Neon Squid is a new imprint at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group that creates beautiful nonfiction books for inquisitive kids (and kids at heart). Neon Squid’s books are for children who want to decipher ancient scrolls, orbit distant stars, and dive into the deepest oceans. Visit Neon Squid online and preview their books below.
Tales of Ancient Worlds: Adventures in Archaeology
by Stefan Milosavljevich; illustrated by Sam Caldwell
On sale March 1, 2022 | 160 pages | Ages 8-10
What links shipwrecks, Egyptian treasure, and fossilized Viking poop? They’re all things that have been discovered by archaeologists!
Pick up your shovel and Indiana Jones hat and dig into the world of archaeology in Tales of Ancient Worlds, a nonfiction kids’ book by YouTuber Stefan Milosavljevich. Alongside beautiful illustrations by Sam Caldwell you’ll find incredible tales from history, including:
• The ancient Egyptian city found at the bottom of the ocean
• The terracotta army that hid underground for 2,000 years
• The mysterious Ice Age temple made from mammoth bones
Along the way you’ll also find out if you have what it takes to be an archaeologist, unearth (literally) groundbreaking scientific techniques, and meet the pioneering women and men who have brought the past back to life.
Animal Sidekicks: Amazing Stories of Symbiosis in Animals and Plants
by Macken Murphy; illustrated by Dragan Kordic
On sale March 1, 2022 | 128 pages | Ages 8-10
Heard about the fish that clean shark teeth? Or the frog that lives with a tarantula? Welcome to the weird world of symbiosis—where animals form incredible relationships.
Macken Murphy, host of the popular animal podcast Species, introduces his favourite symbiotic relationships in his first kids’ nonfiction book, Animal Sidekicks. Along the way he explains the cool science behind the baffling behaviour of some animals—from friendly alliances to pesky parasites. Alongside him, illustrator Dragan Kordic skillfully brings to life head-scratching relationships in nature, including:
• The crab that wears a sea urchin as a hat
• The bat that goes to bed inside a plant
• The warthog that likes a mongoose massage
You’ll even find out about symbiotic relationships including YOU! (Hint—is your head ever itchy?) By the end of the book you won’t look at nature in the same way again!
Big Cats (A Day in the Life): What Do Lions, Tigers and Panthers Get up to All Day?
by Tyus D. Williams; illustrations by Chaaya Prabhat
On sale March 1, 2022 | 48 pages | Ages 6-8
Set over a 24-hour period, meet sparring snow leopards, sprinting cheetahs, and slumbering jaguars in this kids’ nonfiction book about the biggest cats on Earth.
Follow the lives of individual big cats as they roar, hunt, fight, and play their way through the day. Wildlife expert Tyus D. Williams cleverly weaves the story from leopard to mountain lion in the style of a nature documentary, including gentle science explanations perfect for future zoologists. Witness incredible moments including:
• A panther hunting a crocodile
• Cheetah cubs play fighting
• A battle between lionesses and hyenas
Beautifully illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat and packed with animal facts, Big Cats (A Day in the Life) is one of the first titles in an exciting new series of animal books from Neon Squid.
Bugs (A Day in the Life): What Do Bees, Ants, and Dragonflies Get up to All Day?
by Dr. Jessica L. Ware; illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat
On sale April 5, 2022 | 48 pages | Ages 6-8
Set over a 24-hour period, meet busy honeybees, transforming caterpillars, and an army of leafcutter ants in this kids’ nonfiction book about the coolest insects on Earth.
Follow the lives of individual bugs as they fly, hunt, hide, and scuttle their way through their day. Bug expert Dr. Jessica L. Ware introduces characters from cicadas to butterflies in the style of a nature documentary, with a sprinkling of simple science explanations perfect for future zoologists. Witness incredible moments including:
• A dragonfly escaping a hungry frog
• A shield bug looking after her newly-hatched babies
• A gigantic comet moth with superpowered wings
Beautifully illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat and packed with animal facts, Bugs (A Day in the Life) is one of the first titles in an exciting new series of animal books from Neon Squid.
The Book of Sisters: Biographies of Incredible Siblings Through History by Olivia Meikle and Katie Nelson
On sale April 5, 2022 | 128 pages | Ages 8-10
Queens. Warriors. Witches. Revolutionaries. History is full of sisters making their mark.
Meet incredible women in this nonfiction book for kids, from Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret to tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams. Authors (and sisters!) Olivia Meikle and Katie Nelson have scoured history for jaw-dropping stories of amazing siblings, including:
• Why Egyptian ruler Cleopatra went to war against her younger sister Arsinoë
• How Native American sisters Maria and Marjorie Tallchief became America’s first star ballerinas
• What made samurai sisters Nakano Takeko and Nakano Yuko take on an entire army
Through the stories of the sisters, readers will go on a whirlwind tour of women’s history, from the courts of Imperial China to the French Revolution. And you’ll discover that stories about sisters aren’t anything new—they can be traced back to ancient tales, from Greek goddesses to Maya mythology.
It’s another busy day at the hospital! Meet doctors and nurses, ride in an ambulance, and discover the magic of medicine in this nonfiction story for kids.
This book is perfect for any child who is nervous about a trip to the hospital. Dr. Christle Nwora takes readers behind the scenes to meet the incredible people who keep you healthy, from surgeons to mental health therapists. Dr. Nwora also explains the science behind how things work, from X-rays to operating theaters.
Set over the course of one day, you’ll follow different patients through their trip to the hospital, including:
• A couple having a new baby
• A boy getting a cast for his broken arm
• A woman on her way to have an operation
As you turn the pages of this book, illustrated by Ginnie Hsu, marvel at the way hospital staff work together—see who prepares the food in the cafeteria, what goes on in the laundry room, and what doctors chat about during their coffee break.
Once you’ve read this book you’ll realize hospitals are full of heroes!