The Best Books For Their Backpacks

The Best Books For Their Backpacks

Believe it or not, the back-to-school season is almost upon us! No need to panic, though, because DK has you covered with the best books for the classroom and at home. Have a look at our top picks for curious kids this year.

Maker Lab

Ready to make some sticky slime? Or homemade invisible ink?! Maker Lab is the perfect pick for budding scientists. Created in association with the Smithsonian Institution and supporting STEM education initiatives, Maker Lab includes 28 kid-safe projects and crafts that will get young inventors' wheels turning and make science pure fun.

Go behind the scenes with Maker Lab in this interview with author Jack Challoner, and learn how the book was put together and why it's perfect for parents and teachers alike.

Coding Projects in Scratch

Coding isn't just for grown-ups anymore. In fact, it's increasingly becoming a part of standard school curricula from an early age. Kids can get a head start with Coding Projects in Scratch. Using fun graphics and easy-to-follow instructions, this visual guide shows young learners how to build their own computer projects using Scratch, a popular free programming language.

For a crash course on why coding is the big ticket right now, have a look at our article 5 Reasons Why Coding is Cool.

Super Cool Tech

Ever wondered how all the computers, robots, and spaceships of the world really work? Gadget lovers will adore Super Cool Tech. This cutting-edge guide explores how incredible new technologies are shaping the modern world and its future, from familiar smartwatches to intelligent, driverless cars.

It turns out that flying cars, invisibility cloaks, and teleportation devices won't be the stuff of science fiction for too long… Kids can dive straight into the future with our article Super Hero Powers Made Possible: The Future's Wildest Tech.

Children Just Like Me

What's the best sport to play in Malaysia? What does breakfast look like in Bahrain? A favorite in classrooms, libraries, and homes, Children Just Like Me is a comprehensive view of international cultures, exploring diverse backgrounds from Argentina to New Zealand to China to Israel. With this brand new edition, children will learn about their peers around the world through engaging photographs and understandable text laid out in DK's distinctive style.

Kids can get into the spirit straight away by downloading a free activity pack. The pack includes a Children Just Like Me template for kids to write their own profile (just like the children in the book!), a world flags matching game, and activity ideas for hosting an International Day at your school.

DK Readers

Spiders and otters and knights, oh my! The newly updated DK Readers series is designed to encourage and entertain young readers as they develop and improve their skills. To learn more about the new editions, and which level is right for your reader, take a look at this article by DKfindout! Managing Editor Deborah Lock.


No matter what they want to find out about, there's a DKfindout! title for them. From the creators of DKfindout!, the free online resource for kids, comes an exciting new book series full of amazing images, incredible quizzes, and cutting-edge information kids need to know. The DKfindout! series helps kids become experts on their favorite subjects, from dinosaurs to space. Learning doesn't get more fun than this!

For a sneak peek into the series, watch our video here.

Children’s Illustrated Atlas

It's a wide, wide world. Why not see it all? With DK's Children's Illustrated Atlas, kids can explore the countries of the world like never before. Featuring approximately 50 unique maps of the world that show each country in full-color detail, this new atlas is bursting with information, combining colorful icons with photographs representing key points about each country.

Kids can quiz their geography skills with our rapid-fire Name That Landmark!

How to Be Good At Math

Math doesn't have to inspire groans and grumbles! How to Be Good at Math uses an innovative visual approach to explain and define all the basic math concepts taught in schools for children aged 7-11. It's the perfect guide for reluctant mathematicians, as well as providing a fun, reliable reference to look things up.

Kids can jump into the numbers straight away with our free, downloable math sheets.

For more great books for back-to-school, to suit scientists to sports lovers, explore DK's full range of Children's and Education books.

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