Around our home we have a pretty equal amount of story books to educational books about people, places and things. More often than not you have to look for them online, but they are a treasured part of our collection. After the jump we'll tell you how to find them and did we mention we've been illustrated into one? Click through to see!
That's me! The blonde with the bandanna! Sometimes it helps to have a husband who illustrated children's books (amongst other fabulous things)! It's always fun to read these stories to neices, nephews and cousins alike, they always get a kick out of seeing Aunt Sarah in the book!
We love our set of educational books, not just because they make us feel like a mini-celeb, but because they help explain things about the places we live and help our little ones with counting and so forth. Don't have time to see the local museum? Try reading a book about one? Or check out a book about your local library before visiting for the first time. It will help give children an explanation of what to expect before arriving. Helping them have more confidence about new places or getting to experience ones they wouldn't get to normally is super fun!
You can also find books for older kids who by now can count to 10 without visual representation and are onto bigger and better things, like History! Comic book stylings can help keep their attention on what could normally be a rather dull topic (we can't be the only one's who slept through 1 or 2 classes!).
You can purchase educational books directly from the publisher or Amazon (which will carry most major publishers), although many brick and mortar bookstores won't. Usually books that are sold to school libraries for don't make their way into a Barnes and Noble or Borders.
(Images: Sarah Rae Trover)