Non-fiction and fact books your child will love (ages 4-8)

The Great Big Body Book

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

  • Meet the Weather

    Author: Caryl Hart Illustrator: Bethan Woollvin

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Meet the Weather

    Author: Caryl Hart Illustrator: Bethan Woollvin

    Interest level: 4-5

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    An energetic, fun introduction to different types of weather, using rhyme and vibrant, bright illustrations.


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  • Animal Atlas

    Author: Ingela P Arrhenius

    Interest level: 2-3

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  • Animal Atlas

    Author: Ingela P Arrhenius

    Interest level: 2-3

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    This attractive, large-format board book, featuring pop-ups and flaps to lift, introduces young children to a range of animals fro…

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  • Return to Factopia

    Author: Kate Hale Illustrator: Andy Smith

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Return to Factopia

    Author: Kate Hale Illustrator: Andy Smith

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 6+

    Wow your friends and family with 400 more jaw-dropping facts in this jam-packed followup to Factopia.

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  • How to Chat Chicken

    Author: Dr Nick Crumpton Illustrator: Adrienne Barman

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • How to Chat Chicken

    Author: Dr Nick Crumpton Illustrator: Adrienne Barman

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 7+

    This fun, colourfully illustrated non-fiction book explores the ways in which different creatures communicate with one another. It…

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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+

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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: 4-7

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Under Earth, Under Water

    Author: Aleksandra and David Mizielinski

    Interest level: 4-7

    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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