It is the end of May and today we are sharing the books we have been reading and recommend this month. 

I am finding that our 8-year-old is now reading more serious books and he is really interested in history. He read through “Leaders Who Changed History” this month and really enjoyed learning about all of the people featured, even the ones who changed history for the worse. Lots of great information for him.

We also always love a good encyclopedia and the “Smithsonian Children’s Encyclopedia” is beautiful and filled with facts, stats and illustrations that both kids love to read. 

Finally, the “Incredible Cross-sections” books were a total hit with both kids. I even found them super interesting myself as seeing all the little details is fun. Lots of tiny details to capture little one’s imaginations.

You can see a full list and description of all the books below.

Our May Book Picks

Leaders Who Changed History
Explore the lives of more than 85 of the world’s most transformational and influential leaders in politics, business, religion, humanitarianism, and the military with this innovative and boldly graphic book.

Comprehensive in its scope and depth, and fully illustrated, Leaders Who Changed History profiles leaders from inspirational to insidious, those who changed the world for the better and those whose corruption left enduring scars. These figures hail from all walks of life – including political, military, religious, and business.

Combining accessible text with specially commissioned illustrated portraits in a range of bold styles, photographs, infographics, and timelines, entries explore the lives and legacies of each individual in a fresh, visual way.

The New Children’s Encyclopedia
When? Where? What? Why? This stimulating and comprehensive encyclopedia for children provides answers to all the questions kids love to ask.

Each chapter is jam-packed with maps, charts, timelines, diagrams, beautiful images, and amazing facts. Did you know, for example, that a single drop of blood contains around five million blood cells? Or that there are areas of desert in all seven of Earth’s continents?

Prepare to build your knowledge on a wide range of topics–including Earth and beyond, plants and animals, history and politics, science, technology, and the human body–arranged thematically with more than 9,000 indexed entries and 2,500 colourful images. Cross-reference icons encourage children to explore and discover linked information, feeding their curiosity and building their general knowledge.

Our May Book Picks

Stephen Biesty’s Cross-Sections Castle
History comes alive in this incredible children’s illustrated book about castles. Slicing through different areas of a medieval fortress, extraordinary views reveal the people busy inside and preparing for battle as an enemy army approaches.

Packed with facts, you’ll find out what it takes to build a massive 14th-century castle, dress a knight in armour, or prepare a feast fit for a king or queen. From the drawbridge to the dungeon, Cross-Sections Castle swarms with the people who keep the castle ticking over – the workers, craftsmen, and servants. And, as you pore over every page, look out for the villainous spy. Is he in the well… the keep… the moat? No? Keep looking, he’s there somewhere!

Our May Book Picks

Stephen Biesty’s Incredible Cross-Sections
This children’s book explores the innermost workings of some extraordinary buildings and machines. From helicopters to submarines, skyscrapers to coal mines, open up a fascinating world packed with unique and detailed cutaway drawings.

Whether it’s a Spanish galleon or a medieval castle, each cross-section slice or exploded view reveals what’s going on inside. See the people swarming inside the Empire State Building, the workers busy backstage at the opera house, and where the crew sleep on a jumbo jet. Included also are two impressive fold-outs showing an ocean liner and a steam train.

There are lots of fun facts to be discovered, and curious details are highlighted and explained. Did you know one of the funnels of the Queen Mary liner was fake, and used for storing deckchairs? And in almost every scene there’s the challenge to find a man on the toilet!


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Disclosure: This is a partnered post with DK Books. However, all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own.