Non Fiction



What would it be like to high five a polar bear, chatter with a Toucan or stare into the enormous eyes of a giant squid? A playful peek into Sophy Henn’s book ‘Lifesize’ will give you the opportunity to do just that. Each page features a new lifesize adventure. From animals on African plains, to frozen artic deserts, rainforest jungles to the depths of the ocean, Sophie Henn presents the very best in show. Whenever an animal is featured on a page and you see the word LIFESIZE, we are guaranteed to be looking at an animal, or part of an animal, that is the true to life size.


Can you roar like a Bengal tiger or stick your tongue out as far as a giraffe? Lifesize contains seven animal challenges to enable readers to interact with the book and test how they measure up against some truly incredible animals. Travelling the globe through the pages of the book, readers will not only get a ‘lifesize’ look at some truly incredible animals- bee hummingbirds, arctic lampreys and pretty Cuban todies- but they will also learn fascinating facts about animal habitats and behaviours.


At the end of the book, readers are able to see how a selection of the featured animals measure up against each other. Measurements are not only recorded in centimetres and metres, but also in Lifesize books. A giant panda is surprisingly only five books from head to tail, whereas a giant squid is a staggering 60 books long!


This gorgeous book is the perfect topic text for any primary classroom. Readers could research and write non-chronological reports about their favourite animals or find their own animals to measure and write about. Sophy’s beautiful illustrations are an essential feature of this book and her simple clean style would be easy for readers to copy using printing methods. Finally, as this book is all about size, readers could investigate a variety of animals to measure and compare.

If you enjoy this book as much as we have, then look out for a life-size prehistoric adventure coming in March of 2019.


Lifesize Sophy Henn

Red Shed ISBN: 978-1405289573

One Day, So Many Ways


In keeping with Non-Fiction November, we have another fabulous book to share. ‘One Day, So Many Ways’ is a beautifully illustrated looking into the lives of over 40 children living around the world as they go about their daily routines. From Alaska to Brazil, Greenland to Tanzania, children are waking in homes all around the world. While there are many similarities to European children's experiences, they also have very different ones throughout the day. Breakfast, just for starters, looks very different around the world. Would you like to eat roasted banana & chorizo sausage, like Gina and Luis who live in the Amazon rainforest? Or maybe you'd like a warm bowl of vegetable stew and rice cakes, like Tanya has in Mumbai, India? Whatever your preference, this book serves to illuminate and celebrate variety.


The forms of transportation children use to get to school can also vary - bus, train, bike may be familiar to many, but in Nepal, many children travel to school across rope bridges and in Greenland, children often travel by snowmobile. Educational experiences can also be very different: in Mexico, Jesus works in the morning and goes to school in the afternoon whereas in Hanoi, Japan, Linh goes to school six days a week. The types of lessons children have at school, the ways they play, interact with friends and enjoy sports are all explored in this book. 


‘One Day, So Many Ways’ also showcases the artistic pursuits children around the world are interested in, their after-school activities, bedtime routines and even stories. Where we sleep, what we eat, see, feel and hear may be very different depending on where we live in the world and this book will help children to discover that for themselves.


Laura Hall is a a former travel writer and her keen eye and appreciation for even the smallest details in the cultures and lives of people all over the world is evident in this stunning book. Loris Lora is an illustrator and designer of many delightful, colourful and engaging pieces of work. The retro Mid-Century style of this particular book is delightful and makes it universally accessible to both younger and older primary school aged readers. This gorgeous book is certain to help build insight, understanding and empathy as readers explore the diverse ways children, just like them, live their lives.

This beautiful non-fiction book would be a fantastic text to use as a stimulus for work in any KS1 classroom. Each section of the book could be used across the curriculum. Children could be encouraged to write and then talk about their own lives - what they have for breakfast and how they travel to school. In Maths, children could be encouraged to measure favourite lunch time foods and then represent this in a graph. In geography, they could map the routes classmates take to get home from school. The book also provides an opportunity to create links with schools in other countries- children could write letters to other children, sharing details about their lives and encouraging partner schools to do the same.

One Day, So Many Ways Laura Hall, illustrated by Loris Lora

Lincoln Children’s Books ISBN: 978-1847809735

The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois

Telling the life story of the modern sculptor, Louise Bourgeois, Cloth Lullaby is a beautiful book which deserves its place in any library or book collection.

From the cover to the last page, this book has been planned and produced to be a visual delight. Bold patterns, lines and images leap from each page in vibrant shades of red, blue, yellow and grey. Evocative illustration works perfectly with the handwritten text to tell this very personal tale.

Louise's mother was a weaver, working at restoring tapestries, who lovingly passed on her skills to her daughter. Cloth Lullaby tells the story of how Louise turned to art after her mother's death and became famous for her large-scale sculptures and other art forms.

A fascinating story, with beautiful illustrations, Cloth Lullaby is sprinkled with quotes by Louise Bourgeois written in red, with an author's note and further information at the end of the book. This is the perfect introduction to a lesser known, female artist and is rich in language and charm.

With the remaining fabric of her life, Louise wove together a cloth lullaby. She wove the river that raised her-maternal pinks, blues in watery hues. She wove a mother sewing in the sun, a girl falling asleep beneath the stars and everything she'd ever loved.


Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois

by Amy Novesky, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

Abrams   ISBN: 978-1419718816