Wacky, Gross, Weird, and Real: Nonfiction Books

May 17th, 2011 by

Did you know that a slinky can stretch from a sixth-floor window to the ground? Or that a “zedonk” is a cross between a female donkey and a male zebra? Or that the government used to operate a top-secret military base underground in Colorado — and it included an on-site dentist’s office?! These are just a few of the totally crazy but completely real factoids you’ll discover in these “strange but true” nonfiction books (in no particular order):

  1. 100 Most Awesome Things On The Planet (Karen’s pick)
  2. Ripley’s Believe It or Not: Special Edition 2011 (Nancy’s pick)
  3. The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook Gross Junior Edition
  4. TIME for Kids BIG Book of Why: 1,001 Facts Kids Want to Know
  5. A Really Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  6. Weird But True: 300 Outrageous Facts
  7. Scholastic Book Of World Records 2011
  8. Pick Me Up by Jeremy Leslie, David Roberts, Roger Bridgman, Philip Wilkinson
  9. Scholastic Book of Lists
  10. Do Not Open by John Farndon

(Also, here’s a printable version of our “Wacky, Gross, Weird — and Real” booklist, for you to take to the library or bookstore — or memorize so you can win big on game shows.)

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite nonfiction book.

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