Children have a natural sense of curiosity about their world. These books of questions provide clear and concise answers for everyday questions asked by children of all ages.

“Why Do I Have to Make My Bed?: Or, a History of Messy Rooms” by Wade Bradford. Illustrated by Johanna van der Sterre, Tricycle Press, 2011, ages 4-8.

Children have been asking the question, “Why do I have to make my bed” since the beginning of time, as the author, Wade Bradford explains in this historical depiction of chores through the ages. The story begins with a child in modern times and moves back through the turn of the century, the pioneer days, colonial America, the Middle Ages, Ancient Egypt, and Prehistoric times. At each time period, a child describes the many chores he or she has already completed and wonders why it is necessary to make the bed. Parents and children will appreciate this humorous, yet educational, look at the history of chores.

“How Did That Get in my Lunchbox?” by Chris Butterworth, Illustrated by Lucian Gaggiotti, Candlewick Press, 2011, ages 4-8.

A sandwich, cookie, clementine, apple juice, carrots, just where do these foods in a typical lunchbox actually begin? Through pictures and words, this informational book takes the reader through the process of growing, harvesting, and preparing the foods children eat in a school lunch. Simple explanation, numbers, and arrows help to make the complex process clear and interesting for readers, young and old.

“Really, Really Big Questions about Space and Time” by Mark Brake, Illustrated by Nishant Choksi, Kingfisher, 2010, ages 9-12.

Ever wonder how we know the age of things in space or what makes sunshine? These and other questions about the universe are answered through technical descriptions made simple, with a dash of humor thrown in for good measure.

“The Book of What?” and “The Book of Who?” both by Ray Bryant, Kingfisher, 2010, ages 5-8.

Young children are known for their curiosity. The Book of What and The Book of Who seek to answer common questions asked by children (and adults), such as “What is the difference between a frog and a toad?” or “Who first flushed the toilet?”. The author begins each book with a brief introduction, inviting the reader on an adventure to seek the answers to questions about our complicated and surprising world.

As adults often realize, children are full of questions about themselves, their family, and their world. A good book can provide a starting point for answering children’s questions about a variety of subjects.

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