When we think of books for kids, we often think of fiction – fairy tales or classics like Charlotte’s Web or Green Eggs and Ham. But in this installment of the TVOParents Book Club, we’re turning the spotlight on children’s non-fiction; books about real things, people and places. Three kids' book experts joined host Cheryl Jackson in our studio to discuss the value and benefits of these so-called information books, and to share some of their favourite selections.

Amy Leask is a former high school and college teacher and author of the Think About It! Philosophy For Kids” book series and According to Phil, a Young Thinker’s Guide to Robots”.
Eleanor LeFave, owner of Toronto’s Mabel’s Fables book store. And Shelley Stagg-Peterson is an associate professor in the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning department of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Shelley’s research interests include literacy learning and children’s literature. She also co-authored the book Good Books Matter with Larry Swartz.

Shelley's Picks:

The Unknown Soldier

By Linda Granfield

Scholastic Canada, 2008

Out of Sight

By Seymour Simon

Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval, 2002


Eleanor's Picks:

How Did That Get In My Lunchbox

By Chris Butterworth

Candlewick, 2011

How Cooking Works



Amy's Picks:

The Wicked History of the World

By Terry Deary

Hippo/Scholastic, 2003