All of these books Jeanie (the creator of Hands-On Education) has either purchased or borrowed from the library. She hopes these books are as inspiring to you in your learning / teaching journey as it has been in our household. Use these books to help prompt discussions, discover the motivation for artwork, and generally inspire a young persons life.
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From the creators of the award-winning An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy and A Rock Is Lively comes this gorgeous and informative introduction to the world of butterflies.
This gorgeous and informative book looks at the fascinating world of nests, from those of tiny bee hummingbirds to those of orangutans high in the rainforest canopy.
Poetic in voice and elegant in design, the book introduces children to a fascinating array of seed and plant facts.
This year’s summer holiday will be very different for a young girl and her family without Sascha, the beloved family dog, along for the ride.
This illustrated history book for children takes you on a 12,000-year journey to find out the story of a single street.
Join Anna and Benjamin as they spend the seasons with the great oak tree, and discover the fascinating plants and animals that live around it.
Africa, Amazing Africa is Atinuke's first introduction to the African continent – an exciting starting point for young children aged 4+.
Alfie and his mum and baby sister, Annie Rose, arrive home after shopping. While his mum struggles with the pushchair outside...
You may know Amelia Earhart as one of history's most beloved aviators, but did you know she grew up playing football and studied automobile-engine repair?
An Anthology of Intriguing Animals is a stunning animal encyclopedia for young readers to explore, with reference pages packed with fascinating information and stories.
A beautifully simple introduction to eggs of all kinds; from tiny hummingbird eggs to giant ostrich eggs, from fossilised dinosaur eggs to gooey fish eggs.
A young snail faces many challenges as it tries to grow safely into an adult. All the facts a young child needs to understand the life of this intriguing backyard.
This captivating book offers a detailed insight into the lives of great portrait artists and the people they painted.
Whether you’re travelling long haul with leatherback turtles across the Pacific, snoozing with sea otters or ice bathing with a walrus.
Young explorers can discover the countries, continents, oceans, mountains and ice caps of our amazing planet and learn where different animals and people live.
Exuberantly coloured artwork and favourite animals make this rhythmic story the perfect introduction to looking and learning about colours.
The Billie B Brown series is carefully designed with word art and illustrations – no mountains of text or super-tricky words to intimidate the early reader. It's a great series.
Discover the hidden world of the meadow in this unique combination of poetry riddles and science wisdom. Beginning with the rising sun and ending with twilight.
In this beloved classic, Maurice Sendak blends his signature artwork with rhymes you'll want to read over and over--in every season.
This delightfully illustrated gift book contains more than seventy-five of the best-loved rhymes and songs of childhood, from soothing lullabies to school yard chants.
Children will love reading about the homes of their contemporaries in other countries; from underground homes and floating homes, to eco-homes, and the most unusual homes.
Meet Katherine Johnson, the mathematical genius who helped make the historic Apollo 11 moon landings possible and made sure that the Apollo 13 returned home safely.
One dinosaur, who is digging a very big hole is joined by more and more dinosaur friends as they work on a huge construction project.
A fiery story about friendship and asking for help from award-winning author-illustrator Emma Yarlett. One day Alex finds a dragon living under his stairs.
Join dogs big, little, loud and quiet, in this beautifully illustrated, timeless classic from beloved author P.D. Eastman.
Dr. Seuss’ famous Cat in the Hat takes young readers on a fun-filled tour of the world of mammals.
This title and others form part of a series of books that takes an off-beat look at nature and natural sciences through a fun combination of Seussian rhymes and zany illustrations.
Dr. Seuss’ famous feline plunges young readers from the sunny surface waters to the deepest ocean trenches in search of an amazing array of marine creatures.
Join the Cat in the Hat as he introduces beginning readers to ponds.
Each Peach Pear Plum is a timeless picture book classic from the bestselling illustrator/author team Janet and Allan Ahlberg, creators of Peepo!
Elmer is different. Elmer is patchwork. The grey elephants all love him, but he soon starts to wonder what it would be like to be just the same as them.
A collection of 366 curious questions asked by children from around the world, based on the award-winning podcast by original QI Elf, Molly Oldfield.
Discover classical music through the ages, and the people who composed and performed it in this informative sticker book.
Learn how the animals that spend their lives surrounded by some of the world's biggest forests hunt for food, raise their young and hide from predators.
Five little fiends live in their own little statues on top of a hill. Every day the five little fiends come out to marvel at the world.
Branching, spiralling, spinning—you can find patterns almost anywhere in nature, if you look for them. This book is a starting point to seeing patterns in the natural world.
A collectable classic treasury that every child should read and own. Julia Donaldson says “I hugely admire and envy Arnold Lobel; he is my hero”.
From the bestselling children's picture book series, Harry The Happy Mouse, a children's picture book teaching about the problem with plastic pollution, and how to help!
Harry The Happy Mouse is a cheerful, traditional story about a mouse called Harry who lives in the colourful English countryside.
Jack is invited to a costume party,and he’s made an awesome robot suit. But what if the other kids at the party think it’s lame?
This new collection of Aesop's fables is sumptuously illustrated by Giuliano Ferri and presented as a hardback gift edition to be read again and again.
This Vincent van Gogh book looks at: Sunflowers, Starry Night, The Artist's Bedroom in Arles, The Night Café, The Potato Eaters, Portrait of Père Tanguy and Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear
Every Child is Unique! Big or small, short or tall, like to swim, dance, sing or bike. Perhaps they have a special need or disability, or have a different ethnic background.
The winner of the prestigious Caldecott Honor, and described by the New York Times as 'a masterwork', Aaron Becker's stunning, wordless picture book debut.
National Geographic Kids' presents silly jokes that kids love, including knock-knocks, tongue twisters, riddles, traditional question and answer jokes, and more.
When Katie and her brother Jack visit London with Grandma, something very unexpected happens. Come on a magical tour with Katie and discover London's most famous sights!
At the grand feast the twelve ‘Number Knights’ reveal their answers to King Maximo’s momentous question, what is the greatest of all the numbers?
Kipper the Dog is a brilliant picture book series from Mick Inkpen, the creator of the Kipper series and Wibbly Pig.
The most significant creations of Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci come to life in the pages of this lavishly illustrated pop-up book.
Let's Build a House! But what sort of a house should it be? And what do we need to build it? It could be a shack on a beach, or it could be a skyscraper.
Discover why we must protect Antarctica from climate change. Home to millions of penguins, ancient dinosaur fossils and huge blue whales, Antarctica is our last great wilderness.
Everything begins and everything ends - but what happens in between? Find out in this stunning nature book.
A fabulous overview of what happens to our waste, from stinking problems and hi tech sorting systems to the importance of make less rubbish in the first place.
With over 60 flaps to lift, this delightful book answers questions such as 'Where have people visited in space?', 'What's a cosmonaut?'...
Children are always asking questions and their bodies are an endless source of fascination to them. This quirkily illustrated book has lots of answers and will engross curious kids.
Lift the flaps to explore behind the scenes of a bustling medieval castle as Lord Robert and Lady Margaret hold a feast, watch a tournament and fight off fearsome enemies.
Children will love exploring the ins-and-outs of the human body with this fantastic interactive book. From brains and blood to senses and skin.
In the new Mini Movers and Shakers children’s book series we meet Mae Jemison. Find out what happens in this kids book about reaching your dreams.
Sunny lives with his enormous family in the Kalahari desert. They are all very close,so close, in fact, that one day Sunny decides it's just too crowded and packs his bags.
Monkey Puzzle is a clever, funny and charming tale from the unparalleled picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.
A beautiful picture book about garden birds that will appeal to families with young children. Rachel Lockwood's wonderful illustrations will delight children.
These beautiful illustrations create the world of the garden, combined with text that leads young readers to the hiding places of various bugs.
A unique combination of storybook and cookbook, Bake Me a Story brings families into the kitchen to spend time together sharing stories and cooking.
Peek through the windows, discover the rooms inside and spot the family members. Then, learn a bit more about the family.
From snowflakes falling from the clouds and deep ocean currents to hot springs and water in space, this nature book shows the beauty and power of water in the natural world.
Once, long ago, Bramwell Brown saw the much-loved Old Bear packed away in a box in the attic. Now, Bramwell knows the time has come to find his forgotten friend.
The inspiring true story of how one African woman began a movement to recycle the plastic bags that were polluting her community.
If you find yourself seeking the answers to these quirky questions and so many more, then Trees, Leaves, Flowers & Seeds may be the book for you!
A follow up to Over and Under the Snow and Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, this time focusing on the rich, interconnected ecosystem of a mountain pond.
“It’s a powerful vision of making one’s own wild place, with no special equipment or expenditure required.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
A beautifully simple introduction to eggs of all kinds; from tiny hummingbird eggs to giant ostrich eggs, from fossilised dinosaur eggs to gooey fish eggs.
Britain is a country rich with history, and this lift-the-flap book for older children covers life in Britain from Anglo-Saxon invasions to the 21st Century.
Filled with facts from how hurricanes and floods happen to how global warming is affecting the Earth's climates.
Join Sir Cumference, Lady Di of Ameter, and their son Radius for wordplay, puns, and problem solving in this geometry-packed math adventure.
Every day, hour by hour, magical transformations happen right in front of you. All around us, nature is turning, growing and working.
Before Eugenie Clark's groundbreaking research, people thought sharks were vicious, blood-thirsty killers. From the first time she saw a shark in an aquarium, Eugenie was enthralled.
A Caldecott medallist and a Newbery Honour-winning poet celebrate the beauty and value of spirals.What makes the tiny snail shell so beautiful?
The pioneering Wright brothers dared to dream of being the first men in the world to fly, but would they ever see their dreams take flight?
From the great winding Ganges river in India to the thick conifer forests of northern Europe, travel across the globe to discover the rich variety of animals that share our planet.
Chatty, funny and full of amazing facts, it will be devoured by children eager to find out about the most exciting creatures from the deep blue.
A delightful collection of all 20 of the enduringly popular Farmyard Tales stories featuring Mrs. Boot the farmer, her children Poppy and Sam.
One hot summer in Itching Down, four million wasps flew into town. What are the villagers going to do about this noisy, nasty nuisance of a swarm?
Exhausted from his labours, a man puts down his axe and rests, but as he sleeps the animals who live in the tree come and plead with him not to destroy their world.
This brilliantly creative story takes children on an adventure through prehistoric time. Memorable animal characters present intriguing information and rhyming riddles.
Eric Carles' The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a perennial favourite with children and adults alike.
Janet and Allan Ahlberg's much-loved classic: The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters has been a favourite for children ever since its first publication in 1986.
Who was Jackson Pollock? This book explores the life of the great artist in a way children can easily comprehend.
Oh no! Duffy has forgotten to put on the brake and the Little Red Train has set off down the track without its driver!
When the fiercest dragon in the whole world smashes Princess Elizabeth’s castle, burns all her clothes, and captures her fiancé, Prince Ronald, Elizabeth takes matters into her own hands.
This gorgeous picture book celebrates the wonders of summer adventures, imagination, and the natural world.
Imaginations will soar from the forest floor, up through the canopy and back down again, following the circle of life in this adaptation of the song The Green Grass Grew All Around.
This beautiful picture book is the perfect introduction to the seasons and how the weather changes throughout the year.
Noi and his father live in a house by the sea, his father works hard as a fisherman and Noi often has only their six cats for company. So when, one day, he finds a baby whale washed up on the beach after a storm...
The Story of Music begins with the early drums and flutes of our ancestors, which date back to the last ice age, through to the modern day.
The Story of Paintings begins with the cave paintings of our Stone Age ancestors and continues through to the modern day.
This warm and funny picture book story from is perfect for reading aloud, or for small children to read to themselves time and again.
An introduction to the traditional fairy tale The Three Little Pigs. Join the pigs as they set off to see the world, build their houses and encounter the big, bad wolf.
Scottish children's author and storyteller Lari Don sidesteps the modern Nessie to create a new Loch Ness Monster myth inspired by local folklore.
Uncover awe-inspiring stories behind the natural world with this nature book for curious kids aged 7-9. The world is filled with curious objects.
Jonathan Bean takes the autobiographically inspired family he introduced in Building Our House through the special rhythms and routines of a homeschooling day.
This classic tale of a town mouse and a country mouse takes a new twist as two engaging Victorian mouse couples eager to get away from their everyday lives.
Do you know you can go kayaking in a pumpkin? Or chase a cheese downhill? What about underwater cycling or ironing on top of a mountain? No? Then find out in Wacky Sports.
Children all over the world are very different, but they also have much in common. In this book, children learn about what people in other countries eat, wear and play.
We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? For a quarter of a century, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite.
Find out who built castles, what knights did and what really went on inside castle walls in this entertaining and colourful look at medieval life.
This big, beautiful and brilliantly creative story takes children on an adventure through the world's forests.
If you want to know the difference between a Serbian spruce and a silver birch or how different trees change through the seasons then What's that Tree? is the ideal guide for you.