Action packed reads, 11-14 years
July 5, 2017

Exploring, learning and being active outdoors is great fun whether it’s in the garden, park or natural wild habitats. Here are some of our action-packed, non-fiction reads, perfect to fill that long stretch of summer holidays.

If you are visiting the coast don’t forget to pack Explore the Seashore, filled with tactile pictures of an orca whale and life-sized tooth, dolphin, seal, rock pool creatures and beach combing finds. Our Go Wild online Discovery Hub contains special audio guides from a host of famous wildlife presenters including Chris Packham and Kate Humble, plus lots of wild ideas for fun stuff to do.

Orca tactile picture from Living Paintings Explore the Seashore

Learn how to survive in the wild like Bear Grylls with our Bushcraft Guide – activities include making a campfire and cooking, building a den and identifying trees. Step further into the wild with Nature Detectives, a brilliant field guide to different habitats, from hedgerow to ancient woodland. You can explore the fascinating eco-system of the trees, plants, birds, animals and insects that live in hedgerows, woodland, coastline and rivers and streams. And as well as feeling an oyster catcher, swallow, adder, sand lizard and stag beetle to name a few, there are atmospheric nature sounds to enjoy on the audio guide.

Camping Tent

Fill a rainy afternoon with our Flag Quiz. It includes tactile pictures of world flags and a quiz on the audio guide too so you can accumulate points as you explore the countries. The flags and countries in the book include the Union Jack, Australia, China and Mexico, plus many more. The audio guide is full of fun facts and stats, with an emphasis on the geography of each country. This non-fiction book is perfect for hungry minds to devour and the quiz element means it can be shared and enjoyed with friends and family.

Dinosaur tactile image from Dinosaurs Roar! series

If you’re heading to the Jurassic coast don’t forget to pack a hammer and our Dinosaurs ROAR series, a great non-fiction read for young palaeontologists. Jurassic Planet includes a Diplodocus and skeleton, Allosaurus, Iguanodon and nest with eggs, Utahraptor and detail of its foot. Triassic Rocks includes Coelophysis and ammonite, Plateosaurus and volcano, Stegosaurus and fern, and an Ornitholestes. The audio guides are full of stats and facts about dinosaurs and our online Dinosaur Discovery Hub has dino themed ideas for great places to visit, fact sheets and fun stuff to do, including a tasty Dinosaur Cookie recipe.

Liam in goal playing goalball

With a summer of sport ahead of us why not borrow Cook it. Eat it. Live it! packed with lots of information and ideas about healthy eating and sport, including a section about the hugely popular and fast-paced game of goalball, plus inspirational words from Paralympian Ade Adepitan.  For more sport inspiration borrow Olympics and Paralympic Games, which tells the history of the games, the sports, famous athletes and some iconic moments. Feel Olympic torches, a hurdler in action, a diver mid-dive and listen to gold medal winning athletes and para-athletes being interviewed by BBC sports presenter Clare Balding, with serious questions such as “Do you wear lucky pants?”!

Our library is full of books for blind and partially sighted young people that make reading and discovering accessible and fun. If you need advice about what books to borrow for your child this summer just give our library a call on 01635 299771.

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