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

Impossible Inventions

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.

See our list for younger children

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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 Awesome

    Author: Matthew Syed Illustrator: Toby Triumph

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • You Are Awesome

    Author: Matthew Syed Illustrator: Toby Triumph

    Interest level: 10+

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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