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.

PRIMARY NONFICTION

BOO-BOOS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD : A TRUE STORY ABOUT AN  CONTRARY CREATURES : UNIQUE ANIMAL OPPOSITES  DO NOT LICK THIS BOOK*  DREAMERS  EARTHRISE : APOLLO 8 AND THE PHOTO THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

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  IF YOU'RE GOING TO A MARCH  IMAGINE  P IS FOR PTERODACTYL : THE WORST ALPHABET BOOK EVER  SO TALL WITHIN : SOJOURNER TRUTH'S LONG WALK TOWARD FREEDOM  VIVID : POEMS & NOTES ABOUT COLOR

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.

 

INTERMEDIATE NONFICTION

AMERICA BORDER CULTURE DREAMER : THE YOUNG IMMIGRANT EXPERIE  APOLLO 8 : THE MISSION THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING  BRILLIANT DEEP : REBUILDING THE WORLD'S CORAL REEFS  CREATIVITY PROJECT : AN AWESOMETASTIC STORY COLLECTION  NO TRUTH WITHOUT RUTH : THE LIFE OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG

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  RODENT RASCALS : FROM TINY TO TREMENDOUS - 21 CLEVER CREATUR  SINKING OF THE VASA : A SHIPWRECK OF TITANIC PROPORTIONS  SNOWY OWL INVASION! : TRACKING AN UNUSUAL MIGRATION  TOO YOUNG TO ESCAPE : A VIETNAMESE GIRL WAITS TO BE REUNITED

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  BELOVED WORLD OF SONIA SOTOMAYOR  COUNTDOWN : 2979 DAYS TO THE MOON  FAITHFUL SPY : DIETRICH BONHOEFFER AND THE PLOT TO KILL HITL  FRENEMIES IN THE FAMILY : FAMOUS BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO BU

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.

GIRL WHO DREW BUTTERFLIES : HOW MARIA MERIAN'S ART CHANGED S  MARTIN RISING : REQUIEM FOR A KING  SKI SOLDIER : A WORLD WAR II BIOGRAPHY  THEY LOST THEIR HEADS! : WHAT HAPPENED TO WASHINGTON'S TEETH  THRIFTY GUIDE TO ANCIENT ROME : A HANDBOOK FOR TIME TRAVELER

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

 HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA (YOUNG READERS' EDITION) : O  GOOGLE IT : A HISTORY OF GOOGLE  JUST MERCY (ADAPTED FOR YOUNG ADULTS) : A TRUE STORY OF  NEVERTHELESS, WE PERSISTED : 48 VOICES OF DEFIANCE, STRENGTH  PERIOD POWER : A MANIFESTO FOR THE MENSTRUAL MOVEMENT  STEAL THIS COUNTRY : A HANDBOOK FOR RESISTANCE, PERSISTENCE,  WE ARE NOT YET EQUAL : UNDERSTANDING OUR RACIAL DIVIDE

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  BUZZ : THE NATURE AND NECESSITY OF BEES  FACTFULNESS : TEN REASONS WE'RE WRONG ABOUT THE WORLD  GIRL WHO SMILED BEADS : A STORY OF WAR AND WHAT COMES AF  SHE HAS HER MOTHER'S LAUGH : THE POWERS, PERVERSIONS, AND PO  TO OBAMA : WITH LOVE, JOY, ANGER, AND HOPE  WORLD IN A GRAIN : THE STORY OF SAND AND HOW IT TRANSFOR

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.