The Story of Paintings
By Mick Manning, Brita Granström
The Story of Paintings begins with the cave paintings of our Stone Age ancestors and continues through to the modern day. Mick Manning and Brita Granström take your on a tour of their personally selected gallery which showcases the work of some of the world's most famous artists and few a less well-known ones. The artists featured include van Eyck, da Vinci, Bruegel, Rembrandt, Velázquez, JMW Turner, Van Gogh, Monet, Matisse, Georgia O'Keefe, Picasso, Frida Kahlo and Jackson Pollock as well as Dame Laura Knight and Kalan Khan. The friendly text and illustrations help children to appreciate the art, highlighting interesting biographical details and picking out key details to spot. The book's large format means the art is reproduced on a wonderfully impactful scale. This really is a book to give and treasure. The creative team of Mick Manning and Brita Granström are well-known for their ground breaking children's information books. Their many awards range the TES Information Book Award for What's Under the Bed? and the English Association Non-fiction award for Charlie's War Illustrated.
Songs About Us
By Chris Russell
Heartbreak, romance, fame and pop music - for anyone who's ever dreamed of saying 'I'm with the band'. From a Zoella Book Club friend.Two months on from the explosive finale to book one, Charlie's life is almost back to normal again: rebuilding her relationship with her father, hanging out with best mate Melissa, and worrying about GCSEs. All the while, Gabe's revelations about her mother are never far from her mind. And neither is Gabe.It's not long before Charlie is pulled back into the world of Fire&Lights - but the band seem different this time. But then again, so is she...Meanwhile, tensions between Gabe and Olly continue to run high, leading to more turmoil between the band members and press than ever before. But when Gabriel and Charlie stumble upon yet another startling truth that links them together - everything they have stands to implode in front of them.'A thoroughly absorbing tale of family relationships, friendship and betrayal. Fans of Non Pratt will love it' School Librarian
By Jen Green
What do you know about the seaside? Explore the amazing variety of habitats, plants and animals that call coastlines around the world home and find out how they are adapted to survive there. Explore what makes sand such an amazing material, food chains, seashells and seaweed. Discover why beaches and seaside resorts are such popular holiday destinations and the jobs that people do there..Part of the series Discover Through Craft. Six books that explore key curriculum topics using a mixture of activities, quizzes, facts and crafts. For children aged 7-9.
Selfie: The Changing Face of Self Portraits
By Susie Brooks
'Selfies' are everywhere - from Kim Kardashian, queen of the selfie, to the Queen of England photobombing the Australian hockey team's selfie in 2014, you can't open a newspaper, or visit a news website, without seeing one. Recent technology, such as the selfie stick, and camera phones, have helped make the selfie a global trend, so you would be forgiven for thinking that this is a modern trend. But in fact, the first known selfies date from about 40,000 years ago and are hand stencils, discovered on a cave wall in Indonesia. Produced in conjunction with the Art Archive, Selfie charts the progress and the development of the self portrait, from Indonesian caves, through famous self-portrait artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso and the invention of the camera, to iconic modern selfies such as the 2014 Oscar photograph. It looks at trends, techniques and the tales behind some famous self portraits - do you know why Van Gogh was driven to cut off a chunk of his ear? Or how Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's stormy marriage affected their painting? Which teenage member of the Russian royal family sent a selfie she had taken in a mirror to a friend in 1914? And how are Andy Warhol's photographic techniques still influencing selfie-takers today? Selfie has the answers to all these questions, and many more! Packed full of fascinating information and incredible images, this is a must-have book for selfie-lovers of all ages!
By Louise Spilsbury
What makes our solar system special? Do you know why our Sun is so important to life on Earth? Explore the amazing variety of planets and other objects in our solar system, such as the Moon, comets, meteors and our own amazing planet, Earth. Then discover even more about space by making the space-related crafts in this fun and fact-filled book.Part of the series Discover Through Craft. Six books that explore key curriculum topics using a mixture of activities, quizzes, facts and crafts. For children aged 7-9.
By Rita Storey
Would you like to try sewing but don't know where to start? This book is full of brilliant beginner sewing projects that will be the envy of your friends. 'I Love Craft Sewing' features instructions for fantastic sewing projects from a needle case and yo-yo necklace to a flower cushion and a shoe bag. Each craft is explained with illustrated step-by-step instructions.The book also provides instructions for the different sewing stitches, sewing on a button and fastening off. The book is part of the I Love Craft series - fantastically fun project craft books for children aged 7+.
By Jane Marland
Learn how to sew from scratch and create awesome colourful projects! Simple step-by-step instructions and illustrations show you how to complete eleven fantastic sewing projects, from bunting to a cushion cover and even a tote bag! Each project will introduce a new technique for you to practise and includes a variation to try once you've mastered the skill. The Get Into series is designed to get kids excited about being creative. Fun, easy to follow and with colourful illustrations and photography, each book is a comprehensive introduction to a popular hobby. Other titles available: Knitting, Gardening, Baking, Drawing, Photography.
Songs About a Girl
By Chris Russell
Heartbreak, romance, fame and pop music - for anyone who's ever dreamed of saying 'I'm with the band'. From a Zoella Book Club friend.Charlie Bloom never wanted to be 'with the band'. She's happiest out of the spotlight, behind her camera, unseen and unnoticed. But when she's asked to take backstage photos for hot new boy band, Fire&Lights, she can't pass up the chance. Catapulted into a world of paparazzi and backstage bickering, Charlie soon becomes caught between gorgeous but damaged frontman Gabriel West and his boy-next-door bandmate, Olly Samson. Then, as the boys' rivalry threatens to tear the band apart, Charlie stumbles upon a mindblowing secret, hidden in the lyrics of their songs ...'A thoroughly absorbing tale of family relationships, friendship and betrayal. Fans of Non Pratt will love it' - School Librarian'The ending was a fantastic cliff-hanger and definitely has me eager for more - WHEN WILL THE SEQUEL BE IN MY LIFE?' - Queen of Teen Fiction'Songs About a Girl is more than music, its about growing up, dealing with issues that others face every day, its about becoming a stronger person for yourself and never giving up on your dream. It's a book that you can fall into and never want it to end, and I really need the next installment now please' - Much Loved Books
The Stone Age and Bronze Age
By Jen Green
What do you know about the Stone Age and Bronze Age? Explore the incredible history of Britain during these times and find out how people lived, worked, created and celebrated in this fascinating period in history. Hunter-gathering, stone tools, cave paintings and of course crafting objects from bronze are all covered in this book, along with extra information about the era, such as the ice ages and the invention of the wheel. Craft activities support and enhance each section to bring what you've read to life. You can make: a 'stone' axe, a cave art-style handprint painting, a 'bronze sword', a wheeled cart, a pot and a model of Stonehenge.Part of the series Discover Through Craft. Eight books that explore key curriculum topics using a mixture of activities, quizzes, facts and crafts. For children aged 7-9.
The Show Must Go On!
By Knife & Packer, Duncan McCoshan, Jem Packer
SO I'm stood on a stage in front of the whole school, I've got soggy noodles on my head AND MY MUM IS SINGING IN A TUTU...Beth is back for another hilarious adventure. And with her school talent show, Dad's karaoke superstardom, Mum teaching at her school AND a potentially evil childminder, life is messier than ever!Perfect for reluctant readers and fans of TOM GATES, BADLY DRAWN BETH book 1 won the 2016 Lollies award for funniest book for 6-8 year olds.You can't fail to laugh - at the story and at the wonderful illustrations which so superbly echo what is happening (Parents In Touch)Life is messier and more embarrassing than ever for Beth, as she takes to the stage for the school talent show. (Little London Magazine)The illustrations in this book are the highlight for me -- it is packed full of pictures which help you to imagine he funny situations (Ayla Lee Inci, aged 8 Kidaround Magazine (North essex))The story is sprinkled throughout with truly funny illustrations that will have most children laughing out loud. The final scene at the talent contest is hysterical with roller skates tutus and Chinese noodles. Well worth a read if you need a good laugh (School Librarian)
By Sarah Levete
As the daughter of music icon Paul, Stella McCartney was born into stardom. Today, she has found fame and fortune in her own right as one of Britain's top fashion designers. Her clothes are worn and loved by people all over the world.Find out why Stella loves making beautiful clothes, where she learned the tailoring skills that have her famous, and how she has become a star of the British fashion industry! A fantastic resource for biography based project work!
Stop Bullying Me!
By Jenny Powell
Harry loves going to school and learning about everything. That is, until Louis arrives. Soon, Harry is refusing to go to school and would rather stay at home with his mum. Something is wrong but Harry won't say what it is...This play for children at Key Stage 1 and 2 is set at a school and deals with issues of bullying and loneliness. With parts for a group of children and extras, this play is ideal for reading for fun or performing as a group. With notes on staging, costumes and props, you'll have all you need to put on a play!The Putting on a Play is a series of fun plays for children that can be performed as a class or read during a literacy lesson.
By Paul Gamble, Paul Gamble
11 amazing superheroes feature in this step-by-step guide. Work-up the Whizz-Kid, generate a Galaxy Girl and create Captain Twilight with professional guidance.Whether you already can draw really well or whether you think you can't, Paul Gamble's guides will help you create amazing cartoon-style illustrations of popular animals, superheroes, monsters and more. Once you've mastered these, you'll be inspired to create even more!Six books that will help children aged 6+ improve their art skills. The projects are specially designed to be easy for young readers to reproduce by building up simple lines and curves.
By Rita Storey
Get outdoors and unlock your creative side with these fantastic art projects for summer. Follow the step-by-step photographs to make garden bunting, a fairy ring, a flower print picture and lots more. Plus, find out all about summer with the seasonal fact panels. Perfect for kids aged 5 and up, The Outdoor Art Room is designed to get children out into the fresh air and interacting with nature. A range of simple arts and crafts projects as well as fun activities help them discover new things about their environment and the seasons at the same time as being active and having fun. Care is taken to ensure that these projects do not create any adverse environmental impact.
By Rita Storey
Get outdoors and unlock your creative side with these fantastic art projects for spring. Follow the step-by-step photographs to make eco seed pods, a windmill bird scarer, a spring blossom picture and lots more. Plus, find out all about spring with the seasonal fact panels. Perfect for kids aged 5 and up, The Outdoor Art Room is designed to get children out into the fresh air and interacting with nature. A range of simple arts and crafts projects as well as fun activities help them discover new things about their environment and the seasons at the same time as being active and having fun. Care is taken to ensure that these projects do not create any adverse environmental impact.
By Richard Spilsbury
Featuring six sculptures from around the world, this book explores different types of story, from religious tale in the statue of Hindu god Ganesh to political recount in the Marine Corps War Memorial. Each sculpture is looked at in detail, and a more general introduction to the medium provides historical context. Step-by-step projects show children how to create their own masterpieces, using the techniques of the art form. Learn how to sculpt figures and make your own totem pole!The Stories in Art series explores the narratives told through different art mediums. A great introduction to the history of art for children at Key Stage 2.
Stained Glass Windows
By Richard Spilsbury
Featuring six stained glass windows from around the world, this book explores stories told through the art form, from Greek myth in Patrick Reyhtiens' Hercules and the Boar to biblical tale in The Adoration of the Magi. Each stained glass window is looked at in detail, and a more general introduction to the medium provides historical context.Fun, step-by-step projects show children how to create their own stained glass windows, using the techniques of the art form. Learn how to design a colourful candle holder and make a window hanging!The Stories in Art series explores the narratives told through different art mediums. A great introduction to the history of art for children at Key Stage 2.
Start a Band!
By Matt Anniss
Could you be the next big thing on the music scene? Find out what it takes to be in a band with this brilliant book. Packed with hints, skills and tips to get you noticed, this book will help you to focus all of that creative energy!
By Annalees Lim
Learn how to make the best sandcastles on the beach! Make and decorate your very own kite, or a seascape in a bottle!Using readily available, seasonally related materials, this series is an ideal and fun introduction to the summer season for young children. The crafts are explained in easy to follow step-by-step instructions, and are perfect for teachers looking for original ideas as well as time-poor parents.
The Story of Pop Music
By Matt Anniss
From the music halls of the 1920s to the everchanging hottest pop stars of today, this book tells you how pop music has evolved, influenced and been influenced by other musical genres. Elvis Presley, the Beatles, motown stars of the 1960s, Michael Jackson, Madonna and the huge synth pop of the 1980s and modern artists like Justin Bieber, Psy and Rihanna all feature in this brilliant journey through musical history.The Story of Dance Music and Electronica is part of the series, Pop Histories, which takes a similarly detailed look at other popular musical genres.