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When Planet Earth Was New

By James Gladstone
Authors:
James Gladstone
An engaging exploration of Earth's evolution, spanning from its uninhabitable beginnings to the birth of life, and on to the present day.Imagine... Before humans. Before mammals and dinosaurs. Before insects, plants, and even bacteria: What was it like on Earth?When Planet Earth Was New transports readers billions of years into the past-when ours was a hot, lifeless world-and takes us on a grand tour of Earth through time. It's a breathtaking journey, full of surprises: From our planet's boiling beginnings to its millions of years of rain. From the tiny creatures who created oxygen to the giant beasts who breathed it. From then to now. Come and explore what our world was like When Planet Earth Was New.
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  • With Everyday Things

    By Susie Brooks
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    Susie Brooks
    Let's Make Art With Everyday Things shows you how to use object found lying around, from cardboard and coins to leaves and vegetables, to make ice-cream bunting, forky faces, pasta prints, a soapy solar system, leafy insects and much, much more. Techniques include printing, collage, making rubbings and paint-scraping - used in ingenious ways for fantastic results!A collection of fun, simple, inexpensive craft projects, ideal for time-poor parents and budget-challenged schools, promoting reuse and recycling. Beautifully designed, the book is clearly and appealingly illustrated with step-by-step instructions and engaging artwork. Each activity is straightforward and achievable, and as such is therapeutic for stressed or anxious children, allowing them to make things by themselves, and to have confidence in their own abilities. Other titles in the series include Let's Make Art By Printing and Stamping, Let's Make Art with Hands and Feet and Let's Make Art with Scrap Paper, so there's a whole load of upcycling fun to be had!
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  • Weapons and Warfare

    By Jon Richards
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    Jon Richards
    Have you ever wondered how guns and bullet proof jackets were invented? From spears and arrows to experiments with rocket and lasers, from chain mail to kevlar and ceramic plates, It'll Never Work: Weapons and Warfare explores the history and development of weaponry, the successes and failures that have led to the weapons of modern warfare that we know today.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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  • With Scrap Paper

    By Susie Brooks
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    Susie Brooks
    Let's Make Art With Scrap Paper shows you how to weave paper into skyscrapers, make shaggy dogs from old newspaper, create a mosaic smiley snail, assemble an elephant-shaped bookmark from cardboard and old magazines and much, much more. Techniques include drawing, painting, printing, collage, making rubbings and paint-scraping - used in ingenious ways for fantastic results!A collection of fun, simple, inexpensive craft projects, ideal for time-poor parents and budget-challenged schools, promoting reuse and recycling. Beautifully designed, the book is clearly and appealingly illustrated with step-by-step instructions and engaging artwork. Each activity is straightforward and achievable, and as such allows stressed or anxious children to 'make it happy', building confidence in their own abilities. Other titles in the series include Let's Make Art By Printing and Stamping, Let's Make Art with Everyday Things and Let's Make Art with Hands and Feet, so there's a whole load of upcycling fun to be had!
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  • Warships

    By Tim Cooke
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    Tim Cooke
    From wooden Greek galleys to vast battleships bristling with huge guns, warships have provided vital defense for nations around the globe. Throughout history, warships have become faster, stronger - and ever more deadly. This book follows the history of warships from the iron-clad vessels used in the American Civil War to today's gigantic aircraft carriers that can accommodate for over 60 fighter jets.
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  • Warriors and Weapons

    By Moira Butterfield
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    Moira Butterfield
    The lives of the ancient Britons were dramatically different from the lives we lead today. There were no large cities, no written languages and for much of the Iron Age there wasn't even any money. Yet the Iron Age Celts were nothing if not creative and skilled artists, farmers, warriors, traders and craftsmen. Incredible artefacts dug from fields, rivers and graves each tell us something about how they lived their lives, their beliefs and gods they worshipped, and how they fought and died. Discover the Celts and the Iron Age is a classic history topic book that takes a look at aspects of life in Iron Age Britain through the objects they left behind. In Warriors and Weapons, discover why tribes had to fight against each other and the invading Roman Army. Find out what Celtic warriors wore into battle; the weapons they made from bronze and iron; and why they had such a reputation as fearsome fighters.Aimed at readers aged 7+ studying KS2 history.
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  • Warriors, Exploration and Trade

    By John C. Miles
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    John C. Miles
    Vikings have a fearsome reputation as terrifying and brutal warriors, raiding other lands and killing without mercy. They were expert fighters, but also pioneers of seafaring exploration and they traded far and wide. Through artefacts and excavations, Discover the Vikings: Warriors, Exploration and Trade explores the Viking world by examining - among other things - longships that were designed especially for fighting, the places they travelled to in order to populate new lands or trade goods such as silver and slaves, and the gods they worshiped to give them victory in battle or ensure a glorious afterlife.The book also invites readers to use their own imaginations to think about what it would be like to live in Viking times. Would you have been brave enough to take part in a battle to capture an enemy town? Find out even more about the Vikings in Discover the Vikings: Everyday Life, Art and Culture. For readers aged 7+.
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    What is Race? Who are Racists? Why Does Skin Colour Matter? And Other Big Questions

    By Nikesh Shukla, Claire Heuchan
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    Nikesh Shukla, Claire Heuchan
    An important and timely book on race and racism, encouraging children to think for themselves about the issues involved.Talk about race is often discouraged, but this book aims to bring everyone into the conversation. It explores the history of race and society, giving context to how racist attitudes come into being. It looks at belonging and identity, the damaging effects of stereotyping and the benefits of positive representation. The authors talk sensitively about how to identify and challenge racism, and how to protect against and stop racist behaviour.Aimed at young people aged 10 and upwards.Part of the groundbreaking and important 'And Other Big Questions' series, which offers balanced and considered views on the big issues we face in the world we live in today.Other titles in the series include:What is Humanism? How do you live without a god?What is Feminism? Why do we need it?Who are Refugees and Migrants? What makes people leave their homes?What is Consent? Why is it important?What is Right and Wrong? Who Decides? Where Do Values Come From?
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  • William and Kate

    By Annabel Savery
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    Annabel Savery
    This book tells the story of Prince William's life concurrently with that of his now wife, Kate Middleton. It highlights their different backgrounds and concludes with their marriage and birth of their children. The book answers questions such as, How do you become a prince? and When might William become king?
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  • Wildlife Wonders

    By Anna Nilsen, Dave Smith
    Authors:
    Anna Nilsen
    Illustrated by:
    Dave Smith
    Dive into this exciting book full of amazing creatures all around the world and help save Mum from evil poachers by completing the puzzles.Puzzle Heroes is an interactive series of very fun, visually-led books containing an adventure or challenge on every page. There are plenty of search-and-find elements in the style of Where's Wally?, combined with topics of educational value, where fun facts help with the challenges. This gives plenty of opportunity to use the book as an extra learning tool - but ultimately the quests are fantastic fun, engrossing readers to the extent that they won't realise they are learning.
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    The World of the Whale

    By Smriti Prasadam-Halls, Jonathan Woodward
    Authors:
    Smriti Prasadam-Halls
    Illustrated by:
    Jonathan Woodward
    Dive into the underwater world of whales and dolphins in this entrancing illustrated guide. Graceful and serene, intelligent and social, the whale is a wonder of the deep blue sea. And yet, whales rely on air to breathe - they are mammals, just like us.With breathtaking text, Smriti Prasadam-Halls explores the migrations, songs and family life of these mysterious creatures, and reveals the dangers they face from plastic, pollution and hunting. Wildlife illustrator Jonathan Woodward brings the marine world to life with stunning papercut collage artwork. An astonishing follow-up to the English 4-11 Award-winning book The Ways of the Wolf, which is also shortlisted for the SLA Award.'The expressive writing and the colourful, original artwork depict the lives of whales perfectly. Perceptively illustrating their strong social nature and intelligence, this beautiful book also explores the dangers faced by these incredible creatures and the need for us to work together to protect them.' - Whale & Dolphin Conservation
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  • What Is Fake News?

    By Izzi Howell
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    Izzi Howell
    The term 'fake news' may be relatively new, but the idea of presenting false information as a legitimate news story in an attempt to influence public opinion certainly isn't. Aimed at young tweens and teens, this is a clear, factual and accessible explaination of what fake news is and what motivates people to create it. The book looks at the various ways in which people receive information and the risks of being manipulated by half-truths, rumours or lies. It considers what motivates those who create and disseminate fake news and aks what societies and individuals can do to spot and stop fake news.
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    What is Right and Wrong? Who Decides? Where Do Values Come From? And Other Big Questions

    By Michael Rosen, Annemarie Young
    Authors:
    Michael Rosen, Annemarie Young
    Every day we make decisions that are underpinned by our ideas of what is right and wrong. But where do these ideas come from? Where do our values come from and who decides which values are used in a society? This book is a highly topical look at how our decisions about what is right and wrong play out on an indvidual, local, national and global scale. It examines topics that are strongly connected to the values people hold and their ideas of right and wrong, such as democracy, justice, fairness, prejudice and discrimination, education, climate change and war. There are contributions from Laura Bates, Richard Rieser, Tulip Siddiq and Alex Wheatle, who, along with the authors, discuss how their ideas of what is right and wrong have been shaped by their life experiences. Readers are encouraged to think for themselves about the issues discussed and decide which values are important to them.
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  • Woolly Mammoth

    By Gary Jeffrey
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    Gary Jeffrey
    Learn all about wolly mamoths. They were prey to predators of all kinds including the most deadly - humans! Read what happened to one young Mammuthus in this exciting story from the prehistoric past.In the series Graphic Prehistoric Animals, each of the four books centres on an animal from the age of mammals and tells an exciting, fast-paced story full of action and colour. Illustrated in a comic book style these books are an irresistible source of information for readers aged 8 and up, who are fascinated with our long dead megafauna.
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  • Wild Animals

    By Pat-a-Cake, Lauren Holowaty, Maria Neradova
    Authors:
    Pat-a-Cake, Lauren Holowaty
    Illustrated by:
    Maria Neradova
    This is a great book for all children who love to create amazing pictures. It's crammed with different scenes to decorate, from woodland to desert, to a huge fold-out underwater scene - there are plenty of places for wild animals of every kind to feel at home. Simple activities like matching and spotting games as well as well as lots of colouring add to the fun.Frustration-free, big stickers with special arrows that show the easiest way to peel off the stickers will be very popular with little ones.Also available: Big Stickers for Tiny Hands: Things That Go, Farm, Out and About
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    Women in Sport

    By Rachel Ignotofsky
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    Rachel Ignotofsky
    Women in Sport celebrates the success of the tough, bold and fearless women who paved the way for today's athletes. The sportswomen featured include well-known figures like tennis player Serena Williams and broadcaster Clare Balding, as well as lesser-known pioneers like Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel, and Keiko Fukuda, the highest-ranked female judoka in history. From the creator of the bestselling Women in Science, this richly illustrated book highlights the achievements and stories of fifty notable sportswomen from the 1800s to today, including trailblazers, Olympians and record-breakers in more than forty sports. It also contains infographics on topics such as muscle anatomy, pay and media statistics for female athletes, and influential women's teams.
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  • Who is Donald Trump?

    By Julia Adams
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    Julia Adams
    On 8 November 2016, some 130 million people in the USA cast their vote to decide who should become their next President. The candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, had fought a campaign that had divided their country more than any previous election. The resulting Trump presidency would not only affect the citizens of the USA, but billions of people around the world. Aimed at young tweens and teens, this book gives readers a balanced and accessible account of Donald Trump's campaign for the presidency and his uncompromising and highly controversial policies and behaviour as President.
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  • What is Brexit?

    By Claire Leclerc
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    Claire Leclerc
    On 23 June 2016, Britain voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. Over the next few years this decision will make a difference to everyone living in Britain. The arguments about whether to stay in or leave the EU were very heated, and while many people celebrated the result of the referendum, others were left upset and fearful for the future. Aimed at young tweens and teens, this book looks at the key topics and arguments surrounding Brexit and considers the facts, implications and possible outcomes of Britain's withdrawl from the EU in a balanced and unbiased way.
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  • The Water Cycle

    By Georgia Amson-Bradshaw
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    Georgia Amson-Bradshaw
    Learn all about the water cycle, the amazing process that keeps water moving around our planet. Discover how water evaporates from the ocean, gathers as clouds in the sky and falls as rain. Read about the different water stores that exist around the globe, and how important the water cycle is to human life.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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  • A Walk From Our Seaside School

    By Deborah Chancellor
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    Deborah Chancellor
    A group of friends from Carlton Hill Primary School in Brighton, East Sussex are going on a walk. The children have planned their walk carefully and have a list of questions they want to answer about their local area. We then follow them as they explore their local area and answer their questions. This book is part of 'A walk from' series which explores different geographical environments using maps and photos. It helps young children understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom. The books feature key physical and human geographical vocabulary and skills such as compass directions, map reading and recognising landmarks and features. Perfect for readers aged 7 and up.
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