Navigating Non-Fiction – My Favourite Titles of 2021 (Part Two)

Now I love nothing more than picking up a non fiction book and learning something interesting. Here’s a round up of some of my favourites that have been recently published. You can check out part one of my round up here.

A Different Sort of Normal

  • Written and Illustrated by Abigail Balfe
  • Published by Puffin

Both of my children have autism, they are as bright as buttons but struggle in social situations they also don’t understand feelings. 

I’ve always wondered what it feels like for them, to be in their shoes but obviously that is something I can never do.

I’d never found an book on autism that explains it from the point of view of the person  until I came across this book.  

As the author is autistic and is writing about her childhood I was able to be in her footsteps and was able to experience what she went through. 

This gave me a good insight into what my children experience, and its gave me ideas to help them out.

This will be the book I recommend to people looking for an insight into autism, as it gave me such an invaluable perspective that will help my family going forward, and will definitely prove equally worthwhile to others too.

First Big Book of Why

  • Written by Sally Symes and Stephanie Warren Drimmer
  • Illustrations by Kate Slater
  • Published by Britannica Books

Why do we brush are teeth? 

Why do our tummies rumble?

These are 2 questions this book answers. With over 100 questions many children ask and most of us struggle to find the answer to, or explain in an age appropriate, comprehendible way.

These are mostly everyday questions answered in a way children will understand. This book is an introduction to fact finding, that will encourage children to want to know more.

This book is jammed packed with illustrations that support the text and real life pictures. 

The font of the text is large and made interesting for children. Ideal for ages 4 upwards.

Breaking News

  • Written by Nick Sheridan
  • Illustrations by David O’Connell
  • Published by Simon and Schuster

Everyday we are bombarded with news, on the television,  on our phones and social media. 

But what is real news and what is fake. And how do we spot it?

For us adults we can usually tell the difference, but imagine how difficult it is for children. 

Well help is at hand, journalist Nick Sheridan takes us through how news is collected,  how it works and how to stop it getting overwhelming. 

Written with different fonts this will grab and keep their attention. There is interactive activities and amusing illustrations, also there are some funny parts.

Ideal for aged 8+.

by Helen Byles

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