Nonfiction books stimulate kids' imaginations—April 20, 2012
Children are curious about the world around them, and there are many non-fiction titles in the children’s collection at the library that may catch the imagination and get children excited about reading.
Every living thing has a life cycle—the steps it goes through as it grows and changes. These cycles repeat over and over again. The twelve titles in the “Life Cycle of…” series, written by Robin Merritt and L. L. Owens, explain some of these cycles and are illustrated with wonderful color photographs. Look for the books in this series to learn about the life cycle of a chicken, a frog, a ladybug, a daisy, and more.
The library has six titles in the “Looking Closely” series by Frank Serafini. The author is an educator and nature photographer, and his beautiful color photographs illustrate each volume. Children are shown a close-up look at a small portion of a photo and invited to guess what the picture shows. Turning the page reveals the entire photo with the answer and information about the subject of the picture.
The “Lightning Bolt Books: Animal Look-Alikes” series by Buffy Silverman answers some questions that children may have about animals. Each of the six titles in the series gives the information in short, easy to read sentences and is illustrated with color photographs. Titles include: “Can You Tell a Cheetah from a Leopard?”, “Can You Tell a Frog from a Toad?”, and “Can You Tell a Butterfly from a Moth?”
The four books in the “Fact Finders: Extreme Explorations!” series each tackle a different topic. “Surviving in the World’s Most Extreme Places” by Ross Piper tells about creatures that live in the deepest parts of the oceans, in very hot places, and also very cold places. “Investigating Volcanoes” by Anna Claybourne describes how volcanoes are formed and the damages they cause. Clive Gifford’s book “Chasing the World’s Most Dangerous Storms” tells about hurricanes and tornadoes and the people who chase and report on them. “The Most Amazing Weapons of War” by M. J. Dougherty describes military weapons past and present and how they are used.
Try one of these new non-fiction series in the children’s department of the library and learn something new today!