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6 non-fiction books to read before you’re a teen

Published on April 28, 2022 | Last Updated May 24, 2022
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Are you the type of person that’s always asking who, what, when, where and why? Then these non-fiction books are the reads for you!

Amazing Atlantic Canadian Women 

book coverBy Stephanie Domet and Penelope Jackson, illustrated by James Bentley
Best for: 8 and up 

This book shines a spotlight on over 70 amazing women from Atlantic Canada. Meet remarkable women from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. These women have faced lots of challenges and done great things. Prepare to be inspired by these Canadian role models!

The Everybody Gets Anxious Activity Book

book coverBy Jordan Reid & Erin Williams, Illustrated by Erin Williams
Best for: 8 and up 

Everybody has worries. So how do you let your brave side shine through? This book explores the causes of everyday worries. Guess what? It has activities too! Well sort of. You get a helpful toolkit full of fixes to help you face any fear. Even when they feel like an iceberg!

Finding Home

book coverBy Jen Sookfong Lee, illustrated by Drew Shannon
Best for: 9 and up 

Home means different things for different people. We all find home in different ways. Finding Home looks at life and home for immigrants and refugees. In it, author Jen Sookfong Lee shares her life as a new Canadian.

Good Eating: The Short Life of Krill

book coverBy Matt Lilley, Illustrated by Dan Tavis
Best for: 7 and up 

In this book you’ll follow one krill among billions and see how it lives its short life. It eats. It changes from one thing into another thing. Then it tries not to be eaten. The krill gets a lot of questions and advice. Does the krill answer? Of course not! It’s not because the krill is rude. Krill just can’t speak!  

I'm a Neutrino: Tiny Particles in a Big Universe

book coverBy Eve M. Vavagiakis, illustrated by Ilze Lemesis
Best for: 7-9 

A fun and colourful book about tiny things — neutrinos! They are tiny particles that are all around and inside us. In fact, this book’s story is told by a neutrino. You'll become a neutrino expert by the end.  And you’ll learn that like neutrinos, you can do big things too..

The Science of Song 

book coverBy Alan Cross, Emme Cross & Nicole Mortillaro, illustrated by Carl Wiens 
Best for: 8 and up 

Ever wondered — what is music? Or how does sound work? Do you also love history and science? Then this book is for you! Music, science and history come together in bite-sized chunks and colourful pictures.

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