Children’s picture books: How the World Works

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How the World Works: A Hands-On Guide to Our Amazing Planet by Christian Dorion is one of the Reading Kingdom’s recommended children’s picture books. Melissa Young explains why:

What You Need to Know:

• This non-fiction picture book is jam-packed with interesting facts about our planet.

• Because it is so full of information, each page is crowded with interesting things, it would not be conducive to a large group read-aloud. Think The Magic School Bus on steroids.

• This is one of those titles that can be read a little at a time. At a deceiving page count of 18, it will take multiple reading to get through all the information in this book.

• A wonderful primer to teach how our world works, to then better understand how we can preserve it. Perfect for Earth Day.


Is the Earth moving beneath our feet? Why does it rain? Why does weather change? Why does the sea move? These are just some of the questions this cool new title by Christian Dorion attempts to answer. Dorion explains these complex questions and answers in an intellectual yet child-friendly way. Illustrator Beverley Young’s accompanying illustrations are also informative but not intimidating.

Clearly these are large questions that can’t really be dumbed down, But Dorion/Young do a great job of making the information accessible. On the page about evolution, they are quite careful to remain neutral, thus allowing room for parents to insert their own beliefs.”

Have your children read How the World Works? What did they think of the book?

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