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  • Warriors, Exploration and Trade

    By John C. Miles
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    John C. Miles
    Vikings have a fearsome reputation as terrifying and brutal warriors, raiding other lands and killing without mercy. They were expert fighters, but also pioneers of seafaring exploration and they traded far and wide. Through artefacts and excavations, Discover the Vikings: Warriors, Exploration and Trade explores the Viking world by examining - among other things - longships that were designed especially for fighting, the places they travelled to in order to populate new lands or trade goods such as silver and slaves, and the gods they worshiped to give them victory in battle or ensure a glorious afterlife.The book also invites readers to use their own imaginations to think about what it would be like to live in Viking times. Would you have been brave enough to take part in a battle to capture an enemy town? Find out even more about the Vikings in Discover the Vikings: Everyday Life, Art and Culture. For readers aged 7+.
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  • Mayans

    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 Mayans allows children to explore the Mayan civilisation like never before, finding out how people lived, what they ate, what they wore, how they were ruled, the games they played and how the civilisation died out. Children can discover that the Maya were the first people to make hot chocolate, and how they did it, that they went to war to capture prisoners they then sacrificed to their gods, and all about other South American civilisations, including the Aztecs and the Incas. Ideal for children of 9+, and fact and history lovers of all ages, the Mayans have never seemed more exciting!
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  • Harry Kane

    By Roy Apps
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    Roy Apps
    This inspirational biography for children, written by award-winning author Roy Apps, follows Harry Kane's story and his journey to becoming Tottenham Hotspur's leading striker and England shooting star. Illustrated with colour artwork by Alessandro Valdrighi, including graphic novel-style panels, this book is perfect for sport-mad girls and boys with a reading age of 7, but will work perfectly well for older readers too. Printed on off-white paper using a reading font approved by the British Dyslexia Association, the Sporting Heroes series brings to life the skill, grit and determination needed to be a world-class sportsperson today. This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of booksto get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books kids can't put down.
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  • Stone Age

    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: Stone Age allows children to discover the Stone Age like never before, including when and where it happened, the evolution of humans and how they spread out of Africa across the globe, and how people lived and what they ate. They can discover Stone Age crafts and technology, including cave painting and the wheel, learn about buildings and sacred sites, for example Stonehenge and how it was built, and find out about Stone Age customs and traditions, such as how they buried their dead. Ideal for children of 9+, and fact and history lovers of all ages, the Stone Age has never seemed more exciting!
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  • Serena Williams

    By Roy Apps
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    Roy Apps
    This inspirational biography for children, written by award-winning author Roy Apps, follows the 'smash-hit' story of tennis star Serena Williams and her rise through the rankings to become multiple Grand Slam winner and Olympic gold medalist. Illustrated with colour artwork by Alessandro Valdrighi, including graphic novel-style panels, this book is perfect for sport-mad girls and boys with a reading age of 7, but will work perfectly well for older readers too. Printed on off-white paper using a reading font approved by the British Dyslexia Association, the Sporting Heroes series brings to life the skill, grit and determination needed to be a world-class sportsperson today. This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of booksto get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books kids can't put down.
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  • Fashion Items

    By Paul Rockett
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    Paul Rockett
    British clothing has varied thorughout the country's history, and has been influenced by foreign invasions and a changing industrial landscape. The clothes have ranged from the cheap and practical to extraordinary and impractical. From the Iron Age torc to the 21st Century hoodie, this fascinating book explores British history through the clothes Britons have worn.The book is part of 'A history of Britain in 12 ...', a series which examines 12 items that are key to British history from the Stone Age to present day. The series helps students understand chronology and the idea of continuity and change. By focusing on different objects, it also encourages the reader to understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources and to gain knowledge of the methods of historical enquiry.
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  • Assorted Animals

    By Paul Rockett
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    Paul Rockett
    From Neolithic Britain to the 21st Century, animals have proved an important part of British lives from sports and wars to pets and food production. Which animals were made extinct and which have been reintroduced? What caused the Black Death? Which king passed a law that encouraged everyone to hunt animals in the wild? Why was the pit pony essential for coal-mining? All these questions and many more are explored in this fascinating account of Britain's history through animals.The book is part of 'A history of Britain in 12 ...', a series which examines 12 items that are key to British history from the Stone Age to present day. The series helps students understand chronology and the idea of continuity and change. By focusing on different objects, it also encourages the reader to understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources and to gain knowledge of the methods of historical enquiry.
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  • The World to the West

    By Andy Elkerton
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    Andy Elkerton
    Viking Adventures are thrilling stories mixing that perfect match of fantasty and history. Join Oolaf as he embarks on a voyage to strange new lands involving storms, shipwrecks and a herd of angry bison!The Viking Adventures series are vividly colour illustrated first chapter books, pitched perfectly for 6-8 years olds or readers in key stage 2.
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  • Oolaf the Hero

    By Andy Elkerton
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    Andy Elkerton
    Viking Adventures are thrilling stories mixing that perfect match of fantasty and history. Join the crazy world of Ooolaf and his friends as he stirs up trouble in the Viking village and suddenly a simple joke becomes something far more dangerous...The Viking Adventures series are vividly colour illustrated first chapter books, pitched perfectly for 6-8 years olds or readers in key stage 2.
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  • Ancient Egypt

    By Anita Ganeri
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    Anita Ganeri
    Discover Ancient Egypt and write about it! Find out about life in ancient Egypt, from Egyptian fashion and culture, to ancient gods and important Pharaohs. Read about hieroglyphs and the Rosetta Stone and discover Tutankhamun's famous tomb. Ideal for readers aged 9+, the Writing History series combines written evidence from the past with engaging writing activities to explore the fascinating worlds of ancient civilisations. Children can learn exciting facts and be inspired to write their own historical documents including diary entries, recipes, letters, speeches and much more!
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  • Ancient Greece

    By Anita Ganeri
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    Anita Ganeri
    Discover Ancient Greece and write about it!Find out about life in ancient Greece, from Greek culture and language, to philosophers, myths and gods. Read about the origins of democracy, the all-important Olympic Games and the famous Battle of Marathon. Ideal for readers aged 9+, the Writing History series combines written evidence from the past with engaging writing activities to explore the fascinating worlds of ancient civilisations. Children can learn exciting facts and be inspired to write their own historical documents including diary entries, recipes, letters, speeches and much more!
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    Bombs and Blackberries

    By Julia Donaldson, Thomas Docherty
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    Julia Donaldson
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    Thomas Docherty
    A short illustrated play set in World War Two, perfect for class reading as well as performance, written by Julia Donaldson, author of the modern classic The Gruffalo. Perfect for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in 2019.World War Two has been declared and the Chivers children are sent to the safety of the countryside. They are delighted to be brought back home when it looks like the Germans aren't going to invade after all. But the air-raid siren goes off and this time it's frighteningly real.This dramatic and touching play brings Manchester during the Second World War and its people to life, and provides a variety of opportunities for school classes to explore both historical and literacy topics in an involving and creative setting. Also includes helpful tips on staging and costume.'This touching play brings to life the Second World War in a very accessible way for junior children' - Books for KeepsJulia Donaldson (Author)Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's best-loved picture books, and was the 2011-2013 UK Children's Laureate. Her books include Room on the Broom, Stick Man, What the Ladybird Heard and the modern classics The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child which have sold 17 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 70 languages. Julia also writes fiction as well as poems, plays and songs and her brilliant live children's shows are always in demand. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between Sussex and Edinburgh. Thomas Docherty (Illustrator)Thomas Docherty is an acclaimed author and illustrator of children's books including Little Boat, Big Scary Monster and The Driftwood Ball. He also illustrated The Snatchabook, written by his wife Helen, which has been shortlisted for several awards in the UK and US and been translated into 17 languages.
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  • Empires

    By Philip Steele
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    Philip Steele
    Epic: Empires focuses on 12 of the biggest and most incredible empires in the history of the world, from the first Babylonian Empire, founded in 1792 BCE, to the British Empire, which ended formally in 1997. On the way, it takes in ancient Egypt, ancient Persia, the early Indian empires, Imperial China, ancient Rome, the Mongols, the Ottoman empire, the Aztecs, the Inca, the Spanish empire and the British empire. The book details the dates, location and extent of each empire, along with its most famous rulers. A timeline on every spread gives the key dates from each empire, and what happened when. Additional background information to each empire is also provided, including how each one came into being, who its enemies were, the gods its people worshipped, and how it met its downfall. Epic: Empires also looks at the technology, advances and inventions that came out of each empire, from the paper, fireworks and compasses of imperial China to the sewers, roads and aqueducts of ancient Rome. Infographic elements on each spread present information in a simple and highly visual way. Clear, concise text and a bright, appealing design make the book the perfect resource for project work on geography or 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, Battles and Explorers.
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