Non-fiction and fact books your child will love (older children aged 9-12)

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Getting older children to love reading isn't necessarily about fiction and fairy tales.

There are loads of brilliant non-fiction books that can teach your child about the world, as well as being entertaining, funny and gorgeous to look at. Sometimes non-fiction is also a fantastic way to tempt a reluctant reader into sitting down with a book.

Here are just a few of our favourites to get them excited to read.

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  • Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor

    Author: Patricia Valdez Illustrator: Felicita Sala

    Interest level: 7-10

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor

    Author: Patricia Valdez Illustrator: Felicita Sala

    Interest level: 7-10

    Reading age: 7+

    This amazing and deeply inspiring story of a largely unknown scientist – and pioneer of the care of Komodo dragons …

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  • Music Legends

    Author: Herve Guilleminot and Jerome Masi

    Interest level: 7-10

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Music Legends

    Author: Herve Guilleminot and Jerome Masi

    Interest level: 7-10

    Reading age: 7+

    An informative, fun and cool guide to 40 of the greatest musical acts of the modern era, perfect for any young fans keen to learn …

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  • You Are History

    Author: Greg Jenner Illustrator: Jenny Taylor

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • You Are History

    Author: Greg Jenner Illustrator: Jenny Taylor

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    A fun and riotous introduction to world history through fifty objects children encounter in everyday life.

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  • You Are Awesome

    Author: Matthew Syed Illustrator: Toby Triumph

    Interest level: 10-16

    Reading age: 9+

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  • You Are Awesome

    Author: Matthew Syed Illustrator: Toby Triumph

    Interest level: 10-16

    Reading age: 9+

    An accessible, funny self-help manual for pre-teens and teenagers, based on Carol Dweck’s growth mindset theory: how to train your…

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  • Good News

    Author: Rashmi Sirdeshpande Illustrator: Adam Hayes

    Interest level: 9-13

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Good News

    Author: Rashmi Sirdeshpande Illustrator: Adam Hayes

    Interest level: 9-13

    Reading age: 9+

    From pandemics to war, world news can sometimes seem rather bleak, leaving many children feeling anxious and despondent. This supe…

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  • The Journey

    Author: Francesca Sanna

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Journey

    Author: Francesca Sanna

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7+

    What is it like to leave everything behind and travel somewhere strange? This incredibly poignant story introduces the concept of …

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  • Migrants

    Author: Eduard Altarriba

    Interest level: 9-11

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  • Migrants

    Author: Eduard Altarriba

    Interest level: 9-11

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    This beautiful and useful picture book is a mine of information on the subject of human migration, which is sadly so topical and w…

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  • Breaking News

    Author: Nick Sheridan Illustrator: David O’Connell

    Interest level: 9-13

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Breaking News

    Author: Nick Sheridan Illustrator: David O’Connell

    Interest level: 9-13

    Reading age: 9+

    A perfect book for a budding news hound or any child who takes an interest in the world, this fun and stimulating read by a real-l…

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  • You Will Be Okay

    Author: Julie Stokes Illustrator: Laurène Boglio

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • You Will Be Okay

    Author: Julie Stokes Illustrator: Laurène Boglio

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    This gentle guide for children experiencing feelings of grief and loss is written by Julie Stokes, a clinical psychologist and fou…

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  • Survivors

    Author: David Long Illustrator: Kerry Hyndman

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Survivors

    Author: David Long Illustrator: Kerry Hyndman

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 7+

    An anthology to inspire and help children understand how far self-belief and guts took adventurers from the past - and to wonder h…

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  • Holes

    Author: Jonathan Litton Illustrator: Thomas Hegbrook

    Interest level: 6-10

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Holes

    Author: Jonathan Litton Illustrator: Thomas Hegbrook

    Interest level: 6-10

    Reading age: 7+

    A fascinating book on holes, from subways to sinkholes, as well as the philosophical concept of a hole and some surprising cultura…

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  • Pirates: Dead Men’s Tales

    Author: Anne Rooney Illustrator: Joe Wilson

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9-12

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  • Pirates: Dead Men’s Tales

    Author: Anne Rooney Illustrator: Joe Wilson

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9-12

    This beautiful hardback reveals the gruesome truth about being a pirate with profiles of buccaneers like Blackbeard, the Barbaross…

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  • Impossible Inventions

    Author: Matgorzata Mycielska Aleksandra Mizielinska & Daniel Mizielinski

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Impossible Inventions

    Author: Matgorzata Mycielska Aleksandra Mizielinska & Daniel Mizielinski

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    In Impossible Inventions, the team behind the bestselling Maps detail a wealth of incredible inventions, from 1st-c…

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  • Plants to the Rescue

    Author: Vikram Baliga Illustrator: Brian Lambert

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Plants to the Rescue

    Author: Vikram Baliga Illustrator: Brian Lambert

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    Plants are amazing, complex organisms. In Plants to the Rescue, Vikram Baliga, a horticulturalist, takes readers through many ways…

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  • Survivors of the Holocaust

    Author: Kath Shackleton Illustrator: Zane Whittingham and Ryan Jones

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9-11

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  • Survivors of the Holocaust

    Author: Kath Shackleton Illustrator: Zane Whittingham and Ryan Jones

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9-11

    Six people tell their stories of living through the Holocaust as children in this compelling and deeply thought-provoking graphic …

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  • My Name is Book

    Author: John Agard Illustrator: Neil Packer

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • My Name is Book

    Author: John Agard Illustrator: Neil Packer

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    If you are intrigued as to how sheep and birds have played important roles in the recording of the written word then this is the d…

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