The Mini Reviewers are now 1, 3 and 5 years old. Over the past year there have been some incredible non-fiction releases aimed specifically at the younger end of the children's market. Here are five non-fiction books that we feel really stand out from the crowd...
Town and Country: A TurnAround Book by Craig Shuttleworth is an award winning book that was first published by Ivy Kids earlier this year. Aimed at children aged three years and up, it is a highly engaging book to be poured over and explored together. The fun "TurnAround" concept makes it easy to compare the similarities and differences between the Town and the Country. Open the book one way to look at the Town scene and then turn the book around to discover the Country scene. There is a list of things to spot in a panel along the side of each page. Mini Reviewer, Theo, 3, is a big fan of this book and enjoys the novelty of turning the book around to discover a new scene to explore. It has prompted lots of discussions about our own surroundings and we can see why it won the Platinum Award (first place) in the Best Books for Children (5+) category at this year's Junior Design Awards.
Up & Down is the fourth title in the A Walk in the Countryside board book series illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw. Published by Nosy Crow in association with the National Trust, this early learning series turns to nature and the seasons to introduce some important concepts to little ones. In this delightful book the little explorers go on a Winter walk and learn all about opposites including inside/outside, up/down and warm/cold. We were already familiar with this series when we received this book and we had previously included 123 in our Brilliant Books for 2 Year Olds round up. Up & Down is available from 7th September 2017 and is a perfect addition to the series, which already includes 123, ABC and Colours.
Buy here: Up & Down, Rosalind Beardshaw, Nosy Crow
At The Garage: A Shine-A-Light Book is part of the amazing Shine-A-Light series of books published by Ivy Kids. When we first discovered these books we were blown away by the originality of the concept and just how effective it is. By shining a torch (an iphone torch works really well) behind each page, you reveal that there are even more things to see in the pictures. Unfortunately our photos below don't really do the books justice! Published in July 2017 At The Garage is one of the latest additions to the series and one of our favourites. This book features lots of different types of vehicles and is a great introduction to the role of a hardworking mechanic. I was pleased to see a female mechanic in the book too. Mini Reviewer, Theo, has always had a wheel obsession and after we read this book he played garages for two days solid!
Mummy! is a really fun and unusual lift-the-flap board book illustrated by Lerryn Korda and published by Nosy Crow in association with The British Museum. We have previously reviewed some of the other board books in this range, you can read more about them here. Not only does this book have flaps to lift but there are hieroglyphs too! The younger Mini Reviewers, Poppy (1) and Theo (3), enjoyed helping the little Egyptian girl find her mummy. Along the way we discovered lots of different mummies too, a mummy frog, a mummy crocodile, a mummy donkey and even a mummified mummy! There are so many things to spot and talk about and with the inclusion of hieroglyphs and artefacts from Ancient Egypt this book is suitable for slightly older children too.
Buy here: Mummy! Lerryn Korda, Nosy Crow
Whose Eyes Are These? is written and illustrated by Parisian based duo, Virginie Gobert-Martin and Madeline Peirsman. Recently published by Tate, this colourful picture book is a great way to introduce little readers to nine of nature's more unusual creatures including Jessica the Jellyfish, Lenny the Lemur and Humphrey the Hummingbird. First the reader is asked to guess "Whose eyes are these?" before turning the page to discover a little about the creature in question. Then finally the reader can spot each creature in turn as they hide within highly decorative drawings of their natural environments. This incredibly engaging book is a visual delight and the glossary at the end of the book is packed full of interesting facts.
*We received copies of these books for review purposes, however, all opinions are our own. This post contains affiliate links.