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  • Self-Esteem and Confidence

    By Honor Head
    Authors:
    Honor Head
    This book looks at self-esteem and how it's possible to change it. It deals with issues such as a healthy body image, peer pressure, celebrity culture and bullying and provides lots of practical advice for young people dealing with low self-esteem.It is part of the series My Life, Your Life, which takes a sensitive and positive look at some of the issues that concern children aged 10+. It explores issues including sexuality, gender, self-esteem, prejudice and discrimination and promotes and encourages discussion. By thinking creatively and critically, children can learn to accept their differences, embrace diversity and improve their sense of self and how they fit into the bigger picture. Each title also provides advice in the form of practical ways to cope with distressing or difficult situations.
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  • Smart Homes

    By Max Wainewright, John Haslam
    Authors:
    Max Wainewright
    Illustrated by:
    John Haslam
    Discover how today's amazing inventions and technologies work while developing your coding skillsIn Smart Homes, find out about the technology that lives in our homes and buildings. Learn about motion sensors, create burglar alarms for your computer that use sound and motion to detect intruders.Each book goes inside a different machine or technology and explains the key computer code and systems that are controlling them. Step-by-step activities teach you how to create your own versions of these machines on screen, and bring them to life - with code! The focus is placed on modern technologies that actually use code to work, rather than looking back at steam engines, etc. This will keep the practice of coding firmly in the contemporary. Each book assumes readers have reasonable general computer skills. The series uses Scratch as the coding language, as this is still the most used, user-friendly and flexible in building projects, however no prior experience of Scratch is expected and each book will include a spread introducing Scratch.Teachers have always used ICT across the curriculum and are looking for contexts to teach coding in. Kids that are interested in STEAM and the high-interest topics covered, will be engaged by the opportunity to explore the STEAM concepts creatively with code.Perfect for readers aged 9 and up.
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  • Soil

    By Richard Spilsbury
    Authors:
    Richard Spilsbury
    This book goes on a journey underground to examine the many kinds of soil, microorganisms and inorganic matter that make it, and the critical role it plays in ecosystems around the world. Most people don't think about the soil under their feet, but basic dirt can reveal a lot about Earth's past. Soil is formed from tiny grains of rock that existed many years ago. It can also form in the wake of landslides, volcanoes, and everyday weathering. Helpful diagrams, fact boxes, and sidebars support the information-rich text, which supports KS2 and KS3 science curriculum, and colourful images will keep readers engaged from start to finish.
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  • Sports

    By Jon Richards, Ed Simkins
    Authors:
    Jon Richards, Ed Simkins
    Which ancient cultures enjoyed a bit of sporting competition? Who won the first marathon? How hard do top tennis players hit the ball, and which is the most dangerous sport? Whether you hit it, bounce it, run at top speed or ride in or on it, Infomojis: Sports is all about exploring sport in a fun and engaging way. Core scientific areas of investigation are covered, such as how streamlined F1 cars are designed to reduce drag and why athletes' bodies need muscle power to compete!The book features custom-made 'infomojis' - presenting the information with real personality! So inject fun into facts, and take your young astronomer to the next evolution in infographics. Infomojis is a series of ten books that are perfect for curious readers aged 8+.
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    The Story of Flight

    By Jakob Whitfield
    Authors:
    Jakob Whitfield
    A beautifully illustrated history of the iconic flying machines that have helped us soar through the skies. Perfect for child and adult aviation fans alike!The story of flight is a fascinating one: from the earliest balloons and airships to the latest stealth jet, each breakthrough laid the foundation for the next. Trace the extraordinary history of flight in this strikingly illustrated guide, from the Wright Flyer to cutting-edge drones. Along the way, discover how the social upheavals of the past 240 years influenced the flight path: two world wars, equality for women and the fight against climate change. Finally, explore the incredible inventions that await us in the future.Also available in this series on transport is The Story of the Car.
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    Smile with Splosh Board Book

    By David Melling
    Authors:
    David Melling
    Is Splosh happy or sad? Find out in this fun adventure from the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas. Splosh and his fluffy duck friends are exploring the countryside. On the way they get lost - and a bit scared. Will Splosh be brave enough to ask for help? This adorable story will help introduce the idea of emotions to the youngest of readers.
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  • Snazzy Dress-Up Sticker Book

    By Alex T. Smith
    Authors:
    Alex T. Smith
    Meet Claude - the ordinary dog with an extraordinary life. Now the star of his very own TV show on Disney Junior with 52 episodes. Whether he's on Pawhaven beach in his best swimsuit or visiting Armslength Keep in knight's armour, all sorts of wacky adventures happen to Claude and his best friend, Sir Bobblysock. Packed full of stickers, puzzles and games, this activity book will keep Claude fans busy for hours! Based on the Disney Junior TV show.Praise for Alex T. Smith's Claude series:'Illustrated with humour and elegance' The Times'With quirky illustrations and plenty of humour' MetroClaude in the City was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. Claude Going for Gold won the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award. Alex T. Smith was the official World Book Day illustrator in 2014.Follow Alex at alextsmith.com and on Twitter: @Alex_T_Smith
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    Snap

    By Patrice Lawrence
    Authors:
    Patrice Lawrence
    From the award-winning author of Orangeboy and Indigo Donut, a new short story written especially for World Book Day 2019.When Soraya's younger brother Farhad runs off into the freezing night, Soraya and her friend, Austin, are in a race against time to find him. High above the streets, Farhad's guilt closes in. He doesn't want to be found.A story of two friends, one missing boy and a secret as precious as gold.
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  • Sedimentary Rocks

    By Richard Spilsbury
    Authors:
    Richard Spilsbury
    This book takes a journey inside the layers of sedimentary rock to find out more about the rocks that have covered our planet for millions of years. Read about how these rocks form through compaction and lithification, and how weathering and erosion destroy them. The text supports the KS2 and KS3 science curriculum, covering topics such as the many kinds of sedimentary rock, rock identification, and fossils. The text also explores how people use sedimentary rocks, and where on Earth the most beautiful examples are found. Stunning photographs, sidebars, and fact boxes further enhance the learning experience.
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  • Science for Surviving in Space

    By Mark Thompson
    Authors:
    Mark Thompson
    Imagine living on an alien planet!But to really do that you'll need to apply a fair bit of science.This book has twelve scientific investigations to help you understand how force fields help us, why taking a shower is space is tricky and how tiny specs of space dust can be deadly. Discover why insulation is important and what would happen if you went out into space without a spacesuit - and lots, lots more!Space Science is the ultimate series for the astronomers and astronauts of the future. It delves into loads of intriguing 'how', 'what', and 'why' facts about the night sky. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and use readily-available materials that won't break the bank! Authored by Mark Thompson - a brilliant astronomer and television and radio presenter - who brings a fresh approach to the exploration and understanding of the Solar System ... and beyond!This book is part of the Space Science series, which covers key areas of the science curriculum, such as forces, materials and matter, light, rocks, chemical reactions, recycling and waste, magnets, solar power, gravity, distance, maps and constellations.For readers aged 9+
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  • Science for Rocketing into Space

    By Mark Thompson
    Authors:
    Mark Thompson
    Imagine building a rocket and blasting off into space!But to really do that you'll need to apply a fair bit of science.This book has twelve scientific investigations to help you understand why gravity matters, and how to power a rocket and land safely back on Earth. Discover why rockets are rocket-shaped and what happens when you create a chemical reaction - and lots, lots more!Space Science is the ultimate series for the astronomers and astronauts of the future. It delves into loads of intriguing 'how', 'what', and 'why' facts about the night sky. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and use readily-available materials that won't break the bank! Authored by Mark Thompson - a brilliant astronomer and television and radio presenter - who brings a fresh approach to the exploration and understanding of the Solar System ... and beyond!This book is part of the Space Science series, which covers key areas of the science curriculum, such as forces, materials and matter, light, rocks, chemical reactions, recycling and waste, magnets, solar power, gravity, distance, maps and constellations.For readers aged 9+
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  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    By Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Sophie Rohrbach
    Authors:
    Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall
    Illustrated by:
    Sophie Rohrbach
    When the Wicked Queen finds out from her magic mirror that Snow White is the fairest in all the land, she tries her best to get rid of her. But Snow White makes friends with seven dwarfs who take her in and try to keep her safe. Will the Wicked Queen get her way in the end?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. Also available: Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, The Ugly Duckling, The Gingerbread Man
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    Simon Sock Board Book

    By Sue Hendra, Paul Linnet, Nick East
    Authors:
    Sue Hendra, Paul Linnet
    Illustrated by:
    Nick East
    A laugh-out-loud tale celebrating difference, from the bestselling creators of Supertato. Now in a chunky board book, perfect for little hands to hold.Simon is an odd, stripey sock. He lives in the drawers with all the other socks. Every day two socks get picked to go on an adventure. The sparklies go to parties. The woolies go the park. The smarts go to school. Everyone has a pair... except Simon. Will he ever find his perfect match?
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  • Shapes

    By Pat-a-Cake, Gwé
    Authors:
    Pat-a-Cake
    Illustrated by:
    Gwé
    This bright and bold touch-and-feel book all about shapes is perfect to share with babies to help develop their language. Talking to babies is absolutely vital from the day they are born. These books are specially created to help bathe babies in language - the key to later speech development. With a touch-and-feel on every page, the charming art and engaging text in Chatterbox Baby: Shapes gives parents and babies lots to explore, touch and chat about together. Also available: Chatterbox Baby: Numbers, Chatterbox Baby: Words, Chatterbox Baby: Colours
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  • The Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages

    By Izzi Howell
    Authors:
    Izzi Howell
    Which genius ideas and inventions began in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages? This period, stretching from the first ancestors of modern humans to the start of the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome, was a time of amazing developments. Find out how the discovery of how to make fire and tools, farm the land and form symbols to communicate in writing transformed society and had a lasting impact on the way we live today.
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  • Science

    By Colin Hynson
    Authors:
    Colin Hynson
    Discover the amazing array of jobs within the field of science that you never knew existed. From the exoplanet hunters who use powerful telescopes to look for planets orbiting stars, to the forensic scientists who help detectives by using forensic chemistry to link suspects to crime scenes.Read about the academic and vocational routes you can take to reach these jobs and how to get ahead in these exciting professions whilst you are at school and college.
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    Suffragettes and the Fight for the Vote

    By Sarah Ridley
    Authors:
    Sarah Ridley
    This book tells the story of the campaign to get women the vote in Britain through 14 significant objects. From photos of key people in the campaign through ephemera such as force-feeding equipment, banners and medallions Sarah Ridley brings the story to life. Beginning by looking at the role of women in the 19th Century and ending with the continuing struggle for equal rights for women in all parts of society, this is an essential read for young people aged 10 plus to understand the history of the women's movement on suffrage.2018 was a landmark year that marked the centenary of the Representation of the People Act. This finally gave the vote to some women for the first time (women over 30, who owned property) and also gave the vote to all men (up until then, only about two-thirds of men had the vote). The Houses of Parliament celebrated this centenary with their 'Vote 100' project. 2018 was also be the 90th anniversary of women gaining full voting equality with men in 1928.
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  • Space

    By Jon Richards, Ed Simkins
    Authors:
    Jon Richards, Ed Simkins
    Who holds the record for driving the fastest on the Moon? And how far away is the Moon from Earth? What are the gas giants - and what about nebulae? Whether it shoots, glows, radiates or collides, Infomojis: Space is all about exploring the universe in a fun and engaging way. Core scientific areas of investigation are covered, such as the nuclear reaction that makes our Sun shine or how the Moon's gravity affects tides on Earth.The book features custom-made 'infomojis' (information emojis) that present the information with real personality! So inject fun into facts, and take your young astronomer to the next evolution in infographics. Infomojis is a series of ten books that are perfect for curious readers aged 8+.
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  • Submarines

    By Tim Cooke
    Authors:
    Tim Cooke
    Submarines lurk unseen beneath the waves. They circle the globe, even sailing beneath the North Pole. This silent patrol can be deadly. Modern submarines are launch platforms for long-range missiles that can be armed with nuclear warheads. But sailing under the water places unique demands on vessels and their crews. Find out about leading submarines from around the world - including their technical specifications. Learn about the history of submarines - from their first use - through incredible developments, right up to the latest, cleverest 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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  • The Stuff We Buy

    By Georgia Amson-Bradshaw
    Authors:
    Georgia Amson-Bradshaw
    What are the problems and challenges we face around the world when it comes to the stuff we buy? How can we reduce, reuse and recycle the things we own, to avoid wasting them and contributing to pollution and climate change? Interactive 'Solve It!' design challenges give readers the information they need to develop sustainable solutions to the problems discussed, and step-by-step 'Test It!' activities encourage them to explore putting principles into practice.
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