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  • My Stepfamily

    By Jane Lacey, Venitia Dean
    Authors:
    Jane Lacey
    Illustrated by:
    Venitia Dean
    This book helps young children aged 7+ find out about and understand life in a stepfamily. When a child's parent remarries, that child gains a new parent, and often, new siblings. This can be great, but it can also come with its own unique set of challenges. This informative book is designed to help readers navigate and learn from these challenges. Relatable stories are presented through the use of colourful illustrations and accessible text. This book is an excellent resource for readers who have recently become or are currently preparing to become part of a new stepfamily.It features seven stories from children who have a range of stepfamily issues from a girl who doesn't want to share to a boy who is worried because he likes his stepdad more than his 'real' dad. The end of the book features a short playscript to act out and discuss. 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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  • Mammals

    By David West
    Authors:
    David West
    What wonders can you find out about the amazing world of mammals? See what a whale really looks like inside; find out how a cow makes milk and where elephants' babies grow, plus many more dazzling facts about the animal kingdom. The Inside Animals series Introduces children to the anatomy of animals with cutaway illustrations, with the outer image followed by the inner image over the next page, so children can understand exactly how anatomy works. There is also a handy glossary at the back to explain key scientific terms in an accessible way.Perfect for any curious 6-8 year old or budding scientist.
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  • Minibeasts

    By David West
    Authors:
    David West
    Enrich your knoweldge of marvellous minibeasts! See what a spider really looks like inside, discover how an insect breathes and find out where bees store their venom, plus many more minibeast facts.The Inside Animals series introduces children to the anatomy of animals with cutaway illustrations, with the outer image followed by the inner image over the next page, so children can understand exactly how anatomy works. There is also a handy glossary at the back to explain key scientific terms in an accessible way.Perfect for any curious 6-8 year old or budding scientist.
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  • Mystery of the Theatre Ghost

    By Pamela Butchart, Enid Blyton, Tony Ross
    Authors:
    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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  • My Parents' Divorce

    By Jane Lacey, Venitia Dean
    Authors:
    Jane Lacey
    Illustrated by:
    Venitia Dean
    This book helps young children find out about and understand what's happening when their parents divorce or separate. It features eight case studies from children who have a range of issues from a girl who is angry with her parents to a boy who is worried about what will happen next. The stories help readers understand and empathise with characters, while also offering practical advice that readers can use in their everyday lives. 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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  • Minibeasts

    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.Minibeasts focuses on the different types of minibeasts we encounter, such as insects, spiders and molluscs like slugs and snails. It links them to the habitats they live in and examines their behaviours and the roles they play in pollinating, composting and eating other bugs!Books that are brimming with science and 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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  • Minibeasts

    By Pat-a-Cake, Villie Karabatzia
    Authors:
    Pat-a-Cake
    Illustrated by:
    Villie Karabatzia
    Help toddlers discover and learn about the world around them with these essential board books.Minibeasts helps busy, curious toddlers explore their world and develop their vocabulary by introducing lots of wonderful minibeast words. This robust board book will withstand many happy hours of looking, holding, exploring and reading, while the playful, witty illustrations will be loved by parents and children alike. A brilliant fold-out surprise at the end adds a fun addition to all the learning in the book. Also available: 123, Colours, ABC, Animals, First Words, Shapes, Dinosaurs
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    Mole's Star

    By Britta Teckentrup, Britta Teckentrup
    Authors:
    Britta Teckentrup
    Illustrated by:
    Britta Teckentrup
    A magical, star-filled picture book about learning to share the wonders of our world.Every evening, Mole comes out of his burrow to watch the twinkling stars in the sky above. How he wishes he could have them for his very own! Then one night he sees a shooting star, and suddenly his wish comes true. There's just one problem: now that Mole's burrow is full of beautiful, shining stars, none of the other animals can enjoy them . . .Written and illustrated by the award-winning Britta Teckentrup, this beautiful picture book will spark conversations about sharing, friendship and using the resources of our world responsibly.Look out for more books from Britta Teckentrup:Little Mouse and the Red Wall The Memory TreeMy Hand in Your HandNever Take a Bear to School
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  • Max and the Gladiator

    By Damian Harvey
    Authors:
    Damian Harvey
    Max is on a school trip to Chester to visit some Roman ruins. As he takes a little nap after lunch he is suddenly transported back in time ... and before him stands a fully armed Roman Gladiator! This story is part of Reading Champion, a series carefully linked to book bands to encourage independent reading skills, developed with Dr Sue Bodman and Glen Franklin of UCL Institute of Education (IOE)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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  • Materials

    By Izzi Howell
    Authors:
    Izzi Howell
    Get outside and do some fun science experiments! From making a raft and an ice sculpture to painting with water and testing materials, these simple activities are quick and easy to do, using easily found equipment. Everything on Earth is made from different materials. We can see many materials outdoors, such as wood, metal and rock.But how do we tell them apart and how can we work out what they are best used for? This book tells you all you need to know about materials.This series is perfect for Outdoor Classroom Day, but can, of course, be used at any time of year! Being outdoors helps children focus, boosts creativity and imagination, and can simply be more fun! Learning outdoors creates lasting memories, helps build a greater awareness of the environment, provides more opportunities to think independently, and gets children feeling challenged and excited by learning.A perfect series for KS1 and KS2 Science.
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  • Mutant

    By Steve Skidmore, Steve Barlow
    Authors:
    Steve Skidmore, Steve Barlow
    Take on the role of the Monster Hunter in this fully interactive, flick-through-the pages, choose-your-own-destiny adventure story.YOU are an agent of G.H.O.S.T. - protecting the world from creatures in the shadows. Dr Omega is creating mutanthumans - turning them into monsters. Your mission is to stop her experiments.Written by the award-winning duo Steve Barlow and Steve SkidmoreAge appropriate for 8+. Also suitable for reluctant readers and less confident older readers. Printed using a font approved by the British Dyslexia Association.
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  • Mountains

    By Izzi Howell
    Authors:
    Izzi Howell
    Explore mountains around the world and find out how they are created. See what happens when mountains experience erosion and how climate and biomes change with height. Find out about the people, plants and animals that live at high altitudes and the risk of deadly avalanches.Geographics is an engaging series with colourful infographics and photos used to illustrate universal geography topics such as volcanoes, rivers and earthquakes. Perfect for the geography curriculum at KS2 the series is suitable for children aged 8 and up.
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  • The Maya

    By Jillian Powell
    Authors:
    Jillian Powell
    What do you know about the Maya people? Explore the incredible history of South America during this time and find out how Maya people lived, worked, created and celebrated in this fascinating period in history. Discover the pyramids that they buried their dead in, the gods and goddesses they worshiped and how they fought, farmed and communicated. Craft activities support and enhance each section to bring what you've read to life.Part of the series Discover Through Craft. Twelve books that explore key curriculum topics using a mixture of activities, quizzes, facts and crafts. For children aged 7-9.
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  • My Little Brother’s a Zombie

    By Tony Lee, Pedro J. Colombo
    Authors:
    Tony Lee
    Illustrated by:
    Pedro J. Colombo
    Lewis Marsden's younger brother loves zombies. Zombie books, zombie comics, zombie movies, zombie everything. But when his brother turns into a zombie, Lewis is determined to help him become un-undead - and to avoid being bitten ... This title is part of the EDGE: Bandit Graphics series: individual, high-quality, safe, 32-page graphic novels written by New York Times bestselling author Tony Lee, suitable for readers aged 7+.
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    Malala

    By Malala Yousafzai
    Authors:
    Malala Yousafzai
    The extraordinary true story of a young girl's courage in the face of violence and extremism, and an incredible testament to what can be achieved when we stand up for what we believe in. This illustrated adaptation of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai's bestselling memoir, I Am Malala, introduces readers of 7+ to the remarkable story of a teenage girl who risked her life for the right to go to school. Raised in a changing Pakistan by an enlightened father from a poor background and a beautiful, illiterate mother, Malala was taught to stand up for her beliefs. When terrorists took control of her region and declared that girls were forbidden from going to school, Malala refused to sacrifice her education. And on 9 October 2012, she nearly paid the ultimate price for her courage when she was shot on her way home from school. The book follows Malala's incredible journey to recovery in the aftermath of the attack, from the life-saving surgery she receives in a Birmingham hospital to her reunion with her family and their eventual relocation to England. Today Malala is a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Her story of bravery and determination in the face of extremism is more timely now than ever.
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  • Mary and the Great Fire of London

    By Sue Graves, Alex Paterson
    Authors:
    Sue Graves
    Illustrated by:
    Alex Paterson
    One dry, hot night in 1666, Mary was on her way home from the bakery where she worked in Pudding Lane, London. Later that night, a terrible fire broke out in that same bakery... one that would change London forever!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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  • My Community and Media

    By Ben Hubbard
    Authors:
    Ben Hubbard
    Become a sensible, informed digital citizen with this handy guideThe internet connects people from all over the world and provides a great place to share our interests. But clever digital citizens are careful and smart about socialising online, making sure they enjoy it safely. The Internet can be a fun, creative, collaborative place to share, learn and experience the world and connect with all kinds of people. But being a good digital citizen comes with responsibilities and advisories. These books will help children aged 7+ navigate this sophisticated and ever-changing form of communication.
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  • My Safety and Security

    By Ben Hubbard
    Authors:
    Ben Hubbard
    Become a sensible, informed digital citizen with this handy guideBe prepared! Learn how to stay safe and secure in the digital world. This book will show you how, with tips from setting uncrackable passwords to recognising fake websites. The Internet can be a fun, creative, collaborative place to share, learn and experience the world and connect with all kinds of people. But being a good digital citizen comes with responsibilities and advisories. These books will help children aged 7+ navigate this sophisticated and ever-changing form of communication.
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  • Mr Penguin and the Fortress of Secrets

    By Alex T. Smith
    Authors:
    Alex T. Smith
    From the international bestselling creator of Claude comes a brand new hero: Mr Penguin. Indiana Jones meets Hercule Poirot in this series from Alex T. Smith. Follow Mr Penguin and Colin as they crash-land on a snowy mountain. Will they be able to solve the mystery of the missing pets? What are the strange noises coming from the abandoned fortress? And will Mr Penguin conquer his fear of flying?Find out in the second Mr Penguin book with plenty of slapstick humour, mystery and adventure. Highly illustrated throughout with a striking black and orange design.Praise for Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure:'Addictive slapstick' - Guardian'The perfect introduction to mystery stories' - ScotsmanClaude won the 5-9 young fiction Sainsbury's Children's Book Award, was selected for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize, the Richard and Judy Book Club and is now a TV star on Disney Junior. Alex T. Smith was a World Book Day Illustrator. Follow him on Twitter @Alex_T_Smith
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