It never fails to amaze me how engrossed Mr D and Miss E can become in books. Books are that first window into the wider world and there are some real gems that just inspire children so much. I wanted to share my top books to inspire young minds.
The Adventures of Earth by Dan Green and Sean Sims (Egmont) is a superb book. It is a lovely pop up and lift the flap book aimed at around 6 years plus, but there have been some lovely talking points with my children (almost 4 and 2.5) about the earth and the geography of different lands such as volcanoes. There is a lot going on in this book and it is one we will return to a few times I am sure as the children get to grips about the wider world around them. There is a second book in the series, the adventures of water that I’ll be looking out for in the next few months when we return to the water cycle. Mr D is able to tell me about how water travels from the rivers to the seas so I want to extend this for him and Miss E.
Atlas of Adventures by Lucy Letherland (Wide Eyed Editions) is a book I turn to time and time and time again. It is really hard to do this book justice in words alone. It is a work of art as well as an important part of our home library. I’ve lost count of the times I have drawn on this book to demonstrate different things to the children, be it to talk about different continents, festivities or to show that their Grandad was born in Scotland but now lives in England like them. I’ve written about this gem in more detail here and I am desperate to get my hands on the recently published Atlas of Animal Adventures as it promises to be a real gem.
I love the beautiful A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies and Mark Hearld (Walker Books) – the illustrations are gorgeous and it is a book that the children and I look at a lot. It was a gift for Miss E’s birthday earlier in the year and I hope it nurtures a love of, and a respect for, the natural world around us. For a slightly older child then British Wildlife (QED) is excellent too with exquisite detail and images to really illustrate the natural world around us. Every home library should have books that act as a reference to the natural world around us.
We were sent a copy of My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things (Droling Kindersley) recently as this is brilliant. It is jam packed with stacks and stacks of stuff and has proven to be a catalyst for things that children want to learn about. It is aimed at ages 4+ and this is a book that I think will be the starting point for their topics and themes for learning. There are six sections to the book, My planet, places, animals, people, me and other very important things. We have been looking at the pages on the rainforests and this sparked the children’s desire to learn more (we have since been to the library to choose a range of books on the rainforest as well as paint a rainforest). The information is presented really well with just the right level of information to spark the interest of young minds.
The 100 facts about series by Miles Kelly is one I have just discovered. I picked up a copy of the penguins one from the library recently and I’ve got a couple more to share with the children to. These are great for children of all ages as there is stacks of information presented but in a really manageable and engaging way. I’ll be looking to add some of these to our collection at home.
What other books do you think can spark that curiosity and inspire young minds? What else should we be adding to our home library?