More Than Just a Homework Helper

Something wonderful has been happening to book design over the past few years; we’re not only seeing beautiful book jackets that rival Folio Society but the entire concept of the book is being re-imagined. Take these Classics Unfolded illustrated by Yelena Bryksenkova or Nobrow’s Leporello range. These beautiful expanding books are the perfect combination of design, illustration and literature.

I believe this trend in beautiful book making is a reaction to the ever increasing use of e-readers; publishers are creating titles with a more tangible appeal that is just impossible to be appreciated onscreen. There are myriad titles I could write about but today I will specifically focus on non-fiction, because homework deserves to made more exciting by something truly beautiful and special.

The World

Atlas of Adventures by Lucy Letherland

This giant book takes readers on a journey around the globe and celebrates our planet’s cultural diversity.

Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska & Daniel Mizielinski

A great collection of facts and figures from around the world, beautifully presented. See this post from January to learn a little more about this book.

London: A Three-Dimensional Expanding City Guide by Sarah McMenemy

A pop-up, fold out guide to all of London’s hot spots. Also see Paris, New York, Prague and lots more. A great little travel guide for great little people.

Nature

A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies and Mark Hearld

Zoologist Nicola Davies and artist Mark Hearld combine their talents to introduce children to the wonder of nature in this impressive title. Nicola Davies is a font of knowledge when it comes to nature – I met her a children’s event recently, she gave me some excellent advice on keeping leopard geckos.

Animalium by by Jenny Broom & Katie Scott 

Presented as if it were a museum with displays and information cards, Animalium is a stunning exploration of all things great and small.

Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs by Robert James Sabuda & Matthew Reinhart

Not only is this book packed with information about the planet’s earliest reptiles, but it’s also designed by the king of pop-up himself, Robert Sabuda. A brilliant combination, let’s see e-readers try and replicate that!

Nature’s Day by Danielle Kroll & Kay Maguire

A first introduction to nature for 5+ years. Travel through the seasons and discover all that nature has to offer throughout the year.

Science

Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space by Dominic Walliman, Ben Newman

Let Professor Astro Cat show you the wonders of the universe in this fantastic hardback.

Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes by Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton

The second appearance of Nicola Davies on this list, but for good reason. In this book Nicola talks about the deadliest living organism on the planet (I’ll give you a clue, it’s TINY), and how important microbes are to life on Earth. She makes this very complex subject simple and easy to read.

Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman

This doesn’t just talk about anatomy of the body, but also anatomy of the solar system, our planet, our rocks and minerals. Julia Rothmans combines beautiful illustration with easy to understand information that will help any child understand geography, biology, physics and chemistry.

History

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Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill

Told through graphs, statistics, illustration and writing, Shackleton’s Journey takes children on a visual adventure across the Antarctic.

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Egyptology by Emily Sand et al.

This is a really fun way to explore the Ancient Egyptians. Containing a treasure chest of novelties such as hieroglyphs, cloth from a mummy, a board game, and loads of information and facts.

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