NEWS FROM NON-FICTION

The Network of Information Book Writers and Editors in Britain.

‘A true champion of children’s non-fiction’

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The School Library Association (SLA) awards were announced on 25 November, and Nibweb member Anita Ganeri was honoured with the Hachette Children’s Group Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books. Launched in 2017, the award is given to an eminent UK writer or illustrator of information books for children, to mark an exceptional contribution to excellence in their field. Here’s what the SLA has to say about Anita’s work:

‘Known for her lively writing style and ability to relate sophisticated subject matter in an engaging way for children. Anita is the recipient of the Blue Peter Book award for a title in the highly successful Horrible Geography series. With over 500 titles to her name, Anita has also written extensively on subjects such as history, religion and PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) topics and is a true champion of children’s non-fiction. If you see her name on the cover of a book, then you know that it will be accurate and suitable for the suggested age range. For teachers and librarians, her name is a guarantee that you will be adding quality to your book collections.’

https://www.sla.org.uk/article/hannah-groves/winners-announced-for-slas-2021-information-book-award/2399

With thanks to …

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Nibweb (the network for children’s non-fiction writers) would like to thank the following organisations for making this website possible:
The National Union of Journalists
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The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society
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Nibweb members would also like to thank illustrator Penny Ives for her work for this site. See more of Penny’s work at: http://www.swillustrators.co.uk/ and http://pennyivesillustrator.blogspot.co.uk/

Life in Lockdown – and Exploring Science

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Nibweb member Mark Levesley says: ‘I’ve recently been producing a range of UK curriculum worksheets that link to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are free to download and use by teachers, parents, tutors, students etc. and attempt to take standard parts of the UK curriculum and set them within the context of the pandemic.’  https://shwca.se/covid19science

Mark is also co-author with Penny Johnson, Sue Kearsey, and Iain Brand of a series of workbooks for Exploring Science International. These cater for the three years of lower secondary science education in international markets, chiefly the Middle East. Below  is the cover of his biology book:

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See:  https://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/secondary/Science/11-16/exploring-science-international-11-14/overview.aspx

Mer-people, Some Tricky Questions, and Amazing Evolution

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Nibweb member Anna Claybourne has just published an atlas unlike any other – all about mermaids and other mystery sea-creatures. The Mermaid Atlas: Merfolk of the World  is published by Laurence King, which describes it like this: ‘Magical and mysterious, the merfolk of the world are notoriously elusive, but this enchanting compendium will reveal their secrets. Learn all about the beautiful Selkies of the Scottish seas, the wily Iara of Brazil who love to outwit travellers and the fearful Ningyo of Japan who can give you eternal life. This captivating book features a mix of mermaid “facts” and short retellings of some of the most magical and enticing traditional menfolk tales’.

ISBN: 9781786275844

Laurence King, June 2020

£14.99

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Anna has also recently published two exciting new and more conventionally scientific titles.

 A Question Of Science: Why Doesn’t The Moon Fall Down? And Other Questions About Forces was published by Wayland in February, and is part of a series that ‘draws kids into science in a fun way … (it) features one question per spread with a clear explanation to follow, diagrams and fun and humorous illustrations. The quirky questions are designed to range from those that children will often ask to things they may never have thought of, but will still be keen to know the answer to.’

Wayland, February 2020

ISBN-13: 9781526311542

£12.99

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Amazing Evolution: The Journey of Life, is a beautifully illustrated book about evolution, which ‘shines a light on this incredible process, from the beginnings of life around 3.8 billion years ago, to the millions of different species alive today, including the moon-walking, talking apes with super-powerful brains –human beings!’

Ivy Kids 2019

Illustrated by Wesley Robins

ISBN: 9781782406365

£14.99

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Up for The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize

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Nibweb writer Anna Claybourne – with 150 titles to her name – is on the shortlist for this prestigious award. It’s called Science Makers: Making with States of Matter.

The publisher explains that the book invites young people to ‘learn all about states of matter by following in the footsteps of famous scientists, artists and inventors.

• Turn salt water into drinking water with Mária Telkes’ brilliant invention
• Be inspired by sculptor Néle Azevedo to create melting ice people
• Make ice cream using ice and salt like inventor Nancy Johnson, and much more!’

The winner will be announced in November – meanwhile, we’re all wishing Anna the best of luck.

Making with States of Matter is part of a series Anna’s written that ‘introduces a fascinating variety of historical and modern scientists, artists and makers and their discoveries and creations, along with instructions for a creative project inspired by each maker’s work.’

Making with States of Matter
Wayland 2018
Price: £12.99 hardback
ISBN-13: 9781526305480

The First of Everything

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Nibweb member Stewart Ross has a wonderful book just out – in good time for Christmas. Publisher Michael O’Mara describes it as: ‘A lively and highly readable account of the origins, invention and discovery of just about everything on the planet, the truly global coverage of The First of Everything ranges from the Big Bang to driverless cars …This fascinating book takes in the full sweep of human development and ingenuity over twelve millennia’

This is the book for anyone who wants to know about how the world we live in today came about – it covers everything from  the Big Bang Theory and the start of the universe to the development of  homo sapiens; health and medicine, transport, science and engineering, peace and war, and culture.

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The First of Everything by Stewart Ross
Published by Michael O’Mara
ISBN 9781789290622
£12.99 (hardback)

Your mind matters

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Nibweb member Honor Head has just published four very timely books on mental health.

Honor says: ‘Mental health, especially in the young, is big news these days. This new series for preteens helps them recognise signs of stress and anxiety, gives advice on how to overcome negative feelings and develop a positive attitude, and aims to support young people feeling afraid, isolated and overwhelmed by life.’

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Honor has written many books for young people on health and social issues.

Publishers who want to get in touch with Honor can go to our ‘Contact us’ page.

For grown-ups, too

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Just published by Nibweb member Susie Hodge: I know an artist: the inspiring connections between the creators who have shaped our world.

This – unlike many Nibweb publications – is a book aimed at adults rather than children. It’s about the ways in which pioneering artists and their work are connected over time and place in fascinating and unexpected ways. Some have shared inspiration (s in the case of Paul Klee and Anni Albers) , others have been romantically connected (Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock), or through teaching (Paul Klee and Anni Albers).

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I know an artist,  White Lion Publishing, 2019, ISBN 9781781318430