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  • Rockets and Space Travel

    By Jon Richards
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    Jon Richards
    Have you ever wondered what made human beings think they could go to the Moon? The idea of exploring space started with fiction and science-fiction written by authors like Jules Verne and H G Wells. Little did they know that space travel would become a reality! It'll Never Work: Rockets and Space Travel explores the history of space travel and spaceships, the successes and failures that have led to the very recent Pluto flyby by the New Horizons spacecraft.Each title in this exciting, high-interest series looks at a different area of technology and engineering and reveals the pioneering ideas and scientific thinking that enabled its development, as well as exposing those that proved to be a dead end. Each spread examines a particular example in depth, bringing in other similar ideas where relevant, and revealing that experimentation and failure often pave the way to technology success. Beautifully designed and illustrated with infographic-style artwork, this series is an excellent technology resource for readers aged 9 and up.
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    A Robot World

    By Clive Gifford
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    Clive Gifford
    In today's wired world, robots are everywhere, from movies, in space, computer games - maybe even walking among us. Aimed at readers aged 7 to 11, this is a look at the rise of robots: how they've developed over time, from early sketches to terrifying battlebots and factory operatives, to the latest AIs running free from their workshops. Presented chronologically, this robot history will focus on landmark robots that have captured the imagination, including creations from popular culture.
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  • Rainforest

    By Liz Gogerly, Rob Hunt, Oivind Hovland
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    Liz Gogerly, Rob Hunt
    Illustrated by:
    Oivind Hovland
    Prepare to take a chronological journey, from the first roots grown by newly evolved plants and trees, through blazing fires and climatic changes, to an explosion of flora and fauna as the rainforest blossoms with life. Travel right up to the modern-day, as humans arrive in the lush habitat, changing the rainforest and its inhabitants forever...Perfect for readers aged 7+ who want to find out more about how this huge biome develops, and the different animals that call it their home over millions of years.
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  • Romanticism

    By Susie Brooks
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    Susie Brooks
    Discover the art movements that shaped our world in this wonderfully visual series for children aged 9 and upBeginning as a 19th century literary movement, Romanticism was all about the drama, sensation, glory, imagination and the awesome (and awful) wonders of life! Stirred by changing times across Europe, Romantic art championed humanity and emotions and celebrated nature in all its forms. As an artistic movement, Romanticism declined from the 1850s but its influence lives on in the works of JMW Turner, John Constable, Goya and Eugène Delacroix. An accessible and in-depth guide to some of the most popular and significant art movements, Inside Art Movements explores their origins, evolution and legacy in today's world.
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    A Roller-coaster Ride Around The Body

    By Gabby Dawnay, Alex Barrow
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    Gabby Dawnay
    Illustrated by:
    Alex Barrow
    Jump on board and take a ride around the human body on our read-aloud, rollicking rollercoaster. Created by CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal nominees Gabby Dawnay and Alex Barrow, prepare to take your inquisitive youngster on a visually led, fast-paced rhythmic trip, from bones to muscles, feelings to sleep. This book is bursting with energy and fun - the perfect way to introduce your enthusiastic little one to a key school topic. Roller-coaster Ride Around the Body has been designed to promote learning through imagination and humour, building visual and auditory memory, in addition to stimulating questioning and enquiry skills. It is particularly suitable for reading together with pre-school children, individually and in groups, and as a starting point for physical-led expression.
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  • Refuse Collector

    By Rachel Blount
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    Rachel Blount
    Ever wondered about the people who keep our streets clean and take away our rubbish? What is it like to work as a refuse collector? In this book you will meet our refuse collector - Tex - and travel with him on his rubbish truck to see what he does at work every day. Find out about the different equipment and vehicles refuse collectors use, how they stay safe at work and what happens to our rubbish once it has been collected.The Here to Help series of books are for very young readers aged 5 and upwards. The books follow real professionals around their place of work to give a flavour of what it means to work in a particular job.
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  • Reptiles Have Scaly Skin

    By Sarah Ridley
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    Sarah Ridley
    This book explores what makes an animal a reptile - how their characteristics are different from other groups of animals. It shows many examples of different types of reptiles in their natural environment. The simple text, suitable for children aged 5+, is accompanied by large, attractive photographs. For children progressing through book bands it is suitable for reading at level 8: Purple.This book is part of the 'In the Animal Kingdom' series which explores the classification of animals. Why not look for them all: Amphibians Live on Land and Water; Birds Have Feathers; Fish Live in Water; Reptiles Have Scaly Skin; Invertebrates Have No Backbone; Mammals Have Hair.
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  • Rocks

    By Georgia Amson-Bradshaw
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    Georgia Amson-Bradshaw
    Science really rocks! If you're feeling ignorant about igneous, or muddled about metamorphic rocks, read this book. You'll soon recognise a slate from a sandstone, and understand all about fossil formation.This essential KS2 series for children aged 7 and up covers all the key science topics in energetic, quick-fire way, aiding clear comprehension by getting straight to the point! Each spread starts with a 'flash' or headline, summing-up succinctly the science information to follow. Attractive and light-hearted illustration visually conveys the information, adding depth and detail to engage children. Also includes fun jokes and cartoons to keep even the most reluctant readers entertained.
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  • Renaissance

    By Susie Brooks
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    Susie Brooks
    Discover the art movements that shaped our world The exciting time known as the Renaissance revolutionised art, as artists broke with the past to embrace new subjects, techniques and mediums. Painters and sculptors including Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo became famous across Europe, creating works as enduringly iconic as the Mona Lisa and David. For readers aged 9 and up, Inside Art Movements provides an accessible and in-depth guide to some of the most popular and significant art movements.
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  • Racing Cars

    By David West
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    David West
    Learn all about racing cars, from the first racers to the drag racers.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+.
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  • Return to the City of Ghosts

    By Julian Sedgwick
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    Julian Sedgwick
    'The thing about ghosts is sometimes we create our own. And sometimes they find us, no matter what we do.' The thrilling conclusion to the Ghosts of Shanghai by the award-winning author of the Mysterium trilogy, for fans of Philip Pullman, Susan Hill and Robin Stevens.Ruby is on a mission to rescue the boy she loves: Charlie has been swept away in the powerful waters of the River Yangtze. But the world she loves is now broken by danger and fear, and Ruby is lost and surrounded by ghosts. Can Ruby trust herself, and those around her, to find Charlie and return to Shanghai? Or has she ventured too deep into the realm of spirits?On an amazing journey down the Yangtze, crossing from one world to the other, Ruby must follow the 'red thread of destiny' to find Charlie and home, before she loses herself . . .
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  • Robots

    By Izzi Howell
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    Izzi Howell
    Take a look at how a robotic arm is designed, how engineers are devising examples that can be controlled by the human brain just like a real arm, and how the science of electronics allows the robot to interpret electrical signals and move in response. Find out about sensors, code and programming, explore fascinating robots from drones and space rovers to medical robots, and meet some of the world's most famous robots. Try activities such as designing your own rescue robot to squeeze into small spaces.Inject some fun into STEAM topics, with these lively examinations of buildings, robots, computers, vehicles, materials and space! This bright, colourful new series aims to inspire children aged 8 and up with a lifelong love of STEAM subjects.
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  • Rapunzel

    By Jasmine Brooke
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    Jasmine Brooke
    Help Rapunzel escape from her high tower using a zip wire and a bit of gravity or work out how science and technology can help Little Red Riding Hood fix that wolf once and for all! THis fun and quirky approach takes stories that young readers already know and love, but with the added twist of learning about STEM subjects along the way.For children aged 7+.
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  • Rocks and Fossils

    By Anna Claybourne
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    Anna Claybourne
    Rocks and fossils are brilliant things to study scientifically. They can tell us a huge amount of interesting information about our rocky planet - Earth. In Rocks and Fossils you'll delve into the science behind these marvels of the natural world by conducting ten investigations and experiments using the ATOM method - Ask, Test, Observe and Measure - to ensure you're working just like a professional scientist. Find out about the three main types of rock and what happens to rocks during a volcanic eruption and in processes like weathering and erosion. Discover how and why fossils form and how hard or soft some rocks can be! At the end of the book, scientific guidelines explain why scientists do things a certain way and the things they look out for or try to avoid. Science Skills Sorted are six topic books for children aged 8+ studying KS2 science. The ATOM method is designed to help readers work scientifically as they are taught to in the classroom, and each of the investigations is accompanied by explanatory text to uncover facts about the topic. A range of experiments in each book means that while some may need a little more equipment than others, there are plenty experiments that are cheap and accessible, using objects easily found in the classroom or at home.
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  • Ready Steady Rescue

    By Smriti Prasadam-Halls, Edward Eaves
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    Smriti Prasadam-Halls
    Illustrated by:
    Edward Eaves
    A bouncy rhythmic story, packed with noises to shout out loud - essential for young vehicle-lovers! Ed Eaves is the illustrator of the bestselling How to Grow a Dinosaur and has been nominated for the Red House Children's Book Award.We're at emergency control, to save and rescue is our goal.There are fires to fight, climbers to be rescued, baddies to be caught, broken-down cars...There's no time to waste! NEE-NAW, NEE-NAW off we go!No emergency is too big for these brave rescue vehicles - join in the action as they save the day!
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  • Rainforests

    By Jillian Powell
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    Jillian Powell
    What is a rainforest? Do you know the difference between a tropical rainforest and a temperate rainforest? Explore the amazing variety of plants and animals that call rainforests around the world home and find out how they are adapted to survive there. From giant trees and carnivorous plants to monkeys, birds, frogs and minibeasts. Discover why we need to protect these rich habitats from deforestation and why they are called the 'lungs of the world'.Part of the series Discover Through Craft. Six books that explore key curriculum topics using a mixture of activities, quizzes, facts and crafts. For children aged 7-9.
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    Robbers, Cops, Crime

    By Roy Apps
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    Roy Apps
    At the first sign of danger we call 999, but what did people do before the police force existed? Learn about the evolution of the service that protects us - from keeping invaders in order to the first bobbies on the beat and the latest crime-fighting scientific developments. Wayland have partnered with The National Archives to bring you this incredible photographic record of one of the most revered professions around: policing. Trace policing through history, beginning with the Romans. Then learn about Scotland's first organised police force, smuggling, poaching and street crime, the River police and the Industrial Revolution, the evolution of police vehicles, the world's most famous detective and the introduction of women to the service. Learn about all this and more in Bobbies, Cops and Crime: An Illustrated History of Policing!
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  • Roman

    By Nancy Dickmann
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    Nancy Dickmann
    This book takes a light-hearted look at the characters and creatures from the the Roman mythological stories. From daring heroes to scheming gods and goddesses and terrible monsters, there are exciting adventures, betrayals and incredible stories to read. The book is structured as a 'Who's Who' of the culture's myths and legends and has a gossipy, informal tone, allowing the characters' personalities to come through.The chapters begin with a spread featuring factfiles of two characters. Each of these has an "In His Own Words" section, where the character himself (or herself) gives fast facts such as parents, powers, crowning achievements, and "Not to be confused with...". This is followed by a myth re-relling, presented in a magazine-style, featuring the two characters. In total there are six spreads of fact files (12 characters total) and six different re-tellings.
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  • Red

    By Gabrielle Woolfitt
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    Gabrielle Woolfitt
    This photographic series looks at the colour red around the world, from colour in food, animals, nature, everyday objects, historical objects, in festivals and in habitats.Written by a science teacher, these books contain questions throughout to give children a chance to think about and discuss colours around them.
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  • Record-Breaking Buildings

    By Jon Richards, Ed Simkins
    Authors:
    Jon Richards, Ed Simkins
    From the tallest to the longest and from the busiest to the largest, this book looks at fantastic record-breaking buildings from all over the planet and beyond! It uses stunning icons, graphics and visualisations to show you how these structures have raised the bar in the construction industry.See which buildings have held the record for being the world's tallest over the last 100 years!Find out just how big a space station can be, and what's inside!Discover how fast the world's quickest roller coaster can travel!Learn about the staggering size of the world's biggest palaces!Read how ancient people built some of the greatest monuments on the planet!
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