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I love books. I don’t think that’s any secret. There are SO many beautiful books for children. We have lots of story books that we love but we also have a lot of lovely books filled with information on a range of different topics. With unschooling/natural learning/child-led learning people sometimes ask ‘how will children know about certain topics if they’re not taught?’. Well, we take them lots of places and provide them with lots of experiences of course! But we also bring a lot of books on different topics into our home and they learn about the world that way too.
I thought I might share with you today some books that my children are currently interested in (you can click on any of the book titles if you want to read more about them).
At bedtime we’ve been making our way through ‘How Animals Live‘ one page at a time. It’s packed full of information about how animals evolved, different species, habitats, migration, and more! It’s written in a way that both my 6 and 4 year old’s can understand while also introducing more complex subjects. They’re learning a lot of new words too!
Every page has pop-ups, flaps to lift, or tabs to pull, which are always a winner.
You may have seen me mention this one before when we were exploring parts of a bean plant. Well, the girls are still loving it. And me too! These books are just so so beautiful. There’s a few in the series and this one is called ‘A Seed is Sleepy‘.
There’s lots of information about seeds, and the illustrations are just stunning. I particularly like how there’s not too much text on one page and we can read the whole thing in one sitting. It’s factual but also reads a bit like a story which the kids like.
With the leaves finally starting to change here, we’re also enjoying this book. It’s called ‘Sky Tree‘ and each page pictures the same tree on a hill showing how things change through the seasons.
I really like the little questions at the bottom of each page to provoke further discussion.
I think almost everyone knows about Graeme Base and the fantastic worlds he creates in his books. This one is called ‘Uno’s Garden‘ and I’m being asked to read it every day at the moment. It’s a story with a beautiful and important lesson behind it about how human’s effect the environment, the negative impact we can have on the earth, and how we can change it and make better choices. Along the way there’s also things to find and count within every page.
And finally, another favourite that we have been reading again lately, ‘Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes‘. Somehow this book is able to explain exactly what microbes are and what they do, to very young children. My girls both find it fascinating and always have lots of questions. This has been a favourite for a long time and sparked many discussions.
Well that’s what’s popular in our house at the moment! I always love finding new inspiring books so tell me, what have you been reading?