Information Overload – Informative Kids’ Books

If reading is the fount of knowledge and knowledge is power, then this list of informative kids’ books contains enough intellect to keep your youngsters gasping in awe for days, weeks, even years! Prepare your minds to be boggled.

The Awesome Book of Animals – The World’s Most Awesome Facts in Pictures by Adam Frost

Can you name the first animal to have babies in space? I can now! I promised this book to my nephew, who is ga ga for it, but it’s so good, I wish I could keep it on my own bookshelf. Crammed solid with truly jaw-dropping, disgusting, hilarious, weird and wacky facts, this paperback compendium is easy to read and flick through allowing young readers to absorb an astonishing amount of info very quickly. Brilliantly illustrated and thoughtfully arranged with enticing titles, The Awesome Book of Animals is a 20 out of 10 from me! Check out Frost’s other awesome titles of discovery, here.

Bloomsbury Children’s Books October 2017

FACTS! One for every day of the Year by Tracey Turner and Fatti Burke

This is a hefty hardback collection of marvellous, mesmerising discoveries, one for each day of the year. I cannot think of a better way for budding young scientists, nature lovers and explorers to annoy, ahem enlighten, their parents on a regular basis! Honestly though, this book shines and supplies trivia nuts (I’m one of them) with ample material to ooh and ah over for at least…365 days. Some facts happen on specific dates: births, momentous events and so on. Others are more random. All are utterly compelling. Do you know what the most expensive pizza ever sold had on it? You will after filling yourself with FACTS! Again, this is a visual and fact laden feast that I adore.

Bloomsbury Children’s Books October 2017

Highest Mountain, Deepest Ocean – A Pictorial Compendium of Natural Wonders Kate Baker and Page Tsou

Natural Wonders inspire and awe me. This exquisitely illustrated compendium of them is as much a work of art as a display of facts combining design with beautiful descriptive language. Information is grouped into largely pictorial chapters, each denoting various geographical, scientific, and animal curiosities, for example, The Solar System. The illustrations then lead readers to more detailed explanations, each prudently hidden about the page. Aimed at slightly older children, visually stimulated primary schoolers will relish the lavish detail of this collection of wonders.

Five Mile – Bonnier Publishing March 2017

The Story of Space – A first book about our Universe by Catherine Barr, Steve Williams and Amy Husband

Presenting and reading like any normal picture book, this little beauty is far from ordinary. Beginning before the Big Bang, The Story of Space invites kids to journey to the beginning of time, space-walk through universes littered with trillions of stars and then pop into our Galaxy and visit planet Earth. Concepts such as gravity, black holes and astronomy are neatly drawn into the narrative, which captivates all the way to the future. A glossary of useful words and time frames completes this colourful odyssey of enlightenment. Top marks and totally worth the trip, even if space exploration is not your thing.

Quarto Group UK Francis Lincoln Publishers March 2017

Australian Animal Atlas by Leonard Cronin and Marion Westmascott

I go bananas for a good atlas; maps, economy; I am not fussy. This illustrated guide to Australia’s wildlife and its habitats is my new favourite. This stunning collection of many of our favourite species as well as dozens of lesser-known Aussie fauna is spectacularly presented, organised into different habitats beginning with the arid inland deserts to our very own urban backyards. It’s an environmental assortment of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and insects that encourages little minds to discover, search and find out about a world of fascinating facts. Each area is show in full glorious detail surrounded by the various species you might find there. Turn the page to find the full illustration of each critter with a small accompanying explanation. Thorough, concise and visually alluring, this atlas ticks all the boxes.

Allen & Unwin March 2017

Illumanatomy by Carnovsky and Kate Davies

This incredible book is as much about entertainment as it is information. Children are invited to see right through the secrets of the human anatomy using the special coloured glasses provided (rather like a set of 3D lenses). It is a kaleidoscope of colour and wonder and indescribably good fun. The cleverly creative best bit? While children are grinning at the magical X-ray illustrations, they are learning about complex bodily systems, intricate body parts and all the marvellous bits and pieces that keep us altogether from brain to little toe. Unobtrusive explanations provide straightforward yet informative clarification and encourage you to re-examine what you have just seen with more understanding. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Where were books like this when I was a kid? Illumanatomy is a formidable rival to the various anatomical apps available to kids today because it combines instructiveness with information and art. Superb for 8 year olds and above and anyone mad about Physiology like me.

Quarto Group UK Wide Eyed Editions September 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dimity Powell

Dimity Powell likes to fill every spare moment with words. She writes and reviews stories exclusively for kids and is the Managing Editor for Kids’ Book Review. Her word webs appear in anthologies, school magazines, junior novels, as creative digital content, and picture books. Her junior novel, PS Who Stole Santa’s Mail? debuted in 2012. The Fix-It Man is her first published picture book with EK Books in 2017. Dimity is a useless tweeter, sensational pasta maker and semi-professional chook wrangler. She believes picture books are food for the soul and should be consumed at least 10 times a week.