Print page

Nature non-fiction booklist (older children)

Mad About Monkeys

Non-fiction books about nature are great for older children, from engaging reluctant readers to inspiring budding environmentalists.

Full of factoids, true stories and stirring journeys, these books are sure to get any inquisitive young mind hooked.

See our list for younger children

  • Unseen Worlds

    Author: Hélène Rajcak Illustrator: Damien Laverdunt

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    Flip
  • Unseen Worlds

    Author: Hélène Rajcak Illustrator: Damien Laverdunt

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    Meet the microscopic creatures living in your mattress and the miniature mites that are feasting on your skin in this extraordinar…

    ; Flip
  • Hidden Planet

    Author: Ben Rothery

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    Flip
  • Hidden Planet

    Author: Ben Rothery

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    A self-confessed wildlife obsessive, Rothery’s book isn’t just a collection of his gorgeous illustration but rather a study of the…

    ; Flip
  • A Year of Nature Poems

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Kelly Louise Judd

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 8+

    Flip
  • A Year of Nature Poems

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Kelly Louise Judd

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 8+

    This beautifully illustrated portrait of one year in nature is put together by poet Joseph Coelho, with each month assigned a rele…

    ; Flip
  • The Book of Bees

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

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7-9

    Flip
  • 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…

    ; Flip
  • The Curiositree

    Author: Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley Illustrator: Owen Davey

    Interest level: 10-16

    Reading age: 10+

    Flip
  • The Curiositree

    Author: Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley Illustrator: Owen Davey

    Interest level: 10-16

    Reading age: 10+

    Natural World is an extremely beautiful reference book that explores the way that habitats, plants and animals are connected, and …

    ; Flip
  • The Earth Book

    Author: Jonathan Litton Illustrator: Thomas Hegbrook

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 9+

    Flip
  • The Earth Book

    Author: Jonathan Litton Illustrator: Thomas Hegbrook

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 9+

    Learn about the inner workings of our earth, including earthquakes, volcanoes, thunderstorms and tsunamis; animal life on earth; t…

    ; Flip
  • Mad About Monkeys

    Author: Owen Davey

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 7

    Flip
  • Mad About Monkeys

    Author: Owen Davey

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 7

    Proving just how stylish and attractive illustrated children's non-fiction can be, this informative book is sure to leave readers …

    ; Flip
  • What's the Difference?

    Author: Emma Strack Illustrator: Guillaume Plantevin

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Flip
  • What's the Difference?

    Author: Emma Strack Illustrator: Guillaume Plantevin

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Ever wondered what makes a mandarin different from a clementine? A nectarine from a peach? A tornado from a cyclone? Then this is …

    ; Flip
  • Illuminature

    Author: Rachel Williams Illustarted by Carnovsky

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    Flip
  • Illuminature

    Author: Rachel Williams Illustarted by Carnovsky

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    Ten of the world's most fascinating and unusual natural habitats are explored here, from The Simpson Desert in Australia to the We…

    ; Flip
  • My Book of Birds

    Author: Geraldo Valerio

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 7+

    Flip
  • My Book of Birds

    Author: Geraldo Valerio

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 7+

    A gorgeous palette of colours and some clever design makes each page a joy. A great gift for any bird or design enthusiast.

    ; Flip
  • Smart About Sharks

    Author: Owen Davey

    Interest level: 4-12

    Reading age: 7+

    Flip
  • Smart About Sharks

    Author: Owen Davey

    Interest level: 4-12

    Reading age: 7+

    Presenting an ever-popular topic, this fantastic, high quality illustrated book is fascinating and attractive.

    ; Flip
  • The Street Beneath My Feet

    Author: Charlotte Guillian and Yuval Zommer

    Interest level: 6-9

    Reading age: 6-10

    Flip
  • The Street Beneath My Feet

    Author: Charlotte Guillian and Yuval Zommer

    Interest level: 6-9

    Reading age: 6-10

    Young readers will enjoy taking an underground journey through the layers of the earth in this attractively illustrated, artistic …

    ; Flip
  • Everest

    Author: Sangma Francis & Lisk Feng

    Interest level: 7-10

    Reading age: 8+

    Flip
  • Everest

    Author: Sangma Francis & Lisk Feng

    Interest level: 7-10

    Reading age: 8+

    Children will love this beautiful and fascinating introduction to Everest, and it’s a particularly useful resource for primary sch…

    ; Flip
  • The Ways of the Wolf

    Author: Smriti Prasadam-Halls Illustrator: Jonathan Woodward

    Interest level: 7-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Flip
  • The Ways of the Wolf

    Author: Smriti Prasadam-Halls Illustrator: Jonathan Woodward

    Interest level: 7-11

    Reading age: 8+

    A big, stunning hardback that pays tribute to a misunderstood animal: the wolf. There's a nice middle-ground, conservational …

    ; Flip
  • Deadly Diaries

    Author: Steve Backshall

    Flip
  • Deadly Diaries

    Author: Steve Backshall

    Interest level:

    Reading age:

    In his first ever Deadly Diaries Steve Backshall shares what it means to him to film the world's top predators. Learn how it feels…

    ; Flip
  • Destination: Planet Earth

    Author: Jo Nelson Illustrator: Tom Clohosy Cole

    Interest level: 10-13

    Reading age: 10-13

    Flip
  • Destination: Planet Earth

    Author: Jo Nelson Illustrator: Tom Clohosy Cole

    Interest level: 10-13

    Reading age: 10-13

    This beautifully illustrated introduction to physical geography takes the reader on an adventurous journey around Planet Earth.&nb…

    ; Flip
  • 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+

    Flip
  • 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…

    ; Flip