Informational Texts

Young Adult Bibliography

Informational Texts

ED 5502 Reading and Literature, Grades 5-12

Updated July 2014

prepared by Jane M. Gangi, PhD

Please see the Resources from Deepening Literacy Learning: Art and Literature Engagements in K-8 Classrooms (Reilly, Gangi, Cohen, 2010)


Agee, Jon, Sit on a Potato Pan, Otis! More Palindromes; Who Ordered the Jumbo Shrimp and Other Oxymoron; So Many Dynamos! And Other Palindromes; Go Hang a Salami! I’m a Lasagna Hog! And Other Palindromes

Bang, Molly, Picture This: How Pictures Work; Chattanooga Sludge

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell, Hitler Youth; Black Potatoes; Growing Up in Coal Country; Kids on Strike!

Benedict, Ruth, Patterns of Culture

Bolden, Tonya, Tell All the Children Our Story: Memories and Mementoes of Being Young and Black in America

Bretón, Marcos, Home Is Everything:  The Latino Baseball Story

Bronowski, Jacob, Science and Human Values

Bruchac, Joseph, Lasting Echoes: An Oral History of Native American People

Brust, Beth Wagner, The Amazing Paper Cuttings of Hans Christian Andersen

Carson, Rachel, The Sea Around Us

Cherry, Lynne, A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History

De Blij, H. J., Nature on the Rampage

De Tocqueville, Alexis, Democracy in America

Eiseley, Loren, Immense Journey

Freeman, Lucille Usher and Janet Chatham Bell, Stretch Your Wings:  Famous Black Quotations for Teens

Goodall, Jane, The Chimpanzees I Love: Saving Their World and Ours

Greive, Bradley Trevor, Priceless:  The Vanishing Beauty of a Fragile Planet

Hamanaka, Shelia, and Ayano Ohmi, In Search of the Spirit: The Living National Treasures of Japan

Heller, Ruth, Fantastic! Wow! Unreal! A Book about Interjections and Conjunctions;  Mine, All Mine: A Books about Pronouns; Behind the Mask: A Book about Prepositions; Merry-Go-Round: A Book about Nouns; Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book about Adjectives; Kites Sail High: A Book about Verbs; A Cache of Jewels and Other Collective Nouns; Up, Up and Away: A Book about Adverbs

Hillenbrand, Laura, Seabiscuit

Jackson, Donna M., The Bone Detectives: How Forensic Anthropologists Solve Crimes and Uncover Mysteries of the Dead

Jones, Bill T., and Susan Kuklin, Dance

Kapit, Wynn, The Anatomy Coloring Book

Krakauer, Jon, Into Thin Air:  A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

Kuklin, Susan, No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row

Locker, Thomas, Sky Tree: Seeing Science through Art

Macaulay, David, Building Big; Rome Antics; Mill; Castle; City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction; Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction

Murphy, Jim, Gone A-Whaling: The Lure of the Sea and the Hunt for the Great Whales

O’Connor, Jane, The Emperor’s Silent Army: Terracotta Warriors of Ancient China

Presilla, Maricel E., and Gloria Soto, Life around the Lake: Embroideries by the Women of Lake Pátzucuar

Schwartz, Joseph, and Michael McGuiness, Einstein for Beginners

Sloan, Christopher, Bury the Dead: Tombs, Corpses, Mummies, Skeletons, and Rituals

Snow, C.P., The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution.

Thoreau, Henry David, Walden

Vavra, Robert, I Love Nature More

Weiner, Jonathan, The Beak of the Finch:  A Story of Evolution in Our Time

Wick, Walter, A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder

Young, Karen Romano, Small Worlds: A Book about Maps and Mapmakers