Children's New Nonfiction

Check out some of these interesting new nonfiction titles!

Let Liberty Rise: How America’s Schoolchildren Helped Save the Statue of Liberty by Chana Stiefel, illustrated by Chuck Groenink 

On America's 100th birthday, the people of France built a giant gift! It was one of the largest statues the world had ever seen -- and she weighed as much as 40 elephants! And when she arrived on our shores in 350 pieces, she needed a pedestal to hold her up. Few of America's millionaires were willing to foot the bill. And without funds for a pedestal, Lady Liberty would remain trapped in her crates, scattered about Bedloe's Island. Could every day Americans -- including schoolchildren -- collect enough pennies to help Liberty rise?

Game, Set, Sisters: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Jay Leslie, illustrated by Ebony Glenn 

In 1989, Venus and Serena Williams faced off in their first tennis tournament. They went on to take the tennis world by storm, achieved everything possible in the sport, and stood by one another through thick and thin. Leslie takes young readers from their beginnings on a crumbling Compton tennis court to their shining achievements, and shows us that despite being served some the most challenging hardships in life, Venus and Serena always continued to swing back stronger.


Old Enough to Save the Planet by Loll Kirby, illustrated by Adelina Lirius 

The world is facing a climate crisis like we've never seen before. And kids around the world are stepping up to raise awareness and try to save the planet. As people saw in the youth climate strike in September 2019, kids will not stay silent about this subject--they're going to make a change. Meet 12 young activists from around the world who are speaking out and taking action against climate change. Learn about the work they do and the challenges they face, and discover how the future of our planet starts with each and every one of us.


Handimals: Animals in Art and Nature by Silvia Lopez, art by Guido Daniele 

Discover the beauty of Handimals: hands modeled and painted into animals paired with facts and photos of the corresponding animals in nature. With a gift for fine art and a lifelong love of nature, Guido paints magnificent animal subjects on an unconventional canvas--human hands. This awe-inspiring collection showcases sixteen creatures ranging from polar bears to alpacas to Komodo dragons and provides factual information about the various species.



What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting Our Planet by Jess French 

Everything you need to know about what we're doing to our environment, good and bad, from pollution and litter to renewable energy and plastic recycling. This environmental book will teach keen young ecologists about our actions affect planet Earth. Discover shocking facts about the waste we produce and where it goes.


Murder on the Baltimore Express: The Plot to Keep Abraham Lincoln from Becoming President by Suzanne Jurmain 

In February 1861 newly elected President Abraham Lincoln set out on a triumphant 2,000 mile cross-country railroad trip that would take him to his inauguration in Washington, D.C. At the same time, a band of fanatic southern Confederate sympathizers decided to stop Lincoln from reaching Washington and taking office. Furious because the new President's desire to end slavery threatened their way of life, they devised a secret plan: Lincoln would be murdered by an assassin's bullet in Baltimore. But as rushing railway trains carried Abraham Lincoln towards death, Detective Allan Pinkerton learned of the plot and set out to save the President. Dive into this incredibly fun and suspenseful true story and learn what other history books never told you: the secret of Lincoln's great escape.

Meltdown: Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Disaster in Fukushima by Dierdre Langeland 

On March 11, 2011, the largest earthquake ever measured in Japan occurred off the northeast coast. It triggered a tsunami with a wall of water 128 feet high. The tsunami damaged the nuclear power plant in Fukushima triggering the nightmare scenario--a nuclear meltdown. For six days, employees at the plant worked to contain the meltdown and disaster workers scoured the surrounding flooded area for survivors. This book examines the science behind such a massive disaster and looks back at the people who experienced an unprecedented trifecta of destruction.


Virginia Apgar by Dr. Sayantani DasGupta 

In this chapter book biography by bestselling author and physician Sayantani DasGupta, readers learn about the amazing life of Virginia Apgar--and how she persisted. There weren't many women who tried to become doctors when Virginia Apgar went to medical school--but she didn't let that stop her. After a professor discouraged her from becoming a surgeon, she became an anesthesiologist instead and created the famous Apgar test to check the health of newborn babies. It's a test that's still used in hospitals across the world today!





Weird but True! Human Body: 300 Outrageous Facts About Your Awesome Anatomy 

Interesting and little known facts about the human body intended for kids.



A Day in the Life of a Poo, a Gnu, and You: A Laugh-Out-loud Guide to Life on Earth by Mike Barfield and Jess Bradley 

Packed with comics, diagrams, and "secret diaries," this book is a wondrous, encyclopedic glance at a dizzying host of different things--from hearts to farts to coconuts--and makes a hilarious and informative guide for curious young readers. Join the hilarious exploration of "a day in the life" of nearly 100 things on Earth. Find out what exactly your tongue does all day long, how a Japanese knotweed destroys everything in its path, and why no two snowflakes are ever the same. From the gross and smelly to the beautiful and fascinating, this book is a treasure trove of entertaining information.

Let Liberty rise : how America's schoolchildren helped save the Statue of Liberty

Game, set, sisters! : the story of Venus and Serena Williams

Old enough to save the planet

Handimals : animals in art and nature

What a waste

Murder on the Baltimore Express : the plot to keep Abraham Lincoln from becoming president

Meltdown : earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Fukushima

Virginia Apgar

Weird but true human body : 300 outrageous facts about your awesome anatomy.

A day in the life of a poo, a gnu, and you