My 7 year old loves facts, he loves to share something interesting and surprise us all with his knowledge. He's interested in new technology and how things work, so I chose him 100 Facts Science and 100 Facts Inventions.
All of the 100 Facts series have a similar layout, with exactly 100 facts in each book which are split into a different category for each double A4 page. The books have a large thin format and are full colour illustrated throughout.
The page and text uses lots of different fonts and layouts and styles of illustration and photograph, so it's very varied and doesn't have huge imposing chunks of small text. It's also clear these are books to 'dip in and out of', rather than just sit and read start to finish.
100 Facts Inventions tells us about well known and household items which someone somewhere invented. It's a great book for encouraging children to think - reading and writing, moving by vehicle and navigating have all changed a human's experience of the world beyond measure, as have more modern inventions like computers and the World Wide Web.
100 Facts Science starts by explaining just a few of the reasons we need Science and points out some really obvious ways in which it affects our lives. The illustrations in the 100 Facts books are excellent and full of detail, and below is one of my favourites.
All of the 100 Facts books also have quizzes and questions, and project suggestions as well as facts. There is also a good index at the end, so that the child can begin to learn how to 'look up' something they want to read about.
I've raised a lot of boys and I've found they especially can be hard to coax into reading for pleasure as more often the fiction books they see don't interest them. Fact books work incredibly well with the male brain, and as long as you can cope with being given a new fact every day for the rest of forever, you really can't go far wrong.
The 100 Facts books are great for any child and will expand general knowledge and understanding of the world. They are an excellent way to encourage reluctant readers to find joy in reading. Choose a book to match your child's interests and very soon you'll both be experts.
The 100 Facts books from Miles Kelly have a recommended price of £6.99 each and are currently on offer at £3 and £5 each and for the week of October half term 2015 Miles Kelly are offering Buy 2 Get 1 Free on all Children's Books!