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Guinness World Records, Ripley's Believe It or Not and Weird But True among the fact books recommended for Christmas by Bishop's Stortford College librarian Lizzie Hall




Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian Lizzie Hall writes about the magic of storytelling...

Dear Reader. Children are always curious about their surroundings and they keep trying to figure out how things work.

Why? When? What? Who? How? It's their curiosity that helps them explore and learn new things.

Books jammed full of facts can help them with their learning journey and make great Christmas presents!

Here are some fascinating fact books to read this week...

Younger kids

My First Encyclopedia by Kingfisher Encyclopedias

With more than 100 popular topics arranged alphabetically, and illustrated throughout with full-colour photographs and illustrations, My First Encyclopedia is the perfect reference for children who are just learning to look up information for the first time.

Information is presented in age-appropriate text with vocabulary pitched for young readers.

Cross-reference boxes link related entries, and children will enjoy using them to find their favourite topics throughout the book.

My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things by DK

Finally, the world is at your little learner's fingertips in storybook format with exciting graphic novel elements. Introduce children, aged four to seven, to the foundations of what makes the world turn during story time with this range of encyclopedias.

The world is so much bigger than young minds can fathom and there is always more to learn. My Encylopedia of Very Important Things is a mind-boggling collection of everything interesting to get you on your way to knowing it all.

Explore our world and its place in the galaxy – from animals and people, to planets and, very importantly, about yourself!

Find out about our history – cavemen, the first explorers, ancient Egyptians and even dinosaurs.

There's so much crammed into one place and it's all put into colourful and engaging ways suitable for young, inquisitive minds.

My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things by DK (43086077)
My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things by DK (43086077)

My First Encyclopedia by Usborne

A great introduction for young children to ever-popular topics, with charming pictures and simple text perfect for reading and talking about with young children.

Topics covered include Our World, Space, Science, My Body, Animals, Dinosaurs and Long Ago.

My First Encyclopedia of Animals by Kingfisher First Reference

Covering all the main animal groups, and with an introductory chapter on habitats, migration and conservation, My First Encyclopedia of Animals is the perfect reference for children who are just learning to look up information for the first time.

It includes in-depth descriptions of over 125 animal species and is illustrated throughout with more than 1,500 full-colour photographs and illustrations.

My First Encyclopedia of Animals by Kingfisher First Reference (43086068)
My First Encyclopedia of Animals by Kingfisher First Reference (43086068)

Older kids

Britannica All New Children's Encyclopedia: What We Know & What We Don't by Christopher Lloyd

Earth? Space? Animals? History? STEM? Britannica All New Children's Encyclopedia has them all.

This beautifully-illustrated, 416-page compendium of knowledge is a must-have addition to every family bookshelf and library collection!

Unlike old encyclopedias that are structured from A to Z, this encyclopedia takes you on a journey from the beginning of time to the present day and even into the future! It explores a wide range of topics and is divided into eight chapters by subject: Universe, Earth, Matter, Life, Humans, Ancient & Medieval Times, Modern Times and Today & Tomorrow.

This book of amazing facts you can trust will provide hundreds of hours of fun learning for curious children and their families.

Britannica All New Children's Encyclopedia: What We Know & What We Don't by Christopher Lloyd (43086095)
Britannica All New Children's Encyclopedia: What We Know & What We Don't by Christopher Lloyd (43086095)

Guinness World Records 2021 by Guinness World Records

All aboard Guinness World Records 2021 for a life-changing journey of discovery! This year there's a chapter devoted to the history of exploration, starting with the story of the very first circumnavigation, along with a History of Adventure timeline, featuring a host of remarkable achievements.

The fully-revised and updated best-seller is packed with thousands of incredible new feats across the widest spectrum of topics, providing a whistle-stop tour of our superlative universe.

An ever-expanding pool of international consultants and experts help to make sense of the world around us and the cosmos beyond.

They've also selected the best newly-approved claims from the 50,000 applications received from the public over the past 12 months. But don't just be a tourist – do some try-at-home challenges that could see YOU listed in the world-famous book of records.

If you want to be one of those lucky few, check out the Against the Clock chapter – you might be in next year's edition!

Guinness World Records 2021 by Guinness World Records(43086081)
Guinness World Records 2021 by Guinness World Records(43086081)

Weird But True! 2021 by National Geographic Kids

This bulging compendium is loaded with all-new jaw-dropping, eye-popping, brain-bending facts and bright, bold photography!

It pairs the planet's weirdest facts with the coolest and strangest true stories.

Covering magical minerals and venomous jellyfish to the most peculiar place names and superhuman swimmers, readers can explore the world of animals, geography, science, human achievement and lots more.

Whether it's magnificent mandibles, hedgehog cafés, glowing clouds or record-breaking food, this children's annual is sure to entertain!

Weird But True! 2021 by National Geographic Kids (43086100)
Weird But True! 2021 by National Geographic Kids (43086100)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Mind Blown! 2021 by Ripley

This book is sure to amaze and astound children and adults alike with thousands of strange stories, unusual feats and hair-raising oddities from around the world.

Discover how one woman can crush apples with her biceps. Read about the spider that lives underwater.

Meet the pizza delivery person who travelled 225 miles to deliver two pizzas. Visit the island made entirely out of conch shells.

And marvel at the Australian railway track that's steeper than a ski jump.

Ripley's is now a well and truly established part of Christmas. This year's all-new edition is the best yet, bursting with superb, eye-popping photographs, strange and fascinating stories and extraordinary facts.

Prepare to be entertained, amazed and informed. It's a must-have for every curious mind.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Mind Blown! 2021 by Ripley(43086084)
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Mind Blown! 2021 by Ripley(43086084)


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