Britannica All New Children’s Encyclopedia: What We Know & What We Don’t Edited by Christopher Lloyd

Publication Date: 1 October 2020

The Blurb

Earth? Space? Animals? History? STEM? The Britannica All New Kids’ Encyclopedia has them all.

This beautifully illustrated, 416-page compendium of knowledge is a must-have addition to every family bookshelf and library collection!

With more than 100 expert consultants from around the world, and over 1000 images, including specially commissioned illustrations and stunning photography, this single-volume encyclopedia for kids takes Britannica’s reputation for authentic, trustworthy information and brings it to a whole new audience.

Unlike old encyclopedias that are structured from A to Z, this encyclopedia takes you on a journey from the beginning of time to the present day – and even into the future! It 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.

This book of amazing facts you can trust will provide hundreds of hours of fun learning for curious children and their families.

The Review

Today, I’m going to be focusing on what really matters – Matter! This is where my inner science geek gets to go wild! Whether it’s the stuff that’s billions of years old, or invented just 150 years ago like plastic, all matter has one thing in common – atoms – the building blocks of every single substance in our Universe.

Each double page spread is credited to an expert consultant with linked topic pages also listed, which turns it into a choose your own adventure in non-fiction, with so much more to discover! The information is arranged in an eye-catching and engaging way that allows the reader to move from awe-inspiring fact to awe-inspiring fact.

Matter is the perfect chapter for budding scientists, covering information from solids, liquids and gases to compounds, molecules and subatomic particles, the chemistry of life, forces and radioactivity (as pictured above). I know I’m quite old, but I’m very glad I’m not old enough to have received and atomic energy lab in my Christmas Stocking, with actual radio-active material.

And that’s just one chapter! With so many uses in the classroom for so many topics as well as being a brilliant book to dip in and out of for pleasure, this is one I would have loved to receive as a child so that I could spend my afternoons pouring over the facts, diagrams and illustrations before testing my new found knowledge with the quizzes that end each chapter.

Huge thanks to What On Earth Books for inviting me to take part in the Blog Tour for Britannica All New Children’s Encyclopedia. Do make sure you check out all of the other stops!


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