Educational, fun, inspiring, creative.
When I think of non fiction books these are the words that come to mind. Why? because it is all these things and more that non fiction books pack into their pages.
There are non fiction books for every age and every taste, even for those who claim not to love reading,I bet they love facts and they need to read in order to find these so put them in front of a non fiction book, see their faces light up and help them to realize that in fact reading is great fun, it just doesn't have to be make believe, it can be very real!
National Non Fiction month is a great opportunity to celebrate the diversity of the world around us, to learn a new fact, a new language or even a new skill.
For me craft books are the real draw, for others it could be science, nature or even art. In my school library it is university guides and obscure topics being researched for A Level independent study that are currently popular.
What is the topical non fiction November book where you are?
In Armadillo we make sure always to review a selection of titles for younger and older readers, it is important to remember them all and to remember that they are not just for homework they are for pleasure too.
My non-fiction book for November has to be the brilliant Yo Er San: My First Chinese Nursery Rhymes selected by Jie Mu and illustrated by Patrice Aggs (Frances Lincoln) which has taught me my very first words of Chinese thanks to the accompanying CD - I cannot fathom the text but I love the gentle illustrations.
Then of course there is also the stunning pop-up panorama of New York bought to us by Jenny Maziels and paper engineer Richard Ferguson (Walker Books). This amazing book captures the glamour and scale of New York with its 3-D skyline and fascinating accompanying facts. I love it!
So there we have it, a very brief look at some non fiction to help celebrate National Non Fiction November.
I hope you have found something to surprise you this month, something to love, something to learn and a new love of all books to keep you going until the same time next year!