I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.
I spent an hour this afternoon skimming through this old book from 1941 that I picked up at a UBS a few months ago. I loved these type of general knowledge books as a kid, so I couldn't resist.
Everyday Things for Lively Youngsters is part of a series covering (as I gather from the forward) various topics covering living things and health/nutrition. This slim volume is packed with information about the earth and, in an odd segue, building materials. I was pleasantly surprised at how most of the information in the book has remained relevant, although I don't think I can embrace the idea of using ammonia for either cleaning the carpets or for first aid.
All the explanations have a page of mildly amusing companion illustrations and there are suggestions for trying things at home (including one involving an egg and a narrow necked bottle I want to try with my nieces). I'd happily point any curious children to this book and I'll be on the lookout for its companions on future USB visits.