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  • Julius Caesar and the Romans

    By David Gill
    Authors:
    David Gill
    Julius Caesar was the most famous of all the great Roman leaders. His military exploits were legendary and he added land, riches and prestige to the vast, powerful Roman empire. However his power came at a terrible cost, as he was brutally murdered at the hands of his most trusted friends and advisors.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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  • Jamie Vardy

    By Roy Apps
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    Roy Apps
    This inspirational biography for children, written by award-winning author Roy Apps, follows the dream-come-true story of Jamie Vardy and his amazing rise to become a star striker in Leicester City's Premier League-winning side and top England goalscorer. 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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  • Journeys

    By Caryn Jenner
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    Caryn Jenner
    It's fun to go on a journey. You can walk, bike or go in a car, bus, train, boat or an aeroplane! Why not make your own car, become a train with your friends or sail a boat?Learning through play helps children make sense of their world. The 'Play and Discover' series is perfect for developing their natural curiosity. There is lots to talk about and great ideas for creative play. Each book includes notes for parents and teachers with further activity ideas. Perfect for the EYFS.
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  • Jack and the Beanstalk

    By Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Sophie Rohrbach
    Authors:
    Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall
    Illustrated by:
    Sophie Rohrbach
    When Jack sells the family cow for a handful of magic beans, things take a fantastical turn. This dramatic retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk tingles with adventure, as the reader makes his way to the giant's castle and joins in with his hungry chant.It's never too early to introduce children to the magic and wonder of fairy tales. Classic characters are brought to life at each turn of the page with spellbinding artwork and lyrical writing. A visual glossary at the beginning introduces new vocabulary and promotes understanding. A lively activity at the end invites discussion and will make even the very youngest children want to return to these story books again and again. Fairy tales are a vital introduction to the basics of storytelling like setting, characters and plot. They boost a child's imagination and also teach valuable life lessons about good overcoming evil, the difference between right and wrong and the importance of rising to a challenge. In this story, young readers can navigate a beanstalk maze, choosing the branches that will lead them to the giant's castle. Also available: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood.
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    Just Like My Daddy

    By David Melling
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    David Melling
    From the creator of the bestselling Hugless Douglas, this humorous, touching tale is a celebration of dads everywhere - even if they are moody, lazy and good at pretending to be busy!A striking new edition of this bestselling picture book.One little lion cub can't wait to grow up and do everything just like his dad.David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world.
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  • Just Like Me!

    By Damian Harvey, Federica Nuccio, Roberta Vottero
    Authors:
    Damian Harvey
    Illustrated by:
    Federica Nuccio, Roberta Vottero
    Just Like Me! is a fun story for young animal and photography fans who are beginning to read on their own. Perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band red.Pete's having so much fun taking pictures of all the animals - but one animal wants to take a picture of Pete!The Tiddlers series features fun stories with a word count of fewer than 50 words for children who are just starting to read. A word list at the beginning of the story allows for a quick check of the reader's ability to read and understand words before reading, and a spot the picture puzzle at the end of the story encourages rereading for pleasure. Compiled in consultation with Catherine Glavina, PGCE and Primary Course Leader, The Centre for Professional Education, University of Warwick.
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    Just Like My Mummy

    By David Melling
    Authors:
    David Melling
    From the creator of the bestselling Hugless Douglas, this humorous, touching tale is a celebration of mums everywhere and the perfect companion to Just Like My Dad.One mischievous little lion cub is keen to show how he can act just like his mum. But when it comes to bedtime, there's no one as good as her!David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world.
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  • Jasmine's SO Fussy

    By Judith Heneghan, Jack Hughes
    Authors:
    Judith Heneghan
    Illustrated by:
    Jack Hughes
    Jasmine is a fussy dragon. She only likes purple, hates dressing up and refuses to eat different foods. The other dragons are getting ready for a party, but Jasmine's fussiness is spoiling the fun. Can her friends persuade her to try something new?Read about good manners and behaviour in these delightful stories.
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    Jack and the Jelly Bean Stalk

    By Rachael Mortimer, Liz Pichon
    Authors:
    Rachael Mortimer
    Illustrated by:
    Liz Pichon
    A fun, light-hearted twist on the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale. Any child that's familiar with the original will find plenty of giggles here. When Jack sells his cow for jelly beans, his mum is furious! But these are magic beans and soon Jack is on a big adventure in the clouds.'A fresh and funny twist on a classic fairytale. Will provide laughs for any child familiar with the original.' - Guardian BookshopFrom the team behind the popular The Three Billy Goats Fluff and Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf. Liz Pichon is the creator of the phenomenal bestseller The Brilliant World of Tom Gates.http://www.lizpichon.co.ukhttp://lizpichons.blogspot.co.uk/
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  • Jewellery Crafts

    By Annalees Lim
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    Annalees Lim
    This jewellery-based craft book will have you making a range of unique - and useful - homemade creations. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more are included in this brilliant step-by-step book.Part of a series of six titles, Craft Attack is aimed at modern kids with a style to match. The instructions are easy to follow and positively encourage experimentation and customisation.
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    Jasper's Beanstalk

    By Nick Butterworth, Mick Inkpen
    Authors:
    Nick Butterworth
    Illustrated by:
    Mick Inkpen
    From the award-winning creators of Percy the Park Keeper and Kipper comes a new edition of a picture book classic - perfect for children finding out about nature and how things grow. Mick Inkpen is the libraries' ninth most borrowed author.Jasper plants a bean. He waits for it to grow into a beanstalk all week. How long will he have to wait before he can start looking for giants?'The charmingly comical Inkpen, as always, hits the spot.' The Guardian'Nick Butterworth is one of the best picture book writers alive.' The Independent
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  • Joey The Kangaroo

    By An Vrombaut
    Authors:
    An Vrombaut
    Perfect for preschool children, 64 Zoo Lane had the highest viewing figures on CBeebies in 2011. With six classic 64 Zoo Lane stories now reissued, Lucy and her animal fans are bound to win yet more young fans.Lucy has some very strange neighbours with horns and humps, tails and trunks - that's because Lucy lives next door to the zoo! Every night, she climbs down the long long neck of Georgina the Giraffe and listens to one of them tell her a story... Tonight it's the story of Joey. Joey is a little kangaroo who lives in Australia. But Joey has problems doing the one thing all kangaroos are famous for - jumping! Will he learn to jump like a proper kangaroo before the Junior Jump Competition?Have fun with 64 Zoo Lane at http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/64-zoo-lane/
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    Jack and Jill

    By Kate Willis-Crowley
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    Kate Willis-Crowley
    A wonderful book to read aloud and share, this favourite nursery rhyme is brought to life by Kate Willis-Crowley.Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after...With instructions for making your own Jack and Jill finger puppets at the end of the story, this book is one to treasure.
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    The Jungle Run

    By Tony Mitton, Guy Parker-Rees
    Authors:
    Tony Mitton
    Illustrated by:
    Guy Parker-Rees
    Here come the animals, one by one.They're all getting ready for the Jungle Run.Cub turns up to take her place but the others say, 'You're to small to race . . . 'Cub may be little compared to the other animals, but she's quick and clever and she knows just how to show the rest of the jungle what a winner she is.
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  • Jogger's Big Adventure

    By Francesca Simon, Emily Bolam
    Authors:
    Francesca Simon
    Illustrated by:
    Emily Bolam
    Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.Jogger the hamster is on an adventure, nibbling on books and climbing on chairs. But mean old Sour Puss is about - will Jogger make it back to his cage in time?
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  • Jump for Glory

    By Shoo Rayner
    Authors:
    Shoo Rayner
    Olly is desperate to finally beat Spiro in the Boys' Jumping Competition, but he just can't seem to go far enough! To make matters worse, his sister, Chloe, is better than him too! Can Olly use his brains to triumph over Spiro's strength?
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    Jack Draws Anything

    By Jack Henderson
    Authors:
    Jack Henderson
    After a family friend bought one of his drawings for 20p, six-year-old Jack came up with the idea to "draw anything" in return for donations to the hospital that treats his two-year-old brother. His parents set up a website and thought they might make £100. After two weeks, Jack had over 500 picture requests and had raised over £22,000 for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation.Parents Ed and Rose with Jack, Toby and Noah appeared on the Fern Britton Show and Jack's project was featured on Russell Howard's Good News four times. Coverage by STV news, BBC news, and CBBC Newsround have all helped spread the word about this creative and generous little boy. Jack is slowly but steadily drawing the requested pictures which range from a "dinosaur diving into a pool of jelly" (#1) to "my (extremely bald) friend Brian dancing like a crazy man" (#80). He doesn't draw every day, only when he wants to, and his parents estimate that he'll finish at the end of August. For the latest drawings, or to make a donation yourself, visit jackdrawsanything.com.
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    Jacob O'Reilly Wants a Pet

    By Lynne Rickards, Lee Wildish
    Authors:
    Lynne Rickards
    Illustrated by:
    Lee Wildish
    Like many young children, Jacob O'Reilly wants a pet. He'd love a dog. A cat would be great. Ooh, what about gerbils? Or an iguana? He's desperate for an animal to look after, but mum and dad don't fancy the idea. Then they suggest that he start a pet-sitting business, and all hell breaks loose...'The jokes work time and time again, and it'll be a firm favourite on any bookshelf.' - The Bookbag
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    Jack's Tractor

    By Thomas Taylor, John Kelly
    Authors:
    Thomas Taylor
    Illustrated by:
    John Kelly
    Jack takes a ride in his big red tractor with a trailer attached behind, picking up lots of fun animal friends along the way. But before long it gets dark and he's lost. Who will help him find the way home?
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    Jolly Olly Octopus

    By Tony Mitton, Guy Parker-Rees
    Authors:
    Tony Mitton
    Illustrated by:
    Guy Parker-Rees
    When Jolly Olly Octopus gets the giggles, it isn't long before the waves of bubbly laughter have spread to all his friends and the whole sea bed is awash with sea creatures chuckling away. But, oh no! Here comes Shark! Suddenly things aren't quite so funny any more. The incredibly successful Tony Mitton and Guy Parkrer-Rees pair up again to bring you this bright and delightful rhyming romp.
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