By Sarah Ridley
For many people the word 'Somme' sums up the carnage and futility of the First World War. The failure of Allied forces to achieve their objectives at such a huge cost in human lives has resonated in military circles for the past 100 years. This book tells the story of the battle and its wider repercussions, and analyses its importance to the overall outcome of the First World War. The Somme investigates the build-up to the battle, why leaders thought the action was necessary and what they thought it would achieve. It looks at the forces involved, including the 'Pals' battalions - patriotic friends who fought, and more often than not died, together. Although not a straightforward timeline, the book outlines the actual course of the battle beginning on 1 July 1916 and the impact of the continuing slaughter on both sides. Quotes from those who took part offer a glimpse of what it must have been like to be there, and maps show how little was actually achieved in terms of a breakthrough. Poetry, art and music inspired by the Somme campaign bring the soldiers' harrowing experiences to life. Suitable for readers aged 11 and up.
By Izzi Howell
Find out about how a day at the seaside has changed since Victorian times and what has stayed the same! Topics covered include how people travelled to the beach, the clothes they wore and the food they ate. For children following Book Bands, it is suitable for children reading at band 8, purple.The Info Buzz series, for age 5+, helps children develop their knowledge and understanding of the world by covering a wide range of topics in a fun, colourful and interactive way. The books have a lively design, engaging text and photos, questions to get children thinking and talking and teaching notes. Each title is written in conjunction with a literacy consultant and features book band guidance and downloadable activity sheets online.
The Squirrels Who Squabbled Board Book
By Rachel Bright, Jim Field
Two greedy squirrels learn to share, in this hilarious rhyming adventure from the bestselling creators of The Lion Inside. Now in a board book!Greedy squirrels Cyril and Bruce both have their sights on a very special prize: THE VERY LAST NUT OF THE SEASON! As the nut bounces crazily though the forest, the squirrels race after it, between the trees, over boulders, down the river and - ARGH! - right to the edge of a waterfall! Working together might be the only way to save themselves now ...A laugh-out-loud tale about friendship and sharing. Perfect for competitive friends and sibling rivals! Now in a board book, for little hands to hold.'A charming story about sharing and friendship.' Parents in Touch'Reminiscent of Julia Donaldson.' The Sun'Delightful to read again and again.' The Bookbag'A truly delightful tale.' The School Librarian.
Show and Tell
It's time to go to the School of Roars! Join the monsters for a roarsome day at school.It's Show and Tell day at the School of Roars, and all the little monsters have brought in their favourite things from home. Wufflebump accidentally creates chaos when he brings in his monster dog, Growlbert. But when the class get stuck inside the classroom, can Growlbert save the day?Exploring first experiences and featuring themes of sharing, friendship and problem-solving, this School of Roars story is perfect for little monsters everywhere!Also available: School of Roars: Bestest Friends, School of Roars: Icky Sticky Stickers
Self-Esteem and Confidence
By 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.
Snazzy Dress-Up Sticker Book
By Alex T. Smith
Meet Claude - the ordinary dog with an extraordinary life. Now the star of his very own TV show on Disney Junior. 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
By 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.
By Izzi Howell
Find out about the school life in the past and compare with schools today. Discover how and what children were taught and how everything from uniforms to school dinners has changed. For children following Book Bands, it is suitable for children reading at band 8, purple.The Info Buzz series, for age 5+, helps children develop their knowledge and understanding of the world by covering a wide range of topics in a fun, colourful and interactive way. The books have a lively design, engaging text and photos, questions to get children thinking and talking and teaching notes. Each title is written in conjunction with a literacy consultant and features book band guidance and downloadable activity sheets online.
By Anna Claybourne
Discover science, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM) through original craft projects and recycle at the same time!This brilliant series combines learning science with seasonal craft projects, scientific experiments and fun activities. In Spring,why not make a rainbow, see a leaf breathe or create your very own tornado in a bottle, plus many more fascinating ideas to try out.Combining fun photos, illustrated step by step artwork and a dose of eco-friendly fun, STEAM through the seasons will ensure plenty to occupy any 6-8 year old!
By Anna Claybourne
Discover science, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM) through original craft projects and recycle at the same time!This brilliant series combines learning science with seasonal craft projects, scientific experiments and fun activities. In Summer make your own mini lightning, create a bee hotel and uncover the secrets of sand, plus many more fascinating ideas to try out.Combining fun photos, illustrated step by step artwork and a dose of eco-friendly fun, STEAM through the seasons will ensure plenty to occupy any 6-8 year old!
Shannon the Ocean Fairy
By Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
Shannon the Ocean Fairy needs Rachel and Kirsty's help! Naughty Jack Frost has stolen her three enchanted pearls, and this is causing chaos in the oceans. To stop him, the girls must explore an underwater world and meet some very special friends...the narwhals!
The Pokémon School students are going to Kanto! They can't wait to find out about all of the differences between the Pokémon in Kanto and Alola. Plus, they get to battle it out in the Pokémon Gym! Gotta catch 'em all!
Six O'Clock Tales
By Enid Blyton, Luke Thompson, Sandra Duncan
Twenty-seven magical short stories to enjoy round the clock from one of the world's best-loved children's authors.Sheila is astonished when her toys walk themselves home, poor Prickles the Hedgehog thinks the moon has fallen out of the sky, and find out just how mischievous Twinkle the elf is when he paints the walls of a dragon's cave.Ideal for bedtime, these magical short stories for 5-8 year-olds will enchant a new generation of children.Look out for more O'Clock tales with: Five O'Clock Tales, Seven O'Clock Tales and Eight O'Clock Tales.First published in 1942, this edition contains the following stories: When the Moon fell down!Jean's little ThrushYou can't please Everybody!The King of the TrainsPixie PinsThe Adventurous ClownThe Money that flew awayWhen the Toys walked HomeTwelve little PigsThe Little Pop-Gun Quizzy, the GoblinThe Kind HedgehogThe Cold Snow-ManThe Big Green HandkerchiefThe Tale of SnowballFoolish Mister WopThe Golden PeacockThe Brownie and the GnomeThe Inside-Out StockingThe Clockwork Mouse and the BirdThe Dirty Old ChairThe Spotted CowThe Boy Who Dropped His H'sDickie Gets a JobThe Cross CaterpillarWhat a Mistake!The Cookie SwanWhy Did the Giant Laugh?Twinkle Gets Into MischiefHow Untidy!Three Cheers For John!Good Old Joey!Cuckoo!(P) 2019 Hodder & Stoughton LimitedEnid Blyton ® and Enid Blyton's signature are registered trade marks of Hodder & Stoughton Limited. No trade mark or copyrighted material may be reproduced without the express written permission of the trade mark and copyright owner.
Seven O'Clock Tales
By Enid Blyton, Luke Thompson, Sandra Duncan
Twenty-eight magical short stories to enjoy round the clock from one of the world's best-loved children's authors, Enid Blyton.Follow Edward the very brave pink teddy bear as he rescues his owner Elsie from a dark wood, meet a naughty toy clown who gets a nasty fright when he cooks some sweets, and feels sorry for poor Binny and Tucker as they get scrubbed in Dame Sooky's magic wash-tub.Ideal for bedtime listening, these magical short stories for 5-8 year-olds will enchant a new generation of children.Look out for more O'Clock tales with: Five O'Clock Tales, Six O'Clock Tales and Eight O'Clock Tales.First published in 1943, this edition contains the following stories:The Enchanted Shoe-LaceThat Little Red ImpThe Little Fat DormouseThe Greedy Black GolliwogTimothy Toad Brer Rabbit Gets in a FixThe Polite Little BoyThe Skippetty ShoesJerry's Lost TemperMr. Tickles' Green PenGood Old Tinker-Dog!Janet and Her FriendsInside the Dolls' HouseThe Cross Little GirlThe Stupid DonkeyClever Old JumboA Surprise For Mr. WiddleA Basket of BrowniesThe Very Fine TailMister Stupid and Too-SmartThe Little Boy Who CriedThe Pink Teddy-BearWhen the Stars Fell DownPoor Mister Greedy!The Great Big DogGet On, Little Donkey!The Magic Wash-TubThe Lonely RabbitThe Little Bag of SaltPoor Sally Simple!(P) 2019 Hodder & Stoughton LimitedEnid Blyton ® and Enid Blyton's signature are registered trade marks of Hodder & Stoughton Limited. No trade mark or copyrighted material may be reproduced without the express written permission of the trade mark and copyright owner.
By Peter Riley
Have you ever looked at the objects inside a curiosity box? What did you see and what did they feel like? Did you recognise some of them or were there things in there that you'd never seen before? Books that take the magical charm of collecting curiosities, joined together with the science behind some of the wonders of the natural world. Children will be inspired to take a closer look at objects and the world around them and begin to question how and why nature designs things in certain ways.The Seashore looks at some of the different habitats along the coast and the plants, animals and objects that you will find there. From sand lizards hiding in the sand dunes, to all sorts of shells, crustaceans and seabirds. Children will love discovering a bit more about this favourite location. The mixture of full-colour photographs and illustrations ensure maximum impact and levels of detail but without feeling overly educational - even though this book is brimming with scienceBooks that encourage KS1 readers to engage with core science and nature topics, while developing other key skills in thinking and reasoning in an utterly absorbing and charming way.
By Pat-a-Cake, 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
By Jenny Jinks, Louise Forshaw
Grace is going for her first sleepover at her friend's house. She is excited, but nervous, too. What if they don't want to play the same things? What if she doesn't like the food? What if she misses Mum? Luckily, Mum is on hand with some suggestions and, along with the help of her favourite toy, Grace has a wonderful time.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 a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.
Suffragettes and the Fight for the Vote
By 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.
The Stuff We Buy
By 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.
By Judith Heneghan
This non-fiction storybook for children aged 5+ introduces the natural world and explains concepts such as adaptation and germination through a lyrical narrative. It looks at an amazing array of plants from all around the world and the wonderful ways in which different seeds reach their own patch of earth.