You know we love all the fantastic non-fiction books that are flooding our bookshelves at the moment, and I am, in fact working on anot...

#KidLit Picks May Round Up - Non-Fiction

Saturday, June 09, 2018 BookBairn 2 Comments

You know we love all the fantastic non-fiction books that are flooding our bookshelves at the moment, and I am, in fact working on another 'Factastic Non-Fiction for Tots' blog post at the moment so you can expect even more recommendations of great non-fiction books for very young readers soon!

During May the @kidlitpicks book club featured non-fiction picture books, a theme chosen by Books Kids Love!

"When I’m choosing books for my kids, I always reach for the storybooks first - that’s what I grew up loving to read. But experts say children will thrive if they read more non-fiction too. Factual texts teach children about the world we live in, about amazing animals, people, events and inventions. Extending children’s knowledge helps them to understand new concepts and to put them into context. It also expands their vocabulary, in turn enriching their own writing. I’ve made an effort to seek out engaging non-fiction for my kids and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the clever, engaging books I’ve found - and that my kids like them too."

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies, by Joyce Sidman
“An exceptional biography … must read, and even better if followed by a trip to the museum, nature study, or maybe a nature crafting session.” — Summer from @readingisourthing

This Bridge Will Not Be Gray, by ​​Dave Eggers and Ticker Nichols
There's a lot of of it going on this month in terms of holidays, but I want to discuss something else worth celebrating: love." — Mel from @spiky_penelope

Disappearing Acts: A Search-And-Find Book of Endangered Animals, by Isabella Bunnell
“A colorful seek-and-find book for young readers looking to learn more about the world's endangered animals." — Mel from @spiky_penelope

Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space, by Dr. Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman
“The range of facts is so wide that everyone will learn something from it and makes it a great purchase as it will continue to be relevant and interesting as your child grows.” — Claire from @alittlebookhabit

Howl Like a Wolf!, by Kathleen Yale and Kaley McKean
“Not only do you learn fascinating facts about animals, their habitats, and their special skills, you get to climb inside the minds of animals through creative play.” Leah from @astoryaday

The Book of Beas, by Piotr Socha and Wojciech Grajkowski
“Packed full of fascinating facts about my favourite little creatures. It’s a beauty! ” —  Kim from @bookbairn

The Big Book of the Blue, by Yuval Zommer
“And this masterpiece, packed with underwater wonders, is especially mesmerizing; not to mention a special sardine hidden throughout these aquatic spreads!” — Miranda from @bookbloom

Tree and Moon, by Britta Teckentrup
“These two books provide an exquisite introduction to the genre.”  De from @books_and_babycinos

Amazing Australians in their Flying Machines, by Prue and Kerry Mason and Tom Jellett
“It's been expertly designed to draw readers in, with a just-right mix of illustrations, photographs and facts.”  Carissa from @bookskidslove_

Ada Lovelace (Little People, Big Dreams), by Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara and Zafouko Yamamoto

I love that this book celebrates a woman mathematician – the world’s first computer programmer - and that my children can read about her accomplishments and grow up with the belief that girls can do anything.”  Carissa from @bookskidslove_

The Colours of History, by Clive Gifford and Marc-Etienne Peintre

“There’s heaps of interesting history in this book, arranged around colours, with full-page illustrations and, of course, loads of colour."  Carissa from @bookskidslove_

10 Reasons to Love a Turtle, by Catherine Barr and Hanako Clulow

“I want all the books in the "10 reasons to love" series. They're pitched perfectly at young readers with colourful, full-page illustrations and snippets of interesting facts.”  Carissa from @bookskidslove_

First Big Book of the Ocean, by Catherine D Hughes
“There are so many amazing animals that live in the ocean!”  Arielle from @childrensbooksgalore

Book of Bones, by Gabrielle Balkan
“Ten animal skeletons are presented against black backgrounds and framed as a “Who am I?” guessing game. Perfect for budding paleontologists!”  Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople

Birthdays Around the World, by Mar─úriet Ruurs
This is a great book for exposing children to different birthday customs and traditions around the world.” — Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople

Counting Lions, by Katie Cotton
Being an oversized book, the drawings are startling and serves as a reminder that these animals should be cherished and protected.” — Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople

Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover, by Markus Motum
"Are your kids and students non-fiction fans? Do they love STEM and space? Lauren from @happily.ever.elephants

Camille and the Sunflowers, by Laurence Anholt
“A sweet tale based on real life events!” — Angelique from @heads.shoulders.knees

Her Right Foot, by Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris
"The true shining moment is when they discuss the title of the book and link it to a message of inclusion." — Wendy from @homegrownreader

Fur, Feather, Fin: All of Us Are Kin, by Diane Lang and Stephanie Laberis
“This lovely bit of nonfiction is a celebration of life and the uniqueness of all that is animal.” — Heather from @kidlitbookbits

Drawn from Nature, by Helen Ahpornsiri
“Helen Ahpornsiri’s new nonfiction book, Drawn from Nature, is an absolute marvel. Full of fascinating text, each illustration is painstakingly created by hand with pressed plants.” — Anna from @kidlitcrafts

Mr Shaha's Recipes for Wonder: Adventures in Science Round the Kitchen Table, by Alom Shahaand and Emily Robertson
“This brilliant text shows you how Science is all about embracing wonder, getting excited about the “I-Don’t-Knows” and seeing failures as super opportunities for learning.” — Shannon from @ohcreativeday

 Our @kidlitpicks theme for JUNE is PERSEVERANCE, chosen and introduced by @homegrownreader

Perseverance, grit, growth mindset, etc. Anyway you spin it, it's a hot topic right now. And rightfully so. The importance of encouraging effort over ease has been proven to boost self-esteem, confidence, and learning. But even if there were no studies, it just ends up being common sense. How many quotes have you heard along the lines “if at first you don't succeed,” “keep moving forward,” etc.? The overabundance of these sentiments isn't an accident, for it's only through moving beyond our failure that we learn. Instilling our children with a self-growth attitude when faced with a challenge, not only prepares them to learn exponentially but to be ready to face the setbacks that just happen to be a side-effect of life.

So this month, @kidlitpicks is ready to face the hard work, with books that focus on characters that don't give up when the going gets tough. Share along with us by tagging #kidlitpicks_perseverance

Happy Reading,
The KidLitPicks Team and Kim x


  1. Another great selection of books. Looking forward to the June roundup.

    1. Thanks - reminding me to get my choice photographed!