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The Best Non-Fiction Books for Kids

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One of the first things we recommend when children don’t like reading, is trying more non-fiction. Lots of us just prefer facts to fiction, true stories to made-up ones.

Non-fiction children’s books can help explain the world and satisfy curious minds. There is plenty of choice for young readers, from fascinating true stories to practical guides and reference books. Whatever your child is into - science, animals, football, space, cooking, coding - there are plenty of fantastic books to support their interests.

From non-fiction books for preschoolers through to inspirational non-fiction books for teens, check out our recommendations for every age and stage. All these books have 5 stars from the most important critics of all - kids!   

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Weird but true! 2024: Wild and Wacky Facts & Photos!

This is the annual everyone in the family looks forward to reading each year, full of the weirdest facts from around the world for children aged 7+!

Every year, National Geographic Kids release a new Weird But True annual, and each year we love pouring over each page packed full of real-life pictures of the strangest creatures and true stories of the year! It’s got weird words, foul food, yucky creatures, the Wonders of the World, and so much more to keep curious readers (including the grown-ups) entertained for hours.

We couldn’t recommend this weird compendium more as a gift, with all of its peculiar pooches, cockroach cyborgs, unusual sculptures, sparkling salt flats and super sneezes!


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How To Spaghettify Your Dog: and other science secrets of the universe

KS1 and KS2 readers are in for a treat with this illustrated fact book all about the universe and physics, explained in a simple and super funny way for ages 7+.

So many children don’t enjoy maths and physics – maybe they even find it a bit boring. But this accessible book brings science’s coolest facts to life, explaining how to cook up a black hole, slow down time, what farts are made of and so much more.

With illustrations on every page, across 64 pages, even the hardest and mind-boggling concepts (yes, we’re thinking of quantum physics) are made simple with this fun, colourful and engaging book about science and our world.


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The Earthshot Prize: A Handbook for Dreamers and Thinkers: Solutions to Repair our Planet

This is one of the best books we could put in our young environmentalists-in-training’s hands, a handbook to save the planet for middle-grade readers.

Published with Earthshot Prize and with an introduction from HRH Prince William, this brilliant book travels around the world, exploring problems and challenges of our habitats, as well as the people who are working to make positive change. The book celebrates animals, landscapes and biodiversity, with notes on small, simple things young people can do from their own home to help. 

The cherry on top of this book is the impressive list of contributors, from Naturalist Sir David Attenborough to Astronaut Naoko Yamazki. 

It's so important to inspire readers with big ideas, stories of people who work for our planet and encouragement to be bold and take action. This book does that.


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British Museum: Celebrate!: Discover 50 Fantastic Festivals from Around the World

Travel the world in this awe-inspiring new gift title from the British Museum featuring 50 spectacular new festivals that you won't want to miss!

It's time to celebrate as you explore some of the world's most exciting festivals from different countries, cultures and religions around the globe. From the familiar to the unexpected, discover how and why festivals bring people together to enjoy all kinds of sensational celebrations.

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Children’s Picture Atlas of the Stars

We know some budding astronomers aged 7+ who will really love this newly released picture atlas of stars and constellations, and the stories behind them…

With the days getting dark so quickly now, this beautifully illustrated picture atlas of the stars comes in quite handy with the little ones. This book encourages its readers to look up at the sky and imagine the stories behind constellations that have inspired mythology and helped people travel through the night for centuries. Expert astronomer Tom Terss goes through constellations, from the most famous ones like the Ursas, Orion and Leo, to the various birds, monsters and monster-slayers in the sky. 

We couldn’t recommend this more as a Christmas gift. You can even buy it for yourself! This guide to the sky should be on every shelf. 


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A Year of Nature Walks and Games: 52 Things to See and Do

With winter close approaching, this book of nature walks and games for children aged 7+ has given us some really fun ideas for nature play when we’ve been short on ideas.

It’s so important to make sure children get some time to connect with nature, but finding activities that are doable wherever we live, budget-friendly and fun for the little ones can be a difficult task. This book has been saving us during this dreary autumn season because it has 52 activities that are divided up into the different seasons of the year, so it’s super easy to just flip to the relevant season and get going with a new activity. And the instructions and tips are easy to follow, especially with the photographic approach in this book. 

This book is also designed to help children feel encouraged to take care of nature, protect it and enjoy it which we think is such a lovely message. 


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The Story of Everything

We’re sharing yet another Neal Layton The Story Of… picture books, and that’s simply because they’re a fantastic way to introduce the youngest readers to history.

In this picture book, we’re looking at the wonderful history of how the world as we know it came to be, from the Big Bang to the formation of cells and dinosaurs and underwater creatures… Your budding historian will get to discover about the evolution of humans, the Ice Age and the building of towns and cities.

This is such a brilliant, engaging first introduction to evolution history and the engaging, quirky, bright illustrations grip children, making studying history more like reading a story. 


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The Story of Stars

We’ll always encourage starting little scientists young, and Neal Layton’s The Story Of… non-fiction picture books perfectly distil science and history for little ones.

The Story of Stars tells the story of the sparkling celestial objects that have fascinated humankind from the very beginning, hundreds of thousands of years ago… Exploring stars, solar systems, galaxies and beyond, this is a wonderful book to introduce little ones to the wonderful starry night sky. 

Even children who can’t quite yet grasp scientific concepts will love learning about stars, where they are and what role they’ve played throughout history in this brilliant book, packed full of fun, child-friendly and engaging full-colour illustrations.


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National Trust: Butterfly Skies: Press out and learn about 20 beautiful butterflies

In this gorgeous gift book, create your own beautiful 3D butterflies before discovering fascinating facts about each species!

Press out the pieces and slot them together to create 20 different irresistible flying friends. After finishing your 3D flutter, either hang the stunning decorations to make a butterfly sky or press them back into the sturdy board pages and hardback binding to be used again and again. Then turn to the back of the book to pore over 22 richly illustrated pages with dazzling full colour nature scenes alongside a gently informative text to treasure.

Covering everything from habitats and diets to myths and legends, this is a stylish, joyful introduction to a variety of European butterflies.

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