Monday, March 17, 2014

Non Fiction Chapter Books

"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't." Mark Twain
The story of Amelia Earhart's life is fascinating and this book, Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming gives us more of the story than we've ever known.  The book is put together almost like a scrapbook with pictures from Amelia's childhood and clippings from newpapers and events as she grew famous.  There are quotes and real life accounts of what was said while in the air and trying to communicate.  It's a heart breaking story and a great read aloud for older kids 4th and 5th graders would love it.

Most kids (and adults) love to be read to.  It's so important to keep reading aloud even after the picture book stage.  What is better than a shared story?

Bomb the Race to Build - and Steal- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin reads like a spy novel.  Much of the book takes place right here in New Mexico and gives a great timeline of what was going on in the rest of the world while Los Alamos scientists were working away.  The details of the story are so interesting and Sheinkin makes it easy to follow and understand.

What's your favorite non fiction chapter book?

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