There are 7 in the “Did You Know?” series (as per goodreads anyway).
US Publisher: Little Simon
Authors: Laura Lyn Disiena and Hannah Eliot
Illustrators: Pete Oswald and Aaron Spurgeon
The books are:
- Hippos Can’t Swim and Other Fun Facts
- Chickens Don’t Fly and Other Fun Facts
- Dinosaurs Live On and Other Fun Facts
- Rainbows Never End and Other Fun Facts
- Trains Can Float and Other Fun Facts
- Frogs Play Cellos and Other Fun Facts
- Saturn Could Sail and Other Fun Facts
I have Hippos, Chickens, Rainbows and Saturn. I am actively on the look-out at the books stores for the others. These are less story and more education. But they are pretty awesome. They start with the fact on the cover, and an explanation of it and then add successive facts that are linked to the previous fact. All to loop back, at the end, to the initial fact. There is a lot of good educational material in each. And they are presented in a fun way. They don’t rhyme but that’s ok because even as an adult I found the way the facts are presented fun to read. And the illustrations are wonderful. They are silly and playful, but still get the point of the educational fact across. They are fun to read aloud too because the pages take the form of “Did You Know?” Hence the titles! As far as educational value – well, there were facts that I didn’t know in each of the 4 that I bought to read to my little man. They contain all sorts of facts – educate on science, colors, shapes, animals, etc. They each end with a page that summarizes the great facts presented in the main book. And, the entire book takes about 5 minutes to read so they are perfect for the right-before-bed-time story time. I highly recommend them (at least the four I mentioned, but I assume the other three are just as wonderful).