CHILDREN'S NON-FICTION BOOK DISCOVERIES FOR 2015:
Presents a collection of true animal stories from different historical periods, including the tales of Balto the Alaskan sled dog, Smoky the Bear, and internet sensation Christian the lion.
The House that Jane Built: A Story about Jane Addams by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Kathryn Brown
Ever since she was a little girl, Jane Addams hoped to help people in need. In 1889, she chose a house in a run-down Chicago neighborhood and turned it into Hull House--a settlement home--soon adding a playground, kindergarten, and a public bath, By the early 1920s, more that nine thousand people visited Hull House each week. The dreams of a smart, caring girl had become a reality. And the lives of hundreds of thousands of people were transformed when they stepped into the house that Jane Addams built.
Little Melba and her Big Trombone by Kahteryn Russel-Brown, illustrations
by Frank Morrison
A biography of African American musician Melba Doretta Liston, a virtuoso musician who played the trombone and composed and arranged music for many of the great jazz musicians of the twentieth century.
Strongheart: The World’s First Movie Star Dog by Emily Arnold McCully
When silent movie director Larry Trimble decides to put Strongheart, a police dog, into his movies as the lead actor, he must first train him to play with toys and walk like a regular dog, but Strongheart becomes a sensation until his military training leads to trouble, and possibly the end of his career.