev. and updated ed. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1988, c1976.
Describes stars and constellations throughout the year and ways of identifying them.
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Matthews, Tom, 1949-. Light shining through the mist : a photobiography of Dian Fossey. Washington, DC : National Geographic Society, c1998.
Traces the adventurous life of the American woman who worked as a zoologist among the mountain gorillas of the Virunga area of central Africa.
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Parker, Steve. Brain surgery for beginners and other minor operations for minors. Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, 1995.
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George, Jean Craighead, 1919-. How to talk to your dog. New York : HarperCollins, c2000.
Describes how dogs communicate with people through their behavior and sounds and explains how to talk back to them using sounds, behavior, and body language.
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Solheim, James. It's disgusting - and we ate it! : true food facts from around the world and throughout history. New York : Simon and Schuster, 1997.
A collection of poems, facts, statistics, and stories about unusual foods and eating habits both contemporary and historical.
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Jenkins, Steve, 1952-. The top of the world : climbing Mount Everest. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
Describes the conditions and terrain of Mount Everest, attempts that have been made to scale this peak, and general information about the equipment and techniques of mountain climbing.
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Maynard, Christopher. Pirates! raiders of the high seas. 1st American ed. New York : DK Publishing, 1998.
Describes the lives and activities of pirates.
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Krull, Kathleen. Lives of the presidents : fame, shame (and what the neighbors thought). Orlando, FL : Harcourt Brace & Company, c1998.
Focuses on the lives of presidents as parents, husbands, pet owners, and neighbors while also including humorous anecdotes about hairstyles, attitudes, diets, fears, and sleep patterns.
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Moore, Kay. --if you lived at the time of the American Revolution. New York : Scholastic, c1997.
Discusses the different aspects of the American Revolution; includes information about what started the Revolution, who fought in it, what a Loyalist was, and other related topics.
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Murphy, Jim, 1947-. The boys' war : Confederate and Union soldiers talk about the Civil War. New York : Clarion Books, c1990.
Includes diary entries, personal letters, and archival photographs to describe the experiences of boys, sixteen years old or younger, who fought in the Civil War.
Cole, Joanna. The magic school bus : inside the Earth. New York : Scholastic Inc., c1987.
On a special field trip in the magic school bus, Ms Frizzle's class learn at first hand about different kinds of rocks and the formation of the earth.
Hall, Lynn. Barry, the bravest Saint Bernard. New York : Random House, c1992.
Relates the feats of Barry, the St. Bernard dog whose name, to this day, honors the best dog at the St. Bernard Monastery.