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Recommended reference books for young readers. Some to tell the straight facts, some to encourage minds to wonder.


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Minecraft

- by MOJANG AB

Children's hardcover $45.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $41.39

A completely updated version of the bestselling Minecraft: Blockopedia! Detailing each block found in the #1 game of all time, this is a must-have reference guide for all Minecrafters!

This fully illustrated guide contains information on each of the blocks that make up the Minecraft world. It's a beautiful and comprehensive reference tool for beginners and more experienced players alike, with essential information on every block's properties, as well as little-known trivia and expert advice on what to do with each one! From basic plants and ores to enchantment tables and End stone, you'll find everything you need to know in the Blockopedia.

The Most Important Comic Book on Earth

- by DK

Trade paperback $39.00 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $35.10

120 inspiring visual stories on environmentalism from key figures, charities, activists, and artists.

The Most Important Comic Book On Earth
is a global collaboration for planetary change, bringing together a diverse team of 300 leading environmentalists, artists, authors, actors, filmmakers, musicians, and more to present over 120 stories to save the world. 

Whether it's inspirational tales from celebrity names such as Cara Delevingne and Andy Serkis, hilarious webcomics from War and Peas and Ricky Gervais, artworks by leading illustrators David Mack and Tula Lotay, calls to action from activists George Monbiot and Jane Goodall, or powerful stories by Brian Azzarello and Amy Chu, each of the comics in this anthology will support projects and organizations fighting to save the planet and Rewrite Extinction.

Paper World

- by TEMPLAR COMPANY LTD.

Children's hardcover $33.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $30.59

This one-of-a-kind paper-cut book brings space to life!

Paper World: Space uses ingenious paper cutouts to reveal the wonders of space, from the planets that make up our solar system to distant galaxies to the moment that started it all, the Big Bang. With detailed art by Gail Armstrong, a fact-filled text, and flaps and die-cuts on every spread, this one-of-a-kind novelty book will appeal to readers of all ages.

Nature's Treasures

- by DK

Children's hardcover $31.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $28.79

Reveal extraordinary stories form nature by best-selling author Ben Hoare with this awe-inspiring animal book for curious kids aged 7+.

The world is filled with curious objects made by plants,animals, and even by the Earth itself. The wonder of wildlife is so much bigger than young minds can fathom and there is always more to learn. Nature's Treasures is a stunning nature encyclopedia for young readers to explore, with reference pages packed with fascinating information, little learners will be captivated as they dive into this collection of more than 100 intriguing items from the natural world and discover the stories behind them. Whether it's learning how bristly mouths help huge whales capture tiny animals, how minute scales make butterflies shine in the sunlight, or how studying a leaf skeleton can tell us how it transports food, children can learn all sorts of fun animal facts from the storybook descriptions.

Arranged into four chapters: Animals; Plants, fungi, and algae; Minerals and rocks, and Made by nature, objects are shown with truly stunning photography and colourful illustrations to help kids understand the science behind them. The lively descriptions by best-selling nature writer Ben Hoare explore the remarkable tales of each item and all are packed with fascinating information. Nature's Treasures takes you on a tour of our planet through commonplace-but-incredible objects made by nature itself. The engaging storybook-style descriptions and simple text shed a light on the wonders of nature and wildlife, making this book ideal for inquisitive children aged 7-9 who loves to spot things when exploring outside and wants to know more about the wonderful and mysterious natural world.

Celebrate your child's curiosity as they:

- Explore unique and intriguing approach to exploring nature
- Reveal remarkable features of plants and animals, the nests and structures they make
- Uncover more than 100 amazing individual objects found in the natural world

This nature encyclopedia for children is the perfect blend of storybook style text with out of this world illustrations which makes it a fantastic nature book for children who are obsessed with wildlife and the natural world. Encourage young readers to go on a journey to explore a world of information, making this the ideal first reference book for kids aged 7 and older to enjoy for hours on end, whether reading with the family or reading alone, this fun fact book also doubles up as the perfect gift for curious kids who love to learn. 

Explore the vastness of space by uncovering: 

-Stunning Jacket Detail: gold foil, holographic foil & metallic gold edges
-Striking photography & illustrations inside
-A beautiful book for the whole family to treasure 
-A quality gift to be passed down through the generations

More in the Series

Nature's Treasures
is part of the beautiful and informative Anthology series. Complete the series and nurture your child's curiosity as they explore the natural world with The Wonders of Nature or let them walk with the dinosaurs who ruled the earth before them in Dinosaurs and other Prehistoric Life.

The People Remember

- by Ibi Zoboi

Children's hardcover $24.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $22.49

From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Ibi Zoboi comes her debut picture book--a tour de force that uses the principles of Kwanzaa to talk about the history of African Americans. This lyrical, powerful tribute is sumptuously illustrated by New Yorker artist and rising star Loveis Wise. A beautiful gift for readers of all ages and for fans of Kadir Nelson's Heart and Soul. A Coretta Scott King Honor Book!

The People Remember tells the journey of African descendants in America by connecting their history to the seven principles of Kwanzaa. It begins in Africa, where people were taken from their homes and families. They spoke different languages and had different customs.

Yet they were bound and chained together and forced onto ships sailing into an unknown future. Ultimately, all these people had to learn one common language and create a culture that combined their memories of home with new traditions that enabled them to thrive in this new land.

Sumptuously illustrated, this is an important book to read as a family--a story young readers can visit over and over again to deepen their understanding of African American history in relation to their own lives and current social justice movements. By turns powerful and revealing, this is a lyrical narrative that tells the story of survival, as well as the many moments of joy, celebration, and innovation of Black people in America.

The Wolf Mother

- by Hetxw'ms G.b.d Huson

Children's hardcover $23.00 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $20.70

Follow along as award-winning author Hetxw'ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson) introduces young readers to a pack of grey wolves. New pups have just begun to open their eyes, one of which is a striking black female. Every day, her ears grow larger, her eyesight gets sharper, and her legs stretch farther. As she learns to hunt, play, and run with her pack, instinct pulls her to explore beyond her home territory. Will the young wolf's bold spirit help her find a new pack of her very own?

Learn about the life cycle of these magnificent canines, the traditions of the Gitxsan, and how grey wolves contribute to the health of their entire ecosystem.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

- by REBEL GIRLS

Children's hardcover $44.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $40.49

The latest installment in the New York Times bestselling Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series, featuring 100 barrier-breaking Black women and girls who showcase the spirit of Black Girl Magic.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic, edited by award-winning journalist Lilly Workneh with a foreword by #BlackGirlMagic originator CaShawn Thompson, is dedicated to amplifying and celebrating the stories of Black women and girls from around the world; features the work of over 60 Black female and non-binary authors, illustrators, and editors; is designed to acknowledge, applaud, and amplify the incredible stories of Black women and girls from the past and present; and celebrates Black Girl Magic around the world. 

Amongst the women featured from over 30 countries are tennis player Naomi Osaka, astronaut Jeanette Epps, author Toni Morrison, filmmaker Ava DuVernay; aviator Bessie Coleman, Empress Taytu Betul, journalist Ida B. Wells, and many other inspiring leaders, champions, innovators, and creators. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic is the fourth volume of the New York Times bestselling Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series which originally launched in 2016. 

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic is published by Rebel Girls, a global, multi-platform empowerment brand dedicated to helping raise the most inspired and confident global generation of girls through content, experiences, products, and community.

About Black Girl Magic
CaShawn Thompson, a proud third-generation native of Washington, DC, came up with the concept "Black Girls Are Magic" when she was a little girl growing up with her mother, grandmother, and aunts. It sprang forth fully formed from the mind of a poor little Black girl who didn't yet have the words to describe the brilliance she saw in the women in her family, but had heard countless tales of fairies, witches, and magicians. It was just magic to her. And it still is. 

Black Girls Are Magic became wildly popular in 2013 after CaShawn began using the phrase online (it was later shortened to the hashtag #BlackGirlMagic) to uplift and praise the accomplishments, beauty, and other amazing qualities of Black women.

Inside In

- by Jan Paul Schutten

Children's hardcover $24.95 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $22.46

A perfect gift for kids 8-12 who love bugs, reptiles, and other creepy, crawly creatures. Readers will pore over these X-ray images of the natural world.

A Smithsonian Magazine Best Children's Book of the Year

Using incredible X-ray techniques, Inside In displays creatures and their natural habitats in a never-before-seen way. Kids will learn the awesome answers to questions like: What does a bee look like under its furry coat? How does a seahorse protect itself with armor and a skeleton? How does a tree frog use its eyes to swallow?This visually stunning and highly original book is perfect for keeping kids engaged during home-schooling and online learning: X-ray images are cool and fun to look at!Simple text helps kids understand the animals and plants in each image.Pops of neon colors make animals and plants come to life.

What Is Black Lives Matter?

- by Lakita Wilson

Children's paperback $6.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $6.29

From the #1 New York Times bestselling series comes the latest title in the Who HQ Now format for trending topics. It tells the history of a political and social movement that advocates for non-violent civil disobedience and protests against incidents of police brutality--and all racially motivated violence--against Black people.

When a Black teenager named Trayvon Martin was senselessly killed in 2012, the African American community called for his murderer to be held accountable. But like many other racially sparked incidents in the past, his killer walked free. People looked for justice and healing in the moment. They turned to social media and a simple yet powerful hashtag emerged, #BlackLivesMatter.

The message grew into an international movement and has now become the rallying cry during protests against police brutality and racial acts of violence. The movement gained even more attention and support in 2020 when it called for police reform in the United States after the police-related murder of George Floyd.

Allies

- by Shakirah Bourne

Young adult hardcover $21.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $19.79

This book is for everyone. Because we can all be allies.

As an ally, you use your power--no matter how big or small--to support others. You learn, and try, and mess up, and try harder. In this collection of true stories, 17 critically acclaimed and bestselling YA authors get real about being an ally, needing an ally, and showing up for friends and strangers. 

From raw stories of racism and invisible disability to powerful moments of passing the mic, these authors share their truths. They invite you to think about your own experiences and choices and how to be a better ally.

There are no easy answers, but this book helps you ask better questions. Self-reflection prompts, resources, journaling ideas, and further reading suggestions help you find out what you can do. Because we're all in this together. And we all need allies. 

A portion of the proceeds from this book goes to supporting charities. 

Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Life

- by DK

Children's hardcover $25.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $23.39

Travel back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth with this awe-inspiring dinosaur book for curious kids aged 7+. 

The prehistoric word of dinosaurs is so much bigger than young minds can fathom and there is always more to learn. Dinosaurs and other Prehistoric Life is a stunning dinosaur encyclopedia for young readers to explore, with reference pages packed with fascinating information, little learners will be captivated as they travel through the history of the Earth. From Tyrannosaurus and sabre-toothed cats, to ferns and woolly mammoths, this collection of amazing dinosaurs, plants, and other prehistoric life will wow children and many adults too - providing something for everyone to love!

Showcasing more than 90 remarkable fossils, such as a fearsome Tyrannosaurus skull, delicate fern leaf, and perfectly preserved woolly mammoth, each plant or animal featured is shown both photographically and illustrated, and children will love poring over the detailed close-up images.The storybook descriptions let you discover the myths and legends surrounding the organisms, as well as key facts about their natural history. Find out why Pachycephalosaurus had such a thick head, how a coral fossil can be used to work out how long a prehistoric year was, and which fossil was thought to protect people from poison. The engaging storybook-style descriptions and simple text shed a light on the diverse world of dinosaurs, perfect for children aged 7 + to love and explore for hours on end. 

Celebrate your child's curiosity as they:


- Explore more than 90 species from the prehistoric world 
- Reveal pronunciations of each and every dinosaur featured throughout 
- Uncover stunning photographs of fossils and gorgeous illustrations of each creature 

This dinosaur encyclopedia for children is the perfect blend of storybook style text with out of this world illustrations which makes it a fantastic dinosaur book for children who are obsessed with the prehistoric world. Encourage young readers to go on a time-travelling adventure back in time to explore a world of information, making this the ideal first reference book for kids aged 7 and older to enjoy for hours on end, whether reading with the family or reading alone, this fun fact book also doubles up as the perfect gift for curious kids who love to learn.  

Explore the vastness of the prehistoric world whilst uncovering:

-Stunning Jacket Detail: gold foil, holographic foil & metallic gold edges
-Striking photography & illustrations inside
-A beautiful book for the whole family to treasure 
-A quality gift to be passed down through the generations

More in the Series

Dinosaurs and other Prehistoric Life is part of the beautiful and informative Anthology series. Complete the series and nurture your child's curiosity as they explore the natural world with The Wonders of Nature or let them walk soar into the galaxies above with Mysteries of the Universe.

The Bug Club

- by Elise Gravel

Children's hardcover $19.95 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $17.96

Join acclaimed author Elise Gravel on a dazzling and revelatory tour of the insect world!

In The Bug Club, Elise Gravel shares all of her favourite and most interesting facts about these marvelous creatures, some of which are so unique and strange, you could almost imagine them living in outer space!

Most people know that spiders have eight eyes, but what about the caterpillar? These little critters have them beat with a whopping twelve! Did you know mosquitoes are attracted to smelly feet? That the honey bee has hair on her eyeballs? That butterfly feet double as noses? And grasshoppers have ears on their bellies? These are just some of the many things about bugs that make them endlessly enchanting. Elise's inquisitiveness and charm pop off the page as she takes us on a walk through her mind--and the awe-inspiring natural wonders that exist right outside our doorsteps.

If you're curious what the inside of a slug looks like, The Bug Club has got you covered. Not only does Elise answer these burning questions, but she draws it all beautifully and brightly in her signature cartoony style.

The followup to her award-winning The Mushroom Fan Club, where Elise shares her delightful and family friendly mushroom-hunting adventures, The Bug Club offers more activities and fun for the whole family. This time, the treasure is hiding just below a rock or that pile of fresh fall leaves.

Science Comics

- by Tait Howard

Children's paperback $17.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $16.19

"Surf the web" with this volume of Science Comics, First Second's action-packed nonfiction graphic novel series!

When a sister and brother agree to help a talking spider find her missing child, they don't realize that it will take them on a journey across the globe! Along the way they'll meet spiders who live in every environment imaginable, from their own backyard to the Australian Outback. Although they seem scary at first, once you learn why spiders have gotten such a bad reputation you'll see that they are actually here to help!

The Ultimate At-Home Activity Guide

- by Mike Lowery

Children's paperback $19.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $17.99

From bestselling illustrator Mike Lowery comes a fun and creative reference book with over 100 at-home activities sure to inspire your imagination.

Here's the boredom-buster you've always wanted!


Ever have a day where you're stuck at home and can't think of anything to do?
 
Of course you have! We all have!
 
This book is overflowing with more than 100 ideas for you. There are cool things to make, creative ways to entertain each other, and activities to get you moving.
 
So get ready for activities to do inside and outside, by yourself, or with friends and family, whether you're all together or miles apart!
 
 

A Shot in the Arm!

- by Don Brown

Children's hardcover $17.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $16.19

Award-winning author Don Brown explores the history of vaccines from smallpox to COVID-19 in this installment of the Big Ideas That Changed the World series

A Shot in the Arm! explores the history of vaccinations and the struggle to protect people from infectious diseases, from smallpox--perhaps humankind's greatest affliction to date--to the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlighting deadly diseases such as measles, polio, rabies, cholera, and influenza, Brown tackles the science behind how our immune systems work, the discovery of bacteria, the anti-vaccination movement, and major achievements from Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, who popularized inoculation in England, and from scientists like Louis Pasteur, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, and Edward Jenner, the "father of immunology." Timely and fascinating, A Shot in the Arm! is a reminder of vaccines' contributions to public health so far, as well as the millions of lives they can still save.

Big Ideas That Changed the World is a graphic novel series that celebrates the hard-won succession of ideas that ultimately changed the world. Humor, drama, and art unite to tell the story of events, discoveries, and ingenuity over time that led humans to come up with a big idea and then make it come true.
 

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