Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Who, what, when, and where

Have you seen some of these children's nonfiction books? They're very popular and I see them all over the place. They're by all different authors and I like some more than others but most fall in the 4th to 6th grade reading level range by AR standards. Here are all the ones I've read. 

What is the Constitution... Lots of information packed in here. I don't have a super solid US history background but this seemed thorough to my limited history knowledge. 

What is the Declaration of Independence... Lots of information packed in here. I don't have a super solid US history background but this seemed thorough to my limited history knowledge. 

What is the Story of Scooby Doo... My kids are super into Scooby Doo right now and this was surprisingly engaging. 

What is the Super Bowl... I don't know a lot about sports but i thought this one was informative and well-done. 

What is the World Series... I don't know a lot about sports but i thought this one was informative and well-done. 

What was the Age of the Dinosaurs... I have read a lot of dinosaur books since my son was so obsessed. I've read more thorough books but this was generally fine. 

What was the Holocaust... I suppose this technically was age-appropriate but, gosh, it was painful to read imagining a 12-year-old (or younger!) as the reader. I think parents need to discern how much their individual children can handle.

What was the Underground Railroad... I thought this one was well-done. 

What were the Negro Leagues... I don't know a lot about sports but i thought this one was informative and well-done. 


What was the Titanic... What fourth grader isn't fascinated with the Titanic? This one would have been a hit 

Where is the Bermuda Triangle... One of my favorites! I would have loved this one as a fifth grader! I had a brief Bermuda Triangle flirtation. 

Where is the Great Barrier Reef... Another good one! 

Who was Babe Ruth... Stopped reading because I didn't feel he was making for a good role model or example- hopefully he grew up a lot by the end but this one wasn't for us. 

Who was Frederick Douglass... Good one. This seemed pretty thorough for the age range. 

Who was Gandhi... Because this one has so many Indian names it might be easier for the sixth-ish grade range than the younger crowd. 

Who was Harriet Beecher Stowe... I didnt know much about her before this one but it seemed pretty thorough to me. 

Who was Henry Ford... Stopped reading because I didn't feel he was making for a good role model or example- hopefully he grew up a lot by the end but this one wasn't for us. 

Who was Jackie Robinson... I don't know a lot about sports but i thought this one was informative and well-done. 

Who was Jesse Owens... I had no idea Jesse Owens was so fascinating! I can't imagine how wonderful it must have felt to win while Hitler was spewing so much hatred. 

Who was Marie Curie... I didn't end up finishing this one but I don't remember why. 

Who was Milton Hershey... I liked the principles the Hershey business had. 

Who was Mister Rogers... Always been a fan of Mr Rogers. This one was a three star read for me... Fine, but could have been better. 

Who was Nelson Mandela... Probably easier for the sixth-ish grade range to understand. 

Who was Rosa Parks... There are lots of Rosa Parks books out there and some are better than others. I personally liked this one pretty well. 

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