Topic Books about Architecture, Famous Landmarks and Buildings for Children in KS2

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Cool Architecture

by Simon Armstrong

Want to know more about the buildings around you? Interested in how the Egyptians built the pyramids, and how on earth a dome stays up?  Packed with absorbing facts and quirky illustrations, Cool Architecture tells you everything you need to know about architecture around the world.

From Mud Huts to Sky Scrapers by Christine Paxmann 

Children will be absorbed by this journey through the history of architecture, from the earliest mud huts to today's soaring towers. Chronologically arranged, this large-format book gives each iconic building its own double-page spread featuring illustrations and clearly written descriptions, facts, and features. 


The Buildings That Made London by David Long

Take an incredible journey through the streets of London and see beautiful buildings as you've never seen them before! Using original architectural drawings from The National Archives brought to life by stunning artwork, discover the rich heritage of some of London's most iconic buildings.


See Inside: Bridges, Towers & Tunnels 

by Struan Reid

Lift the flaps to reveal the mechanics and engineering of amazing bridges, towers and tunnels including the Channel Tunnel, the Burj Khalifa, Golden Gate Bridge and more. 


Architecture According to a Pigeon by Stella Gurney

In this delightful book, a pigeon takes a journey around the globe with fun facts about each of the iconic buildings he visits. Featuring the Colosseum, Taj Mahal, Golden Gate Bridge, Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower and dozens of other buildings from a 'bird's eye view'.

The World is Not a Rectangle

by Jeanette Winter 

Get to know Zaha Hadid in this nonfiction picture book about the famed architect’s life and her triumph over adversity. Determined to succeed, she worked hard for many years, and achieved her goals—and now you can see the buildings Hadid has designed all over the world.



by Taraneh Ghajar Jerven 

Journey to Italy, the US, Thailand, Japan, the United Kingdom, and many more countries around the world! See the amazing sights and learn the secrets and the histories of their capital cities. Get ready to embark on an epic adventure to see capitals around the world! 


How Cities Work

by Lonely Planet Kids

Get ready to explore the city in a whole new way. This innovative book is packed with city facts, loads of flaps to lift, and unfolding pages to see inside buildings and under the streets. From skyscrapers, subway systems and stinky sewers!


The Story of Buildings

by Patrick Dillon

From straw huts to skyscrapers, palaces to arts centres, The Story of Buildings takes us on a journey across continents and over centuries. Detailed, intricate cross-sections allow us to see inside these incredible structures and appreciate the inspiration of their creators. 


13 Architects Children Should Know by Florian Heine

Buildings of every shape and size and from all corners of the world, populate this colourful and beautifully produced book that introduces children to history's most iconic architectural feats and the people behind them.


What's Where in the World

by DK

With 75 3-D world maps, this book shows you things such as the world's tallest buildings, longest rivers, most dangerous earthquake spots, and even where you can scratch a whale's tongue! And if you have ever wondered where the best places to go diving for shipwrecks are, then look no further.


See Inside: Famous Buildings

by Rob Lloyd Jones 

This book lets you discover and explore some of the world's most famous buildings. Looking at famous buildings from across the ages each illustration opens up to reveal the building's interior as well as fascinating facts such as how they were built and their histories.


A World of Cities

by James Brown 

Climb Paris's Eiffel Tower, wander the busy streets of New Delhi and see the lights of Shanghai in this whirlwind tour of the world's most beautiful cities. Bold, bright colours and fascinating facts about the history and culture are incorporated into the contemporary designs.

Where in the World?: Famous Buildings and Landmarks

by Baby Professor 

If you can identify all these landmarks, well done! But do you know where in the world these landmarks are found? You will need to know your geography to do that. This book will help you refine your knowledge in the subject. Good luck!


An Igloo on the Moon

by Adrian Buckley

Aimed at young, enquiring minds, An Igloo on the Moon explores how and why we build. Underlying the narrative is an acute awareness of environmental issues and the need to reconnect with sustainable patterns of building. It is a book to engage and excite the next generation of architects.


Architecture Academy

by Steve Martin

Discover the essential skills required on the way to becoming an architect in this innovative activity book. Architect Academy gives kids the know-how to plan and draw all sorts of structures, from bridges and schools, to parks and pyramids. 

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