I love the beautifully illustrated non fiction picture books which encourage thinking in new ways, offer brilliant discussion points and are colourful and informative.

By Bruno Gilbert
Published by What on Earth Books

Infographics are a brilliant way to show numbers and statistics in an easy to understand format. Every Second is a fascinating and fun look at what is happening around the world every second. From a wedding to 100 lightning bolts to 3,000,000 emails. There is a fun fact for everyone to remember in this book!

Ideal for further discussion, there is much to discover, especially for those environmentally aware people. It shows we still have much to accomplish. Beautifully illustrated, this is a wonderful book to own and browse!

Written by Patrick Skipworth, Illustrated by Nicholas Stevenson
Published by What on Earth Books

“A stunning non fiction picture book about the global diversity hidden in the English language”. Focusing on 12 words widely used in the English language, the author explains the origins of the word, the original language and the adaptation of how it is used today. The illustrator cleverly weaves the old meaning with the new in intricately designed page spreads.

There is much to look at! This is a celebration of the diversity of our own language and a wonderful way to introduce children to the interconnectedness of the world and its people.

Written by Claire Grace and Dr Jessamy Hibberd, Illustrated by Hannah Tolson, Published by Wide Eyed Editions

A magical mix of astronomy and mindfulness. Learning the names of, the shapes of and the myths behind the constellations leads expertly to easy, calming bedtime rituals and routines. Exercises intended to calm the mind, increase deep breathing and to stretch and relax the muscles.

Illustrated in calming tones of blue and soft muted colours, these suit the style and tone of the book. “Close your eyes, burrow beneath your blankets and let your dreams whisk you away on a magical starry adventure”. Summed up perfectly, we will be testing the calming mindfulness exercises while social distancing and dealing with new situations.

Written by Anna McNuff, Illustrated by Clair Rossiter
Published by Walker Books

This book may just be our saving grace. As schools close and social distancing enforced, nature is set to be our school and playground. Using this book, you can find easy to accomplish adventures as well as harder adventures like abseiling to freediving. Now the weather is becoming more spring like and the days are longer, it is time to jump in.

Our first plans are to star gaze, make a scavenger hunt and go bird spotting. With inspiring messages, wonderful illustrations and motivational tips from author Anna McNuff, this is a perfect book! Let’s get our children back to nature so they can “see the world without limits”.

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