January 17, 2012

A tribute to nonfiction

Nonfiction books for children are not as popular as fiction. Compared to vampires, werewolves and fantastical places, nonfiction is sometimes seen as boring and unexciting. Nothing could be further from the truth! Nonfiction books these days are lively, entertaining, and awe-inspiring! They're written by intelligent, passionate authors who like nothing better than to share their enthusiasm with young readers. 

There are many children who enjoy facts and trivia and long to know about the world. Any parent who's ever been bombarded with lots of questions would understand. To satisfy all inquisitive children, welcome to this blog! With Interesting Nonfiction for Inquisitive Kids, I will be featuring fascinating children's nonfiction books. Whenever possible, I will try to showcase Canadian authors (indicated by the maple leaf icon). Today's book won the 2011 Governor General's Literary Award for children's text.

From Then to Now: A Short History of the World
by Christopher Moore 

As the preface states, this is a story about people. From hunters and gatherers to today's multiculturalism, Moore traces humanities' spread throughout the world and beyond. In just 188 pages, he manages to not only cover European history, but those of Africa, China, and India as well. Clearly written and concisely told, this is a thought-provoking and engaging book that makes history interesting to readers young and old.

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