Welcome to a new round up featuring recently read and recommended children’s non-fiction titles! Just a note that your library may catalogue some of these titles in children’s non-fiction or in picture books, etc.- it really depends on how your library has decided to categorize them!
In no particular order here are the standouts: let’s start with Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom by Teresa Robeson and illustrated by Rebecca Huang, a superbly presented biography of Wu Chien Shiung, a deeply respected and celebrated physicist who made incredible advancements, ground-breaking discoveries, and contributions in nuclear physics (among other areas of physics!; a must-read and addition to STEM children’s lit). Up next we have It Began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by acclaimed Bloom duo Kyo Maclear and artist Julie Morstad, a gorgeously rendered study of the life of prolific artist, author, and activist Gyo Fujikawa, the Japanese-American creator behind esteemed classics such as Babies and Let’s Play, who fought for the right for inclusive representation within the pages of her books. Be sure not to miss the detailed note’s at the book’s end, which touch further upon the Fujikawa family’s internment during World World II. What Miss Mitchell Saw by Babymoon author Hayley Barrett and illustrated by Diana Sudyka (When Sue Found Sue, written by Toni Buzzeo) is not only a compelling and educative biography of Maria Mitchell- a pioneering 19th century woman in American astronomy- but also a beautifully illustrated one to boot (this is another must-read to add to STEM lit!); Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life: Hollywood Legend and Brilliant Inventor by Laurie Wallmark and illustrated by Katy Wu (the team behind Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code!) is a fascinating study of iconic actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr, that enlightens the reader with a look at Lamarr’s study of frequency-hopping and contributions to military technology (among other inventions); Borrowing Bunnies: A Surprising True Tale of Fostering Rabbits by A Handful of Stars author Cynthia Lord, photographs by John Bald, and illustrations by Hazel Mitchell, is a tender and lovingly put-together account of the author’s touching- and sometimes heartbreaking- experiences in fostering bunnies; and last but not least, Skulls! by Blair Thornburgh and illustrated by Scott Campbell, is a wonderfully accessible, read-aloud-ready and deftly presented non-fiction story all about, yes, skulls; this a winning book with a positive outlook that is sure to engage and hopefully ease readers who might be hesitant to look at ‘skeleton’ books. Enjoy!