This meme was started by Rae Longest at Powerful Women Readers. As I am a grandmother, who loves to read to her grandchildren, a mother who loved to read to and with her children, and a retired teacher librarian, this meme really attracted me.

This week, I am highlighting four nonfiction picture books, two from the Profession Series for children and two from the Little People, Big Dreams series. Both series are geared to primary students and they are well done. I recommend both of these series to parents, teachers, schools and public libraries. Each of these books was provided to me by the publisher upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

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Nurses and What They Do (Profession series #14) by Liesbet Slegers

Published September 7th 2021 by Clavis

4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Nurses and What They Do is an informative book about a community helper/hero. It is a simple, clearly-written explanation of the various jobs and roles of nurses. There are descriptions of the various roles they play, including in-home care and definitions of clothing, equipment and items a nurse would use. I also liked the diversity of people in the roles, including a male nurse. This would be a great addition to an classroom when learning about community helpers and careers. I would also recommend this one to families when a younger member will be undergoing a medical procedure or going to the hospital. It’s a nice introduction to the people and routines of hospitals and could be a great aid in preparing to go. I do not necessarily agree that this is a pre-school book. My 8 year old grandson enjoyed this one as much as the 5 year old. I think it could be used with children up to 7 or 8 years old. I definitely recommend this book and will be looking for more in the Profession series.


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Park Rangers and What They Do (Profession series #15) by Liesbet Slegers

Published August 17th 2021 by Clavis

4.5 Stars:

Park Rangers and What They Do is another informative book in the Profession Series. This is not a job a lot of people think about, but it is an important one. It is nice to see it included in this series. Once again it includes some descriptive text, a bit of a storyline and lots of definitions and explanations of their clothing, equipment, materials and roles. The information is detailed, but clear and simple for young kids to understand. The illustrations are large, colourful and vibrant. They add a lot to the book and I found we spent a lot of time talking about them and pointing things out. They are diverse and depict females in the role, even though this is a male dominated field. I learned a lot as well about the many and varied responsibilities of a park ranger. My 5 year old granddaughter was not pulled into this one as much as her 8 year old brother, but that tells me this book and series is a great way to teach kids about these careers that are not as well known. This would be a great addition to a classroom when learning about community helpers and careers. I recommend this one to public, school and class libraries. I think it would be appropriate in kindergarten and primary classrooms.


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Yoko Ono (Little People, Big Dreams #69) by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Momoko Abe (Illustrator)

Published November 9th 2021 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I love the books in the Little People, Big Dreams series and this was another enjoyable, child friendly biography. Yoko Ono has been a controversial person and I didn’t know much about her before she met and married John Lennon. This was a good introduction to her life, including her relationship with her parents, her lonely early life, her escape from Tokyo in 1945 and her return later. I did not know about her accomplishments or that she was a huge part of the artistic community in New York. Being an introduction to her life and her dreams that she pursued geared to children, this book is told in a positive way, not including the negativity. The illustrations by Momoko Abe are perfect for this book. They are just a bit quirky, large, vivid and detailed adding much to the book. I always enjoy the timeline with photographs and suggestions for further reading, so those who want to know more can find books to read that are also child friendly. As always, the message for young children to be yourself even if it makes you seem different is a good one. Follow your dreams, It can change the world. A great addition to the series that I recommend public and school libraries stock.


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Charles Dickens (Little People, Big Dreams #70) by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Isobel Ross (Illustrations)

Published November 9th 2021 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Charles Dickens is a famous and well known author, but young people today probably don’t know much about him. This is a wonderful addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series about how a young man overcame many hardships to follow his dream of wanting to tell stories about the people he saw and met everyday. I did not know a lot about Charles Dickens’ life and will definitely be reading more about him. In the book, we learn about his family’s struggles, his young life working in a factory, his early career in a law office and his work at a couple of newspapers. I can see where he got his inspiration for Oliver Twist. The book concentrates on his famous novella, A Christmas Story, which is one that children will be familiar with. The illustrations by Isobel Ross were a perfect fit for this story. They gave the Victorian feel to the book and added to the story. The timeline with photographs and suggestions for further reading, are always a great addition to encourage readers who want further information. The message to children to follow their dreams and keep trying to succeed, is present and shared in a very good way. A great addition to the series that I recommend public and school libraries stock.