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  • Having a Disability

    By Louise Spilsbury
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    Louise Spilsbury
    How do you help a young child deal with disability or explain what that means? This hands-on picture book is designed to help children with their questions and feelings about tricky topics that can be hard to talk about. The exquisite and approachable illustrations give a comforting story book feel, particularly aimed at 5-7 year olds, while also appealing to both younger and older children. A perfect aid to help children open up and explore how they feel and give them steps they can take to help them cope.
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    How to Build Your Own Country

    By Valerie Wyatt
    Authors:
    Valerie Wyatt
    For the next generation of world leaders, this is an excellent resource for children aged 9+ who are curious about the world and the rules that govern each of us. Tired of people always telling you what to do? Why not start your own country? The Kingdom of Jack! The Federal Republic of Grace! Let this book be your guide to starting a nation from scratch. An excellent resource for the secondary citizenship curriculum to support learning about UK government and political systems.Contents: STEP 1: Stake Out Your Identity; Naming Your Country; Finding a Population; Designing a Flag and Choosing a Motto; Writing a National Anthem; STEP 2: Run the Country; Setting up a Government; Holding Elections; Writing a Constitution; Making the Laws; Serving Your Citizens; Making Money; Taking a Holiday; STEP 3: Meet the Neighbours; Who's Who?; Keeping the Peace; Put It All Together and You Get
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  • Hippo Owns Up - A book about telling the truth

    By Sue Graves, Trevor Dunton
    Authors:
    Sue Graves
    Illustrated by:
    Trevor Dunton
    This funny, charming story is the perfect way to introduce young children to what honesty is, and help them understand the importance of owning up to your mistakes. Also included are suggestions for activities and ideas to talk through together to help children fully understand how their behaviour can impact on others.Hippo is having a bad day. It all started when he missed his breakfast. He can't concentrate in class and his tummy won't stop rumbling. And when he sees Mrs Croc's special chocolate cake, he can't resist. Now somebody else is getting the blame for eating it. Will Hippo do the right thing and tell the truth and make amends for what he's done?The Behaviour Matters series of picture books provide a gentle means of discussing emotions, boosting self-esteem and reinforcing good behaviour. Supports the Personal, Social and Emotional Development Area of Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage, and is also suitable for use with children in KS1 and can be used to discuss values. Suitable for children under 5.
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    Heartsong

    By Kevin Crossley-Holland, Jane Ray
    Authors:
    Kevin Crossley-Holland
    Illustrated by:
    Jane Ray
    An orphan with no voice but an extraordinary musical gift. A man of music who discovers her gift. Heartsong is a spellbinding tale about the healing power of music, set against the mystery and beauty of Venice."Destined to be a future classic" Manchester Evening News"This is a spectacular book... a quiet, heart-soaring triumph" Big Issue"A very special present for music-loving readers" The TimesAbandoned at the orphanage in Venice as a baby, Laura has never spoken. Her life is transformed when the composer Vivaldi unlocks her passion for music. The seasons turn, dark turns to light and miracles happen.Carnegie award-winning author Kevin Crossley-Holland makes every word a master stroke. This short novel is exquisitely illustrated by acclaimed artist Jane Ray. Her work is inspired by Vivaldi's Four Seasons and the real girls and boys who lived and laughed and worked in the Venetian orphanage.
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  • Hamid's Story - A Journey from Eritrea

    By Andy Glynne, Tom Senior
    Authors:
    Andy Glynne
    Illustrated by:
    Tom Senior
    This picture book tells the story of 10-year-old refugee Hamid who flees Eritrea with his mother to escape the war and threats to his family from the government. Told in Hamid's own words, the story reveals the hardship and suffering experienced by immigrants who are rebuilding their lives with little understanding of the language and culture in a new country. Life starts to get easier, but the horrors of the war are never far from Hamid's thoughts.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.
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    Hare and Tortoise

    By Alison Murray
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    Alison Murray
    A witty, beautifully illustrated take on The Hare and the Tortoise - this book is bound to become a treasured classic.Hare is the fastest on the farm. Tortoise is as slow as they go.So when they decide to have a race, Hare is certain to win . . . isn't he?The best-loved of all Aesop's Fables has been made all the more enchanting with Alison Murray's sense of fun, mischief and stylish charm.
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    How to Fly with Broken Wings

    By Jane Elson
    Authors:
    Jane Elson
    'If Finn Maison shouts jump you jump or you are dead.'Twelve-year-old Willem has Aspergers Syndrome and two main aims in life: to fly and to make at least two friends of his own age. But all the other boys from the Beckham Estate do is make him jump off things. First his desk - and now the wall. As his toes teeter on the edge, Sasha Bradley gives him a tiny little wink. Might she become his friend?Bullied by Finn and his gang the Beckham Estate Boyz, Willem has no choice but to jump. As he flies through the air he flaps his arms, wishing he could fly and escape into the clouds. Instead he comes crashing down and breaks his ankle.Sasha, angry with herself for not stopping Finn and his Boyz, is determined to put things right. And soon, while the gangs riot on their estate, Willem and Sasha form an unlikely friendship. Because they share a secret. Sasha longs to fly too.And when Magic Man Archie arrives with stories of war-flying spitfires, he will change the lives of the kids on the Beckham Estate for ever. And perhaps find a way for Willem and Sasha to fly ...Touching on themes such as friendship and bullying, this is a charming tale about overcoming obstacles and finding friendship in unlikely places.'heart-rending, heartbreaking and heartening' The Best New Children's Books Guardian Supplement
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    Hate

    By Alan Gibbons
    Authors:
    Alan Gibbons
    Eve's older sister, Rosie, was bright and alive and always loved being the centre of attention. Then one day, she is brutally murdered. Six months later, Eve meets Antony and discovers that he was there the night Rosie died and did nothing to help. Is there any way she can ever get past that?Inspired by the tragic murder of Sophie Lancaster, which saw Sophie and her partner Rob viciously attacked in Stubbylee Park, Bacup, Lancashire because of the way they dressed, this is a hard-hitting real-life thriller about friendship, courage, loss, forgiveness and about our society and communities.
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  • Health and Fitness

    By Stephanie Turnbull
    Authors:
    Stephanie Turnbull
    A fun and funky magazine-style book that is packed full of tips on how to make the most of what you've got! Style secrets and advice for fun ways to get fit - all without spending a fortune. Health and Fitness is all about eating and drinking the right things to keep you healthy on the inside and encourages you to get out there and enjoy sports, games and other activities so you'll feel good on the outside and above all be confident in your own skin.Smart Girls is a series aimed at girls aged 9+ as they grow from tweens to teens. Full of inspirational ideas, there's something in these books for any girl.
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  • How to Handle Low Self-Esteem

    By Franklin Watts
    Authors:
    Franklin Watts
    Modern life can be complicated. As an older child or teenager you will experience lots of different social situations and encounter all kinds of people both at school, at home and in the wider world. What happens when you have doubts about your thoughts and feelings? How can you make your voice and your opinions heard among the rest of your friends, family and acquaintances? How to Handle Low Self Esteem is an essential guide, helping you to understand how and why you might feel this way, what you can do to improve things for yourself. The book highlights areas that may trigger these feelings, such as bullying or peer-pressure. Perhaps you are under pressure because of your sexual orientation, your race or religion or because you simply don't fit the mould. This book will help you confront your issues and offers solid advice based on the experiences of real people.Part of a four book series aimed at children aged 10+, Under Pressure is an essential resource for children who are perhaps afraid or unsure of asking for help directly, or simply need some added reassurance or advice.
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  • How to Handle Bullying and Gangs

    By Honor Head
    Authors:
    Honor Head
    Modern life can be complicated. As an older child or teenager you will experience lots of different social situations and encounter all kinds of people. In whatever form it takes, bullying is a very real issue and the pressure to become involved with a gang can also be tough to deal with. How to Handle Bullying and Gangs is an essential guide, helping you to understand how and why you may be being bullied and and what you can do to improve things for yourself. It will also help you to work out issues around gangs and the dangers of becoming involved with criminal activity. Perhaps you are being bullied because of your looks, your sexual orientation, your race or religion or because you simply don't fit the mould. This book will help you confront your issues and offers solid advice based on the experiences of real people.Part of a four book series aimed at children aged 10+, Under Pressure is an essential resource for children who are perhaps afraid or unsure of asking for help directly, or simply need some added reassurance or advice.
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  • Hostage Takers

    By Philip Steele
    Authors:
    Philip Steele
    Go behind the headlines to explore the wider background of news stories that are making a major impact across the world. In Hostage-takers, we ask who are today's hostage-takers and what do they want? What drives them to extreme action? We look at how captivity and stress affect the victims and ask whether we should negotiate with hostage-takers. How can lives be saved and how can hostage-taking be prevented in the first place?
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    How to be a Girl

    By Anita Naik
    Authors:
    Anita Naik
    Be the boss of you!How To Be A Girl is an easy-reading journey through girlhood and what it's like to be a girl growing up today. It examines important issues such as puberty, the politics of body hair, female stereotypes, intelligence, physical appearance, double standards and the vernacular used to describe girls and boys. It also looks at the objectification of women and sexualisation of girls by the media.How to Be A Girl is a modern feminist book for today's tweens and teens. It's a call for girls to stop beating themselves up by aiming for a so-called 'beauty ideal', to stop worrying and to start living their lives according to their own agenda. Confidence building and self esteem boosting - How To Be A Girl is not a diatribe on gender differences but a consciousness-raising, articulate and cool walk-through of what it is to be a strong and empowered young girl today.Contains sections on: body image, dieting & eating disorders, media portrayal, plastic/cosmetic surgery, body hair, online porn, dating, self esteem & confidence, discrimination, sexual harassment and empowerment.Be the change.
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  • How to Handle Discrimination and Prejudice

    By Catherine Chambers
    Authors:
    Catherine Chambers
    Modern life can be complicated. As an older child or teenager you will experience lots of different social situations and encounter all kinds of people from all walks of life. Whether in person, via social media, at school or within your own family, discrimination and prejudice are very real issues for many young people. How to Handle Discrimination and Prejudice is an essential guide, helping you to understand how and why you may be experiencing these dificulties in your life and what you can do to improve things for yourself. Perhaps you are being discriminated against because of your gender or your sexuality, or because you simply don't fit the mould. Using real-life experiences of teenagers going through similar problems, this book will help you confront your issues and offer solid advice.Part of a four book series aimed at children aged 10+, Under Pressure is an essential resource for children who are perhaps afraid or unsure of asking for help directly, or simply need some added reassurance or advice.
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  • How to Spend a Billion

    By Anne Rooney
    Authors:
    Anne Rooney
    Do you know what goes into one of the world's most expensive ice creams?Or how much it costs to buy your own private beach, or private island?No? Then find out in How to Spend a Billion - filled with facts about some of the world's most expensive items. Slipstream is a new generation of reading resources specifically designed for struggling and reluctant readers. Through exciting and carefully levelled texts, Slipstream enables readers to accelerate their reading experience.This book is part of Slipstream LEVEL 1. The 300-word text is levelled for readers with a reading age of 5-7, but its engaging content makes it perfect for a wide range of older readers too.All texts are levelled by reading experts Dee Reid and Diana Bentley.
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    The Huge Bag of Worries

    By Virginia Ironside, Frank Rodgers
    Authors:
    Virginia Ironside
    Illustrated by:
    Frank Rodgers
    Wherever Jenny goes, her worries follow her - in a big blue bag. They are there when she goes swimming, when she is watching TV, and even when she is in the lavatory. Jenny decides they will have to go. But who can help her?The Huge Bag of Worries was written by Virginia Ironside, one of Britain's leading agony aunts, and has sold 140k copies to date.'This book can be read millions of times when you are worried.' - Books for KeepsA compelling picture book which can be used as a spring board into what worries children today.
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    How Did I Begin?

    By Mick Manning, Brita Granström
    Authors:
    Mick Manning, Brita Granström
    If you choose to share 'the facts of life' with children at a young age, this is the perfect book to do so. It gently guides the reader through each stage of a child's development within the womb with charming illustrations and simple explanations, inviting lots of discussion and providing answers to all those questions. Shortlisted for the Junior Science Book Award (now the Royal Society's Science Prize).
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