I’m in the middle of a Nonfiction class for my Library certification, so I’ve been reading a lot of that. I’m not, or didn’t think I was a nonfiction reader, but guess what… I like most of what I’ve read so far.

  1. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier: Ishamael Beah (bought this one at Starbucks and they give 2 bucks to Unicef) Amazing book! Go to Starbuck’s site and listen to his interview as well.
  2. Outbreak! Plagues that Changed History: Bryn Barnard Awesome! Covers the major plagues with great details that kids love. My fave is the original way they gave the smallpox vaccine in China was by blowing it with a pipe down someone’s nose. Imagine if they inhaled!!
  3. Freedom Riders: Ann Bausum So interesting, this book is a comparison and contrast of two men (John Lewis and Jim Zwerg) who both chose to ride buses during the bus boycott time. One is black, one is white.
  4. The Wand in the Word- Conversations with Writers of Fantasy: Leonard Marcus I’m not a fantasy reader by any means, but what Marcus does here is interview 13 different fantasy writers about their childhood and writing processes.
  5. Well Wished: Franny Billingsley Ok, so this isn’t nonfiction… but she’s one of the featured authors in Marcus’ book, so I read her book to get an idea of her work. Like I said, I’m not a fantasy reader, but it wasn’t that bad. Good for girls.
  6. On Shabbat: Cathy Goldberg Fishman I’m completing an expert project for the class on the Holocaust, so I’ve been reading a lot of books about the time, but I wanted to get a feel for the culture. Being that I’m Catholic, I had no concept of what Shabbat was; very enlightening.
  7. Viktor Frankl: a life worth living: Anna Redsand Having received a degree in counseling eons ago, I knew of Frankl’s psychotherapy, but this biography of his life and survival of four different concentration camps was intriguing.
  8. Surviving Hitler: a boy in the Nazi death camps: Andrea Warren This amazing story of survival of 12 year old Jack through multiple concentration camps would put into perspective your kid’s whining about being bored!
  9. Tracking Trash- flotsam, jetsam, and the science of ocean motion: Loree Griffin Burns So cool! Shows the ocean currents through trash movement. Kids will be so into this book!
  10. The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights: Russell Freedman Tells the life story of the amazing opera singer that changed history by singing at the Lincoln Memorial and became the first African American woman to perform in the White House.
  11. Molly Bannaky: Alice McGill The biography of Benjamin Banneker’s (the first African American to write an almanac) grandmother, a milk maid from England who came to America as an indentured servant.
  12. Mendel’s Daughter- a memoir: Martin Lemelman The memoir of Gusta Mendel’s childhood and escape from the Nazis told in graphic novel format. Very creative!
  13. Fireflies in the Dark: Susan Goldman Rubin The story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, who sacrificed her 110 lbs of luggage that she could take with her to Terezin Concentration Camp to bring art supplies for the children of Terezin. Breathtaking!

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