Do your kids favor fiction or non-fiction? At our house, Maude always favored fiction, but Ralph and Olive favored non-fiction. And I don’t know if the youngest three have decided on a preference yet. For anyone needing to beef up the non-fiction options in your kid book collection, here are 5 standouts.
First up, is actually a series. It’s called Little People, Big Dreams, and focuses on outstanding women throughout history — from designers and artists to scientists. “All of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream.”
There are currently 10 books in the series. You can find books on the three women featured here, and other greats like Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart, Ella Fitzgerald, and Coco Chanel. Each book has excellent reviews and each one features a different illustrator.
Next on the list is Hidden Dangers: Seek and Find 13 of the World’s Deadliest Animals. It was written by Lola M. Schaefer and features illustrations from Tymn Armstrong.
Your kids will get to see each animal in its environment, and learn what the dangers are — and how to survive! It’s a great book for a young child who is interested in adventure and excitement.
Here’s one for the future engineers and architects out there. It’s called Curious Constructions, and was written by Michael Hearst, with drawings by Matt Johnstone.
This sturdy book highlights 50 incredible structures, including “a fire-breathing octopus sculpture, the skateboard ramp you’d need to jump the Great Wall of China, a whole community of tree houses in Costa Rica, and a lifesize X-Wing Starfighter built of Legos.” This is another one with lots of great reviews.
Next up is a book with a unique format. the whole thing unfolds in one long piece, and shows what you would find as you go deeper and deeper into the ground. It’s called The Street Beneath My Feet, and it was written by Charlotte Guillain, with illustrations by Yuval Zommer.
On one side of the foldout, you’ll discover what is beneath a city, and on the other reverse, you’ll see the ground beneath the countryside. This book covers geology, archaeology, and natural history — and how they all work together.
Last up today might be my favorite. It’s called 50 Cities of the USA. The book is generously sized and written by Gabrielle Balkan with drawings by Sol Linero.
Each layout features a new city and is filled with tons of interesting information and fun facts about a huge range of things in each city — museums, landmarks, city parks, food trucks. It makes me want to visit all 50!
Tell me, Friends — any great non-fiction books your kids have picked up lately? I’d love to hear.
P.S. — More picture books I love!