Books of the Year 2015: Non-Fiction
It Might Be an Apple by Shinsuke Yoshitake
An odd picture book on the margins of philosophy and epistemology that suggests we should question what we see and believe to be true. What appears to be an apple might actually be an orange on the side you can't see, or it might contain clockwork or in fact be a living creature... This is an amusing idea that will mess with their brains. Presented as a slightly retro-looking graphic book it can be enjoyed by adults and children alike.
Chris Riddell's Doodle a Day
In his capacity as Children's Laureate Chris is working hard to engage the minds of all children and what better way than this remarkably inventive and playful doodling opus that will sharpen their minds and pencils.
Timeline by Peter Goes
We love a good timeline, especially one that juxtaposes such a multiplicity of events in history, culture, ideas and, in the more recent decades, popular culture and social trends. Owing some of its graphic style to the comic idiom, it is a real conversation starter for the whole family.
City Atlas by Martin Haake
Fifty cities from around the world come alive in these vibrant and beautiful maps that cherry-pick some of the important landmarks and significant happenings.
Why Do We Fight? by Niki Walker
Why do people of different cultural beliefs get on fine in one part of the world and not in another? What are resources, sanctions, regimes? The information in Why Do We Fight? is presented in a conversational tone and in a well-organised manner, on pages of bold, exciting typography. This could be an excellent book for a curious child of 10-13 years, and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to an older teen who needs help understanding current affairs. It could be a game-changing book for any budding journalist, or a teacher looking for a tool to help boil down the essentials. Read Mark's review.
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