Britannica Books

Britannica Books promises fun, weird, surprising and awesomely true stories, curated just for kids. New titles out now!


Britannica First Big Book of Why

WHY are clouds different shapes? WHY does my tummy rumble? WHY does popcorn pop?

Britannica’s authoritative, and lavishly illustrated question and answer book will satisfy even the most curious kids, with over 100 questions verified by Britannica experts. Spanning a range of topics including animals, the body, machines, space, and more, this book provides clear and accessible explanations—and even explores some of the mysteries that experts are still trying to solve!

By encouraging children to question how the world works, Britannica First Big Book of Why supports STEAM learning and nurtures inquiring minds.

Written by Sally Symes and brought to life with illustrations by Kate Slater.

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How to Teach Grown-Ups about Pluto

A witty guide to Pluto’s discovery and demotion, which puts kids in charge.

Astronomer Dean Regas is here to teach you how to educate your grown-up about the cutting-edge science of space, most crucially the reason why Pluto is NOT a planet anymore.

Delving into the history of space discoveries, the key players who have helped our understanding of the universe (including the 11-year-old girl who named Pluto in the first place), and the ever-changing nature of science, this book will equip every reader with the tools they need to bring their grown-ups fully up to speed, and to sneak in as many amazing astronomical facts as possible.

Written by Dean Regas (Astronomer at Cincinnati Observatory and NASA Solar System Ambassador) and illustrated by Aaron Blecha.

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Return to FACTopia!

A world of 400 facts, all connected in surprising and hilarious ways!

Did you know that bacteria from between people’s toes has been used to make cheese? Or that the world’s most expensive cheese is made from donkey milk? Or that the milk from one species of cockroach is the most nutritious substance on Earth? Or that a cockroach can survive for weeks without its head? Welcome back to FACTopia!, a world of perfectly amazing, ingeniously connected facts!

Written by Kate Hale and illustrated by award-winning illustrator Andy Smith.

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Choose your own path through this hilarious world of 400 facts, all of which are verified by Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Did you know that a squid has a brain shaped like a doughnut? Or that some butterflies drink turtle tears? Hop from topic to topic in unexpected and delightful ways, and discover what connects a giraffe with the Eiffel tower, or a slice of pizza with Cleopatra. On your awe-inspiring journey, you will find out extraordinary facts about space, bones, dinosaurs, spiders, sharks, robots, ancient Rome and more.

Written by Kate Hale and illustrated by award-winning illustrator Andy Smith.

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Britannica Children’s Encyclopedia

An amazing 424-page compendium of knowledge to satisfy all curious minds, packed full of incredible facts you can trust from the experts behind Britannica!

Unlike old encyclopedias that are structured from A–Z, this encyclopedia has a narrative arc, telling the story of the world from the beginning of time to the present day and even into the future! The Britannica All New Children’s Encyclopedia contains all new material, explores a wide range of topics and is divided into eight chapters by subject: Universe, Earth, Matter, Life, Humans, Ancient & Medieval Times, Modern Times, and Today & Tomorrow.

Foreword by J.E. Luebering (Editorial Director of Encyclopaedia Britannica). Edited by Christopher Lloyd.

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5 Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime

For curious children with lots of questions, this is the perfect bedtime book.
Also available as an audiobook!

Travel to Ancient Egypt to explore the beds of Tutankhamun, jet off into space to see how astronauts get ready for bed, or even plunge underwater to learn how hibernating turtles breathe through their bottoms! Embark on a journey of wonder and discovery with these 30 amazing 5-minute stories for curious children and their parents.

Lavishly illustrated on every page and packed full of up-to-the-minute, expert information, this book is the ultimate, brainy bedtime companion for children aged 4 to 8.

Developed by Sally Symes. Text by: Sally Symes, Jackie McCann, Jen Arena and Rachel Valentine. Illustrations by: Amy Grimes, Anneli Bray, Christine Cuddihy, Jacqui Lee, Joanne Liu, Katie Rewse, Katie Wilson, Maddy Vian, Natalie Smillie and Olivia Holden. Audiobook narrated by Joanna Lumley.

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Enter the listiverse and get ready to see the world in a whole new way!
Available for pre-order now!

Ever wondered which 10 dinosaurs were the largest, and what they weighed…in cats? Or how much of your DNA you share with other animals…and bananas? Listified! takes the best and most amazing parts of the universe―erupting volcanoes, medieval machines, jumping spiders, exploding stars, and everything in between―and organizes them into quirky list form for curious kids and their friends and family to enjoy.

Brought to life by imaginative and hilarious artworks, each list presents subjects from new and unexpected angles. Let Britannica’s Listified! take you on a journey through 300 lists that illuminate everything from the human body, to prehistoric creatures, planet Earth, outer space, and the mysteries beyond.

Written by Andrew Pettie and illustrated by Andrés Lozano.

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