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Just the Facts Ma'am: Non-Fiction Books for Fourth Graders
National Geographic Kids Everything Series (Various Authors)
Dazzle your eyes and your mind with thee "photos, facts, and fun" packed into this series. It covers a variety of topics; each title is located @ the dewey decimal # for its topic. To get you started, here are a few of the most popular titles in the series:
National Geographic Everything Dogs by Rebecca Baines (J 636.7 BAI)
National Geographic Everything Sharks by Ruth Musgrave (J 597.3 MUS)
National Geographic Kids Everything Egypt by Crispin Boyer (J 932 BOY)
National Geographic Kids Everything Castles by Crispin Boyer (J 940.1 BOY)
National Geographic Everything Rocks and Minerals by Steve Tomecek (J 552 TOM)
Magic Tree House Research Guide\Fact Tracker Series by Mary Pope Osborne & Natalie Pope Boyce
These books are designed to be non-fiction companions to the popular fantasy series by Mary Pope Osborne. Wondering which parts of the story were true and which were fantasy? Check out the companion non-fiction title to find out! This is another series where the books are at the Dewey Number for that topic; here are a few of the more popular titles to get you started. The title of each companion fiction book is written after the non-fiction title.
Leprechauns and Irish Folklore (J 398.2 OSB)--Leprechaun in Late Winter
Sea Monsters (J 591.11 OSB)--Dark Day in the Deep Sea
Dolphins and Sharks (J 599.53 OSB)--Dolphins at Daybreak
Pandas and Other Endangered Species (J 599.789 OSB)--A Perfect Time for Pandas
Ologies series (Series Wall)
Is it fact? Is it fiction? You decide after exploring such topics as dragons, sasquatch, and mermaids in this unique series that mingles fact and fiction.
Cats vs. Dogs by Elizabeth Carney (JE 636.7 CAR)
Do cats or dogs make better pets? In this National Geographic Kids books, the author sets up trying to determine the answer scientifically.
It's Raining Pigs and Noodles and other books by Jack Prelutsky (J 811 PRE and J 811.54 PRE)
Prolific poet Jack Prelutsky produces books of humorous poetry accompanied by his own art. His work is very similar to that of Shel Silverstein.
The Superheroes Employment Agency by Marilyn Singer (J 811.6 SIN)
These poems describe "B List Superheroes" who, while not the Justice League, nevertheless have useful talents. For example, "Stuporman" stops crime by boring criminals to sleep, "Muffy the Vampire Sprayer" destroys vampires with a garlic gun, and "The Verminator" is a one inch tall superhero who uses his powers against rates, roaches, and other vermin.
How to Be the Funniest Kid in the Whole Wide World (or just in your class) by Jay Leno (J 818.6 LEN)
This age appropriate guide for aspiring comedians is written by a star of late night television and stand up comedy.
National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas by Crispin Boyer (J912.73 BOY)
Use this book to take notes before a road trip or keep it handy in the backseat--just to make sure you don't miss any tacky or terrific roadside attractions, avoid violating weird laws, and have as much fun with the GPS as possible.
Who Was? and Who Is? series (Various Authors)
Don't be fooled by the cartoon illustrations in this popular series--the stories about their subjects' lives are things that actually happened. These books are all located in the biography section, under the last name of the person they are about. (The exception is kings and queens, who are listed under their first name.) To get you started, here are some of the most popular titles in this series:
Who Was Walt Disney? by Whitney Stewart
Who Was Jim Henson? by Joan Holub
Who Was Marco Polo? by Joan Holub
Who Is J.K. Rowling? by Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso
Who Was King Tut? by Roberta Edwards