By Izzi Howell
Find out about the country of Japan with this fun and engaging first information book. Topics include the country's geography, major cities, people and interesting places. 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.
Julius Caesar and the Romans
By David Gill
Julius Caesar was the most famous of all the great Roman leaders. His military exploits were legendary and he added land, riches and prestige to the vast, powerful Roman empire. However his power came at a terrible cost, as he was brutally murdered at the hands of his most trusted friends and advisors.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.
By Roy Apps
This inspirational biography for children, written by award-winning author Roy Apps, follows the dream-come-true story of Jamie Vardy and his amazing rise to become a star striker in Leicester City's Premier League-winning side and top England goalscorer. Illustrated with colour artwork by Alessandro Valdrighi, including graphic novel-style panels, this book is perfect for sport-mad girls and boys with a reading age of 7, but will work perfectly well for older readers too. Printed on off-white paper using a reading font approved by the British Dyslexia Association, the Sporting Heroes series brings to life the skill, grit and determination needed to be a world-class sportsperson today. This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of booksto get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books kids can't put down.
Journey Along the Nile
By Sonya Newland
Travelling Wild: Journey Along the Nile follows a traveller on a fictitious journey by boat up the world's longest river. It uses the information you would consider when planning a trip, such as the weather, climate, dangers and key sights, to present geographical information in a highly accessible and enjoyable way.Discover the countries the Nile traverses, the wildlife to watch out for, how the river is used, the environmental issues facing the Nile, how people live and farm on its banks, and much, much more. There is a survival aspect to the book, too, with boxes containing tips on how to fend off a crocodile attack, repel insects and make water safe to drink, among other things. Packed to the brim with colourful, exciting photographs, maps and fascinating facts, the book allows you to explore and discover the incredible River Nile without leaving your seat!
By Susie Brooks
Japan: the Land and People takes you on a whistlestop tour around this most incredible country. Explore its islands, mountains and volcanoes, and meet some incredible wildlife along the way. Marvel at the sleek, shiny skyscrapers, the high-tech transport systems and the world-famous food, and delve into the country's rich history.Discover what it's like to grow up in Japan - school, family life, socializing and religion - and find out how life is in a society that has a futuristic outlook while honouring its historic traditions. Learn about Japan's booming economy, fuelled by innovative designs and cutting-edge technology. Amazing photographs transport you to the very heart of this unique, fascinating, visually-exciting country. Crammed full of facts, stats and incredible information - and much cheaper than a plane ticket - this is the perfect introduction to Japan!
Jasper's Story – Living with Cystic Fibrosis
By Andy Glynne
This powerful and eye opening picture book uses the first-person testimony of Jasper, a 10-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis. Jasper explains what his condition is, the treatment he receives and the emotional challenges he faces. Using Jasper's real first-person testimony creates an intimate and direct tone that will help students to empathise with people's differences. Jasper's circumstances are easily relatable to children; he talks about school, his brother, friends, his hobbies and explains the complications that cystic fibrosis brings to these situations.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.
Jasmine's SO Fussy
By Judith Heneghan, Jack Hughes
Jasmine is a fussy dragon. She only likes purple, hates dressing up and refuses to eat different foods. The other dragons are getting ready for a party, but Jasmine's fussiness is spoiling the fun. Can her friends persuade her to try something new?Read about good manners and behaviour in these delightful stories.
Juliane's Story - A Journey from Zimbabwe
By Andy Glynne, Karl Hammond
This picture book tells the story of 12-year-old refugee Juliane. At the age of three Juliane was separated from her mother due to the conflicts happening in her home country of Zimbabwe.Told in Juliane's own words, the story tells of her distress and isolation while growing up in an African orphanage, until an incredible chance meeting with her mother reunites the two of them. They apply for political asylum and are finally able to re-establish a life together in their new host country.The BAFTA award-winning Seeking Refuge stories were originally produced as animations for the BBC. These powerful and evocative stories have now been captured in book form as rich, visual testimonies of the torment, hope and resolution of young refugees who are seeking asylum and adjusting to life in new countries all over the world.The series of five books form an excellent cross-curricular resource that looks at asylum, war, separation and integration and what it is to be a refugee today making them ideal for tying into Refugee Week.
By Hettie Bingham
Jeremy Clarkson is the original petrolhead! Driving the latest, fastest cars, taking on incredible challenges, and travelling all over the world is all in a day's work for him. Known to be funny, honest and outspoken, the famous ex-Top Gear star leaves people in no doubt as to what he thinks!Find out about the man behind the wheel: what inspires Jeremy, where he went to school, how he went from selling teddy bears to TV presenter and even what he has for breakfast! A fantastic resource for biography based project work!
By David West
Safari Sam knows loads about all sorts of jungle animals. From orangutans to chameleons and everything in between. Find out about jungle predators, swinging chimpanzees and brightly coloured parrots and frogs through the simple text and other bite-sized facts.Safari Sam's Wild Animals (and Nora the Naturalist's Animals) are brilliant introductory books for young readers aged 5+ in the high-interest area of popular animals.
Joe All Alone
By Joanna Nadin
Now a major CBBC TV series. Joe All Alone won the Children's BAFTA award for Best Drama. It was also nominated for two other Children's BAFTA awards: Director and Young Performer.Home Alone meets Jacqueline Wilson - a heartwarming, humorous, issue novel for 10+ readers about a young boy left home alone.When thirteen-year-old Joe is left behind in Peckham while his mum flies to Spain on holiday, he decides to treat it as an adventure, and a welcome break from Dean, her latest boyfriend. Joe begins to explore his neighbourhood, making a tentative friendship with Asha, a fellow fugitive hiding out at her grandfather's flat. But when the food and money run out, his mum doesn't come home, and the local thugs catch up with him, Joe realises time is running out too, and makes a decision that will change his life forever.Deeply poignant, deceptively simple, this book will cut the reader to the bone almost without their realising it. Imogen Russell-Williams, Teens On Moon Lane
By Simon Hart
The series focuses on the people who inspire children today. This title looks at the background, life and achievements of Jessica Ennis - it details how she overcame injury and despair at missing Beijing to become the face of London 2012, and focuses on how she conquered Super Saturday.
By Brian Moses, Mike Gordon
Gracie Grumposaurus is a very grumpy dinosaur. From first thing in the morning until last thing at night, Gracie is a grump! Her parents try everything to cheer her up, but nothing works. Will anything make her smile?If you've got a child who's feeling sad or struggles with bad moods, this book will surely cheer them up. Written by Brian Moses, this funny picture book explores different things that might make children grumpy and sad, such as getting up early, not getting their favourite food or being bored. Different ways of dealing with these situations are explored, helping children to understand that it's okay to be grumpy, but that they shouldn't take their feelings out on other people - and that there are strategies to help you come out of a 'grump'. The clever and funny illustrations, by internationally renowned illustrator Mike Gordon, bring a light touch to the story, helping children to learn about their feelings in a fun and light-hearted way.Includes excellent notes for parents and teachers on how to share this book to help children learn about their feelings and emotions. Other books by Brian Moses and Mike Gordon: I Feel FrightenedI Feel AngryI Feel JealousI Feel SadIt's Not FairI Feel BulliedWilliam WorrydactylSamuel ScaredosaurusJamal JealousaurusAnna AngrysaurusSophie Shyosaurus
By Adam Sutherland
The series focuses on the people who inspire children today. This book looks at the background, life and achievements of Jay-Z. It examines his impact as a megastar rapper and multi-million-dollar brand as well as detailing the everyday facets of his job and how he gained such success.
Journey Along the Amazon
By Alex Woolf
Follow a traveller's diary of a trip along the entire length of the Amazon, discovering all about the unusual animal and plant life, landscape features, climate, industry and peoples. Find out how to survive the perils of the Amazon: crocodiles, piranhas, leeches, whirlpools and rapids!
Jake and Lily
By Jerry Spinelli
For almost as long as they can remember, Jake and Lily have shared a "special sense". But their bond seems to be weakening as, at age 11, Jake starts spending more time with new friends than with Lily; upset and rejected, Lily has no one to confide in except her grandfather. Lily tries to find out who she is without her brother, but it's hard work. Her feeling of abandonment is as sharply felt as Jake's need to test his independence. Spinelli celebrates each child's individualism and growing self-awareness.
Jive and Street Dance
By Rita Storey
Do you want to learn to dance? This book features two dances that are danced by amateurs and professionals around the world: the jive and street dance. Find out where the dances originated and learn some simple steps and then put your own routine together!
By Tracey Turner
Have you ever:Paddled down the Amazon River?Been stung by a scorpion?Gone without food for a day?If you answered NO to all of the above then this is the book for you!Terrified of bugs? Great! Feel sick about travelling? Fantastic! Inside you can read about loads of crazy stuff and how to survive - or avoid it.Love your inner wimp!Inside:Surviving - Water, Shelter, FoodJungle Animals - Creepy Crawlies, Spiders, Big Cats, Gorillas, Killer Birds, Piranha, Electric Eels, Toxic Frogs, Snakes, Crocs, Alligators and CaimansDisgusting and Deadly Diseases - Your Guide to Fatal Diseases, Jungle Sickness, Unpleasant ParasitesThis title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. We believe this title will be of interest to readers aged 7+ and to older readers who struggle with reading.EDGE - for books kids can't put down.
By Cath Senker
The series focuses on the people who inspire children today. Each book looks at the background, life and achievements of a personality, their impact on popular culture as well as detailing the everyday facets of their job and how they have gained such success.
The Jungle Run
By Tony Mitton, Guy Parker-Rees
Here come the animals, one by one.They're all getting ready for the Jungle Run.Cub turns up to take her place but the others say, 'You're to small to race . . . 'Cub may be little compared to the other animals, but she's quick and clever and she knows just how to show the rest of the jungle what a winner she is.