Informational Books to Explore and Learn


Disclosure: I was sent copies of these books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I'm still sharing books that are great gifts for kids!! Today I saved three nonfiction books that kids can explore and learn from. The ages for these books start with 6+. The first book is See Inside Space by Katie Daynes and illustrated by Peter Allen. It is the one recommended for ages 6+ and is book with flaps to open up and discover more! It is part of the See Inside Series

From the Publisher:

A flap book of astronomical proportions, packed with facts and information about the stars, planets and galaxies. Fabulous fold-outs reveal our solar system, and the universe and there's a little book of star maps tucked in on the last page. Explore how scientists made their amazing space discoveries and the latest space travel technology. Includes internet links to websites with the latest space information, games and photos.

From Me:

This book is full of fun. It has pages that fold out like the sample one above and pages full of flaps to lift and discover more. It starts with the Big Bang and goes into what space is and how it was made as well as how we know. Then it goes into details about the Milky Way as well as our solar system and then space travel and stargazing. It ends with the Usborne Maps of the Stars in a pocket on the last page. 

As you can see from the sample pages the book is full of information to learn all about space. The flaps lift up with more facts having to do with what is on the front. The illustrations are fun and colorful and a bit cartoonish. The words are written for the understanding of younger kids. This book is perfect for the child who loves space, loves learning or for a classroom to supplement a unit on space.

Our next book is What About: Digital Tech by Romain Gallissot and Baptiste Massa and illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre. This book is recommended for ages 7+. It is a question-and-answer format. It is part of the What About series from Twirl. 

From the Publisher:

A kid-friendly introduction to the digital world: Who invented the Internet? What is virtual reality? How does 3-D printing work? Curious kids want to know, and they will get the answers to these questions and many more in this illustrated Q&A book. Questions about digital tech are answered in a fun, kid-friendly way and accompanied by quirky cartoon illustrations that will entertain readers and help them remember important facts
• 72 pages of real-life questions and answers for kids ages 7 and up
• Fun illustrations that engage readers
• Content reviewed by experts

Fans of What About: Digital Tech will also enjoy other books in the series: Philosophy, The Universe, and Science.
• Great family and classroom read-aloud book.
• Nonfiction books for kids
• Educational books for elementary school students

From Me:

This book covers just about everything you can think about in the topic of digital tech. It starts with the first computer and keeps going. It explains topics like the internet and what it really is as well as Google and fake news. Throughout the book there are also warnings to make sure kids are being safe online. The book talks about hackers as well as some of the dangers of the internet and trusting people on the other side that could be lying. 

The book goes through history as well as what things are. There are blurbs about various people like Ada Lovelace and Katherine Johnson as well as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. It also has a blurb about binary numbers. It goes into robots and gaming and so much more! It is packed full and perfect for the child who loves technology and for family's wanting to introduce technology to a child and make sure he or she understands the required safety--perhaps before getting a smart phone. It is also a great resource for a classroom!!

Our third book is 100 Things to Know About the Unknown by Alex Frith, Alice James, Jerome Martin, Lan Cook, Tom Mumbray, and Micaela Tapsell and illustrated by Federico Mariani, Shaw Nielsen, Dominique Byron, and Geraldine Sy. It is recommended for ages 8+ and is part of the 100 Things to Know About series. 

From the Publisher:

What is dark matter? How fast could a T. rex run? How did Mary Queen of Scots keep her dying wishes secret from her enemies?

Scientists and historians have discovered a lot about our past, our future and how the world works, but SO MUCH remains unknown. This exciting information book filled with 100 fascinating and mind-blowing facts explores the edges of human knowledge and the vast world of science just waiting to be uncovered.

With eleven books to explore in this best-selling and award-winning series, there are over 1,100 facts to discover. Packed with bold, graphic illustrations and clear text, the series is perfect for dipping in and out of, and for sharing with family and friends.

From Me:

This book is so interesting. It is full of facts about topics that are not completely known. It covers topics the reader most likely doesn't even know about for example the sample page above shares a snail that has had over 113 names, and someone finally realized they are all the same species! Each topic is given the information that is known but there still is quite a bit of unknown about each as well. 

This book is perfect for the curious child who loves to learn fun facts. It has many great topics for conversations as well as just to learn. Some of the information shared is theories from scientists and more. The topics range from space to animals and so much more! There is a topic for everyone. I imagine this book might be fun for the reluctant reader as each page is a topic and can be read separately so it is not as overwhelming. It also would be a fun book to share a topic with a class and discuss what is known and unknown to start a class. 

So I hope you check out these three books and consider adding them to your holiday gifts for the kids in your life! Happy reading and gifting!