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100 Screen-Free Ways to Beat Boredom

Looking for creative new ways to banish that boredom? Well, unplug those tablets, put down those phones…and grab yourselves a copy of this fantastic book! It’s jam-packed with ideas for enjoying screen-free time with family and friends, ranging from quick and simple crafts to more time-consuming tasks: calm your mind with some basic yoga, dig…

100 Steps for Science

For many children, science requires very little packaging to make it attractive and compelling. The urge to know why, and how, and when means that science scratches the unending itch of young and enquiring minds. Capitalising on such natural curiosity and wonder, this book serves as a junior history of science, as well as a…

101 Games to Play Before You Grow Up

This is a resource which parents and children will want to keep ready to hand in the battle against boredom. Comprising 101 brightly illustrated activities, it introduces a wide range of activities, some of which may be undertaken individually, and others which could involve over 20 people. The games range from the ubiquitous (Kick-the-Can, I-Spy,…

3.2.1 GO!

3.2.1 GO! is like no other counting book for young children around just now. In this animal Olympics, we see 5 pandas practising martial arts, a fox on the tennis court with 16 spare sweatbands and 8 monkeys doing what they do best – swinging between the rings in the gymnasium. From 1 up to…

5 Wild Numbers

A lively introduction to the world of numbers one to five, this beautiful board book doubles up to showcase jungle animals in their natural habitats. Short rhymes on each page accompany artistic illustrations of both numbers and creatures while we encounter wildlife in every sense of the word as ‘One fierce tiger paces’ and ‘three…

A Big Garden

This large-format picturebook offers a visual extravaganza that takes the reader through a gardening year, incorporating images of what is growing or blooming. However, it is not a standard non-fiction guide, but a poetic exploration. The text is both fanciful and factual, so this is a book to share and discuss. For example, the entry…

A Bridge of Children’s Books

Jella Lepman begins her story immediately after the end of World War II, when she was asked to return to her native Germany, from where she had fled to England, to become an ‘advisor on the cultural and educational needs of women and children in the American zone’. She set about interpreting this role in…

A First Book of the Sea

This sumptuous picturebook from this award-winning duo is a beautiful object, and would make a lovely gift to take on holidays or even to curl up with as the days get shorter and colder. Together with Davies’ A First Book of Nature and A First Book of Animals this title marks a new direction in…

A History of Art in 21 Cats

From Ancient Egyptian art to the Renaissance to Graffiti, this book covers a wide range of artistic styles through a quirky (cat’s) eye. The introduction to each movement tells the tail (pun intended) of that artistic style and gives some context. Each section is detailed, exploring symbols, meaning, frames and colours. At times the feline…

A History of Pictures for Children

Based on their bestselling A History of Pictures, artist David Hockney and art critic Martin Gayford discuss the development of pictures from cave paintings to the computer screen. Hockney’s voice is that of an artist reflecting on how artists created their work, while Gayford supplies plenty of solid information about the development of visual media…

A Moment In Time

A Moment In Time is beautiful and inventive, but a little challenging to use. Described as a perpetual atlas, it claims that the reader can discover what the whole world is doing at exactly the same time. Well, sort of. The unusual layout allows you to compare 6am in one place with 6am in another…

A Planet Full of Plastic

A Planet Full of Plastic is a factual picturebook, written and illustrated by Neal Layton. It tells the story of plastic, what it is used for, why it became so pervasive, the problems that now exist, and some of the solutions that have been devised to address those problems. The word count and the detail…

A Short History of the World

A Short History of the World is exactly what it claims to be. This is an information book that tries to succinctly relay the history of the world to a young audience. It is factual in tone, logical in presentation and diligent in detail. Its premise is almost impossible; the world is so vast with…

A Wild Child’s Guide to Endangered Animals

This book is a celebration of the beautiful creatures who are in danger of disappearing from the world forever. It is divided into different habitats including oceans, forests, deserts, freshwater, grasslands, mountains and wetlands. While some creatures like giraffes and caribou will be familiar to readers, there are others like the little dodo bird and…

A World of Information

This is a miscellany of the very best kind. Readers will be hooked by facts as varied as differing kinds of knots, different kinds of print, the periodic table of the elements, neap and spring tides, the organs of the body and a whole host of other information. At no point does the trivia seem…

Above and Below

Perfect for nature lovers, this lift-the-flap book gives a summary of many ecosystems on our planet presented alongside luscious illustrations of flora and fauna. From the rainforest to the savannah, we get an A-Z of natural habitats. We are presented a generalised list of the creatures and plants that occupy these areas, as well as…

Adventures in Philosophy: Stories and Quests for Thinking Heroes

The idea of introducing philosophy to children is one that may seem daunting, but O’Donoghue approaches this topic in a form that all young readers will understand – that of stories. From the outset this introduction is posing questions that ask how much we think about our thinking and why we think how we do.…

All Around the World: Sports and Games

In Cosneau’s original All Around the World, readers were offered 8 panoramas of environments from around the globe and encouraged to complete them using stickers of accompanying animals. In this follow-up, the mega-sized scenes are focused on various sports and games settings, including the adventure playground, the water park, the circus, the sports stadium, the…

All Kinds of Cars

Carl Johanson is a Swedish illustrator who lives and works in Bretagne, France, and this beautiful book was first published in Frenchunder the title Le Catalogue des Voitures. It certainly does resemble a catalogue – the vehicles presented within are broken down into sections of farm vehicles, airport vehicles, emergency vehicles, etc. – but instead…

All of Us: A Young People’s History of the World

This book, lavishly and attractively illustrated in a rich, varied, colourful style is ostensibly for 7-10 year olds. However, its language register would suggest an older target age group.  It is problematic from the points of view of inclusivity and historical accuracy. I will use gender to illustrate this, though I could equally use ethnicity…

Alpha, Bravo, Charlie: The Complete List of Nautical Codes

Pirates used to raise the skull and crossbones to send a message to unfortunate crews who found themselves within their range of fire: prepare to be attacked. The jolly roger no longer strikes fear into sailors’ hearts today (modern pirates aren’t that obvious), but there is another system of nautical flags that has been in…

ALPHAMALS A – Z

This incredibly detailed book was a delight to read and enjoy from cover to cover. The slightly abstract imagery introduces a great range of animals to the reader. Some of these animals are familiar while some new, more exotic beings are also featured. There is also a good alternation between male and female animal ‘characters’,…

Amazing Animal Babies

This publication is born into a world full of books about animals. However, it has a huge advantage over other publications in that it is firmly aimed at very young children. It starts at their level of awareness and brings the reader on an expedition around the world to observe young animals in their habitats.…

Amazing Expeditions: Journeys that Changed the World

Discover the amazing stories and follow the nail-biting journeys of some of the world’s most heroic and extraordinary explorers, including Marco Polo, Magellan, Norgay and Hillary, Ellen MacArthur and Neil Armstrong. Throughout history, explorers have set out to discover new territories by land, sea, air and space. Many of these brave pioneers have the tales…

Amazing Transport

Amazing Transport is a big book of incredible history and fantastic facts about the different kinds of vehicles that have been invented to help people move. From more common vehicles like cars, trains and aeroplanes to less common ones like balloons, tanks and submarines, the book explores the different journeys each vehicle went through to…

Amazing Women: 101 Lives to Inspire You

As its title suggests, this is an amazing resource for young girls and boys, with a vast selection of women who have changed the world in some way. Potted biographies stand alongside glorious illustration. Some of the names are familiar – Michelle Obama, Helen Keller – but others such as Shirin Ebadi and Radia Perlman…

Amazing World Atlas: Bringing the World to Life

If you are expecting just a volume of maps as the title might suggest, your expectations will be exceeded. The rest of the title gives a more accurate description of what to expect. This is an ambitious and engaging armchair guide to the world. Following on from the introductory section  (planet earth, time zones, climate,…

An tEolaí Óg: Sa Ghairdín

Is é an tEarrach an t-am is fearr le bheith ag siobáil thart amuigh faoin aer; bíonn síneadh sa tráthnóna, agus bíonn rath agus bláth faoi phlandaí, faoi fheithidí agus faoi ainmhithe. Bíonn neart le feiceáil, le foghlaim agus le hiniúchadh sa ghairdín agus sna páirceanna, ach má tá easpa saineolais faoin dúlra ina bac…

An tEolaí Óg: Spraoi le hUisce

Tá an samhradh buailte linn, tá geataí na scoile dúnta agus tá sé ag stealladh báistí taobh amuigh. Tá súile óga ag faire ort go ceistiúil, iad ag rá “Céard a dhéanfaimid anois?” Ná bíodh imní ort, le cabhair an scríbhneora Lisa Burke tá réimse gníomhaíochtaí spraíúil curtha le chéile i bhfoirm An t-eolaí óg:…

Ancient Wonders

No one knows who decided on the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. But centuries of historians, poets and philosophers have written thrilling accounts of their magnificence which have left us yearning to know more about their great mysteries. How was the Great Pyramid at Giza constructed? Did the mystical Hanging Gardens of Babylon actually…

Animalium

Is it a book? Is it a catalogue? It’s a museum! Get past the beautifully solid cover of Animalium and step into an old-style Natural History gallery. There are no photos, no infographics, no flaps, just gorgeous, detailed illustrations of dozens of species. Following the ‘Tree of Life’ as roadmap, the tour takes you through…

Animals Are Delicious

This set of three board books is sure to make a fantastic addition to any child’s library. With each one detailing the food chains of a different habitat – the sky, the forest and the ocean – Hutt provides a simple, easily comprehensible overview to how a single plant leads to the feeding of an…

Animals at Night

Meet the animals that venture out at night in this adventure featuring many of the vast and varied habitats of the world. Visit the Amazon rainforest to see the prowling jaguar and fruit-loving kinkajous. Spot the Bengal tiger as it swims through the mangrove forest, the lion pride resting on the African savannah, and the…

Are Coconuts More Dangerous Than Sharks?

The title sets the tone for this factual book. It is packed with thought-provoking questions followed by complete answers and interesting descriptions. Are Coconuts More Dangerous than Sharks? stimulates the reader to be more aware of the world around us and to find out more about everyday entities. The presentation of the contents page is…

Atlas of Oddities

The Atlas of Oddities is a unique compendium of some of the most unusual events, objects and people that make our world such a fascinating place. From the prolific pen of Clive Gifford, author of over 150 books, and inspired by both his own travels and those of his parents who worked for an airline,…

Australia Illustrated

In Australia Illustrated Tania McCartney has created her own eclectic schema for detailing quirky and eccentric icons of Australian life with multicultural perspectives. The popular culture tenor of the work is obvious in both text and image in this, the first of her many books which McCartney has illustrated as well as written. Organised with…

Babar’s Guide to Paris

Jean de Brunhoff produced seven picturebooks featuring Babar the Elephant, his wife Celeste and their family. His son, Laurent, also an artist, continued his father’s work with further Babar titles. The first Babar story appeared in 1931, and whether produced by Jean or Laurent, each has a flavour of that time permeated with a certain…

Balderdash!

Balderdash! tells the story of the first man to pioneer children’s literature as a category in its own right. In 18th-century London, children’s books were either morally improving fables to be read to children like sermons or codes of behaviour for parents and educators. John Newbery had the innovative idea that children would enjoy reading…

Be an Irish Explorer

Be an Irish Explorer is an activity pad with a twist as it challenges budding artists to discover, doodle, design and draw their way around Ireland. Each page explores a different location, from Newgrange to Bunratty, the Giant’s Causeway to the Cliffs of Moher. Activities include drawing the sights, designing buildings, jewellery, posters and postcards…

Be Kind: Be Your Best Self Every Day

In a stressful world, this book Be Kind: Be Your Best Self Every Day is like a breath of fresh air. ‘Whether you practise kindness towards others or are lucky enough to receive the ‘gift’ of kindness yourself, it has an infinite transformative energy.’ Not only does the book Be Kind advocate being kind to…

Biographic Austen

Impeccably researched, concise and laugh-out-loud funny, this unique biography uses beautiful graphics and brightly coloured charts to illustrate Austen’s life, talent and enduring legacy. Learn about the etiquette of a Regency ball, see the hierarchy of servants in a middleclass home, and compare the degree to which each Austen heroine was ‘marrying up’ financially. The…

Biographic Leonardo

It’s difficult to think of a historical figure better suited to an infographic biography than Leonardo da Vinci, whose very name brings to mind one iconic image after another. Instead of using text to recount a linear story, this book uses maps, timelines, pictures and charts to illuminate key moments in his career, as well…

Bird House

From cover to cover this book is a journey of discovery into the world of birds. Why do birds need houses and does one size fit all? These and lots more questions are answered in this lift-the-flap book which is teeming with information on how we can provide a safe and welcoming habitat for our…

Birds and Their Feathers

Teckentrup’s work needs no introduction to people who read picturebooks. She is author of The Egg; Under the Same Sky; Neon Leon, and many more. What they all have in common is beautiful artwork and this is no exception. I don’t use the word ‘stunning’ lightly, but it is deserved here. If you know a…

Blue & Other Colours with Henri Matisse

This beautiful board book introduces toddlers to colours using 25 vibrant works of art by Henri Matisse. The bold shapes and vibrant colours in Matisse’s cutouts will appeal to young readers, and the works are brilliantly reproduced. Phaidon Press’s reputation for creating high-quality art books is justified. The use of colour in the typography is…

Books Books Books

Open the cover and let this book take you on a whirlwind tour of the British Library and its incredible collection, housed on 625 kilometres of shelves and spread over fifteen floors. With copies of every single book published in Ireland and the United Kingdom, as well as extensive catalogues of newspapers, maps and music,…

Botany for Babies

This board book is part of a series of non-fiction titles introducing science to babies. Botany for Babies has colourful illustrations which set out interesting facts on the life cycle of a plant accompanied by simple text which further allows the reader to expand on the information given on each page. The cover has a…

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

An eclectic collection of illustrated biographies celebrating thirty ‘Rebel Ladies’ who, in the author’s own words, ‘did exactly what they wanted with their lives.’ From a 7th-century Chinese concubine who rose to the position of Empress, to an actress who refused to submit to Hollywood beauty standards and found success playing iconic villains; from a…

Brian Boru: The Warrior King

Father and daughter duo John and Fatti Burke present the second in their series of biographies for children, each one focusing on an influential person from Irish history. This book tells the story of Clare man Brian Boru, the son of Cennétig chieftain of the Dál gCais clan, who at the age of twelve lost…

Brick Building 101: 20 Lego activities to teach kids about STEAM

Brick Building 101 is a creative take for both parents and children to explore and learn more about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) through a much beloved toy – Lego. A stay-at-home mom of three, author Sanchez emphasizes the use of texture, colour and imagination to encourage learning through a wide variety of…

Brilliant Ideas by Wonderful Women

Did you know that a woman invented the board game Monopoly? How about the submarine periscope? Lopez’s illustrated non-fiction book shines a light on 15 women and their incredible inventions. While all these famous inventions are still in use today, many of the women who created them have been forgotten throughout history. The inspiring inventions…

British Museum: Colours – Early learning at the Museum

Colours – Early learning at the Museum, is part of an engaging series of books about The British Museum for the young. Created in board book format, it is ideal for little hands to explore and sturdy enough to last many reads. Featuring high-quality photographs from some of the most stunning objects from the British…

Caterpillar and Bean

This new picturebook is the fourth in Walker’s Science Storybook series. Described as a ‘science storybook about growing’, it introduces the life cycle of the bean plant and the butterfly to very young readers. The main text and illustrations describe the life cycles in a storytelling format; additional facts are provided in the form of…

Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species

Sabina Radeva, who wrote and illustrated this beautiful book, set herself quite a task on explaining Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution to children. She knows her science though – she’s a molecular biologist who was determined to mix science and art to make Darwin’s theory accessible for youngsters. She’s succeeded admirably by breaking it down…

Children’s Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling

This is not a book that fills just one gap, it fills countless gaps. In fewer than 200 pages, it conveys a wealth of information about more or less all aspects of picturebooks, and while at times one would like more on a specific topic, it does point to lines of further enquiry. Laid out…

Cook’s Cook: The Cook who Cooked for Captain Cook

Coinciding with the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s Endeavour voyage, prepare to jump abroad and sail through a story from the other side of history. It is often the characters in the background during great moments that give us the most rounded and fullest of accounts. Written in the form of a diary by John…

Cool Coding

Code tells a computer what to do. Each individual directive is very simple, but, when combined into a program, can accomplish amazingly complex tasks, including games. Many coders begin as hobbyists before turning professional. Code can be written in a myriad of programming languages. Different languages are optimised for specific tasks, and all have unique…

Cool Kids Cook

I love this book. Simple, modern recipes are complemented with witty yet instructional illustration and gorgeous, fun photos featuring a diverse cast of kids enjoying themselves. Jenny Chandler is a cookery teacher in Leiths, among other prestigious schools, and it shows. This is no coffee-table book. There is no sense of worthiness here and absolutely…

Cool Mythology

All you ever wanted to know about mythology is captured in this ‘cool’ and extremely interesting book, which spans history in its quest to steep the reader in myths, folklore and legend from the four corners of the Earth. Legends and myths from North American Indian tribes, the Mayan, Aztecs, Incas, Romans, Greeks, Ancient Egypt,…

Corpse Talk: Groundbreaking Rebels

Would you like to meet such famous people from history as George Washington, Frida Kahlo and William Wallace? Of course, the main obstacle is the fact that they are all dead. However, that’s a mere formality in this entertaining history comic where notable figures from the past rise from the grave to be interviewed by…

Countess Markievicz: An Adventurous Life

This volume of the Easter Rising Centenary In a Nutshell series focuses on Countess Constance Markievicz, the woman made famous by her involvement in the fight for Irish Independence. In this short biography Ann Carroll leads us through Markievicz’s life, from wealthy origins in rural Sligo, to her marriage to the Polish Count Casimir Markievicz,…

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Put Astronauts on the Moon

Before Katherine Johnson inspired the hit film ‘Hidden Figures’, before she won the Presidential Medal of Freedom for smashing through sex and race barriers to play a critical role in one of her country’s proudest achievements, and before she was so respected as a human computer that astronauts requested her by name to double check…

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes

The beauty of the artwork in this book reflects the tradition in Islamic art of evoking the sacred through pattern and shape. Each page turn leads us to a world of discovery. There is a mixture of painted and digital elements that merge wonderfully. At the end of the book we are told that each…

Cuán Clúmhach agus Scéal an Damhna

Is léir ón gcéad leathanach gur leabhar teagaisc é seo. Tionscadal de chuid oideachasóirí in Iowa a bhí sa bhunleagan. Baintear úsáid as leagan amach úrscéil ghrafach le ceachtanna a mhúineadh faoin damhna agus na cruthanna éagsúla a bhíonn air. Tá an-chuid ábhair pléite agus mínithe laistigh de 30 leathanach agus go leor téarmaí nua…

Curiositree: Human World: A Visual History of Humankind

Yet another beautiful book from Wide Eyed Editions, The Curiositree: Human World uses detailed information charts to present the wonders of human history. Readers will become explorers as they browse through the book, learning why and how humans have become the most successful species on the planet. There is so much packed in between the…

David Bowie (Little People, Big Dreams)

The Little People, Big Dreams series turns its attentions to one of the most iconic and chameleonic of rock icons – David Bowie.  Ana Albero’s charming illustrations marry perfectly with Isabel Sánchez’s beautifully simple words. The book takes the reader from Bowie’s childhood through his early years of being in a band and his breakthrough…

Declaration of the Rights of Boys and Girls

Two books in one, the Declaration of the Rights of Boys and Girls is a quirky, fun read. When read from one end, it is a list of the rights of boys. Boys have the right to play with dolls, to be cute or stylish, to be rubbish at DIY and prefer English to Maths.…

Diary of a Time Traveller

If you could travel backwards in time, what people, events and places would you most like to see? Such is the challenge given to the reader by this book. This approach cleverly allows Stevenson and Long to escape the straightjacket of the history timeline and avoid the ‘why wasn’t X or Y included’ standard criticism…

Dineasáir Scanrúla

Beidh áthas an domhain ort nach beo atá na dineasáir nuair atá an leabhar seo críochnaithe agat. Is scanrúil le léamh faoi a leithéid den Utahraptor agus iad in ann rith chomh tapa le 100 ciliméadar san uair nó an Spinosauras a raibh cnámha droma aige a d’fhás chomh fada le dhá mhéadar ar fad.…

Discovering Architecture

Perhaps it is the lasting popularity of books such as Iggy Peck, Architect, but architecture seems to be cropping up more often as a topic for children’s books lately. The worthy subject is certainly made appealing in this beautifully crafted book. From the endpapers that resemble blue-prints to the plans for buildings on Mars, this…

DIY Circus Lab for Kids

DIY Circus Lab for Kids gives families everything they need to produce their own circus! Aiming to foster fun, fitness and a life-long friendship with the circus arts, author Jackie Leigh Davis invites you into the international youth circus community, and then dives into the main circus skill families: spinning, juggling, balance, acrobatics, and clowning,…

Does It Fart?

Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti have just launched the child-friendly version of their original New York Times bestselling book, Does it Fart? While the original explores the topic in depth (eew!), this version is extremely suited for families and children. Does it Fart? Find Out Which Animals Parp, Toot And Bottom-Burp! gives a brief explanation on how…

Dogs in Space: The Amazing True Story of Belka and Strelka

Dogs in Space introduces children to the amazing story of Belka and Strelka, the world-famous Soviet space dogs. Belka and Strelka were strays living on the streets, before they were rescued and taken to Moscow’s Space Centre. Because of their clever, calm, brave and obedient behaviour, they were selected to be canine cosmonauts. After intensive…

Doodle Town

When I was a kid I did not doodle just to doodle. I always needed a project. I later tried to study fine art but my lecturers politely suggested I might be more suited for illustration. Art as a project. Art with a purpose. Which probably explains my later career as a graphic designer. Give…

Éalú ón Zú agus Drámaí Eile

Éiríonn go sármhaith le hÁine Ní Ghlinn samhlaíocht an léitheora a mhúscailt sa chnuasach seo de thrí dhráma nua-aimseartha véarsaíochta, ina sníomhtar le chéile téamaí uilíocha ar nós saoirse agus grá. Pléitear saol an teaghlaigh sa dráma Cúitsí Cúitsí Cú ina bhfeicimid Úna óg mar fheighlí don chéad uair. Insíonn na hainmhithe sa dráma Éalú…

Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

There is so much to recommend in this account of how a beekeeper and a former yak herder became the first people to stand on the roof of the world. It is of course an excellent read for any child with a sense of adventure. But it is about much more than the race to…

Explore!

This is a solid, well researched, differentiated information book. The explorers (24 in all, 3 female) are grouped according to their spheres of exploration: polar, ocean, land, desert, sky and new frontiers (outer space and underwater).They range chronologically from Marco Polo to Ranulph Fiennes. Each explorer is carefully introduced with a snappy summary of their…

Explorer: Plants!

Agent Osprey has been assigned a mission: every tree and flower that she can see must be studied, logged, and reported on! Thankfully her findings are vividly captured in this densely detailed treatment of all things botanical, thus providing a rich resource for young readers who are keen to understand the natural world more deeply.…

Exploring History Series

These books, from a new ‘Exploring History’ series, chart the history of a variety of countries and continents before and after the arrival of Europeans. Each book is written by an author associated with the country in question and this has broadened the viewpoint presented in each. In India, the author appeals directly to the…

Exploring Space: From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond

Endeavouring to give the reader a broad overview of the history of space exploration, Jenkins begins with the pioneers of early astronomy, moves on to the history of the telescope, the development of rockets and the ensuing Space Race and takes a look at the Golden Age of Space Travel and the historic feat of…

Facts!

Following the success of Tracey Turner’s previous releases (How to Make a Human out of Soup, How Can a Pigeon Be a War Hero?, to name but a few), she has produced yet another wonderfully fascinating book of facts. This time, there is one for every day of the year! From astronomy to zoology, ancient…

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World

This book is empowering and adorable. The appropriately named Pankhurst (who is, actually, a descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst) takes us through simple biographies of exceptional women, both known and relatively unknown, and celebrates their achievements in arts, science, activism, altruism, espionage and feminism. Jane Austen, Gertrude Ederle, Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie, Mary Anning,…

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies)

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies is a collection of feminist essays detailing the experiences of a number of well-known women with feminism. The book contains five distinct sections – epiphany, anger, joy, action and education – as well as a meaningful poetry break. I believe this book achieves something incredible. We learn about…

Finding Winnie: The Story of the Real Bear who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Veterinarian Harry Coleman was on his way to tend horses in World War 1 when he rescued a bear cub, who had lost its mother somewhere in the fields of Canada. He named her Winnie and decided to take her along with him. They developed a remarkable friendship. Harry taught her to stand up straight,…

Finger Print (Monsters and Dragons and 100 Other Adventurous Creatures)

Finger Print is a comprehensive guide on how to make a variety of creatures and monsters through fingerprints. The instructions are clear and there are very readable graphics showing the lines, squiggles or dots needed to complete each character. And these simple lines really transform the fingerprints into an amazingly expressive array of animals and…

Forest School Adventure: Outdoors Skills and Play for Children

Any text which gets children into the natural environment and away from merely indoor pursuits is to be welcomed. Forest School Adventure is one such book, demonstrating just how much fulfilment awaits those who venture outdoors and engage with their world. Part manual for parents, part guidebook for kids, the basic premise behind the book…

Girls Who Changed The World

From the author of Girls Who Rocked the World comes another volume of inspirational narratives for girls. Its overall message is that anything is possible. As she says on the cover: ‘Going after your dream doesn’t have to wait – be empowered by these incredible women and start changing the world now.’ The author has…

Her Right Foot

The Statue of Liberty is an American icon; we all recognise her torch, crown and book. But have you ever noticed her foot, particularly her right foot? This is a clever, funny and interesting take on how the Statue of Liberty was first designed and built in France, and then how she came to arrive…

Historopedia

After the outstanding success of their first collaboration, Irelandopedia, the talented father-and-daughter team, Fatti and John Burke are back with another gorgeous hardback. Historopedia charts 10,000 years of the story of Ireland. Beginning with the Middle Stone Age and moving right through to the Sixties, this is an impressive piece of time-travel through years of…

History Year by Year

If you think History is boring, be prepared to think again! Beginning with the dawn of the human race, these writers have compiled a fascinating volume tracing the history of mankind and its wide array of achievements. Incorporating physical, cultural, social, political, military and religious history, this book explains every major event that has helped…

Holes

The subject of holes may seem like a strange and dull choice for a children’s book. However, Holes is a beautiful and compelling book, which is a joy to explore. The author investigates what makes a hole a hole and attempts to show us how holes shape our world. He does so in a way…

How Did I Get Here?

The title is a question that is asked by many a curious child, and Philip Bunting has bravely accepted the challenge to explain the incredible journey of life. Described as the ‘unauthorised biography of you’, How Did I Get Here? charts the journey from the Big Bang to the birth of the young reader. Bunting…

How Long Is A Whale?

How Long Is A Whale? is a unique counting book, which starts with the length of ten sea otters and uses them as a comparison for groups of other aquatic animals, counting down to one humpback whale. The author, Alison Limentani, then cleverly uses the humpback whale as a measure for other, larger sea animals.…

How Many Legs? A Counting Book

How Many Legs? is a quirky, retro-style, colourful counting book. Beautifully presented with stitch binding, thick paper and a sturdy cover, this mini-hardback is perfect for little hands! Spitzer uses a limited palette of yellow, red, turquoise, brown and green to great effect. The vivid, dream-like images of unicorns, mermaids, monsters and gnomes, to name…

How to be a Blogger and Vlogger in 10 Easy Lessons

The positive, practical and skills based approach used by Shane Birley in this book ensures that young readers looking for a simple introduction and ‘how to’ guide to getting started as a blogger or vlogger will quickly find themselves confident enough have a go. The text nicely complemented by a mix of illustration, graphics and…

How to be a Space Explorer

Lonely Planet’s travel guidebooks are now nearly ubiquitous on the backpacker trail. This example of their venture into children’s publishing is an impressive piece of work. Handsomely produced and illustrated, the book takes the reader along a training programme to become a space explorer (a term presumably preferred to ‘astronaut’ because it lacks the American-centric…

How to Make a Human Out of Soup

Do you know how human beings evolved? I thought I had an adequate knowledge of where I came from until I picked up Tracey Turner’s How to Make a Human out of Soup: The Story of Evolution. Condensing four billion years of life on Earth into one slim paperback and making it accessible to young…

Hummingbird

Ornithology and anthropology, the wonders of biology and the beauty of story, meet in this gorgeously presented narrative about the hummingbird. Their incredible migration north and the joy they bring to the lives of people in Latin America, at sea in the Pacific, and those living in New York City provide the backdrop for understanding…

I (Don’t) Like Snakes

Zoologist and subject expert Nicola Davies’ success with Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes in the picturebook category of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Excellence in Science prize is proven to be richly deserved. This book in the same Nature Storybook series looks a strong candidate for shortlisting next year.    As…

I am NOT a Dinosaur!

‘I may look like a dino that lives in the sea, but that wouldn’t be fair to my family tree. I swim with flippers – oh yes, I’ve got four! But – I am not a dinosaur!’ This rhyme is spoken by the prehistoric reptile, the Plesiosaur, one of eleven prehistoric creatures in this book…


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