Remarkable Reading Recommendations — Non-Fiction 2016

Happy Fourth of July, readers! We hope you are enjoying our Remarkable Reading Recommendations for Summer 2016! Here is our fourth installment. All of our posts will highlight different books featured on the Scholastic 2016 Summer Reading Booklist. Each of our posts will focus on a different theme and will include a book for non-readers all the way through young adults.

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Selection #4 – Non-Fiction

When it comes to adventure and romance, sometimes the best place to look for a good story is in a history book. We thought it would be appropriate to share our non-fiction book list on the Fourth of July, in hopes that it will inspire other to never give up on their dreams. These works of non-fiction are not only based on true stories, but are highly engaging and entertaining for the reader. Expand your horizons with one of these non-fiction selections!

Ages 0 – 2

N Red Light Green Light

Red Light, Green Light by Yumi Heo

I think this is such a delightful book. Heo has created a “lift-the-flap” book for young readers about street signs. What a perfect companion for a backseat driver on a long road trip. Before you know it, your little one will know all of the signs on the road, not just the red and green lights! — $6.99 (board book)

Ages 3 – 5

N I Wish

I Wish You More
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld

This heart-warming, inspirational book is sure to become a favorite in your home. Reminiscent of Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” Rosenthal and Lichtenheld have created a book of endless wishes. This charming story features darling illustrations and is sure to lift your heart. “I wish you more ups than downs.” Your littlest readers may not understand the sentiments immediately, but they are sure to revisit this book as they grow up. — $9.72 (hard cover)

Ages 6 – 7

N Ordinary People

Ordinary People Change the World: I am Jackie Robinson
by Brad Meltzer & Christopher Eliopoulos

I think this series is perfect for young kids. The message is simple — ordinary people can change the world and we can all be heroes. Meltzer retells the stories of everyday heroes, which are harmoniously paired with Eliopoulos’ adorable illustrations. The duo have already retold the stories of ten inspirational people and have more on their way. Young children will love meeting these brand new characters in the story, followed by real pictures. Watch this series inspire your young reader to go out there and achieve their dreams! — $9.22 (hard cover)

Ages 8 – 10

N I Survived

I Survived True Stories Series, by Lauren Tarshis

This historical fiction series is a wonderful way to engage your young reader. Even kids who don’t like to read will enjoy learning about the past. (We included this in our non-fiction list since the details are accurate to the actual events.) Tarshis has masterfully recalled some of the most terrifying events in history, focusing on every day children and how they survived. From the Titanic and 9/11, to the Hindenburg Disaster and the destruction of Pompeii, these books will keep your reader on the edge of their seat, begging for more. A boxed version of the series is also available. — prices vary (paperback)

Ages 11 – 13

N No Summit

No Summit Out of Sight:
The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits
by Jordan Romero with Linda LeBlanc

Jordan Romero climbed to the summit of Mount Everest when we was just thirteen years old. But he didn’t stop there. Hear from Jordan himself what he went through to become the youngest person to scale the seven summits of the world. An energizing story that will no doubt inspire your reader to start creating a bucket list and chasing their own dreams. — $9.97 (paperback)

Young Adult

N I Am Malala

I Am Malala:
How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick
(Young Reader’s Edition)

When Malala was only ten, the Taliban took over her region of Pakistan and started to enforce new laws — including that girls could not be educated. Malala was determined to receive the education she knew she deserved. When she was shot point-blank on a bus coming home from school, no one expected her to survive. Now Malala is a symbol of international peaceful protest and the youngest Nobel Prize award winner. Her personal memoir has been rewritten into this young reader’s edition, complete with photographs. — $8.24 (paperback)

What books would YOU recommend? Tell us in the comments section and we might feature your book on a future list!

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