November is the month that we celebrate non-fiction.
Non-fiction is the term we use in bookshops and libraries to mean “information and facts”, so anything that’s not a story, really!
I thought I’d share some of my favourite non-fiction books with you, and I’ve chosen some newly-released books, too, which I think you’ll find interesting.
Winnie-The-Pooh’s Things to do before you’re 5 3/4.
A non-fiction list wouldn’t be complete without Where’s Wally!
A find-and-search book, where every page is a double-spread puzzle of people, among which are Wally and his friends.
How long will it take you to find him? Can you find all the other characters? I think the hardest one to find is always the Wizard!
This edition is the 30th anniversary edition, with an extra scene and letters from Wally.
My First Pop-Up Dinosaurs
Enter an incredible world of dinosaurs and prehistoric reptiles in this stunning first pop-up book. From the familiar tyrannosaurus to the bizarre elasmosaurus, meet a whole range of beautiful and fantastic prehistoric creatures. With illustrations from the award-winning Owen Davey, this is a stylish treasury perfect for dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages.
Learn how to fold eight amazing animals with this origami pack. Includes 75 sheets of colourful patterned paper and a book with step-by-step instructions for making an owl, dragon, fish, elephant, fox, rabbit, whale and crane. With internet links to video tutorials, tips and printable sheets.
We love the Usborne activity books like this because you get everything you need to make the model – no hunting around for square paper!
100% Full Size Animals
Young readers can compare their favourite creatures in life-size! Domestic animals are placed side-by-side with the wild versions. See how a domestic cat’s nose measures up to a tiger’s, and discover who has the longest claws, a sloth or a tiger – you may be surprised!
Cardboard Box Creations
Adi’s Perfect Patterns and Loops
Best friends Adi and Gabi love to play with Adi’s toy train. Round and round it goes – choo choo! Watching it loop around the track gives the girls an idea. These scientific thinkers use their computer coding knowledge to put the train to work!
Featuring 40 trailblazing black women in the world’s history, this book educates and inspires as it relates true stories of women who broke boundaries and exceeded all expectations.
Debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison pairs captivating text with stunning illustrations as she tells the stories of both iconic and lesser-known female figures of black history, including Nurse Mary Seacole, Politician Diane Abbott, Mathematician Katherine Johnson, Singer Shirley Bassey.
Among these biographies, readers will find heroes, role models and everyday women who did extraordinary things.
How Does My Home Work?
An illustrated science of how the important things in your home work – how do you get the electricity that means you can switch on a light? How does your television work? Where does the water come from?
This book is aimed at younger children, up to about 8 or 9, and it explains in simple terms where gas, water and electricity come from, and the kinds of things that they are used for in your home.
How We Got To Now
For older readers: Steven Johnson looks at how accidental genius, brilliant mistakes, and unintended consequences shape the way we live in the modern world. Johnson’s “long zoom” approach connects history, geography, politics, and scientific advances with the deep curiousity of inventors or quirky interests of tinkerers to show how innovation truly comes about.
His fascinating account is organized into six topics: glass, cold, sound, clean, time, light. Johnson’s fresh exploration of these simple, single-syllable word concepts creates an endlessly absorbing story that moves from lightning strikes in the prehistoric desert to the herculean effort to literally raise up the city of Chicago to laser labs straight out of a sci-fi movie.
From awesome record-breakers to amazing Top 10s and fascinating facts on the fastest, tallest and most exciting things out there, Infomania has it all. Using striking graphics, crisp designs and a rainbow of colours, this book visually brings information to life in infographics and includes almost everything children want to know about humans, space, Earth, buildings and animals.
Includes information on the biggest bugs, longest sleepers, killer creature, longest survivors, super strong, iconic art, melodic music, driest places, oldest buildings, biggest bridges, distant worlds and size of the Universe, to name just a few topics in this fact-filled book.
Boys Who Made A Difference
When it comes to making a difference, there’s no such thing as too young! Get ready to meet some incredible young men who followed their dreams and changed the world for the better, often by taking the path less travelled and staying true to themselves.
From Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Nelson Mandela, Vidal Sassoon to Bob Dylan, Tony Hawk to Matt Groening this collection, from the author of Girls Who Rocked the World, features young men from across history and around the globe who have all achieved remarkable things.
Also included are profiles of teenagers who are changing the world right now – boys like John Collinson, the youngest person to climb the Seven Summits, and Alec Loorz, who founded the non-profit organisation Kids vs. Global Warming.
Stories for Kids Who Dare to Be Different
Björk, Dr Seuss, Whoopi Goldberg, Andy Warhol, Ellen MacArthur, Greta Gerwig, Andrea Bocelli, Hua Mulan … these are men and women who all dared to be different.
This is the book for children who want to know about the lives of those heroes who have led the way, changing the world for the better as they go.
Following the runaway success of Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different, parents asked for a celebration of role models of both genders for boys and girls within the same book. Stories for Kids Who Dare to Be Different is the answer. These are the extraordinary stories of 100 famous and not-so-famous men and women, every single one of them an inspiring pioneer and creative genius in their own way, who broke the mould and made their dreams come true.
A perfect tool for older readers as they grow into the leaders of tomorrow, Veronica Chambers’s inspiring collection of profiles—along with Senator Cory Booker’s stirring foreword—will inspire readers of all ages to stand up for what’s right.
You may only be one person, but you have the power to change the world.
Before they were activists, they were just like you and me. From Frederick Douglass to Malala Yousafzai, Joan of Arc to John Lewis, Susan B. Anthony to Janet Mock—these remarkable figures show us what it means to take a stand and say no to injustice, even when it would be far easier to stay quiet.
Resist profiles men and women who resisted tyranny, fought the odds, and stood up to bullies that threatened to harm their communities. Along with their portraits and most memorable quotes, their stories will inspire you to speak out and rise up—every single day.
Don’t forget to let us know what you think of these books, and what other non-fiction you’re reading using #NNFN and #sendmybook on Instagram or Twitter!
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