Books & Beyond

New Children’s Nonfiction Spotlight – November 2021

By Isaac F.
November 9, 2021

There is so much to learn about, as evidenced by our new releases in Children’s Nonfiction. Click on any book cover to go to the catalog and place a hold. Want new book spotlights sent to your inbox? Subscribe to the It’s Elementary Newsletter.

The Bug Club / by Elise Gravel

Elise Gravel shares all of her favorite and most interesting facts about these marvelous creatures, some of which are so unique and strange, you could almost imagine them living in outer space!

Red planet: Life in Our Deserts and Hot Spots / by Moira Butterfield ; illustrated by Jonathan Woodward.

Meet some of the most hardy and adaptable animals on the planet that live in the world’s hottest regions. Includes facts about volcanoes, deserts, hot springs, and underwater volcanoes, an animal and plant index, and ways to help fight climate change.

Water Cycles / by DK

Dive into the lifecycle of water and discover how it supports all life forms, how humans harness its power, and why we need to conserve it.

A Peek at Beaks: Tools Birds Use / by Sara Levine.

Birds have surprisingly helpful tools with them at all times–their beaks! Guess which birds have beaks resembling commonly used tools in this playful picture book.

Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History / by Schele Williams

Beginning in Africa before 1619, Your Legacy presents an unprecedentedly accessible, empowering, and proud introduction to African American history for children.

African Icons: Ten People Who Shaped History / by Tracey Baptiste.

Meet ten real-life kings, queens, inventors, scholars, and visionaries who lived in Africa thousands of years ago and changed the world.

A HIstory of Music for Children / by Mary Richards & David Schweitzer.

This introduction to the history of music takes children on a musical journey around the world.

Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small / by Jess Wade

An acclaimed physicist and debut picture-book author introduces readers to the tiny building blocks that make up the world around us.

The complete cookbook for young scientists : [good science makes great food: 70+ recipes, experiments, & activities] /  by America’s Test Kitchen.

Over 75 kid-tested, kid-approved recipes and experiments teach young chefs about the fun and fascinating science of food.

Super Extra Deluxe Essential Handbook (Pokemon): The Need-To-Know Stats and Facts on Over 900 Characters

If you want to catch ’em all, you gotta read about ’em all! This revised and updated edition of the mega-bestselling Essential Handbook and Super Deluxe Essential Handbook has all the stats and facts kids need to know about the world of Pokémon.

The Secret Lives of Dragons / by Zoya Agnis

Discover a whole new world of dragons in this beautifully illustrated book on the scaliest of magical creatures.

Two Truths and Lie: Forces of Nature / by Ammi-Joan Paquette

Every story in this book is strange and astounding, but one out of every three is an outright lie. Picking out the fakes isn’t as easy as you think, however.

Beetles for Breakfast : And Other Weird and Wonderful Ways to Save the Planet / by Madeleine Finlay

Following a day in the life of an average child, we see how some futuristic inventions could fit into everyday life: from brushing your teeth with biodegradable algae, to eating beetle burgers for lunch and coming home to do your homework with a pen containing ink made from exhaust fumes.

Germy Science: The Sick Truth about Getting Sick (and Staying Healthy) / by Kay Edwards

With germs all over the news, and on the minds of children and adults everywhere, award-winning author Edward Kay sets the story straight, as he blends loads of solid information with humour, cool fun facts and disgusting details to make learning fun.

Conservation Canines: How Dogs Work for the Environment / by Isabelle Groc

With their precise sense of smell, their hardworking temperament and their ability to bond with humans, dogs increasingly lend their paws and noses to fixing some of the most complex environmental problems on the planet.

History Smashers: Plagues and Pandemics / by Kate Messner

From the Black Death to COVID-19, this nonfiction book smashes everything you thought you knew about history and delivers the whole truth about diseases, using a mix of sidebars, illustrations, photos and graphic panels.