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.

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Find a comfy chair, see the world

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Live to Eat.”

Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinska 

Take a trip around the globe with this beautiful atlas-cum-encyclopedia. Each page is packed with facts and statistics of different countries. Divided by continent, this book delves inside fifty-two different countries, detailing information such as capital cities, languages, most popular names, animal species, national delicacies, famous people etc. I could go on. Take the UK for example, did you know our most popular names are Olivia and Jack? Or that one of our most common sports is ping pong? Or that in Namibia, they eat the caterpillars of the Gonibrasia Belina Moth?

And did I mention that it’s absolutely blooming beautiful? Even if you’re not looking for homework inspiration, this is a must for any bibliophile’s collection.