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Great Nonfiction Books for 2nd Graders

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Grand Canyon
Chin, Jason, 1978- author.
"An exploration of the Grand Canyon on a grand scale, as only Jason Chin can illustrate and explain"-- Provided by publisher.
Crossings
Duffield, Katy, author.
"A non-fiction exploration of animal crossings built by animal lovers around the world to help animals cross over, under, around, and through human construction"-- Provided by publisher.
Giant Squid
Fleming, Candace, author.
"A nonfiction picture book exploring the mysterious life of the elusive giant squid"-- Provided by publisher.
Buzzing With Questions : The Inquisitive Mind Of Charles Henry Turner
Harrington, Janice N., author.
Questions buzzed endlessly in Charles Henry Turner's mind. Fascinated by bugs and other animals, he wondered: Can spiders learn? How do ants find their way home? Can bugs see color? --Dust jacket.
The Vast Wonder Of The World : Biologist Ernest Everett Just
Mangal, Mélina, author.
Presents the life and accomplishments of the African American scientist, whose keen observations of sea creatures revealed new insights about egg cells and the origins of life.
Snowy Owl Invasion! : Tracking An Unusual Migration
Markle, Sandra, author.
"A historically large irruption of snowy owls during the winter of 2013-2014 brought them across the eastern US, and farther south than usual. Scientists used this opportunity to attach GPS tracking devices to some snowy owls to increase understanding of their winter behavior and migration."-- Provided by publisher.
Creekfinding : A True Story
Martin, Jacqueline Briggs, author.
"Once upon a time a creek burbled up and tumbled across a prairie valley. It was filled with insects and brook trout that ate them, frogs that chirruped and birds watching for bugs and fish. This is a true story about a man named Mike who went looking for that creek long after it was buried under fields of corn. It is the story of how a creek can be brought back to life, and with it a whole world of nature. In the words of award-winning author Jacqueline Briggs Martin and the enchanting illustrations by Claudia McGehee, this heartening tale of an ecosystem restored in the Driftless Area of northeast Iowa unfolds in a way that will charm and inform young readers who are drawn to a good mystery, the wonders of nature--and, of course, big earth-moving machines"-- Provided by publisher.
How To Be An Elephant : Growing Up In The African Wild
Roy, Katherine, author.
This nonfiction picture book follows an elephant's growth from a newborn calf to a full-grown adult in one of the most socially and structurally complex family groups on earth.-- Provided by publisher.
Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep
Sayre, April Pulley, author.
"Squirrels wrestle. Squirrels leap. Squirrels climb. Squirrels sleep. If you followed a squirrel for a day, what would you see? Climbing branches, storing seeds, making homes in tree holes, and maybe even flying! [The creators of this book offer] a glimpse into this fascinating world. Discover different kinds of squirrels as the scamper, eat, and, finally, sleep."--Amazon.com.
Fauja Singh Keeps Going : The True Story Of The Oldest Person To Ever Run A Marathon
Singh, Simran Jeet, author.
"The inspiring true story of Fauja Singh, who broke world records to become the first one hundred-year-old to run a marathon, shares valuable lessons on the source of his grit, determination to overcome obstacles, and commitment to positive representation of the Sikh community"-- Provided by publisher.
Classified : The Secret Career Of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer
Sorell, Traci, author.
"Mary Golda Ross designed classified projects for Lockheed Air Corporation as the company's first female engineer. Find out how her passion for math, and the Cherokee values she was raised with, shaped her life and work."-- Provided by publisher.
Radiant Child : The Story Of Young Artist Jean-michel Basquiat
Steptoe, Javaka, 1971- author, illustrator.
Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message and art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful.
Pass Go And Collect $200 : The Real Story Of How Monopoly Was Invented
Stone, Tanya Lee, author.
"A nonfiction picture book history of Monopoly, one of the world's most famous games" -- Provided by publisher.
Separate Is Never Equal : Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight For Desegregation
Tonatiuh, Duncan.
"Years before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez, an eight-year-old girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, played an instrumental role in Mendez v. Westminster, the landmark desegregation case of 1946 in California"-- Provided by publisher.
The Hidden Life Of A Toad
Wechsler, Doug, author, photographer.
Presents extreme close-up images of the life cycle of the American toad, from egg to tadpole to adult.

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