Dinosaurs: A precursor to Non-Fiction November

Aren’t the best stories always the ones you don’t even need to make up? When it comes to telling stories that engage and excite children, what could be more exciting than the history of the world and life on our planet? A mad English King who married six wives and created a new religion in order to grant a divorce. Chinese monks who, whilst working on a potion for everlasting life, in fact, discover gunpowder, or even that we are related to modern apes!  At What on Earth? Books we take our readers on a 13.7 billion year journey through time, exploring the world around us on giant timelines that start at the big bang right up to the present day. Our latest book is the first in the line of the new Explorer series, where we zoom in to explore topics in-depth, starting with Dinosaurs!

Finding topics that children themselves find interesting is the key to making non-fiction books for younger readers successful. Our new Dinosaurs! book taps into this curiosity with the giant monsters who roamed our Earth. Discussing issues such as where in the world you can find the best dinosaur remains, and why the dinosaurs disappeared, allows us to discuss topics such the continental drift, mass extinction and evolution, which leads young readers to think about other issues like environmentalism, endangered species and climate change.

Curiosity and engagement are the top priority with all What on Earth? books. Our new Explorer range aims to speak to even the most reluctant readers through bite-sized facts supported by colourful illustrations. The journal expands on those facts and sees Agent Eagle take on a top-secret mission for the Eagle-Eyed Explorer Club. His mission journal includes entries on dinosaur identification, diversity and extinction. Did dinosaurs have scales or feathers, and what was life actually like for different dinosaurs? What did they eat – or were they the ones being eaten? We even learn how puzzled humans, millions of years later, discovered the very first fossilized remains of these strange bird-like beasts. Finishing the book with a beautifully illustrated 1.8-metre detachable timeline, you can discover the first known dinosaurs who roamed our planet all the way back in the Triassic Period, to the living descendants, the birds who walk the planet today.

Our very own eagle-eyed readers will have the opportunity to join Agent Eagle on his secret missions. Simply look for the encrypted clues in his journal and submit the seven-digit code via the agent recruitment page 

Explorer Dinosaurs! in partnership with the Natural History Museum is out October 16th and is the first in an exciting new series. All agents should be on standby for mission 2: Bugs

This post was provided by What On Earth Books, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups.

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