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Library: Nonfiction to feed
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Sara Rizor Peltier is a public library associate in Youth & Adult: Services and Collections at the AADL.

Sara Rizor Peltier is a public library associate in Youth & Adult: Services and Collections at the AADL.

Did you know that the giant squid has eyes that are 12 inches across? Did you know that if you line up every kind of plant and animal on Earth, one of every four would be a beetle? What about the fact that octopuses are highly intelligent and, in captivity, easily solve mazes and puzzles and escape their tanks? And who knew there were elephant-size giant ground sloths roaming around South America 10,000 years ago?

Find out these facts and more from author/illustrator Steve Jenkins’ amazing picture books for kids. The search for exceptional nonfiction books to feed hungry little minds is constant for those of us with curious tots. Many of Jenkins’ books are about animals and the Earth. Here are a few of my favorites: For great animal size comparisons, check out “Actual Size” or “Prehistoric Actual Size.” For bug fanatics, try “The Beetle Book.” If you’re interested in anatomy, go the extra mile with “Bones.” Feeling adventurous? Then grab a copy of “The Top of the World” to learn about Mount Everest.

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