Nonfiction

Nonfiction

The School’s On Fire!
A True Story of Bravery, Tragedy, and Determination

Chicago Review Press, 2019
Ages 10 and up

Coming soon just in time for the 60th anniversary of the blaze that changed American fire laws.  The School’s on Fire! follows the path of the December 1958 fire that killed 92 kids and 3 teachers at Our Lady of the Angels School in Chicago. Recounted in a fast-paced, blow-by-blow and classroom-by-classroom narrative, the tragedy is made accessible to kids by focusing on the survivors’ stories of courage, quick thinking, and luck.
Chicago Review Press

The Biggest (and Best) Flag That Ever Flew

Illustrated by Charles Greer
Tidewater Publishers, 1988, 1993; Schiffer Books
Ages 5 to 9

“Before you see the Star-Spangled Banner in the Museum of American History, read this charming story about the ladies who made the flag, Mrs. Pickersgill and her daughter Caroline. Sparkling illustrations.”
Travel for Kids

Captain John Smith’s Big and Beautiful Bay

Illustrated by Linda Shute
Schiffer Books, 2011
Ages 7 to 11

“In a tight, lucid narrative, Jones details Captain John Smith’s two-thousand-mile Jamestown-based exploration of the Chesapeake Bay during the summer of 1608. Derived largely from primary source material, the exciting account is illustrated with soft-hued drawings and sketches.”
The Horn Book Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Books

For information on how teachers can use this book across the curriculum, click here.

The Mystery of Mary Surratt
The Plot to Kill President Lincoln

Tidewater Publishers, 2004; Schiffer Books
Ages 9 and up

The Mystery of Mary Surratt is a straightforward treatment of a controversy in American history, concerning the role of Mary Surratt in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. … [It] is a head-on, no-nonsense, and engrossing look at an individual criminal justice case presented in plain terms for general readers of all ages.”
The Midwest Book Review

For information on how teachers can use this book across the curriculum, click here.

Rare Kids: Living with Cavernous Angioma

Angioma Alliance, 2015 
Ages 9 and up

“Many kids who live with cavernous angioma don’t know another child with the illness. Rare Kids: Living with Cavernous Angioma breaks through the isolation. In these pages, affected children and their siblings talk about their challenges and triumphs with honesty, insight, and courage.”
– Connie Lee, president, Angioma Alliance

To buy this book (and to support the Angioma Alliance), click here.

The President Has Been Shot!
True Stories of the Attacks on Ten U.S. Presidents

Dutton, 1996 
Ages 10 and up

* Puffin paperback
* Troll and Scholastic book clubs

“This book about presidential assassinations and attempted assassinations shows what a good book can come from the deft arrangement of historical facts.”
Philadelphia Inquirer.

For information on how teachers can use this book across the curriculum, click here.

For Educators

Living with HIV/AIDS: Students Tell Their Stories of Stigma, Courage, and Resilience. National School Boards Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2006 

The Next Chapter: A School Board Guide to Improving Literacy. National School Boards Association and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, 2006

Building and Sustaining After-School Programs. National School Boards Association and the Charles Stuart Mott Foundation, 2005