Diverse Books: Nonfiction for Kids

Book Review, Picture Books
Diverse Books: George Washington Carver | batchofbooks.com

With the We Need Diverse Books movement taking off, there has been a recent influx of diverse books for kids on the market. It’s wonderful to see! Since my girls love reading nonfiction, we requested these two titles from National Geographic Kids. Miss K has loved George Washington Carver since she learned about him in school last year. And she has gained a deep admiration for Sonya Sotomayor after reading her biography. Miss K has big dreams, and it helps for her to see other people, especially women, accomplishing so much.


George Washington Carver:

Diverse Books: George Washington Carver | batchofbooks.com

While George Washington Carver didn’t invent peanut butter, he did develop a version of it. He also discovered many other uses for peanuts such as gasoline, paper, and as a sustainable crop to keep soil nutrient rich.

George Washington Carver was born a slave, kidnapped as a baby, and finally taken in by his owners once slavery ended. He faced opposition from many angles, but he kept working and made many people’s lives better because of it. He was a brilliant man with a vision and the good work ethic to go along with it.

Miss K has been a fan of George Washington Carver since she learned about him in Kindergarten. Now that we’ve read this book together, I can understand why. He worked hard, used his knowledge to improve the lives of others, and even consulted with three American presidents.

If you’re looking for diverse books or good nonfiction, for a beginning reader, this is an excellent choice. Many children enjoy reading nonfiction outside of school, so this is great inside and outside the classroom. It has some wonderful information about the scientist, his life, and the challenges he faced. It also has a bit of information about what life was like in his day.

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Sonia Sotomayor:

Diverse Books: Sonia Sotomayor | batchofbooks.com

Sonia Sotomayor is a Supreme Court Justice. She is the third woman and first Hispanic person to serve in that office. She faced obstacles on her way to becoming the woman she is today, but she was smart and figured out how to find help along the way.

Miss K spent quite a bit of time reading this book over and over. I read it once she was finally finished with it. The thing I like about it is that it talks about Sonia’s achievements, her hard work, and the way she overcame her feelings of insecurity and shyness to reach her dreams. Her life wasn’t a bed of roses, but through her hard work, she was able to rise to the top of her class in school and attend Princeton university.

This is one of many fantastic diverse books coming onto the market. It’s about a strong woman that broke many glass ceilings. She is a great example to my own girls. I love the message that if you work hard toward your goals, you can make them come true.

The other thing I like about this book is that it teaches kids about the justice system and about our government. There are info boxes and vocabulary words sprinkled throughout the book. it’s a good read for a kid that enjoys nonfiction, or anyone interested in learning more about judges and government.

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