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10 Best Educational Kids Books for Home Schooling

From learning about ancient history and inspiring people who have shaped our world, to breathtaking poetry collections and out-of-this-world space books, these titles are the perfect addition to your homeschool bookshelf.

British Museum: So You Think You’ve Got it Bad? A Kid’s Life in the Aztec Age

Written by Chae Strathie Illustrated by Marisa Morea
5-7

Part of Nosy Crow’s list of publishing in collaboration with the British Museum and developed in consultation with one of the world’s leading experts on the Aztecs.

A kid’s life in the Aztec Age might sound like fun, what with all that brilliant sunny weather and exciting festivals, but actually life for kids could be pretty hard. In this hilarious book, written by award-winning author Chae Strathie, children will learn just how tough life really was, from being jabbed by cactus spikes to snacking on maggots… and even wearing jaguar skins!

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British Museum: Find Tom in Time, Ming Dynasty China

Illustrated by Fatti Burke
5-7

A brilliantly fun search-and-find puzzle book for children from 6+, developed in consultation with the British Museum!

Tom’s not only lost in time, he’s lost his cat, too! Can you find Tom and his naughty cat, Digby, on every page? Packed with detailed artwork, fascinating facts about Ming Dynasty China and over 100 other things to find – from the emperor in his yellow robes to an acrobat doing a handstand!

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YouthQuake: 50 Children and Young People Who Shook the World

Written by Tom Adams Illustrated by Sarah Walsh
9-12

No one is too small to start a YouthQuake! This is the story of fearless activists, brilliant inventors, champion athletes, gifted creators and inspiring leaders, whose inspirational actions and groundbreaking achievements have shaken the world…

Stunningly illustrated with incredible original photos, these 50 true stories of children and young people who shook our world will inspire, engage and entertain children of all ages.

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WildLives: 50 Extraordinary Animals that Made History

Written by Ben Lerwill Illustrated by Sarah Walsh
5-7

For animal fans, this fascinating and touching book about 50 courageous creatures from around the world is the perfect homeschool resource!

Packed gorgeous artwork and fascinating facts, this collection gathers heart-warming, surprising and often emotionally powerful stories of bravery, discovery and friendship. Featuring a range of animals – from heroes, helpers and adventurers to achievers and many more – young readers will discover some of the most famous and unforgettable animals of all time.

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HerStory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook the World

Written by Katherine Halligan Illustrated by Sarah Walsh
9-12

In this uplifting and inspiring book, children can learn about 50 intrepid women from around the world and throughout history. Telling the stories of their childhood, challenges they faced and the changes they made, each gorgeously illustrated page is a celebration of girl power in its many forms. From Elizabeth I and Joan of Arc to Marie Curie and Anne Frank, there are so many stories to discover.

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Earth Heroes

Written by Lily Dyu Illustrated by Amy Blackwell
9-12

When faced with climate change, the biggest threat that our planet has ever confronted, it’s easy to feel as if nothing you do can really make a difference... but this book proves that individual people can change the world. With twenty inspirational stories celebrating the pioneering work of a selection of Earth Heroes from all around the globe, from Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough to Yin Yuzhen and Isatou Ceesay, each tale is a beacon of hope in the fight for the future of our planet, proving that one person, no matter how small, can make a difference.

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National Trust: 2021 Nature Month-By-Month: A Children’s Almanac

Written by Anna Wilson Illustrated by Elly Jahnz
7-9

Take the learning outside with our 2021 Children's Almanac! This fantastic fully-illustrated guide includes nature spotter guides, indoor and outdoor craft and activity ideas, seasonal recipes and celebrations of religious festivals and special events. A wonderful addition to your homeschool bookshelf, this gorgeous almanac will encourage children to connect with nature and the world around them.

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Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

Written by Fiona Waters Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
2-5

Introduce your children to poetry with this gorgeous collection of 366 animal poems, one for every day of the year – ranges from unforgettable classics to contemporary works from around the world, including poetry in translation. From Roger McGough and William Blake to Grace Nichols and Christina Rossetti, this is a spectacular range of poems for children to discover, complemented by Britta Teckentrup's breathtaking artwork.

This is a book to enjoy every day of the year and treasure on your bookshelf forever.

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National Trust: Step Inside Homes Through History

Written by Goldie Hawk Illustrated by Sarah Gibb
5-7

Travel back in time and explores homes from seven different eras in this beautifully detailed book, with cut-out sections to peek through!

From the Late Middle Ages and Tudor era to Victorian and the 1960s, there's so much history to discover in this book. Peek through windows, spot family members, then learn about their furniture, what they wore, and what jobs people did.

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How to be an Astronaut and Other Space Jobs

Written by Dr Sheila Kanani Illustrated by Sol Linero
5-7

Do you have what it takes to become an astronaut, a spaceship engineer or to work in Mission Control? Find out all about space and all the incredible space jobs you could do, from training to be a space chef or designing spacesuits to searching for new planets we could live on, or even blasting into space and living in the International Space Station. This book will inspire anyone with an interest in science and space exploration!

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