Hello fellow bookworms 🌈 🌳 Today I’m coming to you with a rare double review, as I received two very similar eArcs recently that were both YA/MG nonfiction books and that I enjoyed reading! I’m trying to read more nonfiction (among other things) for my Out of Comfort Zone Challenge and YA nonfiction is a great starting point, as adult nonfiction books can seem a bit daunting at times. I actually discovered and received Queer Heroes as well as We are all Greta when they were already out, so you’re able to get your copy if you want to right now 😄
CW’s: Mentions of Illness, Murder & Homophobia
Representation 🌷 Features Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans celebrities
This beautiful, bold book celebrates the achievements of LGBT people through history and from around the world. It features full-color portraits of a diverse selection of 52 inspirational role models accompanied by short biographies that focus on their incredible successes, from Freddie Mercury’s contribution to music to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, this title will show children that anything is possible.
Thank you to Wide Eyed Editions and Netgalley for providing me with a digital Arc in exchange for an honest review! All pictures are taken from the Arc and therefore subject to changes.
🌈 “Queer Heroes gives an interesting overview of 53 modern and classical queer heroes/role models, including a variety of experience, summed up in a colorful portrait.” 🌈
This was a really nice nonfiction book highlighting queer celebrities of the past and present. It’s definitely more surface level, but I think that covering such a broad spectrum of people doesn’t allow for much more information to be featured. That’s why I think Queer Heroes is a great starting point if you want to read about inspirational LGBTQ people and gain a quick insight into their lives, but if you want to explore these people further you’ll have to do additional research. Nevertheless, the short portrait that we get is beautifully illustrated and very aesthetically pleasing. It highlights why the features person is a ‘hero’ and has the potential to be very inspirational for our own life. Some people I already knew, others I discovered through this book, which was very nice as the book tries to cover many experiences and balances present and past heroes in a really great mix. My favorite’s to read about were Freddie Mercury, Emma González, and Alan Turing, but there are many more great people features. I liked that the book included lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, as well as people of color and a few people that had a disability. However, the lack of asexual representation (the word wasn’t even defined in the glossary) remains disappointing, especially for a book published in 2019 that should try to include all identities.
Excerpt taken from the eArc
Follow in the footsteps of the Swedish teenage activist and Nobel Peace Prize candidate in We Are All Greta and join the global mission to save our planet from climate change.
We Are All Greta sets out the basic ideas required to understand climate change, explained in a scientific and accessible way and drawn from the most authoritative sources. With a chapter on keywords and sites to help you understand the climate challenge and a list of websites to visit for further information, this is a book for young people, for parents, for grandparents and anyone having to answer direct and urgent questions about what must be done to protect our world.
Thank you to Laurence King Publishing and Netgalley for providing me with a digital Arc in exchange for an honest review! All pictures are taken from the Arc and therefore subject to changes.
🌳 “We are all Greta was a nice overview of the impact that climate change can have and will have in our lives. Each chapter introduced a different central concept and tried to be accessible for those not as knowledgable about the topic. I’m glad that this book exists because it’s a short and good to understand book, making it easier to get involved in fighting against climate change.” 🌳
As the topic of climate change becomes increasingly important (one just has to look at the Australian bushfires, the Jakarta floodings and many other worrying scenarios currently going on), I think it’s great that We are all Greta can be an informative YA nonfiction book providing an introduction to the topic. I know myself that it can be very overwhelming getting involved, as there’s a lot of information about climate change, so having an easy to understand book highlighting the central key aspects of climate change and what needs to be done to stop it, is increasingly important. In order to reach everyone (especially those willing to join in, but unsure how to start), I feel like this book is a great starting point and overview of the different facets of climate change. I like that the book is divided into short chapters that were structured very well, though I feel like at times the information could be a bit dense for beginners and could have done with more examples. I liked that there was an attempt to provide fitting examples for abstract sounding concepts, but sometimes I felt like the examples themselves could have been more concrete and understandable. I also wanted more statistics and graphics, we get a few of them, but more would have broken up the texts and provided some visual stimulation. Nevertheless, I loved learning about Greta’s origin story and especially loved the tips in the very end on how you can make individual changes to your habit in order to make a change.
Excerpt taken from the eArc
Are you going to read Queer Heroes and/or We are all Greta? Who is your favorite nonfiction book? 🌈 🌳