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  • Claude Best in Show

    By Alex T. Smith
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    Alex T. Smith
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    When Planet Earth Was New

    By James Gladstone
    Authors:
    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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  • The Missing Necklace

    By Katie Dale
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    Katie Dale
    A crime has been committed in Ancient Egypt - who has stolen the Queen's precious necklace? 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.
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  • Androcles and the Lion

    By Sue Graves, Alex Paterson
    Authors:
    Sue Graves
    Illustrated by:
    Alex Paterson
    Androcles is a brave slave. One day he escapes from his master and hides in a cave, only for a terrifying Lion to come into the cave! Little does he realise the encounter with the Lion will in fact save his life ...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.
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  • Autism

    By Louise Spilsbury
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    Louise Spilsbury
    This book explores the many aspects of Autism in a child-friendly way. It is part of a hands-on series of picture books designed to help children with their questions and feelings about tricky topics that can be hard to talk about. This book offers practical help, tips and advice an well as exploring everyday situations, supported by, exquisite and approachable illustrations to give a comforting story book feel, particularly suited to 5-7 year olds, but with scope to appeal to both younger and older children. A perfect aid to help children open up and explore how they feel and give steps they can take to help them cope.
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  • Rocks and Fossils

    By Peter Riley
    Authors:
    Peter Riley
    Have you ever looked at the objects inside a curiosity box? What did you see and what did they feel like? Did you recognise some of them or were there things in there that you'd never seen before? Books that take the magical charm of collecting curiosities, joined together with the science behind some of the wonders of the natural world. Children will be inspired to take a closer look at objects and the world around them and begin to question how and why nature designs things in certain ways.Rocks and Fossils focuses on the different types of rocks found on Earth and their different properties, such as granite, slate and sandstone. It looks at how rocks form deep inside the Earth and how important volcanoes are. Fossils are also revealed, including trace fossils, such as dinosaur footprints, and how fossils such as ammonites are formed.Books that are brimming with science and that encourage KS1 pupils to engage with core science and nature topics, while developing other key skills in thinking and reasoning in an utterly absorbing and charming way.
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  • Animals

    By Peter Riley, Krina Patel
    Authors:
    Peter Riley
    Illustrated by:
    Krina Patel
    Animals takes a look at the five types of vertebrates on our planet: fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. Find out about the types of habitats these animals live in, and all about teeth, bones, feathers, skulls, tadpoles, scales, eggs and loads of other fascinating science stuff about animals.Have you ever looked at the objects inside a curiosity box? What did you see and what did they feel like? Did you recognise some of them or were there things in there that you'd never seen before? These six book take the magical charm of collecting curiosities, joined with the science behind some of the wonders of the natural world. The mixture of full-colour photographs and beautiful illustrations will inspire children to take a closer look at objects and the world around them, and begin to question how and why nature designs things in certain ways.The Curiosity Box series is brimming with science and encourages Key Stage 1 pupils to engage with core science and nature topics, while developing other key skills in thinking and reasoning in an utterly absorbing and charming way.For children aged 6+.
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  • Lifeboat Crew Member

    By Rachel Blount
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    Rachel Blount
    Have you ever wondered about the people who risk their lives to rescue people at sea? What is it like to work as a lifeboat crew member? In this book you will meet our rescue specialist - David - and find out what he does at work every day. Find out about the different boats the RNLI use and how they performs different types of rescues.Brilliant introductory books for very young readers that follow real professionals around their place of work to give a flavour of what it means to work in a particular job.
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  • Optician

    By James Nixon
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    James Nixon
    When was the last time you had your eyesight tested or visited an optician? Perhaps one day you might like to become an optician too? In this book you will meet our optician, Nicola - and some of the people she works with - and see what she does at work every day. Find out about the special equipment she uses and all the different tests she does to check the health of people's eyes.Brilliant introductory books for very young readers that follow real professionals around their place of work to give a flavour of what it means to work in a particular job.
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  • Pop Art

    By Susie Brooks
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    Susie Brooks
    Discover the art movements that shaped our world in this wonderfully visual series for children aged 9 and upPop Art burst onto the scene in the mid-20th century, filling the grey post-war years with life, colour - and fun! Pop artists from Andy Warhol to David Hockney strived to make art accessible for everyone, celebrating the popular symbols of the modern age - from cars to hamburgers - in their work. In the process, they changed the face of art forever. An accessible and in-depth guide to some of the most popular and significant art movements, Inside Art Movements explores their origins, evolution and legacy in today's world.
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  • Romanticism

    By Susie Brooks
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    Susie Brooks
    Discover the art movements that shaped our world in this wonderfully visual series for children aged 9 and upBeginning as a 19th century literary movement, Romanticism was all about the drama, sensation, glory, imagination and the awesome (and awful) wonders of life! Stirred by changing times across Europe, Romantic art championed humanity and emotions and celebrated nature in all its forms. As an artistic movement, Romanticism declined from the 1850s but its influence lives on in the works of JMW Turner, John Constable, Goya and Eugène Delacroix. An accessible and in-depth guide to some of the most popular and significant art movements, Inside Art Movements explores their origins, evolution and legacy in today's world.
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    A Roller-coaster Ride Around The Body

    By Gabby Dawnay, Alex Barrow
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    Gabby Dawnay
    Illustrated by:
    Alex Barrow
    Jump on board and take a ride around the human body on our read-aloud, rollicking rollercoaster. Created by CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal nominees Gabby Dawnay and Alex Barrow, prepare to take your inquisitive youngster on a visually led, fast-paced rhythmic trip, from bones to muscles, feelings to sleep. This book is bursting with energy and fun - the perfect way to introduce your enthusiastic little one to a key school topic. Roller-coaster Ride Around the Body has been designed to promote learning through imagination and humour, building visual and auditory memory, in addition to stimulating questioning and enquiry skills. It is particularly suitable for reading together with pre-school children, individually and in groups, and as a starting point for physical-led expression.
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  • Ten Little Bookworms

    By Mike Brownlow, Simon Rickerty
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    Mike Brownlow
    Illustrated by:
    Simon Rickerty
    Join ten little bookworms on an amazing reading adventure in this brand-new mini picture book, created especially for World Book Day 2019!Ten little bookworms set off to explore the library. As they munch their way through stories of every kind, each little bookworm is whisked off into an exciting tale. From prehistoric swamps and spooky castles to outer space and jungle treetops, the bookworms discover amazing adventures in every story they explore.Join the little bookworms to find out why making friends with books is the BEST thing you can do!Praise for the award-winning Ten Little series:'Once you've read one, you'll want to pick up the entire series'Evening Standard'A rollicking read with an easy rhythm and jaunty illustrations... excellent'Guardian'Roaringly funny rhymes'Independent'Brilliant to help teach children recognise numbers'Huffington Post
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  • Secret Seven Short Story Collection

    By Enid Blyton, Esther Wane
    Authors:
    Enid Blyton
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    Esther Wane
    Solve the mystery with the Secret Seven - everyone's favourite detective club! These timeless stories are perfect for young fans of mystery, adventure or detective series. A store of stolen silver, a surprising view through a telescope, a shrill scream on a night out, a disappearing cash box, a dangerous accident and a trap for the Secret Seven! Solve the mystery with the Secret Seven in these six classic short stories by Enid Blyton - perfect for bedtime listening! The stories were originally published in books and magazines in the 1940s and 1950s. This audio recording features the classic texts. (P) 2019 Hodder & Stoughton LimitedThe Secret Seven ®, Enid Blyton ® and Enid Blyton's signature are Registered Trademarks of Hodder and Stoughton Limited. No trademark or copyrighted material may be reproduced without the express written permission of the trademark and copyright owner.
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    Where's the Narwhal? A Search and Find Book

    By , Dynamo
    Illustrated by:
    Dynamo
    Search for six narwhals - known as the unicorns of the sea - in every beautifully illustrated scene. From a trip to the museum and a day out at a water park, to a tropical beach and icy waters, there's so much to spot and find, including a bonus rainbow narwhal! Plus, see if you can find the odd animal out in fun activity pages.Perfect for fans of Where's the Unicorn? and Where's Wally?
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  • Mystery of the Theatre Ghost

    By Pamela Butchart, Enid Blyton, Tony Ross
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    Pamela Butchart, Enid Blyton
    Illustrated by:
    Tony Ross
    A second, action-packed Secret Seven adventure by prize-winning author Pamela Butchart, brilliantly illustrated by Tony Ross. The Secret Seven are excited to be chosen as extras in a local play, but during the opening performances things go seriously wrong. Could someone be trying to sabotage? The cast and crew are adamant that a theatre ghost must be causing the mysterious accidents, but the Seven aren't convinced. It's up to the gang and their spaniel Scamper to find out who is really behind the mischief - and why! Set in the same world and time as the original stories by Enid Blyton, both Mystery of the Skull and this fantastic new book satisfyingly extend the series for fans old and new. Both stories are brought to life by Tony Ross's brilliant illustrations throughout. Join the Secret Seven for more mystery, excitement, friendship and FUN than ever before! Read all 15 stories in the original Secret Seven series ...Also look out for Secret Seven Brain Games - a fun and tricky puzzle book! *Enid Blyton ®, The Secret Seven ® and Enid Blyton's signature are registered trade marks of Hodder & Stoughton Limited. No trade mark or copyrighted material may be reproduced without the express written permission of the trade mark and copyright owner.
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  • Mammals, Birds and other Vertebrates

    By Clare Hibbert, Rudolf Farkas
    Authors:
    Clare Hibbert
    Illustrated by:
    Rudolf Farkas
    A fascinating insight in to some of the incredible invertebrates that lived on Earth millions of years ago. Hundreds of millions of years before humans had evolved, our planet was already teeming with life. In prehistoric oceans, stony deserts, warm swamps and vast grasslands, there lived an incredible variety of plants and animals.Vertebrate life came in many forms. Fearsome sabre-toothed cats hunted prey in wide grasslands, flying reptiles ruled the skies and terrifying monstrous sharks patrolled the ocean depths.Delve into Prehistoric Life and discover some astounding mammals, birds and other vertebrates that once lived on Earth. This stunningly illustrated series looks at life in the prehistoric era, focusing not just on dinosaurs, but looking at the world as a whole. The prehistoric era is absolutely fascinating for children and adults alike, and is useful for schools studying history chronologically. Amazingly detailed and accurate illustrations bring the prehistoric era to life. Engaging reading for children aged 7+.Prehistoric Life is a series of four books:Mammals, Birds and other VertebratesInsects, Bugs and other InvertebratesPlantsDinosaurs
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  • Insects, Bugs and Other Invertebrates

    By Clare Hibbert, Rudolf Farkas
    Authors:
    Clare Hibbert
    Illustrated by:
    Rudolf Farkas
    A fascinating insight in to some of the incredible invertebrates that lived on Earth millions of years ago. Hundreds of millions of years before humans had evolved, our planet was already teeming with life. In prehistoric oceans, stony deserts, warm swamps and vast grasslands, there lived an incredible variety of plants and animals.Invertebrates made up a huge number of Earth's life forms. Among them, giant sea scorpions as big as a lion terrorised the oceans, enormous millipedes fed on plants in dense Carboniferous forests and tiny wasps preyed on cockroach larvae in lush tropical regions.Delve into Prehistoric Life and discover some astounding insects, bugs and other invertebrates that once lived on Earth. This stunningly illustrated series looks at life in the prehistoric era, focusing not just on dinosaurs, but looking at the world as a whole. The prehistoric era is absolutely fascinating for children and adults alike, and is useful for schools studying history chronologically. Amazingly detailed and accurate illustrations bring the prehistoric era to life. Engaging reading for children aged 7+.Prehistoric Life is a series of four books:Mammals, Birds and other VertebratesInsects, Bugs and other InvertebratesPlantsDinosaurs
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  • When People Die

    By Jane Lacey, Venitia Dean
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    Jane Lacey
    Illustrated by:
    Venitia Dean
    Death is difficult to deal with at any age, but for children who are handling it for the first time, it can be extra tough. This engaging book will help young readers learn to navigate this type of situation. It features seven case studies following children who have a range of issues from a girl who misses her mum to a boy who is worried he might die. The end of the book features a short playscript to act out and discuss.Whether it is a friend, family member or acquaintance who has passed away, readers will learn about the best ways to handle death through the help of the relatable stories and colourful illustrations. Practical advice is presented in a way readers of all ages can understand and implement into their own lives. In this series case studies combine with sensible, practical advice to help children find out what to do in difficult situations.
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  • Our New Baby

    By Jane Lacey, Venitia Dean
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    Jane Lacey
    Illustrated by:
    Venitia Dean
    This book helps young children to find out about and understand what happens when a new sibling comes into the family. It features nine case studies from children who have a range of issues from being jealous of a new baby to worrying about a relationship with a step-dad. The end of the book features a short playscript to act out and discuss. The book has engaging illustrations throughout.In this series case studies combine with sensible, practical advice to help children aged 6+ find out what to do in difficult situations.
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