It’s National Non-Fiction November so the perfect time to share some of the wonderful non-fiction books published recently. I often tell children that there are so many amazing books written for them that they are spoilt for choice! And they really are; especially when it comes to beautifully produced non-fiction books like those featured on the blog today. With Christmas not too far away these books would make wonderful gifts! They also demonstrate the brilliance of text and illustration working together to bring the world to life for young readers.
The Picture Atlas An Incredible Journey by Simon Holland, illustrated by Jill Calder
This is an absolutely wonderful atlas exploring the world continent by continent. Stunning, detailed illustrations give life to the wealth of facts and information to be found on every page.
Delving into each continent, the history of the people, artefacts, the landforms, the animals inhabiting the land and even the food are described through the perfect combination of words and pictures.
Every time you read it you discover something new and there’s a helpful glossary at the end of the book. This is a wonderful book to encourage children’s natural curiosity and a fantastic way to support learning about the world.
Find out more about the illustrator at www.jillcalder.com.
The Picture Atlas is published by Bloomsbury
How to Think Like a Coder without even trying!
by Jim Christian illustrated by Paul Boston
Have you ever wondered how on earth computer programmes actually work? Well according to this book, you already know! With straightforward explanations of what coding is, a fascinating look at early computers and of course, the most amazing computer of all, the human brain, the book explores all aspects of coding and gives the reader the chance to try their hand at creating code.
For independent young readers, everyday situations are turned into opportunities to code – and of course, adults can join in too. You don’t even need a computer!
It’s packed full of information and lively illustrations featuring fun robot characters who enliven the text throughout. How to Think like a Coder takes what can be a rather intimidating topic and makes it more accessible and something all the family can share!
Published by Pavilion Books.
Her Right Foot by Dave Eggars, illustrated by Shawn Harris
I will admit to having a big soft spot for New York having spent my honeymoon there. But even as a child, I was always fascinated by Statue of Liberty (anyone remember she came to life in Ghostbusters 2!) so this book was an ideal opportunity to re-acquaint myself with the story behind it.
Her Right Foot is absolutely fascinating, full of things I didn’t know about how the Statue was built to how people feel about it. A non-fiction picture book, it’s totally accessible and a wonderful book to read aloud.
The fantastic, vibrant illustrations capture the narrative brilliantly and history comes to life before your eyes – an impressive debut for illustrator Shawn Harris. And even more incredible is the message ‘found’ in the small trait of the Statue’s right foot that encapsulates the freedom the Statue of Liberty represents.
A very timely publication, this book will be enjoyed not just for an entertaining take on history; but also for the deeper meaning of tolerance and acceptance behind it.
Find out more about the illustrator at www.shawnharris.info
Published by Abrams & Chronicle Books
With thanks to all the publishers of these books for sending me copies to review.