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100 Steps for Science

For many children, science requires very little packaging to make it attractive and compelling. The urge to know why, and how, and when means that science scratches the unending itch of young and enquiring minds. Capitalising on such natural curiosity and wonder, this book serves as a junior history of science, as well as a…

A Bridge of Children’s Books

Jella Lepman begins her story immediately after the end of World War II, when she was asked to return to her native Germany, from where she had fled to England, to become an ‘advisor on the cultural and educational needs of women and children in the American zone’. She set about interpreting this role in…

A World of Information

This is a miscellany of the very best kind. Readers will be hooked by facts as varied as differing kinds of knots, different kinds of print, the periodic table of the elements, neap and spring tides, the organs of the body and a whole host of other information. At no point does the trivia seem…

Above and Below

Perfect for nature lovers, this lift-the-flap book gives a summary of many ecosystems on our planet presented alongside luscious illustrations of flora and fauna. From the rainforest to the savannah, we get an A-Z of natural habitats. We are presented a generalised list of the creatures and plants that occupy these areas, as well as…

All Around the World: Sports and Games

In Cosneau’s original All Around the World, readers were offered 8 panoramas of environments from around the globe and encouraged to complete them using stickers of accompanying animals. In this follow-up, the mega-sized scenes are focused on various sports and games settings, including the adventure playground, the water park, the circus, the sports stadium, the…

All Kinds of Cars

Carl Johanson is a Swedish illustrator who lives and works in Bretagne, France, and this beautiful book was first published in Frenchunder the title Le Catalogue des Voitures. It certainly does resemble a catalogue – the vehicles presented within are broken down into sections of farm vehicles, airport vehicles, emergency vehicles, etc. – but instead…

Alpha, Bravo, Charlie: The Complete List of Nautical Codes

Pirates used to raise the skull and crossbones to send a message to unfortunate crews who found themselves within their range of fire: prepare to be attacked. The jolly roger no longer strikes fear into sailors’ hearts today (modern pirates aren’t that obvious), but there is another system of nautical flags that has been in…

ALPHAMALS A – Z

This incredibly detailed book was a delight to read and enjoy from cover to cover. The slightly abstract imagery introduces a great range of animals to the reader. Some of these animals are familiar while some new, more exotic beings are also featured. There is also a good alternation between male and female animal ‘characters’,…

Amazing Animal Babies

This publication is born into a world full of books about animals. However, it has a huge advantage over other publications in that it is firmly aimed at very young children. It starts at their level of awareness and brings the reader on an expedition around the world to observe young animals in their habitats.…

Amazing World Atlas: Bringing the World to Life

If you are expecting just a volume of maps as the title might suggest, your expectations will be exceeded. The rest of the title gives a more accurate description of what to expect. This is an ambitious and engaging armchair guide to the world. Following on from the introductory section  (planet earth, time zones, climate,…

An tEolaí Óg: Sa Ghairdín

Is é an tEarrach an t-am is fearr le bheith ag siobáil thart amuigh faoin aer; bíonn síneadh sa tráthnóna, agus bíonn rath agus bláth faoi phlandaí, faoi fheithidí agus faoi ainmhithe. Bíonn neart le feiceáil, le foghlaim agus le hiniúchadh sa ghairdín agus sna páirceanna, ach má tá easpa saineolais faoin dúlra ina bac…

An tEolaí Óg: Spraoi le hUisce

Tá an samhradh buailte linn, tá geataí na scoile dúnta agus tá sé ag stealladh báistí taobh amuigh. Tá súile óga ag faire ort go ceistiúil, iad ag rá “Céard a dhéanfaimid anois?” Ná bíodh imní ort, le cabhair an scríbhneora Lisa Burke tá réimse gníomhaíochtaí spraíúil curtha le chéile i bhfoirm An t-eolaí óg:…

Animalium

Is it a book? Is it a catalogue? It’s a museum! Get past the beautifully solid cover of Animalium and step into an old-style Natural History gallery. There are no photos, no infographics, no flaps, just gorgeous, detailed illustrations of dozens of species. Following the ‘Tree of Life’ as roadmap, the tour takes you through…

Animals Are Delicious

This set of three board books is sure to make a fantastic addition to any child’s library. With each one detailing the food chains of a different habitat – the sky, the forest and the ocean – Hutt provides a simple, easily comprehensible overview to how a single plant leads to the feeding of an…

Atlas of Oddities

The Atlas of Oddities is a unique compendium of some of the most unusual events, objects and people that make our world such a fascinating place. From the prolific pen of Clive Gifford, author of over 150 books, and inspired by both his own travels and those of his parents who worked for an airline,…

Australia Illustrated

In Australia Illustrated Tania McCartney has created her own eclectic schema for detailing quirky and eccentric icons of Australian life with multicultural perspectives. The popular culture tenor of the work is obvious in both text and image in this, the first of her many books which McCartney has illustrated as well as written. Organised with…

Babar’s Guide to Paris

Jean de Brunhoff produced seven picturebooks featuring Babar the Elephant, his wife Celeste and their family. His son, Laurent, also an artist, continued his father’s work with further Babar titles. The first Babar story appeared in 1931, and whether produced by Jean or Laurent, each has a flavour of that time permeated with a certain…

Balderdash!

Balderdash! tells the story of the first man to pioneer children’s literature as a category in its own right. In 18th-century London, children’s books were either morally improving fables to be read to children like sermons or codes of behaviour for parents and educators. John Newbery had the innovative idea that children would enjoy reading…

Biographic Austen

Impeccably researched, concise and laugh-out-loud funny, this unique biography uses beautiful graphics and brightly coloured charts to illustrate Austen’s life, talent and enduring legacy. Learn about the etiquette of a Regency ball, see the hierarchy of servants in a middleclass home, and compare the degree to which each Austen heroine was ‘marrying up’ financially. The…

Biographic Leonardo

It’s difficult to think of a historical figure better suited to an infographic biography than Leonardo da Vinci, whose very name brings to mind one iconic image after another. Instead of using text to recount a linear story, this book uses maps, timelines, pictures and charts to illuminate key moments in his career, as well…

Blue & Other Colours with Henri Matisse

This beautiful board book introduces toddlers to colours using 25 vibrant works of art by Henri Matisse. The bold shapes and vibrant colours in Matisse’s cutouts will appeal to young readers, and the works are brilliantly reproduced. Phaidon Press’s reputation for creating high-quality art books is justified. The use of colour in the typography is…

Books Books Books

Open the cover and let this book take you on a whirlwind tour of the British Library and its incredible collection, housed on 625 kilometres of shelves and spread over fifteen floors. With copies of every single book published in Ireland and the United Kingdom, as well as extensive catalogues of newspapers, maps and music,…

Children’s Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling

This is not a book that fills just one gap, it fills countless gaps. In fewer than 200 pages, it conveys a wealth of information about more or less all aspects of picturebooks, and while at times one would like more on a specific topic, it does point to lines of further enquiry. Laid out…

Cool Coding

Code tells a computer what to do. Each individual directive is very simple, but, when combined into a program, can accomplish amazingly complex tasks, including games. Many coders begin as hobbyists before turning professional. Code can be written in a myriad of programming languages. Different languages are optimised for specific tasks, and all have unique…

Cool Kids Cook

I love this book. Simple, modern recipes are complemented with witty yet instructional illustration and gorgeous, fun photos featuring a diverse cast of kids enjoying themselves. Jenny Chandler is a cookery teacher in Leiths, among other prestigious schools, and it shows. This is no coffee-table book. There is no sense of worthiness here and absolutely…

Cool Mythology

All you ever wanted to know about mythology is captured in this ‘cool’ and extremely interesting book, which spans history in its quest to steep the reader in myths, folklore and legend from the four corners of the Earth. Legends and myths from North American Indian tribes, the Mayan, Aztecs, Incas, Romans, Greeks, Ancient Egypt,…

Countess Markievicz: An Adventurous Life

This volume of the Easter Rising Centenary In a Nutshell series focuses on Countess Constance Markievicz, the woman made famous by her involvement in the fight for Irish Independence. In this short biography Ann Carroll leads us through Markievicz’s life, from wealthy origins in rural Sligo, to her marriage to the Polish Count Casimir Markievicz,…

Cuán Clúmhach agus Scéal an Damhna

Is léir ón gcéad leathanach gur leabhar teagaisc é seo. Tionscadal de chuid oideachasóirí in Iowa a bhí sa bhunleagan. Baintear úsáid as leagan amach úrscéil ghrafach le ceachtanna a mhúineadh faoin damhna agus na cruthanna éagsúla a bhíonn air. Tá an-chuid ábhair pléite agus mínithe laistigh de 30 leathanach agus go leor téarmaí nua…

Diary of a Time Traveller

If you could travel backwards in time, what people, events and places would you most like to see? Such is the challenge given to the reader by this book. This approach cleverly allows Stevenson and Long to escape the straightjacket of the history timeline and avoid the ‘why wasn’t X or Y included’ standard criticism…

Dineasáir Scanrúla

Beidh áthas an domhain ort nach beo atá na dineasáir nuair atá an leabhar seo críochnaithe agat. Is scanrúil le léamh faoi a leithéid den Utahraptor agus iad in ann rith chomh tapa le 100 ciliméadar san uair nó an Spinosauras a raibh cnámha droma aige a d’fhás chomh fada le dhá mhéadar ar fad.…

Doodle Town

When I was a kid I did not doodle just to doodle. I always needed a project. I later tried to study fine art but my lecturers politely suggested I might be more suited for illustration. Art as a project. Art with a purpose. Which probably explains my later career as a graphic designer. Give…

Éalú ón Zú agus Drámaí Eile

Éiríonn go sármhaith le hÁine Ní Ghlinn samhlaíocht an léitheora a mhúscailt sa chnuasach seo de thrí dhráma nua-aimseartha véarsaíochta, ina sníomhtar le chéile téamaí uilíocha ar nós saoirse agus grá. Pléitear saol an teaghlaigh sa dráma Cúitsí Cúitsí Cú ina bhfeicimid Úna óg mar fheighlí don chéad uair. Insíonn na hainmhithe sa dráma Éalú…

Explore!

This is a solid, well researched, differentiated information book. The explorers (24 in all, 3 female) are grouped according to their spheres of exploration: polar, ocean, land, desert, sky and new frontiers (outer space and underwater).They range chronologically from Marco Polo to Ranulph Fiennes. Each explorer is carefully introduced with a snappy summary of their…

Exploring History Series

These books, from a new ‘Exploring History’ series, chart the history of a variety of countries and continents before and after the arrival of Europeans. Each book is written by an author associated with the country in question and this has broadened the viewpoint presented in each. In India, the author appeals directly to the…

Exploring Space: From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond

Endeavouring to give the reader a broad overview of the history of space exploration, Jenkins begins with the pioneers of early astronomy, moves on to the history of the telescope, the development of rockets and the ensuing Space Race and takes a look at the Golden Age of Space Travel and the historic feat of…

Facts!

Following the success of Tracey Turner’s previous releases (How to Make a Human out of Soup, How Can a Pigeon Be a War Hero?, to name but a few), she has produced yet another wonderfully fascinating book of facts. This time, there is one for every day of the year! From astronomy to zoology, ancient…

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World

This book is empowering and adorable. The appropriately named Pankhurst (who is, actually, a descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst) takes us through simple biographies of exceptional women, both known and relatively unknown, and celebrates their achievements in arts, science, activism, altruism, espionage and feminism. Jane Austen, Gertrude Ederle, Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie, Mary Anning,…

Finding Winnie: The Story of the Real Bear who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Veterinarian Harry Coleman was on his way to tend horses in World War 1 when he rescued a bear cub, who had lost its mother somewhere in the fields of Canada. He named her Winnie and decided to take her along with him. They developed a remarkable friendship. Harry taught her to stand up straight,…

Finger Print (Monsters and Dragons and 100 Other Adventurous Creatures)

Finger Print is a comprehensive guide on how to make a variety of creatures and monsters through fingerprints. The instructions are clear and there are very readable graphics showing the lines, squiggles or dots needed to complete each character. And these simple lines really transform the fingerprints into an amazingly expressive array of animals and…

Historopedia

After the outstanding success of their first collaboration, Irelandopedia, the talented father-and-daughter team, Fatti and John Burke are back with another gorgeous hardback. Historopedia charts 10,000 years of the story of Ireland. Beginning with the Middle Stone Age and moving right through to the Sixties, this is an impressive piece of time-travel through years of…

History Year by Year

If you think History is boring, be prepared to think again! Beginning with the dawn of the human race, these writers have compiled a fascinating volume tracing the history of mankind and its wide array of achievements. Incorporating physical, cultural, social, political, military and religious history, this book explains every major event that has helped…

How Long Is A Whale?

How Long Is A Whale? is a unique counting book, which starts with the length of ten sea otters and uses them as a comparison for groups of other aquatic animals, counting down to one humpback whale. The author, Alison Limentani, then cleverly uses the humpback whale as a measure for other, larger sea animals.…

How Many Legs? A Counting Book

How Many Legs? is a quirky, retro-style, colourful counting book. Beautifully presented with stitch binding, thick paper and a sturdy cover, this mini-hardback is perfect for little hands! Spitzer uses a limited palette of yellow, red, turquoise, brown and green to great effect. The vivid, dream-like images of unicorns, mermaids, monsters and gnomes, to name…

How to be a Blogger and Vlogger in 10 Easy Lessons

The positive, practical and skills based approach used by Shane Birley in this book ensures that young readers looking for a simple introduction and ‘how to’ guide to getting started as a blogger or vlogger will quickly find themselves confident enough have a go. The text nicely complemented by a mix of illustration, graphics and…

How to be a Space Explorer

Lonely Planet’s travel guidebooks are now nearly ubiquitous on the backpacker trail. This example of their venture into children’s publishing is an impressive piece of work. Handsomely produced and illustrated, the book takes the reader along a training programme to become a space explorer (a term presumably preferred to ‘astronaut’ because it lacks the American-centric…

How to Make a Human Out of Soup

Do you know how human beings evolved? I thought I had an adequate knowledge of where I came from until I picked up Tracey Turner’s How to Make a Human out of Soup: The Story of Evolution. Condensing four billion years of life on Earth into one slim paperback and making it accessible to young…

I (Don’t) Like Snakes

Zoologist and subject expert Nicola Davies’ success with Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes in the picturebook category of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Excellence in Science prize is proven to be richly deserved. This book in the same Nature Storybook series looks a strong candidate for shortlisting next year.    As…

I am NOT a Dinosaur!

‘I may look like a dino that lives in the sea, but that wouldn’t be fair to my family tree. I swim with flippers – oh yes, I’ve got four! But – I am not a dinosaur!’ This rhyme is spoken by the prehistoric reptile, the Plesiosaur, one of eleven prehistoric creatures in this book…

Image & Imagination: Ideas and Inspiration for Teen Writers

The teenage years are a curious time for young writers: on the one hand, it is a time of creativity and having much to say, and on the other hand, there are so many rules and regulations for writing within a school system that they grow wary of getting it ‘wrong’. Image & Imagination is…

Irelandopedia: A Compendium of Maps, Facts and Knowledge

Take a tour of Ireland, county by county, in this marvellous compendium of maps, facts and knowledge. Fatti Burke's passion for map-making and Irish themes bursts forth from every gorgeously detailed double-page spread. John Burke has done his research, offering an interesting selection and immense range of facts. We find everything from national and local…

Irish Childhoods: Children’s Fiction and Irish History

In Irish Childhoods, Pádraic Whyte examines the complex interactions of twentieth-century Irish history with the representation of children in texts (both literary and filmic) set in that period. Whyte approaches his subject through a number of case studies, paying particular attention to contentious aspects of Irish history that have tended to be glossed over by writers…

LOTS

This sumptuous book is a ‘gathering of facts, thoughts and observations’ by the illustrator-author Marc Martin (A River, Templar Publishing, 2016 is a recent offering). The book is a festive blend of the best of Charley Harper’s ecological awareness and Miroslav Sasek’s penchant for mapped guidebooks. The information is divided geographically by cities and though…

Mad About Monkeys

Owen Davey is mad about monkeys, and by the end of this beautiful non-fiction book so will you be. Lovingly designed and illustrated, this encyclopaedia primer will introduce you to the most fascinating of our cousins from around the world and teach you how to tell them apart.   I have grown up watching David…

Malala/Iqbal

This stunningly illustrated, non-fiction picturebook from accomplished author-illustrator Jeanette Winter explores the lives of two brave Pakistani children: Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and Iqbal Masih, who during his short life campaigned against bonded labour. The two life-stories weave towards each other from opposite ends of the book, and are differentiated by one story…

Mistéirí Aisteacha

Le blianta beaga anuas, tá Futa Fata tar éis cur go mór le méid agus le caighdeán an neamhfhicsin Ghaeilge atá ar fáil do dhaoine óga, agus cuireann an leabhar seo go mór le liosta neamhfhicsin an fhoilsitheora. Is aistriúchán ón mBéarla é, agus cuid den tsraith ‘Na 10 gcinn is measa’. Ag tús an…

Money in Sport

This information books is on of four titles in the series Ethics in Sport. The other three deal with performance enhancement, sportsmanship and sport and society respectively. These are physically robust books about topical and controversial issues. They fulfil all the requirements of the genre: table of contents, topics for discussion, glossary, end notes, bibliography and…

Natural World: A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature

‘Discover why the natural world is worthy of your unending curiosity’ says the Editor’s Note in this gorgeous book, which will certainly satisfy the curiosity of all the family. The large format is packed with information on animals, plants and natural habitats and is beautifully illustrated. The book is organised into 67 Charts, most of…

Naturama

In this non-fiction book on wildlife, the author offers us an insight into the four seasons in Ireland and how our environment changes with them. Beginning with a brief history of each season as celebrated in ancient Ireland, Naturama talks us through the meteorological characteristics of spring, summer, autumn and winter (change in temperature and…

Oíche Chiúin – Scéal Amhrán Mór na Nollag

Is deacair le creidiúint nach cuid bhuan de thradisiúin na Nollag an bhí an t-amhrán “Oíche Chiúin” i gcónaí. Cé gur fonn tábhachtach é ag gach uile aifreann na Nollag, áfach, is óg an t-amhrán fós agus sa leabhar Oíche Chiúin – Scéal Amhrán Mór na Nollag, foghlaimímid faoi stair agus faoi chúlra suntasach an…

Old Masters Rock: How to Look at Art with Children

Old Masters Rock is a valuable guide for parents and children to help make art enjoyable and accessible. Featuring fifty artworks ranging from the fourteenth to the twentieth century, including Renaissance, Impressionist and Baroque works among others, it is a great starting point for the study of art. The introduction features useful tips on how…

One Thousand Things

Fancy a new book for your coffee table? Are you fan of retro-modern design? Then One Thousand Things is the book for you. Oh, and if you happen to have a pre-schooler at home, they’ll love it too! A quick glance at the colourful pages of this gorgeous work of art shows it to be…

Operation Ouch! Medical Milestones and Crazy Cures

History traditionally focused on what were deemed great events – sometimes caricatured as the ‘maps and chaps’ approach. In recent decades, ‘history from below’ has gained in academic prestige, with everyday life and consideration of marginalised, under-documented groups being the focus. The huge popularity of the Horrible Histories series has shown the appeal of history-from-below…

Outside: A Guide to Discovering Nature

Winner of the Bologna Ragazzi award in 2015, this amazing book is full of information and hints for outdoor activities to get even the most reluctant couch potato up and out. Part encyclopaedia, part instructional guide, it is written in plain, straightforward terms which will appeal to reluctant readers and fact aficionados alike. The writers…

Practical Ways to Teach Writing

This is an excellent reference book for any teacher looking at ways of supporting children’s writing of fiction. It would make an excellent companion book to those already familiar with David Wray’s ‘Writing Frames’, books he co-wrote with Maureen Lewis on scaffolding different genres of writing with children. This book is immediately accessible to the…

Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure

In this book Professor Astro Cat takes us with him and his pet mouse on a fascinating atomic adventure into the world of physics. From gravity to molecules to nuclear physics this is a stimulating non-fiction book for anyone interested in the world we live in, especially any young scientists fascinated by facts and knowledge.…

Record-Breaking Animals

One of five titles available in the Infographic Top 10 series from Wayland, this book is a visual feast of information in the form of fact, comparison and explanation. A contents page, index and glossary with references to extend reading are essentials in books of this sort and this one does not disappoint. But this…

Romans (Tony Robinson’s Weird World of Wonders)

This book, along a volume on the Egyptians, marks the beginning of Tony Robinson’s new series about history for children. The ‘Weird World of Wonders’ features a cast of characters known as the ‘Curiosity Crew’, who hover around the pages of this book offering up comments on the pictures and details given about the Roman…

Secret Treasures of Ancient Egypt

This book has been published to coincide with the British Museum exhibition ‘Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds’. It is the story of two magnificent ancient cities, Canopus and Thonis-Heracleion, which once stood at the mouth of the river Nile. The cities were thriving, busy ports until catastrophe struck causing them to sink under the sea.…

Self-Destructing Science: Space

Proving that there is an exception to every rule, this book truly can be judged by its cover! As the title suggests, readers can cut, stick, rip, fold and colour their way through this fact-filled activity book about outer space. Even the front page is designed to be cut out and framed! Quirky illustrations in…

Sir Tony Robinson’s Weird World of Wonders: Pets

This is one in a series of eight by actor, comedian, TV presenter and political activist Sir Tony Robinson, who will be best known to many of us as the hapless Baldrick in the BBC’s period British sitcom, Blackadder. Other titles in this series are: the Romans, Egyptians, Greeks, British, Inventions and the two World…

Sport and Society

This information book is the second of four titles in the series Ethics in Sport. The other three deal with performance enhancement, money in sport and sportsmanship, respectively.  These are physically robust books about topical and controversial issues. They fulfil all the requirements of the genre: table of contents, topics for discussion, glossary, end notes,…

SpunOut.ie Survival Guide to Life

The SpunOut.ie Survival Guide to Life offers a comprehensive guide to various aspects of life that affect young people as they enter adulthood. It is a hard copy version of some of the information on the website spunout.ie which is aimed at 16-25 year olds. The guide covers topics such as education, mental health and…

Sticker Shape Create

Illustrator Thereza Rowe has created a beautifully bright and cheerful activity sticker book that inspires creativity. Children can create 29 scenes using over 1,500 stickers and are encouraged to add their own imaginative details using colouring pencils or pens. Each double-page spread provides step-by-step instructions to create the images and a background scene to complete.…

The Awesome Body Book

Adam Frost has been described as one of the UK’s most exciting new children’ s writers. He is also a worthy winner of the Blue Peter Book Award for best book with facts 2016 for his title The Epic Book of Epicness. When you look at The Awesome Body Book it is not difficult to…

The Big Book of Beasts

Zommer’s book is a treasure-trove of beastly facts. Have you ever wondered why wolves howl at the moon or why tigers have stripes? This book will give you all the answers. Not only are the illustrations detailed, showing such things as animal footprints and fur patterns, but they are also incredibly expressive, imaginatively showing the…

The Big Book of Bugs

Beetles, ladybirds, butterflies, termites, bees and dragonflies are but a few of the creepy-crawlies that spill from the pages of The Big Book of Bugs. This gorgeous non-fiction first guide to flying, stinging and wriggling things explores their natural environments and answers any bug questions young kids might have. Those range from practical interrogations like…

The Boole Sisters

The story of the Boole sisters is told creatively from start to finish in this instalment of the In a Nutshell series. A delight for young readers, the lives of the four daughters of the famous George Boole are brought vividly to life. The historical evidence and facts of their influential lives are intertwined with…

The Great Fire of London

This strikingly beautiful historical picturebook has been published to commemorate the three hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the great fire of London of 1666. It is a very fitting tribute to that event. It is a model of how to present facts to children in a clear, logical, well-written but always engaging style. It uses…

The Horror Handbook

If you are a fan of ghosts, ghouls, vampires werewolves and witches, The Horror Handbook will give you the inside story of where many of them come from, where they go and what makes them tick. The Horror Handbook is meant as a fun collection of anecdotes, illustrated in a light-hearted and light-handed way by…

The Industrial Revolution (A Graphic Novel)

This graphic history represents a number of positive values, most especially the value of mass migrations of peoples from country to city, and from countries to new continents. These facilitate and necessitate industrialisation. It places the highest value on individual inventiveness and the ceaseless quest for wealth. It ends by claiming that huge populations are…

The Kew Gardens Children’s Cookbook

The name Kew Gardens is synonymous with excellence in horticulture, and in this book that quality shines through. The concept of a cookbook that not only encourages time in the kitchen, but moreover makes children aware of how to grow their own fruit, vegetables and herbs, is one that will inspire both children and their…

The Prehistoric Masters of Literature

Liked Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? Well, get ready for ‘Pride and Prejudice and Dinosaurs’. And ‘Romeo and Juliet and Dinosaurs’. And ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Dinosaurs’. This weirdly wonderful ode to classic literature is the latest entry in the Jurassic Classics series, which uses dinosaurs, puns and hilarious illustrations to make potentially…

The Romans: Gods, Emperors and Dormice

‘What have dormice got to do with the Romans?’ you might well ask. Not a whole lot but on the first end page we are greeted by Dormeo Augustus, a gladiator dormouse, who will become our guide to the history of the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire. Dormeo acts as a link between…

The Teenage Guide to Stress

Wow, why was this book not around for my children – not to mention myself? This is the follow up to Blame My Brain, a guide to the biology behind teenage behaviour. On this occasion Nicola Morgan tackles the more external sources of stress that modern teenagers often deal with: relationships, social media and cyber-bullying,…

The Usborne Official Astronaut’s Handbook

Have you ever looked at stars in the night sky and dreamed how it would feel to float among them? Well, wonder no more as this step-by-step guide tells all you need to know to make your wish come true! Introduced by professional astronaut Tim Peake, and jam-packed with facts and insights, this Usborne handbook…

This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World

Meet Romeo from Italy, Kei from Japan, Daphine from Uganda, Ananya from India, Ribaldo from Peru, and Kian from Iran. These seven children are inviting you into their homes and their lives. They want to introduce you to their families, their teachers and their friends, and show you how they play, where they sleep and…

Tony Robinson’s Weird World of Wonder: Egyptians

This ‘Weird World of Wonders’ book opens with all the wonders of the ancient world, and moves on specifically to address the Pyramids of Egypt and Egyptian culture more generally. As with other volumes in this series (the Romans, the British and the Greeks titles are already available; World War II will be published in…

Treasure Hunt: A Keepsake Activity Book

Treasure Hunt by Alice Melvin is a unique idea for those who enjoy collecting the odd and wonderful objects that can be found in the world around us. It is an activity book that provides a place or ideas for things to make with the tiny treasures that we find on our everyday travels. For…

Welcome To My House, A Collection of First Words

This a delightful catalogue of the most common (and some less common) items that you find in a house. You have everything for sitting on, everything that brightens, and everything for cooling down, amongst many other such headings. But it is far more than an illustrated catalogue. It has a mysterious narrator. ‘My name is…

What is Poetry? The Essential Guide to Reading and Writing Poems

This is an invaluable handbook for readers, writers and teachers of poetry. Its unintimidating cover, large print, and sparse, jokey illustrations belie the well-devised content, which supports UK National Curriculum English at Key Stages 2 and 3 (children aged 7-14). The title poses an impossible question – to answer it Rosen examines all the things…

Where Do Clothes Come From?

Jeans, skirts, socks, sports kits, jumpers, swimsuits and wellies. We wear different kinds of clothes every day, depending on the weather and the occasion, and each item of clothing is made from a particular material. But where do these materials come from? And how are they made into the clothes in our wardrobes? This ambitious…

Where Will I Live?

This photo-book introduces the refugee crisis with powerful simplicity. With a short sentence and large image on every page, it cuts through the politics and overwhelming scale of the current forced migrations, asking questions that will resonate with young children. From the first understated line – ‘Sometimes scary things happen to good people’ – readers…

Why is art full of naked people?

This is a book about questions, most of which are explored as comprehensively as one would expect in a primer. The question in the title, however, is more or less dismissed. Hodge introduces a huge variety of artistic styles and concepts, skilfully and engagingly. There is a diverse cast of artists and critical thinking is…

Why Space Matters To Me

Although space may seem to be a distant place full of moons, planets, stars and galaxies, it influences many aspects of life on Earth. The impact of space ranges from the profound to the mundane. For example, while stardust is relevant to the origins of life, the International Space Station assisted in the development of…

Working Animals of the World

Welcome to the world of many-legged creatures. This book gives a bird’s eye view into the life of some of our familiar and not so familiar wildlife. From the much loved ladybird to the giant pouched rat we are given some very interesting facts into their habitats and habits.   The photography is clear and…

‘Media Wise’ Series

Part of a series dealing with various aspects of the media, ‘Media Wise’, these books would be an excellent classroom resource for students or teachers. Starting with an overview of the form and functions of the topic, the books quickly progress to examine the technology, processes, people and ethics involved in each area. The text…


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