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Susie Brooks has a first class history of art degree and has worked as an editor and writer of children's non-fiction and picture books for over ten years. She's an artist herself and sometimes runs art workshops with young children. She lives in Edinburgh.
Ocean Emporium is a fine example of the new wave of non-fiction books which are not just full of thoughtfully presented information but as beautiful to look at as the best picture books. Susie Brooks and Dawn Cooper take readers through the world’s oceans, opening our eyes to the extraordinary variety of creatures that inhabit them, and illustrating some of the dramas that take place there – a confrontation between a pack of orcas and a great white shark is particularly memorable. It’s not just the big predators that catch our attention – the sea urchins, pipefish, nudi branchs (sea slugs) will fascinate children too. Each creature is labelled with its common and scientific name, and there is a useful glossary and index. This is a book to pore over, one that will open children’s eyes to the beauty of the natural world, and inspire them to find out more.
Get into Art Stories explores a fascinating array of pictures that tell stories, from battle scenes to fairy tales to timeless myths, from artists as diverse as Edward Hopper, Matisse, L. S. Lowry and the creators of the Bayeux Tapestry. Each artwork is paired with an art activity for children to do themselves. Art projects are varied, intriguing and clearly explained and will act as a springboard for plenty of artistic experiments. Readers can combine their practical activity and creativity with discovering a wealth of fine art. You might also like Get Into Art: People...with great tips on portrait drawing and Get Into Art: Animals...with lots of suggestions on drawing animals and birds and introducing movement into your artwork.
Get into Art! Animals explores a fascinating array of animal artworks from artists as diverse as Degas, Matisse and Braque. Susie Brooks has come up with a brilliant new way for active young artists aged 7+ of all abilities, as she pairs up an art activity for children to do themselves alongside a famous painting from which they can gain their inspiration. You might also like Get Into Art: People...with great tips on portrait drawing.
Get into Art! People explores a fascinating array of portraiture artworks from artists as diverse as Leonardo, Suerat, Picasso, Breughel and Munch. Each artwork is paired with an art activity for children to do themselves from the inspiration they gain from the original painting. Susie Brooks has created a brilliantly inspirational new way for young artists of every level to get inspired by art. You might also like Get Into Art: Animals...with lots of tips on drawing animals and birds and introducing movement into your artwork.
Go on a journey through the world's rainforests, from the Amazon rainforest to Costa Rica, answering questions such as why on Earth does it rain so much? Where are there forests in the clouds? And how can a tree cure disease? Along with many others. It looks at medicines, monkeys, poisonous snakes, venomous spiders, stinky flowers, enormous trees, and much, much more. Crammed full of amazing animals and astonishing plants, geography has never been so exciting! Packed to the gills with far-out facts and fascinating information, the Where on Earth? series makes standard KS2 geography topics lively, fun, pacey and interesting.
I Breathe is a brilliant way for children aged 3+ to learn about mindfulness, which is thought to improve children's emotional well-being and academic achievement. Mindfulness is being taught in many schools and promotes physical and mental wellness, helping to improve children's concentration and their ability to manage emotions, anxiety and stress. Becky and Ben buzz and hum like busy bees, Alice snuffles like a bouncy bunny and Lulu roars like a brave lion. They learn to be calm, peaceful, free and strong. With yoga, every breath takes them on an adventure - and YOU can join in. A fun, interactive and imaginative way for children aged 3+ years to learn mindfulness through yoga. Susie Brooks is an award winning author and has been writing children's non-fiction and picture books for over 10 years. Inspired by worldwide travels, she is fascinated by the unusual and the extraordinary. Cally Johnson-Isaacs graduated in Illustration from Newcastle Art College. Her simple, joyful illustrations are full of warmth and gentle humour. Her 'Yoga girls' illustrations have a growing number of followers on Instagram.
A fun way to learn about art! This simple, engaging introduction to art combines superb reproductions of an imaginative selection of artworks by artists ranging from Rousseau and Seurat to Lowry and Van Gogh. With beautifully pitched text supported by friendly cartoon-style illustrations, What's in the Picture? invites young children to search for particular objects or other detail in the paintings displayed. Further questions encourage children to examine each artwork and to explain, very simply, what is happening in the pictures.
Who's in the jungle, prowling through a storm? Who's at the seaside on a busy beach? Who's in the stables, stamping and neighing? With paintings by Frida Kahlo, Henri Rousseau, L.S Lowry and many more, this playful search-and-find book invites children to explore and interact with art. Fun questions encourage readers to examine each painting and to explain, very simply, what is happening in the pictures. Who's in the Picture? has a gallery of images at the end of the book giving further details about each painting, including where the original artwork can be viewed.
This beautifully designed series shows young artists how to use fingerprints, footprints and everyday materials to make inventive and eco-friendly art. Let's Make Art With Hands and Feet shows you how to make a fingerprint sweetshop, fist-print fish, a thumb-print circus, a handprint zoo, a footprint space rocket 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 is therapeutic for stressed or anxious children, allowing them to make things by themselves, and to have confidence in their own abilities. Perfect for readers aged 5 and up. 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 Scrap Paper, so there's a whole load of upcycling fun to be had!
Let's Make Art By Printing and Stamping shows you how to make bottletop balloons, broccoli jungle, cork stamps, bubblewrap dinosaurs and much, much more. Techniques include printing, stamping, monoprints and simple collographs - 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 With Hands and Feet, Let's Make Art with Everyday Things and Let's Make Art with Scrap Paper, so there's a whole load of upcycling fun to be had!
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