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  • Space

    By Paul Calver, Toby Reynolds
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    Paul Calver, Toby Reynolds
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    The Somme

    By Sarah Ridley
    Authors:
    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.
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  • The Squurms at No. 322

    By Kes Gray, Chris Jevons
    Authors:
    Kes Gray
    Illustrated by:
    Chris Jevons
    Nelly isn't scared of monsters. In fact, she babysits for them. From the bestselling author of the OI FROG! and DAISY books comes this hilarious, action-packed series for fans of THE BOLDS and BARRY LOSER.'If monsters are real, how come I've never seen one?''Because they never go out.''Why don't monsters ever go out?''Because they can never get a babysitter.'Ever played hide and seek with an oozy orange Squurm, or ice-skated with a baby Thermitt? Every time Nelly rings on a new monster family's doorbell she's up for a new challenge. Come on her monster-sitting adventures in this laugh-out-loud funny second book in the NELLY THE MONSTER SITTER series. Kes Gray is one of the Independent's top ten children's authors, and winner of the Red House Children's Book Award.This story now comes with brand-new illustrations; it was previously published in a collection entitled: Grerks, Squurms & Water Greeps.
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  • Spectacular Light and Sound

    By Rob Colson, Jon Richards
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    Rob Colson, Jon Richards
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  • The Seaside

    By Izzi Howell
    Authors:
    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.
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  • Show and Tell

    By Pat-a-Cake
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    Pat-a-Cake
    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
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  • Smart Homes

    By Max Wainewright, John Haslam
    Authors:
    Max Wainewright
    Illustrated by:
    John Haslam
    Discover how today's amazing inventions and technologies work while developing your coding skillsIn Smart Homes, find out about the technology that lives in our homes and buildings. Learn about motion sensors, create burglar alarms for your computer that use sound and motion to detect intruders.Each book goes inside a different machine or technology and explains the key computer code and systems that are controlling them. Step-by-step activities teach you how to create your own versions of these machines on screen, and bring them to life - with code! The focus is placed on modern technologies that actually use code to work, rather than looking back at steam engines, etc. This will keep the practice of coding firmly in the contemporary. Each book assumes readers have reasonable general computer skills. The series uses Scratch as the coding language, as this is still the most used, user-friendly and flexible in building projects, however no prior experience of Scratch is expected and each book will include a spread introducing Scratch.Teachers have always used ICT across the curriculum and are looking for contexts to teach coding in. Kids that are interested in STEAM and the high-interest topics covered, will be engaged by the opportunity to explore the STEAM concepts creatively with code.Perfect for readers aged 9 and up.
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    The Story of Flight

    By Jakob Whitfield
    Authors:
    Jakob Whitfield
    A beautifully illustrated history of the iconic flying machines that have helped us soar through the skies. Perfect for child and adult aviation fans alike!The story of flight is a fascinating one: from the earliest balloons and airships to the latest stealth jet, each breakthrough laid the foundation for the next. Trace the extraordinary history of flight in this strikingly illustrated guide, from the Wright Flyer to cutting-edge drones. Along the way, discover how the social upheavals of the past 240 years influenced the flight path: two world wars, equality for women and the fight against climate change. Finally, explore the incredible inventions that await us in the future.Also available in this series on transport is The Story of the Car.
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  • Schools

    By Izzi Howell
    Authors:
    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.
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  • Science for Surviving in Space

    By Mark Thompson
    Authors:
    Mark Thompson
    Imagine living on an alien planet!But to really do that you'll need to apply a fair bit of science.This book has twelve scientific investigations to help you understand how force fields help us, why taking a shower is space is tricky and how tiny specs of space dust can be deadly. Discover why insulation is important and what would happen if you went out into space without a spacesuit - and lots, lots more!Space Science is the ultimate series for the astronomers and astronauts of the future. It delves into loads of intriguing 'how', 'what', and 'why' facts about the night sky. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and use readily-available materials that won't break the bank! Authored by Mark Thompson - a brilliant astronomer and television and radio presenter - who brings a fresh approach to the exploration and understanding of the Solar System ... and beyond!This book is part of the Space Science series, which covers key areas of the science curriculum, such as forces, materials and matter, light, rocks, chemical reactions, recycling and waste, magnets, solar power, gravity, distance, maps and constellations.For readers aged 9+
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  • Science for Rocketing into Space

    By Mark Thompson
    Authors:
    Mark Thompson
    Imagine building a rocket and blasting off into space!But to really do that you'll need to apply a fair bit of science.This book has twelve scientific investigations to help you understand why gravity matters, and how to power a rocket and land safely back on Earth. Discover why rockets are rocket-shaped and what happens when you create a chemical reaction - and lots, lots more!Space Science is the ultimate series for the astronomers and astronauts of the future. It delves into loads of intriguing 'how', 'what', and 'why' facts about the night sky. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and use readily-available materials that won't break the bank! Authored by Mark Thompson - a brilliant astronomer and television and radio presenter - who brings a fresh approach to the exploration and understanding of the Solar System ... and beyond!This book is part of the Space Science series, which covers key areas of the science curriculum, such as forces, materials and matter, light, rocks, chemical reactions, recycling and waste, magnets, solar power, gravity, distance, maps and constellations.For readers aged 9+
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  • Shapes

    By Pat-a-Cake, Gwé
    Authors:
    Pat-a-Cake
    Illustrated by:
    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
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  • The Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages

    By Izzi Howell
    Authors:
    Izzi Howell
    Which genius ideas and inventions began in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages? This period, stretching from the first ancestors of modern humans to the start of the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome, was a time of amazing developments. Find out how the discovery of how to make fire and tools, farm the land and form symbols to communicate in writing transformed society and had a lasting impact on the way we live today.
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  • Science

    By Colin Hynson
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    Colin Hynson
    Discover the amazing array of jobs within the field of science that you never knew existed. From the exoplanet hunters who use powerful telescopes to look for planets orbiting stars, to the forensic scientists who help detectives by using forensic chemistry to link suspects to crime scenes.Read about the academic and vocational routes you can take to reach these jobs and how to get ahead in these exciting professions whilst you are at school and college.
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    Suffragettes and the Fight for the Vote

    By Sarah Ridley
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    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.
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  • Space

    By Jon Richards, Ed Simkins
    Authors:
    Jon Richards, Ed Simkins
    Who holds the record for driving the fastest on the Moon? And how far away is the Moon from Earth? What are the gas giants - and what about nebulae? Whether it shoots, glows, radiates or collides, Infomojis: Space is all about exploring the universe in a fun and engaging way. Core scientific areas of investigation are covered, such as the nuclear reaction that makes our Sun shine or how the Moon's gravity affects tides on Earth.The book features custom-made 'infomojis' (information emojis) that present the information with real personality! So inject fun into facts, and take your young astronomer to the next evolution in infographics. Infomojis is a series of ten books that are perfect for curious readers aged 8+.
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  • Submarines

    By Tim Cooke
    Authors:
    Tim Cooke
    Submarines lurk unseen beneath the waves. They circle the globe, even sailing beneath the North Pole. This silent patrol can be deadly. Modern submarines are launch platforms for long-range missiles that can be armed with nuclear warheads. But sailing under the water places unique demands on vessels and their crews. Find out about leading submarines from around the world - including their technical specifications. Learn about the history of submarines - from their first use - through incredible developments, right up to the latest, cleverest machines around today. Ultimate Military Machines delves into the incredible world of fighting machines and takes an upclose look at the latest technology used by the army, navy and air forces today. Each title takes an indepth look at one type of military vehicle - from its first use in warfare up to recent conflicts.
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  • Stone Age

    By Jon Richards
    Authors:
    Jon Richards
    History in Infographics helps children to visualise facts and statistics using a clever and appealing mix of graphics and numbers. The colourful, high-impact design will appeal to a wide range of children, from visual learners to struggling readers, capturing and then holding their attention. Infographics are a really exciting, different way to learn about core historical topics, and are ideal for fact-hungry children, revision work, and to improve the quality of presentations. History in Infographics: Stone Age allows children to discover the Stone Age like never before, including when and where it happened, the evolution of humans and how they spread out of Africa across the globe, and how people lived and what they ate. They can discover Stone Age crafts and technology, including cave painting and the wheel, learn about buildings and sacred sites, for example Stonehenge and how it was built, and find out about Stone Age customs and traditions, such as how they buried their dead. Ideal for children of 9+, and fact and history lovers of all ages, the Stone Age has never seemed more exciting!
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  • Serena Williams

    By Roy Apps
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    Roy Apps
    This inspirational biography for children, written by award-winning author Roy Apps, follows the 'smash-hit' story of tennis star Serena Williams and her rise through the rankings to become multiple Grand Slam winner and Olympic gold medalist. 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.
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  • The Superhuman Body

    By Joy Lin, Alan Brown
    Authors:
    Joy Lin
    Illustrated by:
    Alan Brown
    What if you could be immortal or have super senses or read minds? You'd be a superhero! BUT are these superpowers feasible in the real world? Superpower Science: The Superhuman Body tells you all about the reality of these superpowers when looked at through a scientific lens.The series Superpower Science focuses on the superpowers commonly associated with superheroes and reveals just how scientifically realistic they could be to us mere humans. Each title focuses on four superpowers and explains which science principles would come into action if the superpower existed and what effect these science principles would have on the body. The comic book format and vintage-looking colourful illustrations paired with quirky and humorous explanations turn what would be considered by many as dry physics principles into high-interest exciting books. By pointing out the physical limitations of superpowers, the series aims to fix them, not crush children's dreams but inspire them to be interested in science. Perfect for reader aged 9 and up.
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