Fiction/Nonfiction Pairs for More Book-giving to Kids

Sandy’s Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Boris Kulikov.
The Calder Game by Blue Balliet. Semicolon review here.

The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West by Sid Fleischman.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.

Helen’s Eyes: A Photobiography of Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller’s Teacher by Marfé Ferguson Delano.
Miss Spitfire by Sarah Miller. Semicolon review here.

The Road to Oz: Twists, Turns, Bumps, and Triumphs in the Life of L. Frank Baum by Kathleen Krull.
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.

In Defiance of Hitler: The Secret Mission of Varian Fry by Carla Killough McClafferty. Reviewed here by Laura Salas.
The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. Semicolon review here.

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out, a compilation by various authors. Reviewed here at a Patchwork of Books.
First Daughter: White House Rules by Mitali Perkins. Semicolon review here.

Snow Falling in Spring: Coming of Age in China During the Cultural Revolution by Moying Li. Reviewed here by Jennie at Biblio File.
Little Leap Forward: A Boy in Beijing by Guo Yue. Reviewed by Melissa at Book Nut.

The Kid’s Book of the Night of the Night Sky
Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass. Reviewed by Melissa at Book Nut.
(I stole this idea from Mother Reader who has a great list of Twenty-one More Ways to Give a Book.)

Mighty Jackie the Strike-Out Queen by Marissa Moss. Reviewed here by Lori Calabreese.
No Cream Puffs by Karen Day. Reviewed by Melissa at Book Nut.

Sawdust and Spangles: The Amazing Life of W.C. Coup by Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills. Reviewed here by Lori Calabrese.
The Floating Circus by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer. Semicolon review here.

Lincoln Shot: A President’s Life Remembered by Barry Denenberg, illustrated by Christopher Bing.
An Acquaintance with Darkness by Ann Rinaldi.

The Day the World Exploded: The Earthshaking Catastrophe at Krakatoa by Simon Winchester. Recommended by Kathryn Krull at I.N.K., Interesting Nonfiction for Kids.
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois.

How Does the Show Go On: An Introduction to the Theater by Thomas Schumacher.
The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding.

So You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton? by Jean Fritz.
The Hope Chest by Karen Schwabach.

Winston Churchill: Soldier and Politician by Tristan Boyer Binns.
Window Boy by Andrea White. Semicolon review here.

The Story of Baseball: Third Revised and Expanded Edition by Lawrence S. Ritter.
Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park. Semicolon review here.

How To Be a Samurai Warrior by Fiona Macdonald.
Sisters of the Sword by Maya Snow. Semicolon review here.

Knight (DK Eyewitness Books) by Christopher Gravett.
The Youngest Templar: Keeper of the Grail by Michael Spradlin.

2 thoughts on “Fiction/Nonfiction Pairs for More Book-giving to Kids

  1. I love the idea of the book pairs. I see books I’ve read and enjoyed. Even better, I see they have pairs I didn’t know about. Thanks.

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