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Narrative Non-Fiction for 3rd Graders
Non-fiction means "not fake." Narrative means "story." Narrative non-fiction are true stories. Every time you describe an event to someone who was not there, you are telling a narrative non-fiction story. Adult authors use narrative non-fiction to write books that teach true facts in an interesting way.
The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton (J-B Swi BAR)
You have probably heard of Thomas Edison, but how much do you know about Joe and Bob Switzer? This brief fascinating, book will introduce you to these little known inventors--and along the way you'll learn how fourescent paint contributed to the war effort during WWII.
Five True Dog Stories by Margaret Davidson (J 636.7 DAV)
The five dogs profiled in this book go beyond fetching & catching frisbees. The "tricks" that these dogs performed include saving a town during an epidemic, finding travelers buried during an avalanche, and solving over 400 crimes.
How to Talk to Your Dog by Jean Craighead George (J 636.7 GEO)
The title sounds like a fantasy story, but this is truly a non-fiction book. You can learn to use your body language and tone of voice to "talk" to your dog--and learn to understand your dog's body language & sounds to understand what your dog is "saying" to you. Along the way, you'll learn a lot about dogs & a little about humans.
Aliens are Coming! by Meghan McCarthy (J 791.44 MCC)
It was April Fool's on Halloween--a radio broadcast fooled people all over the country into thinking that Martians had landed in New Jersey!
Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics by CatherineThimmesh (J 324.623 THI)
What do you want to be when you grow up? The kids in this book have lots of ideas from "dolphin trainer" to "computer programmer" to "tour guide." They are confused when someone says "president," however; because there has never been a female president. They respond by telling her all sorts of ways she can "almost" acheive her goal: "Maybe you could *marry* a president!" "Maybe you could move to another country and marry a president *there*.
Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team by Audery Vernick (J 796. 357 VER)
The Acerra family, from Long Branch, NJ, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame (in Cooperstown, NY) in 1997. This book explains why and how.