Children, Nonfiction

Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann

Grades 3 – 7

Chock full of facts about Neil Armstrong, outer space and NASA, this book will take readers on adventure to the moon and back. The text explains the history Apollo 11 in terms kids will understand and includes photos of the event as well. Readers will learn about a piece of our history that will never be forgotten and have a blast doing it!  

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

Children, Nonfiction

Code This Game by Meg Ray and Keith Zoo

Grades 4 – 6

Coding is so important for kids to understand these days, and it is an essential tool for the future. Code This Game teaches kids about Python, a coding language used to develop video games. They will learn to code their own version of Attack of the Vampire Pizzas, and then customize—or break—it the way they choose. Not only will Code This Game be a ton of fun for kids, it will enable them to learn a ton about coding and hacking that they’ll need in this digital age.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

Biography, Children, Nonfiction

Counting On Katherine by Helaine Becker

Grades 3 – 5

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker is a biography about Katherine Johnson, the mathematician who calculated the flight path for NASA’s first moon landing in 1969. The book starts out by telling readers about Katherine’s childhood and her lifelong love of math. It then goes on to explain how she became a mathematician when she grew up, and how she saved Apollo 13.

Children, Nonfiction

The Sun Is Kind of a Big Deal by Nick Seluk

Grades 2 – 4

Chock full of true facts and fun illustrations, this nonfiction book about the sun is sure to be a hit! Did you know that the sun is actually our Solar System’s star? Or that the sun is the biggest thing in the Solar System? The Earth is the third planet from the sun, and it people used to use it to tell time. You can find these and tons of other facts about the sun when you read The Sun Is Kind of a Big Deal by Nick Seluk.

ARC Reviews, Children, Nonfiction

Epic Fails: The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving Into History by Ben Thompson

Grades 3 – 5epic fails

Comparable to the Who Is…series, this non-fiction account of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s difficult feat of trying to fly a plane is both interesting and informative. Kids will marvel in the trials of the Wright Brothers and their ultimate success.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Nonfiction, Self Help

101 Things All Young Adults Should Know by John Hawkins

Grades 9-12

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This book has 101 chapters that give young adults advice about how to get the most out of life. Hawkins uses his life experience to help kids in their late teens to early 20s live their best life, and hopefully learn from some of his mistakes. A highly recommended book for all young adults!

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

Nonfiction, Self Help

Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectactular by Mayim Bialik

Grades 6-12

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Mayim Bialik is best known for playing Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory. Some may know, though, that she has a Ph.D. in neuroscience. She puts that knowledge to good use in this book for teens and young girls. She discusses things that all girls go through in their lives, and what they deal with on a daily basis, such as friends, family and school. Using scientific facts and stories from her own life, Bialik explains the biological, psychological and sociological aspects of growing up a girl, or as she says, “girling up.”

Thanks to the publisher for a review copy of this book.