Posts Tagged ‘non-fiction’

John Henry

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Ain’t Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry by Scott Reynolds Nelson is a fascinating search to find out if there was a real man behind the legend and songs of John Henry.  Follow Nelson’s research as he finds clues, looks through prison records, and decodes song lyrics to help him in his quest.  I couldn’t put it down!  It was so exciting to see the search unfold.

To find out more about the legend of John Henry, click here.

What’s New

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Looking for what has recently been added to the Children’s Department collection of materials?  Stop by the library’s homepage and click on the New to the Collection tab to see!

Here are some of the recent titles.  Click on the title to see the item in our catalog.


     Attack of the Tyrannosaurus

  A Conspiracy of Kings

  Tofu Quilt

  Stage Fright

  American Archaeology Uncovers the Underground Railroad

  Animal Tongues

  The Dust Bowl Through the Lens: How Photography Revealed and Helped Remedy a National Disaster


Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Get a chance to win tickets to IMAX Hubble 3D! 

Did you know Edwin Hubble lived in Wheaton? Find out more about Hubble, the space telescope named after him and how you can win tickets to see the IMAX Hubble 3D movie.

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Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809. 

Find out more about his life by reading one of the many biographies we have here at the WPL.  For all of our books and movies on Lincoln, by subject, click here.

Find out what was happening in the United States when Lincoln was president by visiting our Civil War history collection.

Here’s a great website that has information on all of the Presidents of the United States.  Just click on Abraham Lincoln’s name or any other president you are interested in.

Winter Break

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Looking for things to do as a family over winter break?  Let the library help!

Tickets are still available for both of our movies in December at the Children’s Department desk.  These are free tickets!

Take advantage of the Museum Adventure Pass to visit Chicagoland area museums.

Come to the library or go online to browse through our collection of books, audio books, movies, music, and much more! 

We have some winter craft books full of good ideas to pass the time.  Here are some of the titles:

 Step-by-Step Crafts for Winter by Kathy Ross

  Winter Day Play!  Activities, Crafts, and Games for Indoors and Out by Nancy Castaldo

  Crafts to Make in the Winter by Kathy Ross

King Tut

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Today is the anniversary of the King Tut tomb discovery. Read up on this young pharaoh, Tutankhamun(Tutankhamen), and the mystery surrounding his death.  Find out what Howard Carter discovered in his tomb on November 4, 1922 and what made it one of the most remarkable ancient Egyptian finds.

Would you like to find out more about ancient Egypt?  Check out The Cleveland Museum of Art’s website


Langston Hughes

Monday, August 17th, 2009

The poetry continues!  The Negro Speaks of Rivers illustrated by E. B. Lewis is a beautiful representation of Langston Hughes’ poem.  Lewis has created amazing paintings for each line of the poem.  The artist has a deep connection with Hughes’ poetry and drew himself into one of images.  Each illustration and the line of text that accompanies it fit together perfectly.  This is a truly a wonderful book to introduce readers to the poetry of Langston Hughes.  E. B. Lewis included a touching illustrator’s note that tells of his love for the poem at the end of The Negro Speaks of Rivers.  For more information on Langston Hughes and his poetry, visit

William Carlos Williams

Friday, August 14th, 2009

I love poetry! Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet have brought the life of William Carlos Williams to a new generation in their book, A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams.  Readers will learn about the life of one of the greatest American poets and his walk as both doctor and poet.  The illustrations are peppered with lines from his works as it becomes evident where the inspiration for his poetry came from: the Passaic River and natural surroundings of Rutherford, New Jersey.  

Apparent is the dedication of the author and illustrator to this project.  They have included a timeline of Williams’ life, housing important life events, publication dates of his poetry, and what was happening all over the world at that time.  There is also an author’s note illustrator’s note, and a further reading list.  The websites included on the reading list are great resources to continue learning about the life and poetry of Williams as well as other poets and their works.  One of the links does not go through, so I have included the correct address here.

Well written text, along with wonderful, engaging  illustrations, makes this title a must for those interested in poetry and/or biographies.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams

so much depends



a red wheel



glazed with rain



beside the white



Monday, July 27th, 2009

Years ago I came across Diary of a Wombat, written by Jackie French and illustrated by Bruce Whatley,  and absolutely loved it!  Earlier this year French and Whatley teamed up again for How to Scratch a Wombat: where to find it…what to feed it…why it sleeps all day, a non-fiction account of the author’s encounters with wombats over the years.  She tells tales of the wombats that have visited her house and those that became pets.  French also includes some facts about these unusual animals and how to protect the species.  You’ll come to know Mothball, the inspiration for Diary of a Wombat  and others like Smudge, Bad Bart the Biter, and more.  This title was a lot of fun to read with plenty of laughs.

For a fun project to do on the subject of wombats, try some origami.  Here is a link to instructions for wombat origami.  We’ve tried them here and they are very cute!

Some New Favorites

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Here are some new non-fiction titles that I enjoyed reading.  The new non-fiction books are found in their own section just before going down the stairs to enter into the non-fiction collection in the Children’s Department.  Hope you get a chance to check them out!

Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea by Steve Jenkins.  Jenkins has written some great non-fiction books that are visually interesting and pack a lot of information.  In Down, Down, Down, he introduces the creatures that dwell at the different levels of water that covers 2/3 of the surface of the world.  As in his book Actual Size, Jenkins shows the size comparison of these creatures to help readers relate to the information.   He also employs a “ruler” on every page to illustrate the depths of the water where these animals are found.  In the back of the book, more details can be found about the animals described in the book.

 The Wild West: An Interactive History Adventure by Allison Lassieur allows the reader to choose the adventure they want to have while learning about the history of the West.  You can choose to follow the story of an outlaw, a lawman or a fortune seeker in Deadwood.  Lassieur includes other helpful resources including other books to read, internet sites, a glossary, and a bibliography.

  11 Planets: A New View of the Solar System by David A. Aguilar is a great look into the make-up of our solar system.  Bright images and useful information make this book a great resource to find out more on our solar system.   Also included is a glossary and “The Solar System in a Grocery Bag,” a way to grasp the enormous size of outer space.   Aguilar has also written Planets, Stars, and Galaxies: A Visual Encyclopedia of Our Universe.