By accident or by choice, in our house we have some pairs of illustrated children’s books that cover the same topic, and I’ve found that it’s very interesting for a child to see how different books can and do treat the same topical differently yet still effectively.
So here are three examples of topics for which I can currently highly recommend two books for each topic.
Travel to the Moon:
Moonshot and If You Decide To Go To The Moon are both really interesting books about rocket ships, space travel, and the moon. The former is about an actual moon mission and the latter is a hypothetical scenario, and both approaches work great in terms of being fascinating information and visuals for a young child.
Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau and The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau are both wonderfully written and illustrated books about the life of Jacques Cousteau and his huge impact on the understanding and protection of ocean life. It’s hard to imagine too many kids not enjoying these intriguing books.
Andy Warhol? Yes, Fabulous: A Portrait of Andy Warhol and Uncle Andy’s: A Faabbbulous Visit With Andy Warhol (written and illustrated by his nephew) are great children’s books! Both books touch lightly on the topics of art and celebrity, but just enough to invoke a young child’s curiosity. The former book recounts more details about Andy’s upbringing and the latter has more information about the author’s family. Both books are replete with engaging descriptions of various interesting people.
These books have done such a good job of developing my daughter’s interest in their respective topics that when I read one book to her, she immediately wants me to read the other book on the same topic to her.