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September 2019 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2019 | Follow in Greta Thunberg's footsteps and join the global mission to save our planet from climate change. With in-depth text and data, this necessary and timely book will answer readers' questions on what climate change means, what its consequences will be, and what must be done to protect our world.
Interest Age 5-8 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2019 | A wonderful adventure for a little girl who overcomes all her fears and gets an unexpected flight in a hot air balloon. Nick-named Scaredy Cat -Sophie by her sister, Sophie seems to be frightened of almost everything and so gets left out of a family trip to the fair to see a famous balloonist show off the tricks of his trade. Alone after the family have gone, Sophie’s great longing to see the amazing balloonist go up, up in the sky inspires her to overcome her fear and bravely set off for the fair alone. Soon Sophie finds that she too has an unexpected and very exciting trip ahead of her! Based on a story of Sophie Blanchard one of the first female astronauts this is a charming story that will encourage all readers to be brave. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.
Every young person will have heard of Greta Thunberg, the schoolgirl whose strikes for the climate have developed into a world-wide movement and put young peoples’ voices at the heart of the efforts to protect our planet. This book tells Greta’s story, explaining how a wary, quiet girl from Sweden has found the courage and determination to stand up for what she knows is crucial to the future of every one of us. It’s an inspiring story, and unique to Greta, but it also demonstrates how together we can all make a difference, and work towards the future we want. In addition to Greta’s story, there’s a chapter explaining the science of global warming, notes on what we can do as individuals and suggestions for further reading. This could be the most important book your children will read all year.
This is an absolutely terrific book that just goes to show that Dickens isn’t just for grown-ups or teenagers. This one is guaranteed to engage young readers – even those as young as 8 or 9 – and bring about a love of Dickens, his life, his work and the times in which he lived. And, as Simon Callow so succinctly put, ‘knowing the background and something of the character of the man who wrote them can only ensure that Doctor Who’s prediction remains true’. Part of Templar’s Historical Notebook series – there is also one on William Shakespeare (click here). And Simon Callow (aka Mr Dickens) waxes lyrical about it: ‘A highly entertaining journey through Dickens’ life and reproducing original documents, covers of the original books, plan of workhouses, many of which feature in advent calendar form with flaps to be opened. The book repeatedly brought a smile to my lips, which, after all, is one of the things Dickens most liked to do. It seems to me very encouraging that such books exist to engage the interest of young readers, who can be very daunted by the sight of a page of a Dickens novel; dense and apparently difficult locutions’.
Children all over the world are very different, but they also have much in common. From breakfasts to birthdays, cakes to clothes, and hiccups to hellos, there are so many ways to say and do things - but everyone shares a love of family, friends, food and fun.
May 2019 Non-Fiction Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2019 | Enduringly fascinating and inspiring, the story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s ascent of Everest is always worth re-visiting. This strong narrative biography matched with atmospheric illustrations brings the two men to life from their childhoods in New Zealand and Nepal respectively to their amazing feat of climbing the world’s highest mountain. Alexandra Stewart and Joe Todd-Stanton capture something about the personalities of the two and the reasons that they felt the need to take on this great challenge. Most successfully, in words and pictures they describe the extraordinary landscape of Everest and the surrounding mountains and in particular the enormous dangers and the unique magic of mountaineering - especially when you take on the challenge of the highest mountain in the world.
2018 saw the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth and this is a wonderful book to introduce children to one of the most inspiring figures of modern times. The text takes the form of questions from Nelson Mandela’s great-grandchildren Zazi and Ziwelene to their Grandma Zindzi. As she answers them, readers learn about Mandela and his years in prison, why he was arrested, what he was fighting for and the joy there was on his release. They’ll understand the hardships his children and family endured, and how they kept themselves strong. They’ll also take away the word ‘ubuntu’ - ‘I am because we all are’. The narrative puts readers at the heart of the story while Sean Qualls’s evocative illustrations reveal even more about Mandela’s fight for fairness and freedom.
A fact-packed introduction to all aspects of London. There is a wealth of well-expressed information about history, geography, culture, animals, food and much, much more. Everything is clearly introduced which makes browsing easy. Additionally, there’s an excellent index for looking up something specific. Most valuable of all, there are incredibly useful lists of Best Things including ‘Best Hidden Gardens in London’, ‘Best things You Can Climb in London’ and ‘Best Toy Shops’. The perfect book to provide all the information needed by any visitor to London for the Olympics – or at any other time. Living up to its claim, this book is crammed full of fascinating information about every aspect of life in the capital today and how it links to the great city of the past. Understanding the origins of famous events such as the Lord Mayor’s Show or getting to grips with the history of London during World War Two and the amazing bravery of its citizens will all serve to make any visit to London more worthwhile!
This wonderful book has been designed to inspire children with an interest in the amazingly rich diversity of languages spoken across the world. It’s divided by continent with an introduction to each section that briefly explains the origins of the different languages spoken there, followed by pages of beautiful illustrations of children who are native speakers, addressing the reader with a friendly greeting. Those who download the special free app will be able to hear the phrases spoken – there are more than thirty for North and Central America alone. Every little child looks real and appealing, the kind of person you’d want to have a conversation with. A special book that celebrates one of the greatest of mankind’s achievements. ~ Andrea Reece
The joy that football brings around the world and its very special ability to link communities is celebrated in the beautiful photographic illustrations to this book. Wherever there is a ball – of any kind from simple and home-made to shop manufactured, someone will love to play football with it. And, just as quality of the ball doesn’t matter, neither does the surface of the ground the game is played on. Across beaches, fields, streets or anywhere else where the ground is mostly flat, football joins people around the world together. Translated by Sean Taylor.
Level 2 - National Geographic Primary Readers | This lively and very engagingly written biography of the most famous female pilot is part of the levelled National Geographic Kids Primary Readers. This is a Level 2 reader, equivalent to Green, Orange and Turquoise banded books, aimed at readers just becoming fluent. They will enjoy finding out all about the achievements of this female pioneer and the mystery of what happened on her final flight. Beautifully designed to really attract and support the reader with fact boxes, timelines, maps, clear captions, Words to Know explanations and illustrated throughout with stunning photographs of Amelia from the National Geographic archive. Other entertaining features include a photo close up quiz and a photo glossary to aid comprehension and discussion, making this a perfect high interest text to support both reading development and curriculum knowledge.
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | Detailed, ingenious and graphically beautiful this information book opens, as the best do, with an invitation to young readers to stop and wonder as they’re asked to think about what is going on beneath their feet. No ordinary book but a fold-out poster in book form, opening out the pages reveals a huge vertical panorama that takes us down through the different layers and right into the very core of the Earth. Friendly but information-rich text explains the features of the different layers, from the pipes and wires that support our civilisation to old bones, underground rivers, coal mines. The reverse side of the poster takes up back up through the magma, then seams of minerals, limestone, fossils and finally back into the light, this time countryside rather than city street. This beautiful book will expand readers’ knowledge and understanding and inspire them to think more about our planet.
Nelson Mandela’s inspirational life story has been adapted into a wonderfully child-friendly version. It tells of his childhood as an ordinary boy in a village and how his belief in democracy was already strongly developed while a student. Mandela’s fight against the government and the oppression that was apartheid, how it led to his imprisonment and how he survived the long, longs days in his cell is a story all should know. Paddy Bouma’s illustrations give a strong sense of the time and place.