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The books in this section cover a range of PSHE topics including bullying, disability, mental health issues and eating disorders. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and cover age ranges from Toddler to Older Teen.
There are two big lessons to be learned in this new take on the favourite fairy tale: don’t tell lies – we all know what happens to Pinocchio when he tells an untruth – and don’t pick your nose! The fairy who brings Pinocchio to life warns him against both these things, but he can’t resist rummaging around in his nose for bogies, and then denying it when accused! At last Jiminy Cricket arrives and with his help, Pinocchio mends his ways. Part of a picture book series that teaches children about hygiene, this certainly gets its message across and in a fun but effective way. ~ Andrea Reece
Young children will learn the importance of rest in this hilarious story all about sleep and as result bedtime should become an easier time of the day! Get Some Rest, Sleeping Beauty is one title from the Fairytales Gone Wrong series and is a welcome addition for parents looking for picture books with a message.
Kim Hood writes poignantly and honestly about young people in difficult situations, making readers aware of the real person behind the issue. Jane’s little sister Emma has cancer and for the last three years has taken up all their parents’ attention. Jane loves her little sister too and worries about her but still can’t help resenting their parents for not noticing the effect Emma’s illness is having on her – for not really noticing her at all. She starts dropping out of school, breaking off contact with her friends. A relationship with new age hippy Farley comes as a boost, but then comes more devastating news about Emma. Jane is full of loathing for herself, a difficult character to like, but readers will be completely caught up in her story. ~ Andrea Reece
August 2015 Book of the Month Lenny’s grandpa King Lion is getting forgetful and confused. He gets night and day mixed up and even forgets Lenny’s name. Grandma explains he’s not himself and Lenny works out ways to help his grandpa remember, games and activities that also make the old lion happy. Lots of children will recognise their own grandparents in King Lion and Julia Jarman and Susan Varley have created a lovely picture book that explains dementia in a very honest, yet gentle and reassuring way. Touching and poignant, the book also celebrates the special relationship between young and old. ~ Andrea Reece A note from the author, Julia Jarman "When librarian Karen Morris told me there was a very real need for a story about dementia I said I'd have a go. Karen said a lot of children were having to come to terms with the fact that their grannies and granddads were losing their memories. Beloved grandparents were acting oddly and they didn't know why or what to do. I sympathised; I have friends with Alzheimer's, bright friends who started acting out of character. Lovely Old Lion is the result of this collaboration. Susan Varley has illustrated my text with huge sensitivity, conveying every nuance of emotion - and it is an emotional story."
‘There is no right way to be a girl or rubbish way to be a girl’, says Hayley Long, explaining the purpose of this positive and hugely reassuring guide for young girls. It’s a message that can’t be repeated often enough in this age of non-stop scrutiny by social media. She covers a wide range of subjects, from hormones and periods to fashion, hair and that all important ‘matters of the heart’. It’s all sensible stuff, but what makes it really special is the tone: friendly, accessible, sure to give readers confidence and remind them that being a girl is brilliant!
Learn the importance of brushing your teeth in this hilarious twist of the classic fairytale! Every day Cinderella brushes her teeth twice whilst her two sisters eat cakes and sweets all day, can her sparkling smile take her from rags to riches? Follow Cinderella in this hilarious twist of the classic fairytale and discover why it's important to brush your teeth. Give Us A Smile Cinderella is one title from the Fairytales Gone Wrong series. This series is a welcome addition for parents looking for picture books with a message. The Fairytales Gone Wrong series includes: Don't Pick Your Nose, Pinocchio! Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Wash Your Hair! Stinky Jack and the Beanstalk Get Some Rest, Sleeping Beauty Eat your Greens, Goldilocks Blow your Nose, Big Bad Wolf Give us a Smile, Cinderella Keep Running, Gingerbread Man
A quirky take on the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Humorous writing provides a gentle approach to teaching healthy habits in this fun new series. With lively illustrations complementing each story and talking points to encourage further discussion. The charming artwork highlights all the positives of your favourite characters...because they're fighting fit!
Teenagers and their parents will find much to fascinate them in this updated edition of Nicola Morgan’s skilful, non-scientists explanation of the complex and specific science that makes teenagehood such a specific period of growing up. New research has revealed even more about the workings of the brain and it appears that teenagers are wired somewhat differently. That’s especially true when it comes to sleep – as all parents of teens know well! It is also true in regard to the taking of risks and to the taking of stimulants. Tests and quizzes and lots of illustrations support the scientific but jargon free text.
Beauty journalist Alice Hart-Davis, and daughter Beth, share their 100 top top beauty and well being tips for young teens in this new beauty bible. It will appeal to any teenage girl (or parent) who has been left baffled by amount of beauty advice on offer and feels pressure trying to conform to what the media might see as the perfect teen look. Stylish design and photography make it a perfect gift. This is the second book by Alice Hart-Davis, after her success with Be Beautiful: Every Girl's Guide to Hair, Skin and Make Up. Offering friendly and detailed advice and clear, easy to follow instructions all accompanied by photographs, this is the definitive beauty bible with clear, step by step instructions for everything, from applying foundation to beautiful braids.
A going-to-the-hospital book in which Toby and Clemmie never let illness and disability get in the way of fun. Toby and Clemmie first appeared in the award-winning Just Because, in which Toby paints us a picture of his super big sister and all the things they do together - just because. Click here to see more books by Rebecca Elliott.
Loads of facts about every part of the body are crammed into this highly illustrated book. And many of them certainly are gross! No sensibilities are spared in this guide to the smells, sights, sounds and look of many different parts of the body. The science that underpins it is good making it a useful source of knowledge as well as fun to read. A great series to get kids into reading. Titles in the series include Human Body, History, Creepy Crawlies and Animals.
Pinpoint sharp cross sections expose the complex structure of all aspects of the body. Look into the brain, the digestive system, reproduction or the senses among many other things and see exactly how many layers of stuff we carry around within us. Photographs bring it all amazingly to life.
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