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Hackmatack Nonfiction Reading List 2022

The Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award is a literary program designed to bring together readers in Grades 4-6 with great Canadian books and authors. Check out this year’s English nonfiction titles on this list. To see the entire list of titles, click here.

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How to Promenade With A Python (and Not Get Eaten)
Rachel Ploquin
Audience: Kids
Language: English
Topic: animals | graphic novel | non-fiction
A funny and informative graphic novel about pythons.
A funny and informative graphic novel about pythons.
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Germy Science
Edward Kay
Audience: Kids
Language: English
Topic: Bacteria | Diseases | health | Juvenile literature
This hilarious, thoroughly researched book explains exactly how the microorganisms we know as germs are responsible for so much grossness.
This hilarious, thoroughly researched book explains exactly how the microorganisms we know as germs are responsible for so much grossness. Kids will learn all about what germs (a general term for four specific microorganisms) actually are, how we get sick, how the human immune system works, and the best ways to stay healthy. Humans have gone from not knowing germs existed to using them to help lessen the effects of climate change.
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Beavers
Frances Backhouse
Audience: Kids
Language: English
Topic: animals | Environment | non-fiction
Part of the Orca Wild series, this nonfiction book for middle-grade readers explores the important role beavers play as a keystone species.
Part of the Orca Wild series, this nonfiction book for middle-grade readers explores the important role beavers play as a keystone species. They were nearly driven to extinction for their furs, but today beavers are valued for their role as habitat creators and water stewards.
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Amazing Black Atlantic Canadians
Lindsay R. Ruck
Audience: Kids
Language: English
Topic: African Canadian | biography | Juvenile literature
This fascinating, full-colour illustrated book features over 50 amazing Black people from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, sharing their incredible stories and accomplishments, past and present.
This fascinating, full-colour illustrated book features over 50 amazing Black people from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, sharing their incredible stories and accomplishments, past and present. With dozens of profiles on both historical and contemporary Black people from Atlantic Canada, Lindsay Ruck celebrates the accomplishments and recognizes the hardships of some of our region's least-known amazing heroes.
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The Science of Song
Alan Cross
Audience: Kids
Language: English
Topic: History | Juvenile literature | Music | science
Music is an outlet for self-expression. It has the power to influence your feelings, connect you to others and break down barriers. And believe it or not, it's science.
Music is an outlet for self-expression. It has the power to influence your feelings, connect you to others and break down barriers. And believe it or not, it's science. The tunes that move us are a blend of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, plus passion and emotion. In this book, you'll find out when humans began making music, the early history of recording and playing back, how things we use every day like headphones and streaming services were created, and what's in store for the future of music technology.
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Meet David Suzuki
Elizabeth MacLeod
Audience: Kids
Language: English
Topic: biography | Juvenile literature
As a young boy, David Suzuki loved spending time in the glorious British Columbia outdoors with his father. The racist policies against Japanese Canadians during World War II put an abrupt end to that when David's family was sent to a Japanese internment camp in 1942.
As a young boy, David Suzuki loved spending time in the glorious British Columbia outdoors with his father. The racist policies against Japanese Canadians during World War II put an abrupt end to that when David's family was sent to a Japanese internment camp in 1942. After the war, the Suzuki family was forced to leave B.C., settling in Ontario. David immersed himself in learning, earning a PhD in zoology, becoming a professor, and eventually taking his love of science education into the public sphere with his shows on CBC radio and television. He has worked tirelessly to bring attention and importantly, offer solutions to this critical issue. Climate change is one of the most important issues of our time, and David Suzuki has led the charge in education and activism in Canada for decades.