What’s New in Juvenile Nonfiction?

Fairfax County Public Library is continuously adding new books, especially on topics that change rapidly such as technology. We’ve noticed that young customers are especially drawn to series; when they find one they love, they often read through the whole set! Many of these series enhance and expand the Fairfax County Public Schools curriculum. Below is a sampling of what’s new in juvenile nonfiction series.

We’ve all heard of Mark Zuckerberg, but how familiar are you with Ruchi Sanghvi or Aprille Ericsson? Stem Trailblazer Bios celebrates innovators in fields such as aerospace engineering, computer engineering, genetics and theoretical physics. By Lerner Publications for grades 3-6, these biographies are attractively designed with colorful graphics and photographs.

True Books from Scholastic has a new sub-series: The New Criminals. This series explores contemporary crime conundrums; titles include Cybercriminals, Poaching, Illegal Animal Traffickers and Modern Pirates. This well-indexed and visually appealing series is best for grades 3-5.

Calling All Innovators: A Career for You, also by Scholastic, is designed for students in grades 5-8 and explores contemporary careers. Titles include Apps: From Concept to Consumer, Genetic Engineering, Robotics, Food Engineering, Software Development, and Deep Sea Exploration.

In the realm of history and social sciences, the popular You Wouldn’t Want to Be series by Scholastic has branched out to You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without… What are some of the things we wouldn’t want to live without? Soap, cell phones, clean water, antibiotics, books, electricity and toilets, just to name a few. Cartoonish illustrations and time lines reveal how some of the resources we take for granted developed and aided civilization. This series is in-demand among children grades 3-6.

Another kid-approved series recently expanded upon is the Who Was-- series, affectionately known as “the big head books” by children because of the outsized faces on the covers. The series grew to include What Was-- and now offers Where Is--. Titles include Where is the Brooklyn Bridge, Where are the Great Pyramids, Where is the White House and many more by Grosset & Dunlap for grades 3-7. If these prove as popular as the Who was-- and What was-- series, we can expect a fresh wave of history and geography buffs.

Whether the young people in your life are drawn towards STEM or the humanities, there is sure to be a fascinating new series for them to discover at the library.

-Suzanne Summers LaPierre

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