2017 has brought with it a wealth of glorious new non-fiction books for children and today I will be sharing my favourite choices for younger and older readers. Each of these books are wonderfully interactive and feature the most vibrant illustrations and photographs to capture the imaginations of the reader.
I’m loving these new chunky board books ‘A B C’ and ‘123’, the first books in an new partnership between Nosy Crow and the British Museum. All of the objects featured in these books form part of the The British Musuem collection and introduce the child to an array of items that span time and originate from all over the world. This allows them to learn basic concepts whilst being exposed to rich and varied cultures, learning from an early age how much we have in common with people from different nations and appreciating the differences. A really interesting element to these books is that they feature QR codes so for an adult to find out more about the objects featured, so they can satisfy those difficult and challenging questions which children often ask. I’m looking forward to seeing more books from this wonderful collaboration.
The Big Book of Beasts – Yuval Zommer & Barbara Taylor
I absolutely adored Yuval Zommer’s ‘The Big Book of Bugs’ so I was thrilled to get my hands on a copy of ‘The Big Book of Beasts.’ “Why is a tiger stripy?’ Why are porcupines spiky? and ‘Why do wolves howl at the moon? “Find out the answers to all of these questions and many more inside the brilliantly, beautiful ‘The Big Book of Beast’. A jam packed book containing an insight into the lives of all kinds of beasts including pre-historic ones, it is the ultimate guide for young animal fans eager to find out more about the different beasts that roam the earth. Featuring the most exquisite and delicate illustrations this book is a joy to behold. A real treasure of a read which will enchant and delight children and parents alike. We have spent hours poring over this glorious book exploring familiar and unknown beasts and searching the pages for the mystery footprints so cleverly concealed to capture children’s attentions. I simply adore this book!
Whilst hundreds of thousands of babies are born around the world each day, billions of other animals are born in the animal kingdom. ‘Amazing Animal Babies’ takes the reader on an exploration across the world to meet these animal babies and discover just how different they are from each other as they begin their journey through life. Packed full of fascinating facts we learn how individual species from earthworms to meerkats, golden eagles and seahorses are born and how they rear their babies. Eager children can find out more in the back of the book as Chris Packham gives us an additional insight into these extraordinary animals. Jason Cockcroft’s illustrations are beautifully detailed making this stunning book accessible to the smallest of children. This is a truly wonderful book!
William Bee’s Wonderful World of Trucks – William Bee
This vibrant and fascinating picture book is a must have for fans of vehicles large or small – although they’re mainly large. Meet William Bee who has an extensive collection of trucks suitable for all occasions. He has an amphibious truck which can swim, a café truck serving ‘double slug and cheese burgers’, a coal-fired steam truck (for when you run out of petrol) and a ginormous truck to carry all of his racing cars. Irresistibly illustrated with a bold, bright palette and jam-packed with glorious details this book ticks all the boxes for young truck fans. A delightful information book which demands to be pored over for hours and hours time and time again.
Thank you to Egmont, Nosy Crow, Pavilion and Thames & Hudson for sending me copies of these glorious books.