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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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  • Racism

    By Jane Lacey, Venitia Dean
    Authors:
    Jane Lacey
    Illustrated by:
    Venitia Dean
    This book helps young children find out about and understand racism. It features seven case studies from children who have a range of problems from a girl who is being left out because she is Muslim to the new boy in school from another country who is struggling to fit in. Readers are taught to stand up for what is right in a safe way and become comfortable discussing this serious issue with others. Practical advice is provided in a way that readers of all ages can understand and put into practice. The end of the book features a short playscript to act out and discuss. The book has engaging illustrations throughout.In this series case studies combine with sensible, practical advice to help children find out what to do in difficult situations. Titles include Bullying, My Parent's Divorce, My Stepfamily, When People Die and Our New Baby.
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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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  • Rocks and Fossils

    By Peter Riley
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    Peter Riley
    Have you ever looked at the objects inside a curiosity box? What did you see and what did they feel like? Did you recognise some of them or were there things in there that you'd never seen before? Books that take the magical charm of collecting curiosities, joined together with the science behind some of the wonders of the natural world. Children will be inspired to take a closer look at objects and the world around them and begin to question how and why nature designs things in certain ways.Rocks and Fossils focuses on the different types of rocks found on Earth and their different properties, such as granite, slate and sandstone. It looks at how rocks form deep inside the Earth and how important volcanoes are. Fossils are also revealed, including trace fossils, such as dinosaur footprints, and how fossils such as ammonites are formed.Books that are brimming with science and that encourage KS1 pupils to engage with core science and nature topics, while developing other key skills in thinking and reasoning in an utterly absorbing and charming way.
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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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  • The Romans

    By Izzi Howell
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    Izzi Howell
    Which genius ideas and inventions began with the Romans? What did they develop that we use to this day? Find out how the Romans trained their soldiers, built their roads and buildings, and supplied their people with food and water. Discover their brilliant developments in language, government, law and entertainment that have influenced the way we live today.
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  • Roman Britain

    By Moira Butterfield
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    Moira Butterfield
    What's the first Roman object you can think of? Hadrian's Wall? Did you know that thousands more stone, metal, pottery, and wooden objects have been found from this time in human history? All of these objects can tell us a lot about the Romans. We know about the animals they farmed, the the tools and weapons they used and we know about their everyday life and culture from the remains of the homes they lived in. All over Britain, Roman artefacts have been Found!. Uncover the stories of thirteen incredible finds, what they can tell us about life back then and how they might relate to your life today.Found! is a series of six books that span British archaeological finds from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, Roman Britain, the Viking Age and the Anglo Saxons. Ideal for readers aged 9+ studying history topics at Key Stage 2.
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  • Rivers and Coasts

    By Izzi Howell
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    Izzi Howell
    Learn about rivers and coasts and how water shapes the landscapes in different ways. Follow rivers from their source to the sea and explore coasts around the world. Find out how erosion creates stunning waterfalls and see how water affects our lives, from tourism and industry to the risks of flooding.Geographics is an engaging series with colourful infographics and photos used to illustrate universal geography topics such as volcanoes, rivers and earthquakes. Perfect for the geography curriculum at KS2 the series is suitable for children aged 8 and up.
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  • Racism

    By Anita Ganeri, Ximena Jeria
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    Anita Ganeri
    Illustrated by:
    Ximena Jeria
    Racism is a very hard concept for children to understand, so it is important children learn about respect and equality and how to deal with discrimination, should they encounter it. 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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  • 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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  • Reptiles

    By David West
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    David West
    Introduces children to the anatomy of animals with cutaway illustrationsDiscover all sorts of fun facts about reptiles including what a turtle looks like inside, how a chameleon uses its tongue and where a snake's venom is kept! Perfect for any curious 6-8 year old or budding scientist.
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  • Roots and Shoots

    By Judith Heneghan
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    Judith Heneghan
    This non-fiction storybook for children aged 5+ introduces the natural world and explains concepts such as germination and fertilization through a lyrical narrative. It looks at an amazing array of flowers and plants from all around the world and the many ways roots and shoots seek out water and anchor the plant.
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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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  • Rainforests

    By Clare Hibbert
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    Clare Hibbert
    Wander through wild rainforests and discover facts about who and what lives there, then become a word wizard and dazzle everyone with your newfound knowledge.Write On is a high interest information series with a difference, designed to help the newly independent reader become a confident writer. Eye-catching photos and accessible text help build knowledge and the varied design includes easy to digest bullet points of information. Top writing tips and 'wow' words will inspire writing project ideas and improve literacy skills. The Writing school section at the back of the book helps transform the factual information in a variety of ways from comic strips to blogs. The books will be a perfect literacy aid for 8-11 year olds.
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  • Remembrance Day

    By Izzi Howell
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    Izzi Howell
    Why Do We Remember?: Remembrance Day explores how and why on this day we commemorate those who died in wars, from the First World War right up to modern day conflicts. Poppies, memorials and Remembrance Day parades are all also looked at.This simple, friendly children's first history series, aimed at readers aged 5 and up, takes a close look at some key events and personalities through history and reveals how and why they are still important to us today. A perfect support to learning about history at Key Stage 1, each book uses a rich variety of historical sources, from diaries to paintings, to bring events to life, while simple historical vocabulary is introduced and explained. Each book also features a simple timeline and explores how we find about the past. All text has been carefully checked by a historian.
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  • Racism and Intolerance

    By Louise Spilsbury, Hanane Kai
    Authors:
    Louise Spilsbury
    Illustrated by:
    Hanane Kai
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  • Robots and Aliens

    By Annalees Lim
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    Annalees Lim
    Join this crafty adventure in design where you can create all the things you need for a fantastic out-of-this-world party! Brimming full of ideas for crazy costumes, glorious games and delightful decorations plus perfect party food, this series ensures you'll host the perfect party, fill a rainy day, or help you create designs that last happy ever crafter. There are over 20 different craft activities in each book using a range of recyclable and easy to source materials. Bright and buzzing illustrations support the step-by-step instructions, plus there are fun facts and joyful jokes to boot. Perfect for all budding craft makers, but especially suited to the 7-9 age group.
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