Non-fiction readalouds

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  • "I Was There" series (at least, I think that's the series title.) Includes "On Board the Titanic," one about Pompeii, one about the Ice Mummy, and the most recent one about the first men on the moon.

  • Adler, ?? "Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man" . These were well received by 3rd

  • Aliki *Digging up Dinosaurs* and *Dinosaur Bones*

  • Aliki *My Visit to the Dinosaurs*

  • Armstrong, Jennifer. "Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World." (both on Shackleton's "failed" mission to Antarctica. The first is a picture book version that I use for the actual Read and Tell, and then back up with the other, which has lots of great black and white photos of the expedition.

  • Arnold, Caroline. South American Animals.

  • Blumberg, Rhoda. Jumbo (791.3)

  • Burleigh, Robert -- Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh

  • Carrick, Carol. *The Crocodiles Still Wait

  • Cherry, Lynn -- A River Ran Wild

  • Cole, Joanna. *Dinosaur Story* would be good, or perhaps you have something newer.

  • DePaola, Tomie *Popcorn Book*

  • Esbensen, Barbara Juster. Words With Wrinkled Knees

  • Fraser, Mary Ann. Where are the Night Animals?

  • Fritz, Jean -- any of her biographies!

  • George, Jean Craighead _There's a Tarantula in my purse_

  • George, Twig. A Dolphin Named Bob

  • Gibbons, Gail (any book by this author) -- Sunken Treasure

  • Gibbons, Gail *Dinosaurs.*

  • Gibbons, Gail for the younger crowd

  • Great World Diasters, there is one on Pompei that is terrific.

  • Harness, ?? "Young Abe Lincoln"

  • Howler, Janni. Walk with a Wolf.

  • Keller, Laurie. "The Scrambled States of America." I use Scrambled first to get everyone in a good mood and show the individuality of the states, then use Flag to show the unity we have as a country and respect for our symbol.

  • Krull, Kathleen. "Wilma Unlimited"

  • Lauber, Patricia. Volcano (about Mt. St. Helen's).

  • Lesser, Carolyn. Storm on the Desert

  • Lobel, Arnold. *Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast.* You could work in a few of the poems

  • Maestro, Betsy (any book by this author)--Coming to America or The Story of the Statue of Liberty

  • Magic Schoolbus books

  • Mason, Cherie. Wild Fox: A True Story

  • McCurdy, Michael. "Trapped by the Ice"

  • Milton, Nancy. The Giraffe That Walked to Paris (599.73 in Dewey)

  • Mowat, Farly. Owls in the Family

  • North, Sterling. Rascal

  • Patterson, ? KoKo's Kitten, about a gorilla who had a pet kitten, is good.

  • Paulson, Gary "My Life in Dog Years" which is classified biography but reads like fiction

  • Polar the Titanic Bear is great, this is also a great place to discuss that fairy tales are nonfiction.

  • Ryan, Pam Munoz. "The Flag We Love"

  • Say, Allen. El Chino (a biography).

  • Simon, Seymour books flow like fiction

  • Szabo, Corrine. "Sky Pioneer" (bio of Amelia Earhart) kids are fascinated with her imperfect life and how she overcame the setbacks with a great deal of spirit and joy.

  • Zelinsky, ?. Rumpenzel I do that at 4th grade and they loved it.