articles I've written for SLJ BeTween, focusing on nonfiction for tweens. Below are the titles that I regularly recommend and have had generally good responses from readers and adults.
- This publisher offers a lot of series nonfiction that's very accessibly and well-researched, primarily narrative history. Some recent series include
- DK regularly reprints this perennially 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 and have been doing more and more narrative nonfiction in addition to their series.
- 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. Some of the latest entries:
- Sarah Albee
- Albee writes narrative nonfiction that focuses on some of the smaller aspects of history - that have big effects. Her latest is Dog Days.
- Carlyn Beccia
- Writes hilarious histories. Her latest is They lost their heads.
- Georgia Bragg
- How they croaked and How they choked.
- Nancy Castaldo
- These are geared towards the older end of the middle grade spectrum. She's explored dogs, seeds, and several aspects of animals.
- Nathan Hale
- Hale writes dense, informative, and very entertaining graphic history. He's written titles on World War I, the Alamo, the Donner Party, and many more.
- 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.
- Sandra Markle
- Great science titles for the younger end of the middle grade spectrum, especially those not yet ready to tackle Scientists in the Field. She has a whole series about the efforts to save different animals, many of them set up like mysteries. Penguins is one of the most recent I read.
- Patricia Newman
- Very accessible science titles. Sea otter heroes is my favorite.
- Steve Sheinkin