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September 2019 Non-Fiction Book of the Month | Matt Sewell is a passionate bird spotter as well as gifted artist and his enthusiasm shines through in this sumptuous book. He’s selected favourite birds from around the world, the exotic as well as the everyday, and each one featured is illustrated in his beautiful and expressive watercolour. The passages of text that accompany the illustrations include fascinating facts as well as information on the bird’s appearance and habitat, and some of the facts are really quirky – how the Australian Southern drongo came to provide the slang term for an idiot for example. This is a book to delight, intrigue and inspire as well as inform
Hurricanes, firestorms, blizzards, monsoons and thunderstorms are all vividly described and illustrated in this dramatic visual presentation. The power of the elements when unleashed is dramatically described with some of the most famous examples, such as the recent and deadly Hurricane Katrina, being captured in full detail. Photographs capture the devastation caused by excessive water, fire and wind while news stories record their impact. There is a graphic novel version of The Perfect Storm and a CD for further enjoyment through an interactive computer game.
Everything you want to know about trees is beautifully explored in this visually arresting, information rich guide. Subtitled From Seed to Mighty Forest, there is information about individual types of trees and how they grow and regenerate, about the lives of forest dwellers and about the myths and legends surrounding trees. The story of Robin Hood who famously hid in Sherwood Forest is celebrated in the graphic novel that is included. For further information and deeper delving there is a CD attached.
Whether you want to learn about different bugs, find out how to spot insects, or take part in creepy-crawly inspired activities to brighten up a wet day, this We’re Going on a Bear Hunt inspired guide will get you going. It’s full of information about the bugs that share our gardens, parks and houses, and those that live by rivers or in woods. There are four pages of stickers so that you can record what you’ve seen, and lots of suggestions for fun bug-related things to do both in the house and outside. Clearly and attractively laid out, it’s very accessible for children and great both for school projects and fun family days out. ~ Andrea Reece
The creators of non-fiction continue to set the standard for sumptuous, beautiful books and this must surely be one of the most handsome to be published all year. Via 67 colourful wall charts it examines the different ways in which animals and plants have adapted to survive, explaining why they look and behave as they do. The charts are colour coded – yellow for habitats; orange for species; blue for special adaptations – and while the book can be read chronologically readers are encouraged to follow arrows in the margins to different pages, which expand on what they’ve learned with different examples and complementary information. It’s a book children will pore over happily for hours and which encourages them to develop as curious, questioning readers and thinkers. ~ Andrea Reece
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | A stunning and original book and a useful one too. Subtitled ‘A Celebration of Nature’s Greatest Show-offs’ in glorious pictures it introduces over 600 different plants grouped together under all kinds of headings. There are some nice indoor plants under the heading ‘Air-fresheners’, a dramatic spread of ‘The Magical’ and some beautiful spreads of ‘The Ornamentals’. It’s a book that will whet any child’s interest in plants and excite them about the very many possibilities that they offer. There’s a useful index for helping readers revisit some of the amazing plants that have caught their eye. ~ Julia Eccleshare Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for May 2018 Square by Mac Barnett A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge A Perfect Day by Lane Smith Gaspard the Fox by Zeb Soanes & James Mayhew Wonder Goal! by Michael Foreman The Sand Dog by Sarah Lean The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell Plantopedia by Adrienne Barman
In a nutshell: magic, friendship, adventure Like a crisp layer of new snow in sunshine, Alex Bell’s novel sparkles with excitement and adventure. In the tradition of fairytale heroes Stella is an orphan, brought up by the explorer who discovered her abandoned as a baby. Though she looks like a snow queen with her white hair and blue eyes, Felix and his relaxed, happy upbringing have given her a warm heart, something that turns out to be very important. Stella longs to be an explorer too and, against the strict rules of the Explorers Club, Felix takes her on a trip to the Icelands; but it’s when she and three other children are separated from the grown-ups that the adventure really begins. Can Stella, Shay, Beanie and awful Ethan make discoveries, and make it home? The setting is magical, the cast of characters hugely appealing and the chain of adventures that befall them thrilling. This well-written, charming and imaginative adventure story is highly recommended. Andrea Reece
A lot can happen in 4.6 billion years, and this compact little information book aims to bring readers up to date on the key things that have occurred since the Earth was formed by taking a close and detailed look at nature. Indeed, it opens with a quote from Albert Einstein: ‘Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better’. A variety of topics are covered and the mix of friendly, engaging text and bright, appealing illustrations convey a great deal of facts and outline the thinking behind them. There are also regular suggestions for experiments readers can do – clearly explained – to back up the theory. This will appeal to any young person eager to learn more about the natural world. ~ Andrea Reece
Nature’s killers are dramatically brought to life in vivid pop-ups, which show just how dangerous they can be! Jaws, claws, horns, and fangs are all on display as insects, birds, reptiles and killers of the sea show off their deadly weapons. Brilliant pop-up learning fun.
This outstanding nature book demonstrates to children the myriad exciting possibilities for fun and adventure in the world outside their door. It is packed full of suggestions and information on how to explore the natural world, from how to build dens, to how to recognise star constellations and cloud shapes, to how to create a wonderful nature table. It covers woodland, moorland, river banks and the sea shore, but the activities described can be enjoyed in the local park too or just your back garden. There are accurate illustrations of the wild creatures mentioned, beautiful to look at and clearly labelled. The whole family will enjoy this book and it will make days out in the wild unforgettable. ~ Andrea Reece “In this book we want to share some of the ways we have fun outdoors exploring nature through play and activities with our own four children. We’ll show you how to build dens and make secret signals; how to recognise star constellations and cloud shapes; how to encourage wildlife into your garden. We’ll even catch you a fish, cook it on a campfire and then bake you a cake in an empty orange skin… You’ll need to have grown-up help with some of the projects and you must always follow the safety guidelines, but if you follow the pages in this book, then together we can have some wild adventures!” - Brita Granström and Mick Manning
Shortlisted for the English Picture Book Award 2016 This is an exciting and dramatic story simply told in words and pictures about how life began and developed on Planet Earth, written especially for younger children. How the first living cell was created, how the cells multiplied, created simple living things which dragged themselves out of the water into swampy forests that eventually became dinosaurs and then us. With delightful illustrations including lots of detail and humour, all carefully researched and checked, this book shows the development of life on Earth in a truly accessible and simple way.