Monday, November 06, 2017

2018: Nonfiction, all ages:

Nonfiction, all ages:
Nonfiction = new is anything published after 2007; goal = 20 (15 new; 5 old)

1. Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything. Aly Raisman. 2017. 368 pages. [Source: Library]
2. Victoria: Portrait of a Queen. Catherine Reef. 2017. [November] Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]
3. Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse. Catherine Reef. 2016. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 197 pages. [Source: Review copy]

4. Kings and Queens of England and Scotland. Plantagenet (Peter?) Somerset Fry. 2006. 96 pages. [Source: Library]
5. One Fun Day with Lewis Carroll: A Celebration of Wordplay and a Girl Named Alice. Kathleen Krull. Illustrated by Julia Sarda. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
6. Miguel's Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote. Margarita Engle. Illustrated by Raul Colon. 2017. Peachtree. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
7. World History Time Lines (Brain Power) Penny Clarke. 2006. 64 pages. [Source: Library]
8. Jane Austen at Home. Lucy Worsley. 2017. 387 pages. [Source: LIBRARY]
9. Kings and Queens of Britain: A Victorian Mneumonic or Learning Verse. New lines by Frances Barnes-Murphy. Illustrated by Rowan Barnes-Murphy. 1996. 40 pages. [Source: Bought]\
10. Alexander Hamilton:The Hero Who Helped Shape America. 2017. Harry Abrams. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
11. Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton. Sherri Duskey Rinker. 2017. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
12. Before She Was Harriet. Lesa Cline-Ransome. Illustrated by James Ransome. 2017. [November] Holiday House. 32 pages. [Source: Library]

13. Let the Children March. Monica Clark-Robinson. Illustrated by Frank Morrison. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
14. Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World. Susan Hood. Illustrated by Selina Alko, Sophie Blackall, Lisa Brown, Hadley Hooper, Emily Winfield Martin, Oge Mora, Julie Morstad, Sara Palacios, LeUyen Pham, Erin K. Robinson, Isabel Roxas, Shadra Strickland, and Melissa Sweet. 2018. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
15. Annie Patches: My New Forever Home. Marty Koblish. Photographs by Jessica Charous. 2015. 34 pages. [Source: Bought]

16. The Conquering Family. Thomas B. Costain. 1949. 291 pages. [Source: Library]
17. When I Was Young in the Mountains. Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Diane Goode. 1982. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
18. A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War. Joseph Loconte. 2015. Thomas Nelson. 256 pages. [Source: Bought]

19. The Magnificent Century (The Plantagenets #2). Thomas B. Costain. 1951. 324 pages. [Source: Library]
20. Balderdash! John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books. Michelle Markel. Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. 2017. 44 pages. [Source: Library]
21. American Girl: A Girl Named Misty: The True Story of Misty Copeland. Kelly Starling Lyons. 2018. Scholastic. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
22. Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart. John Guy. 2004. 608 pages. [Source: Library]
23. How Sweet the Sound: the Story of Amazing Grace. Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by Frank Morrison. 2018. Simon & Schuster. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
24. For Every One. Jason Reynolds. 2018. Simon & Schuster. 112 pages. [Source: Library]
25. Camp Panda. Catherine Thimmesh. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 64 pages. [Source: Review copy]
26. Saving Fiona: The Story of the World's Most Famous Baby Hippo. Thane Maynard. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
27. The Three Edwards (The Plantagenets #3) Thomas B. Costain. 1958. 480 pages. [Source: Library]

28. Ethel and Ernest. Raymond Briggs. 1998. 104 pages. [Source: Library]
29. Vincent Can't Sleep. Barb Rosenstock. Illustrated by Mary Grandpre. 2017. Random House. 40 pages. [Source: Nonfiction]
30. Lighter Than Air: Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot. Matthew Clark Smith. Illustrated by Matt Tavares. 2017. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
31. Library on Wheels: Mary Lemist Titcomb and America's First Bookmobile. 2018. Sharlee Glenn. Abrams. 56 pages. [Source: Review copy]
32. Whose Boat? Toni Buzzeo. Illustrated by Tom Froese. 2018. Abrams. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy]
33. Unstoppable: True Stories of Amazing Bionic Animals. Nancy Furstinger. 2017. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 128 pages. [Source: Borrowed from friend]

34. Barracoon: The story of the Last Black Cargo. Zora Neale Hurston. 2018. HarperCollins. 2018. 256 pages. [Source: Library]
35. I Am Walt Disney. Grace Norwich. Illustrated by Phil Parks. 2014. Scholastic. 128 pages. [Source: Review copy]
36. The Great Big Book of Friends. Mary Hoffman. Illustrated by Ros Asquith. 2018. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
37. Cat Pals. Pat Jacobs. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
38. Figure Skating. Laura Hamilton Waxman. 2018. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
39. Ruthless Tide: The Tragic Epic of the Johnstown Flood. Al Roker. 2018. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
40. The Storm of the Century. Al Roker. 2015. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
41. The Tudors: Kings, Queens, Scribes, and Ferrets! Marcia Williams. 2016. 48 pages. Candlewick Press.  [Source: Review copy]
42. Bob The Railway Dog: The True Story of An Adventurous Dog. Corinne Fenton. Illustrated by Andrew McLean. 2016. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]

43.  Isaac's Storm. Erik Larson. 1999. 336 pages. [Source: Library]
44. Police in Action: A Lego Adventure in the Real World. Penelope Arlon. 2018. Scholastic. 24 pages. [Source: Review copy]
45. Firefighters to the Rescue (Lego Nonfiction) Penlope Arlon. 2018. Scholastic. 24 pages. [Source: Review copy]
46. Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon. Robert Kurson. 2018. Random House. 384 pages. [Source: Library]

47. Tigers and Tea with Toppy. Barbara Kerley. Illustrated by Matte Stephens. 2018. Scholastic. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
48. Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art. Hudson Talbott. 2018. Penguin. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
49. Mary Shelley: The Strange True Tale of Frankenstein's Creator. Catherine Reef. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
50. First French Words. Sam Hutchinson. Illustrated by Clare Beaton. 2018. 20 pages. [Source: Library]

51. Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13. Helaine Becker. Illustrated by Dow Phumiruk. 2018. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
52. The Race to Save the Romanovs: The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family. Helen Rappaport. 2018. 464 pages. [Source: Library]
53. Peaceful Rights for Equal Rights. Rob Sanders. Illustrated by Jared Andrew Schorr. 2018. Simon & Schuster. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
54. Mary, Who Wrote Frankenstein. Linda Bailey. Illustrated by Julia Sarda. 2018. 56 pages. [Source: Library]
55. The Promise. Pnina Bat Zvi and Margie Wolfe. Illustrated by Isabelle Cardinal. 2018. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
56. Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing. Nancy Churnin. Illustrated by James Rey Sanchez. 2018. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
57. House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery. Liz Rosenberg. 2018. Candlewick Press. 352 pages. [Source: Library]

58. Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein. Lita Judge. 2018. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
59. The Boo-Boos That Changed the World: A True Story About an Accidental Invention (Really!). Barry Wittenstein. Illustrated by Chris Hsu. 2018. 32 pages. [Source: Library]

60. Just Like Us! Cats. Bridget Heos. Illustrated by David Clark. 2019. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
61. Balance the Birds. Susie Ghahremani. 2018. Abrams. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
62. So Many Sounds. Tim McCanna. Illustrated by Andy J. Miller. 2018. Abrams. 24 pages. [Source: Review copy]
63. Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen. Deborah Hopkinson. Illustrated by Qin Leng. 2018. 40 pages. [Source: Library]

© 2017 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


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