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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.
Level 5 - National Geographic Kids Reader | Newly adapted to British English and the Key Stage 2 Curriculum and benefitting, as do all the National Geographic Kids excellent series of readers, from their archive of superlative photography, this Face to Face series gives a fascinating insight into the skills, techniques and routines of the wild-life photographers who capture such wonderful images. Brian Skerry here shares treasured family moments as his 11-year old daughter is befriended by a manatee calf and the reader can share his genuine respect and interest in these gentle and increasingly vulnerable sea mammals. A carefully balanced account shows how manatees have in some cases gained from human developments such as power stations providing the warm water and expanding their habitable areas as well as the obvious dangers caused by pollution and increasing numbers of boats. The reader learns about their worldwide distribution and conservation issues as well as fascinating facts about their, place in myth, legend, history and biology. They are, in fact, most closely related to elephants! At Level 5 the text contains some complex, technical language and varied sentence structures suitable for a confident, independent readers, but the image quality, design and layout will engage readers and support understanding. Research skills are also facilitated with the help of all the correct information text features such as contents page, and excellent index and glossary.
September 2019 Book of the Month | From its dedication to Sir David Attenborough – ‘the most awesome human who has ever lived’ – this brilliant information book strikes exactly the right note, laying out the huge problems we and our planet are facing from plastic but at the same time showing us how we can change our behaviour to really make a difference, while still living a fun and happy life. Author, former McFly and Busted member Dougie Poynter makes sure the tone is friendly and accessible, while keeping a focus on the big issues, and what we need to do about them. He’s invited contributions from a range of scientist and campaigners, who all show that taking action is far more doable than we think. It makes for really lively, stimulating and inspiring reading, the kind of book we all need in our lives right now.
Level 4 - National Geographic Primary Readers | I had no idea that Homer in Ancient Greece described the first bot-like creatures to do their master’s bidding! Just one of the brilliant facts in this entertaining and engaging National Geographic Primary Reader. This is graded at Level Four, the equivalent of Book Bands White and Lime for fluent independent readers. They will still find challenging technical language and scientific concepts, but the brilliantly designed pages with Tech Talk boxes and clear captions for the array of amazing photographs from National Geographic, enable them to develop their understanding. A picture glossary and comprehensive index mean that this is an effective text for curriculum topic support and the jokes and features on robots in the movies and robot building competitions ensure that this is a text that can absolutely be read for pleasure and interest too.
Everyone smells! The sense of smell plays a crucial part in survival, communication, and taste, and is the basis of a multi-billion-dollar industry. But, despite all this, it's the sense we often know least about. This hilarious and fact-packed book puts that right. Find out everything you could ever want to know about stinks, whiffs and pongs, from the fruit so pungent it's banned from public transport to the top-secret military programme developing the stinkiest stink bomb.
March 2017 Non Fiction Book of the Month | In a nutshell: an inspiring introduction to 50 pioneering women scientists | Hopefully everyone has heard of Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin and Ada Lovelace, pioneers in science. But what about Grace Hopper, credited as the mother of computer programming, or Nobel Prize winners Rita Levi-Montalcini or Maria Goeppert-Mayer? Despite all the obstacles put in their way, women scientists have been getting to the head of their fields for thousands of years and this book celebrates 50 of them. There’s a double page on each brilliant woman, full of information about their lives, backgrounds and achievements, and handsomely designed and illustrated too. There are timelines, plus statistics and, a really inspiring touch, quotes from the scientists on nearly every page. A book to excite and energize girls and boys alike. ~ Andrea Reece ***There is special activity pack with ideas to celebrate Science Week to download here! British Science Week is 10–19 March - find out more at www.britishscienceweek.org
This picture reference book provides an absolutely terrific insight into one of the world's most famous scientists and is a great introduction to youngsters of an important piece of history. Darwin's adventure on the Beagle and his findings on the islands he visits are captured brilliantly through vibrant illustrations, text and fact boxes. It's a book that both parent and child can spend hours sharing. The Hardback was published to coincide with the 200th anniverary of Darwin's birth as well as 150 years sinces the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species. It concludes with a simple explanation of the theory of evolution. Written by an outstanding team in the field of children's non-fiction, this is a book to enlighten and inspire young readers.
This book helps you learn about the awe-inspiring world of science with pop-ups, pull-outs, and fantastic facts with Professor Robert Winston. Utterly Amazing Science is an engaging, eye-catching approach to exploring what makes the world go round. Professor Robert Winston unravels the mysteries of science alongside pop-ups, pull-outs, flaps, sliders and incredible science facts to make learning about science fun and interactive. Use push and pull sliders to feel the force! You can understand the building blocks of matter with a pop-up atom or lift the flaps on the periodic table. You can discover the incredible core topics in the world of science, including forces and motions, light and colour, elements and matter, and magnets and electricity with clear explanations and fun activities to help your child understand the building blocks of science. Perfect for budding scientists with the combination of information and interactivity, Utterly Amazing Science will leave you thoroughly blown away!
In a nutshell: warts and all joke-book guide to the human body The introduction to this book contains a warning: reading it might make you LOL, but it could also make you GOL (groan out loud), or even SEL (scream even louder). It certainly does contain some gut-churning information about the human body, everything from why our feet smell to how many mites are living in our eyelashes (yuk), but in fact it’s the jokes and limericks that pop up at regular intervals that might really get readers groaning! Nonetheless it’s a clever and appealing way to dole out information about our bodies, warts and all, and children will be fascinated by what they learn. ~ Andrea Reece
There’s a lot more to science than lab coats, test tubes and text books as this stimulating interactive activity book demonstrates. All you need is a pen or pencil to try out the more than 30 different projects contained within its bright pages and children will learn about all sorts of things, from plant reproduction to scientific phenomena such as light and mirrors. There are lots of really fascinating brain-bending puzzles to attempt too – science doesn’t get much cooler! ~ Andrea Reece
Whether you’re a maths whizz or a daring doodler, this book is your graphic guide to smart art! Discover how maths can be artistic and art can be mathematical with this awesome activity book, full of fun drawing challenges with a hint of maths! See the left brain and the right brain come together to create fantastic maths art.
The story of human invention and engineering began at least 10,000 years ago in the stone age and has continued non-stop ever since with each discovery leading to new developments in our understanding. The Wallbook Timeline of Science and Engineering demonstrates this brilliantly, a two metre long poster – ideal for pinning to the wall or poring over on the table or floor – places scientists, physicians, astronomers and more in chronological order, their work illustrated in attractive pictures accompanied by informative captions. Men – and women – from different regions and races are united in this brilliant visual demonstration of the nature of human discovery. Newspaper style articles provide longer reading and support what is described on the poster. It’s a triumph of an information book, comprehensive and inspiring, bound to set readers off on their own journeys of discovery. ~ Andrea Reece The wallbooks are an amazing feat of publishing. The Timeline of Science and Engineering shows the extraordinary story of how humans have shaped and reshaped the world through ingenuity and invention from the Stone Ages to today on a timeline of more than 1,000 pictures and captions. In addition to the Wallbook, The Timeline of Science and Engineering includes a Chronicle which features more than 35 newspaper stories and a quiz.
The story of human invention and engineering began at least 10,000 years ago in the stone age and has continued non-stop ever since with each discovery leading to new developments in our understanding. The Wallbook Timeline of Science and Engineering demonstrates this brilliantly, a two metre long poster – ideal for pinning to the wall or poring over on the table or floor – places scientists, physicians, astronomers and more in chronological order, their work illustrated in attractive pictures accompanied by informative captions. Men – and women – from different regions and races are united in this brilliant visual demonstration of the nature of human discovery. Newspaper style articles provide longer reading and support what is described on the poster. It’s a triumph of an information book, comprehensive and inspiring, bound to set readers off on their own journeys of discovery. ~ Andrea Reece The wallbooks are an amazing feat of publishing. The Science Timeline shows the extraordinary story of how humans have shaped and reshaped the world through ingenuity and invention from the Stone Ages to today on a timeline of more than 1,000 pictures and captions. In addition to the Wallbook, The Science Timeline includes a Chronicle which features more than 35 newspaper stories and a quiz.
The most innovative approach to non-fiction since Horrible Histories, the What On Earth Wallbooks present information in a way guaranteed to inspire children’s curiosity and to stimulate real enthusiasm for learning. Each one contains a full-colour poster – 2 metres long – that illustrates the complete historical timeline of its subject. Illustrations are accompanied by equally informative captions and there’s longer reading too in the form of spoof newspaper articles and letters to the editor. Billions of years of history at a glance! ~ Andrea Reece The complete collection of hardback What on Earth? Timelines covering Science, Big History, Nature, Sports, Shakespeare and British History. These wallbooks are an amazing feat of publishing. The Timeline shows a complete story on a 2 metre-long timeline. Perfect for younger readers but also relevant to all ages, these comprehensive, accessible and versatile wallbooks are the first ever attempt to illustrate the entire history of nature and natural science on a single piece of paper. In addition to the Wallbook, The Timelines also includes a Chronicle which features more than 30 newspaper stories and a quiz.
August 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month There’s a huge amount of information in this slim volume, gathered under headings such as Planet Earth, Physics, Numbers and Counting and Prehistoric Finds. It’s presented in a way that is sure to appeal to inquisitive young people, almost as a series of stories: short paragraphs explain the different topics linking them to the men and women who studied them and advanced our understanding. It makes for a fascinating narrative that gives a real sense of the development of scientific thinking. Illustrations help make the science clear and memorable and this is a book that will inspire as well as inform. ~ Andrea Reece
In the name of science, this book allows children to create gloopy, magic slime; turn milk sour; and investigate their own farts. Well, you can’t say you weren’t warned: seldom has a title so accurately reflected the contents of a book. Sticky and stinky as the 32 experiments are however, they teach proper science, and each one is accompanied by a page of clear explanation of the different processes involved. There’s a page recommending further reading and a useful glossary, and the unorthodox approach could well inspire lots more science learning. Grown-ups can be reassured that amongst other things, the ‘rules of the lab’ emphasise the importance of cleaning up afterwards.