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How? Why? When? What? And Where? Kids are fascinated with the world around them and are like sponges ready to absorb details and statistics - and take great pleasure in remembering all sorts of wonderful and weird facts! This section picks a selection of non-fiction titles - we also have specialist collections on all sorts of subjects including History, Music, Science, Space, People & Places and much more!
Marie Curie, written by Isabel Thomas and illustrated by Anke Weckmann, is a charmingly illustrated biography of one of the world’s most famous scientists. Marie Curie was a brilliant scientist who coined the term ‘radioactivity’, discovered polonium and radium, and helped develop treatments for cancer. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.
As the issue of plastic pollution on land and in the oceans becomes ever more urgent, children need to understand what is going on, why and what steps they can do to change things. This book explains in clear text and abundant photographs what plastic is, how it is used, and why it’s a problem for the world. In addition to presenting the facts, it challenges young people to think about what they can do to help as well as including the latest information on plastic replacements – packaging made from seaweed for example. A useful, effective and stimulating information book.
Kids love collecting and what could be bigger and better than collecting mountains? The Wainwrights Pocket Log and Tick List is a handsome little book, small enough to pop into a pocket and take up into the Lakeland fells. Conveniently grouped in accordance with the famous Wainwright Pictorial Guides, the pocket log has a dedicated page for each of the 214 Wainwright Fells and kids will love to record details of their walks and keep a tally of their achievements. With a velvet-like cover and gilded pages it has a quality feel and would be a welcome addition to any young walker's Christmas stocking.
There are no better books for young vehicle fans, and William Bee’s new big, lively, information-packed book tells them everything they’ll want to know about tractors and the machines that work on our farms. From the smallest tractors – the illustration shows one in an orchard – to the really massive ones, ones that pull, push, lift and scoop, they’re all here illustrated across double pages. The author’s friendly text is full of information about what the different tractors are for, and how important they are in providing our food. There’s even space for a look at the very first tractors, and we meet William’s carthorse, Brian, too. Collect the set with William Bee’s Wonderful Worlds of Trains and Trucks.
A brilliant introduction for children to the movement, looking at the history of feminism, what it is today and its enormous relevance to young people and a vital tool for children in the process of figuring out the world and how it works. For more books on this theme take a look at Work It Girl - Inspiring and Informative Books on Feminism for All Ages
Creativity meets curiosity and critical thinking in Iggy Peck's Big Project Book for Amazing Architects, the new hands-on STEM project book from the #1 New York Times bestselling team behind Iggy Peck, Architect; Rosie Revere, Engineer; and Ada Twist, Scientist.
Shortlisted The School Library Association Information Book Award 2017 | A charming children's first encyclopedia bursting with facts about the world, animals, people, planets, and, very importantly, you! Finally, the world is at your little learner's fingertips for all in storybook format with exciting graphic novel elements.
March 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month | There’s a huge amount of information, and inspiration, contained in this rucksack-pocket-sized guide. Author and real-life explorer Justin Miles covers all the basics, including essential kit and how to pack it, and the key survival skills - lighting fires, tying knots, using a compass (there’s even one attached to the cover). He also describes the challenges of real life exploring in the world’s extreme climates, quoting examples from his own travels and from history. The information is clearly laid out, and the anecdotes and true life stories are fascinating. Justin comes across as exactly the kind of bloke it would be fun to trek with across the Arctic. Guaranteed to put kids in the mood for outdoor activities.
TV presenter Adam Hart-Davies turns his attention to some of the key inventions which changed the world. His clear and simple explanations are supported by illustrations including flaps that lift and wheels which vividly demonstrate how toilets flush and the basic principles of the steam engine. Fun to ‘play’ with, this is also a book which will teach each young reader about the machines they use in everyday life - and take for granted.
Ever looked at your dog and wondered what he is thinking? Or asked yourself if flying saucers really exist? Have you pondered the meaning of life or tried to think about nothing? Just plug in your common sense and prepare to explode your mind.
Women gladiators, women in the Bayeaux Tapestry, women inventors - Sandi Toksvig uncovers them all in her light-hearted approach to the serious message of this book – women have always done amazing things but have mostly been overlooked by history. There’s a mass of facts and information of all kinds including scientific evidence that women’s brains are as good as boys but wired differently and that the first woman to swim the channel was faster than any boy who had done it before (14hrs, 31mins). The result is a book which will make girls realise that anything is possible – and that women have already done most of everything already!