Best Non-Fiction for 9-12 year olds
It's not surprising that children between the ages of 9 and 12 are eager to make sense of the dynamic world around them.
Non-fiction books that explore social issues, the future of our planet and technology can offer a source of comfort, hope and inspiration to them as they become more aware of the complexities of life. Books that focus on personal growth and self-discovery, as well as success stories can also be particularly engaging for children in this age bracket, as they navigate their own identities and transition into adolescence.
Here are a few of our recommendations:
Climate Rebels (Puffin) Ben Lerwill, illustrated by Illustrated by Masha Ukhova, Stephanie Son, Chellie Carroll, Hannah Peck & Iratxe Lopez de Munain.
Across 25 mini biographies, author Ben Lerwill book "Climate Rebels" tells the true stories of individuals who have stood up against climate change. Through vivid andengaging prose, Lerwill explores the personal journeys of each of these activists, delving into their motivations, struggles, and successes. What’s more this book explores the everyday, lesser-known heroes across the globe, igniting the sense of possibility in those who voices aren’t so loud.
Break the Mould: How to Take Your Place in the World (Hachette) written by Sinead Burke, illustrated by Natalie Byrne
Break the Mould: How to Take Your Place in the World, written by disability activist Sinead Burke and illustrated by Natalie Byrne, is an excellent guide on how to overcome ‘barriers’ to success. Through sharing her personal story, Burke encourages children and young adults to embrace their uniqueness covering topics such as understanding one's identity and advocating for others. This is a timely and impactful read that encourages all young readers to take their place in the world with pride.
The Big Book of Mysteries (Nosy Crow), written by Tom Adams, Illustrated by Yas Immamura
The Big Book of Mysteries is sure to spark the imaginations of even the most sceptical children and leave them pondering the mysteries of the universe. With enchanting illustrations by Yas Immamura, this non-fiction wonder explores a selection of fascinating mysteries that continue to baffle and fascinate the young and old alike.
100 Things to Know About Numbers, Computers & Coding (Usborne) Minna Lacey, Alice James, Eddie Reynolds & Rose Hall, Illustrated by Federico Mariani, Parko Polo & Shaw Nielsen
100 Things to Know About Numbers, Computers & Coding is an informative and visually engaging book that takes readers on a journey through the fascinating world of mathematics, computer science, and coding. With colourful illustrations and easy-to-understand explanations, this book provides an excellent introduction to complex concepts such as algorithms ,binary code, and encryption.
Cash is Queen (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books),written by Davinia Tomlinson, illustrated by Andrea Oerter
This fresh read is a must for all children however they identify. Through bright illustrations and engaging storytelling, "Cash is Queen" teaches important lessons about financial literacy and the value ofmoney. Whether they are budding entrepreneurs or curious about financial independence, this book is a such a valuable resource. With practical tips and relatable examples, Davinia Tomlinson and Andrea Oerter have created a fun and informative guide that plants the seed of possibility.