Roman Belyaev

2018 Information Shortlist

So here it is...

the NSTBA 2018 Information Shortlist.

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Young, Gifted and Black   Jamia Wilson, illustrated by Andrea Pippins

Wide Eyed     ISBN: 978-1786030887

You can read the long list review here.

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The Bee Book  Charlotte Milner

DK    ISBN: 978-0241305188

You can read the long list review here.

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How Does a Lighthouse Work? 

 Roman Belyaev, translated from Russian with the help of Masha Kulikova

b small publishing      ISBN: 978-1911509240

You can read the long list review here.

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The Histronauts: An Egyptian Adventure  Frances Durkin, illustrated by Grace Cooke

b small publishing      ISBN: 978-1911509097

You can read the long list review here.

Congratulations to all! The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on the 10th November. 

NSTBA18: INFORMATION CATEGORY LONG LIST REMINDER!

All 80 titles for the six categories of our long list have now been reviewed! Each and every one a fantastic book, highly recommended by JAB and the NSTAB team.

The short list will be announced on the 8th September. Votes from the panel are already coming in so here's a little reminder of the twelve fabulous books on the Information Category Long List.

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How Does a Lighthouse Work?  Roman Belyaev, translated from Russian with the help of Masha Kulikova (b small publishing)

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Suffragette: The Battle for Equality   David Roberts (Two Hoots)

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Welcome to our World  Moira Butterworth, illustrated by Harriet Lynas  (Nosy Crow)

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The Bee Book   Charlotte Milner  (DK)

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Star Finder for Beginners: A Step by Step Guide to the Night Sky Foreword by Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock  (DK)

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Young, Gifted and Black  Jamia Wilson, illustrated by Andrea Pippins (Wide Eyed)

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The Histronauts: An Egyptian Adventure  Frances Durkin, illustrated by Grace Cooke (b small publishing)

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Wild About Science John Farndon, Steve Parker and Sally Morgan (Miles Kelly)

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Why Don't Fish Drown? and other vital questions about the animal kingdom  Anna Claybourne, illustrated by Claire Goble (Thames and Hudson) 

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Professor Astro Cat's Human Body Odyssey    Dr Dominic Walliman, illustrated by Ben Newman

(Flying Eye Books)  

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Politics For Beginners   Alex Frith, Rosie Hore and Louie Stowell, illustrated by Kellan Stover

(Usborne)

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Books! Books! Books!  Mick Manning, illustrated by Brita Granstrom (Otter-Barry Books)

An amazing group of books, but which of these twelve will be on the shortlist?

LONG LIST REVIEW: How Does A Lighthouse Work?

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'How Does a Lighthouse Work?' is a fascinating book all about these amazing structures. From their history to the different types, everything you might need to know is explained here.

At the beginning of the book, the author tells the reader that he has always wanted to live on a boat so that he could sail the coast and look at lighthouses. Having always wished he could visit one, this book is based around a group of children going on a school trip to a lighthouse. The picture shows them asking lots of questions and each spread in the book is the answer to a question any child might ask about these fascinating structures.

Each question/ answer is supported by beautiful illustrations, using lots of shades of blue, red and white, giving a fresh feel to the book. A cross-section of a lighthouse, labelled to identify the parts, is accompanied by text offering further explanation and no opportunity to add extra fascinating facts is lost! 

Every question is clearly answered and easily understood, making the history and science of these amazing structures accessible to all. It introduces the reader to some lighthouses from around the world as well as encouraging them to design their own. The Statue of Liberty was a lighthouse and the 'Tower of Hercules' in north-western Spain is the oldest lighthouse still in use in the world today. 

An excellent, attractive example of non-fiction, this would make a brilliant addition to any library or book collection. 

How Does a Lighthouse Work? 

 Roman Belyaev, translated from Russian with the help of Masha Kulikova

b small publishing      ISBN: 978-1911509240