I really enjoy information books that allow you to interact and explore to find out facts and discover more about their subject. Today I’m sharing with you three very different books that all have one thing in common they invite the reader to get involved with some hands on learning.
‘Flip Flap Ocean’ is the newest addition to the ‘Flip Flap’ collection from Axel Scheffler and Nosy Crow. Aimed at younger readers, children are invited to discover different creatures that inhabit our oceans from sharks to turtles all the way to squids and jellyfish. There is an array of fascinating facts to discover. Did you know that squids squirt out ink when scared and that a whale is taller than a building? This brilliant book is so clever that it lets children create their very own creatures by mixing the flaps, so now we get to discover 121 new creatures including a shion, a tish, a squolphin and even a whellfyish. Hilarious rhymes mixed with vibrant, bold illustrations make this a must have read for children who love to ask questions.
I’m really enjoying the collaboration between Nosy Crow and The British Museum especially in the latest fabulous creation, ‘Funny Faces’. Inside children are challenged to match up the faces correctly to identify artefacts which can be found inside The British Museum and then they can make their own variations resulting in some weird and wonderful faces. This book encourages the children to engage further with the artefacts by providing a QR code in the back of the book that allows them to discover more about these precious items. I think this wonderful book would work brilliantly to inspire young artists at home and in school and to help foster a love of history.
As a parent of children who love crafting, I’ve often failed miserably when my girls have brought ‘make and do’ books home from the library. There’s nothing worse than an excited child wanting to make a puppet, a paper mache animal or cardboard robot and discovering you don’t have the exact item you require. So cleverly this stunning book on origami not only includes instructions for 13 origami models, it actually gives you 50 sheets of paper so they can actually have a go at recreating grasshoppers, cranes and frogs to name just a few. Not only that it offers children an insight into the culture of Japan by including the Japanese name of each item written in Japanese script and a beautiful haiku poem. It really is the most sublime book, an absolute joy to behold. It too features a QR code with videos containing step-by-step instructions on how to make the models. It would make the most perfect gift for any child who loves to be creative and express themselves.
Thanks to Nosy Crow for sending me copies of these wonderful book, they’re all available to buy from any good bookshops or click the titles to buy online.