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  • Vikings

    By Jon Richards
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    Jon Richards
    History in Infographics helps children to visualise facts and statistics using a clever and appealing mix of graphics and numbers. The colourful, high-impact design will appeal to a wide range of children, from visual learners to struggling readers, capturing and then holding their attention. Infographics are a really exciting, different way to learn about core historical topics, and are ideal for fact-hungry children, revision work, and to improve the quality of presentations. History in Infographics: The Vikings allows children to explore the Viking era like never before, finding out how people lived, what they ate, what they wore, how they were ruled and the gods they worshipped. Children can discover Viking warfare, and how the Vikings traded and raided their way across Europe - travelling thousands of miles from home to found settlements in places as far away as Britain, Iceland and North America. Ideal for children of 9+, and fact and history lovers of all ages, the Vikings have never seemed more exciting!
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    Vote for Me!

    By Louise Spilsbury, Mike Gordon
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    Louise Spilsbury
    Illustrated by:
    Mike Gordon
    From ancient Greek philosophy to modern governments, find out how different systems and beliefs have developed across the globe.Introduce children to the concept of politics and find out who's in charge across the world from presidents, prime ministers and dictators, to kings and queens.This book will look at different systems of leadership that exist globally, looking in particular at how democracies work and what voting and elections are.It looks at the seven main types of governments/ways of ruling - Anarchy; Dictatorship; Monarchy; Theocracy; Totalitarian; Republic; Democracy. It looks at the set-up of democratic governments, in particular the UK and US and what they do, for example making laws, funding armies, providing services and how they make these things happen and why we pay taxes.We talk about the different political ideologies that different governments have, such as capitalism and communism, and the spectrum of ideologies from the far left to the far right, including liberalism, socialism, conservatism and fascism - and in between. How do elections work? What types of elections are there, for example, local, state, for a leader, or national/general, how candidates are chosen, what voting systems are in place, such as PPR and FPP, who is entitled to vote and how votes are cast and counted. Finally, find out what it takes to become a leader and get people to vote for you. Learn how to get involved by joining school councils or running school elections.For children aged 9+ and a useful resource for children studying PSHE and Citizenship.
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  • Vegetables

    By Camilla Lloyd
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    Camilla Lloyd
    The Photo Word Book series of books are simple, non-fiction reading books to help establish vocabulary, basic grammar and comprehension alongside current reading schemes. The book uses a new typeface with specially designed letter shapes to help with children's literacy development. Each word is featured with one sentence to introduce it. A second sentence relates the word to the charming pictures.Includes a bibliographical quiz to turn the index and contents page into fun games.Designed to bridge the gap between nursery and the national curriculum, these books will introduce emergent readers to curriculum topics in a charming and visually stimulating way. Developed for children to read on their own or with adult guidance in conjunction with the Roehampton Institute. Ideal for emergent readers, reluctant readers and those diagnosed with dyslexia.
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  • Vehicles

    By Georgia Amson-Bradshaw
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    Georgia Amson-Bradshaw
    Take a look at how aeroplanes are designed, how they take off and how engineers make sure they stay up in the sky. Find out about cars, trains, boats and helicopters, explore remarkable vehicles from self-driving cars to maglev trains and space rovers, and admire some of the world's most iconic cars. Test your understanding with fun projects such as making your own mini-maglev from plastic bricks and magnets.Inject some fun into STEAM topics, with these lively examinations of buildings, robots, computers, vehicles, materials and space! This bright, colourful new series aims to inspire children with a lifelong love of STEAM subjects.
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  • Violence Against Women

    By Emma Marriott
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    Emma Marriott
    Go behind the headlines to explore the wider background of news stories that are making a major impact across the world. In Violence Against Women we ask why so many women across the world are victims of violence, from domestic abuse and rape to forced abortions, female genital mutilation and murder. Why does it happen, who are the perpetrators and what can be done to stop it happening?This book includes quotes from key figures, opinions from all sides of the argument and debate panels that invite readers aged 12+ to discuss the issues that shape our world. Other titles in the Behind the News series: Global Financial Crisis, Hostage Takers, Race and Crime, School Shootings and Uprising in the Middle East
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  • The Victorians

    By Tim Cooke
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    Tim Cooke
    Ever wondered what life was really like for the Victorians? Did Queen Victoria really say 'We are not amused'? Well, she may have done if she had read our behind-the-scenes guide to her 19th-century world. Learn about the good (and bad) side of life for the Victorians in this vibrant guide!Part of a series of books that takes children behind the scenes to reveal the fashions, fads and secrets of the past.
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  • Vikings

    By Jane Bingham
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    Jane Bingham
    Travel back to the time of the Vikings! Where did they come from and where did they settle? What beliefs and traditions did they bring with them? How do we know about the Vikings? Explore this ancient civilisation to understand how prehistoric people have influenced the way we live today. Discover the artefacts that give evidence of they way of life.
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  • Volcanoes and Earthquakes

    By Susie Brooks
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    Susie Brooks
    Packed to the gills with far-out facts and fascinating information, the Where on Earth? series makes standard geography topics lively, fun, pacey and interesting. The Where on Earth? Book of Volcanoes and Earthquakes answers questions such as why does the earth have plates? How can you measure an earthquake? And what are volcanic hotspots? Along with many others. It looks at plate boundaries, seismic waves, tsunamis, volcanic ash, magma chambers, and much, much more. Crammed full of explosive happenings and, literally, earth-crunching events, geography has never been so exciting! If you've enjoyed learning all about earthquakes and volcanoes, why not try reading up on coastlines, rivers and rainforests, in other books in the series?
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  • Vikings

    By Izzi Howell
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    Izzi Howell
    Read all about Early Britons with the Fact Cat! The Viking age began in around 700 CE and during this time, boatloads of raiders and settlers came to Britain to find new lands and steal treasure. At the time, Britain was ruled by the Anglo Saxons. They fought back against the Viking invaders and you can read all about their struggles for power. Follow the Fact Cat on a journey through Viking England; find out where and how they lived, what they ate and what they believed in. Learn how we know about the lives of the Vikings with the evidence of artefacts and ancient sites that have been discovered. Simple quiz questions at the back help readers to remember what they've just read.Perfect one-stop-shop for help with homework assignments!Broad-ranging appeal for nursery age through to Key Stage 2.
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  • Vincent van Gogh

    By Iain Zaczek
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    Iain Zaczek
    This title looks at the life and works of Vincent van Gogh, including an examination of paintings such as Sunflowers, Starry Night, The Artist's Bedroom in Arles, The Night Café, The Potato Eaters, Portrait of Père Tanguy and Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear. It looks at the techniques and colour palette that van Gogh used in these works, encouraging readers to look more closely at the interesting elements of each painting. It also includes a timeline of his life, information on museums and galleries where his work is currently displayed and a chance for readers to use what they have learned to make their own painting in the style of Vincent van Gogh.
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  • Virgin

    By Adam Sutherland
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    Adam Sutherland
    From a single record shop to space travel - the Virgin Group has become a vast multinational empire. With more than 400 companies worldwide the Virgin Group has recorded revenues of £15 billion! How did Virgin build such a hugely successful global brand? Discover how Virgin have built up from one magazine to become one of the most diverse companies in the world today. Learn about the brains behind the iconic brand, including the founder and Chairman Sir Richard Branson, explore key business concepts in a straightforward way and develop a product ideas for your very own Virgin brand.The Big Business series is ideal for young budding entrepreneurs with an eye for opportunity! A brilliant read for readers aged 9+ keen to find out how the business behind the brand works.
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  • A Village

    By Jen Green
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    Jen Green
    Full of hands-on activities to help you learn all about map skills whilst also learning about the features of a village. This book will show you what a bird's eye map is by looking at aerial photos of villages; how village landmarks, such as churches and village greens can be shown as symbols; how to measure scale and distance on a walk around a village; what map plans are using a village shop and a farmers' market, as examples; how compass points show you how to find directions around a stable yard; how to follow pathways, roads and bridleways on a country walk; how to use grid references by looking at a village green; what contour lines are by looking at a country valley; looking at landuse by showing farming land; and looking at transport maps showing routes between different villages.Illustrations by Sarah Horne in an amusing and lively style are combined with photographs to really capture a child's attention helping them to learn these important map skills.
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  • The Vikings

    By Tim Cooke
    Authors:
    Tim Cooke
    The At Home With... series uses a fascinating magazine-style approach to reveal what fashionable life was like at the time of the Vikings! Find out all about the invasions and raids in their struggle for the Kingdom of England. Each book in the series focuses on a highly popular and widely studied period of history. The subjects include famous individuals and their homes, fashions, pastimes, food and drink, ways of getting around - and the must-have possessions of the day. Life in the past was in many ways very different from life today, but in one way it was very similar. There were always some people who were wealthier, more powerful or more famous than everyone else - and it was those early celebrities who set the fashions of the age and who got tongues wagging with early celebrity gossip. A fun take on a Key Stage 2 National Curriculum topic!
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  • the Vietnam War?

    By Philip Steele
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    Philip Steele
    This book considers the Vietnam (or Second Indochina) War, 1955-1975, which may have killed as many as 3 million troops and civilians. It divided America, it aroused huge opposition around the world and it divided generations. Why was it fought and what were the outcomes? Did it have any unexpected consequences? Did any good at all come out of it?
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    A Victorian Mine Disaster: A Young Boy's Story

    By Neil Tonge
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    Neil Tonge
    It's the 1840s in a Victorian mining town and disaster is about to strike. For young John Elliot and his family, life in the shadow of the grinding colliery wheel has always been hard, but there is no alternative for them. The risks are huge and the rewards are few. Part of a unique collection of fictional stories about young people caught up in real-life conflicts and disasters. Through their eyes we experience the day-to-day hardships and dangers of living through troubled times from throughout history.
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  • The Vikings

    By Clare Hibbert
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    Clare Hibbert
    Who were the Vikings? Why did the Vikings travel so much? What were Viking towns like? What did the Vikings do for fun? This book helps children at Key Stage 2 discover the answers to these and many other fascinating questions. It also recommends sites on the Internet and sources in your local library where you can find out more about the Vikings. The detective shows readers how to write their name using Viking runes, draw family trees for famous Viking kings and find places in Britain that have Viking names. Packed with fascinating information, The History Detective Investigates 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 for 2014.
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  • The Victorians

    By Jane Goodwin
    Authors:
    Jane Goodwin
    This title looks at all the significant individulas and events of the Victorian era: Shaftesbury, Owen, Fry; Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and the Great Exhibition; Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and the Crimean War; Stephenson, Brunel; Livingstone, Kingsley and world exploration; Bell and the telephone. It also looks at the changes to work and transport: the factory system and working life for men, women and children; the growth of industrial towns, ships and seafaring, rail travel, seaside holidays and entertainment; the impact of railways and the building of factories on the local area.
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  • Victorians

    By Jane Bingham
    Authors:
    Jane Bingham
    Explore the Victorians who lived in a time of great progress and change. Find out how factories and towns grew incredibly fast, and the British Empire reached its largest size. Discover the advances in transport, industry and architecture, and learn about the lives of both rich and poor.Read about Queen Victoria's long life and reign, the great Victorian buildings, ideas and inventions. Discover the working conditions in the mines and factories and a day in the life of a Victorian schoolchild. The Explore! series delves into the most fascinating topics around for children at Key Stage 2, looking at the topic through a variety of subjects including design and technology, geography, art, literacy and numeracy.
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  • Victorian Times

    By Jillian Powell
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    Jillian Powell
    Each book in this delightful, child-friendly series focuses on a different period in history, from Ancient Egypt right up to World War 2. Children will love learning about each era, and then following the simple instructions to make useful or interesting objects from that time. Age-appropriate and accessible, the books are jam-packed with great ideas and perfect for use at home or in the classroom. In Craft Box: Victorian Times, you can learn how to make a Penny Black stamp, a barrel organ, a silhouette portrait, a bellows camera, a spinning top, a Victorian police helmet, a Jubilee souvenir, a model of the Crystal Palace, a Victorian calling card, a terrarium, a candlestick telephone and a cornucopia!Fun facts on every spread give background information about the Victorian era and its people, from the engineers, explorers and inventors who are still famous today, to Queen Victoria herself.A Further Information spread suggests age-appropriate websites and books, so children can go away and learn more about the Victorians.A glossary explains any tricky words, and will help to further increase children's knowledge and understanding of the era.
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  • Viking Times

    By Clive Gifford
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    Clive Gifford
    This book contains recipes from the Viking period using ingredients that children can replicate today. The recipes are complimented by information on farming, mealtimes, cooking methods, diet, festival food, imported food and the use of food in medicines. Each recipe has simple step-by-step instructions illustrated with original colour artwork. Photographs from the period show food and farming practices.
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