In the book world, the month of November is dedicated to reading and sharing nonfiction books. This month I’ll be sharing some non-fiction books that I think would be great for readers. These books will cover various topics and interests. If you’d like to see previous #NonFicNov posts, click HERE to see more amazing non-fiction books.
THE WEATHER POP-UP BOOK
By: Maike Biederstaedt
Published: September 7, 2021
Publisher: Prestel Junior
Whether your child loves keeping track of the weather in your area or is interested in what causes stormy seas or tornados in the Midwest, your child will be awed by the large, detailed pop-ups on each page. They will learn how the weather can be different all over the world due to wind and sun in certain areas that can affect others.
In this book, Biederstaedt shares five different weather scenarios with amazing pop-up features. Each weather act is explained in child language that helps to understand what is happening in that particular weather act. I was amazed at the way she explains polar fronts, low and high pressure, and evaporation so clear and easy to understand. She also discusses how dangerous some of these weather acts can be. As someone who lives in an area with frequent tornados, I appreciated her description and danger warning.
The end of the book includes a section on climate change. By caring for our Earth’s resources, living more sustainably, and switching our energy to renewable sources we can contribute to protecting our climate.
Classrooms or homeschool families would love having this book on hand for a weather unit. The pop-up features will engage readers young and old. The detail, especially in the tornado pop-up, is realistic with trees, books, and a bicycle spinning in the tornado. Elementary-aged to middle-grade readers will find much to learn about the weather in this book.
Maike Biederstaedt is an illustrator and award-winning paper engineer based in Berlin. In addition to her books Creatures of the Deep and What’s in the Egg?, both published by Prestel, she is also the creator of a series of bestselling pop-up cards for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.