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Stephen Biesty’s Incredible Cross-Sections – Eagle magazine cutaways reinvented in fascinating detail. Companion titles Castle and Man o’ War. O/P

Horrible Histories, and their offspring Horrible Science and Horribly Famous – not on everyone’s list of favourites, but impossible to ignore for their ability to encourage readers.

The Klutz Encyclopedia of Immaturity 978-1591744276 Klutz £14.99 hbk– imaginative and irreverent titles by inventive US publisher. Good enough to give as a birthday present, that ultimate accolade for non-fiction.

The Dangerous Book for Boys 978-0007232741 HarperCollins £20.00 hbk – back to conkers, catapults, go-carts and all thing that fly in the face of Health and Safety, plus plenty of good solid facts.

Walker’s Read and Wonder series including Think of an Eel 978-1406312010 Karen Wallace and Mike Bostock Walker Books O/P - the very best of narrative non-fiction by outstanding authors and illustrators.

First Discoveries – invented by French publisher Gallimard as an artwork version of Eyewitness, with acetate pages, flaps and sumptuous illustrations. And for older readers Kingfisher’s Kaleidoscopes from the same stable.

The Kid’s Art Pack by Ron van der Meer 978-0789421692 Dorling

Sue Unstead spent 25 years as a publisher of children’s non-fiction before becoming an author and educational consultant.

Kindersley O/P – a children’s version of this brilliantly clever introduction to art, with flaps, pop-ups, fold-out pages and removable books and folders.

The Great Grammar Book by Kate Petty and Jennie Maizels 978-1898304753 £14.99 Hbk Bodly Head – imaginative and ingenious pop-up explanation of this most abstract of topics.

Egyptology by Emily Sands, Dugald Steer, Nick Harris, Helen Ward and Ian Andrew 978-1840118520 £17.99 hbk, the best of Templar’s imaginative non-fiction series.

Nicola Davies’ Ice Bear, Blue Whale, Poo and any other title by this wonderful non-fiction writer of natural history. n

Reasons to celebrate!

Superb new picturebooks from Random House Children’s Books Books for Keeps No.200 May 2013 15

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