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Great Nonfiction Books for 4th Graders


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Rocket To The Moon!
Brown, Don, 1949- author, illustrator.
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" when the Apollo 11 landed on the moon. But it wasn't just one man who got us to the moon. Rocket to the Moon! explores the people and technology that made the moon landing possible. Instead of examining one person's life, it focuses on the moon landing itself, showing the events leading up to it and how it changed the world. The book takes readers through the history of rocket building: from ancient Chinese rockets, to "bombs bursting in air" during the War of 1812, to Russia's Sputnik program, to the moon landing.
Lesser Spotted Animals : The Coolest Creatures You've Never Heard Of
Brown, Martin, 1959- author, illustrator.
Find out all about the amazing animals you need to know but never get to see, from the numbat to the zorilla, and everything in between.
Comics : Easy As Abc! : The Essential Guide To Comics For Kids : For Kids, Parents, Teachers And Librarians!
Brunetti, Ivan, author, illustrator.
Cartoonist Ivan Brunetti teams up with editor Françoise Mouly to create a comprehensive Comics how-to booklet, geared towards parents, teachers, librarian, and children alike.
Eat This! : How Fast-food Marketing Gets You To Buy Junk (and How To Fight Back)
Curtis, Andrea, author.
Eat This examines how the fast-food industry uses advertising and marketing to influence children and young adults, while providing means and measures to combat the ubiquitous problem.
Eye Spy : Wild Ways Animals See The World
Duprat, Guillaume, author, illustrator.
This book shares the latest scientific research on animal vision. Discover pigeons' sunglasses, owls' tube-shaped eyes, insects with thousands of mini eyes, and much, much more. With delightful and surprising illustrations, this book allows us a rare glimpse of the world through animals' eyes. Learn interesting facts such as: cows spot predators coming up from behind, cats see mice scurrying through the night, snakes see infrared-- which we only feel as heat, and eagles see eight times more detail than we can.
Ada's Violin : The Story Of The Recycled Orchestra Of Paraguay
Hood, Susan, 1954- author.
A town built on a landfill. A community in need of hope. A girl with a dream. A man with a vision. An ingenious idea.
This Is How We Do It : One Day In The Lives Of Seven Kids From Around The World
Lamothe, Matt, author.
Follows the daily lives of seven children from around the world, including such places as Japan, India, Uganda, and Italy, and discusses how schools, meals, and play can be different or similar in different places in the world.
When The Sun Shines On Antarctica : And Other Poems About The Frozen Continent
Latham, Irene.
Presents information about some of the animals of Antarctica and how they survive in the extreme temperatures of the summer months, with a poem about each animal.
Thirteen Ways Of Looking At A Black Boy
Medina, Tony, author.
A fresh perspective of young men of color depicting thirteen views of everyday life: young boys dressed in their Sunday best, running to catch a bus, and growing up to be teachers, and much more. Each of Tony Medina's tanka is matched with a different artist including recent Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Award recipients.
Josephine : The Dazzling Life Of Josephine Baker
Powell, Patricia Hruby, 1951-
A portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. Meticulously researched by both author and artist, Josephine's powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and a spectacle, just like the legend herself.
The Secret Kingdom : Nek Chand, A Changing India, And A Hidden World Of Art
Rosenstock, Barb, author.
The incredible story of the world's largest visionary environment: the Rock Garden of Chandigarh, kept secret by outsider artist Nek Chand for fifteen years.
The Slowest Book Ever
Sayre, April Pulley, author.
Discover surprising facts about anything and everything slow.
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies : How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science
Sidman, Joyce, author.
Newbery-Honor winning author Joyce Sidman explores the extraordinary life and scientific discoveries of Maria Merian, who discovered the truth about metamorphosis and documented the science behind the mystery in this visual biography that features many original paintings by Maria herself.
The Roots Of Rap : 16 Bars On The 4 Pillars Of Hip-hop
Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956- author.
Presents the history of hip-hop including, how it evolved from folktales, spirituals, and poetry, to the showmanship of James Brown, to the culture of graffiti art and breakdancing that formed around the art form.