The world's your oyster!
Take a trip through some of the world’s most awesome oceans, rainforests and even into outer space. Learn how to ask for a hot chocolate in French along the way. All you need is a good book! Check out our selection below.
LISTEN, LIGHT UP AND LEARN! RAINFOREST
By Ruth Redford, illustrated by Louise Anglicas
Price £12.99 board book
From Townhouse Publishing
Age 4-6 years
Take magical journeys through the rainforest and ocean and discover what makes these habitats and the creatures that live there so special. With gorgeously detailed illustrations and 20 sounds to find, plus LED lights on every spread, these books will delight and absorb any child or grown-up interested in nature.
MELI & MAC RENDEZ-VOUS WITH A FLAMINGO
By Elena Joannides, illustrated by Margherita Ende
Price £8.99 paperback
From Mythiko Press
This unusual picture book about travel and exploration is a great way for young kids to acquire some French words. They can even learn how to order a hot chocolate in French! Perfect for parents and children to read and talk about together, the story is about two adventurous children who decide to help a French-speaking flamingo find his way home.
Written in English, it includes a basic introduction to French words and phrases, although no background in French is required. The story unfolds in vivid and detailed illustrations to share with younger children. Later on, it can be used as a first reader or as a way to introduce little ones to basic French.
MY FIRST SPACE ATLAS
By Jane Wilsher, Illustrated by Paul Daviz, with astrophysicist Professor Ben Maughan, University of Bristol
Price £14.99 hardback
From Weldon Owen Children’s Books
Zoom into space for an exhilarating journey through the solar system and beyond. A child-centred approach to space, this combines space facts with an imaginary trip into the solar system. Bright, quirky images, evocative narrative and an interactive 'spot it' game will thrill budding young astronauts everywhere. And it is even astrophysicist approved! Also available in the series is My First Dinosaur Atlas.
MY ENCYCLOPEDIA OF VERY IMPORTANT OCEANS
Age 5-9 years
A spectacular introduction to oceans, brimming with curious creatures, beautiful homes, and incredible adventures. Dive in and explore forgotten shipwrecks, swim with fabulous fish and other awesome underwater animals, and weave your way through secret deep sea homes. You'll travel back in time to meet plundering pirates, scientists, and explorers who changed the course of history. Then it's time to learn about lots of very important underwater jobs and how you can help to protect earth's precious oceans.
CAN WE REALLY HELP THE PLANET?
By Katie Daynes, illustrated by Roisin Hahessy
From Usborne Publishing
There's nothing like a visit from a polar bear family, a swirl of bees, an orangutan or a pod of dolphins to inspire action! Follow the adventures of some sparky kids as they discover why the planet needs our help and brainstorm some awesome solutions. This brand-new collection of four planet-protecting and child-empowering stories is packed with facts and science-made-easy.