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  • The Blitz Baby

    By Damian Harvey, Nicolas Hitori De
    Authors:
    Damian Harvey
    Illustrated by:
    Nicolas Hitori De
    During a bombing of Plymouth in World War 2, a German plane is shot down near Jenny and Thomas's house. They long to investigate, but they hear something and decide to investigate first. They are soon in grave danger, needing help from the last source they would expect.This first colour chapter book is a perfectly levelled, accessible text for Key stage 2 readers aged 9-10. Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and activities to provoke deeper response and encourage writing. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.
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  • Bath Time

    By Pat-a-Cake, Mojca Dolinar
    Authors:
    Pat-a-Cake
    Illustrated by:
    Mojca Dolinar
    Babies will react with delight as they see the colour appear in the bold pictures of friendly frogs and funny fish, in this stylish, colour-changing bath book. Splish, splash and splosh with mummy duck and her little ducklings and make bath time fun and colourful.The perfect first bath book to share with your baby!First Baby Days is a series of books specially designed to aid the development of babies' eyesight and coordination, with high-contrast colour and patterns, striking illustration and fun novelties, all endorsed by a child development expert. Also available: Moo Peek-a-Boo, On the Move, Funny Faces, Splish Splash, Animal Train, Night NIght
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    The Big Race

    By David Barrow
    Authors:
    David Barrow
    Aardvark is only small and the Big Race is long and hard. But Aardvark is going to join in and give it everything she's got!A heart-warming, stylish and delightfully funny celebration of taking part rather than winning from Sebastian Walker Award winner David Barrow.If you love Julia Donaldson's The Ugly Five, you will love this.The Big Race is packed full of wonderful African animals including an aardvark, crocodile, cheetah, buffalo and African hoopoe. Visit David at davebarrowillustration.co.uk and follow him at @DaveBarrow3.
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  • Bombers

    By Tim Cooke
    Authors:
    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.
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    Bombs and Blackberries

    By Julia Donaldson, Thomas Docherty
    Authors:
    Julia Donaldson
    Illustrated by:
    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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  • The Battle of Hastings

    By Claudia Martin
    Authors:
    Claudia Martin
    Why Do We Remember?: The Battle of Hastings looks at the gripping events that led up to the famous battle of Hastings in 1066 and the following Norman conquest of Anglo-Saxon Britain. This simple, friendly children's first history series, aimed at readers aged 5 and up, takes a close look at some key events and personalities through history and reveals how and why they are still important to us today. A perfect support to learning about history at Key Stage 1, each book uses a rich variety of historical sources, from diaries to paintings, to bring events to life, while simple historical vocabulary is introduced and explained. Each book also features a simple timeline and explores how we find about the past. All text has been carefully checked by a historian.
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  • Boudica and the Celts

    By David Gill
    Authors:
    David Gill
    Boudica was the famous, fearless warrior queen who fought for the British Celts against Roman invaders in the first century CE. She raised a huge army and waged many successful battles, but in the end was cruelly defeated. She will always be remembered for her brave efforts to free her people from Roman oppression.Suitable for readers aged 8+, each book in History Starting Points explores the life and times of a key historical figure, from Alfred the Great to Hatshepsut. It tells the story of the subject's life, using vital primary source material, such as what contemporary people wrote about the figure. Alongside this, each book builds up a vivid picture of the historical era in which the person lived, from Anglo-Saxon Britain to the civilisations of ancient Greece and Egypt. Included throughout are cross-curricular links to other key subject areas such as literacy, science or geography, and the text is supported by cartoon, myths and legends and fun craft projects to make.
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  • The Bunk Bed

    By Jackie Walter, Chris Borges
    Authors:
    Jackie Walter
    Illustrated by:
    Chris Borges
    In this story, Freddie and Billy are getting bunk beds. They are very excited but just cannot agree on which bunk each should have. Luckily, Mum has a plan.Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.Independent Reading Green stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 5 (Green) in classroom reading lessons.
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  • Bedtime Rhymes

    By Pat-a-Cake, Joanne Partis
    Authors:
    Pat-a-Cake
    Illustrated by:
    Joanne Partis
    This book of lullabies is perfect for bedtime or any other time when you feel like cuddling up with your little one with a book. Whether you are reading lots of rhymes as part of a bedtime routine, or sharing a just a few of them and doing the actions, this collection of familiar, comforting rhymes is sure to become firm family favourite.Includes favourites such as: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, Rockabye Baby and Hey Diddle Diddle
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  • Belle & Boo Friends Make Everything Better

    By Mandy Sutcliffe
    Authors:
    Mandy Sutcliffe
    A warm and lyrical celebration of friendship and imagination.If you're at home, feeling down in the FLUMPS, A little fed up with it all, Well, all that can change in a HOP, SKIP and JUMPSoon you'll be having a ball! Take a wonderful journey with Belle and Boo as they leave their worries behind and turn a dull day into a magical adventure. Race across the waves in a sail boat, discover treasure in the depths of the ocean, swing through a jungle full of animals, and soar to the clouds . . . all with your very best friend. Together, friends really do make everything better!
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  • The Bike Ride

    By Jackie Walter, Jem Maybank
    Authors:
    Jackie Walter
    Illustrated by:
    Jem Maybank
    Ben is excited when his mums suggest a family day out on their bikes, but his sister Milly thinks it will boring. The day gets even worse when Milly realises she can't get a signal on her phone. But will a family day in the woods turn out to be more fun than Milly thought after all?This story features a family with two mums. For children progressing through Book Bands, it is suitable for reading at level 6: Orange. It is part of the Family Days Out series, fun, humourous stories with bold illustrations and a range of family set-ups including two mums, two dads, a young carer and a step-family.
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  • Bob's Cab

    By Sue Graves, Michael Emmerson
    Authors:
    Sue Graves
    Illustrated by:
    Michael Emmerson
    It's getting very full in Bob's cab as he stops to pick up each passenger and their pet - will they all fit? Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.Independent Reading Red 2 stories are perfect for children aged 4-5 who are reading at book band 2 (Red) in classroom reading lessons.In this story, Bob stops to pick up lots of passengers and their animals...but his cab gets very full!
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  • Big Birthday Cake Rescue

    By Pat-a-Cake
    Authors:
    Pat-a-Cake
    It's time to be a hero! By day, they are Connor, Greg and Amaya, but by night they are Catboy, Gekko and Owlette, PJ Masks! It's Greg's birthday and he's super excited for his lizard-themed party, but when his cake goes missing, the PJ Masks must find the pesky villain and get it back. Night Ninja has the cake and the PJ Masks must work together to beat the baddie!Also available: PJ Masks: Big Stickers for Tiny Hands
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  • Big Stickers for Tiny Hands

    By Pat-a-Cake
    Authors:
    Pat-a-Cake
    Shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards 2018This super PJ Masks book is full of exciting city scenes and activities - can you help the PJ Masks save the day? The big ready-cut stickers with easy-peel tabs are easy for little fingers to find, peel off and stick. Join Catboy, Owlette and Gekko - and of course those pesky villains - in this super sticker book, with a giant fold out scene in the middle to fill with stickers and play. The search bar at the bottom of each page has lots to spot and will bring hours of fun for PJ Masks fans. Also available: PJ Masks: Into the Night Glow in the Dark Sticker Book, PJ Masks: Mayhem at the Museum, PJ Masks: Feathered Friends, PJ Masks: 1001 Super Stickers, PJ Masks: Press-out Vehicles book
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  • The Big Box

    By Sue Graves, Louise Forshaw
    Authors:
    Sue Graves
    Illustrated by:
    Louise Forshaw
    Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.Independent Reading Pink 1B stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 1B (Pink) in classroom reading lessons.In this story, a big box becomes lots of different things to play with!
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  • Bronze Age

    By Anita Ganeri
    Authors:
    Anita Ganeri
    Discover the Bronze Age and write about it!Find out about the Bronze Age to discover how the skill of making bronze changed the way people lived, fought and farmed. Read about amazing archaeological discoveries and discover beautiful objects made by Bronze Age craftspeople.Writing History is a series of fantastic guides to history with a difference! Each title explores different types of writing in six key historical periods: the Iron Age, Anglo-Saxons, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, the Stone Age and the Bronze Age. The books use a variety of ways of presenting information such as diaries, letters, stories and even poems. Examples of original sources are also given. Children are encouraged to have a go themselves with their own writing projects using the information they have read. The series is ideal for readers aged 9+ studying history topics at Key Stage 2.
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  • Bitra and the Witch

    By Andy Elkerton
    Authors:
    Andy Elkerton
    Bold and daring adventures of boy hero Oolaf in the world of Vikings!Viking Adventures are thrilling stories mixing that perfect match of fantasty and history. Boy hero Oolaf is on another quest for adventure. This time he meets a girl named Bitra, who leads him to a terrible Sea Witch...The Viking Adventures series are colour illustrated first chapter books, pitched perfectly for 6-8 years olds or readers in key stage 2. This series is all banded book band Lime 11 and are designed to boost confidence and develop fluent readers, a great way to progress reading skills and read for pleasure. Books also contain facts and a glossary at the back with some key Viking terms, making a great cross curricular link for Viking topic work.
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  • Bronze Age Adventures: Metal Man

    By Shoo Rayner
    Authors:
    Shoo Rayner
    This brilliant new mini series introduces us to family life in the bronze age through action and adventure, written and illustrated by the multi-talented Shoo Rayner. You can top up your Bronze Age facts at the back of the book too!In this story, Dug is bored, but then he watches Mini creating rock babies and gets an idea - why not create his very own metal man! The first ingredient is wax from honeycomb - and that means collecting some from a nest of angry bees...!Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading. Each book is book banded at level 9 or 10, perfect for 6-8 year old independent readers.
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  • Bronze Age Adventures: Hounds of Horror

    By Shoo Rayner
    Authors:
    Shoo Rayner
    What happens when Dug and his sister, Mini have to cross the woods to find Grandma ... at the same time as a pack of hungry wolves are out? This brilliant new mini series introduces us to family life in the bronze age through action and adventure, written and illustrated by the multi-talented Shoo Rayner. You can top up your Bronze Age facts at the back of the book too!Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading. Each book is book banded at level 9 or 10, perfect for 6-8 year old independent readers.
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    The Bush Santa

    By Mandy Foot
    Authors:
    Mandy Foot
    As the sun sets on Christmas Eve, the Bush Santa's big night begins. He travels around Australia delivering special presents to all the Aussie animals, from the cockies in Cairns and the crocs of the Top End, to the wallabies in Canberra and the quokkas of Rottnest Island. Follow along with his journey in this lushly illustrated Christmas picture book.
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