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 volcanic Eruptions in this book from Vesuvius to Krakatau.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.
By Kes Gray, Chris Mould
Poo is a forbiddenus wordus. Vesuvius, the Roman inventor, has been trying to solve the pongy problem for many years - with no luck. But one night he is struck by inspiration...This hilariously original story is full of visual humour and more poo than anyone can handle!
By Izzi Howell
Learn about volcanoes around the world and see how they are created. Discover what happens during a volcanic eruption and the deadly risks of getting too close. Find out about the role of volcanoes in the rock cycle and how they affect tourism, farming and renewable energy.Geographics is an engaging series with colourful infographics and photos used to illustrate universal geography topics such as volcanoes, rivers and earthquakes. It covers the geography curriculum at KS2 and is suitable for children aged 8 and up.
Vote for Me!
By Louise Spilsbury, Mike Gordon
Introduce children to the concept of politics and find out who's in charge across the world from presidents, prime ministers and dictators, to kings and queens.This book will look at different systems of leadership that exist globally, looking in particular at how democracies work and what voting and elections are.It looks at the seven main types of governments/ways of ruling - Anarchy; Dictatorship; Monarchy; Theocracy; Totalitarian; Republic; Democracy. It looks at the set-up of democratic governments, in particular the UK and US and what they do, for example making laws, funding armies, providing services and how they make these things happen and why we pay taxes.We talk about the different political ideologies that different governments have, such as capitalism and communism, and the spectrum of ideologies from the far left to the far right, including liberalism, socialism, conservatism and fascism - and in between. How do elections work? What types of elections are there, for example, local, state, for a leader, or national/general, how candidates are chosen, what voting systems are in place, such as PPR and FPP, who is entitled to vote and how votes are cast and counted. Finally, find out what it takes to become a leader and get people to vote for you. Learn how to get involved by joining school councils or running school elections.
The Variety of Life
By Nicola Davies, Lorna Scobie
Our planet is full of life! Did you know there are 400,000 species of beetle - but only eight species of bear? This stunning book explores the extraordinary diversity of the natural world and profiles some of its most surprising creatures.A glorious celebration of diversity within the Animal Kingdom by non-fiction specialist Nicola Davies, illustrated by rising star Lorna Scobie. There is something to delight on every page with fascinating facts about mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects. This exquisite book will encourage children to treasure the world's biodiversity and help to stop it slipping away.
Violence Against Women
By Emma Marriott
Go behind the headlines to explore the wider background of news stories that are making a major impact across the world. In Violence Against Women we ask why so many women across the world are victims of violence, from domestic abuse and rape to forced abortions, female genital mutilation and murder. Why does it happen, who are the perpetrators and what can be done to stop it happening?This book includes quotes from key figures, opinions from all sides of the argument and debate panels that invite readers aged 12+ to discuss the issues that shape our world. Other titles in the Behind the News series: Global Financial Crisis, Hostage Takers, Race and Crime, School Shootings and Uprising in the Middle East
The Violin Man
By Colin Thompson, Colin Thompson
For as long as anyone can remember, Oscar has played his violin outside the theatre. Every night, as the people queue for their tickets, Oscar fills the air with his music and the echo of his lost dreams. In the old days, his daughter, Marietta, had been there as well, dancing. For just as Oscar dreams of being a famous violinist, it was Marietta's dream to be a famous ballet dancer. But Marietta became ill and now Oscar plays alone. Some nights, though, he catches sight of Marietta's ghost, dancing under the street light.One night, Oscar's dream comes true and he is invited to play in the theatre in front of an audience. They are swept away by his music and his skill. But under the glare of the spotlight, Oscar can't see Marietta dancing. He decides to play only outside on the pavement, where he and Marietta can perform together. 'Don't worry,' he says. 'I won't leave you again.'
Volcanoes and Earthquakes
By Susie Brooks
Packed to the gills with far-out facts and fascinating information, the Where on Earth? series makes standard geography topics lively, fun, pacey and interesting. The Where on Earth? Book of Volcanoes and Earthquakes answers questions such as why does the earth have plates? How can you measure an earthquake? And what are volcanic hotspots? Along with many others. It looks at plate boundaries, seismic waves, tsunamis, volcanic ash, magma chambers, and much, much more. Crammed full of explosive happenings and, literally, earth-crunching events, geography has never been so exciting! If you've enjoyed learning all about earthquakes and volcanoes, why not try reading up on coastlines, rivers and rainforests, in other books in the series?
Vincent van Gogh
By Iain Zaczek
This title looks at the life and works of Vincent van Gogh, including an examination of paintings such as Sunflowers, Starry Night, The Artist's Bedroom in Arles, The Night Café, The Potato Eaters, Portrait of Père Tanguy and Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear. It looks at the techniques and colour palette that van Gogh used in these works, encouraging readers to look more closely at the interesting elements of each painting. It also includes a timeline of his life, information on museums and galleries where his work is currently displayed and a chance for readers to use what they have learned to make their own painting in the style of Vincent van Gogh.
By Adam Sutherland
From a single record shop to space travel - the Virgin Group has become a vast multinational empire. With more than 400 companies worldwide the Virgin Group has recorded revenues of £15 billion! How did Virgin build such a hugely successful global brand? Discover how Virgin have built up from one magazine to become one of the most diverse companies in the world today. Learn about the brains behind the iconic brand, including the founder and Chairman Sir Richard Branson, explore key business concepts in a straightforward way and develop a product ideas for your very own Virgin brand.The Big Business series is ideal for young budding entrepreneurs with an eye for opportunity! A brilliant read for readers aged 9+ keen to find out how the business behind the brand works.
By Jen Green
Full of hands-on activities to help you learn all about map skills whilst also learning about the features of a village. This book will show you what a bird's eye map is by looking at aerial photos of villages; how village landmarks, such as churches and village greens can be shown as symbols; how to measure scale and distance on a walk around a village; what map plans are using a village shop and a farmers' market, as examples; how compass points show you how to find directions around a stable yard; how to follow pathways, roads and bridleways on a country walk; how to use grid references by looking at a village green; what contour lines are by looking at a country valley; looking at landuse by showing farming land; and looking at transport maps showing routes between different villages.Illustrations by Sarah Horne in an amusing and lively style are combined with photographs to really capture a child's attention helping them to learn these important map skills.
Visitors from Space
By Katie Dicker
Have people really been abducted by aliens and have there been any real sightings of flying saucers? Delve into the world of the unexplained and the real (or not so real) claims of alien encounters.Real (and possibly not so real) unexplained events are examined in the four books in this series. Strange disappearances, alien visitors, mythical creatures, messages form beyond the grave and strange places steeped in mystery all make an appearance (or should that be disappearance?!) in these fun and informative books.
By Jillian Powell
Each book in this delightful, child-friendly series focuses on a different period in history, from Ancient Egypt right up to World War 2. Children will love learning about each era, and then following the simple instructions to make useful or interesting objects from that time. Age-appropriate and accessible, the books are jam-packed with great ideas and perfect for use at home or in the classroom. In Craft Box: Victorian Times, you can learn how to make a Penny Black stamp, a barrel organ, a silhouette portrait, a bellows camera, a spinning top, a Victorian police helmet, a Jubilee souvenir, a model of the Crystal Palace, a Victorian calling card, a terrarium, a candlestick telephone and a cornucopia!Fun facts on every spread give background information about the Victorian era and its people, from the engineers, explorers and inventors who are still famous today, to Queen Victoria herself.A Further Information spread suggests age-appropriate websites and books, so children can go away and learn more about the Victorians.A glossary explains any tricky words, and will help to further increase children's knowledge and understanding of the era.
By Chris Oxlade
All around us, our planet is changing. Some changes are sudden and dramatic; others are almost imperceptible and take years. Our Earth in Action looks at these changes - from climate change to erosion and human activity - in detail. Volcanoes examines different types of volcanoes and how they form as well as the impact they have on populations and countries.
Very Wonderful, Very Rare - Saving the most endangered wildlife on Earth
By Marilyn Baillie, Jonathan Baillie, Ellen Butcher
This spectacular book introduces children to some of the most endangered species on Earth, from the pygymy sloth to Attenborough's pitcher plant. It explores what scientists are doing to save species and what we can do to help, featuring wildlife that is critically endangered alongside species that have been brought back from the brink of extinction. Large, spectacular photos and engaging text by award winning authors Jonathan and Marilyn Baillie really capture a child's attention and show why our wonderful wildlife is worth saving. Produced in assoication with the IUCN.
By John Hawkins
Volcano disasters are terrible occurrences and a source of fear and fascination for many people. They are often devastating and can kill hundreds of people at a time. Many people have lost their lives over the years in aircraft crashes. Volcano Disasters first explores how and why a volcano erupts by explaining how the Earth's tectonic plates and what magma is made of. In our densely populated world volcanoes can be a major threat to human lives. This book explores some famous volcano disasters in detail, explaining how, why and when some of the world's biggest and most famous eruptions occurred. From the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajoekull in Iceland in 2010, whose eruption of hot ash grounded planes around the world, to possibly the most famous eruption of all time - Pompeii and more volcanoes in between - the factors that contributed to each of these disasters are examined in detail and make for compelling reading.Part of a series of 6 books, Catastrophe! uses historical reports, eyewitness accounts and expert opinions to explore incredible natural and man-made disasters.Suitable for KS2-3 these are excellent reference books for teachers and students.
Velociraptor and other Raptors and Small Carnivores
By David West
VELOCIRAPTOR, other raptors and small carnivores.Included in the twelve dinosaurs featured are some of the scariest carnivores that ever roamed Earth. These ferocious animals were considered the most intelligent of all dinosaurs. Discover how they could bring down prey ten times their size by hunting in packs and how some of these small feathered dinosaurs took to the air.Each title in the series, Dinosaurs! takes a close look at one particular type of dinosaur and reveals the facts about these incredible creatures.
By John Townsend
A Victorian Childhood
By Ruth Thomson
A Victorian Childhood offers a look at the lives of Victorian children in Britain, focusing on four key areas: at home, at work, at school and at play. Period illustrations, photgraphs and artefacts help the reader to build up a complete picture of what it was to be a child in Victorian times.
A Visit to the Seaside
By Louise Spilsbury
Ways into Geography: A Visit to the Seaside explores the different kinds of coastlines around the world, and looks at the jobs that people who live by the seaside do. It also looks at what activities we can do by the seaside and explains how we can all take care of our coastlines. Ways into Geography is an ideal introduction to geography. It combines simple text and colourful illustrations to teach basic geographical skills and build up confidence and enthusiasm.