Hi. I wonder if anyone can offer recommendations for very substantial non-fiction book sets for 4th graders and up. I’m looking for solid coverage of non-fiction subjects like science, history, culture and geography. There are a number of encyclopedias, obviously, but I really want something more structured: something you can browse. I remember having this sort of library decades ago when I was a kid, but I don’t see anything that fits this description anywhere. The closest I’ve seen is Britannica’s expensive Illustrated Science Library. Are there other options?
Why am I posting this question in a Catholic forum? Well, I posted this same question on Amazon too, but there is the issue of ideology. For example, there is the popular notion that Christopher Columbus could not get Portuguese sponsorship for his journey because those ignorant Catholics thought the earth was flat. Or the subject of Galileo and religion’s relationship with science. I want to avoid books that overindulge in ideological sheap shots. If I’m going to invest in something substantial for my daughter, I’d much rather not have our faith sneered at.