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National Non-Fiction November: DK Among 100 Best Books

National Non-Fiction November: DK Among 100 Best Books

We’re very pleased to announce that no fewer than seven DK books will be featured in the National Non-Fiction November "100 Best Non-Fiction Books" list for 2016! The list is compiled as part of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups’ annual celebration of fact and real-life adventures.

We work hard every day to publish great books to inform and entertain readers of all ages, so to be featured so heavily on the list is honour of which we’re especially proud. Truth may be stranger than fiction, but non-fiction is just as fun!

To celebrate a great month of reading, download a free National Non-Fiction November poster here. You can also download our DKfindout! Contents and Index and Glossary activity sheets for kids, so they can learn how to better navigate the non-fiction books they love. (Don't forget to grab the answers sheet here!)

See below to learn more about the seven DK books featured on "100 Best Non-Fiction Books" list. Happy Non-Fiction November!

How Machines Work

How Machines Work 3D book jacket

David Macaulay's How Machines Work uses pop-ups and award-winning illustrations to demonstrate the technology of six simple machines. Follow the mad antics of Sloth and his side-kick Sengi as they try to break out of the zoo with the help of levers, pulleys, screws, inclined planes, wedges and wheels. Pop-ups and pull-outs – from bicycles and cranes to hammers and drills – mean you can explore simple machines through interactive science. Packed with engaging, hands-on activities, David Macaulay's How Machines Work will gear kids up for scientific and engineering greatness!

DK Braille Animals

DK Braille animals 3D book jacket

Discover the amazing world of animals with DK Braille Animals. Designed especially for the young braille reader, this tactile reference book features over 30 pages of entries on a fascinating selection of creatures, from bears and big cats to birds and bugs. Go on the hunt with predators and their prey, and even test yourself with a fun quiz at the end of the book.

Star Wars Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

Star Wars Absolutely Everything You Need to Know 3D jacket

Star Wars™Absolutely Everything You Need to Know is crammed with weird and wonderful Star Wars trivia, strange-but-true facts and fascinating "Did you know?" Q&As. Find out who cleans the floors of the Death Star and what takes 1,000 years to digest its victims! From movie-making trivia to quirky facts you never knew, this book will excite new and old fans alike, of Star Wars Rebels™, Star Wars™ The Clone Wars™ and the Star Wars movies I-VI.

LEGO® Awesome Ideas

LEGO Awesome Ideas 3D book jacket

LEGO® Awesome Ideas is an all-new ideas book from DK that allows you to build up entire LEGO worlds while expanding your LEGO knowledge. From beginners to accomplished builders, this book contains creative model ideas and visual tips and techniques that will inspire anyone to get building!

Cars, Trains, Ships and Planes

Cars, Trains, Ships and Planes 3D book jacket

Cars, Trains, Ships and Planes displays exciting vehicles that float, fly or speed across the land, including the record breakers - the fastest, largest, longest and costliest modes of transportation ever to zoom, sail or soar. Explore over 1,000 different vehicles and discover fun facts and figures. This kid's encyclopedia is the fastest route to learning about the entire history of all modern modes of transportation, from the first wheel to the latest hybrids.

A Street Through Time

A Street Through Time 3D book jacket

Think of the street you live on. Now think of how it may have looked in 10,000 BCE, or in Roman times, or in Victorian England, at the height of the Industrial Revolution. Steve Noon's A Street Through Time takes you on a time travelling journey that you won't forget!

It Can't Be True 2!

After reading It Can't Be True 2! you'll never see a jar of honey the same way again – because you'll know that it took 1,308 honey bees to make it! And that snail in your garden? It'll suddenly remind you of the gargantuan Giant Ghana Snail, with its 30cm long shell. This book's outstanding array of topics and amazing facts will satisfy all readers. Cutting-edge visuals make the most astounding facts digestible, and bring the statistics to life! 

To learn more about National Non-Fiction November and the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, go to http://www.fcbg.org.uk/national-non-fiction-november/.

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