Quirky books like “Guinness book of World Records: Biggest and Smaller!” “Strange But True” and “Ripleys Believe It or Not: Eye-popping Oddities” are titles that typically fly off the shelves in the children’s section of the library. But what is it about weird and fascinating facts that appeal to children?
Children see the the world through a wide lens—one without boundaries and limitations—where anything and everything is possible. When children are exposed to new things, this elicits a sense of wonder, or a feeling of awe. According to David Delgado, co-founder of the Museum of Awe, this feeling is “like magic, amazement, mystery, reverence. It’s the moment when we realize it’s a gift and privilege to be alive.”
Encourage this feeling of awe with your own children by urging them to ask questions, learn about unique things and seek out new experiences!
DBRL has a wide variety of books about weird and fascinating subjects that your children will love.
- “Eye-popping Oddities” by Geoff Tibballs
- “Bet You Didn’t Know: Fascinating, Far-out, Fun-tastic Facts!” by National Geographic Kids
- “National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why” by Amy Shields
- “Extreme Records: The Tallest, Weirdest, Fastest, Coolest Stuff on Planet Earth” by Michelle Harris
- “Wonders of the World: An Interactive Tour of Marvels and Monuments” by Isabel Otter
- “Magic Tree House Incredible Fact Book” by Mary Pope Osborne
- “What’s Weird on Earth” by DK Publishing
- “Two Truths and A Lie: Histories and Mysteries” by Ammi-Joan Paquette
- “America’s Oddest Laws” by Michael Canfield
- “Outrageous Animal Adaptations: From Big-eared Bats to Frill-necked Lizards” by Michael J. Rosen
- “Ultimate Secrets Revealed! A Closer Look at the Weirdest, Wildest Facts on Earth” by Stephanie Warren Drimmer
- “Strange But True” by Kathryn Hulick