An image of children reading, sat in front of greenery.

The beginning of March means it’s time to celebrate World Book Day. One of our favourite global recognition days throughout the year. Usually, it would mean dressing up as your favourite fictional character and celebrating your favourite children’s books. As this year is slightly different, and children aren’t in school in their costumes, World Book Day is being celebrated slightly differently. Children are still receiving their £1 book tokens from their schools and nurseries and there are also lots of online events that are available to access from home.

We at Ultimate Library are celebrating World Book Day this year by showing love for children’s books, children’s libraries, and children’s authors. This is our list of great children’s reference books, there are books on nature, history, art, and even books about growing up.

The cover of the the book, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Text on a yellow background featuring a moon drawing and paper boats and planes.

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli

Packed with 100 all-new bedtime stories about the lives of incredible female figures from the past and the present, this volume recognizes women who left their birth countries for a multitude of reasons: some for new opportunities, some out of necessity. Readers will whip up a plate with Asma Khan, strategize global affairs alongside Madeleine Albright, venture into business with Rihanna, and many more.

A cover for the book, How to Change Everything. Black and white text on a bright yellow background.

How to Change Everything by Naomi Klein and Rebecca Stefoff

This book explains why the planet desperately needs our help and how you can use your power to change the world through climate activism Klein presents her urgent message about saving the environment by asking three simple questions: Where are we? How did we get here? What happens next? From the Great Barrier Reef to Greta Thunberg – climate change impacts every aspect of the world you live in and you have the power to lead the way by enacting change.

A cover for the book, The Culture of Clothes. Drawn images of different cultures clothes including flamenco dressed, kimonos, and traditional African tribal clothing, on a black background.

The Culture of Clothes by Giovanna Alessio

Celebrate world dress with this beautifully illustrated compendium of clothing. From colourful kimonos to dazzling flamenco dresses, this book takes you on a journey through the continents to discover the incredible variety of traditional dress. With vibrant artwork by Chaayha Prabhat, this is a colourful celebration of clothing and cultures around the world. (Available on 24/06/21)

The cover for the book, What Adults Don't Know about Art. The cover features the title and simple images of famous pieces of art. For example there is the Girl with the Pearl Earring and Jeff Koons Inflatable Dog.

What Adults Don’t Know About Art: Inspiring Young Minds to Love and Enjoy Art by The School of Life Press

Here is a guide to art for children with a difference: in a tone that’s kindly, informative, unstuffy and at times rightly irreverent, this book explains how art can fit into our lives. We learn where the impulse to make art comes from, what art to look at in certain moods, how to go around a museum without getting bored and why – without even realising it – we all become experts in art by decorating our first bedrooms. This is an innovative guide to the importance of art, produced in a way that will enchant children and, along the way, teach their favourite adults one or two vital things as well.

The cover of the book, The Silk Roads. Featuring the title text on a green path that meanders across a red background.

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan

Set your sails east with this stunningly original new history of the world. From ancient world laws laid down by King Hammurabi and the mighty Persian Empire, to terrifying huns, the rise of Europe, two world wars and politics today, The Silk Roads illustrated edition moves through time and history sewing together the threads from different peoples, empires and continents into a phenomenal history of the globe. (Available on 08/06/21)

The cover of the book, Water World. Featuring a photograph of a seahorse on a blue background.

Water World by Ben Rothery

Life on Earth is shaped by water, and only survives here because of it, but our ocean ecosystems are at the epicentre of global warming. Framed by the need to protect our oceans, Water World is natural-history illustrator Ben Rothery’s rich exploration of the creatures from the coastal and offshore waters of the world – from penguins, seagulls, polar bears and seahorses, to plankton, sharks and deep-sea beings. 

A cover of the book, One Thousand Things. Featuring the text on a background of smaller images of many different items.

One Thousand Things by Anna Kövecses

A lovely multi-layered read, that encourages kids to move through the pages by challenging them to spot a cute mouse on every page, this book will excite children on many levels as well as illustrating the answer to that most appealing question: What do 1000 things look like?

The cover of the book, I Am Not A Label. Featuring images of famous people for example, Stephan Hawking and Frida Kahlo.

I Am Not a Label: 34 disabled artists, thinkers, athletes and activists from past and present by Cerrie Burnell

In this stylishly illustrated biography anthology, meet 34 artists, thinkers, athletes and activists with disabilities, from past and present. From Frida Kahlo to Stephen Hawking, find out how these iconic figures have overcome obstacles, owned their differences and paved the way for others by making their bodies and minds work for them.

The cover of the book, How to Grow Up and Feel Amazing! Featuring the text on a green background and a photograph of Dr Ranj Singh.

How to Grow Up and Feel Amazing! : The No-Worries Guide for Boys  by Dr Ranj Singh

The nation’s favourite doctor, Dr Ranj, is here to explain everything you ever wanted to know about puberty – plus lots more. Filled with easy-to-understand explanations, down-to-earth advice and cheeky illustrations, this growing-up guide, by trusted paediatrician Dr Ranj, are perfect for readers aged 10+ who want to discover the confidence to be the very best version of themselves.

The cover of the book, Mary Anning. Featuring a drawing of palaeontologist Mary Anning and an ichthyosaur skull.

Mary Anning by Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara

When Mary was little, her family was very poor. She used to help her dad to comb for shells and bones up high on dangerous cliffs. After receiving a book as a gift from a kind benefactor, Mary learned all about fossils. She continued to hunt for them and made the startling discovery of a complete skeleton of an ichthyosaur. Sadly, she wasn’t allowed to study along with all the other men, but she carried on making her discoveries – including dinosaur poo! – and advising the Geological Society when they needed help. It took a lifetime to receive recognition but we all remember her now as the mother of palaeontology.