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  • Benin

    By Izzi Howell
    Authors:
    Izzi Howell
    Benin was an important kingdom in West Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries. Find out about Benin's magnificent capital city, the objects that Benin traded with Europe and their intricate bronze plaques and statues. Read about food and farming, armies and weapons, the life of a craftsman and how to make a leopard statue!Packed with fascinating information, the Explore! 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.
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    The Big Countdown

    By Paul Rockett
    Authors:
    Paul Rockett
    You can count the number of legs on a spider, but can you count the number of stars in the Universe? Or the number of breaths we take each day? The Big Countdown explores the world through numbers, looking at rainforests, outer space, the animal kingdom the human body and much more.This book counts you down from 70 sextillion to 0.01, bringing facts and figures to life with illustrations, fun infographics and photographs.
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  • The Blitz Baby

    By Damian Harvey, Nicolas Hitori De
    Authors:
    Damian Harvey
    Illustrated by:
    Nicolas Hitori De
    During a bombing of Plymouth in World War 2, a German plane is shot down near Jenny and Thomas's house. They long to investigate, but they hear something and decide to investigate first. They are soon in grave danger, needing help from the last source they would expect.This first colour chapter book is a perfectly levelled, accessible text for Key stage 2 readers aged 9-10. 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 activities to provoke deeper response and encourage writing. 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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  • Biodiversity

    By Izzi Howell
    Authors:
    Izzi Howell
    A powerful look at the biggest environmental issues facing our generationEarth's rich biodiversity at risk everywhere, from the icy poles to the dense rainforest, as deforestation, climate change and pollution threaten fragile ecosystems. Can we reverse the damage before it is too late? Our Earth is facing huge environmental challenges, from plastic pollution choking our oceans to critical loss of biodiversity. Ecographics aims to raise young readers' awareness of these challenges with the latest headline-grabbing facts and stats, pertinent case studies and powerful photos. Important reading for children aged 9 and up.
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    The Big Race

    By David Barrow
    Authors:
    David Barrow
    Aardvark is only small and the Big Race is long and hard. But Aardvark is going to join in and give it everything she's got!A heart-warming, stylish and delightfully funny celebration of taking part rather than winning from Sebastian Walker Award winner David Barrow.If you love Julia Donaldson's The Ugly Five, you will love this.The Big Race is packed full of wonderful African animals including an aardvark, crocodile, cheetah, buffalo and African hoopoe. Visit David at davebarrowillustration.co.uk and follow him at @DaveBarrow3.
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  • Bombers

    By Tim Cooke
    Authors:
    Tim Cooke
    Bombers strike without warning from high above the clouds. Some can fly long distances, carrying huge quantities of bombs. Others use smart missiles to strike targets on the ground. Either way, bombers and their deadly weapons are hard to stop once they are in the air! This book introduces teh world's greatest strike aircraft. Find out about leading bombers from around the world - including their technical specifications.Learn about the history of military strike aircraft - from their first use, through incredible developments in technology, right up to the most clever 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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    Bombs and Blackberries

    By Julia Donaldson, Thomas Docherty
    Authors:
    Julia Donaldson
    Illustrated by:
    Thomas Docherty
    A short illustrated play set in World War Two, perfect for class reading as well as performance, written by Julia Donaldson, author of the modern classic The Gruffalo. Perfect for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in 2019.World War Two has been declared and the Chivers children are sent to the safety of the countryside. They are delighted to be brought back home when it looks like the Germans aren't going to invade after all. But the air-raid siren goes off and this time it's frighteningly real.This dramatic and touching play brings Manchester during the Second World War and its people to life, and provides a variety of opportunities for school classes to explore both historical and literacy topics in an involving and creative setting. Also includes helpful tips on staging and costume.'This touching play brings to life the Second World War in a very accessible way for junior children' - Books for KeepsJulia Donaldson (Author)Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's best-loved picture books, and was the 2011-2013 UK Children's Laureate. Her books include Room on the Broom, Stick Man, What the Ladybird Heard and the modern classics The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child which have sold 17 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 70 languages. Julia also writes fiction as well as poems, plays and songs and her brilliant live children's shows are always in demand. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between Sussex and Edinburgh. Thomas Docherty (Illustrator)Thomas Docherty is an acclaimed author and illustrator of children's books including Little Boat, Big Scary Monster and The Driftwood Ball. He also illustrated The Snatchabook, written by his wife Helen, which has been shortlisted for several awards in the UK and US and been translated into 17 languages.
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  • Borneo Rainforest

    By Simon Chapman
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    Simon Chapman
    Simon is flying to the island of Borneo in the South China Sea. He plans to travel by boat and plane, and trek through one of the world's oldest rainforests to find orangutans in their natural equitorial habitat. He'll be sketching some of the island's 1,000s of species of tree, mammal and bird along the way.Simon Chapman, winner of the Blue Peter Book Award, brings geography to life, and his Expedition Diaries are a great way to introduce the world's biomes and habitats to children, direct from someone who's actually been in them - sometimes up to his neck! These books are perfect for sparking interest in this key school topic.
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    The Boy At the Back of the Class

    By Onjali Q. Rauf
    Authors:
    Onjali Q. Rauf
    WINNER OF THE BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD 2019 SHORTLISTED FOR THE WATERSTONES CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE 2019Told with heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a child's perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn't always make sense.There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it.He's nine years old (just like me), but he's very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn't like sweets - not even lemon sherbets, which are my favourite!But then I learned the truth: Ahmet really isn't very strange at all. He's a refugee who's run away from a War. A real one. With bombs and fires and bullies that hurt people. And the more I find out about him, the more I want to help.That's where my best friends Josie, Michael and Tom come in. Because you see, together we've come up with a plan. . .With beautiful illustrations by Pippa Curnick
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  • Boudica and the Celts

    By David Gill
    Authors:
    David Gill
    Boudica was the famous, fearless warrior queen who fought for the British Celts against Roman invaders in the first century CE. She raised a huge army and waged many successful battles, but in the end was cruelly defeated. She will always be remembered for her brave efforts to free her people from Roman oppression.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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  • Bedtime Rhymes

    By Pat-a-Cake, Joanne Partis
    Authors:
    Pat-a-Cake
    Illustrated by:
    Joanne Partis
    This book of lullabies is perfect for bedtime or any other time when you feel like cuddling up with your little one with a book. Whether you are reading lots of rhymes as part of a bedtime routine, or sharing a just a few of them and doing the actions, this collection of familiar, comforting rhymes is sure to become firm family favourite.Includes favourites such as: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, Rockabye Baby and Hey Diddle Diddle
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  • Belle & Boo Friends Make Everything Better

    By Mandy Sutcliffe
    Authors:
    Mandy Sutcliffe
    A warm and lyrical celebration of friendship and imagination.If you're at home, feeling down in the FLUMPS, A little fed up with it all, Well, all that can change in a HOP, SKIP and JUMPSoon you'll be having a ball! Take a wonderful journey with Belle and Boo as they leave their worries behind and turn a dull day into a magical adventure. Race across the waves in a sail boat, discover treasure in the depths of the ocean, swing through a jungle full of animals, and soar to the clouds . . . all with your very best friend. Together, friends really do make everything better!
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  • British Supercars

    By Paul Mason
    Authors:
    Paul Mason
    Get your young petrolhead into gear with the perfect introduction to the newest, hotest, fastest British supercar marques on the planet. Featured inside are: ASTON MARTIN V12 ZAGATO, MCLAREN 12C, NOBLE M600, JAGUAR F-TYPE and more!Written specifically for car lovers aged around 9 years old, this series is ideal for reading on the go and to encourage reading for pleasure. Each title features superb photography and easy-to-read, informative text.
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  • The Bike Ride

    By Jackie Walter, Jem Maybank
    Authors:
    Jackie Walter
    Illustrated by:
    Jem Maybank
    Ben is excited when his mums suggest a family day out on their bikes, but his sister Milly thinks it will boring. The day gets even worse when Milly realises she can't get a signal on her phone. But will a family day in the woods turn out to be more fun than Milly thought after all?This story features a family with two mums. For children progressing through Book Bands, it is suitable for reading at level 6: Orange. It is part of the Family Days Out series, fun, humourous stories with bold illustrations and a range of family set-ups including two mums, two dads, a young carer and a step-family.
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  • Big Birthday Cake Rescue

    By Pat-a-Cake
    Authors:
    Pat-a-Cake
    It's time to be a hero! By day, they are Connor, Greg and Amaya, but by night they are Catboy, Gekko and Owlette, PJ Masks! It's Greg's birthday and he's super excited for his lizard-themed party, but when his cake goes missing, the PJ Masks must find the pesky villain and get it back. Night Ninja has the cake and the PJ Masks must work together to beat the baddie!Also available: PJ Masks: Big Stickers for Tiny Hands
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    Be A Young Entrepreneur

    By Adam Sutherland, Mike Gordon
    Authors:
    Adam Sutherland
    Illustrated by:
    Mike Gordon
    Do you want to be the next Richard Branson? Have you developed the new Angry Birds game? Do you bake the most delicious recipes that people just need to try? Then you need Be A Young Entrepreneur! In this book you will learn all the business advice, practical tips, real-life stories, up-to-date ideas and inspiration you need to make a success of your first business. Starting your own company doesn't have to be boring and this book is all about inspiring you to think creatively about your company, guiding you through every step, from registering your company name to elevator pitches, all stress-free. A great title for project work or leisure reading. Written by award-winning journalist Adam Sutherland and illustrated by the ever-popular award-winner Mike Gordon.
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  • Birth of the Dinosaurs

    By Michael Bright
    Authors:
    Michael Bright
    The Birth of the Dinosaurs explores the age of reptiles and dinosaurs until their sudden demise approximately 65 million years ago. Take a closer look at the first birds and mammals who dominated the Earth, the origin of flowering plants, the rise of plant- and meat-eating dinosaurs and then their mass extinction. Using stunning photographs and graphic 3-D images, The Birth of the Dinosaurs brings core curriculum subjects to life with an engaging design.Written by bestselling author Michael Bright, his digestible approach to science makes this the perfect book for project work or interest reading.
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  • The Big Bang and Beyond

    By Michael Bright
    Authors:
    Michael Bright
    The Big Bang and Beyond takes readers back to the very beginning and the violent birth of the universe, our solar system, and planet Earth. Take a closer look at the physical evolution of our planet and discover how the continents moved, climates changed and the conditions became just right for life to evolve. Using stunning photographs and graphic 3-D images, The Big Bang and Beyond brings core curriculum subjects to life with an engaging design.Written by bestselling author Michael Bright, his digestible approach to science makes this the perfect book for project work or interest reading.
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  • Bronze Age

    By Anita Ganeri
    Authors:
    Anita Ganeri
    Discover the Bronze Age and write about it!Find out about the Bronze Age to discover how the skill of making bronze changed the way people lived, fought and farmed. Read about amazing archaeological discoveries and discover beautiful objects made by Bronze Age craftspeople.Writing History is a series of fantastic guides to history with a difference! Each title explores different types of writing in six key historical periods: the Iron Age, Anglo-Saxons, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, the Stone Age and the Bronze Age. The books use a variety of ways of presenting information such as diaries, letters, stories and even poems. Examples of original sources are also given. Children are encouraged to have a go themselves with their own writing projects using the information they have read. The series is ideal for readers aged 9+ studying history topics at Key Stage 2.
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  • Ben and Izzy's Story - Living with Anaphylaxis

    By Andy Glynne
    Authors:
    Andy Glynne
    This powerful and eye opening picture book uses the first-person testimony from two children, Ben and Izzy, who both suffer with anaphylactic allergies. Izzy describes what anaphylaxis is and what it does to your body. Together they describe the different ways it influences their daily lives. Using the children's real first-person testimonies creates an intimate and direct tone that help us to empathise with the people's differences. Both circumstances are easily relatable to children; they talk about school, family, friends, holidays and birthday parties.The BAFTA award-winning stories were originally produced as animations for the BBC. Aimed at children aged 9 and up, these powerful and evocative stories have now been captured in book form as rich, visual testimonies of the impact an illness has on a child's daily life and how they cope and are able to enjoy the life that they have.
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