By Alex Woolf
Did you know that the little white grains that sit in your salt cellar have an amazing story to tell? The simple condiment has caused wars to break out, empires to be conquered and black markets to flourish. This book describes the journey salt has taken, from prehistoric religious offerings to a staple seasoning.Other topics covered are the health aspects of salt, how it is produced, its chemical properties and how it is traded around the world. With bright illustrations and amazing photographs, this is an ideal leisure read, but also perfect for coursework and presentations for key stage 2 readers.
By Izzi Howell
Read all about Samuel Pepys and the diary he wrote 400 years ago. Find out about the important events he recorded, such as the Great Fire of London and the Great Plague, and why he was known as the 'father of modern navy'. A simple fun picture quiz helps readers to recall what they have read. A perfect one-stop-shop for help with homework assignments!
By Paul Harrison
Samuel Pepys is famous for the diary he wrote 400 years ago. The diary tells us about lots of important events such as the Great Fire of London and the Great Plague. Find out why people thought his diary was written in code, why Pepys was known as the 'father of the modern navy' and why he was arrested and sent to the Tower of London. Part of a series of books for 9-11-year-olds. Other titles in the series include: Florence Nightingale, Guy Fawkes, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Henry VIII, Mary Seacole and Queen Victoria.
By Rupert Matthews
The commander of the samurai raises his fan and waves it left, right and then straight ahead. A huge cheer goes up. The samurai charge toward their enemy. Learn all about what makes a great samurai in Fearless Warriors: Samurai. Discover the customs and traditions, the training and the stars of the most respected warriors of Japanese society.The series examines some of history's most fearless fighters. It looks at their training, weapons and fighting methods, as well as examining some of their most famous battles and fiercest warriors. Each title has sections focusing on aspects of their training, their battles or biographies of individual warriors. A useful timeline and a quiz to test your knowledge are at the back of each book. Ideal for readers aged 9 and up.
By Moira Butterfield
Each title of The Olympics examines the the Olympic Games from ancient times, then the revival of the 1890s through to today's multi-million pound business. From the history of the games to which events are included and why, and from scandals to record breakers, The Olympics puts the reader at the centre of the action with fact-packed text, dramatic full-colour photos, facts and statistics.
By Sarah Ridley
Everyone has memories of their school days. This book gives young children access to people's memories alongside photographs to help them build up a picture of the past. From nursery education to the transition to secondary school, young children can explore what has changed and what remains the same.The book is part of the 'Tell me what you remember' series, which explores changes in living memory through photographs and memories.
By Nicola Barber
School charts the development and changes in the education of all children over the Victorian Age. The book explores the different types of schools depending on class as well as the different subjects taught to boys and girls.. The text will chronicle the features and characteristics of the Victorian age to explore the effect of social and economic changes on the lives of the different social classes and genders.
By Izzi Howell
Find out about the school life in the past and compare with schools today. Discover how and what children were taught and how everything from uniforms to school dinners has changed. For children following Book Bands, it is suitable for children reading at band 8, purple.The Info Buzz series, for age 5+, helps children develop their knowledge and understanding of the world by covering a wide range of topics in a fun, colourful and interactive way. The books have a lively design, engaging text and photos, questions to get children thinking and talking and teaching notes. Each title is written in conjunction with a literacy consultant and features book band guidance and downloadable activity sheets online.
By Kevin Crossley-Holland, Kevin Crossley-Holland
Solveig has made it all the way from Norway to the glittering city of Constantinople, where her father is a member of the guard of Empress Zoe. Soon Solveig finds herself caught up in the conflict between the Viking guard and the Islamic people of nearby Sicily. In this world of competing religious beliefs, brutal violence and ruthless mercenaries, Solveig must face some terrible truths about her father and her fellow Vikings, and decide what she considers worth fighting for.
The Scribes from Alexandria
By Caroline Lawrence
A desperate quest begins in the port of Alexandria: site of the great lighthouse, the famous Library, and the tomb of Alexander the Great. Codes, riddles, anagrams and hieroglyphics lead the young detectives down the river Nile to pyramids and sphinxes, temples and tombs, crocodiles and hippos. But what lies at the end of the journey? Treasure? Or death?
By Sally Hewitt
Ways into History: Florence Nightingale tells the story of the famous nurse and her battle to make nursing a respected profession. It also looks at why we remember Florence Nightingale today. It includes a timeline of key events, buildings and inventions that changed holidays over the years at the back of the book.In the Ways into History series, original illustrations and simple text bring the past alive, while questions and activities encourage historical research and build up confidence and enthusiasm. The series encourages Key Stage 1 readers aged 5+ to begin to think like a historian and look for clues in descriptions and pictures that will help them answer questions about the past. The books include 'Talk About' sections that encourage readers to describe events or what people might have thought or felt at the time. Teaching and literacy notes help teachers and parents get the most out of the curriculum links in these books in a classroom or at home.
By Dereen Taylor
The 'Popcorn' series aims to develop children's knowledge and understanding of the world by covering a wide range of topics in a fun, colourful and interactive way. Each title has a lively design, engaging text and features an activity at the end of each book. The titles have been written in conjunction with a literacy consultant to ensure the text is completely appropriate for the age-range.
By Jane Bingham, Ruth Nason
Explore the history of Seaside Holidays from the emergence of British seaside resorts in the 19th century to the modern beach holidays of today, where people fly all around the globe. It considers why people went on holiday, how they got there and all the fun things they did there - from fairground rides to Punch and Judy. The simple text encourages children to think historically and compared holidays in the past with their experiences today.Start-Up History is a series of 6 titles looking at everyday objects and events from their historical perspective and encourages readers to ask questions about what they can see on the page and how that might relate to their own experiences building skills and historical vocabulary. Perfect introductory history texts for 5-7 KS1 readers.
The Second World War
By Izzi Howell
Read all about the Second World War, discover when it started and how it came to an eventual end. A simple fun picture quiz helps readers to recall what they have read.A perfect one-stop-shop for help with homework assignments!Broad-ranging appeal for nursery age through to Key Stage 2.
The Second World War 1939-45
By Pam Robson
This book is ideal for school project work or for those who want an 'at-a-glance' overview of the Second World War. Complete with descriptions of the key events of the war, it tracks the progress of the battles and investigates how peace was finally achieved.The timeline, glossary and clearly-headed spreads make it easy to refer to essential dates, facts and personalities. Maps, contemporary photography, paintings, posters and pictures of artefacts all help bring the topic to life.
By Ann Kramer
This book looks at the many ways in which secret operations helped defeat the enemy during the Second World War. Taking Part in the Second World War offers a history of the war told through the words of the people who took part. Author Ann Kramer skilfully weaves the threads together to build up a portrait of not only the events of the war, but also of those who served future generations so well.
The Secrets of Vesuvius
By Caroline Lawrence
It's the summer of AD 79 and Flavia Gemina and her friends, Jonathan, Nubia and Lupus, set sail for the Bay of Naples where they are going to stay with Flavia's uncle near Pompeii. Once they arrive, they are soon absorbed in a quest to solve a riddle that may lead to treasure. But then tragedy strikes: Mount Vesuvius erupts and the friends must flee for their lives!Not just a mystery - this is an absolutely thrilling action adventure that brings history to life!
By Roy Apps
This inspirational biography for children, written by award-winning author Roy Apps, follows the 'smash-hit' story of tennis star Serena Williams and her rise through the rankings to become multiple Grand Slam winner and Olympic gold medalist. Illustrated with colour artwork by Alessandro Valdrighi, including graphic novel-style panels, this book is perfect for sport-mad girls and boys with a reading age of 7, but will work perfectly well for older readers too. Printed on off-white paper using a reading font approved by the British Dyslexia Association, the Sporting Heroes series brings to life the skill, grit and determination needed to be a world-class sportsperson today. This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of booksto get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books kids can't put down.
By John Malam
Get ready for a prehistoric adventure! Our first stop is ancient Skara Brae: hidden beneath a sand dune for thousands of years, this Neolithic village lets us step back in time to discover how our ancestors lived. Britain is brimming with these long-abandoned settlements, and exploring them can tell us about the culture, society, technology and beliefs of their inhabitants. It's time to get out your magnifying glass and examine the real evidence that archaeologists have discovered, from top secret tunnels to the remnants of extravagant feasts!The ancient settlements discovered in present-day Britain are an incredible record of prehistoric life, giving us clues as to how our stone and bronze age ancestors would have lived. From stone huts to secret tunnels, we examine the evidence they have left behind. It's time to take a closer look at these ancient living places, examining how they were built, the materials used and the evidence of food, cooking, work and past-times. Learn about Skara Brae, Windmill Hill, Durrington Wall, Flag Fen, Carn Euny and many more ancient settlements that can be found across Britain and give evidence of the lives of prehistoric people. There are four titles in the Prehistoric Adventures series, looking at stone circles, ancient settlements, burial places and hill forts.
The Sewer Demon
By Caroline Lawrence, Helen Forte
At the end of book 17 of the Roman Mysteries, Caroline Lawrence introduced us to Threptus - a young beggar boy. In this fun and fabulous new series, Threptus starts work with his mentor - the soothsayer, Floridius - and together they must solve their first mystery...Can they rid a rich woman's house of the demon that haunts it in the dead of night? What is the true nature of the demon? And is it really a supernatural being?Threptus is a brave, funny and loveable hero and each story is a mini-mystery perfect for readers aged 7 up.