Topic Books about Our Planet Earth for Children KS1 & KS2

Wild World

by Angela McAllister

Discover 13 incredible habitats, from the frozen Arctic to the dusty savannah, in this beautiful tribute to the last wildernesses of our world. Poetic texts bring the habitats to life, while factual information details the danger facing these incredible places.

The Rhythm of the Rain

by Grahame Baker-Smith 

Issac plays in his favourite pool on the mountainside. He empties his little jar of water into the pool. Where will the water go now? Issac wonders. This breathtaking celebration of the water cycle captures the remarkable movement of water across the earth in all its majesty.

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Mountains of the World

by Dieter Braun

This spectacular non-fiction book examines the mountains that shape our world. It examines the formation of these magnificent geographical features and humanity's exploration of them. A perfect book for enjoying the beautiful illustrations whilst finding out lots of amazing facts.

Under Earth, Under Water

by Aleksandra Mizielinski 

Dive below the surface and find out what happens under the earth. From early submarines and deep-sea life, to burrowing animals and man-made tunnels - you will never look at the world in the same way again! 


The River

by Marc Martin

There is a river outside my window. Where will it take me? So begins an imaginary journey from the city to the sea. From factories to farmlands, freeways to forest, each new landscape is explored through stunning illustrations and poetic text.

The Story of Life: A First Book about Evolution by Catherine Barr 

This is an exciting and dramatic story about how life began on Planet Earth. With delightful illustrations including lots of detail and humour, all carefully researched and checked, this book shows the development of life on Earth in a truly accessible and simple way.

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Going to the Volcano

by Andy Stanton

Join two intrepid explorers as they take a train-o, jump on a plane-o, ride a Great Dane-o (down the lane-o) on their way to look at the volcano. Nothing could possibly go wrong - could it?! A hilariously anarchic, brightly illustrated rhyming story.

The Street Beneath My Feet

by Charlotte Guillian

This double-sided foldout book takes you on a fascinating journey deep underground. One side of the foldout shows the ground beneath the city, whilst the reverse shows beneath the countryside. This expansive concertina book opens out to 2.5 metres long.


This Little Pebble

by Anna Claybourne 

This Little Pebble begins with a child finding a small, forgotten pebble in his pocket. It uses this simple premise as a jumping-off point to explore what rocks are, where they come from and how fundamental they are to life here on Earth.

Planet Awesome

by Stacy McAnulty 

In this hilarious and informative book filled to the brim with eye-opening, kid-friendly facts about our planet, you'll find scientifically accurate information from beloved children's book author Stacy McAnulty. 


Volcano Wakes Up!

by Lisa Westberg Peters

Playful, kid-friendly poems from five alternating points of view explore the volcanic process and its effect on the surrounding land, flora, and fauna. From the lava crickets to the ferns, everyone has something to say about it!

Everest by Sangma Francis

There is so much more to this mountain than the brave mountaineers who climb it. Travel back to its ancient origins, learn about the flowers and plants that grow and discover the rich history of religions, myths, and legends that surround this great Sagarmatha, the Goddess of the Sky.


LOTS by Marc Martin

In this wonderfully illustrated celebration of the world we travel far and wide - to Hong Kong, the Amazon, Antarctica, India - from villages, towns and cities, to the deserts and vast oceans that cover the surface of the planet. There is so much to discover - lots of people, lots of places, lots of different landscapes and cultures.


My Little Book of Volcanoes and Earthquakes by Claudia Martin

Combining easy-to-read text with stunning photographs, learning about earthquakes and volcanoes has never been so much fun! Learn how and why volcanoes occur, the largest and most dangerous and how we try and live with earthquakes today.


One Day On Our Blue Planet by Ella Bailey

From dusk to dawn, children will love spending the day with this curious young spider monkey. The series focuses on the way our young animal friends spend a day around the world, including the Savannah, the ocean and the Antarctic.


Holes: Discover a Hidden World by Jonathan Litton

Discover a hidden world. Delve into this fascinating book of holes to discover a world of burrows and boreholes, subways and sinkholes. From the mythical and mysterious to household and human holes, find out what makes a hole a hole and how they shape our world.


Natural Wonders of the World by Molly Oldfield

From firefly squid glowing against the night sky in Japan to a Mexican cave filled with the largest crystals ever found, you'll discover the stories and science behind these wonders, the threats they now face and the efforts taking place to save them.


Bird's Eye View: The Natural World by John Farndon

Imagine yourself in a balloon floating high above the world or as a soaring eagle. This book takes you on an amazing aerial journey to show you the world in a way you’ve never seen it, in a series of spectacular panoramic views, complete with annotated information.


Amazing Islands

by Sabrina Weiss 

Discover 100 of the planet's most magical islands--their wildlife, trees, diversity, people, treasures, and more--in this beautifully illustrated book. his stunning book celebrates island life, history, culture, and diversity with fact files, rich illustrations, a world map, and a lavish gatefold spread. 

What's Weird on Earth by DK

This fact-filled book covers natural, supernatural, and man-made features. From maps of UFO sightings, freaky flowers, poisonous foods, glowing animals and a whole host of weird and wonderful things that'll have you looking at Earth in a whole new light.



by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski

Explore the world with this lavish book of maps. This collection of 52 highly illustrated maps details not only geographical features, but also places of interest, iconic personalities, native animals and plants, local peoples, cultural events, and many more fascinating facts.

The Wonder Garden

by Jenny Broom

Open the gates of the Wonder Garden to explore five of Earth's most extraordinary habitats. Trek through the Amazon Rainforest, travel to the Chihuahuan Desert, dive in the Great Barrier Reef, delve into the Black Forest and stand on the roof of the world – the Himalayan Mountains – to see nature at its wildest. 


Fossils: Rock Explorers

by Claudia Martin 

Did you know that thousands of years ago the ancient Chinese found dinosaur fossils and thought they were dragon bones? Full of facts and photos of real-life excavations, this accessible book shows the beliefs and myths that have advanced – and inhibited – our understanding of evolution


A Rock is Lively

by Dianna Hutts Aston 

A gorgeous and informative introduction to the fascinating world of rocks. From dazzling blue Lapis Lazuli to volcanic Snowflake Obsidian, an incredible variety of rocks are showcased in all their splendour. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, this book introduces an array of facts, making it perfect for classroom.