Shake Up Your Reading with Fun Nonfiction

Need something new to read? Tired of all the fiction dystopias, teen romance and teen fiction that involves a beloved character dying and you end up a blubbering, hysterical mess at the end of the book? How about trying some fun nonfiction?

Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel – need a book to cheer you up?  This is the one.  Nothing but awesome, adorable pictures of dogs underwater.  Really, it’s fantastic. Pure joy in a book.

Every Bone Tells a Story: hominin discoveries, deductions, and debates by Jill Rubalcaba – bones are cool y’all.

Phineas Gage: a gruesome but true story about brain science by John Fleischman – lesson from this book would be don’t let a thirteen pound iron rod go through your brain.  You might live but you won’t be the same person.


The Family Romanov: murder, rebellion and the fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming – you never knew history could be so riveting.  From the lavish lives of a Russian royal family to the collapse of an empire that ended with their tragic murders.  Crazy stuff, reads like a suspense novel! I was on the edge of my seat until the very end.

The Port Chicago 50: disaster, mutiny, and the fight for civil rights by Steve Sheinkin – an intense and true story of prejudice within America’s armed forces during World War II and a group of soldiers who stood up and changed history.

One Big Happy Family: heartwarming stories of animals caring for another by Lisa Rogak – a cat who took care of baby squirrels!  A boxer and his kid goat, a German Shorthaired Pointer and her owlet! The fox and her kittens!  The yellow lab and his duckling! Need I continue?  AND THERE ARE PICTURES!  Too much cuteness to handle.

Check out all of these books and more fun nonfiction at your local library.

-Heather, Children and Youth Services, St. Matthews Branch