Read about panda bears, groundhogs, natural disasters, recycled crafts, and more!
New Nonfiction (and Activity Books) for Kids (March 2022)
Bei Bei Goes Home A Panda Story by Cheryl Bardoe
This is an excellent book for children to learn about pandas, starting with the birth of baby Bei Bei and following her as she grows up. Full-color photographs, sequential writing, factual information, and more — this will make a great addition to school libraries.
Celebrating Groundhog Day by Karen Bush Gibson
HOLIDAY / GROUNDHOGS
Karen Bush Gibson’s writing won’t just teach readers about Groundhog Day, but they’ll also become an expert on the related history, celebrations, and geography. Captivating, packed with information, this nonfiction gem is perfect for elementary readers.
Anglerfish The Seadevil of the Deep by Elaine M. Alexander, illustrated by Fiona Fogg
Follow the anglerfish’s birth to growth and life deep down in the dark ocean depths. Find out more about this weird-looking toothy fish with bioluminescence.
Zero Waste Kids: 35 Activities to be an Earth Activist by Rob Greenfield
I’m impressed by the illustrations and helpful step-by-step directions for doable activities with activities to help reduce, reuse, and recycle including crafts, foods, gardening, nature, activism, and zero-waste activities. Make napkins out to t-shirts, make fruit peel decorations, press flours, build a bee hotel, make your own granola bars, and more.
Recycle and Play: Awesome DIY Zero-Waste Projects to Make for Kids by Agnes Hsu
EARTH DAY CRAFTS
I LOVE how Agnus helps us see the possibilities in recycling and reusing materials for play, learning, and creativity with clear directions and full-color photographs. This must-own book helps adults facilitate play, process, and creativity for children with no-waste materials. Learn how to transform materials like paper tubes, cardboard, bubble wrap, bottle, egg cartons, and milk cartons into games, toys, planters, and more.
The Biggest Stuff in the Universe by Mr. DeMaio, illustrated by Saxton Moore
Get ready to learn cool facts about BIG things — with photographs, cartoons, and illustrations! From the largest tree to the largest exoplanet to the biggest thing in the known universe (the Hercules Corona Borealis Great Wall), Mr. DeMaio make learning about science on earth and in space FUN!
Record-Breaking Natural Disasters by Mr. DeMaio, illustrated by Saxton Moore
Earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes, floods, and much more — which were the biggest and did the most damage? Dr. DeMaio gives you the scoop! Full-color photographs, cartoons, and fast facts, you’ll read the most important details for each natural disaster with funny commentary from Mr. DeMaio and his muppet students.
The Everybody Gets Anxious Activity Book by Jordan Reid, illustrated by Erin Williams
I really like this colorful activity book with pizazz, goofy kid-approved humor, and activities that actually appeal to tweens! What are some of the activities, you ask? Rank situations from yayyyyyyy to nope nope nope. Design your own emoji. Draw faces on underwater creatures who are feeling lots of things like a smug seahorse and a worried whale. Draw five things that make you feel safe. Write top 5 things you’re most proud of. I like it. Would your 8 to 12 year old?
Made by Hand: Guitars by Patricia Lakin
Eye-catching design and interesting information, this book about guitars includes the history of the instrument, the background of making an electric guitar, full-color photographs, diagrams, a timeline, and more.
A is for Oboe The Orchestra’s Alphabet by Lera Auerbach and Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Paul Hoppe
Learn about the orchestra with poetic entries from A to Z. Vocabulary words for each letter are bolded however, there is no glossary in the back to elaborate on what the letters mean. Lovely illustrations.
The Story Orchestra: The Magic Flute illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle
To rescue the princess of the Queen of the Night, Prince Tamino breaks into the Sun King’s palace. He plays the magic flute to charm the court and rescues the princess. While you read the opera’s retelling, press the button to hear the Mozart score. The music perfectly matches the parts of the story and the illustrations — it’s an immersive reading experience.
My Israel and Me by Alice Blumenthal McGinty, illustrated by Rotem Teplow
In rhyming first-person vignettes, read about different people’s lives in Israel. Some people live in the city, some live on a kibbutz, some start companies, some travel to visit. On the opposite page written in the third person is more factual information. A lovely introduction and tour of the country.
Lights Day and Night: The Science of How Light Works by Susan Hughes, illustrated by Ellen Rooney
Join a little girl and her cat to learn about light. This book is packed full of information about topics like natural light, artificial light, sunlight, and shadows.
Sounds All Around: The Science of How Sounds Works by Susan Hughes, illustrated by Ellen Rooney
A young boy and his dog illustrate this introduction to the science of sounds with sounds high and low and quiet and loud as well as vibrations, echos, pitch, and decibels.
Walking for Water by Susan Hughes, illustrated by Nicole Miles
A boy in Africa sees how unfair it is that his twin sister doesn’t get to go to school and must get the water for their family. He solves this unfairness by trading off days at school with his sister. Use this book to prompt discussion about equity.
What if You Could Spy Like a Narwhal?! by Sandra Markle, illustrated by Howard McWilliams
SCIENCE / ANIMALS
Narwhals use echolocation to find food and survive. If you had echolocation, you might discover a sunken treasure or find the shortest way out of a maze. Learn fascinating facts and unique characteristics (superpowers) about interesting animals a narwhal, lyrebird, giant cuttlefish, three-banded armadillo, or a colugo.
A Day at the Gallery by Nia Gould
Different groups of animals visit the galleries and invite you to come along as well as search for different things in the paintings. The recreated paintings include these animals which aren’t my favorite thing but I like the search and find and the information provided about each artistic movement like surrealism, cubism, and impressionism.
That’s Math in My Origami! 35 Fun Projects for Learning Hands-On Math Learning by Fumiaki Shingu
Rating by difficulty, this origami book for ages 7+ gives readers step-by-step instructions and drawings for making animals, toys, and vehicles.
Love the Earth Mad Libs
Help write 21 Earth Day-themed stories about Earth Day, meditation, organic farming, and upcycled art.
70s Mad Libs
Electronics, birthday wishes, fashion, and disco, help write 21 fill-in-the-blank stories about the 1970s.
Pets-a-Palooza Mad Libs
Animal lovers will want this Mad Libs book, too.