Navigating Non-Fiction this November

Magical Myths and Legends

Chosen by Michael Morpurgo

Featuring the stories of heroes and legends that we are familiar with such as Thor and Robin Hood, and those that we perhaps are less familiar with such as Gawain and the Green Knight and The Giant of Mont Saint-Michel – all chosen by the iconic children’s author Micheal Morpurgo. The stories all have stunning illustrations by various illustrators including Joe Todd-Stanton, Lee Cosgrave and Pierre Kleinhouse and the different styles not only help differentiate between the tales but also give readers a visual treat with the gorgeous designs and graphics included. This is the ideal gift for those that love stories of heroes and legends as it would make a perfect keepsake with children returning to this book time and time again.

Published by Oxford Children’s costing £9.99 in paperback.

Epic Tales of Triumph and Adventure

Simon Cheshire and Fatti Burke

Containing the stories of 66 men and women that have gone above and beyond, achieving amazing fetes so many areas such as exploration, science, sports, and inventing. Each individual has a double page spread focusing on what makes them stand out as such an extraordinary individual, with each page having bitesize amounts of information to each section, featuring a self portrait of the person or people and a large illustration depicting the overall main relevant scene to them too. The variety of people included in this book make it hugely interesting and informative, with it being both a title that will entertain and interest readers as well as an educational resource for purposes in school too.

Published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books costing £12.99 in hardback.

The Scale of Dinosaurs

Joanna Brundle

This fascinating book details the sizes of dinosaurs in a way that makes them understandable to young readers as it compares them to things that are relatable such as buses or elephants. The dinosaurs sizes referenced include the lengths of the animals as well as the weights which give such an impressive overview and understanding of the sheer size and mass of these prehistoric creatures. The book features bold, colourful illustrations that depict the comparatives perfectly and help readers comprehend the information presented. This book is perfect for KS1 children onwards and is the perfect title for dinosaur fans, topic work research and general fact discovery.

Published by Booklife costing £12.99 in hardback.

The Story of the London Underground

David Long and Sarah McMenemy

This insightful book tells you everything there is to know about the underground tube system that exists in England’s capital. The much used travel system has existed since 1863 with many modifications and improvements being made along the way that have led to the it being what we know it to be today and it is those changes that are interesting and make for exciting reading – especially for those who enjoy transport, engineering and STEM related topics. There is information on design details, technology, planning and so much more in this hugely informative book that will leave you with an appreciation for the system that is essential to not just London.

Published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books costing £12.99 in hardback.

Incredible Jobs you’ve (probably) NEVER heard of

Natalie Labarre

This large format book has a wealth of information amongst its pages on occupations that are strange, unheard of and most unusual – and all intriguing to the reader who will love exploring everything that this book has to offer. There are things to search for on some of the books pages and brilliant bold images to accompany the text throughout which really grab your attention. Careers that made it into the book include those suited to working outdoors and in various climates including as keeper of an island, jobs that work for people that don’t mind scary/weird like working with dead people, and those that suit adventurous types too – in fact there is quite literally a profession in this book that would interest everyone – including that of a professional sleeper!

Published by Nosy Crow costing £14.99 in hardback.

My First book of New York

Ingela P Arrhenius

An illustrative guide to what’s what in New York this book is both vibrantly coloured and visually stunning, featuring all of the must sees and dos of this spectacular state in America. The book would be a perfect gift for young readers either pre or post visiting New York as it serves as a souvenir and reminder of being there as much as a guide to what to do if visiting. Broken up into the relevant locations this book is easy to navigate and gives you a really informative tour of the area by providing us with a full page of keywords relevant to the location named and described on the opposite page. From foods and cultures to appreciate to statues and parks to visit this book really has covered it all, and in a way that children will recognise and relate to which ensures that they enjoy the book.

Published by Walker Studio costing £15.00 in hardback.

Africa Amazing Africa

Atinuke, illustrated by Mouni Feddag

Another super informative guide to a travel destination, this time Africa. This book breaks down the continent into North, East, South and West and teaches us about all the countries that fall into those areas. Each country is described to give us the chance to visualise the landscape and along with temperatures the locals endure we are also told of clothing choices, customs, wildlife, religions and so much more. The countries are ordered alphabetically within the book which makes using this book for research purposes so much easier and the illustrations have a cultural authenticity that depict the vibrancy and energy of the continent brilliantly and allow you to visualise the busy streets as much as the billowing deserts perfectly.

Published by Walker Books costing £14.99 in hardback.

My Body, Your Body – Skin

John Wood & Danielle Jones

With large font and simple sentences this book is ideal for KS1 children that are looking to learn about skin and the different colours it can be as well as the different patterns that can appear such as rashes and wrinkles. The illustrations are bold and brightly coloured with easy to distinguish details that make them interesting to look at and maintain childrens attentions albeit for at home or school reading and research material.

Published by Booklife costing £12.99 in hardback.

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