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Nature non-fiction (younger children)

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Non-fiction books area not only a great way to introduce younger children to learning about the natural world, but also to introduce concepts such as global warming and looking after the environment.

From flora- and fauna-themed early learning books to detailed studies of species and habitats, these non-fiction nature books are perfect for any young inquisitive minds.

See our list for older children

  • Creature Features

    Author: Natasha Durley

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Creature Features

    Author: Natasha Durley

    Interest level: 4-5

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    This large format book about nature features tough card pages full of brightly illustrated animals, organised by their special fea…

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  • The Coral Kingdom

    Author: Laura Knowles and Jennie Webber

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • The Coral Kingdom

    Author: Laura Knowles and Jennie Webber

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    The great beauty and diversity of the coral reef is explored in this stunningly beautiful picture book, which is a true work of ar…

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  • A First Book of Nature

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Mark Hearld

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • A First Book of Nature

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Mark Hearld

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 6+

    Hearld's nostalgic illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to this lovely chronicle of a child's first experiences of nature

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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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  • The Lost Book of Adventure

    Author: Unknown Adventurer and Teddy Keen

    Interest level: 6-12

    Reading age: 7-12

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  • The Lost Book of Adventure

    Author: Unknown Adventurer and Teddy Keen

    Interest level: 6-12

    Reading age: 7-12

    On a recent expedition to the Amazon, outdoor enthusiast Teddy Keen stumbled across a sealed metal container. Inside the box were …

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  • Animals are Delicious

    Author: Sarah Hutt Illustrator: Dave Ladd and Stephanie Anderson

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Animals are Delicious

    Author: Sarah Hutt Illustrator: Dave Ladd and Stephanie Anderson

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

    This box set of attractive concertina-style board books explores food chains in three different environments: the sky, the forest …

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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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  • Cool Nature

    Author: Amy-Jane Beer

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Cool Nature

    Author: Amy-Jane Beer

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 9+

    This captivating reference guide to the natural world contains just the right amount of material to inform and educate, but not ov…

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  • The Variety of Life

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Lorna Scobie

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 3-6

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  • The Variety of Life

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Lorna Scobie

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 3-6

    Did you know there are 400,000 species of beetle but only eight species of bear? Jam-packed with fun facts and figures, this is a …

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  • The Earth Book

    Author: Jonathan Litton Illustrator: Thomas Hegbrook

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • 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…

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  • Why Do We Need Bees?

    Author: Katie Daynes Illustrator: Christine Pym

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Why Do We Need Bees?

    Author: Katie Daynes Illustrator: Christine Pym

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 7+

    A robust and attractive lift-the-flap book answering all the questions youngsters might have about bees: where they come from, how…

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  • Ice Bear

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Gary Blythe

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Ice Bear

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Gary Blythe

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 6+

    Facts about polar bears are woven alongside the lyrical text in this sumptuously illustrated picture book.

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  • It Starts with a Seed

    Author: Laura Knowles Illustrator: Jennie Webber

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • It Starts with a Seed

    Author: Laura Knowles Illustrator: Jennie Webber

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 5+

    A seed becomes a sapling, then a young tree, until, after many years, it grows into a large tree with roots and branches filling t…

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  • A First Book of Animals

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Petr Horacek

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • A First Book of Animals

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Petr Horacek

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 6+

    A wide range of animals are depicted and celebrated in this lovely, colourful hardback - from polar bears to flamingos, fireflies …

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  • Insect Detective

    Author: Steve Voake Illustrator: Charlotte Voake

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Insect Detective

    Author: Steve Voake Illustrator: Charlotte Voake

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 6+

    A range of insects are introduced – wasps, solitary bees, ants, dragonflies – and their behaviour described.

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  • Alphamals A-Z

    Author: Graham Carter

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Alphamals A-Z

    Author: Graham Carter

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

    From A for Armadillo to N for Newt and X for X-ray Tetra (it's a fish), Alphamals combines alphabet book with poetry and sophistic…

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