The Lost Magician
By Piers Torday
'If you can imagine it, it exists ... somewhere.' The new spellbinding fantasy adventure from the bestselling, award-winning author of The Last Wild trilogy.1945. They have survived the Blitz, but when Simon, Patricia, Evelyn and Larry step through a mysterious library door, it is the beginning of their most dangerous adventure yet. They discover the magical world of Folio, where an enchanted kingdom of fairy knights, bears and tree gods is under threat from a sinister robot army. The many stories of the Library are locked in eternal war, and the children's only hope is to find their creator - a magician who has been lost for centuries. What they find will change not just their own lives, but the fate of the world, for ever ...An ode to the world of Narnia, The Lost Magician is a classic in the making from one of the UK's most talented children's authors. Praise for Piers Torday:'the new master of books for children who like magic and modernity with their lust for adventure' - The Times
The Little Green Hen
By Alison Murray
A fun-filled retelling of The Little Red Hen with important messages about caring for our environment and working together!The beautiful apple tree is home to the Little Green Hen, who tends it lovingly every day - pruning, sowing new seeds and keeping the pests at bay. But not everyone wants to help. Peacock, Cat and Fox have far more important things to do - until the day a storm floods the countryside and the apple tree is the only shelter . . .Alison Murray's stylish adaptations of popular nursery rhymes and fables have been shortlisted twice for the prestigious Scottish Book Trust Children's Book Award. Look out for her other fantastic stories:Dino DucklingApple Pie ABCHare and TortoiseHickory Dickory DogLittle MouseThe House That Zack BuiltOne, Two, That's My Shoe
By Jo Weaver
Mother Tiger and her two cubs journey through their jungle habitat, searching high and low for the perfect new home where they will be safe. A beautifully illustrated celebration of the love between parent and child and the wonders of the natural world. With its mesmerising, atmospheric charcoal drawings and lyrical storytelling, Jo Weaver's new picture book has the feel of an instant classic. Perfect for fans of BBC's Planet Earth.Jo Weaver was shortlisted for the AOI Illustration New Talent Awards.
Lots of Frogs
By Howard Calvert, Claudia Boldt
Tommy Fox has a box - a box full of frogs. And when they all jump out at school, that's when the fun begins! There is chaos in the classroom and high jinks in the hall. Can Tommy get the frogs back in the box?You'll want to hop along with this fun, rhyming text by debut author Howard Calvert with deliciously bright and bold illustrations from Claudia Boldt!
The Little Red Hen
By Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Susan Batori
The Little Red Hen works really hard all by herself to plant, grow and harvest some wheat and then makes some delicious bread - no thanks to the scatty cat, mucky duck, and big fat rat, who have refused to help her all along.This story is a perfect introduction to the classic tale, with its gentle, rhythmic text and bright, friendly illustrations.It's never too early to introduce children to the magic and wonder of classic tales. Familiar 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 and classic stories 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: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs
The Last Life of Prince Alastor
By Alexandra Bracken
Every family has secrets - but not every family has a secret pact with a demon.The thrilling second book in the darkly comic PROSPER REDDING series - with enough twists and turns to make every reader dizzy. Perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket, Jonathan Stroud and Skulduggery Pleasant.Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his remarkable family. So, when he discovers that an 800-year-old demon called Alastor is responsible for their luck - and that this demon is currently living inside him - he's more than a little surprised.Worse luck, now Prosper needs a favour from him.Prosper's sister Prue has fallen into the clutches of evil queen Pyra, and only Prince Alastor can help him get her back. His demonic malefactor agrees to be Prosper's guide through the demon realm under one condition - Prosper must enter into a contract of eternal servitude in the afterlife. With Prue in mortal danger, Prosper has no choice but to agree. Will Prosper ever make it out again, and if he does, will his afterlife be damned for all eternity?
The Legend of the Flying Dutchman
By Elizabeth Dale, Gus Art
Join the crew of the 'Flying Dutchman' and find out what life was llike on board, and what led the ship to her legendary fate of roaming the seas for eternity.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.
By Peter Riley
Straight Forward with Science offers a straightforward, but fun, approach to key science learning. Each book explores basic scientific principles and shows them in action, while simple activities and experiments bring the science to life. Lifecycles looks at what lifecycles are and discovers the many different lifecycles that exist in nature, from mammals and birds to plants, insects and amphibians. Animal behaviour and the work of the most famous naturalists, from Karl von Frisch to David Attenborough, are also explored.
The Legend of Tutankhamun
By Sally Jane Morgan, James Weston Lewis
A young king... a lost tomb... and a treasure trove of unimaginable splendour... The Legend of Tutankhamun is a sumptuous visual retelling of the story of one of the most well-known Egyptian pharaohs. More than 3,000 years ago, a young boy became King in ancient Egypt and his life, death and final resting place is something that has fascinated people ever since. Readers are taken on a dramatic journey, from the deserts of ancient Egypt to the excavation of Tutankhamun's tomb and the artefacts on show today. As the pages turn, you can witness the passing of a great King, his tomb being lost to the sand dunes, and its thrilling rediscovery. Powerful and vivid illustrations by James Weston Lewis bring the history, discovery and treasures of this young boy and his reign to life.
London on Fire: A Great City at the time of the Great Fire
By John C. Miles
Welcome to London in the late 17th century. After years of Civil War and repressive Puritan rule, King Charles II is back in town and his restoration has brought new life to this great city. The theatres are open again, markets and shops are thriving and the streets are crowded. People are talking about new ideas in science and architecture and experimenting with new fashions. This book takes you on a journey across London at this time, telling you about its 'five-star' sights and their history. It also explains the key events of the time: the reasons for the Restoration, the arrival of the Plague and, of course, the Great Fire of 1666 and the new London that arose out of its ashes. Published to coincide with the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire, this book gives older children a much broader context for this famous event. With a mixture of maps, archive images and present day photography, it acts as a wonderful guide both to London in the 1660s and how its legacy can still be found in the capital today. London on Fire is an ideal resource for readers aged 10+ and supports the history curriculum at Key Stage 3.
Little Mouse and the Red Wall
By Britta Teckentrup
A simple, beautiful and timely picture book about facing our fears, discovering hope and welcoming change within ourselves and the world.What lies beyond the Red Wall? Mouse's friends don't know - but that doesn't stop them feeling scared. Can Mouse find the courage to travel into the unknown - where a world of hope and possibility awaits?From Global Illustration Excellence Award winner Britta Teckentrup comes a simple and beautiful tale about facing our fears and discovering hope - perfect for even the youngest children. This timely book offers a powerful message that, with broad minds and open hearts, there is no limit to the change that is possible - for ourselves, others and the world.Look out for more books from Britta Teckentrup:The Memory TreeMy Hand in Your HandNever Take a Bear to School
The Littlest Things Give the Loveliest Hugs
By Mark Sperring, Maddie Frost
This glorious rhyming celebration of love and hugs introduces baby animals from the jungle to the Antarctic, the forest to the ocean - along with their adoring parents! From ducklings to seal pups, from penguins to tiger cubs . . . every mummy and daddy knows that the littlest things give the loveliest hugs!With the feel of an instant classic, this lyrical book is perfect for cuddle time - and the ideal gift for a new baby, Christening or birthday celebration. Mark Sperring is the bestselling author of Father Christmas on the Naughty Step and How Many Sleeps Till Christmas.
Living on the Veg
By Clive Gifford, Jacqueline Meldrum
The perfect kids' guide to being a vegetarian.Are you thinking about giving up meat, but don't know how to go about it? With both practical information and mouth-watering recipes, this book is the perfect place for young people to start. It outlines why people give up meat and how you can change your diet and live healthily. It examines the different terms: vegetarian/pescatarian/vegan etc, has a very practical Q&A section and explains how to read and understand food labels.The book takes you through the costs and benefits of this change in lifestyle. It includes a section on food groups and information about how you can adapt your diet to get all the right nutrients (such as iron). The book goes on to give tasty and easy-to-follow recipes for the whole family, specially created by vegetarian blogger Jacqueline Meldrum of www.tinnedtomatoes.com. The recipes include dairy but not fish or meat.
By Jo Weaver
Told through the eyes of a whale and her calf, this mesmerisingly beautiful book is a story of migration, family and the strength of parental love."We're going home, Little Whale," said her mother. Travelling from the warm weather of the south, through coral reefs, kelp forests and glittering shoals of fish, Little Whale follows her mother north. For in the icy north is their family - but also great danger...With its evocative charcoal drawings and lyrical storytelling, Jo Weaver's illustrations have the feel of an instant classic celebrating the tender relationship between parent and child.Jo Weaver was shortlisted for the AOI Illustration New Talent Awards 2014.
Let's Go Shopping
By Pat-a-Cake, Mandy Archer, Ramon Olivera
Join Kit and Pup, our two friendly and inquisitive animal guides, as they spend a day at the shops. They will accompany very young children on a voyage of discovery and fun as they peek beneath the flaps and find out all about what goes on in different shops. The familiar settings will be a source of both comfort and intrigue and there is so much to point out and spot. Jam-packed with detail, this busy book both informs and entertains curious preschoolers who are just beginning to learn about the world around them.Also available: Town and About: Farm, Town and About: Building Site, Town and About: Our Day Out
The Little Broomstick
By Mary Stewart
First published 45 years ago, this is a beautiful new edition of Mary Stewart's beloved magical classic illustrated by Shirley Hughes. Don't miss the beautifully animated film adaptation called Mary and the Witch's Flower (by the producer of The Tale of The Princess Kaguya), in cinemas now. 'The little broomstick gave a leap, a violent twist, a kick like the kick of a pony.'Mary's been exiled to her great-aunt, deep in the English countryside. Miserable and lonely, she befriends strange black cat Tib who leads her deep into the forest to an ordinary looking broomstick. Before Mary can gather her wits, the broomstick jumps into action, whisking her over the treetops, above the clouds, and to the grounds of Endor College, school of witchcraft.But something is terribly wrong at Endor. Students are taught spells that are petty and ill-wishing, and when Mary discovers evidence of a terrible and cruel experiment in transformation, she decides to leave. But the moment her broomstick takes off, she realises that Tib the cat has been captured ...Mary Stewart is the bestselling author of fourteen romantic thrillers, including the classic novelsThis Rough Magic and The Moon-Spinners, and five historical fantasy novels of Arthurian Britain. The animated film, Mary and the Witch's Flower, will be released in 2018 by Studio Ponoc. The producer, Yoshiaki Nishimura, also produced The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There.
Lost at Sea
By Jenny Oldfield
A family marooned on an island finds loveable dolphins to help them survive: classic adventure from million-copy-selling Jenny Oldfield. Shipwrecked near a tiny island in a vast ocean, the Fisher family are guided to safety by a small pod of dolphins. Fleur, Alfie, Mia and their parents must learn to build shelter, find fresh water and hunt for food. Each of the children forms a special bond with one of the family of dolphins. Fleur adores the fun-loving, tail-walking Jazz. Mia names her dark-grey dolphin friend Stormy. And Alfie is saved from the shipwreck by Pearl, who always looks out for him. But the children's father is ill! While Fleur and Mia explore the dark forest and search the beaches for precious equipment from the shipwreck, Alfie has his own plans ... and perhaps only Pearl can save him from himself ...Jenny Oldfield strikes gold in this beautifully illustrated, exciting adventure story, the second in the Dolphin Island series.The full series: Shipwreck, Lost at Sea, Survival, Fire!, Missing, Storm Clouds.
By Jon Richards
Welcome to the world of infographics! This exciting form of data visualisation uses icons, pictograms and graphics to present information in a whole new way. Read how living things make more of themselves, explore how animals can live in large groups, and discover how food webs work - all visualised in beautifully designed infographics. Ideal for children of 9+, and fact and science geeks of all ages, finding out about living things has never been more exciting!
Loos Save Lives
By Seren Boyd
Who knew toilets were so interesting - and so important?!You probably use a toilet several times every day. Flush, turn on the tap, wash your hands - then forget all about it. But did you know that 2.4 billion people across the world don't have somewhere they can go to the toilet safely, and over 1 billion people don't have access to any kind of sanitation or clean water at all? Poor sanitation and restricted access to a toilet is more serious than you might think. It prevents children (and especially girls) from going to school, it means communities may have to walk miles to access safe drinking water and it kills. Poor sanitation means poor hygiene, which means illnesses and viruses are more easily spread. Going to the toilet out in the open makes people vulnerable and puts them in danger. Loos Save Lives unravels the facts about poor sanitation across Africa, Asia and parts of South America. It also highlights how the work of one charity - Toilet Twinning - is working hard to help communities build toilets and access safe drinking water, and educate people about the importance of washing your hands. The work they do transforms lives and you'll read many real-life case studies of some of the projects they have helped to build.All in all this is a fascinating (and in equal measures lighthearted and serious) look at a very real problem facing a huge number of people. Make reading this brilliant book your number one priority - or at least your number two!Loos Save Lives is a great, thought-provoking read for readers aged 9 and up. Perfect for cross-curriucular studies and for inspiring children to engage with charities and fundraising
Light and Sound
By Jon Richards
Welcome to the world of infographics! This exciting form of data visualisation uses icons, pictograms and graphics to present information in a whole new way. Wonder at the speed of light, read about sound waves and how we hear them, and discover how shadows are formed - all visualised in beautifully designed infographics. Ideal for children of 9+, and fact and science geeks of all ages, finding out about light and sound has never been more exciting!