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Dogs in Space: The Amazing True Story of Belka and Strelka

By Victoria Southgate, Iris Deppe
Authors:
Victoria Southgate
Illustrated by:
Iris Deppe
Meet Belka and Strelka, the two dogs who changed the face of space history and became international celebrities in the process!In 1960, two stray dogs were plucked from the streets of Moscow to become space pioneers. This quirky and delightful picture book tells the incredible true story of these heroic strays. Selected from a number of potential canine cosmonauts, Belka and Strelka are put through their paces on the ground, as they practice rocket simulations and wearing spacesuits, before being launched into outer space as the first ever living creatures to successfully orbit the Earth. Miraculously, the dogs survive the mission and upon their return embark on a tour of the USSR, clad in their carefully tailored jumpsuits - one red, one green - becoming international celebrities. As for their legacy, less than a year after their safe return the Soviet space programme felt confident enough to send the first human into space.
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Dino Duckling

By Alison Murray
Authors:
Alison Murray
A funny and touching celebration of difference, based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling.Dino Duckling can dive, swim and fish just like his duckling brothers and sisters. But when the time comes for the family to fly south for the winter, Dino Duckling finds he really is different ... Can this very special family find a way to stick together?Alison Murray's stylish adaptations of popular nursery rhymes and fables have been shortlisted twice for the prestigious Scottish Book Trust Children's Book Award. Look out for these other delightful retellings of classic rhymes and fables from Alison Murray: The Little Green HenApple Pie ABCHare and TortoiseHickory Dickory DogLittle MouseThe House That Zack BuiltOne, Two, That's My Shoe
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  • Dog

    By Pat Jacobs
    Authors:
    Pat Jacobs
    Whether they already own one, or beg for one each Christmas and birthday, children love pets, and Pet Pals: Dog is the perfect title for any canine-loving child out there. From where they sleep to what they eat, and how you can make them feel safe and at home, this book provides all the pet care advice you could possibly need. Learn how dogs communicate, the games they like to play and the treats they like to eat, as well as how to care for them.Adorable photos, and gentle, accessible text, makes this the perfect guide for all dog fans - whether they own a dog or not!
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    Dear Katie

    By Katie Thistleton
    Authors:
    Katie Thistleton
    'Katie's straightforward, warm wisdom will help young people everywhere!' - Matt Haig Real answers to real problems! Advice on life's tough stuff from children's TV and radio presenter Katie Thistleton.Growing up is hard. This book makes it a little bit easier. Exploring the sometimes challenging issues everyone faces as part of growing up, Katie will answer questions from real kids and teens with real issues. From falling outs with friends to disagreements with family, trouble at school to concerns about mental or physical health, Katie will cover every topic with thoughtful and emotionally sensitive advice that will resonate with readers. With additional guidance from TV and radio doctor Radha Modgil, as well as psychotherapist Sally Angel, this book is full of advice and guidance to help kids through the difficult years of growing up."Beautifully fresh and honest. Covers everything from love to leggings." Rae Earl"This book is as warm, lovely and wise as Katie is." Holly Smale
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    Dot.Common Sense

    By Ben Hubbard, Beatriz Castro
    Authors:
    Ben Hubbard
    Illustrated by:
    Beatriz Castro
    A colourful fun guide for young children for keeping safe online.Join Olivia and Sam as they discover the wonders of the Internet but learn about how to be safe while they explore. They learn how to keep personal information private, all about viruses, how to be a good digital citizen and much more. At the end of every chapter the 'Awesome Internet' feature reminds us about all the great things you can do on the Internet, too.Whether you want to use social media safely, use your smartphone or email without downloading something nasty or you're worried that you might be addicted to gaming or experiencing cyber bullying, this illustrated book is a great guide to what you might encounter online for children aged 7+.Topics include:Your Online Identity Keeping Personal Information Private Mobile Devices Emails and Viruses Social Media Cyber Chatting Posting Photos Websites Dangerous Downloads Gaming Online Etiquette Cyber Bullying
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  • Drawing

    By Kate Rochester
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    Kate Rochester
    Learn how to draw from scratch and create amazing artworks! Simple tips, tricks and step-by-step instructions show you how to work with different subjects like faces, landscapes and still life, plus introduce you to key concepts like composition, perspective and movement. Each project will introduce a new technique for you to practise and includes a variation to try once you've mastered the skill. The Get Into series is designed to get kids excited about being creative. Fun, easy to follow and with colourful illustrations and photography, each book is a comprehensive introduction to a popular hobby. Other titles available: Sewing, Gardening, Baking, Knitting, Photography.
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  • David Attenborough

    By Sonya Newland
    Authors:
    Sonya Newland
    Find out how David Attenborough became the face of natural history. Named the greatest broadcaster of our time, this book spans his entire career, exploring his broadcasting and wildlife film making as well as his prestigious career within the BBC as a whole, and his other inspiring efforts towards environmental causes today.The series focuses on the people who inspire children today. Each book in the Inspirational Lives series looks at the background, life and achievements of a personality, their impact on popular culture as well as detailing the everyday facets of their job and how they have gained such success.
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  • Dentist

    By Rachel Blount
    Authors:
    Rachel Blount
    When was the last time you visited your dentist? Perhaps one day you might like to become a dentist too? In this book you will meet our dentist, Paul - and his team - and see what he does at work every day. FInd out about the special tools he uses and the surgery he works in.Here to Help is a brilliant introductory series books for very young readers (aged 5 and up) that follow real professionals around their place of work to give a flavour of what it means to work in a particular job. Additional question boxes encourage the reader relate the information they are reading to their own experiences. Each book concludes with some advice on the type of person suitable for each job and the education and training you will need to qualify. Specially commissioned photographs of real professionals ensure the books are accurate and a true representation of what it is like to work in a range of public-facing jobs.
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  • Dinosaurs

    By Deborah Chancellor
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    Deborah Chancellor
    Explore the amazing world of the dinosaurs, from peaceful plant-eaters to fierce meat-eaters. Discover the facts and Share the learning in these fun books.A series of differentiated text books on topics that children really want to read about. The lower level text is ideal for emerging readers and the higher level text will suit more able readers. The large, square format encourages sharing, and spectacular photos are featured on every page. Perfect for readers aged 4 and up.
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  • Down on the Farm

    By Pat-a-Cake, Lauren Holowaty, Kathryn Selbert
    Authors:
    Pat-a-Cake, Lauren Holowaty
    Illustrated by:
    Kathryn Selbert
    This brilliant book is full of exciting farmyard scenes and activities. The big ready-cut stickers are easy for little fingers to find, peel off and stick, putting an end to the frustration of fiddly stickers that are tricky to remove and easy to tear. From farmyards and fields, to cute animal families and busy farm machines, there is plenty to spot, talk about and do inside. Words and sounds that match the scenes help build vocabulary and a huge, fold-out picture to decorate will keep little ones entertained for hours. Also available: Big Stickers for Tiny Hands: Things That Go
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  • Develop Helpful Apps

    By Heather Lyons, Dan Crisp, Alex Westgate
    Authors:
    Heather Lyons
    Illustrated by:
    Dan Crisp, Alex Westgate
    This book will help budding young programmers discover their own creativity. Learn how to develop apps that make the world a better place, plan out the code needed to build them, then hop online to try out your new skills on the companion website. Let's get coding!Kids Get Coding is a fantastic, hands-on resource for anyone looking to get started with coding. The eight books cover key areas of the KS1 computing curriculum with simple text. Each title contains practical on- and off-line activities that are easy to follow and fun to try on your own or with friends. Guiding young coders through each title is Data Duck - a computer-programming mastermind here to help with hints and tips!The Kids Get Coding series is written by Heather Lyons and Elizabeth Tweedale of blue{shift} - a company dedicated to teaching children to become active creators of technology.Other titles in the Kids Get Coding series:Algorithms and BugsLearn to ProgramOur Digital WorldStaying Safe OnlineGames and AnimationCoding in the Real WorldCreate, Watch and Send
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  • Doctor

    By Hannah Phillips
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    Hannah Phillips
    When was the last time you visited your doctor? Perhaps one day you might like to become a doctor too? In this book you will meet Doctor Mani - and his team - and see what he does at work every day. FInd out about the special tools he uses and the surgery he works in.Brilliant introductory books for very young readers that follow real professionals around their place of work to give a flavour of what it means to work in a particular job. Perfect for readers aged 5 and up.
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  • Dance

    By Rita Storey
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    Rita Storey
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  • Dictatorship

    By Sean Connolly
    Authors:
    Sean Connolly
    Dictatorship reveals the inner working of this type of government, setting it in the context of history and relating it to today's current affairs. Readers will learn how a dictatorship functions internally and within the wider world community. They will also encounter some of the dilemmas, contradictions and compromises that seem to be an essential part of even the most idealistic political systems. Part of the Systems of Government series, these books feature fact boxes, timelines and carefully chosen images that complement informative text that is packed with case studies and first-hand accounts. Voting Booth panels invite readers to consider thorny issues, both historical and current, and to form their own opinions. Perfect for readers aged 12 and up.
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  • Denmark

    By Clive Gifford
    Authors:
    Clive Gifford
    Grab your suitcase and prepare to explore Denmark: its major cities, culture, way of life, food, language, and history. Find out about Danish fashion, music, popular culture and sport, as well as quirky facts and bite-sized information on Denmark's customs and everyday life.
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  • Deserts

    By Louise Spilsbury, Richard Spilsbury
    Authors:
    Louise Spilsbury, Richard Spilsbury
    Supporting the geography curriculum for KS2, this beautiful book gives readers core information about desert biomes - where they are found and what their geography is like, the special adaptations of the vegetation and animals, how people live in these regions and how human influences on the environment have ramifications for the future.
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  • Democracy

    By Sean Connolly
    Authors:
    Sean Connolly
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    The Dalai Lama

    By Cath Senker
    Authors:
    Cath Senker
    In 1937, a vision led the high lamas of Tibet to an old house in the mountains, with a turquoise roof. Here lived 2-year-old Lhamo Dhondrub, who would go on to become the 14th Dalai Lama. But how did this toddler grow into one of the world's most important religious figures? And why has he been forced into exile?The Dalai Lama looks at his extraordinary story, from his education by monks, deep in the Tibetan mountains, to how he became leader of Tibet aged just 15. The Chinese invasion of Tibet, that forced him to flee his homeland, and begin a new life and government in exile in India, is explained, as is the plight of ordinary Tibetans. The Buddhist faith, and exactly what it means to be a Buddhist, is explored, as is the role it plays in the lives of people around the world. The book also looks at the Dalai Lama's work as a teacher and a leader, and at some of the issues he campaigns for - particularly his environmental activism, and his work to promote religious cooperation and interfaith dialogue.
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    Doing It

    By Hannah Witton
    Authors:
    Hannah Witton
    Book of the Year at the Summer in the City Awards 2017Sexting. Virginity. Consent. The Big O ... Let's face it, doing it can be tricksy. I don't know anyone (including myself) who has sex all figured out. So I've written a book full of honest, hilarious (and sometimes awkward) anecdotes, confessions and revelations. And because none of us have all the answers, I've invited some friends and fellow YouTubers to talk about their sexuality, too. My book is for everyone, no matter what gender you identify as or who you fancy.We talk about doing it safely. Doing it joyfully. Doing it when you're ready. Not doing it. Basically, doing it the way you want, when you want. So. Let's do this ...-------Doing It candidly and openly explores topics like masturbation, slut-shaming, pornography and consent, as well as how to maintain healthy relationships in a digital age.
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  • David Attenborough

    By Sarah Ridley
    Authors:
    Sarah Ridley
    David Attenborough tells the story of this colourful scientific figure - covering his origins as the son of a Cambridge don through his work in natural history and broadcasting, his famous educational documentaries and his enduring scientific and popular legacy today.Super Scientists are first biographies introducing some of the world's great scientists, simply retelling their lives and explaining why their work was vital. Illustrated with archive images and photographs, the chronology of each lifetime is emphasised by a timeline that runs through the book.
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