DK Eyewitness Books Series

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Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Great reference books on many topics for young readers.

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Educational Value

Each of these books has detailed information on its subject matter, packed with facts and pictures and data. New vocabulary is challenging but accessible.

Positive Messages

Implied message that learning is fun!

Positive Role Models & Representations

Many important historical figures, leaders, scientists, explorers, inventors, and writers appear in the series. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Eyewitness series is the rare find for children's research and nonfiction books: dense information and great visuals, with just enough on each page to entice but not overwhelm the reader. With its first books published in 1988 (and updated many times since), the series is still going strong: There are more than 100 Eyewitness books on topics ranging from science and space exploration to history and literature and everything in between. If kids (or parents) want to read about it, chances are Eyewitness covers it. The books are easy to read with small chunks of dense information, so readers won't be intimidated.

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What's the story?

In the EYEWITNESS series, each book gives the facts about a specific topic. The books cover everything form natural disasters to Shakespeare to ancient Egypt to space exploration to cats and dogs and more. Each page has several pictures, timelines, and paragraphs of detailed information -- even parents will learn things. The first books in the series were originally published in 1988 and have been updated many times since, and the series is still going strong with multiple titles by various authors. They're the go-to library source for young kids' research projects, and they're captivating for curious minds.

Is it any good?

These books are engaging ways for young readers to learn about nonfiction, and the variety of topics means that everyone will find something -- often many things -- to enjoy. The Eyewitness series typically gives historical context for events, illustrates the importance of what happened, and looks ahead to see the impact on the future. This gives young readers a fuller understanding of an event (such as landing on the moon), putting history on a timeline that includes the present -- and the reader.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the facts in each book in the DK Eyewitness series. What were the most interesting things you learned, and why?

  • What other books have you read about this subject? Why did you choose this one?

  • What other Eyewitness books have you read?

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For kids who love history and animals

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