My girls have a bit of a love affair with huge books. You know those books that are so big you can’t really hold them and must lay on the floor to even turn the pages. We wanted to share some of our absolute favorite big books and of course, if we’ve left any off of the list please let us know, we are always looking to add to our collection!
Many of these I have written about before but never have you seen them in one gargantuan collection of awesome!
Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinksi (Big Picture Press, 2013) is a gorgeous book, we love looking at this book and all of the amazing details that are held within it. It has almost all of the countries of the world (to my petite’s dismay it doesn’t have Ireland). We love how this book offers up bite sized facts and introductions to many countries and is a visual feast. It comes in at a whopping 10.9x 14.8 inches.
Animalium: Ticket to the Museum by Jenny Broom and Katie Scott (Big Picture Press, 2014) reminds me of those stunning Audubon images that my grandfather so loved. This book contains 200+ stunning images that are accompanied by informative text. This book is a pure pleasure to pour over on a rainy afternoon. This books measures in at 11 x 14.9 inches.
Timeline: A Visual History of Our World by Peter Goes (Gecko Press, 2016) 10.6x 14.6 is the perfect size for this amazing book. Goes does a remarkable job of putting together historical events from the Big Bang to present day. This book has the most amazing little snippets of history. To confess, I spent my time in history in high school catching up on correspondences. So this book has been a great reminder of what I would have learned had I been paying better attention.
Zoo-ology by Emmanuelle Grundmann and Joelle Jolivet (Roaring Brook Press,2003) this is a book that my husband came home with one day. It continues to be a family favorite and one that the petites often can be found laying on top of and exploring the detailed illustrations. What I like best about the layout of this book is how they share the animals, it isn’t by habitat or region as you might expect but rather by large and small, hot weather, cold weather, feathered, horned, spots and stripes. This hefty tome comes in at 12.4 x 17.8 inches and is tied for first place in our biggest book competition with Almost Everything.
The 50 States: Explore the U.S.A with 50 fact-filled maps! by Gabrielle Balkan and Sol Linero (Wide Eyed Editions, 2015) is an a visual delight! This book is perfect for petites of all ages. My youngest recently received it as a gift and she absolutely adores flipping through the huge pages and checking out all of the places on the map. We love the Welcome to the State portion where you get some insight into what that state is all about. We also love the little timelines in Moments to Remember, this books packs in so much information…it is a must for any family who loves to travel in the US. This book isn’t the largest we are featuring today, but it is by far one of our absolute favorites at 11.5 x 13.8 inches.
Almost Everything by Joelle Jolivet (Roaring Brook Press, 2005) covers, well you guessed it, almost everything. There are trees & flowers, fruits & veggies, houses, tools, cars, trains and more. This book is so much fun to look through. After purchasing Zoo-ology we knew we were huge fans of these gorgeous books. This book is a huge book which we think makes it all the more fun to look through coming in at a whopping 12.4 x 17.8 inches you won’t find this in a standard sized bookshelf; and is tied for biggest book award with Zoo-ology!
Atlas of Adventure by Rachel Williams and Lucy Letherland (Wide Eyed Editions, 2015) is another completely stunning book that has the right to be on any coffee table in the land (or so I declare), it is that lovely. This book is filled with glorious and adventurous illustrations. This is a sort of adventure book in the sense that you have things to find within each page as well as fun facts to keep you learning. It is perfect for petites who dream of traveling the world. This book will fit perfectly under the seat cushion in front of you, coming in at 10.9 x 14.9 inches.
The Wonder Garden by Jenny Broom and Kristjana S Williams (Wide Eyed Editions, 2015) is a Technicolor feast of neon. This book sends its readers on an adventure through 5 habitats with introductions to 80 animals. This book with its exceptional bright pink and magenta tones will be sure to enthrall any petite who loves animals and interesting facts. As my petites were reading it they kept saying “oh look at all the pink”. Also I feel compelled to mention which habitats are covered because they are not the ones that typically come to mind, which we LOVE! In this book you will be introduced to the Chihuahuan Desert, the Amazon Rainforest, the Black Forest, the Himalayan Mountains, and the Great Barrier Reef. This brilliantly bold book will be sure to ensnare even the youngest of petites with the vibrant color and attention to details. This book is also one of the smaller featured in this collection at 11.4 x 13.6 inches.
Pierre the Maze Detective by Hiro Kamigaki & IC4DESIGN (Laurence King Publishing, 2015) is probably one of our most favorite books. This is an incredibly engaging book, imagine Where’s Waldo, but a bazillion times better! Yes, a full bazillion. In this book you will enter into the world of Opera City and the 15 mazes that Pierre will need to solve to uncover the clues to find Mr. X. You will travel through a cafe, hot air balloon festival, castle, forest, a busy port, haunted mansion, and of course an ocean maze complete with a Craken! The mazes are amazingly detailed almost in a spell binding way that so much detail can be contained on each page. You have to search for multiple things on each page to complete the maze and get a step closer to catching Mr.X. We absolutely love this book, for a more complete review where I basically gush over this books awesomeness click here.
If you have other favorite big books please let us know, we would love to check them out.