Review: I Like Helping People… What Jobs Are There? by Amanda Learmonth and Elise Gaignet

I Like Helping People... What Jobs Are There by Amanda Learmonth

I Like Helping People… What Jobs Are There? (That’s a Job Series)
Amanda Learmonth
Illustrated by Elise Gaignet
Kane Miller
Published October 1, 2021

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About I Like Helping People… What Jobs Are There?

For children who are inspired by helping others, this latest in the series takes readers through a day-in-the-life of 25 key workers. From medicine to social work to all kinds of helpers, they’ll learn about a paramedic’s best part of the day—saving lives—as well as a postal worker’s pet peeve—over-excited pets, and much more.

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My Review

I love that this series groups together careers based on one element, like involvement in helping people. Even as an adult, I wasn’t familiar with what educational background someone might need for some of these careers. The book covers careers like school counselor, bus driver, occupational therapist, pharmacist, and mechanic, so it shares a wide variety of career ideas and gives examples of educational background for each career.

The day-in-the-life walkthrough is super helpful, too. I love that it’s specific, so it talks about meetings or problems that someone might be asked to solve and gives details about the degree or experience needed for the job. The back of the book lists some additional career ideas with a quick paragraph summarizing the job. There’s also a really great flow chart that asks kids some questions and then points them to different careers based on their answers. Such a great idea!

I love that this book includes the jobs you immediately think of for helping careers and some that you might not think of right away but are really important. This helps kids think about the community around them and how we benefit from so many different kinds of workers.

I’m a big fan of this series, so I’ll be reviewing several books. I listed more books in the series below, so please check them out in case there’s a specific topic that would interest you or your young readers.

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Age Recommendation

For readers eight to twelve.

The cartoony style probably makes this better suited to fourth or fifth-grade level, but the pages have so much information that I think older kids would benefit, too.

Content Notes

Cartoon images represent a diverse group of people in professional roles.

Additional Titles in the That’s a Job Series

I Like Space… What Jobs Are There? (Review)

I Like Machines… What Jobs Are There? (Review to Come)

I Like The Performing Arts… What Jobs Are There? (Review to Come)

Titles I Haven’t Reviewed

That's a Job Series by Kane Miller Publishing

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8 Responses to Review: I Like Helping People… What Jobs Are There? by Amanda Learmonth and Elise Gaignet

  1. Max @ Completely Full Bookshelf says:

    This sounds like such a cool series, Kasey! I love the idea of giving young kids an idea of what different jobs actually look like, both so they can imagine themselves in them a little bit, and so they can better understand the people around them who make the world work. And it’s so fun that there’s so many different books in the series with their own themes! Thanks so much for the wonderful review, and enjoy your week!

  2. What a great idea for a series. Many young readers prefer this type of non-fiction reading rather than longer fiction reading. Letting kids know about future job opportunities will attract many to these books. Thanks for featuring them on this week’s MMGM.

    • Kasey says:

      I think so, too! They’re really fun. I’ve got some more books in the series to review soon, too. Thanks for having me on MMGM. 🙂

  3. Brenda says:

    Sounds like a nice reference on various jobs and to see them linked with day-to-day responsibilities as well as education needed for the job is very helpful.

    • Kasey says:

      Yes! I really love that they included an education background. Sometimes it was pretty predictable, but other times I found myself surprised. Thanks for stopping by, Brenda. 🙂

  4. This sounds like a great series for kids. I would have loved this book as a kid. As a lawyer, I was always into helping people and being a consumer advocate for them. But I might have tried a different helping profession if I’d read this book.

    • Kasey says:

      I was thinking I would have loved these as a kid, too. I like that it grouped jobs based on different traits on a spread in the back. Those sound like great skills to have in your lawyer– I imagine it can be a hard field to do that in sometimes. I’m sure you’ve made a lot of difference to the people you’ve worked with. <3