Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown is distinguished by all definitions of the word. Brown brings scientific, geographic, and societal complexities to life on the page through both his illustrations and words. As a recent NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Winner for nonfiction, Drowned City is a heartbreaking must read and a perfect addition to any classroom or library.
For more great nonfiction selections for children, be sure to check out this year's NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor and Recommended Book Lists here: http://www.ncte.org/awards/orbispictus
Dan Dooher teaches 8th grade Language Arts at Horizon Middle School. You can find him on Twitter @MisterDReads for more book talk!