National Non-Fiction November

Established by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, National Non-Fiction November is a month-long celebration drawing attention to the ‘wonderful world of non-fiction for children and young people’. Chris Routh wrote a brilliant write-up about on the CILIP blog about the importance of non-fiction, which you can see here– we wholeheartedly agree!

This year’s theme is maps, which went down particularly well in our office as we’re always expressing our love for all things map-centric. Here are a few recommendations we came up to share with your children; all of these are available from us here at the School Library Service, so do get in touch if you’d like to borrow a few for your school!

Maps part 1

  • City Atlas by Georgina Cherry, illustrated by Martin Haake 

One of the latest wonderful products from Wide Eyed Books, this large format picture book in popular retro style will be lovely to browse.

(Aurum Press, £20 hardback, ISBN 9781847806482)

  • Barefoot Books World Atlas by Nicholas Crane, illustrated by David Dean

The wonderful enthusiastic Mr Crane introduces this attractive atlas which includes a pull-out map.

(Barefoot Books, £14.99 hardback, ISBN 9781846863325)

  • People On Earth by Jon Richards and Ed Simkins

Maps are symbols of the real world, and this infographics book takes that concept even further, by conveying hundreds of facts about the world in icons, graphics and pictograms.

(Wayland, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9780750291514)

  • Journeys by Harry Cory Wright

OK, so it’s not a book of maps, but we all need maps when we go on journeys, big or small.  This is a book of photographs captioned with the simplest questions to make us think and discuss.  There is a page of suggestions and ideas at the end.

(Watts, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9780749688493)

Now- some other non-fiction friday reads!

Apryl: A Walk in New York by Salvatore Rubbino 

NYCI have a complete soft-spot for anything about New York, and I love Rubbino’s illustrations, so it’s almost like this book was made specifically with me in mind! A boy and his dad spend the day walking around the city, taking in the sights from Grand Central to Greenwich Village. The narrative is peppered with interesting facts about the city; for example, did you know that the two lions outside the New York Public Library are called Patience and Fortitude, or that more hot dogs are eaten in New York than in any other city in America? There are two other titles in this series (one about Paris, and one about London), and they’re a great way to learn interesting facts and figures about cities.

(Walker Books, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781406321807)

Georgie: Ali’s Story: A Real-Life Account of his Journey from Afghanistan by Salvador Maldonado and Andy Glynne



This is a superb visualisation of life for a child in a war-torn country. This book helps young people in our society to understand the devastation that war can have on children and families. Excellent SMSC text and perfect for class and personal enjoyment

(Wayland, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9780750292078)

Harriet: The Wonder Garden by Jenny Broom, illustrated by Kristjana S. Williams

wonder gardenThere is an abundance of gorgeous large format picture books around at the moment, as we’re sure you will have discovered.  Sophisticated in style, they are as lovely and appealing for a high school audience – indeed for anyone aged to 99 and beyond! This title is a new one about different habitats, using a collage of Victorian engravings with bright neon colours, and lovely descriptive information about the various scenes. Wallow and enjoy.

(Frances Lincoln, £20 hardback, ISBN 9781847806475)



You can find our previous friday reads here.


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