By Izzi Howell
Benin was an important kingdom in West Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries. Find out about Benin's magnificent capital city, the objects that Benin traded with Europe and their intricate bronze plaques and statues. Read about food and farming, armies and weapons, the life of a craftsman and how to make a leopard statue!Packed with fascinating information, the Explore! series inspires children's curiosity to find out more about the past. A great tool for readers age 8+ or teachers looking for books to support the new curriculum.
By Tim Cooke
Bombers strike without warning from high above the clouds. Some can fly long distances, carrying huge quantities of bombs. Others use smart missiles to strike targets on the ground. Either way, bombers and their deadly weapons are hard to stop once they are in the air! This book introduces teh world's greatest strike aircraft. Find out about leading bombers from around the world - including their technical specifications.Learn about the history of military strike aircraft - from their first use, through incredible developments in technology, right up to the most clever machines around today. Ultimate Military Machines delves into the incredible world of fighting machines and takes an upclose look at the latest technology used by the army, navy and air forces today. Each title takes an indepth look at one type of military vehicle - from its first use in warfare up to recent conflicts.
Be A Young Entrepreneur
By Adam Sutherland, Mike Gordon
Do you want to be the next Richard Branson? Have you developed the new Angry Birds game? Do you bake the most delicious recipes that people just need to try? Then you need Be A Young Entrepreneur! In this book you will learn all the business advice, practical tips, real-life stories, up-to-date ideas and inspiration you need to make a success of your first business. Starting your own company doesn't have to be boring and this book is all about inspiring you to think creatively about your company, guiding you through every step, from registering your company name to elevator pitches, all stress-free. A great title for project work or leisure reading. Written by award-winning journalist Adam Sutherland and illustrated by the ever-popular award-winner Mike Gordon.
Birth of the Dinosaurs
By Michael Bright
The Birth of the Dinosaurs explores the age of reptiles and dinosaurs until their sudden demise approximately 65 million years ago. Take a closer look at the first birds and mammals who dominated the Earth, the origin of flowering plants, the rise of plant- and meat-eating dinosaurs and then their mass extinction. Using stunning photographs and graphic 3-D images, The Birth of the Dinosaurs brings core curriculum subjects to life with an engaging design.Written by bestselling author Michael Bright, his digestible approach to science makes this the perfect book for project work or interest reading.
The Big Bang and Beyond
By Michael Bright
The Big Bang and Beyond takes readers back to the very beginning and the violent birth of the universe, our solar system, and planet Earth. Take a closer look at the physical evolution of our planet and discover how the continents moved, climates changed and the conditions became just right for life to evolve. Using stunning photographs and graphic 3-D images, The Big Bang and Beyond brings core curriculum subjects to life with an engaging design.Written by bestselling author Michael Bright, his digestible approach to science makes this the perfect book for project work or interest reading.
The Book of Saints
By Paul Harrison
What is a saint and how do you become one?Who are the most well-known saints and why are they important?This fascinating book answers these questions and tells the remarkable life stories of over 25 saints from around the world, including Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Patrick, Saint George, Saint Joan of Arc, Saint Christopher and Saint Bernadette. Find out about Saint George, the patron of England who never set foot in Britain; and Saint Joan of Arc, a 15-year-old girl who led the French army to victory. Filled with historical information on the lives of saints, this is a perfect title to support religious education. It includes the most famous Catholic saints as well as more minor saints from around the world, plus details on feast days, patron saints and the process of becoming a saint. An engaging layout and colourful images make The Book of Saints ideal for children aged 9-11 who are learning about religion.
By Susie Brooks
Brazil: the Land and People takes you on a whistlestop tour around this most incredible country. Explore its rainforests, rivers (including the mighty Amazon), mountains and beaches, and meet some incredible wildlife along the way. Marvel at the vibrant street life, the amazing food and the diverse, multiethnic culture, and delve into the country's rich history.Discover what it's like to grow up in Brazil - school, family life, socializing and religion - and find out how life is for the richest and the poorest members of society, in one of the most divided countries in the world. Learn about Brazil's booming economy, and the industries that fuel it, and get ready to party, Brazilian-style, at carnival. Amazing photographs transport you to the very heart of this busy, colourful, visually-exciting country. Crammed full of facts, stats and incredible information - and much cheaper than a plane ticket - this is the perfect introduction to Brazil!
By Paul Harrison
Read all about the Queen of the Iceni tribe, Boudicca, who led a rebellion against Roman rule that is still remembered to this day! From when she crowned Queen on the death of her husband, to her great battle against the Roman Army in which thousands were killed, and in which she was ultimately defeated by Roman Governor, Paulinus.Find out all about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain, the Roman invasion, the nature of their society and culture, and the legacy they left behind. Look too at the discovery of Roman artefacts and writing, and how they have been used to construct a picture of the time. Readers will learn to draw conclusions from the evidence provided - a great basis for class discussions. The History VIP series of biographies look at the lives of famous Britons, telling their life stories and how they have shaped the course of history. Focusing on key subjects in the history curriculum for Key Stages 2 and 3 they explore the impact of exceptional figures in history and the society and culture in Britain at the time that they lived.
The Book of Flags
By Rob Colson
Did you know that the US Star-Spangled Banner was designed by a 17-year-old school boy? Or that the Brazilian flag shows a star constellation of the night sky from 1889? Welcome to the bizarre and fascinating world of flags! From the chequered Formula 1 flag and the rainbow banner to historical standards and country flags, this book is packed with amazing facts, stories and curiosities behind some of the world's most iconic banners. Discover the cultural and political history behind each flag, as well as flag rituals, historical uses of flags and heaps of curiosities and unusual facts.
The British Empire
By Ellis Roxburgh
Find out how Britain came to rule around 458 million people around the world and what life was like for the people of these colonies? Discover the key explorers that played a role in the building of the empire, John Cabot, Sir Walter Raleigh and Captain James Cook. And find out about how the British Empire became the Commonwealth of Nations in 1949 and the on-going tensions that resulted in the Falklands War.Each book in this series covers a particular empire or regional series of empires, charting its history from its rise to its eventual fall. Concise text and supporting boxes explore the reasons for the empire's success and its failure and explain the mechanics of governing the empire and the experience of living under it.
Bonkers Boffins, Inventors & other Eccentric Eggheads
By Paul Mason
Find out which world-famous inventor's last breath has been captured in a test tube, which boffin loved nothing more than a roasted armadillo for lunch, and which scientist fell in love with a pigeon. The books in the Barmy Biogs series are full of the facts that history books don't mention about some of the most famously crackpot characters in world history! Read them and history will never be the same again...Other titles in the series: Crackpot Kings, Queens & other Daft RoyalsDastardly Dictators, Rulers & other Loony LeadersPotty Painters, Writers & other Barmy Artists
By Gabrielle Woolfitt
This photographic series will look at the colour blue around the world, from colour in food, animals, nature, everyday objects, historical objects, in festivals and in habitats. Written by a science teacher, these books contain questions throughout to give children a chance to think about and discuss colours around them.
By Clive Gifford
Did you know that froghoppers can jump four metres in a single second? Or that the Hercules beetle can lift up to 800 times its own bodyweight?Look inside to find stunning pictures and amazing record-busting facts about the longest, loudest and most lethal bugs in the world - plus many more!
By Rob Colson
Find out about 12 of the biggest and most brutal battles in the history of the world, from Thermopylae in 480 BCE right the way through to Operation Desert Storm in 1991, taking in Cannae, Agincourt, Lepanto, the Siege of Yorktown, Trafalgar, Waterloo, Gettysburg, the Somme, the Battle of Britain and the Siege of Stalingrad. Explore the date and location of each battle, the opposing forces involved and the casualties resulting. A timeline on every spread gives the key dates from each battle, and what happened when. Additional background information to each conflict is also provided, including the Punic Wars, the Hundred Years' War, the American Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, the American Civil War, World War 1, World War 2 and the first Gulf War. Take a look at the technology, tactics and weaponry involved in each battle, from the longbow at Agincourt and the galleasses at Lepanto to the trench warfare of the Somme and the stealth fighter jets of the Gulf War. Infographic elements present information in a simple and highly visual way. The perfect resource for project work on battles, warfare and military history, or simply a great leisure read, for children aged 9 and above. For more epic events, try reading the other titles in the Epic series: Animal Migrations, Empires and Explorers.
By Richard Spilsbury
Did you know bed bugs can live for a year without eating? Or that head lice use their huge claws to cling on to hairs? Or that around 1 billion bacteria live on each one of your teeth?This book zooms in on some of the weird and wonderful creatures - such as ticks, mites, lice and viruses - that live on and in our bodies. Learn about the creepy crawlies that live in your eyelashes, and meet the worms that feast on half-digested food in your gut. The Zoom In On series shines a powerful light on a world so small that it's normally invisible. Scientists can zoom in on the strange creatures that live there. Now you can look down the microscope and see them too, if you dare...
Bugs in your Home
By Richard Spilsbury
Did you know that a colony of termites can destroy a whole house? Or that houseflies taste with their feet? Or that a silverfish can survive a year without eating?This book zooms in on some of the weird and wonderful creatures - such as spiders, silverfish, dust mites and woodworms - that share our homes. Learn how to follow a cockroach trail, and meet the beetles that love feasting on carpets.The Zoom In On series shines a powerful light on a world so small that it's normally invisible. Scientists can zoom in on the strange creatures that live there. Now you can look down the microscope and see them too, if you dare...
By Ronne Randall
This book looks at how birth is marked in many different ways by different religions and secular cultures. It looks at the naming ceremonies of Sikhs and Hindus, the Christian baptism and the Jewish brit milah. Find out why Muslims make sure that the first words their child hears are those of player, and why Buddhists take their babies to be blessed by a monk.The Journey of Life series looks at the rites of birth, coming of age, marriage and death, and how religions and cultures celebrate them. It raises topical issues surrounding these stages and how they are marked by different religions.
Bubbles, Tub, Have a Scrub!
By Debbie Foy
Explore simple bath time routines in a positive, rewarding and engaging way that young children will love!With fun rhymes and bright, friendly pictures, the All By Myself series helps to nurture your child's sense of pride and growing independence. It features fun, subject-specific learning elements based around counting, colours, shapes, and basic time concepts.
Benin 900-1897 CE
By Alice Harman
Who were the leaders of Benin? What was life like for ordinary people? Why was Benin destroyed? What are Benin bronzes? This book helps children at Key Stage 2 discover the answers to these and other fascinating questions. It also recommends sites on the Internet and sources in local libraries where they can find out more about Benin 900-1897CE. The detective shows how to create a project about people's lives during the rise and fall of Benin, make animal sculptures like those that were offered up to Benin's gods and write a letter to Benin's leader explaining your thoughts about the slave trade. Packed with fascinating information, The History Detective Investigates series inspires children's curiosity to find out more about the past.
By Richard Spilsbury, Louise Spilsbury
Fully updated in 2015, this book examines the debates surrounding biomass power, an important renewable energy resource. Find out why like fossil fuel power, using biomass has an impact on global warming and pollution. How do its impacts compare with those of other renewables? Is burning biomass an economic alternative to burning fossil fuels? Find out in Let's Discuss Biomass Power!Let's Discuss Energy is an innovative series of books that examines the issues and changing technologies that surround the use of renewable and non-renewable resources for world power needs. An excellent study tool for children at Key Stage 2.