New Juvenile Non-Fiction for February

  • Posted on: 8 February 2021
  • By: Melissa Shuman

I love juvenile non-fiction.  Imagine me spreading my arms out wide and saying, “I love juvenile non-fiction this much.”  Why?  Juvenile non-fiction teaches children about the world they live in with vibrant illustrations and photos, and exciting text.  Really--the juvenile non-fiction books of today are not the books you or your parents read.  Gone are the days of pages and pages of text and one or two pictures.  Juvenile non-fiction has made an incredible transformation from then to now and I am going to highlight 5 new non-fiction titles that have come out this month.   Click on the photo to put the title on hold in our system. You can put all five on hold—I won’t tell.

Who doesn’t like getting their mind boggled? David Long promises mind-boggling in Amazing Treasures: 100+ Objects and Places That Will Boggle Your Mind.  Fans of Ripley’s Believe it or Not will not be disappointed with this book.  Topics range from architectural wonders like Taj Mahal to the Moai Heads of Easter Island with more culture and history in between. 

There isn’t a hotter topic than government at the moment.  Keep up with your presidential trivia with Scholastic’s Book of Presidents by George Sullivan.  Updated with the inclusion of President Joe Biden, who was elected in 2020, it contains all the presidential knowledge you didn’t know you needed.  What will you say when someone asks you who was the last president who had a full beard?  

When I first picked up What’s Inside a Flower: and Other Questions About Science and Nature by Rachel Ignotofsky, I was blown away by the breathtaking illustrations that beautifully explain a flower from seed to bloom.  Worms, snails, dead leaves and bacteria even get their moment in the spotlight as Ignotofsky explains all of the elements that require a flower to grow. 

Have you ever wanted to take a trip to the rainforest?  Well, now is your chance and it’s completely free thanks to The Rainforest Book by Charlotte Milner.  Explore the layers of the rainforest and get a close up look of the plants and animals that make the rainforest their home.  Just watch out for those carnivores!

 Cheep, cheep, cheep.  Quack, quack, quack.  Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.  Clap, clap, clap.  Tell me you didn’t sing and do the movements to that wedding favorite while reading that sentence. I bet the chickens would join you in that dance because they love music and like to get into the groove!  Understandably, when chickens listen to classical music they get calm and more relaxed.  I learned that by reading Chickenology: the Ultimate Encyclopedia by Barbara Sandri.