Byrd and Igloo (Lexile 1020; Interest Level: Grades 3-5) by Samantha Seiple is a narrative nonfiction story of Richard Byrd's trips to the North and South Poles with his dog Igloo. Narrative nonfiction means that the story is true (nonfiction), but it reads as if it is a story. The story starts with Igloo being found by a kind lady on a rainy day, and how he made his way to belonging to Richard Byrd. Then, once he was owned by Byrd, what an adventurous life he began!
Now, little fox terriers don't so much like cold weather, but when Richard Byrd decided to become the first person to fly a plane over the North Pole, Igloo was glad to go along with him! Eventually, Byrd would become known as the first person to fly over both the North and South Poles, and Igloo? Well, he's the only dog to have flown over both!
If you are interested in dogs or good stories from history, you will enjoy this book. As a matter of fact, even if you aren't as fond of nonfiction, I bet this book could change your mind! The author uses quotes from primary source materials (like journals, letters, newspaper articles, and photographs) to tell the story. (192 pages)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.