Just got a request to recommend some favorite middle grade books. I’m always on the hunt for good ones because my son loves to read.
Here are my favorite titles for nonfiction:
Synopsis: From an Idea to Nike is a fully-illustrated look into how Nike stepped up its sneaker game to become ￼the most popular athletic brand in the world. Humorous black & white illustrations throughout.
Ever wonder how Nike became the athletics empire it is today? From an Idea to Nike digs into the marketing campaigns and strategy that turned this running-shoe company into the outfitter for many athletes as well as the iconic American brand. With infographics and engaging visuals throughout, this behind-the-scenes look into the historical and business side of Nike will be an invaluable resource for kids interested in what makes this business run.
Find out where the name Nike came from and how the famous swoosh became the signature logo.
Learn about the company’s first marketing campaign with a star athlete. (Hint: It wasn’t Michael Jordan!)
Explore the ways Nike expanded marketing from running to basketball, soccer, golf, and beyond!
Synopsis: For fans of the successful Who Was series, From an Idea to Lego is a behind-the-bricks look into the world’s famous toy company, with humorous black & white illustrations throughout.
Today, LEGO is one of the biggest toy companies in the world, but a long time ago, a Danish carpenter, Ole Kirk Christiansen, started with just an idea. Find out more about LEGO’s origins, those famous bricks, and their other inventive toys and movie ventures in this illustrated nonfiction book!
Find out the origin the name “LEGO.” (Hint: it combines two Danish words)
See how LEGO grew from a carpentry shop to a multi-platform toy company.
Discover how LEGO bricks are made and how they came up with their design.
Synopsis: From an Idea to Google is a behind-the-computer-screen look into the history, business, and brand of the world’s largest search engine. With humorous black & white illustrations throughout, learn about the company that even earned its own catchphrase: Google it!
Today, Google is the number one internet search engine and the most visited website in the world. But a long time ago, two college friends, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, started out with just an idea. Find out more about Google’s history, the business, and the brand in this illustrated nonfiction book!
Find out where the name “Google” came from. (Hint: It involves a LOT of zeros!)
Discover how Google became the fastest and most popular internet search engine of all time.
Explore how Google transformed from a tiny startup (in someone’s garage!) into one of the most powerful companies in the world.
Synopsis: From an Idea to Disney is a behind-the-movie-screen look into the history, business, and brand of the world’s largest entertainment empire. With humorous black & white illustrations throughout, learn about the company behind the world’s favorite mouse, Mickey!
My husband read it and he said it’s very good for kids because it’s easy to understand. He loved it and read it to tell it to our son. Did I mentioned my son prefer reading fiction? Yeah, so that’s why my husband read it and tell it back to him.
We highly recommend these books for kids ages 8 and above.