Britannica All New Children's Encyclopedia

What We Know and What We Don't

Illustrator: Various

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Britannica Books

Age 7+

Libraries, Museums, Schools

This substantial, gifty, and compellingly browsable children's encyclopedia takes Britannica's reputation for authentic, trustworthy information and brings it to a whole new audience.

The gorgeous volume explores a wide range of kid-friendly topics, using text, illustrations, infographics, and photography, all in an upscale package that blings with the best of them.

In keeping with Britannica’s reputation for expert involvement, each spread include a credit to the expert involved with its creation, and special features highlight some of the most intriguing unsolved puzzles in science, archaeology, history, and engineering.

Chapter topics include Universe, Earth, Material World, Living World, Being Human, Ancient Civilizations, Medieval to Modern, and Today's World and Beyond.


Bestselling author Christopher Lloyd began his career as a journalist with the Sunday Times newspaper. Then, while camping with his family, he had a critical realisation: even with a 1st class degree in history from Cambridge University and experience as a science writer, there was so much about the world he didn’t know. So, he set out to write books that zoom out and tell the big stories, opening readers’ eyes to how seemingly unrelated events fit together and showing them multiple perspectives on the world, all in highly engaging prose and matched with lively illustration and photography.

Now, with several books in print, including the bestselling What on Earth Happened? and Absolutely Everything!, Chris divides his time between writing books and delivering lectures and workshops to schools, literary festivals, and a wide range of other venues around the world. He lives in Tonbridge, Kent, UK, with his wife and two adorable terriers.


A children’s encyclopedia is a Christmas gift that lasts a lifetime and none is more authoritative than Britannica All New Children’s Encyclopedia.

Big Issue North

Britannica’s All New Children’s Encyclopedia (edited by Christopher Lloyd) showed us the world in a book. And what a feast for the eyes as well as the mind it was, with bold, colourful illustrations and well-chosen, inclusive photography. Experts from diverse backgrounds around the world were consulted, and crucial topics such as slavery, AI and the climate crisis covered.

The Guardian

There really is no-one better to ask the questions-and bring you the answers … than the brainboxes at Britannica.

The Daily Telegraph

Informative and inspiring for curious readers.

The Sunday Times, Children’s Books of the Year 2020

Covering more than 170 topics, this is the ideal gift for curious minds.

Sunday Express

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