Sunday, March 1, 2015

RA RA Read: Nonfiction for middle grade readers

I've been focusing heavily on easy, read-aloud nonfiction the last few years but I don't want to let middle grade nonfiction fall by the wayside! Here is a selection of suggestions and recommendations.

By Publisher/Series
  • Eyewitness
    • DK is reprinting this perennial favorite series with updated contents and covers. A must for elementary through middle school.
  • National Geographic
    • You really can't have a nonfiction section without National Geographic. They do so much more than just "factoid" books. There's the Everything series and so much more.
  • Scientists in the Field
    • This series is my go to for kids who need high lexile books. They have a huge variety of subjects, a great layout for introducing kids to real scientists and science problems, and a really good track record of recognizing native/local input and involvement. My only quibble is that they look too much like picture books. Some of my favorite entries lately have been Chasing CheetahsDolphins of Shark BayTapir Scientist, and Park Scientists
By Author
  • Sarah Albee
    • Albee has written two books, Poop Happened! and Bugged! which are perfect middle grade nonfiction fare - and a great contextual look at how little things affect history. She has a new book about fashion coming out spring 2015.
  • Carlyn Beccia
    • She's also written two excellent books: I feel better with a frog in my throat and Raucous Royals.
  • Georgia Bragg
  • Nathan Hale
  • Rebecca Johnson
    • Among others, she's done some great titles for Milbrook, the only drawback being how expensive this imprint is. Definitely worth a little extra $$ though. When Lunch Fights Back and Zombie Makers are my favorites so far.
  • Steve Sheinkin
    • His history books will take a strong reader, but they're worth a little extra effort. I actually put Port Chicago 50 into teen, as there is more mature content, but most strong middle grade readers could handle Bomb or Lincoln's Grave Robbers.
By Title

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