Nonfiction doesn't just mean textbooks. Check out some of these great reads that just happen to be about real life, real science, real history, and more. (All…
(Grades 6+) In this illustrated, historical non-fiction, Blair Imani explores the Great Migration and how it affected--and continues to affect--Black identity and America as a whole. The book touches on topics of voting rights, segregation, domestic violence, and more.
(YA+) Shakespeare found 74 different ways to kill off his characters, and audiences today still enjoy the same reactions–shock, sadness, fear–that they did over 400 years ago when these plays were first performed. But how realistic are these deaths, and did Shakespeare have the science to back them up?
(Published for adults) Going against the idea that intelligence is determined at birth, Sarma and Yoquinto take a factual approach to different types of education. The standard approach to teaching, which produces cookie cutter students, takes a backburner in this comprehensive look at how education can best fit a student on a neurological level.
(Grades 6+) Through both scientific studies and personal observations, Wohlleben explores this idea of animals experiencing emotions like humans do. From love, courage, desire, grief, regret, to playfulness, this thought-provoking book sparks curiousity and enlightens.
(Grades 10+) This comprehensive guide to mental health highlights biological factors, the history of mental health treament, modern treatment options, and reccomendations for maintaining wellness. Woven with personal stories from teens, adults, and the author herself, this increidbly relevant guide provides eduation and resources.
(Grades 6+) Svensson, a Swedish journalist, melds the personal and scientific in this captivating look at the European eel. This educational book covers facts about the species, mysteries still debated about the species, and personal anecdotes from the author about his childhood near a river with eels.
(Grades 6+) Animals use far more elaborate and complex language than we think. They chat, gossip, mourn, rhyme, speak in dialects and make jokes. Whales sing a different series of songs each season, which rhyme and are picked up by other whales in passing, making them 'hits'. This book addresses questions such as: when can you call communication a language? And what exactly is a language, anyway?
(14-adult) Jewish pediatrician Janusz Korczak's orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto was founded on nurturing and respecting children. He couldn’t bear the idea of leaving his orphans as WWII quickly approached, eventually dying with his children in the gas chambers. Filled with photos, this biography of a compassionate humanitarian whose activism was the start of the human rights movement also covers topics linked to the war, including eugenics, the beginnings of anti-Semitism, Hitler, and Nazism.
(Gr 6+) This is the true story about a tragic September day in 1940, when a WWII German submarine attacked a British ship full of children. The book is very well-researched and has historical photographs, letters and drawings to complement this riveting story about desperation and survival.
(Adult) From Garamond to Rudolf Koch, Times New Roman to Wilhelm Klingspor Schrift, this book explores the development of type design and typographic style from the mid 15th century to present day. The book discusses each typeface in terms of origin, impact on design/print industries, and latter digital use.