Tracey’s 2018 Favorite Nonfiction
One of my t-shirts declares: “I read too many books to believe what I am told.” I bought it because I thought it was funny, but in all seriousness, I love learning about new ideas, new processes, new insights. I enjoy watching historical movies, such as “The King’s Speech” and ”Victoria & Abdul” and “The Post”, but afterwards I always read the book to discover what was true, what was embellished, and what was totally made up.
In the last year alone, I have read books about heredity, blood, the making of Google, the invention of the band-aid, bees, and sand. (Did you know that there is a sand mafia?) Biographies are not usually my first choice of reading material, but this year I’ve read about astronauts, a Lutheran pastor who became a spy, refugees, immigrants, a former FLOTUS, a Supreme Court justice, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg—who deserves her own category.
Check out the books that I liked the best…and if I didn’t include YOUR favorite, please share with us in the comments below.
The Boo-Boos That Changed the World : A True Story about an Accidental Invention (Really!) by Barry Wittenstein (ill. by Chris Hsu). 9781580897457. 2018. Gr PK-3.
Contrary Creatures : Unique Animal Opposites by James Weinberg. 9781624145803. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Do Not Lick This Book* by Idan Ben-Barak & Julian Frost. 9781250175366. 2018. Gr K-2.
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales. 9780823440559. 2018. Gr PK-3.
Earthrise : Apollo 8 and the Photo That Changed the World by James Gladstone (ill. by Christy Lundy). 9781771473163. 2018. Gr PK-3.
Eye Spy : Wild Ways Animals See the World by Guillaume Duprat. 9781999802851. 2018. Gr 1-4.
If You’re Going to a March by Martha Freeman (ill. by Violet Kim). 9781454929932. 2018. Gr K-2.
Imagine by Juan Felipe Herrera (ill. by Lauren Castillo). 9780763690526. 2018. Gr 1-4.
P Is for Pterodactyl : The Worst Alphabet Book Ever by Raj Haldar (ill. by Maria Beddia). 9781492674313. 2018. Gr 1-3.
So Tall Within : Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom by Gary D. Schmidt (ill. by Daniel Minter). 9781626728721. 2018. Gr 1-3.
Vivid : Poems & Notes about Color by Julie Paschkis. 9781250122292. 2018. Gr PK-3.
America Border Culture Dreamer : The Young Immigrant Experience by Wendy Ewald. 9780316484954. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Apollo 8 : The Mission That Changed Everything by Martin W Sandler. 9780763694890. 2018. Gr 4-6.
The Brilliant Deep : Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs by Kate Messner. 9781452133508. 2018. Gr 2-5.
The Creativity Project : An Awesometastic Story Collection by Colby Sharp. 9780316507813. 2018. Gr 4-6.
No Truth Without Ruth : The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Kathleen Krull. 9780062560117. 2018. Gr 1-4.
Out of the Ice : How Climate Change Is Revealing the Past by Claire Eamer (ill. by Drew Shannon). 9781771387316. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Rodent Rascals : From Tiny to Tremendous by Roxie Munro. 9780823438600. 2018. Gr 2-4.
The Sinking of the Vassa : A Shipwreck of Titanic Proportions by Russell Freedman (ill. by William Low). 9781627798662. 2018. Gr 3-5.
Snowy Owl Invasion : Tracking an Unusual Migration by Sandra Markle. 9781512431063. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Too Young to Escape : A Vietnamese Girl Waits to Be Reunited with her Family by Van Ho & Marsha Skrypuch. 9781772780666. 2018. Gr 4-6.
MIDDLE SCHOOL NONFICTION
Back from the Brink : Saving Animals from Extinction by Nancy F. Castaldo. 9780544953437. 2018. Gr 5-7.
The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor by Sonia Sotomayor. 9781524771157. 2018. Gr 7-10.
Countdown : 2979 Days to the Moon by Suzanne Slade. 9781682630136. 2018. Gr 4-7.
The Faithful Spy : Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix. 9781419728389. 2018. Gr 6-10.
Frenemies in the Family : Famous Brothers and Sisters Who Butted Heads and Had Each Other’s Backs by Kathleen Krull. 9780399551253. 2018. Gr 4-7.
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies : How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman. 9780544717138. 2018. Gr 5-8.
Martin Rising : Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney. 9780545702539. 2018. Gr 4-7.
Ski Soldier : A World War II Biography by Louise Borden. 9781629796741. 2018. Gr 6-8.
They Lost Their Heads : What Happened to Washington’s Teeth, Einstein’s Brain, and Other Famous Body Parts by Carlyn Beccia. 9780802737458. 2018. Gr 6-8.
The Thrifty Guide to Ancient Rome (Thrifty Guides, Book 1) by Jonathan W. Stokes. 9780451479600. 2018. Gr 4-7.
HIGH SCHOOL NONFICTION
A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea (Young Readers Edition) by Melissa Fleming. 9781250311429. 2018. Gr 7-12.
Google It! : A History of Google by Anna Crowley Redding. 9781250148223. Gr 7-10.
Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson. 9780525580041. 2018. Gr 7-12.
Nevertheless, We Persisted : 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage. 9781524771973. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Period Power : A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement by Nadya Okamoto. 9781534430211. 2018. Gr 7-12.
Steal This Country : A Handbook for Resistance, Persistence, and Fixing Almost Everything by Alexandra Styron. 9780451479372. 2018. Gr 7-12.
We Are Not Yet Equal : Understanding Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson & Tonya Bolden. 9781547600762. 2018. Gr 8-12.
ADULT CROSSOVER NONFICTION
Becoming by Michelle Obama. 9781524763138. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.
Buzz : The Nature and Necessity of Bees by Thor Hanson. 9780465052615. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.
Factfulness : Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World by Hans Rosling. 9781250107817. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.
The Girl Who Smiled Beads : A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya & Elizabeth Weil. 9780451495327. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.
She Has Her Mother’s Laugh : The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer. 9781101984598. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.
To Obama : With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope by Jeanne Marie Laskas. 9780525509387. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.
The World in a Grain : The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization by Vince Beiser. 9780399576423. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.