Narrative Nonfiction for Grades 3-5

Narrative nonfiction books tell true stories. There is also lots of great narrative nonfiction in the biography section, located in J921. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Author Title Call Number
BartonThe Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors
The story of how two brothers invented fluorescent ink. (40 pp.)
J535 BA
BrownAmerica Is Under Attack: The Day the Towers Fell
Narrates the September 11 terrorist attacks, from the plane hijackings to the collapse of the World Trade Center. (60 pp.)
J973.931 BR
CouryHanging Off Jefferson's Nose: Growing Up On Mount Rushmore
Lincoln Borglum, son of Mount Rushmore's designer, brings the massive project to completion. (34 pp.)
J978.3 CO
DavisMr. Ferris and His Wheel
George Ferris invents a thrilling new ride for the 1893 World’s Fair. (38 pp.)
J791.06 DA
FernDare the Wind
In a time when few women sailed, Ellen Prentiss set the world record for speed from New York to San Francisco. (36 pp.)
J910.82 FE
FlocaMoonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
The story of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon. (44 pp.)
J629.45 FL
FreedmanAngel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain
The story of Angel Island, an entry point for one million Asian immigrants to the United States in the early twentieth century. (81 pp.)
J325.1 FR
GroganMarley: A Dog Like No Other
A rambunctious dog becomes the heart of his family. (196 pp.)
J636.7 GR
HodgmanThe House of a Million Pets
Read about Hodgman's barnyard of birds, insects, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, from the ordinary to the exotic. (263 pp.)
J636.088 HO
KerleyThe Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins: An Illuminating History of Mr. Waterhouse Hawkins, Artist and Lecturer
The true story of Victorian artist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, who built the first life-sized models of dinosaurs. (48 pp.)
J567.9 KE
KimmelDinosaur Bone War: Cope and Marsh's Fossil Feud
Learn about America’s first paleontologists and the mistakes they make in their haste to outdo each other. (118 pp.)
J560.92 KI
KopsThe Great Molasses Flood : Boston, 1919
A chronicle of the catastrophic events resulting from the collapse of a molasses tank in the North End of Boston. (102 pp.)
J974.4 KO
KullingIn the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps it Up
An introduction to the nineteenth-century inventor who created the machine used to manufacture brown paper bags. (32 pp.)
J609.2 KU
KutnerThe Soda Bottle School: A True Story of Recycling, Teamwork, and One Crazy Idea
A Guatemalan town recycles waste to make a new school. (32 pp.)
J363.72 KU
LosureThe Fairy Ring, or, Elsie and Frances Fool the World
The story of two cousins who never meant to fool the world about seeing fairies, but ended up doing just that. (184 pp.)
J398.213 LO
LosureWild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron
A naked boy captured in the mountains of southern France in 1798 begins a curious public life that takes him all the way to Paris. (169 pp.)
J155.45 LO
MarkleThe Case of the Vanishing Little Brown Bats: A Scientific Mystery
Follow a team of dedicated scientists working to save the little brown bats in this real-life science mystery. (48 pp.)
J599.4 MA
NoblemanBoys of Steel: The Creators of Superman
Two friends decide to create their own hero as a way to combat adversity in their personal lives. (34 pp.)
J741.5 NO
PaulOne Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia
Isatou Ceesay finds a way to recycle old plastic bags and transform her community. (32 pp.)
J363.72 PA
RosenOur Farm: Four Seasons with Five Kids on One Family's Farm
Shows how one family, with the help of relatives and friends, creates a life and livelihood on a 150-acre farm. (144 pp.)
J630 RO
RothParrots Over Puerto Rico
A history of the island of Puerto Rico, highlighting current efforts to save the endangered Puerto Rican parrot. (42 pp.)
J598.71 RO
SkrypuchLast Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War
The story of the last Canadian airlift rescue operation from Saigon to Toronto on April 13, 1975. (99 pp.)
J959.704 SK
TonatiuhSeparate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation
Eight-year-old Sylvia fights to attend a whites-only public school. (40 pp.)
J323.1 TO
VernickBrothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team
The Acerra family of New Jersey forms their own semi-pro team in the 1930s. (39 pp.)
J796.357 VE
WalkerBlizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917
In December 1917, two ships collide in Halifax Harbour, resulting in the largest man-made explosion of the time. (145 pp.)
J971.6 WA
WalkerWinnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh
How Winnie the bear comes to live at the London Zoo, inspiring Milne's famous stories. (36 pp.)
J823 WA

Last Updated: 6/15


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