By Louise Spilsbury, Richard Spilsbury
Natural disasters devastate communities. They reshape the landscape and can alter people's ways of life in an area for years after the event. Learn all about the 10 worst volcanic Eruptions in this book from Vesuvius to Krakatau.This series explores the world's top ten worst recorded disasters, explaining how and why they happen and where in the world they have taken place. The series also invites the reader to examine what they have learnt about natural disasters and to apply that knowledge by answering critical thinking questions at the end of each book. Perfect for readers aged 9 and up.
By Moira Butterfield
What's the first Viking object you can think of? A Viking battle axe or a longship? Did you know that thousands more stone, metal, pottery, bone and wooden objects have been found from this time in human history? All of these objects can tell us a lot about the Vikings. We know about the animals they farmed, the the tools and weapons they used and we know about their everyday life and culture from the remains of the buildings they lived in. All over Britain, Viking artefacts have been Found!. Uncover the stories of thirteen incredible finds, what they can tell us about life back then and how they might relate to your life today.Found! is a series of six books that span British archaeological finds from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, Roman Britain, the Viking Age and the Anglo Saxons. Ideal for readers aged 9+ studying history topics at Key Stage 2.
The Vikings are coming!
By Paul Mason
The terrifying Vkings are coming! Invaders and Raiders: Vikings describes how the Vikings invaded and conquered much of Britain, and voyaged far and wide. Viking longships, raids and fighting style are all explored, alongside their beliefs and ways of life, to build up a true picture of these most famous invaders. The book concludes with a look at the Vikings' legacy in Britain today.Illustrated with a mix of illustrations and found objects, each book in the series describes a famous civilisation, its customs and organisations, how it began and expanded, and its eventual decline.
By Jon Richards
History in Infographics helps children to visualise facts and statistics using a clever and appealing mix of graphics and numbers. The colourful, high-impact design will appeal to a wide range of children, from visual learners to struggling readers, capturing and then holding their attention. Infographics are a really exciting, different way to learn about core historical topics, and are ideal for fact-hungry children, revision work, and to improve the quality of presentations. History in Infographics: The Vikings allows children to explore the Viking era like never before, finding out how people lived, what they ate, what they wore, how they were ruled and the gods they worshipped. Children can discover Viking warfare, and how the Vikings traded and raided their way across Europe - travelling thousands of miles from home to found settlements in places as far away as Britain, Iceland and North America. Ideal for children of 9+, and fact and history lovers of all ages, the Vikings have never seemed more exciting!
Vote for Me!
By Louise Spilsbury, Mike Gordon
From ancient Greek philosophy to modern governments, find out how different systems and beliefs have developed across the globe.Introduce children to the concept of politics and find out who's in charge across the world from presidents, prime ministers and dictators, to kings and queens.This book will look at different systems of leadership that exist globally, looking in particular at how democracies work and what voting and elections are.It looks at the seven main types of governments/ways of ruling - Anarchy; Dictatorship; Monarchy; Theocracy; Totalitarian; Republic; Democracy. It looks at the set-up of democratic governments, in particular the UK and US and what they do, for example making laws, funding armies, providing services and how they make these things happen and why we pay taxes.We talk about the different political ideologies that different governments have, such as capitalism and communism, and the spectrum of ideologies from the far left to the far right, including liberalism, socialism, conservatism and fascism - and in between. How do elections work? What types of elections are there, for example, local, state, for a leader, or national/general, how candidates are chosen, what voting systems are in place, such as PPR and FPP, who is entitled to vote and how votes are cast and counted. Finally, find out what it takes to become a leader and get people to vote for you. Learn how to get involved by joining school councils or running school elections.For children aged 9+ and a useful resource for children studying PSHE and Citizenship.
By Georgia Amson-Bradshaw
Take a look at how aeroplanes are designed, how they take off and how engineers make sure they stay up in the sky. Find out about cars, trains, boats and helicopters, explore remarkable vehicles from self-driving cars to maglev trains and space rovers, and admire some of the world's most iconic cars. Test your understanding with fun projects such as making your own mini-maglev from plastic bricks and magnets.Inject some fun into STEAM topics, with these lively examinations of buildings, robots, computers, vehicles, materials and space! This bright, colourful new series aims to inspire children with a lifelong love of STEAM subjects.
By Tim Cooke
Ever wondered what life was really like for the Victorians? Did Queen Victoria really say 'We are not amused'? Well, she may have done if she had read our behind-the-scenes guide to her 19th-century world. Learn about the good (and bad) side of life for the Victorians in this vibrant guide!Part of a series of books that takes children behind the scenes to reveal the fashions, fads and secrets of the past.
By Nancy Dickmann
This book takes a light-hearted look at the characters and creatures from the Viking (Norse) mythological stories. From wolves and giants to the gods themselves there are adventures, betrayals and incredible stories to read. The book is structured as a 'Who's Who' of the culture's myths and legends and has a gossipy, informal tone, allowing the characters' personalities to come through.The chapters begin with a spread featuring factfiles of two characters. Each of these has an "In His Own Words" section, where the character himself (or herself) gives fast facts such as parents, powers, crowning achievements, and "Not to be confused with...". This is followed by a myth re-relling, presented in a magazine-style, featuring the two characters. In total there are six spreads of fact files (12 characters total) and six different re-tellings.It is part of the Stars of Mythology series, which explores great myths from around the world.
By Jane Bingham
Travel back to the time of the Vikings! Where did they come from and where did they settle? What beliefs and traditions did they bring with them? How do we know about the Vikings? Explore this ancient civilisation to understand how prehistoric people have influenced the way we live today. Discover the artefacts that give evidence of they way of life.
Volcano Eruption! - Explore materials and use science to survive
By Richard Spilsbury, Louise Spilsbury
The volcano is about erupt. But Jess's brother is somewhere on the slopes. Can Jess and her friends find him in time? And can they use their knowledge of materials and other science to bring him back safely off the mountain?Science has never been more exciting with this attention-grabbing approach which delivers true scietific learning through an action-packed story and spectacular graphic illustrations. The science is the story is backed up through simple experiments that readers can try for themselves.
By Tim Cooke
The At Home With... series uses a fascinating magazine-style approach to reveal what fashionable life was like at the time of the Vikings! Find out all about the invasions and raids in their struggle for the Kingdom of England. Each book in the series focuses on a highly popular and widely studied period of history. The subjects include famous individuals and their homes, fashions, pastimes, food and drink, ways of getting around - and the must-have possessions of the day. Life in the past was in many ways very different from life today, but in one way it was very similar. There were always some people who were wealthier, more powerful or more famous than everyone else - and it was those early celebrities who set the fashions of the age and who got tongues wagging with early celebrity gossip. A fun take on a Key Stage 2 National Curriculum topic!
Vincent van Gogh
By Ruth Thomson
Inspiring Artists tells us what it is that makes some famous artists so important and memorable, not only in terms of their artistic legacy, but also as to their impact on the wider world. It explores their life and times through significant pieces of their art, looking at the work in terms of its context, from conflict (Goya), to festivities (Bruegel) to personal struggle (Van Gogh). Each work is also considered in terms of its style, technique and artistic innovation.Derided and overlooked during his brief lifetime, the brilliant but tortured Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) is today celebrated as one of the most important figures in modern art. His vibrant, expressive paintings of everyday settings and ordinary people have had a huge impact on artists as varied as Gustav Klimt, Francis Bacon and Anselm Kiefer.
Visitors from Space
By Katie Dicker
Have people really been abducted by aliens and have there been any real sightings of flying saucers? Delve into the world of the unexplained and the real (or not so real) claims of alien encounters.Real (and possibly not so real) unexplained events are examined in the four books in this series. Strange disappearances, alien visitors, mythical creatures, messages form beyond the grave and strange places steeped in mystery all make an appearance (or should that be disappearance?!) in these fun and informative books.
By Clare Hibbert
Who were the Vikings? Why did the Vikings travel so much? What were Viking towns like? What did the Vikings do for fun? This book helps children at Key Stage 2 discover the answers to these and many other fascinating questions. It also recommends sites on the Internet and sources in your local library where you can find out more about the Vikings. The detective shows readers how to write their name using Viking runes, draw family trees for famous Viking kings and find places in Britain that have Viking names. Packed with fascinating information, The History Detective Investigates series inspires children's curiosity to find out more about the past. A great tool for readers age 8+ or teachers looking for books to support the new curriculum for 2014.
The Valley of Adventure
By Enid Blyton
Enid Blyton's much-loved classic series, packed full of adventure and mystery.Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack are going for a night flight on Bill's plane and soon find themselves flying into a truly amazing adventure. What has happened to Bill? Who are the two strange pilots, and what is the secret treasure hidden somewhere in the lonely valley the children have landed in?First published in 1947, this edition contains the original text and is unillustrated.
By Jane Bingham
Explore the Victorians who lived in a time of great progress and change. Find out how factories and towns grew incredibly fast, and the British Empire reached its largest size. Discover the advances in transport, industry and architecture, and learn about the lives of both rich and poor.Read about Queen Victoria's long life and reign, the great Victorian buildings, ideas and inventions. Discover the working conditions in the mines and factories and a day in the life of a Victorian schoolchild. The Explore! series delves into the most fascinating topics around for children at Key Stage 2, looking at the topic through a variety of subjects including design and technology, geography, art, literacy and numeracy.
By Jillian Powell
Each book in this delightful, child-friendly series focuses on a different period in history, from Ancient Egypt right up to World War 2. Children will love learning about each era, and then following the simple instructions to make useful or interesting objects from that time. Age-appropriate and accessible, the books are jam-packed with great ideas and perfect for use at home or in the classroom. In Craft Box: Victorian Times, you can learn how to make a Penny Black stamp, a barrel organ, a silhouette portrait, a bellows camera, a spinning top, a Victorian police helmet, a Jubilee souvenir, a model of the Crystal Palace, a Victorian calling card, a terrarium, a candlestick telephone and a cornucopia!Fun facts on every spread give background information about the Victorian era and its people, from the engineers, explorers and inventors who are still famous today, to Queen Victoria herself.A Further Information spread suggests age-appropriate websites and books, so children can go away and learn more about the Victorians.A glossary explains any tricky words, and will help to further increase children's knowledge and understanding of the era.
Very Wonderful, Very Rare - Saving the most endangered wildlife on Earth
By Marilyn Baillie, Jonathan Baillie, Ellen Butcher
This spectacular book introduces children to some of the most endangered species on Earth, from the pygymy sloth to Attenborough's pitcher plant. It explores what scientists are doing to save species and what we can do to help, featuring wildlife that is critically endangered alongside species that have been brought back from the brink of extinction. Large, spectacular photos and engaging text by award winning authors Jonathan and Marilyn Baillie really capture a child's attention and show why our wonderful wildlife is worth saving. Produced in assoication with the IUCN.
Vincent van Gogh
By Iain Zaczek
This title looks at the life and works of Vincent van Gogh, including an examination of paintings such as Sunflowers, Starry Night, The Artist's Bedroom in Arles, The Night Café, The Potato Eaters, Portrait of Père Tanguy and Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear. It looks at the techniques and colour palette that van Gogh used in these works, encouraging readers to look more closely at the interesting elements of each painting. It also includes a timeline of his life, information on museums and galleries where his work is currently displayed and a chance for readers to use what they have learned to make their own painting in the style of Vincent van Gogh.
By John Hawkins
Volcano disasters are terrible occurrences and a source of fear and fascination for many people. They are often devastating and can kill hundreds of people at a time. Many people have lost their lives over the years in aircraft crashes. Volcano Disasters first explores how and why a volcano erupts by explaining how the Earth's tectonic plates and what magma is made of. In our densely populated world volcanoes can be a major threat to human lives. This book explores some famous volcano disasters in detail, explaining how, why and when some of the world's biggest and most famous eruptions occurred. From the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajoekull in Iceland in 2010, whose eruption of hot ash grounded planes around the world, to possibly the most famous eruption of all time - Pompeii and more volcanoes in between - the factors that contributed to each of these disasters are examined in detail and make for compelling reading.Part of a series of 6 books, Catastrophe! uses historical reports, eyewitness accounts and expert opinions to explore incredible natural and man-made disasters.Suitable for KS2-3 these are excellent reference books for teachers and students.