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When Planet Earth Was New

By James Gladstone
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James Gladstone
An engaging exploration of Earth's evolution, spanning from its uninhabitable beginnings to the birth of life, and on to the present day.Imagine... Before humans. Before mammals and dinosaurs. Before insects, plants, and even bacteria: What was it like on Earth?When Planet Earth Was New transports readers billions of years into the past-when ours was a hot, lifeless world-and takes us on a grand tour of Earth through time. It's a breathtaking journey, full of surprises: From our planet's boiling beginnings to its millions of years of rain. From the tiny creatures who created oxygen to the giant beasts who breathed it. From then to now. Come and explore what our world was like When Planet Earth Was New.
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  • With Everyday Things

    By Susie Brooks
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    Susie Brooks
    Let's Make Art With Everyday Things shows you how to use object found lying around, from cardboard and coins to leaves and vegetables, to make ice-cream bunting, forky faces, pasta prints, a soapy solar system, leafy insects and much, much more. Techniques include printing, collage, making rubbings and paint-scraping - used in ingenious ways for fantastic results!A collection of fun, simple, inexpensive craft projects, ideal for time-poor parents and budget-challenged schools, promoting reuse and recycling. Beautifully designed, the book is clearly and appealingly illustrated with step-by-step instructions and engaging artwork. Each activity is straightforward and achievable, and as such is therapeutic for stressed or anxious children, allowing them to make things by themselves, and to have confidence in their own abilities. Other titles in the series include Let's Make Art By Printing and Stamping, Let's Make Art with Hands and Feet and Let's Make Art with Scrap Paper, so there's a whole load of upcycling fun to be had!
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  • With Scrap Paper

    By Susie Brooks
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    Susie Brooks
    Let's Make Art With Scrap Paper shows you how to weave paper into skyscrapers, make shaggy dogs from old newspaper, create a mosaic smiley snail, assemble an elephant-shaped bookmark from cardboard and old magazines and much, much more. Techniques include drawing, painting, printing, collage, making rubbings and paint-scraping - used in ingenious ways for fantastic results!A collection of fun, simple, inexpensive craft projects, ideal for time-poor parents and budget-challenged schools, promoting reuse and recycling. Beautifully designed, the book is clearly and appealingly illustrated with step-by-step instructions and engaging artwork. Each activity is straightforward and achievable, and as such allows stressed or anxious children to 'make it happy', building confidence in their own abilities. Other titles in the series include Let's Make Art By Printing and Stamping, Let's Make Art with Everyday Things and Let's Make Art with Hands and Feet, so there's a whole load of upcycling fun to be had!
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  • Warships

    By Tim Cooke
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    Tim Cooke
    From wooden Greek galleys to vast battleships bristling with huge guns, warships have provided vital defense for nations around the globe. Throughout history, warships have become faster, stronger - and ever more deadly. This book follows the history of warships from the iron-clad vessels used in the American Civil War to today's gigantic aircraft carriers that can accommodate for over 60 fighter jets.
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  • What is Sound?

    By Kay Barnham, Mike Gordon
    Authors:
    Kay Barnham
    Illustrated by:
    Mike Gordon
    This lovely picturebook story tells the story of two children who find out about sound.Ideal for home or classroom, this book contains notes for parents and teachers with suggestions of ways to explore scientific topicsIllustrated by the ever-popular and award-winning illustrator Mike Gordon.This book is part of a series of stories about feelings and emotions for children aged between 4 and 8. Other titles are: What are plants? What is light and sound? What is electricity? What are materials?
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    What is Consent? Why is it Important? And Other Big Questions

    By Yas Necati, Louise Spilsbury
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    Yas Necati, Louise Spilsbury
    What is consent? Why does it matter? How does it affect our daily lives? Why is it such a grey area, sometimes? The concept of consent is easy to oversimplify - yes means yes, and no means no. Often, though, it isn't that black and white. Have you ever said 'yes' to something when, really, you wanted to say 'no'? Or have you ever tried to convince someone to do something they don't want to? What is Consent? explores how consent works, and why it matters. It explains how consent plays a part in almost every interaction or relationship we have, and how it affects almost every area of life, from healthcare to the law. The book encourages children to think about what consent means to them, and about the importance of personal boundaries - both knowing your own, and respecting other people's. It talks about how to say no, and what to do if you feel your consent has been violated. The book also includes contributions from people such as David Bartlett, chief executive of the White Ribbon campaign, and Zara Todd, a youth worker and activist, about what consent means to them.Broad and far-reaching, and simultaenously gentle and accessible, this is an important book, vital for giving young readers the necessary understanding to build and develop healthy relationships.
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    What is Race? Who are Racists? Why Does Skin Colour Matter? And Other Big Questions

    By Nikesh Shukla, Claire Heuchan
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    Nikesh Shukla, Claire Heuchan
    An important and timely book on race and racism, encouraging children to think for themselves about the issues involved.Talk about race is often discouraged, but this book aims to bring everyone into the conversation. It explores the history of race and society, giving context to how racist attitudes come into being. It looks at belonging and identity, the damaging effects of stereotyping and the benefits of positive representation. The authors talk sensitively about how to identify and challenge racism, and how to protect against and stop racist behaviour.Aimed at young people aged 10 and upwards.Part of the groundbreaking and important 'And Other Big Questions' series, which offers balanced and considered views on the big issues we face in the world we live in today.Other titles in the series include:What is Humanism? How do you live without a god?What is Feminism? Why do we need it?Who are Refugees and Migrants? What makes people leave their homes?What is Consent? Why is it important?What is Right and Wrong? Who Decides? Where Do Values Come From?
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  • What are Materials?

    By Kay Barnham, Mike Gordon
    Authors:
    Kay Barnham
    Illustrated by:
    Mike Gordon
    This lovely picturebook story tells the story of two children who find out what materials are.Ideal for home or classroom, this book contains notes for parents and teachers with suggestions of ways to explore scientific topicsIllustrated by the ever-popular and award-winning illustrator Mike Gordon.This book is part of a series of stories about feelings and emotions for children aged between 4 and 8. Other titles are: What are plants? What is light and sound? What is electricity? What are materials?
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  • What is light?

    By Kay Barnham, Mike Gordon
    Authors:
    Kay Barnham
    Illustrated by:
    Mike Gordon
    This lovely picturebook story tells the story of two children who find out what light is.Ideal for home or classroom, this book contains notes for parents and teachers with suggestions of ways to explore scientific topicsIllustrated by the ever-popular and award-winning illustrator Mike Gordon.This book is part of a series of stories about feelings and emotions for children aged between 4 and 8. Other titles are: What are plants? What are forces? What is electricity? What are materials?
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  • William and Kate

    By Annabel Savery
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    Annabel Savery
    This book tells the story of Prince William's life concurrently with that of his now wife, Kate Middleton. It highlights their different backgrounds and concludes with their marriage and birth of their children. The book answers questions such as, How do you become a prince? and When might William become king?
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  • What Is Fake News?

    By Izzi Howell
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    Izzi Howell
    The term 'fake news' may be relatively new, but the idea of presenting false information as a legitimate news story in an attempt to influence public opinion certainly isn't. Aimed at young tweens and teens, this is a clear, factual and accessible explaination of what fake news is and what motivates people to create it. The book looks at the various ways in which people receive information and the risks of being manipulated by half-truths, rumours or lies. It considers what motivates those who create and disseminate fake news and aks what societies and individuals can do to spot and stop fake news.
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  • What are Forces?

    By Kay Barnham, Mike Gordon
    Authors:
    Kay Barnham
    Illustrated by:
    Mike Gordon
    This lovely picturebook story tells the story of two children who find out what forces are.Ideal for home or classroom, this book contains notes for parents and teachers with suggestions of ways to explore scientific topicsIllustrated by the ever-popular and award-winning illustrator Mike Gordon.This book is part of a series of stories about feelings and emotions for children aged between 4 and 8. Other titles are: What are plants? What is light and sound? What is electricity? What are materials?
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  • What is Electricity?

    By Kay Barnham, Mike Gordon
    Authors:
    Kay Barnham
    Illustrated by:
    Mike Gordon
    This lovely picturebook story tells the story of two children who find out about electricityIdeal for home or classroom, this book contains notes for parents and teachers with suggestions of ways to explore scientific topicsIllustrated by the ever-popular and award-winning illustrator Mike Gordon.This book is part of a series of stories about feelings and emotions for children aged between 4 and 8. Other titles are: What are plants? What is light? What is sound? What is forces and motion? What are materials?
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  • The Wonderful World of Weather

    By Kay Barnham, Maddie Frost
    Authors:
    Kay Barnham
    Illustrated by:
    Maddie Frost
    Find out about the weather, from clouds and rain to snow and sleet and fog and hail. How does weather work and how does it affect people's lives.This beautifully illustrated picture book shows the glorious nature of our weather.'Look and Wonder' is a fresh, bold and bright, narrative non-fiction picture book series, for children aged 4 and up, introducing children to life cycles and the natural world. The eye-poppingly colourful digital illustration style will explain the scientific concepts while the light and fun text-style will make these books real home and classroom favourites.Other titles in the series:A Stroll Through the SeasonsA Wonderful World of WeatherIncredible RainforestsThe Amazing Butterfly Life Cycle StoryThe Amazing Plant Life Cycle StoryThe Awesome Night SkyThe Great Big Water Cycle Adventure
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  • Water: From Raindrop to Tap

    By Michael Bright
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    Michael Bright
    What happens when you turn on a tap? Or the washing machine, shower or garden hose? Water flows! Most of us use water all day, every day, without thinking about it. But how does it get to our homes?Water is one of the most amazing resources that we use in abundance and have come to rely on heavily. It is used in all sorts of household chores, leisure activities and in work and industry. From the pitter-patter of raindrops to the whoosh of water from the shower, we follow the journey from the source to the resource. We begin by looking at what water is and where it comes from, and the all-important water cycle. We then look at how water is stored and treated ready to be pumped around the country and into our homes. Finally we consider the environmental impact of our water use and what we can do to use less water in our daily lives. We also look at how people live in places that do not have a reliable water supply and methods that can be used to clean water that is in short supply. Other titles in the Source to Resource series include:From Field to PlateFrom Oil Rig to Petrol PumpFrom Sunshine to Light Bulb
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  • The Water Cycle

    By Izzi Howell
    Authors:
    Izzi Howell
    What does solid water look like? How does wet laundry dry? Where does rain come from?Discover how water moves through the water cycle, from the ocean to the sky and back to Earth again. Learn about the different states of water and what happens when water changes temperature. Follow water underground and along rivers and see how humans control water.
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    What is Right and Wrong? Who Decides? Where Do Values Come From? And Other Big Questions

    By Michael Rosen, Annemarie Young
    Authors:
    Michael Rosen, Annemarie Young
    Every day we make decisions that are underpinned by our ideas of what is right and wrong. But where do these ideas come from? Where do our values come from and who decides which values are used in a society? This book is a highly topical look at how our decisions about what is right and wrong play out on an indvidual, local, national and global scale. It examines topics that are strongly connected to the values people hold and their ideas of right and wrong, such as democracy, justice, fairness, prejudice and discrimination, education, climate change and war. There are contributions from Laura Bates, Richard Rieser, Tulip Siddiq and Alex Wheatle, who, along with the authors, discuss how their ideas of what is right and wrong have been shaped by their life experiences. Readers are encouraged to think for themselves about the issues discussed and decide which values are important to them.
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  • Weather

    By Izzi Howell
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    Izzi Howell
    A fantastic resource for children aged 6-8, the Fact Cat series makes a perfect one-stop-shop for help with homework assignments! How are rainbows made? Why do clouds look white? Which type of weather can break windows? Discover the wonderful world of weather, from everyday sunshine and rain to dramatic thunderstorms and tornadoes. Find out the science behind weather and learn how dangerous weather can be.A simple fun picture quiz helps readers to recall what they have read.
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  • What is Terrorism?

    By Annabel Savery
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    Annabel Savery
    Terrorism is an incredibly difficult thing to understand, and can be hard to talk about. Terrorist attacks that we read and hear about are upsetting, frightening and confusing. Aimed at young tweens and teens, this book gives readers a balanced and accessible account of how terrorism has been used throughout history to bring about political change. It looks at what motivates people to become terrorists and at the counter terrorism strategies being employed in different countries.
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  • Who is Donald Trump?

    By Julia Adams
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    Julia Adams
    On 8 November 2016, some 130 million people in the USA cast their vote to decide who should become their next President. The candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, had fought a campaign that had divided their country more than any previous election. The resulting Trump presidency would not only affect the citizens of the USA, but billions of people around the world. Aimed at young tweens and teens, this book gives readers a balanced and accessible account of Donald Trump's campaign for the presidency and his uncompromising and highly controversial policies and behaviour as President.
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