This children’s classic weaves together illustrations, photographs, activities, and a child-friendly tone to create a comprehensive picture of the world. Colorful photos and bold, playful illustrations add to the fun activities and help young children to learn about arts, plants, the universe, earth, human body, history, and more.

Large text is suitable for beginning readers while colorful sidebars and fact boxes break up paragraphs and encourage exploring. Diagrams are used to make sense of concepts when necessary and full-page photos and illustrations cater to the visually inclined. Topped off with a helpful glossary and index, these books are written specifically for children so they can strengthen their research skills and make sense of new ideas without stumbling over high-level vocabulary.

With a whole world to explore wrapped up in 12 updated and expanded volumes, this successful children’s series has proved to be a hit for generations. Give your young learner the books that inspired you as a child.

  • Concepts explained with age-appropriate text and graphics
  • “Know It All” feature identifies text that promotes higher-level thinking skills
  • Controlled vocabulary and glossaries help build language skills
  • Helps develop research skills
  • Updated to meet curriculum standards
  • Activity Levels “1, 2, 3” indicate required level of supervision
  • Explains concepts simply with age-appropriate text and bold graphics
  • “Childcraft has a distinctly international feeling to it… young students will learn to appreciate many cultures around the world. (It is) written in a child-friendly manner and the topics have been selected based on school curriculum as well as what children typically find interesting.”

    - American Reference Books Annual

    1. Art Around Us
    2. The World of Animals
    3. The World of Plants
    4. Our Earth
    5. The Universe
    6. How Does It Happen?
    7. How Things Work
    8. Shapes and Numbers
    9. About You
    10. Who We Are
    11. See the World
    12. Celebrate!
    • Art Around Us encourages young readers to explore visual and performing arts from around the world.
    • The World of Animals surveys many different kinds of animals.
    • The World of Plants invites the reader to discover how plants live and grow.
    • Students will learn about our world, the stars, the sun, the moon, and other planets in Our Earth and Our Universe.
    • The volumes How Does It Happen and How Things Work explore the forces and machines that build and change the world around us.
    • Shapes and Numbers introduces young students to basic concepts of arithmetic.
    • About You is about, well, you: your skin, bones, muscles, senses, and more.
    • Who We Are explores the names, activities, communities, foods, and traditions that make up our identities.
    • Celebrate! teaches about the many holidays celebrated around the world.
    Overall Customer Rating of 7 Reviews:

    Christmas Present

    <p>I got this set for my great niece, who is 7, as a present this Christmas. It was delivered very quickly. The books are exceptional in their delivery of the material. The diagrams and pictures are beautifully rendered. The information is very well presented. All these pieces draw her in and pique her interest the the subject presented.</p>

    Fond memories of Childcraft

    <p>I recently sold my old childcraft book collection that I used when I was just a kid. They had been sitting in the garage for years and we needed to free up the space. I felt very bad getting rid of them because of all the wonderful memories I had of them growing up, especially one about dinosaurs and prehistoric animals. I feel like giving this review and encouraging others to purchase the latest editions for their children is sufficient compensation for all the fun projects and knowledge mine gave me. One day, if I have children myself, I would like to purchase a newer set just for them too.</p>

    PEI, Canada

    Excited about the content but disappointed with the photgraphs and images

    <p>The written content is great but the photographs and images are very dated (circa 1990). </p><p>The books were copyrighted in 2011.</p>

    Great purchase

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    I always enjoyed reading Childcraft books when I was a child, so I'm excited to share these with my children now. These books are high quality and have a ton of information presented in a way that appeals to children and adults. While some of the activities use materials that need to be purchased, most use items you already have around the house. I am very pleased with my purchase!

    Child craft

    Easy to read and comprehend. Excellent price.