The best informational books for kids from 2001 to the present.


The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science

by Sidman, Joyce
Call Number: x 92 M561Si

Grades 3 - 8

Sidman’s signature poetry and love of nature shines through in this exquisitely researched, highly attractive and entertaining biography of Maria Merian, a revolutionary and groundbreaking “citizen-scientist” in the 1600s.


Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961

by Brimner, Larry Dane,
Call Number: 323.40973 B857

March: Book One

by Lewis, John
Call Number: 323.4092 L674-2

March is popping up all over the place on best graphic novel lists for 2013, and rightfully so. This is the first book in a planned trilogy that tells of the struggle of Congressman John Lewis, his first hand experience of the Jim Crow South, and his experience living through segregation and choosing to fight against it through his participation in key Civil Rights moments, such as the March on Washington and the Selma-Montgomery March. Fantastic assignment book for teachers looking for an engaging document to bring the struggle for racial equality for African Americans to light.


Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras

by Tonatiuh, Duncan,
Call Number: x 92 P855To

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus

by Bryant, Jennifer,
Call Number: x 92 R732Br

Parrots Over Puerto Rico

by Roth, Susan L, author, illustrator.
Call Number: x 598.05 R845

A combined history of the Puerto Rican parrot and the island of Puerto Rico, highlighting current efforts to save the Puerto Rican parrot by protecting and managing this endangered species.



Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot

by Montgomery, Sy.
Call Number: x 639 M788

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream

by Stone, Tanya Lee.
Call Number: x 920 S881

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

by Nelson, Kadir
Call Number: x 796 N4269

Gr. 3 and up. An elderly ball player regales his audience with the trials and triumphs of determined athletes and fans, beautifully enhanced by Nelson's glorious art. Includes a forward by Hank Aaron, himself once a player in the Negro League.


The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

by Sis, Peter, 1949-
Call Number: x 92 S622 folio

Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon

by Thimmesh, Catherine.
Call Number: x 629.4 T443

The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler

by Hulme, George, 1932-
Call Number: 822 H915

Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850

by Bartoletti, Susan Campbell.
Call Number: x 941.5 B292

Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado

by Aronson, Marc,
Call Number: x 92 R163Ar