Check It Out!: New Non-Fiction for Kids

earthWhen the Earth Shakes: Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunamis by Simon Winchester

The author explores how and why these natural forces shape the earth, from the infamous volcanic eruption at Krakatoa and the earthquake that flattened San Francisco, to the 21st-century tsunamis that devastated Indonesia and Japan. Richly illustrated with fascinating historical and stunning contemporary photographs.


octopusThe Octopus Scientists: Exploring the Mind of a Mollusk by Sy Montgomery

The octopus is an amazing creature with three hearts and blue blood. It has eight arms covered with thousands of suckers, suckers that can taste as well as feel. The octopus also has the powers of a superhero: it can shape-shift, change color, squirt ink, and pour itself through the tiniest of openings!




Battle of the Bulge by Rick Atkinson

On the 16th of December, 1944, in the frozen forests of the Ardennes, the German army attacked American Allied forces, launching a final bid to turn the tide of World War II. Thus began the long, hard slog of a battle known now as the Battle of the Bulge. Lasting more than a month, it led to tens of thousands of casualties. Atkinson skillfully guides his audience through the attacks and counterattacks, the advances and retreats of this terrible battle.