Reviews – Non-fiction Monday!

19 Sep

I’ve been trying to find and read a larger variety of children’s non-fiction books. I was sent some non-fiction books from Rourke Educational Media (visit the publisher’s website HERE) and I really like the variety of subjects the publisher carries. I also like how the topics are broken down into bite-sized chunks making complex topics easy for kids to digest. Below are some of the books that really caught my eye.


Vroom! Hot Cars: Tesla Model S
By Julio Diaz
32 pages – ages 5+
Published by Rourke Educational Media

Synopsis from Publisher- “The ground-breaking Tesla is featured in this title with information on how it is changing the automobile world.”

What I Thought- In a world of limited fuel, it is important for kids to know that they do not need to buy a gas-powered car. It not only explains that there is a 100% electric car, but it also explains how it works. It includes diagrams, photos, and clear descriptions on how the car works, is made, and the good it does for the environment. The book is very informative.

hotelYIKES! It’s Haunted: Haunted Hotels
By Grace Ramsey
32 pages – ages 5+
Published by Rourke Educational Media

Synopsis from Publisher- “This title looks at haunted hotels around the world with paranormal activity that has happened there.”

What I Thought- This was an interesting book. It talks of the ghosts, without making it too scary. It is nice that it mentions haunted places all over the world, so kids get a bit of a geography lesson too. This is a great read, with Halloween coming up, and there will be a lot of interest in the subject. Kids will love learning about these spooky attractions.

phtogSTEAM Jobs In: Photography (Steam Jobs You’ll Love)

By Ray Reyes
48 pages – ages 5+
Published by Rourke Educational Media

Synopsis from Publisher- “Photography is the focus of this STEAM driven title in the world of photography. Focusing on the improvements of equipment.”

What I Thought- This was a great introduction to jobs involving photography and STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). It discusses how photographers need to know angles and lighting and other things, such as how they use technology to edit the photos, engineering to design/innovate cameras, scientists using cameras to photograph space, and other such things. It is a neat book, and kids interested in cameras would like to learn how they can make a living with one.

8 Responses to “Reviews – Non-fiction Monday!”

  1. Genevieve Petrillo September 20, 2016 at 5:49 am #

    Fun topics, E. I would love a ride in an electric car, but NOT if we had to stay in a haunted hotel! #noghostdogs

    Love and licks,


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks September 29, 2016 at 7:41 pm #

      Don’t worry C – I wouldn’t either; I’d stay in the electric car! 😉


  2. Darlene September 20, 2016 at 10:23 am #

    Great choices. Does the Yikes It’s Haunted book include the St. James Hotel in Cimarron, New Mexico? I am including that hotel in Amanda in New Mexico, the sixth book in the Amanda Travels series.


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks September 29, 2016 at 7:44 pm #

      I honestly don’t remember, and I donated the books already. I think so, but I don’t really remember… Sorry.


  3. Jilanne Hoffmann September 22, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

    oh yeah. My son wants a Tesla. I will not tell him about this book….JK…:D


  4. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews September 23, 2016 at 6:39 am #

    I love the Tesla book. I noticed Meijers has installed “pumps” for Tesla cars. , its a hard career to break into., would love to know where these places are at. I love the photography book. Interesting selection, Erik. Homeschoolers might be interested in these books.


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks October 2, 2016 at 11:17 am #

      They are charging stations, and are free to Tesla owners. They can recharge a car in a few minutes. There is a map on the Tesla website.
      You are right that Homeschoolers might like these! 😀


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