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Win! 2 Museum Inspired Books for Kids!


Win two museum-inspired books for kids to fill your children's bookcase with Tidy Books' book review and competition

Did you know that Pluto is not a real planet? Or that you can skip your way through an art gallery?

You can win this pack of 2 books: The Museum by Susan Verde and Pluto's Secret by Margaret A Weitenkamp.   To enter, leave a comment at the end and tell us which is your favourite museum to visit with kids.

The Museum and Pluto's Secret

Pluto's Secret is a playful look at how the planet Pluto was discovered, and named (by a 11 year old from Oxford) and how scientists decided that Pluto was not a planet after all.  Written in association with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Pluto's Secret explains how scientists have to rethink what we know as they make new discoveries.  Pluto's Secret is a lively way to explain a potentially dry scientific reclassification story.

Kids who are reluctant readers are often more interested in non-fiction books, so if your kids are interested in space (read Star Wars!) this could be a great way to get them curled up with a book, or excited about the next visit to a science museum.  The 9 year old and the 5 year old both enjoyed this book, and keen to have a look up at the night sky after we read it.

If your child groans at plans to visit an art gallery, then read The Museum before you go.  A little girl skips and makes silly faces on her way through the museum - all inspired by the works of art.  It has a sweetly bouncy rhyming text and the drawings by Peter Reynolds (of The Dot and Judy Moody fame) bring the art to life on the pages.  This page made us laugh!



It is an enjoyable, fun read, and my 9 year old enjoyed picking out the famous artworks he'd seen and talked about in lessons at school.  We haven't ventured to an art gallery recently, but I can see its a great book to read before you go to get kids thinking about how they might feel when they look at a piece of art  - just look out for your kids making faces back at the pictures!

The review and giveaway copies of The Museum by Susan Verde and Peter Reynolds and Plutos Secret by Margaret A Weitekamp, David Devorkin and Diane Kidd have been kindly provided by publishers Abrams and Chronicle Kids UK, Published March 2013.

You can win this pack of 2 books: The Museum by Susan Verde and Pluto's Secret by Margaret A Weitenkamp.   To enter, leave a comment at the end and tell us which is your favourite museum to visit with kids.

Leave your answer in the comment box below.  So we can notify the winner please confirm on our Facebook page that you have entered.  This competition is open to the US and UK.

Good luck!

130 thoughts on “Win! 2 Museum Inspired Books for Kids!”

  • Debra G

    I love the Smithsonian in DC.

  • Hayley Todd

    I love taking my little ones to the Natural History Museum in London when we go to London to visit family, but closer to home, MOSI (museum of science and industry) in Manchester is fantastic!

  • julie perry

    I take the kids to our local museum,Rowleys House in Shrewsbury. I went there often when I was a child. I love the questions historical things bring out in a child :)

  • Tanita

    The science museum! so many different things to see and do :) Plus its not pricey to go in just a donation.

  • karen hutchinson

    natural history museum

  • Marie Murray

    My kids love to go to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, so much for them to do, and its a great day out!

  • Kate Williamson
    Kate Williamson June 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    My children love the grosvenor museum in Chester. They love the roman costumes and all the artefacts.

  • Amiee Stitt

    I love to visit the science museum in Bristol, called @brisol. It's great, lots of interactive exhibitions, suitable for all ages. Plus, it has a planetarium and they put on a special show for under 5s called little stars which teaches them constellations and planets. My daughter loves it and is now obsessed with space she is always asking to go back and see the 'star show'!

  • Kate Huxstep

    The Science Museum in London. Lots of cool things for the kids to look at.

  • brooke

    Amazement Square in Lynchburg VA

  • Cathy Clowes

    We love to visit At-Bristol. It's full of fantastic, hands on science exhibits- you won't be told "do not touch" here. The smallest children are catered for, with a special area for under 8s, which has dinosaur dressing up and regular story sessions. A great way to introduce science to little ones and make learning fun (mummy and daddy learnt a few things too!).

  • Judy Park

    Leicester New Walk Museum is great, loads of touchy feely activities for children of all ages.

  • Diane Wareing
    Diane Wareing June 10, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    The imperial war museum in London. It's a great place for kids & adults to learn about the past.

  • Kate Mo Edwards
    Kate Mo Edwards June 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    we love Cardiff museum my boys love the dinosaurs!

  • Diane Wareing
    Diane Wareing June 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    The Imperial War Museum in London. It's a great way for kids and adults to learn about the past.

  • Samantha Fernley

    We love the Liverpool World Museum as I used to help out there and behind the scenes there is so much that goes on to keep everything running. It's a fabulous museum with an aquarium and bug house.

  • Michelle Hemmingway
    Michelle Hemmingway June 10, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    The BMAG (Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery) here in Brum is great!

  • Lisa Troccoli
    Lisa Troccoli June 10, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I think the Science Musuem is great for kids, science is such a great subject and kids really enjoy learning about how you can make a fizzing volcano happen with a couple of everyday items, great fun!

  • claire reid

    it has to be the Imperial war museum at Duxford for my two-they are fascinated by all things military,my son inparticular as he loves the vintage aircraft

  • Jo welsh

    Has to be the natural history museum in London it's great for all ages.

  • Lauren G

    I love taking my daughter to the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. She has a ball every time!

  • Jane Adams

    We love visiting the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. A museum of ethnology, it's crammed full of inspiring artefacts from around the globe in a beautiful high-ceiling building. The curators have innovative ways to keep you coming back eg family trails, sorting boxes and torchlight visits.

  • shelley daines
    shelley daines June 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I like to take my eldest son to the museum in Cardiff. I remember going as a youngster when they had a dinosaur exhibition on and I loved it!

  • gemma

    We live in a small town but there is a museum here called True's Yard which my little boy loves. Its all about the history of our town and even has some old house dating back to early 1800's which you can walk around and explore which the children find fascinating.

  • lauren

    National History Museum in London

  • Karen

    We don't have any big museums in our area, but we do like going to one of the small local science museums where she is able to get hands on.

  • Karen wright

    My sons love going to RAF Cosford air museum

  • Zarah Foard

    My favourite is the Pitts River Museum in Oxford; my children loved it when they were growing up and still love visiting it today and they are in their twenties; now planning on taking my little granddaughter to visit.

  • Syanne

    Definitely the science museum in London. I love it's full-packed of activities for the kids.

  • Zarah Foard

    Pitts River in Oxford is one of my favourite; my children loved it we could spend all day there; they still love visiting now and they are 20 and 21. Now planning on taking my little granddaughter there for a visit - she will just love the dinosaurs.

  • Shiloh

    My children love to go to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. They are nine years apart and there is always age appropriate exhibits for both of them :) We go several times a year!

    KATE BOURNE-FRANCIS June 10, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    The Ashmolean in Oxford

  • Audrey Tebbs

    The Natural History Museum in London

  • Yvonne Jefferson
    Yvonne Jefferson June 10, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Children's Museum of Richmond, VA

  • Carrie

    I love the Chicago Art Museum as well as the Museum of Science and Industry. Living in Southern Illinois requires some traveling to get to these great attractions.

  • Nicole Toscano
    Nicole Toscano June 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Strong Children's Museum in Rochester NY!

  • Aura

    NJ children's museum

  • Nancy Torres

    Great way to end the school year with some new books for my baby girl

  • Tabitha P.

    Chicago Art Museum

  • Leah wall

    We have enjoyed so many good museums, I think my very favorite for kids was the Jewish history museum in Berlin. We were blown away by the amount & variety of kid-friendly displays and interactive exhibits. We learned more than I ever imagined and stayed about 3 hours longer than I thought because our little ones were so engrossed. Even the buildings architecture told a story. Phenomenal.

  • Pia Stephens

    We've only been to small local museums in Finland with the boys, hopefully next year we can start roaming through the UK museums as they're a bit older :)

  • carol

    these are brill for you to look at and read with young children.

  • petra

    My son loves museums and actively looks for new ones to visit. He loves the Natural history in london,but our most recent museum was in Zante and was about their dead poets. He loved it.

    TRACEY REDFERN-JONES June 10, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    my daughter loves museums of any kind, she has just been to the Maritime museum in London, but one of her favourites is Chesterfield Museum , its only small but she is particulary taken with the fact she gets to see her Great Grandfathers name on one of the exhibits

  • Kristie

    We like the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum for the kids :-)

  • diana mathews
    diana mathews June 10, 2013 at 3:32 pm


    OUr favourite museum is the Museum of Natural History in NY

  • Carmen Van Deursen
    Carmen Van Deursen June 10, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    The touch museum in Philly.

  • Jenna Keller

    I guess the natural history museum would be a great one to take my son to but I don't live in London, our local museum in bristol is great and my son loves looking at dinosaur fossils and bones the most

  • deborah airlie
    deborah airlie June 10, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    The national museum in edinburgh as it has everything from dinosaurs to retro 70s stuff and its free to get in too!

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