It’s an education subject that I really like – JD, 6
Like many kids, my children are mad about dinosaurs and all things related to natural history. Here are four books we’re enjoying at the moment, helping the kids getting a better understand of dinosaurs, evolution, wooly mammoths and early man.
My Little Book of Dinosaurs
For KS1 children taking an interest in dinosaurs for the first time, this book is perfect. Each double page spread in the 64-page book is devoted to a different species and offers a few simple, clearly worded facts as well as a pronunciation guide and child-friendly, realistic illustrations. Any words in bold are also explained in a glossary at the back, which has been a great way to introduce a new skill for JD.
My Little Book of Dinosaurs by Dougal Dixon is published by QED Publishing and is available in hardback priced at £7.99.
Written from the perspective of a mammoth (‘chieftain of this place), Wooly Mammoth is an engaging look at the lives of mammoths and how they shared the world with humans.
It’s written primarily in story form, while a separate commentary down the left hand side adds additional scientific information, such as how traps were constructed and where the fossils have since been found.
It’s a tough read, learning about these incredible creatures and how man contributed to their extinction, but JD really enjoyed it and it has opened up a great deal of discussion about how we as a species impact the world around us today.
Woolly Mammoth by Mick Manning and Brita Granström is published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and is available in hard back for £11.99
What Mr Darwin Saw
Evolution by natural selection is a fascinating subject that, while seemingly simple on the surface of things, is actually quite complex to explain, especially to young children.
What Mr Darwin Saw is a brightly illustrated romp through Charles Darwin’s adventures across the globe, explaining how what he saw led him to develop his most famous theory. Be warned, there are some slighly graphic images of 19th century operations and taxidermy, but for KS2 children it should be fine.
What Mr Darwin Saw by Mick Manning and Brita Granström is published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and is available in soft back for £7.99.
And finally, another dinosaur book to fascinate young readers. Dinopedia contains a huge pull our poster and is divided up by dinosaur type, as with My Little Book of Dinosaurs, but this time organised to tell a story that starts with nesting (sauropods) and progresses right through combat and ultimate to the extinction of the dinosaurs. The book ends with a glossary and ‘Dino Guide’ recapping each of the dinosaurs covered, divided by period.
Dinopedia by Rupert Matthews is published by QED Publishing and will be available in hardback from 1 April 2014, priced at £10.99.
Do your kids like studying pre-history? Which books would you recommend?
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