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 Post subject: Non-fiction ideas
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:23 am 
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I'm trying to encourage some non-fiction reading in the Mystery household. The local library has the most minute children's section, and the school library stuff is mostly a bit too unapproachable. So I've just spent a fortune online on some OUP treetops non-fiction titles.

Can anyone recommend a children's encylopaedia that a nearly 8 year old would enjoy dipping into ------- her independent reading level which she enjoys reading at is things like Enid Blyton Naughtiest Girl in the School series, Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I want clear illustrations and not too much text - something where you can learn some new facts without having to wade through tonnes of stuff. I don't want something where she just looks at the pictures though!! I thought the Guiness Book of Records would be good but she just goes through it looking for the most startling or revolting photos and the text gets untouched.


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 Post subject: Re: Non-fiction ideas
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:33 am 
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I have a nearly 8 year old girl. I bought her a subscription to Kids National Geographic for Christmas and she absolutely loves it. It's full of fascinating facts and great illustrations


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 Post subject: Re: Non-fiction ideas
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:40 am 
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We have the Usborne childrens encyclopedia and hundreds of other non fiction books ...I bought most of mine from The Book People. DD is reading a whole set at the moment called " The Danger Zone "...various books about the fire of London , living in Pompeii , a medieval castle , explorations with Captain Cook and so on.

You could always put a big sticker over the pictures. :P


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 Post subject: Re: Non-fiction ideas
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:46 pm 
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Those Danger Zone books look great but they are out of stock for the collection and not likely to get them back in. Any other suggestions pelase?


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 Post subject: Re: Non-fiction ideas
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:08 pm 
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Agree that Kids NG mag is brilliant. First News is good, if she'd like to be grown up and read a paper.
Dorling Kindersley also do lovely encyclopaedias, lots of pics. Usbornes have a superb range of non fiction books - take your pic of what interests her - nature, space, geography, animals.


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 Post subject: Re: Non-fiction ideas
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:21 pm 
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My DD has had the NG kids Infopedia for Christmas the last 2 years - she really likes it - loves the magazine too- has had it since she was 8 and still enjoying it at almost 11. Horrible histories, science and geography are brilliant -dd has had the set since she was 7 (from scholastic books ) but still picks them up and reads them." Stuff that scares your pants off "and other books from the Science Museum.


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 Post subject: Re: Non-fiction ideas
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:50 pm 
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Does Britannia Encyclopedia still exist? I loved it as a kid.


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 Post subject: Re: Non-fiction ideas
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:31 pm 
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Dorling Kindersley and Usborne do some really good non fiction and encyclopaedias.

Mine loved The Way Things Work by David Macaulay. (which is DK)


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 Post subject: Re: Non-fiction ideas
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:15 pm 
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Whitaker's World of Facts is marvellous.

I also recommend the Usborne True Stories series and Horrible Histories.


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