from Caves, Mysteries Beneath Our Feet

CAVES, Mysteries Beneath Our FeeYesterday I mentioned my Earthworks series published by Boyds Mills Press. Caves, the first one in the group, begins with the discovery of Howe Caverns in New York State in 1842. I like to start a nonfiction book with a true story that will attract young readers’ attention. If they like the beginning, they are more likely to enjoy learning more about the topic. Here’s how Caves starts:

It was hot,
so hot that most cows
stayed in the shade.
But not Millicent.
She and Farmer Howe’s other cows
stood in the hot sun
on a rocky hillside
where some thick bushes grew.

“What a curious way
for cows to behave,”
said Farmer Howe.
He found out why.

His hilly pasture had a hole in it!
Millicent liked the cool air
rushing round her.
She liked being a cool cow.

Caves was published in 2001. In 2002, it became a Society of School Librarians International Honor Book.

If you write nonfiction, too, tell us about it.