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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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Majestic Mountains

- Mia Cassany, Marcos Navarro

Children's hardcover $27.99 - Add to Cart
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Which animal lives on top of the Everest? Where can you spot the majestic condor? How does the ibex climb up rocks?

Mountains are home to 25% of terrestrial biodiversity and a multitude of fragile ecosystems. What if you could fly and discover those places and the incredible wild animals hidden at high altitude?

This large format book transports you to inaccessible places and helps you discover the incredible fauna that live in these mountains, volcanoes, hills or valleys.

Throughout the book is a search and find counting game enabling you to spot bats ready to take flight, sloths hanging from branches, wallabies and their babies, and butterflies aplenty.

An Anthology of Aquatic Life

- Sam Hume

Hardcover $28.99 - Add to Cart
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Dive into the wondrous world of water and discover the stories of more than 100 incredible aquatic lifeforms.


The underwater world is so much bigger than young minds can fathom and there is always more to learn. An Anthology of Aquatic Life is a stunning ocean encyclopedia for young readers to explore, with reference pages packed with fascinating information, little learners will be captivated as they discover the facts, stories and myths behind their favourite sea-life animals. 


From the deepest, widest ocean to the tiniest puddle, this beautiful compendium takes young readers on an enthralling journey through the aquatic world, meeting amazing animals, ingenious plants, and much more along the way. Stunning photography and gorgeous illustrations complement storybook descriptions about each lifeform, and children can uncover hundreds of fascinating facts as they read. Did you know that elephant seals can hold their breath underwater for more than an hour, or that the brown basilisk reptile can run across water? Discover the science of how plants have learnt to live, feed, and breathe in water, and take a look at the unique challenges of distinct ecosystems on feature spreads about rivers, lakes, wetlands, and more. 


Celebrate your child's curiosity as they:
- Explore detailed photographs and striking illustrations of nature in action
- Reveal fun facts and myths about how a range of animals and plants adapt to their environments
- Uncover more than 100 aquatic lifeforms, each with stunning images and captivating information.


This ocean encyclopedia for children is the perfect blend of storybook style text with out of this world illustrations which makes it a fantastic sea life book for children who are obsessed with the underwater 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 7-9 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 diversity of the animal kingdom whilst uncovering: 


-Stunning Jacket Detail: gold foil, holographic foil & metallic gold edges
-Stunning 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
Anthology of Aquatic Animals 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.

Ice Cycle

- Maria Gianferrari, Jieting Chen

Children's hardcover $27.99 - Add to Cart
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Pancake ice, floebergs, glaciers, icicles . . . cold temperatures create an astonishing variety of ice forms! From Maria Gianferrari, award-winning author of Play Like an Animal!,comes a beautiful collaboration between verse and science. Brief poems and ethereal illustrations introduce readers to the many different types of ice on land and at sea. Fascinating back matter provides additional information about water as a solid, liquid, and gas, as well as more details about the unique forms of ice mentioned in the poems. Celebrate winter with this evocative and atmospheric exploration of ice!

On The Move

- Mia Cassany, Susie Hammer

Children's hardcover $13.99 - Add to Cart
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What will we see in the city today? Buses, or cars, or bikes on our way? Let's wash our car & make it clean Or ride our bike so we are green. Noisy bin lorries clear the way While fire engines often save the day This fold-out story board book allows you and your child not only to discover the many means of transportation within a city, but also to transform the book into a street mat where you can play and invent new stories. The engaging text promotes the sustainable use of public transport and the use of bicycles.

The Secret World of Plants

- Ben Hoare

Children's hardcover $33.99 - Add to Cart
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A timeless treasury of more than 100 stories from the incredible kingdom of plants, told by author and nature expert Ben Hoare.

Plants are found almost everywhere on Earth, but to many people their lives are a mystery. Learn how seagrass flowers underwater, how the Venus flytrap counts to make sure it catches its prey, and why some tulips used to cost more than a house! This fascinating book for kids explores the vast plant kingdom and explains how plants work, as well as the weird and wonderful relationships they have with animals.

Children can discover the secrets of more than 100 amazing plants in this treasury of fascinating flora, as well as the essentials of plant science, including photosynthesis, pollination, and germination. Each species is shown with remarkable photography and beautiful illustrations, all brought to life by Ben Hoare's writing, filled with charm and infectious enthusiasm. 

This nature book for children ages 7+ features:

- An eye-catching holographic cover, gilded edges, and stunning photography and illustrations, making it the perfect gift 
- A wide range of incredible plants and trees from all around the world
- Illustrated diagrams to support definitions of different types of plants 
- Introductory reference pages that explain key topics such as photosynthesis

This book is a must for any child interested in the natural world and the plants that grow in it. Plants provide us with food, fuel, and medicine, and without them, life as we know it would not exist. From orchids that grow vanilla pods to leaves that look like stones, and from bamboo that can be made into clothes to moss that soaks up vast amounts of carbon dioxide, plants shape our world in an endless variety of ways.

Lonely Planet Kids Happiness Around the World 1

- Lonely Planet Kids, Kate Baker, Wazza Pink

Children's hardcover $22.99 - Add to Cart
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The follow-up to Lonely Planet Kids' Love Around the World, this beautifully illustrated picture book looks at concepts of happiness from across our planet. From forest bathing in Japan and playing the drums in Mali, to Danish hygge, Indian yoga and sharing a feast with family in the USA, every culture has its own unique take on how to achieve contentedness. Featuring Wazza Pink's stunning artwork, this book is the ultimate guide to the world of wellbeing. 

 

Contents includes:

- Sharing a Meal With Family - USA

- Remembering loved ones on the Day of the Dead - MEXICO 

- Getting ready for Carnival - BRAZIL

- Being cosy (hygge) - DENMARK

- Going for an evening stroll (La passeggiata) - ITALY

- Having a sauna - FINLAND

- Djembe drumming - MALI

- Going forest bathing - JAPAN

- Singing along with the hits at a noraebang ('singing room') - SOUTH KOREA

- Tidying up for New Year - CHINA

- Practising yoga - INDIA

- Sharing fish with the community (Inati) - TOKELAU

- Telling Dreamtime stories - AUSTRALIA


About Lonely Planet Kids: Lonely Planet Kids - an imprint of the world's leading travel authority Lonely Planet - published its first book in 2011. Over the past 45 years, Lonely Planet has grown a dedicated global community of travelers, many of whom are now sharing a passion for exploration with their children. Lonely Planet Kids educates and encourages young readers at home and in school to learn about the world with engaging books on culture, sociology, geography, nature, history, space and more. We want to inspire the next generation of global citizens and help kids and their parents to approach life in a way that makes every day an adventure. Come explore!

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It

- Colleen Nelson , Kathie MacIsaac

Children's hardcover $24.95 - Add to Cart
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There is no single path to the job of your dreams. What does it take to become a stuntperson? How does a mathematician spend her days? When does a barber become the center of a community? In this refreshing take on a careers book, meet twenty-five individuals of different backgrounds, genders, and abilities who have found their careers through a wide range of experience, education, intention, and inspiration. From Joshua Jones, who built a business where he could thrive as a Deaf interior designer, to Teresa Tam, whose hunger for knowledge led her to the position of Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, each of these dreamers found ways to dig deep into their passion, to gain experience and knowledge, and to turn that into a job. In If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It, Colleen Nelson, middle-school teacher and award-winning author of The Harvey Stories and The Undercover Book List, teams up with children's librarian and literacy advocate Kathie MacIsaac to show young readers that there are many paths to a dream job. Education may come from university, college, trade school, apprenticeship, specialized training, or simply asking questions and getting involved. Your career may be something you're already dreaming about or something you've never even heard of. No matter what, success means feeling happy with the work you do. If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It includes full-color photographs and illustrations, informative sidebars, tips for trying out a field of interest, a glossary, an index, and an interactive quiz. Spotlight features on children and youth who are already gaining experience for their own dream jobs round out this inspirational resource.

Canada Wild

- Maria Birmingham , Alex MacAskill

Children's paperback $15.95 - Add to Cart
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A full-colour illustrated guide to Canada's endemic species for young readers, from the award-winning author of Snooze-O-Rama: The Strange Ways that Animals Sleep. Canada is home to over 308 endemic species of plants and animals -- meaning they're found nowhere else on Earth. In Canada Wild, award-winning author Maria Birmingham introduces young readers to twelve uniquely Canadian animals -- many of which are threatened or endangered. Like the Sable Island sweat bee, which lives on a single sandbar three hundred kilometres off the coast of Nova Scotia; the Kermode bear, the rare white black bear also known as the "Spirit Bear", which calls the coastal rainforests of northwestern BC home; and the Peary caribou, which can be found clomping through the Arctic tundra of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Profiles of each animal showcase their habitat, diet, and status, while sidebars highlight fascinating facts about each animal, and a How's It Doing section explains where it falls on the endangerment spectrum. Informative backmatter gives young readers practical advice on conservation and combating climate change, while colour illustrations throughout -- including a map of Canada, showing the animals' habitats -- offer whimsical yet scientifically accurate depictions.

From the coasts to the prairies to the mountains to the tundra, and every nook and cranny in between, Canada Wild is the perfect read for budding naturalists.

Unstoppable Us, Volume 1

- Yuval Noah Harari, Ricard Zaplana Ruiz

Children's hardcover $29.99 - Add to Cart
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A New York Times Bestseller o From world-renowned historian and philosopher Yuval Noah Harari, the bestselling author of Sapiens, comes an exciting, brand-new illustrated book for middle-grade readers that looks at the epic true story of humankind.

"Gripping and thought-provoking." --New York Times


Even though we'll never outrun a hungry lion or outswim an angry shark, humans are pretty impressive -- and the most dominant species on the planet. So, how did we become "unstoppable"?

The answer to that is one of the strangest tales you'll ever hear. And it's a true story.

From learning to make fire and using the stars as guides to cooking meals in microwaves and landing on the moon, prepare to uncover the secrets and superpowers of how we evolved from our first appearances millions of years ago.

Acclaimed author Yuval Noah Harari has expertly crafted an extraordinary story of how humans learned to not only survive but also thrive on Earth, complete with maps, a timeline, and full-color illustrations that bring his dynamic, unputdownable writing to life.

Includes: a timeline, maps, further reading, and other resources for young readers to reference.

Killer Underwear Invasion!

- Elise Gravel

Children's hardcover $22.50 - Add to Cart
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A hilarious and timely tool to help kids learn how to tell what news is true and what isn't.

Can peanuts give you super strength? Were unicorns discovered on the moon? Did Martians really invade New Jersey? For anyone who has ever encountered outrageous stories like these and wondered whether they were true, this funny, yet informative book breaks down what fake news is, why people spread it, and how to tell what is true and what isn't. With quirky illustrations and a humorous tone, Elise Gravel brings her kid-accessible wit to the increasingly important subject of media literacy and equips younger readers with the skills needed to interact with global news.

SERIOUSLY FUNNY: While the topic is serious, the funny text and wacky pictures will tickle any reader's funny bone.

IMPORTANT: Misinformation and disinformation are everywhere. It is increasingly important that parents and educators help kids learn how to navigate the confusing, modern media landscape.

JUST THE FACTS!: Rather than tackle specific news stories, this book teaches kids how to research and judge information in order to make their own decisions about what to believe.

BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR: Whether deciding what products to buy, which organizations to support and what scientific information to believe, being a smart media consumer helps keep ourselves and our communities safer.

Perfect for:GrandparentsParentsEducatorsLibrarians

Over and Under the Waves

- Kate Messner, Christopher Neal

Children's hardcover $27.99 - Add to Cart
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Explore the wonders and beauties of the ocean's kelp forests in this latest addition to the acclaimed Over and Under series.

Award-winning duo Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal return in this latest addition to the Over and Under picture book series, this time exploring the rich, interconnected ecosystem of the ocean!

Over the waves, the sea lions bark and seagulls wheel and call. The bay is smooth and bright in the sun. But under the waves, there's a whole hidden forest, full of whales and wolf eels, sardines and sea bass, leopard sharks and luminous jellies, as well as the waving kelp that shelters them all. Discover the magical depths of the kelp forest, and all the fascinating creatures living just a paddle's length away--over and under the waves.

SO MANY FASCINATING FACTS: Kids are endlessly curious about the natural world and the wildly varied animals and plants living in it--and the ocean is FULL of amazing and surprising life!

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS MADE WONDERFUL: Preservation of our wilderness--and of our oceans in particular--is essential, and this book makes such a great, upbeat jumping-off point for discussions of the importance and wonder of our world's natural habitats and ecosystems.

THE GORGEOUS UNDERWATER WORLD: This new book in the Over and Under series illuminates the magic and amazing biodiversity of the kelp forest by telling the story of one family's kayaking trip through a real-world ocean ecosystem. Lyrical prose and color-drenched illustrations will draw even the most reluctant readers into the world.

STRONG CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) emphasize learning about animal habitats/biomes in K-2 curriculums, while later grades address topics like food chains, conservation, and endangered species. With a depth of research and an engaging, highly visual narrative, this book is an excellent resource for librarians and primary school educators.

FROM A FAVORITE AUTHOR-ILLUSTRATOR TEAM: Kate Messner and Chris Neal make nonfiction approachable and appealing! These two award-winning creators have received countless accolades and published books to critical acclaim, making them the perfect team to tackle any nonfiction topic.

Perfect for:Those who loved Over and Under the Snow and other books in the Over and Under seriesFans of Kate MessnerLovers of the ocean and marine lifeParents and grandparents seeking beautiful books to read aloud togetherTeachers, educators, and librarians seeking illustrated nonfiction books with STEM contentAnyone seeking a distinctive gift for a child who loves animals or nature

The Animal Toolkit

- Steve Jenkins, Robin Page

Children's hardcover $23.99 - Add to Cart
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Did you know animals can use tools? In this fascinating book by award-winning pair Steve Jenkins and Robin Page, we learn all about what makes a tool a tool and the remarkable ways animals can use them to find food, protect their young, and more.

Until 1960, when Jane Goodall observed a chimpanzee using a blade of grass to "fish" for termites, it was believed that humans were the only animal to use tools. Since her discovery, we've learned that many creatures use sticks, leaves, rocks, and other natural items as tools.

In this latest nonfiction picture book from Caldecott Honor-winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page, readers learn all about what makes a tool a tool--and the remarkable ways animals that use them to interact with our world. From the tailorbird, which repurposes spider silk to stitch a leaf into its nest, to the gorilla, which uses sticks to test water depth and build bridges, these animals are intelligent, innovative, and creative.

Using his signature cut paper illustrations, Steve Jenkins offers readers a closer look at these animals, their habitats, and their behaviors. In turns jaw-dropping, funny, and inspiring, The Animal Toolkit will fascinate animal enthusiasts and aspiring inventors everywhere.

One Tiny Bubble

- Karen Krossing , Dawn Lo

Children's hardcover $19.95 - Add to Cart
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The wondrous true story of one tiny bubble that sparked all life on Earth--including yours Meet LUCA--our Last Universal Common Ancestor, the itty-bitty organism that every unique life-form on Earth can be traced back to. This sprinkle-sized blob was formed from the dust of exploded stars, water, and a lot of heat. LUCA was a single cell that split into two, and these cells multiplied into more organisms that grew and changed. Over the billions of years that followed, the descendants of LUCA evolved into bacteria, mushrooms, sharks, fir trees, lions--and humans! All the extraordinary life on Earth began with LUCA, through a miraculous process that could also occur on other planets. This vibrant and poetic informational picture book breaks down scientific concepts using simple, engaging language. Striking illustrations bring LUCA to life and reveal how readers are connected to one another, and every life-form on our planet, through one tiny bubble.

It's My Body!

- Elise Gravel

Children's hardcover $19.99 - Add to Cart
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From bestselling author Elise Gravel comes a book that celebrates our amazing bodies.Through her trademark quirky monster characters, author Elise Gravel illustrates ways that bodies can be different. They have different shapes, different sizes, different colours, different hair, and can do different things. These differences make everybody's bodies special, but all bodies should be respected. Your body is YOURS, so give it a hug . . . but only if you want to.

This important message of body positivity will both empower and entertain. The best body is the one that belongs to you!

Rewilding

- David A Steen, Chiara Fedele, Neon Squid

Children's hardcover $23.99 - Add to Cart
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"A book worth returning to multiple times. A fascinating primer on the intricacies of ecosystems." -- Kirkus, starred review

Discover inspiring stories of wildlife brought back from the brink of extinction in this kids' nonfiction book about animals and the environment.

Rewilding means returning animals or plants to places where they used to live. In this book, acclaimed conservation biologist and science communicator David A. Steen introduces children to the scientists determined to turn back the hands of time to create a greener future. Read about awe-inspiring rewilding projects, including:

o The wolves that returned to Yellowstone National Park and dramatically improved the ecosystem
o The beavers reintroduced to their old territories to build dams to stop them flooding
o The Galápagos giant tortoises who beat the odds to survive extinction and return to their island home

Throughout the heartwarming true stories, beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Chiara Fedele, children will learn how different species evolved to live side by side and will see what it takes to be a conservation scientist. They might even be inspired to become a wildlife activist themselves!

By the end of the book kids will be left with a key message: it's not too late to fix the planet.

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