Readers’ Corner: Non-Fiction Homework Helpers

Sometimes teachers ask you to find and read an informative book that’s more than 300 pages long. Sometimes you need to read an autobiography or memoir for an assignment that’s due in two days, so you want something short. 

Instead of staring at stacks and stacks of books, judging them only by their width and ending up reading something that’s either too dull, too confusing, or too not-teacher-approved, we have some helpful booklists for you: 

Each of these lists includes carefully selected non-fiction books that are interesting, informative, and suitable for teen readers. No dull textbook stuff here. Wouldn’t you rather learn about cartoon censorship, dead bodies, how to start a band, or the history of poop? 

One of my favorites from these lists is Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything. It’s a completely fascinating explanation of everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. Bryson is a comic genius who takes the info he gets from leading scientific experts and shares it in a way that is exciting, relevant, and actually readable. Even if you don’t have a homework assignment, I recommend reading this one.

Happy reading!

Melleny @ Mukilteo Library

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