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

Alastair Humphreys’ Great Adventurers

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

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  • Frida Kahlo

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

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  • Frida Kahlo

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

    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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  • Can I Eat That?

    Author: Joshua David Stein Illustrator: Julia Rothman

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  • Can I Eat That?

    Author: Joshua David Stein Illustrator: Julia Rothman

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

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  • Space Kids

    Author: Steve Parker Illustrator: Andrea De Santis

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  • Space Kids

    Author: Steve Parker Illustrator: Andrea De Santis

    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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  • Grandad Mandela

    Author: Zazi Ziwelene & Zindzi Mandela Illustrator: Sean Qualls

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  • Grandad Mandela

    Author: Zazi Ziwelene & Zindzi Mandela Illustrator: Sean Qualls

    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

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  • The Book of Clouds

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

    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

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  • The Book of Bees

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

    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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  • Dogs in Space

    Author: Vix Southgate Illustrator: Iris Deppe

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  • Dogs in Space

    Author: Vix Southgate Illustrator: Iris Deppe

    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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