Triumphs of Technology
By Rob Colson
From the power points in our homes to the mobile phones in our pockets, every aspect of our lives involves ingenious inventions of incredible complexity. Learn all about the inventions and advances in technologies that have helped make our lives a lot easier and discover the inventors and great minds who brought us these new machines in STEM-gineers: Triumphs of Technology.STEM-gineers is an exciting 4-book series, which focuses on particular engineering or scientific challenges. You will find out about the great minds behind every featured discovery or structure and learn through hands-on projects how these great minds overcame the scientific or engineering challenges of their time. From simple experiments, to observing and recording various aspects of the world around us, this series is the perfect introduction to the exhilarating world of STEM for readers aged 9 and up.
This Drop of Water
By Anna Claybourne
A beautifully illustrated look at our wonderful watery worldThis Drop of Water begins with a thunderstorm on a hot summer day. Suddenly - splash! A drop of water hits a girl right on the nose. Where did it come from? And where will it go? She wants to know! The book uses this simple premise as a jumping-off point to explore what water is, where it comes from and how essential it is to life here on Earth. It explores topics as important and wide-ranging as how the Earth formed, the water cycle, clouds and the tides. It also highlights just how precious a resource water is. A beautifully illustrated picture book with friendly narrative text by the award-winning author of This Little Pebble, which was shortlisted for prestigious science and art awards, This Drop of Water will make the topic come alive for readers aged 7 and up.List of contents:Thunderstorm!Watery worldIt came from outer spaceFlowing downhillInto the oceansUnderwaterOut of the seaCloudsHere comes the rain!The big freezeWater shapes the worldWater undergroundWater for plantsWater for animalsWater for usTurn on the tap!Down the plugholePrecious waterWeird waterRound and roundWater activitiesGlossary and index
This Book is Not Rubbish
By Isabel Thomas, Alex Paterson
Discover how YOU can ditch plastic, reduce rubbish and become an eco-warrior, not an eco-worrier, with 50 practical tips to really make a difference! Our planet is in peril and it needs your help! But the good news is that there are loads of easy ways that you can make a difference. From throwing a planet party and ditching straws, to banning glitter and becoming an art-activist, helping to save the planet is not as difficult as you think. Covering issues like plastics, pollution, global warming and endangered animals, this book is full of top tips for kids and families. Discover how to ditch the plastic, reduce your rubbish and start making everyday steps that will make all the difference. It's time to take control of your future and help clear the world of all this rubbish!
The Top Secret History of Codes and Code Breaking
By Roy Apps
Explore the history of codes from The Haircut Code, used by the Persians to convey messages in war, to Ancient Hebrew ciphers, pictorial codes of the Egyptians and Mayans to letter codes in ancient Rome and substitution ciphers used in Tudor England when the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots was being planned. Find out about modern-day codes, such as tennis players Laura Robson and Heather Watson's 'back slang' when playing doubles and computer codes in the 21st century including the safety of passwords.This book features strange-but-true facts that are real-life extraordinary stories of codes and their code breakers and 'Code Cracker' practical activities show how you can build or solve your own codes!
By David West
Learn all about trains, from steam trains to metros and monorails.Have you ever wondered where the crew all sit inside a tank, or what a jet engine looks like behind the turbine blades? Well these six books will help you find out just that! Find out something amazing about each vehicle and then turn the page to see it sliced in two where its innermost secrets will be revealed. Simple text and large labels and captions will make the bite-sized pieces of information appeal to a wide range of reading abilities, and the artwork is both friendly and accessible. What's Inside - perfect for inquisitive, machine-mad readers who love the details of how vehicles work. Suitable for readers aged 8+.
This is Australia
By Kevin Pettman
Did you know ... Australia has more beaches than any other country in the world? Over 22 million jars of Vegemite are sold every year. Just one of Australia's deserts is nearly three times the size of England. And it is home to around 60 million kangaroos!Find out everything you ever wanted to know about Australia, from its amazing landscapes and fascinating wildlife to the country's most famous sports people and important dates in history. This glorious guide book is brought to life in bold, bright graphics, maps and fun visuals. A real treat for curious kids and a perfect travel guide for holidays!
By David West
Learn all about tanks, from first tanks to armoured fighting vehicles.Have you ever wondered where the crew all sit inside a tank, or what a jet engine looks like behind the turbine blades? Well these six books will help you find out just that! Find out something amazing about each vehicle and then turn the page to see it sliced in two where its innermost secrets will be revealed. Simple text and large labels and captions will make the bite-sized pieces of information appeal to a wide range of reading abilities, and the artwork is both friendly and accessible. What's Inside - perfect for inquisitive, machine-mad readers who love the details of how vehicles work. Suitable for readers aged 8+.
Trekking the Sahara
By Sonya Newland
Travelling Wild: Trekking the Sahara Desert follows a traveller on a fictitious journey by foot, camel and 4x4 across the world's largest dry desert. 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 which countries the Sahara sprawls across, the different types of desert mammal to watch out for, some incredible cities, the environmental issues facing the Sahara, how people live in the desert, and much, much more. There is a survival aspect to the book, too, with boxes containing tips on how to treat a scorpion sting or a snake bite, make a camp in sand dunes and collect water 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 Sahara Desert without leaving your seat!
There May Be a Castle
By Piers Torday
A remarkable story about love, loss and the power of the imagination, from an award-winning, celebrated writer for children.On a frozen Christmas Eve, Mouse Mallory and his family set off across a snow-white valley to visit his grandparents.They never arrive.As the wheels skid off the icy road, Mouse is thrown from the car. When he wakes, he finds himself in a magical landscape, with only a talkative sheep and a very bossy horse for company.And they tell him: this is your story now.So begins Mouse's extraordinary quest through a world of wonder. A world of monsters, minstrels, dangerous knights and mysterious wizards; a world of terrifying danger but also more excitement than Mouse has ever known.All to find a castle, somewhere, beyond.But why is Mouse looking for a castle? As thoughts of his family back at the car begin to surface, Mouse realises this might be the most important journey he will ever make ...This is a novel about love and death. It's about the power of stories to change the way we view the world - and it's about the power of a child to change their own world. Emotionally arresting but ultimately uplifting, this is a remarkable novel for our times.
Ten Diggers and Digging Machines
By JP Percy
Find out all about ten amazing digging machines!There are lots of ways machines can be cool. They can be the biggest, the smallest, the tallest, the longest and even the noisiest. Machine mad kids will love pouring over the details of the ten awesome machines in each book. Fantastic Five stat panels give the scoop on what makes these machines tick and key design features are highlighted to help you earn something new about your favourite diggers, tractors, trucks and emergency vehicles.Perfect for readers who can't get enough of books about machines, but who have outgrown the simple picture books aimed at a much younger level. Those who are beginning to read by themselves will find the text fun to read and accessible.For children aged 5+
By Sally Spray
A guide to landmark achievements in engineeringFollow the developments of tunnels, as they have gone deeper underground, have travelled further and helped us transport people, energy and goods through engineering skill, design and ambition. Get to grips with the mind-boggling advances that have been made in engineering. Find out about awe-inspiring buildings and technology. he books in the Awesome Engineering series are filled with impactful artwork, diagrams and explanations that make the awesome feats of engineering easy to understand.Bright and bold artwork, alongside clear explanations and diagrams, guide you through a chronology of landmark engineering achievements from around the world.Perfect for readers aged 9 and up.Contents:Going UndergroundThames TunnelNew York City SubwayHolland TunnelSeikan TunnelChannel TunnelOresund TunnelLaerdal TunnelBoston Big Dig ProjectSmart TunnelHadron Collider TunnelGotthard Base TunnelFascinating FactsFurther InformationGlossaryIndex
Ten Fire Engines and Emergency Vehicles
By Chris Oxlade
Find out all about ten amazing emergency vehicles!There are lots of ways machines can be cool. They can be the biggest, the smallest, the tallest, the longest and even the noisiest. Machine mad kids will love pouring over the details of the ten awesome machines in each book. Fantastic Five stat panels give the scoop on what makes these machines tick and key design features are highlighted to help you earn something new about your favourite diggers, tractors, trucks ad emergency vehicles.Perfect for readers who can't get enough of books about machines, but who have outgrown the simple picture books aimed at a much younger level. Those who are beginning to read by themselves will find the text fun to read and accessible.For children aged 5+
By Clive Gifford
Looking to take up a new sport? Or just thinking about ways to keep fit and healthy? This book is a great introduction to all the important tennis skills you'll need. Full of skills tips and photos showing key techniques, you'll discover everything - from training to competing - while also finding out something about tennis stars of the past and present. Perfect for readers aged 9 and up.The series Sports Skills covers rules, equipment, famous competitors and major competitions through specially commissioned, step-by-step photography that clearly shows skills and techniques needed for a sport.
Transport Around the World
By Moira Butterfield
Take a journey around the world to discover the transport methods used by children just like you!Where in the world do children learn to run their own railway?What is the best way to travel across a sandy desert?What colours are the cable cars of La Paz, in Bolivia?Find out in Transport Around the World!Children will love reading about the transport that their contemporaries in other countries use; from boats paddled between houses and carts pulled across busy cities, to riding reindeer and the fastest trains!Includes Art Station activities where readers are encouraged to use their new knowledge creatively!
Trains, Planes and Ships
By Sally Spray
Follow the development of trains, planes and ships, as they have grown more powerful, faster, and more fantastical through engineering skill, design and ambition.Get to grips with the mind-boggling advances that have been made in engineering. Find out about awe-inspiring buildings and technology. he books in the Awesome Engineering series are filled with impactful artwork, diagrams and explanations that make the awesome feats of engineering easy to understand.Bright and bold artwork, alongside clear explanations and diagrams, guide you through a chronology of landmark engineering achievements from around the world.Perfect for readers aged 9 and up.
Things That Go
By Pat-a-Cake, Lauren Holowaty, Alistar
This brilliant book is full of exciting scenes and activities. The big ready-cut stickers are easy for little fingers to find, peel off and stick, putting an end to the frustration of fiddly stickers that are tricky to remove and easy to tear. It's crammed with different scenes to decorate, from the high street to the airport, from the building site to the motorway. There are cars and trains and trucks and planes to find homes for - but there are plenty of places to park! Simple activities like matching and spotting games as well as well as lots of colouring add to the fun.Words and sounds that match the scenes help build vocabulary and a huge fold-out picture to decorate will keep little ones entertained for hours.Also available: Big Stickers for Tiny Hands: Farm
The Tapper Twins Go Viral
By Geoff Rodkey
Music videos, internet stars, and blackmail - join Claudia and Reese in the fourth hilarious TAPPER TWINS tale from author and scriptwriter, Geoff Rodkey.The time is right for Claudia to share her music with the world, to take her career to the next level, to become a star! But why is no one watching her video? And how did her brother Reese become internet-famous - overnight - without even trying? The Tapper Twins are at war again and this time it's going viral. An up-to-the-minute middle-grade comedy with integrated illustrations, perfect for fans of DIARY OF A WIMPY KID.
By Louise Spilsbury, Richard Spilsbury
Natural disasters devastate communities. They reshape the landscape and can alter people's ways of life in an area for years after the event. Learn all about the 10 worst tsunamis in this book from the Tokaido tsunami in Japan in 1923 to the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.This series explores the world's top ten worst recorded disasters, explaining how and why they happen and where in the world they have taken place. The series also invites the reader to examine what they have learnt about natural disasters and to apply that knowledge by answering critical thinking questions at the end of each book. Perfect for readers aged 9 and up.
Tom the Outback Mailman
By Kristin Weidenbach
Tom Kruse was a real Australian hero. He delivered the mail to outback stations and towns all along the Birdsville Track. It was a tough job, but Tom was even tougher, making sure that the mail got through no matter what.Based on her bestselling book, MAILMAN OF THE BIRDSVILLE TRACK, Kristin Weidenbach has written a lively, engaging version for younger readers, capturing the humour, excitement and ingenuity of a classic slice of Australia's fast-vanishing history. Timothy Ide is a South Australian illustrator with a genuine feel for the beauty and hardship of life in the Australian outback. The Winner of the 2013 CBCA Book of the Year, Eve Pownall Category, TOM THE OUTBACK MAILMAN is now part of LOTHIAN AUSTRALIAN FAVOURITES, a collection of the very best Australian picture books.
By Tim Harris
Rainforests are one of the most amazing environments on Earth and many plants, people and animals have made rainforests their home and are adapted to living there. They have to be tough to survive in the dense jungle, whether they live on the forest floor or high up in the canopy, what they eat and how they are adapted to survive in this hot and humid place, and of course avoiding the variety of predators that live there. Read on to find out how they do it! Books aimed at KS2 readers wanting to find out a bit more about world environments. Amazing Biomes explores six main habitats.