Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: Non-fiction

Who, What, Where!

If you love easy to read chunks of nonfiction about people, places, and events, you need to stop by our Who HQ section in Youth Services! For your convenience, we’ve shelved all the Who Was/Is, What Was/Is, and Where Was/Is books in one section. You can learn about Jeff Kinney, the author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the Great Chicago Fire (was it really started by a cow?), and the Mississippi River, all in the same section!

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, many families wish to learn more about her life and her work. Check out our resource list or come see our display in Youth Services.

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Learn About Juneteenth

Look up information about Juneteenth using our databases Pebble GO, a database geared for beginning readers, World Book Student and Britannica Library Children .

Place a hold on Juneteenth by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson  , which is also available as an ebook on overdrive
Place a hold on All different now by Angela Johnson 
Place a hold on Juneteenth for Maize by Floyd Cooper, which is also available as a VOX book  with built-in audio.

One Last Word by Nikki Grimes

One Last Word, Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes  

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author Nikki Grimes, photo by Aaron Lemen

Original poems from the Harlem Renaissance are used as the foundation for Grimes new poems in the beautiful poetry book, One Last Word, Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance. Grimes brings the Harlem Renaissance right to the present with themes of injustice and unfulfilled promises and contemporary African-American illustrators are featured throughout this collection.   The foreword includes a history of the Harlem Renaissance, and poet biographies. The poems are beautiful and the artwork more beautiful still.  

Learn more about the book at the Read Write Poetry blog.

Use our databases for kids to research and learn more about the Harlem Renaissance.

Review by Amy. S.

Learn About Loving Day

Loving v. Virginia (1967) was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down laws banning interracial marriage. The decision was followed by an increase in interracial marriages in the U.S. and is remembered annually on June 12th, Loving Day.

Check out these resources to learn more about multi-racial families and friendships, Loving v. Virginia, and the couple at the heart of it, Richard and Mildred Loving.