Recommended non-fiction for kids & teens from 2018

Heroes: Incredible true stories of courageous animals

Heroes: Incredible true stories of courageous animals

David Long, Kerry Hyndman

Courageous dogs, cats, birds, horses, and even a bear have shown courage and devotion, and this book tells you their extraordinary stories. Includes the story of Jet the Alsatian who became a hero of the Blitz, pulling survivors...

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Adam Spencer's The Number Detective

Adam Spencer’s The Number Detective

Adam Spencer

After the runaway bestsellers Enormous Book of Numbers (2015) and Number Crunchers (2016), Australia's funniest maths dude is back with another bumper activity book for young and eager minds. Bursting with games,...

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101 Weird Words (and Three Fakes)

101 Weird Words (and Three Fakes)

David Astle

101 Weird Words (and Three Fakes) is a mini-dictionary jam-packed with unusual or interesting words, followed by a fun and descriptive definition for each one.Filled with silly pictures and strange wordy facts, this is...

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The Upside-down History of Down Under

The Upside-down History of Down Under

Alison Lloyd, Terry Denton

The story of Australia starts with a piece of land that went for a swim. About 200 million years ago it floated away from Africa. Very, very, slowly. It was home to dinosaurs and giant animals, then the first...

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The Moon

The Moon

Hannah Pang, Thomas Hegbrook

In this book, you'll discover the history of man's relationship with the Moon - the science, the myths, the facts and the fiction.

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The Book of Trees

The Book of Trees

Piotr Socha, Wojciech Grajkowski

Why are trees so important? How many types are there? How do they benefit the environment and wildlife?This book, by the award-winning author Piotr Socha, answers these questions and more, tracking the history of...

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Seeing Stars

Seeing Stars

Sara Gillingham

A graphically stunning, comprehensive introduction to the constellations

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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World (Illustrated Edition)

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World (Illustrated Edition)

Peter Frankopan, Neil Packer

This beautifully illustrated special edition of the New York Times -bestselling adult title introduces younger readers to a stunningly original world history. Full color..

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Build the T. Rex

Build the T. Rex

Mark Ruffle, Galia Bernstein, Darren Naish

See the T. Rex like never before, with colourful illustrations, fascinating facts about dinosaurs and by building your very own T. Rex skeleton

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Robotpedia

Robotpedia

Insight Editions

Robotpedia is your guide to the world of robots, from the earliest bulky automatons to the tiniest nanotechnology available today --Back cover.

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Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction

Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ‘80s and '90s Teen Fiction

Gabrielle Moss

Bustle features editor Gabrielle Moss takes the reader on a nostaglic tour of teen book covers of yore, digging deep into the history of the genre as well as the stories behind the best-known series.

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The Story Orchestra: The Sleeping Beauty

The Story Orchestra: The Sleeping Beauty

Jessica Courtney Tickle, Katy Flint

In this retelling of the classic ballet story, bring Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty to life by pressing the musical notes on each page.

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Professor Astro Cat's Space Rockets

Professor Astro Cat’s Space Rockets

Dominic Walliman, Ben Newman

Greetings, fellow space travellers! Have you ever wondered how a rocket works? Do you dream of becoming an astronaut? Then come along as we find out all the exciting ways we can reach space. Get ready for blast off!

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The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid

The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid

Dylan Thuras, Rosemary Mosco, Joy Ang

Calling all curious kids! It's time to pack your bags and embark on the journey of a lifetime. Created by the same team behind Atlas Obscura, the #1 New York Times bestseller that has over 600,000 copies in print in its first...

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101 Small Ways to Change the World

101 Small Ways to Change the World

Lonely Planet Kids, Aubre Andrus

It's hard to believe that you could change the world, but it's true! We'll show you loads of awesome ways to help out family, friends, yourself and the planet - and show how you're never too young to make a big difference....

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Stories for Kids Who Dare to be Different

Stories for Kids Who Dare to be Different

Ben Brooks, Quinton Winter

True, inspirational and amazing tales of boys and girls who stood up and stood out.

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Element in the Room: Investigating the Atomic Ingredients that Make Up Your Home

Element in the Room: Investigating the Atomic Ingredients that Make Up Your Home

Mike Barfield

Did you know that without the 'lead' in your pencil, there would be no life on Earth? Just about everything in the universe is made from only 92 elements - and from aluminum to zinc, many of them are hiding in your very own home!

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Planetarium

Planetarium

Raman Prinja, Chris Wormell

Welcome to the museum that is always open to explore... Step inside the pages of this beautiful book to discover galleries of galactic matter, expertly curated to bring you the experience of a fascinating exhibition from the...

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How Airports Work

How Airports Work

Lonely Planet Kids, Clive Gifford, James Gulliver Hancock, Tom Cornell

Where does luggage go after check in? What happens in the control tower? How do planes actually fly? This interactive, lift-the-flap book takes you behind-the-scenes to uncover the hidden secrets of the airport - from a peek...

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Let Her Fly: A Father's Journey and the Fight for Equality

Let Her Fly: A Father’s Journey and the Fight for Equality

Ziauddin Yousafzai, Louise Carpenter

Malala's father's passionate account of his amazing journey, the values that inspired Malala and how love drove him to fight for the rights of girls and women everywhere.

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An Illustrated History of Filmmaking

An Illustrated History of Filmmaking

Adam Allsuch Boardman

An in-depth and fully illustrated immersion in the world and history of filmmaking, covering everything both in front of and behind the camera.

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Rebel Cats! Brave Tales of Feisty Felines

Rebel Cats! Brave Tales of Feisty Felines

Kimberlie Hamilton

Fur-raising tales of real-life Rebel Cats! Discover secrets, stories and facts about history's most fascinating felines! An engaging collection about over 30 cats who are the heroes of their own stories, Rebel Cats introduces us...

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The Short & Curly Guide to Life

The Short & Curly Guide to Life

Dr Matt Beard

Why are things the way they are? Why do we do things a certain way? Wouldn't it be better if we did things differently? The Short & Curly Guide to Life poses the thorniest questions and the toughest topics to think about - all...

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Peace and Me

Peace and Me

Ali Winter, Mickael El Fathi

What does peace mean to you? This illustrated collection of inspirational ideas about peace, endorsed by Amnesty International, is based on the lives of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates of the 20th and 21st centuries, among them Nelson...

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100 Things to Know About Numbers, Computers & Coding

100 Things to Know About Numbers, Computers & Coding

Various, Federico Mariani, Parko Polo

Did you know there's a single spot on your brain that recognizes numbers? Or that the first computer bugs were actual insects and that most of the internet is under water? This fascinating book is filled with 100 fascinating...

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Woo's Wonderful World of Maths

Woo’s Wonderful World of Maths

Eddie Woo

Eddie Woo is on a mission: to show us that maths is the language of the universe.

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Young Heroes

Young Heroes

Lula Bridgeport, Various

Discover over 100 extraordinary children from across the world. Each has excelled in their chosen area and, whether it's the arts, sport, business or being a voice for change, they all have one thing in common: passion. Be...

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Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall

Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Beatrice Cerocchi

Part of the bestselling Little People, Big Dreams series, Jane Goodall tells the inspiring true story of the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees.     

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The Daredevil's Guide to Dangerous Places

The Daredevil’s Guide to Dangerous Places

Lonely Planet Kids, Mike Jacobsen, Anna Brett

Hazard hunters Eddie and Junko are exploring some of the most extreme environments on Earth! But don't worry, they have their dangermobile packed with gadgets to tackle everything they come across. Join them and discover the fires...

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Sportopedia

Sportopedia

Mr. Mark Long, Adam Skinner

Sportopedia is your ultimate guide to the diverse world of sport. From the best known to the most obscure, this guide showcases team sports, target sports, as well as track and field, aquatic sports and much more.

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Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker

Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Agathe Sorlet

New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the incredible life of Josephine Baker, the world-famous entertainer, activist and French Resistance agent in this true story of her life.

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Guinness World Records 2019: Gamer's Edition

Guinness World Records 2019: Gamer’s Edition

Guinness World Records

The Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2019 is the global authority on all things videogames. The 12th edition of the world's best-selling videogames annual is bursting with amazing records, remarkable feats and marvellous...

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Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns

Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns

Archie Bongiovanni, Tristan Jimerson

A quick, easy and important educational comic guide to using gender-neutral pronouns. 

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Shine From Within: A Teen Girl's Guide to Life

Shine From Within: A Teen Girl’s Guide to Life

Amanda Rootsey

Shine from Within is exactly what teenage girls are looking for to help them navigate their teens with a positive, fresh take on self-image and overall wellbeing. Fun and relatable, this book is packed full of practical advice,...

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The Forest

The Forest

Riccardo Bozzi, Violeta Lopiz, Valerio Vidali

A book about the journey of life, from our wide-eyes of childhood through the tangles and brambles, into our end.

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Myth Atlas

Myth Atlas

Thiago de Moraes

Step into the realms of the gods, in this spectacular exploration of the myths and legends of the world. With its brilliantly imagined maps of twelve mythological worlds, plus a wealth of stories, facts, detail and humour, Myth...

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Voyage through Space

Voyage through Space

Cornelia Li, Katy Flint

See space as you've never seen it before! Join one little astronaut and her space dog as they voyage through the solar system.

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Zeroes and Ones: The geeks, heroes and hackers who changed history

Zeroes and Ones: The geeks, heroes and hackers who changed history

Cristy Burne

How did Australians help invent wifi? What does it take to invent social media? How can we get a laptop to every kid on the planet?

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Ocean Emporium

Ocean Emporium

Susie Brooks, Dawn Cooper

Get ready to journey to the fantastic world of the Ocean Emporium. A secret, watery world covers the greater part of our planet and some of Earth's most incredible animals live here. In this book, you can travel under the waves to...

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Nganga: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Words and Phrases

Nganga: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Words and Phrases

Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson

Aunty, Uncle, sorry business, deadly, women's business, marngrook, dreamtime, Elders, songlines. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander words have become part of our everyday vocabulary but we may not know their true meaning of the...

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The World of David Walliams: Book of Stuff

The World of David Walliams: Book of Stuff

David Walliams

A spectacularly funny feast of all things Walliams for super-fans, new fans and anyone who likes laughing out loud a lot. In glorious colour throughout!

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This Is Really Happening

This Is Really Happening

Erin Chack

The Buzzfeed senior writer reflects on the highs and lows of the millennial experience, sharing such stories as escaping a bear attack and her battle with cancer at nineteen.

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My Outback Childhood

My Outback Childhood

Toni Tapp Coutts

Toni Tapp Coutts's childhood is a girl's own adventure in the Outback, complete with red dust, snakes, goannas and nights spent in a swag, looking at the stars. Fascinating for city kids and country children alike, this is a...

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Mountains of the World

Mountains of the World

Dieter Braun, Jen Calleja

An expansive illustrated exploration of the environments and inhabitants of mountains around the world, as well as the people who have attempted to reach their peaks.

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Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Pili Aguado

Part of the bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, Harriet Tubman tells the inspiring story of this courageous abolitionist's life.

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Secret World of Butterflies

Secret World of Butterflies

Courtney Sina Meredith, Giselle Clarkson

Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet, do a dark red poo when they come out of their chrysalises and that some drink the tears of crocodiles? How does the world look to them, do they ever sleep and how are some of...

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Unmasked (Young Readers' Edition)

Unmasked (Young Readers' Edition)

Turia Pitt

Telling the story of Turia's life before and after the fire, this young readers' this book unmasks the real Turia -- funny, fierce, intelligent, flawed. With a new foreword from Turia, additional content and a new...

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 Read reviewUnder the Canopy: Trees around the World

Under the Canopy: Trees around the World

Cynthia Alonso, Iris Volant

A gorgeous picture book that explores the cultural myths and history behind trees all over the world, revealing the beauty behind these giants living among us.

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The Big Book of the Blue

The Big Book of the Blue

Yuval Zommer

Alongside everything the young oceanographer needs to know, Zommer's charming illustrations bring to life some of the slipperiest, scaliest, strangest, and most monstrous underwater animals. Third in Zommer's series that includes ...

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Rebel Voices: The Rise of Votes for Women

Rebel Voices: The Rise of Votes for Women

Louise K Stewart, Eve Lloyd Knight

Rule Breakers. Risk Takers. Rebel Women. Law Makers. A celebration of women rallying around the globe to win the vote.

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Migration: Incredible Animal Journeys

Migration: Incredible Animal Journeys

Mike Unwin, Jenni Desmond

Animals of all shapes and sizes make epic journeys across our planet, through harsh weather, avoiding hungry predators, in their efforts to survive. Travel around the globe with some of the world's most incredible animals and...

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Horses: Wild & Tame

Horses: Wild & Tame

Jarom Vogel, Iris Volant

A beautifully illustrated journey through the history of human and horse interaction, from our earliest cave paintings to today's beloved companions!

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 Special priceGuinness World Records: Science & Stuff

Guinness World Records: Science & Stuff

Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records: Science & Stuff is a whirlwind tour through the astounding, record-breaking world (and universe) around us.

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My Contemporary Art Book

My Contemporary Art Book

Kate Ryan

Meet some of today's leading artists and designers from different parts ofthe world. Read their stories, find out what inspires them and discover the ideas behind their works of art. Each artist has included an art activity for...

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