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Action packed fact books for 11-14 years

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 fact books, perfect for rainy days, weekends and outdoor time.

If you are visiting the coast don’t forget to pack Explore the Seashore, filled with tactile pictures of a dolphin, a seal, rock pool creatures, an orca whale with a life-sized tooth and beachcombing finds.

Learn how to survive in the wild like Bear Grylls with our activity based fact book,  Wild About Bushcraft featuring activities such as making a campfire, building a den and identifying trees.

A boy smiling and sitting in a forest den made of leaves and twigs.

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, plus fascinating 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.

Fill a rainy afternoon with our Flag Quiz. This fun fact book includes tactile pictures of world flags and an audio quiz 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. Perfect for hungry minds to devour, the book is full of cool facts and stats, with an emphasis on the geography of each country – great for enjoying with friends and family.

Promotional shot of Crazy Cretaceous featuring tacteilpicutre of a dinosaur and the Image Pack

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. Journey through the Mesozoic Era to discover lesser-known and blockbuster dinos including the Diplodocus, Iguanodon, Plateosaurus, Stegosaurus and of course, the Tyrannosaurus Rex. The audio guides are full of stats and facts about dinosaurs.

With sport and healthy living in mind why not borrow Cook it. Eat it. Live it!, which is 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.

Ade Adepitan, smiling, speeding along the road in a three-wheeled racing wheelchair.

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?”!

Borrow Explore the Seashore from our FREE library

Borrow Wild about Bushcraft from our FREE library

Borrow Nature Detectives from our FREE library

Borrow Flag Quiz from our FREE library

Borrow Dinosaurs ROAR! from our FREE library

Borrow Cook it. Eat Live. Live it! from our FREE library 

Borrow Olympics and Paralympics Games from our FREE library

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