New Kids' Non-Fiction Books

Who is Barack Obama? / by Roberta Edwards ; illustrated by John O'Brien. cover
As the world now knows, Barack Obama has made history as our first African-American president. With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this biography is perfect for primary graders looking for a longer, fuller life story than is found in the author's bestselling beginning reader Barack Obama: United States President.
Katherine Johnson : guiding spacecraft / Megan Borgert-Spaniol. cover
Learn how Katherine Johnson broke barriers as a female African American mathematician.
Good night stories for rebel girls : 100 tales of extraordinary women / Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. cover
"To the rebel girls of the world: dream bigger, aim higher, fight harder, and, when in doubt, remember you are right"--Introduction.
I am Vincent van Gogh / by Gabriel Martín Roig ; illustrated by Fátima García. cover
I Am Vincent van Gogh introduces readers, ages ten and up, to one of the world's most famous painters. Van Gogh's life is as fascinating as his paintings. Although always interested in art, van Gogh did not start painting until his late twenties. Once he started, van Gogh created some of the world's best-known paintings including "Sunflowers" and "The Starry Night." Roig brings van Gogh's story to life as if van Gogh were speaking directly to the reader. Precise explanations of art movements and terms are provided for readers.
How mamas love their babies / written by Juniper Fitzgerald ; illustrated by Elise Peterson. cover
Mamas work in different ways to take care of their babies, but everything they do is because of love.
Robots and drones : past, present, and future / written by Mairghread Scott ; illustrated by Jacob Chabot. cover
Presents the history of robotics, from the world's earliest mechanized robots to modern machines used in the home, in the military, and in space exploration.
I want to be a doctor / by Laura Driscoll ; illustrated by Catalina Echeverri. cover
Explains what a doctor is and what their responsibilities are, including helping people who are sick or hurt.
Zombies / Erin Peabody ; art by Jomike Tejido. cover
"Are undead, brain-hungry zombies real, or just a myth? You decide with this new book in the nonfiction series, Behind the Legend! Behind the Legend looks at creatures and monsters throughout history and analyzes them through a scientific, mythbusting lens, debating whether or not the sightings and evidence provided are adequate proof of their existence. In Zombies, readers learn about all the stories and "proof" of them, from accounts in history and literature of people being made into zombies, including from Mesopotamia, Haiti, and America, as well as our own modern understanding of zombies' qualities. It also discusses additional history about the monsters, such as how zombies became major figures in popular culture, more recent understandings, and theories on how people turn into zombies. Complete with engaging anecdotes, interesting sidebars, and fantastic illustrations, kids won't want to put this book down!"-- Provided by publisher.
Who is Aretha Franklin? / by Nico Medina ; illustrated by Gregory Copeland. cover
Presents the life of one of the bestselling artists of all time, from her start singing in front of her father's Baptist congregation to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Grace Hopper : advancing computer science / Megan Borgert-Spaniol. cover
"Women have made some of the most important scientific discoveries of all time. In this title, readers learn about mathematician and computer programmer Grace Hopper from her early career programming Mark I and UNIVAC, to the development of the FLOW-MATIC and COBOL. A timeline, sidebars, fun facts, glossary, and index supplement the text." -- Back cover.
Walking in the city with Jane : a story of Jane Jacobs / written by Susan Hughes ; illustrated by Valérie Boivin. cover
"In Walking in the City with Jane, award-winning author Susan Hughes tells the fictionalized story of Jane Jacobs through a celebration of city life and grassroots activism. Even as a young girl, Jane was an independent thinker with an extraordinary imagination and sense of wonder. She was known to challenge her teacher and was often found playing with her imaginary friends, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Cedric the warrior. Always curious and engaged by her surroundings, Jane grew up to be an exceptional woman who cared deeply about her city. When urban planner Robert Moses proposed an expressway to cut across Manhattan, Jane rallied the local community to save the neighbourhood and even got arrested for standing up for her beliefs. Gorgeously illustrated by Valérie Boivin, Walking in the City with Jane offers a glimpse into the mind of one of our greatest urban thinkers whose influence on cities is still felt today."-- Provided by publisher.
What's so special about Shakespeare? / Michael Rosen ; illustrated by Sarah Nayler. cover
More than four hundred years after William Shakespeare s death, his name is known in every corner of the world. Why? Celebrated poet, critic, and Shakespeare enthusiast Michael Rosen answers that question with humor, knowledge, and appreciation, offering a whirlwind tour of Shakespeare s life, his London, and four of his plays: A Midsummer Night s Dream, Macbeth, King Lear, and The Tempest.
Mr. Potato Head inventor : George Lerner / Paige V. Polinsky. cover
Highlights the life and career of the toy designer who invented Mr. Potato Head.
Miguel's brave knight : young Cervantes and his dream of Don Quixote / poems by Margarita Engle ; illustrated by Raul Colon. cover
Describes how Miguel de Cervantes found refuge from his childhood troubles by daydreaming of a brave knight who would right the wrongs of the world, the inspiration for his famous character Don Quixote.
Manjhi moves a mountain / by Nancy Churnin ; illustrated by Danny Popovici. cover
"Dashrath Manjhi used a hammer and chisel, grit, determination, and twenty years to carve a path through the mountain separating his poor village from the nearby village with schools, markets, and a hospital. Manjhi Moves a Mountain shows how everyone canmake a difference if their heart is big enough."--Provided by publisher.
The world cup : soccer's global championship / Matt Doeden. cover
The World Cup, international soccer's championship tournament, rules the global sports stage. Award-winning author Matt Doeden explores the history of international soccer and covers the World Cup's greatest moments, from the most shocking goals to bigges.
What was the Titanic? / by Stephanie Sabol ; illustrated by Gregory Copeland. cover
"For more than 100 years, people have been captivated by the disastrous sinking of the Titanic that claimed over 1,500 lives. Now young readers can find out why the great ship went down and how it was discovered seventy-five years later. At 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, the Royal Mail Steamer Titanic, the largest passenger steamship of this time, met its catastrophic end after crashing into an iceberg. Of the 2,240 passengers and crew onboard, only 705 survived. More than 100 years later, today's readers will be intrigued by the mystery that surrounds this ship that was originally labeled 'unsinkable'."--Provided by publisher.
What is the World Cup? / by Bonnie Bader ; illustrated by Stephen Marchesi. cover
Describes the history of the soccer World Cup, covering clothing and equipment, host stadiums, the rules, qualifying to participate, and the most successful teams.
Werewolves / by Erin Peabody ; art by Victor Rivas. cover
Discusses the myth of werewolves, covering sightings, historical tales, and their place in popular culture.
Rising seas : flooding, climate change and our new world / text by Keltie Thomas ; art by Belle Wuthrich and Kath Boake W. cover
The Earth's oceans are on the rise. Since 1900, global sea levels have risen steadily each year to a global average of about 8 inches (20cm) today, and they're still rising. By 2100, the sea could climb as much as 14 feet (4.3m) to 32 feet (9.75m). Rising Seas: Flooding, Climate Change and Our New World gives youth an eye-popping view of what the Earth might look like under the rising and falling water levels of climate change. Photographs juxtapose the present-day with that same area's projected future. The shocking images will help them understand the urgency for action. Key issues in today's news will be better understood, such as the 2015 Paris Protocol in which the world agreed to limit temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius (ideally 1.5 degree).
Who is George Lucas? / by Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso ; illustrated by Ted Hammond. cover
Highlights the life and accomplishments of the creator of the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" movies, whose technological innovations have had a major impact on the film industry.