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Launching this October: Britannica Books with Two Exciting New Titles!

October 06, 2020

This month What on Earth Books’ new reference imprint, Britannica Books, launches with two exciting new titles, Britannica All New Children’s Encyclopedia: What We Know & What We Don’t (1st October) and 5 Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime (15th October).

The Britannica All New Children’s Encyclopedia, edited by the renowned writer, historian and lecturer, Christopher Lloyd, has been developed in collaboration with the team at Britannica Encyclopaedia, one of the world’s most trusted sources of knowledge. It is the most up-to-date encyclopedia for children on the market. The book’s release marks Encyclopaedia Britannica’s highly anticipated return to print publishing through Britannica Books and provides children with a veritable feast of facts, covering more than 170 topics verified by over 100 experts in their fields. The book’s chapters cover the Universe, Earth, Matter, Life, Humans, Ancient & Medieval Times, Modern Times and Today & Tomorrow and includes information on everything, from the stars and planets, to climate change, and even AI. Described by the acclaimed author, Anthony Horowitz as, “A book of wonders and a wonderful book” and summed up as ‘a triumph of nonfiction publishing for children which sets a gold standard’ by Exploring Children’s Literature, the encyclopedia is as eye-catching as it is informative. The book features over 1,000 vivid photographs and illustrations which will captivate curious children. Significantly, the encyclopedia not only covers what we do know about the world but also highlights what we don’t, aiming to inspire young minds who may go on to solve these mysteries. Special features include segments outlining intriguing facts called ‘FACTastic’, ‘Listified!’ ‘Known Unknowns’ and ‘Game Changers’, and each chapter concludes with a fun quiz.

The Britannica All New Children’s Encyclopedia is available to order now with a special offer only available on this website for a personal signature and dedication by the book’s editor Christopher Lloyd.

5 Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime, published on 15 October, is another thought-provoking title published by Britannica Books which will delight young readers. The book, developed by Sally Symes, with original writing from Symes, Rachel Valentine, Jackie McCann, and Jen Arena is a collection of 30 amazing true stories all about sleep and the night-time which can be read during bedtime to help children drift off to sleep. Featured in The Sunday Times as a book to ‘watch out for’ the article also praised the ‘short and intriguing pieces about the night: the starry skies, record-breaking beds, space travel, nocturnal jobs and animals’. An audiobook edition, also released on 15 October, is read by the absolutely fabulous, actress, presenter, writer, and campaigner, Joanna Lumley OBE, whose soothing narration brings the stories to life.

5 Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime is released in print and audiobook on 15 October 2020 and is available to preorder now.

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