We make regular trips to the library however, there are some books which you just want to own. These two books have been on my wishlist for a while. I knew that Otis would love them immediately. They are both really beautiful and deliver information to the child in an interesting and engaging way.
In the Book of Bones: 10 Record-Breaking Animals children are invited to examine ten skeletons and with several hints and clues determine which animal they belong to. The skeletons are all record-breaking for different reasons including the smallest, longest, shortest, heaviest, spikiest bones, fastest growing bones and so on. With the answer comes a beautifully illustrated double-page spread with information about that particular animal. It is a delight for the senses as the page featuring the skeleton is bold and contrasting in black and white, the page with the answer is bright and colourful and includes the skeleton textured over the illustrated animal, the child can feel where the bones go.
If you get a chance to see this book in-store, I encourage you to open it up and have a look and feel, it's a standout!
The other book that we have really been enjoying is Dinosaurium. It is a part of the much-loved Welcome to the Museum series that includes Animalium, Botanicum, and Historium. It is for the serious dinosaur lover. All of these books have an old world charm and museum-y feel to them. They are all large format and are visually stunning.
You can read it a page at a time or just flip through it with your child and pick bits to read. Each gallery takes you through the period including dinosaurs, landscape and plants. The information is factual but not boring. I think this would be a favourite with science or history loving parents too. It's one of those books where each page is a piece of art. These large books can be a bit tricky to store but if you have Animalium, Botanicum, and Historium this really completes the series.
When Otis was a toddler I was concerned when he didn't show any interest in dinosaurs. But now I get it, as a toddler he was more interested in vehicles and things he could see. It wasn't until he was a preschooler/primary age that he could understand dinosaurs and although his interest came much later than many children, it's now one of his favourite topics. I'd love to hear about any beautiful animal books you've found recently!