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Non-fiction book list

Child with headphones and tablet

Reading non-fiction books with your child gives you the chance to explore topics your child is interested in, and improve their memory too. Take a look at our list of titles for children of all ages.

0 to 3

It Starts With A Seed
by Laura Knowles and Jennie Webber

This beautifully illustrated picture book follows the journey of a seed as it transforms from a seedling to a sapling, then a young tree, until it becomes a large tree with its branches and roots.

Engineering for Babies
by Jonathon Litton

This board book will help your baby learn how all kinds of things are made, from bridges to buildings and rockets to robots. Engineering is presented in a simple way to bring maths and science to life!

Animal families: River
by Jane Ormes

Find out the different names for mummy and daddy animals by the river - and then lift the big, sturdy flaps to find the babies, with a double flap and peekaboo holes on the final spread!

3 to 5

How Does My Home Work?
by Chris Butterworth

How does flipping a switch on the wall make the lights come on? Where does the clean water that flows out of the tap come from? Travel beyond the walls and under the floors of a house to find out more about the electricity, water, and natural gas that make your home work — and find out how you can do your part to save energy and preserve these resources.

What Makes It Rain?
by Katie Daynes and Christine Pym

With flaps to lift on every page, this book answers the questions that all young children ask about our climate, from ‘where does wind come from?’ to ‘why is it colder in winter?’ With surprising facts and forecasting tips, it makes a brilliant introduction to weather.

by Patricia Hegarty and Britta Teckentrup

Turn the pages to follow the miraculous little bee and its journey from flower to flower in this beautifully-illustrated peep-through picture book. Bee helps little ones think more about the world around us and the part bees play in it.

5 to 8

Hello World
by Jonathan Litton

Learn to greet people around the globe in this interactive atlas of hellos. With over 150 languages, flaps to reveal pronunciation and fact-files, Hello World opens up a world of exploration and greetings at children’s fingertips.

See Inside Your Body
by Katie Daynes and Colin King

Discover the inner workings of the human body in a humorous yet accurate way. Bright, original colour illustrations and diagrams display all the major organs of the human body and are accompanied by witty and informative text.

Atlas of Animal Adventures
by Emily Hawkins and Lucy Letherland

This book collects together nature’s most unmissable events from between the two poles, including epic migrations, extraordinary behaviours, and Herculean habits. Children can find hundreds of things to spot and learn new facts about every animal.

The Tree Book
by Hannah Alice

Find out about all the amazing things that trees can do? How do they grow and why do they change through the seasons? How do trees help us and how can we help trees? With labelled acetate diagrams of a tree throughout the year, alongside minibeasts and animals that live in trees, this is a fantastic first look at nature for curious children everywhere.

9 to 12

The Tudors
by Marcia Williams

A witty, accessible introduction to the Tudors, with full-colour illustrations throughout. Arthur Inkblott, Queen Elizabeth I's favourite scribe, retells the most famous moments in Tudor history, from the Wars of the Roses and the Spanish Armada to Christopher Columbus's discovery of America and Henry VIII's many marriages!

Bug Camp
by Tim Forrest and Jen Hamel

Welcome to Bug Camp, where every day's an adventure! With hundreds of insect photos from around the world, this book is filled with games, experiments, facts, stories and lots of fun.

The Usborne Official Astronaut's Handbook
by Louie Stowell and Roger Simo

This handbook for budding astronauts covers topics including how you become an astronaut, the training you undertake, how you travel into space and what you do when you're up there. It even features a foreword from Tim Peake, the first British astronaut to embark on a mission to the International Space Station.