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Building Communities Reading List

A reading list for ages 0–12, designed to inspire building the homes, places and communities of tomorrow.

Book cover - Epic Adventures

Epic Adventures: Explore The World In 12 Amazing Train Journeys

Author Sam Sedgman dedicates Epic Adventures to his parents, who taught him ‘to travel.’ This is an apt dedication because Sedgman's love for travel and adventure permeates this beautifully illustrated, informative book.

The book invites its reader to take epic train journeys across six continents and thirty-four countries, stopping off at several cities along the way. Sam Brewster's detailed illustrations set alongside plenty of interesting facts will leave readers of all ages pouring over the pages. This is a book that readers are likely to want to return to repeatedly.

Book cover - World of Food

World of Food

A book about food that contains only one recipe! All those culinary delights and no washing up! The World of Food lifts a lid on everything that can be eaten and digested. From what we eat to where it comes from, this well researched and interesting book will enchant and educate all gastronomes, historians, and budding chefs.

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Memory Superpowers!

Mnemonics, or memory tricks, are strategies designed to help improve our memory using primarily visual or listening cues and rhymes. They emphasise the use of key words, acronyms, visuals and expressions to equip us to learn by association, taking what is unfamiliar and linking it to a familiar picture in our own world. Readers can use this fabulous book to create a personal Memory Palace to store information in their brains.

Book Cover - How Long is a Whale?

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.

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Norton and Alpha

Norton is a very lovable collector who spends his days gathering bits and pieces that he uses to create new and wonderful inventions. Early in the story he creates a companion, Alpha, who goes with him on his collecting trips. After many successful excursions, Norton and Alpha collect a thing they can find no use for. They try it out in many situations and put it through a number of tests; eventually, though, they give up on finding a purpose for the thing and discard it. But is it useless? Time will show that what is untestable is not necessarily without value.

Book Cover - Little People, Big Dreams: Stephen Hawkins

Little People, Big Dreams: Stephen Hawkins

This book, from the popular Little People, BIG DREAMS series, invites young readers to explore the life of British physicist and allround genius Stephen Hawking. The story opens when he is a little boy, looking up at the stars in Oxford. It takes readers through his unspectacular school years and on to university where he shines.

Book Cover - Happy to Be Me

Happy to Be Me

This delightful picturebook by author– illustrator Emma Dodd is a sweet and gentle celebration of the wonderful person that is, well … me! In rhyming verse, the reader thanks each part of their body: toes for wiggling, mouth for giggling and so on. The take-home message is: with all of these wonderful parts that my body has, I should be very happy to be me.

Book Cover - Ice Boy

Ice Boy

David Ezra Stein is the Brooklyn-born illustrator and author of many award-winning books including the delightful Interrupting Chicken, winner of a 2011 Caldecott Honor.