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

Mr Shaha’s Recipes for Wonder

Getting 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 your family ready and excited to read.

See our list for older children

  • Frida Kahlo

    Author: Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara Illustrator: Gee Fan Eng Translator: Emma Martinez

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Frida Kahlo

    Author: Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara Illustrator: Gee Fan Eng Translator: Emma Martinez

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

    Frida Kahlo's life story is adapted for younger readers - with bold and colourful illustrations, and an inspiring facts and photos…

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  • Outside: A Guide to Discovering Nature

    Author: Maria Ana Peixe Dias and Ines Teixeira do Rosario Illustrator: Bernardo P Carvalho

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Outside: A Guide to Discovering Nature

    Author: Maria Ana Peixe Dias and Ines Teixeira do Rosario Illustrator: Bernardo P Carvalho

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    Amphibians, birds, rocks, oceans and clouds: they're all explored in this large and stylish hardcover guide to nature for children…

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  • Can I Eat That?

    Author: Joshua David Stein Illustrator: Julia Rothman

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Can I Eat That?

    Author: Joshua David Stein Illustrator: Julia Rothman

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 7+

    A quirky combination of fact and fun, this distinctive picture book about food poses questions that inquisitive children typically…

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  • Under Earth, Under Water

    Author: Aleksandra and David Mizielinski

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Under Earth, Under Water

    Author: Aleksandra and David Mizielinski

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 7+

    This gorgeous large hardback explores what happens under the earth and in our oceans and seas in fantastically colourful and acces…

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  • Space Kids

    Author: Steve Parker Illustrator: Andrea De Santis

    Interest level: 6-10

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Space Kids

    Author: Steve Parker Illustrator: Andrea De Santis

    Interest level: 6-10

    Reading age: 7+

    Including topics such as stars, planets, moons, gravity and even how astronauts are able to eat and sleep, each page of this fasci…

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  • The Great Big Body Book

    Author: Mary Hoffman Illustrator: Ros Asquith

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • The Great Big Body Book

    Author: Mary Hoffman Illustrator: Ros Asquith

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 5+

    How does the human body develop and change in a lifetime? Hoffman and Asquith explore these questions and more in this honest, ent…

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  • Grandad Mandela

    Author: Zazi Ziwelene & Zindzi Mandela Illustrator: Sean Qualls

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Grandad Mandela

    Author: Zazi Ziwelene & Zindzi Mandela Illustrator: Sean Qualls

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

    This insightful and uplifting picture book recounts the life of Nelson Mandela through the eyes of his great-grandchildren, Zazi a…

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  • The Book of Clouds

    Author: Juris Kronbergs Illustrator: Anete Melece Translator: Mara Rozīte and Richard O’Brien

    Interest level: 7-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Book of Clouds

    Author: Juris Kronbergs Illustrator: Anete Melece Translator: Mara Rozīte and Richard O’Brien

    Interest level: 7-11

    Reading age: 8+

    This wonderful book about the magic of clouds is full of surprising and original poems, perfect for upper key stage two children e…

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  • The Book of Bees

    Author: Piotr Socha and Wojciech Grajkowski Translator: Agnes Monod-Gayraud

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7-9

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  • The Book of Bees

    Author: Piotr Socha and Wojciech Grajkowski Translator: Agnes Monod-Gayraud

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7-9

    This glorious book will introduce you to the bee world. It is fantastically illustrated in a cartoonish style that is big, bold an…

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  • Gloria’s Voice

    Author: Aura Lewis

    Interest level: 5-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Gloria’s Voice

    Author: Aura Lewis

    Interest level: 5-7

    Reading age: 5+

    An inspirational picture book biography of an amazing woman: the feminist, journalist and activist Gloria Steinem. Aura Lewis’ dre…

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  • Dogs in Space

    Author: Vix Southgate Illustrator: Iris Deppe

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Dogs in Space

    Author: Vix Southgate Illustrator: Iris Deppe

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    This informative and exciting picture book details the journey of Belka and Strelka (dogs sent into space as part of the Sovi…

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