Staff Favorites 2021: Children's Nonfiction

This list was created by Denver Public Library staff to celebrate our favorite recently published children's nonfiction. Enjoy!

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"Acknowledges, applauds, and amplifies the incredible stories of 100 inspiring Black women and girls from the past and present"-- Provided by publisher

"Once upon an Eid is a collection of short stories that showcases the most brilliant Muslim voices writing today, all about the most joyful holiday of the year: Eid! Eid: The short, single-syllable word conjures up a variety of feelings and memories for Muslims. Maybe it's waking up to the sound of frying samosas and simmering pistachio kheer, maybe it's the pleasure of putting on a new outfit for Eid prayers, or maybe it's the gift giving and holiday parties to come that day. Whatever it may be, for those who cherish this day of celebration, the emotional responses may be summed up in another short and sweet word: joy. The anthology will also include a poem, graphic-novel chapter, and spot illustrations"-- Provided by publisher.

Churnin, Nancy, author.

"In Eliza Davis's day, Charles Dickens was the most celebrated living writer in England. But some of his books reflected a prejudice that was all too common at the time: prejudice against Jewish people. Eliza was Jewish, and her heart hurt to see a Jewish character in Oliver Twist portrayed as ugly and selfish. She wanted to speak out about how unfair that was, even if it meant speaking out against the great man himself. So she wrote a letter to Charles Dickens. What happened next is history"-- Provided by publisher.

Fleming, Candace, author.

Describes the life cycle of the hard-working honeybee.

Floca, Brian, author, illustrator.

"An ode to the essential workers keeping the country operating during the COVID-19 pandemic"-- Provided by publisher. Includes author's note.

Kiely, Brendan, 1977- author.

"Most kids of color grow up talking about racism. They have "The Talk" with their families-the honest talk about survival in a racist world. But white kids don't. They're barely spoken to about race at all-and that needs to change. Because not talking about racism doesn't make it go away. Not talking about white privilege doesn't mean it doesn't exist. The Other Talk begins this much-needed conversation for white kids. In an instantly readable and deeply honest account of his own life, Brendan Kiely offers young readers a way to understand one's own white privilege and why allyship is so vital, so that we can all start doing our part-today"-- Provided by publisher.

Loveless, Gina, author.

Provides readers with a humorous look at what happens to a teenager's body and mind when they reach puberty.

Madison, Megan, author.

"An age-appropriate introduction to the concepts of race, gender, consent and body positivity, developed by early childhood and activism experts, combines clear text with engaging artwork to help the youngest children recognize and confront unjust actions."-- Provided by publisher

McCann, Jackie, author.

"With almost 7.8 billion people sharing the earth, it can be a little hard to picture what the human race looks like all together. But if we could shrink the world down to just 100 people, what could we learn about the human race? What would we look like? Where and how would we all be living? This book answers all of these questions and more! Reliably sourced and deftly illustrated, If the World Were 100 People is the perfect starting point to understanding our world and becoming a global citizen. If we focus on just 100 people, it's easier to see what we have in common and what makes us unique. Then we can begin to appreciate each other and also ask what things we want to change in our world"-- Provided by publisher.

Menéndez, Juliet, author, illustrator.

"A celebration of Latinas and Latin American women who followed their dreams, with portraits and short bios"-- Provided by publisher.

Montgomery, Heather L., author.

"A science educator honors children's curiosity and pockets full of "stuff" by introducing nine scientists who collected natural treasures when they were young. Collecting, sorting, and playing with shells, stones, and other objects taught these young people how to observe, classify, and discover"-- Provided by publisher.

Muirhead, Margaret, author.

A history of the Frisbee.

Newell, Chris, author.

"Do you know the true story of the Thanksgiving feast at Plimoth? Carefully crafted to explore both sides of this historical event, this book is a great choice for Thanksgiving units, and for teaching children about the true history of this popular holiday"-- Provided by publisher.

Page, Robin, 1957- author, illustrator.

"A non-fiction exploration of the different kinds of beaks birds have and what they use them for"-- Provided by publisher.

Rockliff, Mara, author.

"A picture book biography of Frieda Caplan, the produce pioneer who changed the way Americans eat by introducing exciting new fruits and vegetables, from baby carrots to blood oranges to kiwis"-- Provided by publisher.

Rosenstock, Barb, author.

Readers follow Claude Monet and learn about his favorite subjects to paint, his style of painting, and his studio on the Seine.

Rusch, Elizabeth, author.

"The inspiring true story of Gidget, a world champion surfing pug, who grew from a hyperactive handful to a poised and impressive surfer whose efforts are all devoted to charity. Gidget's story, as she and her owner Alecia find their way through challenges including a life-threatening illness, is about dog surfing but also making the most of the life you are given and giving back"-- Provided by publisher.

Scott, Joyce (Joyce Wallace), 1943- author.

"An introduction to the life and art of Judith Scott, a renowned artist"-- Provided by publisher.

Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956- author.

"Celebrated author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator Floyd Cooper provide a powerful look at the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in our nation's history"-- Provided by publisher.

Summaries provided by DPL's catalog unless otherwise noted. Click on each title to view more information.

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