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What we call non-fiction in most public libraries is actually just everything that isn’t a novel, graphic novel, picture book, or similar fiction material. Non-fiction is a wide category that comprises folk tales, history, how-to guides, animal facts, religious texts, mythology, psychology, and much, much more! The non-fiction section in youth services tends to be overlooked for flashier and more well-known fiction books, but it is full of lots of beautiful books and wonderful stories. We’ve been taking a look at some of our circulation statistics, and I was surprised to see some wonderful books that haven’t gone out in a while. For your browsing pleasure, please take a look at a few titles in our collection that do not circulate widely, but that I’d love to see get attention.

The Girl’s Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can’t Manage Without Apostrophes! by Lynne Truss – J428.2 TRU
Look, we can argue about English grammar’s relative importance or unimportance in today’s culture all day. But this book provides a fun, short, pictorial guide for kids who want to grasp the power of the mighty apostrophe. And its it’s a nice reminder for adults who want a grammar refresher, too.

Green Everywhere by Kristen Sterling – J535.6 STE
This book for little ones talks about things that are, you guessed it, green! It also discusses idioms like “green with envy” and “green thumb.” The other books in this series discuss other colors (as you might have guessed). It’s a sweet series designed to get children thinking about the colorful world around them.

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Time to Eat by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page – J591.5 JEN
Ah, Steve Jenkins! One of my favorites! He sadly passed away a few years ago, but he has left us with a wide selection of gorgeous books. His materials of choice included torn paper to create creative collages of creatures. Jenkins’s artwork draws kids (and adults!) in as they both learn fun facts about animals both well- and lesser-known. This book in particular includes some particularly gross facts for little ones who love to read about slurping down bugs! If you want something slightly less gross, check out Creature Features, also by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page.

Staging a Play by Deborah Underwood – J792.02 UND
Got an aspiring actor or playwright in your life? They might like this book! It discusses what actors do, goes over some common terminology, and provides a number of activities to get kids thinking about staging their own plays. I would love to see this lovely book get checked out by a young thespian!

Black Power Salute: How a Photograph Captured a Political Protest by Danielle Smith-Llera – J796.48 SMITH-LLER
Many people recognize the 1968 photograph of Tommie Smith and John Carlos standing on a podium with their fists raised, but they don’t know much else about these courageous athletes. Smith-Llera provides context to the photograph by looking at the civil rights injustices occurring in the United States in the years before the ‘68 Olympics. She also highlights the effects of the act, both for Smith and Carlos as well as for other athletes. This is a thoughtful book perfect for older kids who are interested in history.

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The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust by Karen Gray Ruelle and Deborah Durland DeSaix – J940.531 RUE
This book presents a little-known history of how the Grand Mosque of Paris became a secret sanctuary for Jewish people and others targeted by the Nazis during World War II. This well-researched book highlights brave acts and clever plans during terrifying times. An interesting read for slightly older kids… and even adults. I certainly learned a lot I didn’t know before.

~Lisa Jenkins, Youth Services Librarian

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