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 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.

Can You Say It Too? Woof Woof
by Sebastien Braun

Five beautifully illustrated spreads, with big flaps to lift and a host of pets to spot, name and mimic combine in this board book for young children.

3 to 5

A First Book of Animals
by Nicola Davies and Petr Horacek

From blue whales to bumblebee bats and everything in between, A First Book of Animals takes young children all over the planet to visit all kinds of different creatures.

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.

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.