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Books in the series: Collins Big Cat

Dani Binns Fearless Firefighter Band 10/White

Dani Binns Fearless Firefighter Band 10/White

Author: Lisa Rajan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2020

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. When Dani Binns opens up her toy box something exciting happens ... Dani Binns is a firefighter! She finds herself in a fire engine, racing to the scene of a fire in a lighthouse. With no fire hydrant or water supply nearby, Dani and the team have to think fast. Can they keep their cool and save the lighthouse owner's kittens from the blaze? This exciting title in the Dani Binns mini-series is written by Lisa Rajan. White/Band 10 books have more complex sentences and figurative language. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Dani Binns Brilliant Builder Band 8/Purple

Dani Binns Brilliant Builder Band 8/Purple

Author: Lisa Rajan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2020

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. When Dani Binns opens up her toy box something exciting happens ... Dani Binns is a builder! The team are busy constructing a new development of houses when they hit a brick wall with the building plans. They need Dani's help, but how will she measure up? This exciting title in the Dani Binns mini-series is written by Lisa Rajan. Purple/Band 8 books offer developing readers literary language, with some challenging vocabulary. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Dani Binns Practical Paramedic Band 11/Lime

Dani Binns Practical Paramedic Band 11/Lime

Author: Lisa Rajan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2020

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. When Dani Binns opens up her toy box something exciting happens ... Dani Binns is a paramedic! She finds herself in an ambulance speeding to the scene of an accident. A girl has fallen off a bike in the street and hurt herself. After an assessment by Dani and the team, she seems OK. But why did she fall off the bike in the first place... and who is this 'Benny' she keeps asking about? This exciting title in the Dani Binns mini-series is written by Lisa Rajan. Lime/Band 11 books have longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Dani Binns Clever Chef Band 9/Gold

Dani Binns Clever Chef Band 9/Gold

Author: Lisa Rajan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2020

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. When Dani Binns opens up her toy box something exciting happens ... Dani Binns finds herself in the bustling kitchen of a restaurant - and she's one of the chefs! When the sauce chef gets distracted and mixes up her ingredients, it's up to Dani to come up with a plan. Will she get a taste for working in a restaurant? This exciting title in the Dani Binns mini-series is written by Lisa Rajan. Gold/Band 9 books offer developing readers literary language and stories with distinctive characters. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Tara Binns: Mighty Mountain Ranger Band 15/Emerald

Tara Binns: Mighty Mountain Ranger Band 15/Emerald

Author: Lisa Rajan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2020

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. When Tara Binns opens up her dressing up box something exciting happens ... Tara Binns is a climate change scientist! She finds herself on the edge of a snowy mountain, negotiating with a developer who wants to enlarge the local ski resort. She and her team are concerned this would mean cutting down the surrounding forest, removing the habitat of local wildlife as a result and unsettling the snowy surroundings. Can they persuade him to change his plans before disaster strikes on the mountainside? This exciting title in the Tara Binns mini- series is written by Lisa Rajan. Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Tara Binns: Creative Coder Band 16/Sapphire

Tara Binns: Creative Coder Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Lisa Rajan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2020

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. When Tara Binns opens up her dressing up box something exciting happens ... Tara Binns finds herself working on coding and design for a computer game! The team have discovered that someone is hacking the game and some gamers have been losing their high scores. Does it have something to do with the rivalry between the coding and design teams? And can Tara help them to realise their individual skills and work together to complete the game development? This exciting title in the Tara Binns mini series is written by Lisa Rajan. Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Tara Binns: Clued-up Detective Band 17/Diamond

Tara Binns: Clued-up Detective Band 17/Diamond

Author: Lisa Rajan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2020

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. When Tara Binns opens up her dressing up box something exciting happens ... Tara Binns is a police detective! When the team are called to look into a missing person, can Tara use her eagle eyes and sharp thinking to piece together the clues and solve the mystery? This exciting title in the Tara Binns mini-series is written by Lisa Rajan. Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Tara Binns: Intrepid Inventor Band 13/Topaz

Tara Binns: Intrepid Inventor Band 13/Topaz

Author: Lisa Rajan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. When Tara Binns opens up her dressing up box something exciting happens ... Tara Binns is a product designer! She is in the middle of being shown the latest designs for anti-gravity boots when there is a catastrophic electrical failure. Tara and her colleagues are trapped inside a smouldering building with no way out. Can Tara use her inventive skills to save everyone inside? This exciting title in the Tara Binns mini-series is written by Lisa Rajan. Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Tara Binns: Vigilant Vet Band 12/Copper

Tara Binns: Vigilant Vet Band 12/Copper

Author: Lisa Rajan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. When Tara Binns opens up her dressing up box something exciting happens ... Tara Binns finds herself in a busy veterinary practice, and she's one of the vets! While helping to treat a dog that has swallowed a padlock, a new emergency develops - a poorly hamster has escaped its cage, leaving its owner distraught! Can Tara help to find the hamster... and work out why that snake is looking so bloated? This exciting title in the Tara Binns mini-series is written by Lisa Rajan. Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Tara Binns: Daring Diver Band 14/Ruby

Tara Binns: Daring Diver Band 14/Ruby

Author: Lisa Rajan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. When Tara Binns opens up her dressing up box something exciting happens ... Tara Binns is a marine biologist, and she's in the middle of an important diving expedition! A motorboat has sunk to the ocean bed and the team are worried it will start leaking oil and harming the local sea life. Can they work as a team to find a way of raising the fuel containers safely before they leak? And what are those dark shadows looming towards them from the depths...? This exciting title in the Tara Binns mini-series is written by Lisa Rajan. Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

The Tear Jar Band 18/Pearl

The Tear Jar Band 18/Pearl

Author: Celia Rees Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

Collins Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 4-11 edited by Cliff Moon. Top children's authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that your children will love to read, banded to help you choose the right book for every child. Practical ideas for guided reading are included at the back of each book. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: * Curriculum links:

A Time-Traveller's Guide to the Future Band 18/Pearl

A Time-Traveller's Guide to the Future Band 18/Pearl

Author: Isabel Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

Take a closer look at the amazing changes the future may hold, including robopets, space tourism and locust burgers, as well as the wider impact of our future life on the climate and extinction of animals. Using the most recent research and predictions, this photographic non-fiction book by Isabel Thomas expertly guides us through life in 2050. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: A non-chronological report. * Curriculum links: Science: Enquiry in environmental and technological contexts; Citizenship: Choices. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Another Way Out Band 11+/Lime Plus

Another Way Out Band 11+/Lime Plus

Author: Martin Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. It was only a tiny stalactite and I didn't know it would make the tunnel cave in if I snapped it off ... Find out what really happened on Oak Class's school trip, told through field trip reports written by the pupils. This humorous and unusual story was written by Martin Howard. Lime Plus/Band 11+ books provide challenging plots and vocabulary as well as opportunities to pratise inference, prediction and reading stamina. Pages 46 and 47 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Wild Cat Band 18/Pearl

Wild Cat Band 18/Pearl

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

Catrin lives in Wales, and prefers drawing animals to spending time with friends. One night, she hears an eerie howl from the nearby mountain - a wild cat. Can she confront her shyness and go in search of this rare animal? This sensitive story by award-winning author Berlie Doherty shows that courage and friendship can come from unexpected places. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: A mystery story. * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Choices. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Beneath the Waves: Two Ghost Stories Band 18/Pearl

Beneath the Waves: Two Ghost Stories Band 18/Pearl

Author: Harriet Goodwin, Leon Rosselson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

Two touching, ghostly tales by Harriet Goodwin and Leon Rosselson. In the first, Joe, struggling to come to terms with his mother's death, finds himself drawn into a spooky legend that lies deep beneath the water. In the second, Billy's encounter with a strange girl in a beautiful garden helps to reveal a long forgotten secret. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: A mystery story. * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Moving on. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Monster Under the Bed Band 11/Lime

The Monster Under the Bed Band 11/Lime

Author: Kevin Dyer, Sarah Horne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

Ben's feeling sick, or at least that's what he says. Really, he doesn't want to see his friend Vince. But when he finds a monster under his bed he has an idea - the two swap identities for the day, with hilarious results! This play, by Kevin Dyer, in partnership with Polka Theatre, explores familiar issues and will work wonderfully in performance. * Lime/Band 11 books have longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language. * Text type: A playscript. * A feelings mountain on pages 30 and 31 charts the rise and fall of emotions that the two main characters feel throughout the play, providing a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Taking part - developing skills of communication and participation; Art and Design: Portraying relationships. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Ancient Mariner Band 16/Sapphire

The Ancient Mariner Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Sue Purkiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

A gripping and moving retelling of this poem written originally in the eighteenth century by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It tells the story of the Ancient Mariner and his adventures at sea, where tragedy strikes, more than once and he is ultimately saved - against the odds, teaching him the importance of humanity and humility. * Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

There's an Alien in my Spaghetti Band 10+/White Plus

There's an Alien in my Spaghetti Band 10+/White Plus

Author: Kay Woodward Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. Zoha was eating spaghetti when she discovered a tiny silver spaceship in her food. There was an alien in her spaghetti! What could he possibly want? Join Zoha and Alan the alien on their adventure to understand life on Earth in this quirky story by Kay Woodward. White Plus/Band 10+ books provide challenging plots and vocabulary as well as opportunities to pratise inference, prediction and reading stamina. Pages 46 and 47 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Big Bad Wolfsville Band 10+/White Plus

Big Bad Wolfsville Band 10+/White Plus

Author: Timothy Knapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. Once upon a time, Story Town was the place where people went to live happily ever after, until Little Bo Peep's sheep went missing and the Big Bad Wolf came to town ... See familiar characters from famous fairy tales transported to a new, humorous context in this thrilling adventure story by Timothy Knapman. White Plus/Band 10+ books provide challenging plots and vocabulary as well as opportunities to pratise inference, prediction and reading stamina. Pages 46 and 47 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

The Wrong Door Band 10+/White Plus

The Wrong Door Band 10+/White Plus

Author: Brandon Robshaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. When Molly decides to escape from the Holiday Club and go for a wander, she finds herself lost in the maze-like corridors of Buston Civic Centre. On her quest to find her way back, Molly enters a series of wrong doors which leads to interesting - and comical - predicaments ... This humorous fiction story was written by Brandon Robshaw. White Plus/Band 10+ books provide challenging plots and vocabulary as well as opportunities to pratise inference, prediction and reading stamina. Pages 46 and 47 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Discover Mars! Band 03/Yellow

Discover Mars! Band 03/Yellow

Author: Steve Parker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

Mars is the closest planet to Earth, but how much do we know about it? Written by science author Steve Parker, this fact-packed book takes a look at the physical features of the planet and at the amazing exploration that has been done on Mars. * Mars is the closest planet to Earth, but how much do we know about it? Written by science author Steve Parker, this fact-packed book takes a look at the physical features of the planet and at the amazing exploration that has been done on Mars. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language * Photographs of Mars taken from space on pages 14-15 help children recap and provide a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: Science

How to be a Tudor Band 14/Ruby

How to be a Tudor Band 14/Ruby

Author: Scoular Anderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

Have you ever wanted to be a Tudor? Here's how to do it - in just twenty easy stages. Find out all about the Tudor monarchs, homes, food and much more in this funny historical non-fiction book. * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * Text type - An information book. * Reader/Response page with summary pictures to be used as a stimulus for further speaking, listening and writing opportunities. * Additional information retrieval devices such as a glossary, index and monarch information summary pages can be evaluated for their usefulness as children develop critical reading skills. This title is paired with an adventure story, Stowaway! set in Tudor times about a young boy who travels around the world with Sir Francis Drake. *Curriculum links - History: What were the differences between the lives of rich and poor people in Tudor times? * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Great Pebble Puzzle Band 10+/White Plus

The Great Pebble Puzzle Band 10+/White Plus

Author: Ali Sparkes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. Nothing mysterious happens in Puggle ... that is until Dev finds a pebble - a pebble with a painting and the word HELP on it. Intrigue builds as more and more pebbles appear around the village. Who keeps sending them? And why? Join Dev and his friends as they seek to solve the Pebble Puzzle in this humorous mystery story by Ali Sparkes. White Plus/Band 10+ books provide challenging plots and vocabulary as well as opportunities to pratise inference, prediction and reading stamina. Pages 46 and 47 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace Band 18/Pearl

Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace Band 18/Pearl

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

Collins Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 4-11 edited by Cliff Moon. Top children's authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that your children will love to read, banded to help you choose the right book for every child. Practical ideas for guided reading are included at the back of each book. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: * Curriculum links:

The Girl in the Window Band 11+/Lime Plus

The Girl in the Window Band 11+/Lime Plus

Author: Narinder Dhami Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. Rajni and Sheela live in opposite flats, high up in the clouds in an apartment block in Mumbai. They wave to each other every day from their windows and believe they could be best friends ... but they've never met! Will they ever get to know each other properly? This lovely story of friendship was written by Narinder Dhami. Lime Plus/Band 11+ books provide challenging plots and vocabulary as well as opportunities to pratise inference, prediction and reading stamina. Pages 46 and 47 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Jane Eyre Band 18/Pearl

Jane Eyre Band 18/Pearl

Author: Julie Berry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

When governess Jane Eyre goes to work at Thornfield Hall and meets the mysterious Mr Rochester, her life finally feels like it's going right. Until the strange woman in the attic threatens everything. Charlotte Bronte's epic classic is beautifully retold here by award-winning author Julie Berry. Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Saving the Ice Bear Band 11+/Lime Plus

Saving the Ice Bear Band 11+/Lime Plus

Author: Susan Price Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. During a bad winter in Viking-age Scotland, Fari finds a polar bear cub that drifted to shore on an ice floe. He raises the cub and teaches her tricks. They soon become inseparable - but as the bear grows and grows, she is no longer welcome in Fari's home. Follow Fari as he embarks on a journey to save his friend in this beautiful historic tale by Susan Price. Lime Plus/Band 11+ books provide challenging plots and vocabulary as well as opportunities to pratise inference, prediction and reading stamina. Pages 46 and 47 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Toga in a Tangle Band 11+/Lime Plus

Toga in a Tangle Band 11+/Lime Plus

Author: Hawys Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. While playing a game of hide-and-seek at an important banquet, Felix overhears a plot to steal some precious jewels. Who are the thieves ... and how will he stop them? Find out whether Felix, his sister Camilla and their friend Livia can work together to save the peace between the Roman and Egyptian empires in this exciting historic thriller by Hawys Morgan. Lime Plus/Band 11+ books provide challenging plots and vocabulary as well as opportunities to pratise inference, prediction and reading stamina. Pages 46 and 47 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Frog and Toad: The Kite Band 05/Green

Frog and Toad: The Kite Band 05/Green

Author: Arnold Lobel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2019

Once upon a time there were two good friends, a frog and a toad... Frog and Toad went out to fly a kite, but getting it to fly was harder than they thought! The much-loved Frog and Toad stories were written and illustrated Arnold Lobel and have been loved by generations. Children can recap the story on pages 14-15 by exploring each attempt the characters made at getting the kite to fly, providing lots of speaking and listening opportunities. Green/Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters. Ideas for Reading provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Frog and Toad: Tomorrow Band 05/Green

Frog and Toad: Tomorrow Band 05/Green

Author: Arnold Lobel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2019

Once upon a time there were two good friends, a frog and a toad... Each time Toad saw how messy his home was he said, I will do it tomorrow. Today I will take life easy. What happened when tomorrow arrived? The much-loved Frog and Toad stories were written and illustrated Arnold Lobel and have been loved by generations. Children can recap the story on pages 14-15 by exploring the difference between tidying the house 'tomorrow' and doing it 'today', providing lots of speaking and listening opportunities. Green/Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters. Ideas for Reading provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Frog and Toad: Alone Band 05/Green

Frog and Toad: Alone Band 05/Green

Author: Arnold Lobel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2019

Once upon a time there were two good friends, a frog and a toad... Frog wanted to be alone. Toad thought Frog was sad, so set out to cheer him up. The much-loved Frog and Toad stories were written and illustrated Arnold Lobel and have been loved by generations. Children can recap the story using the story map on pages 14-15, providing lots of speaking and listening opportunities. Green/Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters. Ideas for Reading provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Frog and Toad: The Surprise Band 05/Green

Frog and Toad: The Surprise Band 05/Green

Author: Arnold Lobel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2019

Once upon a time there were two good friends, a frog and a toad... Frog and Toad both secretly visited each other's houses to clean up the leaves. Were they able to surprise each other? The much-loved Frog and Toad stories were written and illustrated Arnold Lobel and have been loved by generations. Children can recap the two surprises in the diagram on pages 14-15, providing lots of speaking and listening opportunities. Green/Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters. Ideas for Reading provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Jack in Goal Band 08/Purple

Jack in Goal Band 08/Purple

Author: Catherine MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2019

It's Jack's first day at Glendale School. He's a star goalie, so why isn't he happy when he's asked to join the team? * Themes of family and friendship are explored in this exciting tale of school football. * Text type - A story with a familiar setting. * The storyboard on pp 22-23 offers children the opportunity to recap and retell the story in their own words.

One Night in the Zoo Band 11/Lime

One Night in the Zoo Band 11/Lime

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2019

A wonderful rhyming book from Judith Kerr, the best-selling author of the Mog series and The Tiger Who Came to Tea One moonlit, magical night in the zoo An elephant jumped in the air and flew. But nobody knew. It's only when all the visitors have gone home that the real fun starts in the Zoo! Enjoy counting the wide variety of animals in a fun and wonderfully imaginative way as you follow them through the night, and find out what mischief they get into. A summary on pages 30 and 31, showing each animal in the book in number order, supports children in recapping what they have read. Lime/Band 11 books have longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language. Ideas for reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities

Melrose and Croc Go To Town Band 06/Orange

Melrose and Croc Go To Town Band 06/Orange

Author: Emma Chichester Clark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2019

Little Green Croc is excited to go into town - but it's very busy out there and Melrose is keen to remind him they should stick together! This glowing picture book from the creator of the Blue Kangaroo series is perfect for sharing with little children who are making friends. Melrose and Croc are thrilled to be taking an exciting trip to town. Little Green Croc just can't wait to rush off into the bright lights and bustle of the city, but the slightly more worldly-wise Melrose advises caution - the crowds are big and Croc is a very small crocodile, and if they are not careful, he might end up...LOST! Thankfully the friends are reunited for a happy ending. A story map on pages 26 and 27 supports children in recapping the main events in the story. Orange/Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. Ideas for reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Melrose and Croc Friends For Life Band 06/Orange

Melrose and Croc Friends For Life Band 06/Orange

Author: Emma Chichester Clark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2019

Melrose and Croc discuss all the reasons they are all the very best of friends. From the creator of the Blue Kangaroo series, these adorable characters will soon be your best friends too! Melrose and Croc are the best of friends. They love all the things about each other that make them who they are. So when Melrose or Croc feels that nothing they do is good enough, they always know how to cheer each other up - it's easy: they remind one another of ALL the different things that make them special - unique and totally loveable! The universal theme of friendship and understanding is sure to touch every heart, as Melrose and Croc show how to love others and also yourself. A summary of the attributes that each character likes about the other on pages 26 and 27 supports children in recapping the main events in the story. Orange/Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. Ideas for reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Melrose and Croc Beside the Sea Band 09/Gold

Melrose and Croc Beside the Sea Band 09/Gold

Author: Emma Chichester Clark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2019

Join best friends Melrose and Croc for a day of sunshine and laughter beside the sea! This glowing picture book from the creator of the Blue Kangaroo series is perfect for sharing with little children who are making friends. Little Green Croc is in a snappy mood, but Melrose knows that a guessing game and a trip to the seaside will soon have his favourite friend smiling again. This charming picture book is full of sunshine, brightly capturing the warmth of true friendship. Wonderfully illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, it's a perfect addition to the Melrose and Croc series. A summary on pages 26 and 27 of the clues that Melrose gives Croc provides support for children in recapping the story. Gold/Band 9 fiction offers developing readers literary language and stories with distinctive characters. Ideas for reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Melrose and Croc Find A Smile Band 06/Orange

Melrose and Croc Find A Smile Band 06/Orange

Author: Emma Chichester Clark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2019

Melrose has lost his smile - will Little Green Croc help him to find it again? This glowing picture book from the creator of the Blue Kangaroo series is perfect for sharing with little children who are making friends. When Melrose loses his smile, he worries that he won't be able to find it again. But Little Green Croc takes him to the countryside and sure enough, his smile returns! A heart-warming tale about the power of friendship. A story map on pages 26 and 27 supports children in recapping the main events in the story. Orange/Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. Ideas for reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

The Great Granny Gang Band 11/Lime

The Great Granny Gang Band 11/Lime

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2019

Here comes the fearless granny gang, The youngest eighty-two. They leap down from their granny van, And there's nothing they can't do! A gleeful celebration of why grannies are great! Through wonderfully rhythmical writing and exquisite illustrations, Judith Kerr OBE shows us that there is a lot more to this gang of grey-haired grannies than meets the eye! A summary on pages 34 and 35 of each granny and her skill supports children in recapping the story, providing plenty of speaking and listening opportunities. Lime/Band 11 books have longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language. Ideas for reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Paddington in the Garden Band 15/Emerald

Paddington in the Garden Band 15/Emerald

Author: Michael Bond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2018

When Paddington starts to make a list of all the nice things he can think of about being a bear and living with the Browns he is sure to include 'the garden'. Paddington feels very lucky to have such a nice garden, especially as he has his own little patch in it to keep him out of mischief! When Paddington is around, things are rarely simple and he soon finds that gardening his own little patch in the Brown family's garden is not as easy as he had thought. He sets out, with a jar of marmalade of course, to look for ideas... Children can recap the story through Paddington's list on pages 30-31, providing lots of speaking and listening opportunities. Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. Ideas for Reading provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Paddington Goes for Gold Band 15/Emerald

Paddington Goes for Gold Band 15/Emerald

Author: Michael Bond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2018

A hilarious picture book featuring Paddington, the classic bear from Darkest Peru, as he takes part in a local family sports event with rather sticky results! Paddington is in high competitive spirits when he accompanies the Brown family to a local sports day. But whether he's putting the shot, helping Jonathan and Judy get ready for the three-legged race, or taking part in a relay, nothing goes quite as planned. Will a gold medal ever be within Paddington's reach? Children can recap the different ways Paddington tried to help in the sports day races through the summary on pages 30-31, providing lots of speaking and listening opportunities. Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. Ideas for Reading provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Paddington Goes to Hospital Band 15/Emerald

Paddington Goes to Hospital Band 15/Emerald

Author: Michael Bond, Karen Jankel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2018

We should never have given Paddington a boomerang for his birthday, said Mrs Brown as she gazed down at the figure lying on the lawn. I knew no good would come of it. Paddington has got himself into trouble again, and this time he finds himself being whisked off to hospital in an ambulance. Full of the humorous misunderstandings and adventures that this lovable bear is famous for, this is a great story for the young Paddington fan who is apprehensive, or merely curious, about what goes on inside a hospital. Children can recap Paddington's experience in hospital through his letter to Aunt Lucy on pages 30-31, providing lots of speaking and listening opportunities. Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. Ideas for Reading provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Paddington and the Grand Tour Band 15/Emerald

Paddington and the Grand Tour Band 15/Emerald

Author: Michael Bond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2018

Paddington Bear returns for a day of London sightseeing in this hilarious book by Michael Bond. Paddington is very excited. He is going on a day trip around the city with his friend, Mr Gruber. With his suitcase full of marmalade sandwiches and Mrs Bird's umbrella in case it rains, the bear from darkest Peru is ready for anything. Or almost... Children can recap the story through the poster on pages 30-31, providing lots of speaking and listening opportunities. Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. Ideas for Reading provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Guided Reading Handbook Ruby to Sapphire Complete Teaching and Assessment Support

Guided Reading Handbook Ruby to Sapphire Complete Teaching and Assessment Support

Author: Stephanie Austwick, Kevin Jeffery, Rachel Clarke, Gill Matthews Format: CD-ROM Release Date: 23/02/2018

Collins Big Cat Guided Reading Handbooks provide a continuous programme of teaching and assessment that take every reader from phonics to fluency. * Detailed support for both collaborative guided reading sessions and independent sessions for every Big Cat book. * Supports practice of reading comprehension strategies through focused, targeted lesson plans and resource sheets, ensuring every pupil reaches age-related expectations. * Includes advice for demonstration and modelling in every lesson plan, supporting pupils in developing key skills such as inference and deduction from the start. * Vocabulary Boost sessions for every book to extend pupils' expressive and receptive vocabulary. * Formative and summative assessment opportunities to fully assess pupil progress in reading. * Matches to the current programmes of study for English, Science, History and Geography. * Supporting resource sheets and editable lesson plans available at collins.co.uk

Guided Reading Handbook Diamond to Pearl Complete Teaching and Assessment Support

Guided Reading Handbook Diamond to Pearl Complete Teaching and Assessment Support

Author: Stephanie Austwick, Kevin Jeffery, Rachel Clarke, Gill Matthews Format: CD-ROM Release Date: 23/02/2018

Collins Big Cat Guided Reading Handbooks provide a continuous programme of teaching and assessment that take every reader from phonics to fluency. * Detailed support for both collaborative guided reading sessions and independent sessions for every Big Cat book. * Supports practice of reading comprehension strategies through focused, targeted lesson plans and resource sheets, ensuring every pupil reaches age-related expectations. * Includes advice for demonstration and modelling in every lesson plan, supporting pupils in developing key skills such as inference and deduction from the start. * Vocabulary Boost sessions for every book to extend pupils' expressive and receptive vocabulary. * Formative and summative assessment opportunities to fully assess pupil progress in reading. * Matches to the current programmes of study for English, Science, History and Geography. * Supporting resource sheets and editable lesson plans available at collins.co.uk

Guided Reading Handbook Blue to Turquoise Complete Teaching and Assessment Support

Guided Reading Handbook Blue to Turquoise Complete Teaching and Assessment Support

Author: Catherine Casey, Emma Caulfield, Gill Matthews, Liz Miles Format: CD-ROM Release Date: 30/11/2017

Collins Big Cat Guided Reading Handbooks provide a continuous programme of teaching and assessment that take every reader from phonics to fluency. * Detailed support for both collaborative guided reading sessions and independent sessions for every Big Cat book. * Supports practice of reading comprehension strategies through focused, targeted lesson plans and resource sheets, ensuring every pupil reaches age-related expectations. * Includes advice for demonstration and modelling in every lesson plan, supporting pupils in developing key skills such as inference and deduction from the start. * Vocabulary Boost sessions for every book to extend pupils' expressive and receptive vocabulary. * Formative and summative assessment opportunities to fully assess pupil progress in reading. * Matches to the current programmes of study for English, Science, History and Geography. * Supporting resource sheets and editable lesson plans available at collins.co.uk.

Guided Reading Handbook Purple to Lime Complete Teaching and Assessment Support

Guided Reading Handbook Purple to Lime Complete Teaching and Assessment Support

Author: Catherine Casey, Emma Caulfield, Gill Matthews, Liz Miles Format: CD-ROM Release Date: 30/11/2017

Collins Big Cat Guided Reading Handbooks provide a continuous programme of teaching and assessment that take every reader from phonics to fluency. * Detailed support for both collaborative guided reading sessions and independent sessions for every Big Cat book. * Supports practice of reading comprehension strategies through focused, targeted lesson plans and resource sheets, ensuring every pupil reaches age-related expectations. * Includes advice for demonstration and modelling in every lesson plan, supporting pupils in developing key skills such as inference and deduction from the start. * Vocabulary Boost sessions for every book to extend pupils' expressive and receptive vocabulary. * Formative and summative assessment opportunities to fully assess pupil progress in reading. * Matches to the current programmes of study for English, Science, History and Geography. * Supporting resource sheets and editable lesson plans available at collins.co.uk.

Guided Reading Handbook Pink to Yellow Complete Teaching and Assessment Support

Guided Reading Handbook Pink to Yellow Complete Teaching and Assessment Support

Author: Catherine Casey, Emma Caulfield, Sue Cove, Liz Miles Format: CD-ROM Release Date: 28/09/2017

Collins Big Cat Guided Reading Handbooks provide a continuous programme of teaching and assessment that take every reader from phonics to fluency. * Detailed support for both collaborative guided reading sessions and independent sessions for every Big Cat book. * Supports practice of reading comprehension strategies through focused, targeted lesson plans and resource sheets, ensuring every pupil reaches age-related expectations. * Includes advice for demonstration and modelling in every lesson plan, supporting pupils in developing key skills such as inference and deduction from the start. * Vocabulary Boost sessions for every book to extend pupils' expressive and receptive vocabulary. * Formative and summative assessment opportunities to fully assess pupil progress in reading. * Matches to the current programmes of study for English, Science, History and Geography. * Supporting resource sheets and editable lesson plans available at collins.co.uk.

Crime & Punishment through the Ages Band 18/Pearl

Crime & Punishment through the Ages Band 18/Pearl

Author: Grant Bage Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2017

Through history there have always been people who have committed crimes and been punished. Starting with Roman Britain, all the way to the 21st century, this book explores the changing ways in which criminals have been treated. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links: History

Everest Ice Climbers Band 15/Emerald

Everest Ice Climbers Band 15/Emerald

Author: Rob Alcraft Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2017

Join an expedition climbing Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. From Base Camp to the summit, find out what to wear, what to take with you and how to survive! * Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - Geography

Wonderful Wilderness Band 15/Emerald

Wonderful Wilderness Band 15/Emerald

Author: Gill Arburthnott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2017

What is a wilderness? Why do we need to preserve it and how do we go about doing so? This book takes a look at these important questions and focuses on National Parks from Yellowstone in the US, to the Lake District in the UK and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. * Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - Geography

A Year in Barrowswold Forest Band 15/Emerald

A Year in Barrowswold Forest Band 15/Emerald

Author: Chris Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2017

This scrapbook tells the story of a Forest School year. Each week in Forest School the children visit Barrowswold Forest and record their adventures throughout the changing seasons. They have fun climbing trees, making things and exploring - and they also learn a lot about the animals, plants and environment around them! * Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - Geography

The Life Cycle of the Orca Band 16/Sapphire

The Life Cycle of the Orca Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Moira Butterfield Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2017

Orcas are creatures of the ocean that stay in their family group their entire lives. Discover their life cycle in this book, from birth to death and everything in-between - swimming, playing, hunting and surviving. * Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - Science

Himalayas Bottom to Top Band 18/Pearl

Himalayas Bottom to Top Band 18/Pearl

Author: Simon Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2017

Take a look at the Himalayan mountain range - from the jungle valleys at the bottom right up to the icy peaks at the very top. Find out about the climate, the vegetation and the wildlife and how people live their lives at each level. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links: Geography

The Life and Times of William Shakespeare Band 18/Pearl

The Life and Times of William Shakespeare Band 18/Pearl

Author: Sue Purkiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2017

Find out about the fascinating life of William Shakespeare - the world's most famous playwright. How did the politics of the time, and the queens, kings and rulers, affect his writing? Who was this man who had such a way with words? * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links: History

Linnaeus Organising Nature Band 18/Pearl

Linnaeus Organising Nature Band 18/Pearl

Author: Liz Miles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2017

Carl Linnaeus was one of the most important and influential scientists who ever lived. He invented a system for naming and classifying living things, which is still in use today, and went on scientific expeditions to remote parts of the world. Discover Linnaeus's adventurous life and how his work has inspired scientists ever since * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further.

War School for Dogs Band 16/Sapphire

War School for Dogs Band 16/Sapphire

Author: David Long Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2017

During the First World War, the British War Dog School was set up. Find out how it trained dogs to carry messages along the trenches, helping the war effort and saving lives. * Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - History

Ancient Greeks and Why They Matter to Us Band 16/Sapphire

Ancient Greeks and Why They Matter to Us Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Juliet Kerrigan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2017

The Ancient Greeks had big ideas, made unusual discoveries and created brilliant inventions. Find out what it was like to be Greek thousands of years ago, and how Ancient Greek culture has shaped the way we live our lives today. * Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - History

The Story of the Suffragettes Band 17/Diamond

The Story of the Suffragettes Band 17/Diamond

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2017

For nearly a century, women fought for the right to be able to vote. Their leaders brought together women from all social classes. Their fight for equality led to imprisonment and even death. This is the story of the suffragettes. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - History

The Golden Age of Baghdad Band 17/Diamond

The Golden Age of Baghdad Band 17/Diamond

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2017

1100 years ago Baghdad was the world's biggest and finest city. Discover this glamorous, glorious desert city - its art, literature and learning - during the Islamic Golden Age. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - History

Top Ten Great Britons Band 15/Emerald

Top Ten Great Britons Band 15/Emerald

Author: Jo Nelson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2017

When the British public voted for their top ten Britons, they included a writer, musician, campaigner, engineer and politician in the list. What do they all have in common? Find out what it takes to be a Great Briton. * Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on pages 30 and 31 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - History

Mary Anning Fossil Hunter Band 17/Diamond

Mary Anning Fossil Hunter Band 17/Diamond

Author: Anna Claybourne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2017

Mary Anning was one of the greatest fossil hunters in history. Find out how Mary's life changed when she found an enormous fossil on her local beach, and how her discoveries transformed the way we think about life on Earth. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - History; Geography

The Incredible Life of Sir David Attenborough Band 16/Sapphire

The Incredible Life of Sir David Attenborough Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Sally Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2017

David Attenborough has dedicated his life to nature. Through his television programmes he has brought amazing wildlife into our homes and helped us to understand more about the world. Find out all about his incredible life. * Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. * Text type - An information book * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - Science

The Story of the Wolf Band 17/Diamond

The Story of the Wolf Band 17/Diamond

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2017

Wolves are fascinating, beautiful - and often misunderstood. Find out how wolves are adapted to life in harsh climates, how they live and work together in packs, how humans have mistreated them in the past, and how humans and wolves might live alongside each other more peacefully in the future. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on pages 30 and 31 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - Science

Guided Reading Handbook Copper to Topaz Complete Teaching and Assessment Support

Guided Reading Handbook Copper to Topaz Complete Teaching and Assessment Support

Author: Stephanie Austwick, Kevin Jeffery, Rachel Clarke, Gill Matthews Format: CD-ROM Release Date: 15/09/2017

Collins Big Cat Guided Reading Handbooks provide a continuous programme of teaching and assessment that take every reader from phonics to fluency. * Detailed support for both collaborative guided reading sessions and independent sessions for every Big Cat book. * Supports practice of reading comprehension strategies through focused, targeted lesson plans and resource sheets, ensuring every pupil reaches age-related expectations. * Includes advice for demonstration and modelling in every lesson plan, supporting pupils in developing key skills such as inference and deduction from the start. * Vocabulary Boost sessions for every book to extend pupils' expressive and receptive vocabulary. * Formative and summative assessment opportunities to fully assess pupil progress in reading. * Matches to the current programmes of study for English, Science, History and Geography. * Supporting resource sheets and editable lesson plans available at collins.co.uk.

Women in the Skies Band 13/Topaz

Women in the Skies Band 13/Topaz

Author: Charlotte Coleman-Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2017

From the first planes to modern spacecraft, follow the women who had the courage, grit and determination to conquer the skies! * Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on pages 28 and 29 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - History (beyond 1066)

The Making of Mozart Band 12/Copper

The Making of Mozart Band 12/Copper

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2017

Get ready to meet a small boy with a big talent! Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was composing music and travelling the world to perform for kings and emperors when he was only eight years old. This is his story. * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on pages 28 and 29 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - Music

The Life Cycle of a Polar Bear Band 14/Ruby

The Life Cycle of a Polar Bear Band 14/Ruby

Author: Catriona Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2017

Follow the journey of a polar bear from cub to adulthood to find out how they reach the top of the Arctic food chain and survive in the frozen north. * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on pages 44 and 45 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - Science - Living things and their habitats

Living in an Earthquake Zone Band 13/Topaz

Living in an Earthquake Zone Band 13/Topaz

Author: Catriona Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2017

What's it really like to live in an earthquake zone and how do people know when one's about to happen? Explore where and why earthquakes take place and what to do when one strikes. *Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on page 29 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - Geography - physical geography

What's up with Time? Band 14/Ruby

What's up with Time? Band 14/Ruby

Author: Becca Heddle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2017

How do we measure time, and where does it come from? How do clocks work - and what happened before they were invented? Find out the fascinating answers inside. * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on page 44 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - Mathematics - measurement; History - chronological understanding

Wind Power Band 13/Topaz

Wind Power Band 13/Topaz

Author: Emily Dodd Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2017

Wind power is used more and more around the world to give us electricity in our homes. But what is wind? How can it be used to make electricity and why is it replacing other forms of energy? Find out in this book. * Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on pages 28 and 29 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - Science - Electricity

Vikings in Britain Band 14/Ruby

Vikings in Britain Band 14/Ruby

Author: David MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2017

They came in their longships from Scandinavia, stealing gold and spreading fear. From fighting to settling, this is the story of how Vikings shaped the history of Britain as we know it. * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on pages 44 and 45 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - History - Viking raids and invasion

Welcome to My City Band 14/Ruby

Welcome to My City Band 14/Ruby

Author: Charlotte Raby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2017

Come on a tour of four exciting - and very different - cities! Find out what it's like to live in Bristol, Paris, Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi, and discover: * fun things to do * important landmarks and history * how the local landscape and climate have affected life in each city. * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on pages 44 and 45 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - Geography - locational knowledge

A Finders' Guide to Rocks, Fossils and Soils Band 13/Topaz

A Finders' Guide to Rocks, Fossils and Soils Band 13/Topaz

Author: Alison Milford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2017

Join the experts on their field trip and discover how the rocks, fossils and soils are a vital part of our planet. * Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on pages 30 and 31 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - Science - Rocks; Geography - Natural resources

On the Track Band 12/Copper

On the Track Band 12/Copper

Author: Andy Seed Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2017

Track cycling has been around since the 1870s, but it's never been so popular as today! Find out all about the specialist bikes, breathtaking races and top riders in this book. * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on pages 28 and 29 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - Physical Education; History

Tsunamis Band 12/Copper

Tsunamis Band 12/Copper

Author: Emily Dodd Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2017

What is a tsunami? How do they happen? What effect do they have on people's lives? Learn about how we can predict them by looking at the science behind them and some real-life case studies. * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on pages 28 and 29 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - Geography - Human geography

You Are Here; Maps and Why We Use Them Band 12/Copper

You Are Here; Maps and Why We Use Them Band 12/Copper

Author: Isobel Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2017

Every map tells a story and makes spaces, ideas, and events easier to understand. Where are you? Let's find out! * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on page 29 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - Geography - geographical skills

The Talking Bird Band 14/Ruby

The Talking Bird Band 14/Ruby

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

A traditional Persian tale about three orphaned siblings who embark on a journey of discovery to find a magical talking bird. Find out if they make it home again, and whether they learn anything about themselves along the way. Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction.. Text type: A traditional tale from another culture Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Emperor's New Clothes Band 12/Copper

The Emperor's New Clothes Band 12/Copper

Author: Susie Day Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

A traditional tale originating from Denmark about a vain king, who'll do anything to dress to impress, even if it ends up making him look rather silly! Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. Text type: A traditional tale. Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Much Ado About Nothing Band 17/Diamond

Much Ado About Nothing Band 17/Diamond

Author: Sue Purkis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

Collins Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 4-11. Top children's authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that your children will love to read, banded to help you choose the right book for every child. Practical ideas for guided reading are included at the back of each book. Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the literary heritage

Two Animal Tales from Africa Band 15/Emerald

Two Animal Tales from Africa Band 15/Emerald

Author: Beverley Birch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

Two beautifully told traditional tales by Beverley Birch. 'The Water Thief' is about the mischievous antics of Hyena and how crafty Tortoise plays him at his own game. 'Lumbwi and the Gazelle' is about a moving friendship, but when Lumbwi embarks on a new life he seems to forget about his old friend, to dreadful consequences. Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. Text type: Traditional tales from another culture Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Beauty and the Beast Band 13/Topaz

Beauty and the Beast Band 13/Topaz

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

A beautiful retelling by former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo, of this tradition tale of kindness, friendship and a real happily ever after. Find out what lies in store for Belle when she leaves her family behind to live with the Beast in his palace. Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Winter's Tale Band 17/Diamond

The Winter's Tale Band 17/Diamond

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

Alan Gibbons movingly retells the ultimate story of jealousy. When King Leontes banishes his whole family, after suspecting his wife's infidelity, he destroys everything that matters to him. But, even utter devastation can be healed with the gift of time and a little love. Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the literary heritage

The Fall of Julius Caesar Band 17/Diamond

The Fall of Julius Caesar Band 17/Diamond

Author: John Dougherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

Reacquaint yourself with Shakespeare's classic tale of power, control and leadership. When ruler Julius Caesar is offered more and more honours, and gains more and more power, there's only one way to put a stop to him. Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage

Richard III Band 18/Pearl

Richard III Band 18/Pearl

Author: Chris Powling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

Follow the twisted, evil plans of Richard III as he works his way to up become king of England. But, just how far will he go in order to reach the top, and once there, will he get the glory and triumph he so craves? Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the literary heritage

The King Who Thought He Was Clever: A Folk Tale from Russia Band 14/Ruby

The King Who Thought He Was Clever: A Folk Tale from Russia Band 14/Ruby

Author: Tony Bradman, Tom Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

A hilarious tale about a mischievous king who is desperate to show off his clever tricks to three unsuspecting princes. Find out what he gets up to, and whether anyone can beat him at his own game. Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. Text type: A traditional tale from another culture Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Antony and Cleopatra Band 17/Diamond

Antony and Cleopatra Band 17/Diamond

Author: John Dougherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

A beautiful and powerful, retelling of the ultimate love story, between Anthony and the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. But when war reopens old wounds, even a love as strong as theirs will struggle to survive. Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage

Hamlet Band 18/Pearl

Hamlet Band 18/Pearl

Author: Jon Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

A wonderfully creative retelling of Shakespeare's famous tale of revenge. When Hamlet's father unexpectedly dies and his mother quickly remarries his uncle, something doesn't feel right. A warning from a ghost sets in motion a terrifying investigation to uncover the truth. But at what cost? Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage

As You Like It Band 16/Sapphire

As You Like It Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

When Rosalind is banished to the forest by her uncle it goes without saying that her cousin Celia will go with her. But their new life gets slightly complicated, when, disguised as boys, they meet real boys, who they'd quite like to live happily ever after with! How to reveal who they really are, without losing the people they love? Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage

The Journey of Odysseus Band 15/Emerald

The Journey of Odysseus Band 15/Emerald

Author: Hawys Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

Follow Odysseus on his remarkable journey home, and find out whether he and his crew will survive the perils of the cyclops, Poseidon's revenge, the bewitching sirens, Scylla, and the deadly whirlpool, the cruel heat and a dramatic shipwreck. Finally, will Penelope, his long-lost wife be waiting for him? Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. Text type: A traditional tale from another culture Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Henry V Band 16/Sapphire

Henry V Band 16/Sapphire

Author: J. A. Henderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

Relive Shakespeare's epic tale of courage and heroism in this powerful retelling by Jan-Andrew Henderson. Is King Henry V strong enough to bring together his kingdom while under siege in France? And where does his loyalty as king, really lie? Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage

The Merchant of Venice Band 16/Sapphire

The Merchant of Venice Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Jon Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

Get acquainted with Shakespeare's classic tale of greed and revenge, in this light-hearted and amusing retelling. Bassanio is overjoyed when he finally gets to marry Portia. But, his happiness is short-lived when he is forced to defend his dear friend Antonio, who's in trouble with an old merchant - intent on getting his pound of flesh. Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Rat-Catcher of Hamelin Band 14/Ruby

The Rat-Catcher of Hamelin Band 14/Ruby

Author: June Crebbin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

A retelling of the traditional tale of the Pied Piper, and how he saves the village of Hamelin from the invasion of rats, only to take his cruel revenge on the people after the mayor refuses to pay him for his good deed. June Crebbin wonderfully captures the spirit of this story for older children, with a spine-tingling finale. Band info: Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. Text type: A traditional tale from another culture Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

King Lear Band 18/Pearl

King Lear Band 18/Pearl

Author: Martin Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

Revisit Shakespeare's most famous tragedy. When King Lear asks his three daughters to prove their love for him, he never expects the devastating outcome he faces. This remarkable edition allows readers into the minds of each of the principal characters to better understand their crafty plans and desperate motivations. Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage

The Fisherman and his Wife Band 12/Copper

The Fisherman and his Wife Band 12/Copper

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

A traditional German tale about the perils of greed, and what happens to those who always want more than they have. When a fisherman catches a magical fish, he has the chance to change his fortune, but will his wife's dissatisfaction put everything at risk? Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Dragon's Bride and other Dragon Stories Band 14/Ruby

The Dragon's Bride and other Dragon Stories Band 14/Ruby

Author: Fiona Macdonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

Three dragon tales from different cultures. Find out how brave Maren defies the terrifying beast on her wedding day, how a dragon's granny helps three boys escape his cruel claws, and how Tokoyo's quest to free her father, sees her defeat the dreadful dragon and free her whole country at the same time. Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. Text type: Traditional tales from other cultures Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

How the Birds Got Their Colours: Tales from the Australian Dreamtime Band 13/Topaz

How the Birds Got Their Colours: Tales from the Australian Dreamtime Band 13/Topaz

Author: Helen Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

A wonderful collection of creation stories from Australia, telling how the koala lost his tail, the kangaroo got her pouch, as well as how the birds got their colours. Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. Text type: Traditional tales from another culture Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Snow White and Rose Red Band 12/Copper

Snow White and Rose Red Band 12/Copper

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

A traditional tale from Germany, about two sisters and their friendship with a bear, who turns out to be not at all what he seems. Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Dick Whittington Band 12/Copper

Dick Whittington Band 12/Copper

Author: Kate Scott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

A fun, lively retelling of the traditional tale of Dick and how he hopes to change his fortune by travelling to London. But the big city is not paved with gold after all, and Dick's life is still hard, until he meets a curious cat, and suddenly his world changes. Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Pandora's Box Band 15/Emerald

Pandora's Box Band 15/Emerald

Author: Julia Golding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

A lively retelling of the classic Greek legend, which tells Pandora's tale of temptation. As she embarks life on Earth, she needs to follow just one last rule. She mustn't, under any circumstance, open the box she's been given. Can she do it, and what will be the consequences if she gives in? Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. Text type: A traditional tale from another culture Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Comedy of Errors Band 16/Sapphire

The Comedy of Errors Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Tim Knapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

A hilarious retelling of one of Shakespeare's silliest comedies. With two sets of identical twins, there's bound to be plenty of mistaken identities, the question is will everyone work out who each other is, and will all the confusion get sorted out before it's too late? Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage

The Stubborn Prince Band 15/Emerald

The Stubborn Prince Band 15/Emerald

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

A hilarious traditional Norwegian tale, which will have the whole class in stiches. Find out how Prince Magnus gets on when he leaves home thinking he knows best, only to end up living with a ferocious giant determined for him to fail, which he surely would if it wasn't for a little helper Magnus finds. Perhaps he doesn't know best after all? Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. Text type: A traditional tale from another culture Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Othello Band 18/Pearl

Othello Band 18/Pearl

Author: Sally Prue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

Sally Prue's gripping retelling of Shakespeare's devastating tragedy is both shocking and riveting. Find out how far Iago will go to get revenge on Othello, and what the terrible consequences will be. Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage

The Twelve Dancing Princesses Band 13/Topaz

The Twelve Dancing Princesses Band 13/Topaz

Author: Mara Bergman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

A traditional folk tale about twelve princesses who defy their father's rules forbidding them to dance, by finding a magical kingdom where they can let loose - and wear out their shoes! Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legend. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Ogre Band 13/Topaz

The Ogre Band 13/Topaz

Author: Deborah Bawden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

An African folk tale about two brothers, who turn out to be the only ones to save their village from the terrifying ogre who lives in the mountains above them. Find out how they manage to overcome him, and whether it's brains or brawn that eventually ensures freedom and victory for the village. Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. Text type: A traditional tale from another culture Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Boudica Band 15/Emerald

Boudica Band 15/Emerald

Author: Claire Llewellyn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Boudica, the warrior queen of the Iceni tribe, is famous for leading her people into battle against the Romans about 2000 years ago. But who was Boudica, and what led her to fight against the might of Rome? Travel back in time with this book, and find out! * Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: History

The Arabian Desert Band 16/Sapphire

The Arabian Desert Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Anita Ganeri Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

The sandy Arabian Desert stretches for hundreds of kilometres in every direction. It may seem hard to believe that anything can live in this hot, dry land, but many different living things call it home. Find out about the amazing plants, animals, and people who live in this beautiful landscape. * Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * Ideas for reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities. * Curriculum links: geography, science.

The Railway Revolution Band 16/Sapphire

The Railway Revolution Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Jo Nelson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

In 1804 the first steam train set out on a nine mile journey. Within 50 years, there were 6,000 miles of railway across the country. Discover who was behind this revolution and how it transformed Victorian England. Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. Text type: an information book. Curriculum links: history, geography Ideas for reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Time-Traveller's Guide to the Bronze Age Band 16/Sapphire

Time-Traveller's Guide to the Bronze Age Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Anna Claybourne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Over 4000 years ago, people started making things from bronze. Take a world tour and discover some of the brilliant Bronze-Age wonders they created. Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. Text type: An information book. Curriculum links: History Ideas for reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Technology in the Battle of Britain Band 17/Diamond

Technology in the Battle of Britain Band 17/Diamond

Author: Nick Hunter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

In 1940, the skies over Britain were the scene of furious fighting between the aeroplanes of the RAF and the German Luftwaffe. Technology played a role in every aspect of the battle: from code-breaking computers and radar to faster, more agile fighter planes. Find out how technology helped to turn the tide of the battle. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * Text type: information text * Curriculum links: history, science, geography

Light Band 17/Diamond

Light Band 17/Diamond

Author: Emily Dodd Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

What is light and how does it work? Did you know it was the fastest thing in the universe? Learn about the different properties of light and the importance of the sun, as well as the potential for using light in the future. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * Text type: an information book * Curriculum links: science

Changing Land Band 15/Emerald

Changing Land Band 15/Emerald

Author: Liz Miles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

This book will show you how to be a landscape detective! The way we use the land around us has changed a lot over the centuries, and it's still changing today. Visit Colchester in Essex and Portree on the Isle of Skye to find out how! * Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: Geography

The Story of the Electric Guitar Band 17/Diamond

The Story of the Electric Guitar Band 17/Diamond

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Electric guitars have made a massive contribution to music over the last century. It's hard to imagine today's music without them! But how were they invented, who were (and are) the greatest guitarists and what makes this amazing instrument so versatile and exciting? Read this book to find out! * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: History

Mapping Australia Band 15/Emerald

Mapping Australia Band 15/Emerald

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Discover how people have mapped Australia - from songs that recorded what the landscape looked like, and early explorers' drawings, to modern maps and satellite images. * Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: geography, history

The Battle of Passchendaele Band 18/Pearl

The Battle of Passchendaele Band 18/Pearl

Author: David Long Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

In 1917, during World War I, the battle of Passchendaele was fought on the Western Front in Belgium. Find out why the battle was important and what life was like for the soldiers who fought and died there. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: an information book * Curriculum links: history

Super Stars Band 15/Emerald

Super Stars Band 15/Emerald

Author: Jenny Vaughan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Space scientists believe there are billions of stars in our universe. Travel deep into space and discover how stars are born, what they're made from, what they do, and what happens when they die. * Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: science

How to Build a House Band 16/Sapphire

How to Build a House Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Isabel Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

What is your house made of? Around the world, you will find homes made of mud, stone, wood, glass, metal, concrete and even recycled plastic. Building materials can be strong, flexible, mouldable - and even beautiful! Find out how architects choose the right material for each job. Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. Text type: an information book. Curriculum links: science Ideas for reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

The Stone Age Band 12/Copper

The Stone Age Band 12/Copper

Author: Juliet Kerrigan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Over 25,000 years ago, people left handprints on the wall of a cave. Discover the clues Stone-Age people left behind, and find out what life was like thousands of years ago. Over 25,000 years ago, people left handprints on the wall of a cave. Discover the clues Stone-Age people left behind, and find out what life was like thousands of years ago. Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. Text type: An information book. Curriculum links: History - changes in Britain from Stone Age to the Iron Age.

The Story of Football Band 17/Diamond

The Story of Football Band 17/Diamond

Author: Grant Bage Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Football has changed a lot since mediaeval times, when it was a highly dangerous street game involving rival mobs and hardly any rules! Find out how the game has developed over time into the world's most popular spectator sport, loved by fans and players all over the world. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * Text type: An information book

Creatures from the Past Band 17/Diamond

Creatures from the Past Band 17/Diamond

Author: Anne Rooney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Find out about the animals that ruled the sea, land and skies from before the time of the dinosaurs until humans appeared. Evolution - the story of changing life on Earth - is uncovered through examining fossils and remains, from dinosaur poo to shells to deep-frozen mammoths. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: Science

Spotlight on Russia Band 18/Pearl

Spotlight on Russia Band 18/Pearl

Author: Sue Reid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Russia is a huge, varied country with big cities, small villages and wildernesses full of wildlife. It has an amazing history of Tsars and rebellions and bloody revolutions, as well as being a major power in the world today. In this book, find out what life is like in the largest nation on Earth. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: an information book * Curriculum links: geography, history

Charlotte Bronte Band 18/Pearl

Charlotte Bronte Band 18/Pearl

Author: Harriet Castor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Charlotte Bronte loved to create imaginary worlds and make up stories with her brother and sisters. Find out what life was like for Charlotte growing up, and how these games led her to become a best-selling author. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: an information book * Curriculum links: history

Coral Reefs Band 18/Pearl

Coral Reefs Band 18/Pearl

Author: Moira Butterfield Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Reefs are some of the most amazing habitats on earth, home to exotic fish, colourful corals, turtles and even sharks. Explore the reefs like a diver, and learn about how they formed, how they work, and how we can keep them safe for future generations to enjoy. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: geography, science

Early Kings of England Band 14/Ruby

Early Kings of England Band 14/Ruby

Author: J. M. Sertori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2016

There were a lot of changes in Britain between the departure of the Romans in 410 and the Norman invasion in 1066. In this book, find out who ruled the many British kingdoms in that time, and what life was like for the ordinary people living on farms and in towns and villages. * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: History

The Water Cycle Band 14/Ruby

The Water Cycle Band 14/Ruby

Author: Alison Milford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2016

We all need water to survive - without it there would be no life on Earth! Find out how the Earth recycles water, and what we can do to help. * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: science, geography

Food Chains Band 14/Ruby

Food Chains Band 14/Ruby

Author: Sally Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2016

All living things need food to survive. Find out who eats whom, and how we all link together to form a food chain. * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * Text type: an information book * Curriculum links: science, geography

Roman Life in Britain Band 12/Copper

Roman Life in Britain Band 12/Copper

Author: Ciaran Murtagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2016

When the Roman Emperor Claudius invaded in 43 AD, life for people in Britain changed - a lot! This book will show you how people in Roman Britain lived, travelled, ate, dressed and even washed themselves. You'll also find out why the Romans came to Britain in the first place - and why they had to leave in the end. * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on pages 30 and 31 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - History

Greatest Ashes Moments Band 14/Ruby

Greatest Ashes Moments Band 14/Ruby

Author: Nick Hunter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2016

When England and Australia play each other at cricket, there is a lot at stake: pride, passion, and a tiny trophy known as the Ashes. The contests between these two nations have been full of great moments. Find out which ones stand head and shoulder above the rest! * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: History

Caribbean Carnival Band 13/Topaz

Caribbean Carnival Band 13/Topaz

Author: Jillian Powell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2016

Wear a bright costume, bang a drum, dance and sing. Come and join the carnival as the Caribbean islands celebrate in style! * Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * An information book. * Curriculum Links: Geography

Super Boats Band 12/Copper

Super Boats Band 12/Copper

Author: Jilly Hunt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2016

Sailing, racing, travel and cargo - boats have many different uses. But some are just designed for fun! Read about boats that can travel faster than the wind, sail around the world and even some boats that have swimming pools and discos on them! * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on pages 30 and 31 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further.

Mega Plants Band 12/Copper

Mega Plants Band 12/Copper

Author: Steve Parker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2016

Plants are amazing, different around the world - and the biggest living things ever. There are leaves twice as long as a bus, flowers that attract insects by smelling like dead bodies, and trees that grow taller than the Statue of Liberty or weigh ten times as much as a blue whale! * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on pages 30 and 31 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - Science

Great Architects Band 12/Copper

Great Architects Band 12/Copper

Author: Jilly Hunt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2016

Look around you - every building that you see was designed by someone. Many of the buildings standing today were either designed or influenced by architects working thousands of years ago. Find out about famous architects through history and the amazing buildings they designed. * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on pages 30 and 31 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - History

Leisure and Entertainment since 1900 Band 13/Topaz

Leisure and Entertainment since 1900 Band 13/Topaz

Author: Timothy Knapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2016

Can you imagine what life was like before television was invented? Find out about how music, dancing, film, television, sport and computing have changed since 1900. Read about the different things people used to do in their spare time and how this is different from what we do today. * Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * An information book. * Curriculum Links: History

Plants, Pollen and Pollinators Band 13/Topaz

Plants, Pollen and Pollinators Band 13/Topaz

Author: Becca Heddle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2016

You probably know that bees and butterflies help to pollinate flowers. But did you also know that beetles, lizards and small mammals are also good pollinators? Read more about the animals that help to pollinate flowers - you might be surprised by what you find! * Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * An information book. * Curriculum Links: science

Underwater Treasure Band 13/Topaz

Underwater Treasure Band 13/Topaz

Author: Juliet Kerrigan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2016

Dive under the water and discover lost treasures! Sunken ships, gold coins, giant statues and a drowned city are all waiting to be found... * Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * An information book. * Curriculum links: history, geography, science

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King Band 14/Ruby

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King Band 14/Ruby

Author: Ursula Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Wonderful storyteller Ursula Jones tells the story of the Nutcracker, and his noble attempt to defeat the evil Mouse King and his army. Marie will never forget the Christmas the Nutcracker arrives, but can he live up to her expectations? Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Full Moon Night in Silk Cotton Tree Village: A Collection of Caribbean Folk Tales Band 15/Emerald

Full Moon Night in Silk Cotton Tree Village: A Collection of Caribbean Folk Tales Band 15/Emerald

Author: John Agard, Grace Nichols Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Learn all about the strange goings on in Cotton Tree Village with these four traditional tales from the Caribbean, beautifully told here by award-winning authors, John Agard and Grace Nichols. Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. Text type: Traditional tales from another culture Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Frankenstein Band 18/Pearl

Frankenstein Band 18/Pearl

Author: Beverley Birch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

When Frankenstein creates a monster, he never expects it to be such a huge threat to society, what will he have to do to stop it, and can he succeed before any more damage is done? Explore the fascinating dilemma of nature versus nurture in Mary Shelley's unforgettably dark thriller. Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage

Pinocchio Band 15/Emerald

Pinocchio Band 15/Emerald

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Remind yourself of the enchanting story of Pinocchio, by Pinocchio, retold here by the multi-award winning author Michael Morpurgo and beautifully illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark. A truly beautiful edition that brings this classic tale back to life. Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Railway Children Band 16/Sapphire

The Railway Children Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Harriet Castor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

A new chance to follow the lives of Roberta, Phyllis and Peter as they relocate to the country and make friends with station guard Perks, in a lovely retelling of the old favourite written for children by E. Nesbit in the early Twentieth Century. Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Tinderbox Band 15/Emerald

The Tinderbox Band 15/Emerald

Author: Penny Dolan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

When Jack finds an old tinderbox, he doesn't think much of it, but the fact that someone else wants it so much makes him question his value. Indeed, as his wishes come true, there's only one last thing that he really wants. But will he be able to outwit the King and Queen and win the heart of the Princess before it's too late? Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Wuthering Heights Band 17/Diamond

Wuthering Heights Band 17/Diamond

Author: Emma Carroll Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Rediscover Emily Bronte's terrifying novel of revenge and hatred set on the wild Yorkshire moors. When an orphaned boy embarks on a lifelong mission to punish two wealthy families, he begins a chain of unbelievable events. But, will the prize be worth all the heartache caused along the way? Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage

The Secret Garden Band 17/Diamond

The Secret Garden Band 17/Diamond

Author: Fleur Hitchcock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

A gripping retelling of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic tale of mystery and friendship. When Mary Lennox is sent to live with her uncle at his remote home on the moor, she thinks she'll be lonely and bored. But when she finds a rusty old key and discovers a secret cousin she never knew she had, everything at Misselthwaite Manor changes. Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage

The Three Musketeers Band 17/Diamond

The Three Musketeers Band 17/Diamond

Author: Martin Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Follow the exciting adventure of D'Artagnan as he desperately tries to fight for a place as one of the King's Musketeers, in this gripping retelling of Alexandre Dumas' classic story. Will D'Artagnan have the courage, bravery and skill to join the finest swordsmen in all of France? Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the literary heritage

The Story of Nian: a Folk Tale from China Band 12/Copper

The Story of Nian: a Folk Tale from China Band 12/Copper

Author: Dr. Wee Bee Geok Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

A traditional tale from China, which explores the ancient rituals of Chinese New Year, and explains how it's come to be one of the most celebrated moments of the Chinese calendar. Full of drama and suspense, you can't help but be enthralled by this story of man over beast. Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. Text type: A traditional tale from another culture. Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Legend of Blackbeard Band 15/Emerald

The Legend of Blackbeard Band 15/Emerald

Author: Thomas Bloor, Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Travel with fearsome Captain Blackbeard and his crew of pirates across the open seas as they search for treasure and capture ships. But just when Blackbeard thinks he has everything he ever wanted, he realises that it's being a true pirate that he loves best. Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The battle of Kupe and Te Wheke: A Maori Tale Band 13/Topaz

The battle of Kupe and Te Wheke: A Maori Tale Band 13/Topaz

Author: Leoni Agnew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Find out all about how New Zealand was made in this traditional Mauri creation story. As the heroic Kupe and mythical octopus, Te Wheke, battle it out on the open seas, it's impossible to tell who'll be victorious. As the drama builds in this legend of good over evil, a new land is created, and the fascinating ancient Mauri culture is explored. Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. Text type: A traditional tale from another culture Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Honey-Guide Bird: Two Traditional Tales from Africa Band 12/Copper

The Honey-Guide Bird: Two Traditional Tales from Africa Band 12/Copper

Author: Deborah Bawden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Two funny, light-hearted traditional tales from Africa. Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. Text type: Traditional tales from another culture. Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The 39 Steps Band 18/Pearl

The 39 Steps Band 18/Pearl

Author: Andrew Lane Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Revisit John Buchan's classic adventure story of danger and intrigue, as hero Richard Hannay desperately tries to escape being caught for a murder he didn't commit. The question is, can he stop the mysterious forces, which threaten the safety of the world while he's on the run? Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Aladdin and the Genies Band 14/Ruby

Aladdin and the Genies Band 14/Ruby

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Vivian French tells this well-known, much loved traditional tale of Aladdin, the magical genies and Aladdin's wishes. Will he find happiness with his riches and beautiful wife, or will evil magician Kadar Ghazi steal everything from him? Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Jungle Book Band 16/Sapphire

The Jungle Book Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Narinder Dhami Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Rudyard Kipling's much-loved classic story for children, retold here by Narinder Dhami. Follow Mowgli's adventures with Bagheera, Baloo and the wolf packs which he calls family, as he tries to escape the claws of vicious tiger Shere Khan. Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Goose Girl Band 13/Topaz

The Goose Girl Band 13/Topaz

Author: Livi Michael Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

This hilarious retelling of a traditional Hans Christian Anderson tale tells of mistaken identities as a kind, humble princess swaps places with her grumpy, unpleasant maid, with some very funny consequences! Who'll end up marrying the prince, and who will end up the goose girl, and how will the magic horse help? Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Selfish Giant Band 12/Copper

The Selfish Giant Band 12/Copper

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

A wonderful retelling of Oscar Wilde's classic story about a fierce, angry giant, who wants nothing to do with the children who play in his beautiful garden. But when he finds himself miserable and alone in an eternal winter-land, it's an act of kindness to an unlikely friend that brings back Spring and finally, happiness. Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Black Beauty Band 16/Sapphire

Black Beauty Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Sue Purkiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

A retelling of Anna Sewell's classic adventure story of Black Beauty as he starts life carefree in the field with his mother, and is then sold from owner to owner. Will he survive as his treatment gets worse and worse, and will he ever find an owner worthy of his unending loyalty? Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Black Bull Band 14/Ruby

The Black Bull Band 14/Ruby

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

When Flora dreams of happiness, she doesn't expect to be thrown on to the back of a great, black bull! But as Flora and the bull travel from glen to glen, is the silent beast all that he seems? Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Puss in Boots Band 12/Copper

Puss in Boots Band 12/Copper

Author: Anna Wilson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

A fun, lively retelling of the traditional tale of Puss and how he helps the miller's son when he's given a bag and a pair of boots. Find out how he changes Sam's fortunes in a series of clever, cunning tricks. Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Firebird: A Russian Folk Tale Band 14/Ruby

The Firebird: A Russian Folk Tale Band 14/Ruby

Author: June Crebbin, Theresa Breslin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

June Crebbin tells this traditional magical tale. When Prince Ivan meets Grey Wolf, the two set out on an adventure that takes them to three different castles. Can they win three prizes, or will Prince Ivan pay with his life? Band info: Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. Text type: A traditional tale from another culture Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Wind in the Willows Band 16/Sapphire

The Wind in the Willows Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Nicky Singer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Nicky Singer has captured all the beauty and familiarity of this classic children's book. Follow the adventures of Rat, Mole and Badger as they try to stop their friend Toad from getting into too much trouble. Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Anne of Green Gables Band 17/Diamond

Anne of Green Gables Band 17/Diamond

Author: Sarah Webb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

A funny, heart-warming retelling of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic story for children, which follows orphan Anne, as she joins a new family and makes a new, and finally happy life for herself. Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the literary heritage

The White Mouse: A Folk Tale from The Panchatantra Band 13/Topaz

The White Mouse: A Folk Tale from The Panchatantra Band 13/Topaz

Author: Dawn Casey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Discover an ancient Indian culture in this traditional tale of magic, love and a very special quest. When a small white mouse is turned into a daughter for a couple desperate for a family, they never imagined having to say goodbye to her. But as she grows up, it seems her heart only really belongs in one place: back where she came from. Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. Text type: A traditional tale from another culture Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon Band 13/Topaz

East of the Sun, West of the Moon Band 13/Topaz

Author: Jo Nelson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Follow Rosa's magical journey across the snow and ice towards a mysterious prince, who she must rescue in order to unlock her own true happiness. This beautiful retelling of an other-worldly traditional tale, wonderfully describes Rosa's unexpected voyage. Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Little Women Band 18/Pearl

Little Women Band 18/Pearl

Author: Katie Dale, Paul Rawsthorne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Follow the lives of the March sisters, who are forced to pull together when their father leaves to fight in the war. But will the girls cope when disaster strikes and their mother has to leave too, or will their changing world pull them apart? This edition, written by Katie Dale has all the warmth of Louisa May Alcott's original classic. Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the literary heritage This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Key Stage 2 New Titles Starter set

Key Stage 2 New Titles Starter set

Format: Undefined Release Date: 09/10/2015

The ideal way to try Collins Big Cat, to plug gaps and to refresh your reading resources at unbeatable prices. Starter sets contain a complete list of titles from each band with a 20% discount on the normal price. The new titles Starter Set for September contains the following titles: Sleeping Beauty The House of the Nine Doors Life and Death in a Hill Fort The Wizard of Oz George and the Dragon Spotlight on Brazil Julius Caesar Ruby-Rose The Signalman: Two Ghost Stories The Four-Desert Challenge The Celts The Hairy Flip-Flops and other Fulani Folk Tales Tales of Two Dragons Sister Queens: The Lives and reigns of Mary and Elizabeth Volcanoes Alice in Wonderland The Ancient Mariner The World's First Women Doctors: Elizabeth Blackwell and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson The Shang Dynasty The Tempest Twelfth Night The Kingdom of Benin Nicholas Nickleby Romeo and Juliet The Maya The Mysterious World of Microorganisms

Julius Caesar Band 13/Topaz

Julius Caesar Band 13/Topaz

Author: Anita Ganieri Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Find out all about the creation of the Roman Empire, and the leader, lawyer and warrior who established it and built such a powerful kingdom. Seizing land and power Caesar became dictator before he met with a brutal end in 44BCE, though not before he'd made his mark. Brave hero or ferocious tyrant - you decide. * Topaz/ Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate.

The House of the Nine Doors Band 12/Copper

The House of the Nine Doors Band 12/Copper

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

A classic tale of the Irish legend Finn McCaul, as he strives to fulfil a challenge to free his jailed uncle. The question is, is it even humanly possible?! Find out in this non-stop, funny story of perseverance, imagination - and a bit of speed, written by the Canongate Prize winner Lari Don. * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type: A retelling of a traditional tale * Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends * Ideas for reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Tales of Two Dragons Band 15/Emerald

Tales of Two Dragons Band 15/Emerald

Author: Dawn Casey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

These wonderful atmospheric folktales from the Ukraine and China, capture two different cultures, united in the presence of a dragon, who has the power to change all of their lives forever. Told here, by master storyteller Dawn Casey. * Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Twelfth Night Band 17/Diamond

Twelfth Night Band 17/Diamond

Author: Celia Rees Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Enjoy the hilarity and mischief amidst the mistaken identities, mixed messages and cross dressing in this wonderful retelling of William Shakespeare's comedy play by Celia Rees. As all the characters get their wires crossed, and fall in love with the wrong people, time is running out to reveal their true identities before they head to the church! * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view.

The Celts Band 14/Ruby

The Celts Band 14/Ruby

Author: Sean Callery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Travel back in time 2,000 years to when the Iron Age Celtic tribes migrated to Britain. Find out what Britain was like before their arrival, how they set up their communities and what life was like for them as they built and defended their homes, fought, farmed and celebrated their culture. * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Shang Dynasty Band 16/Sapphire

The Shang Dynasty Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Anna Claybourne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

A fascinating insight into the history of one of our ancient civilisations - the Shang dynasty, their society, culture, belief system and way of life in China over 500 years ago. Who were they, how did they rule and what was life like under their power? * Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The World's First Women Doctors: Elizabeth Blackwell and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Band 16/Sapphire

The World's First Women Doctors: Elizabeth Blackwell and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Isabel Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Find out all about two ground breaking figures in medicine - Elizabeth Blackwell and Elizabeth Garret Anderson, two women who fought to become doctors in the early 1800s. What was life like for women in the early nineteenth century, what obstacles did both women come up against and ultimately how did they succeed? * Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically.

The Kingdom of Benin Band 17/Diamond

The Kingdom of Benin Band 17/Diamond

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Find out all about the ancient kingdom of Benin, the tribes that lived there, how they lived and were ruled, and how the nation changed and developed over time. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view.

The Hairy Flip-Flops and other Fulani Folk Tales Band 15/Emerald

The Hairy Flip-Flops and other Fulani Folk Tales Band 15/Emerald

Author: Stephen Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Follow the trickery and antics of Hyena and Rabbit as they try to out-wit each other in this collection of hilarious traditional tales from West Africa. * Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

George and the Dragon Band 13/Topaz

George and the Dragon Band 13/Topaz

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Princess Sabra has a simple happy life until her kingdom is attacked by a fierce, fire-breathing dragon. As she struggles to find a way of saving the land and the people, there appears only one answer and one very high cost...Can the strange soldier who appears be the only one who can rescue her and save her kingdom from the mighty beast? * Topaz/ Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Ruby-Rose Band 14/Ruby

Ruby-Rose Band 14/Ruby

Author: Janet Foxley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Janet Foxley spins a new take on the familiar classic, Little Red Riding Hood. Be prepared for some unexpected twists and turns as Ruby-Rose sets out into the forest with a basket of food for her grandmother, and as the light fades and things get peculiar, this ripping retelling feels more menacing than ever before! * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Signalman: Two Ghost Stories Band 14/Ruby

The Signalman: Two Ghost Stories Band 14/Ruby

Author: Penny Dolan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Discover these two creepy, ghostly stories originally written by Charles Dickens, retold here by Penny Dolan. In 'The Signalman' messages warn of horrors to come, but will they be understood before it's too late? And in 'The Face on the Train' a chance meeting inspires an artist to draw a portrait, but was the encounter chance after all? * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Four-Desert Challenge Band 14/Ruby

Four-Desert Challenge Band 14/Ruby

Author: Rob Alcroft Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Find out all about one of the worlds' toughest running challenges, as racers compete for 28 days covering a distance of over 1,000 kilometres in some of the wildest and loneliest places on Earth, in the ultimate endurance event. * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction.

Alice in Wonderland Band 16/Sapphire

Alice in Wonderland Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Emma Chichester Clark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

A brand new Alice for children today to enjoy, beautifully retold and illustrated by multi-award-winning author Emma Chichester Clark, which captures the original tale faithfully and loyally but with makes it accessible for a whole new generation. * Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Life and Death in an Iron Age Hill Fort Band 12/Copper

Life and Death in an Iron Age Hill Fort Band 12/Copper

Author: Juliet Kerrigan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

In the Iron Age over 3,000 forts were built on top of hills. Find out how hill forts were constructed, what they were used for, and what they tells us about the people who lived over 2,000 years ago. A fascinating look into a past world by Juliet Kerrigan. * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Mysterious World of Microorganisms Band 18/Pearl

The Mysterious World of Microorganisms Band 18/Pearl

Author: Isabel Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Not your average science book, this in-depth analysis of the smallest living things in our world, gives captivating insight into the wonderful world of microorganisms. Focussing on bacteria, fungi, protists and viruses, it explains some of the biggest diseases of our time as well as the processes of protecting ourselves. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: * Curriculum links:

The Maya Band 18/Pearl

The Maya Band 18/Pearl

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Get an understanding of one of the world's ancient civilisations, find out all about their way of life, intriguing rituals and bizarre sports in this fascinating account of how the Maya first established themselves over 20,000 years ago in Central America and their eventual demise. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: * Curriculum links:

Volcanoes Band 15/Emerald

Volcanoes Band 15/Emerald

Author: Emily Dodd Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Everything you could ever want to know about one of Earth's most impressive phenomena. Find out all about the different types of volcano, why and how they happen, the risks they pose as well as what they can provide. * Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts.

Sister Queens: The Lives and Reigns of Mary and Elizabeth Band 15/Emerald

Sister Queens: The Lives and Reigns of Mary and Elizabeth Band 15/Emerald

Author: Duffy Parry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Find out about the lives of these two queens, joined together by their family bond, but with hugely different beliefs. Discover what early life was like for Princesses Mary and Elizabeth under the turbulent rule of their father Henry VIII, how they got on with each other and their individual reigns in this fascinating dual biography. * Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Wizard of Oz Band 13/Topaz

The Wizard of Oz Band 13/Topaz

Author: Abie Longstaff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Rediscover the wonderful story of Dorothy's adventures in Oz, with new friends the Scarecrow, Lion and Tinman, as they come up against good witches and wicked witches in their quest to find the Wizard, who promises to save them all in very different ways. Will Dorothy ever find the way home? Find out in this gripping retelling by Abie Longstaff. * Topaz/ Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Nicholas Nickleby Band 18/Pearl

Nicholas Nickleby Band 18/Pearl

Author: Julie Berry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Orphans Nicholas and Kate arrive in London to find help from their uncle, but his cold-hearted, cruel attitude sets the siblings on a course that will change their lives forever. Immerse yourself in this beautiful adaptation of one of Charles Dickens' best-known novels by Julie Berry. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: * Curriculum links:

Spotlight on Brazil Band 13/Topaz

Spotlight on Brazil Band 13/Topaz

Author: Charlotte Coleman-Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

As host of the 2014 football World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil is a country that has grabbed the world's attention and imagination. Find out all about the history, culture, remarkable landscape and, of course, the carnivals and the sporting prowess that make Brazil such an exciting, dynamic place to visit and to live. * Topaz/ Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate.

Romeo and Juliet Band 18/Pearl

Romeo and Juliet Band 18/Pearl

Author: Jon Mayhew, Barbara Vagnozzi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Get to know one of literature's most famous couples, as they meet, fall in love, marry in secret and are then cruelly separated. A love story at its heart, this is also a tale of rivalry, revenge and bitter resentment. Get to know one of Shakespeare's most famous plays in this wonderful and engaging retelling. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: * Curriculum links:

The Tempest Band 17/Diamond

The Tempest Band 17/Diamond

Author: John Dougherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Meet Prospero and his daughter Miranda as they are shipwrecked on an island. As Prospero plans revenge on those that put them there, an unlikely alliance leads to an alternative outcome with acceptance, forgiveness, friendship and marriage at the heart. Discover one of Shakespeare's most exciting plays in this gripping retelling by John Dougherty. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view.

Sleeping Beauty Band 12/Copper

Sleeping Beauty Band 12/Copper

Author: Rachel Rooney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

A wonderful retelling of this favourite fairy tale, in verse by CLPE-award winner, Rachel Rooney. * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type: A retelling of a traditional tale * Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends * Ideas for reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Dubai From The Sky Band 08/Purple

Dubai From The Sky Band 08/Purple

Author: Rob Alcraft Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2015

A history of Dubai, told through stunning aerial photos. * Purple/ Band 8 books offer developing readers literary language, with some challenging vocabulary. * Text type - An information book. * Curriculum links - Geography: 'interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including ... aerial photographs'. * Check comprehension and embed learning with a reader response spread on pages 22-23.

Wild Dog In The City Band 05/Green

Wild Dog In The City Band 05/Green

Author: Karen Romano-Young Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2015

Once, coyotes only lived in the country. Now, they've moved into cities, where they go hunting at night. * Green/Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: Science: 'Pupils should be taught to ... identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals'. * The book includes a reader response page on 22-23 to recap learning. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Changing Designs Band 10/White

Changing Designs Band 10/White

Author: Catherine Veitch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2015

From TVs and fridges to phones and music players, the design of many things we use every day has changed over time. Find out how in this book. * White/Band 10 books have more complex sentences and figurative language. * Text type - An information book. * Curriculum links - Design and Technology: 'Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, pupils develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world'. * A timeline on pages 22-23 allows children to see the evolution of design in one neat summary. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Spreading the Word: William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee Band 11/Lime

Spreading the Word: William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee Band 11/Lime

Author: Charlotte Guillain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2015

When William Caxton brought the printing press to England in 1475 he changed the lives of thousands of people, putting reading and education within their reach for the first time. When Tim Berners-Lee invented the Internet over five hundred years later, he changed the world all over again. * Lime/Band 11 books have longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language. * Text type - A dual biography. * Curriculum links - History: 'the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods [for example, ... William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee]. * Place the two lives in context with a visual timeline on pages 22-23.

Homes Sweet Homes Band 07/Turquoise

Homes Sweet Homes Band 07/Turquoise

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2015

A collection of beautiful poems about the habitats of contrasting creatures. * Turquoise/ Band 7 books offer literary language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. * Text type - A poetry collection. * Check comprehension and embed learning with a reader response spread on pages 22-23.

Royal Rap Band 08/Purple

Royal Rap Band 08/Purple

Author: Laurence Amholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2015

A humorous poem with one couplet on every monarch from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth the Second. * Purple/ Band 8 books offer developing readers literary language, with some challenging vocabulary. * Text type - A poem. * Curriculum links - History: 'Pupils should be taught about ... events beyond living memory that are significant nationally'. * A royal timeline on pages 22-23, showing dates on the throne of all monarchs, allows children to place the poem in context.

How The Elephant Got His Trunk Band 05/Green

How The Elephant Got His Trunk Band 05/Green

Author: Lou Kuenzler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2015

Eddie the Elephant was always asking Who? What? When? But one day a crocodile gave him an answer he'd never forget! * Green/Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters * Text type: A traditional tale * The story map on pages 22-23 offers children a visual summary of Eddie's journey. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Great Explorers: Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong Band 09/Gold

Great Explorers: Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong Band 09/Gold

Author: Charlotte Guillain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2015

In the 15th century, Christopher Columbus found new lands on the other side of the world. Four hundred years later, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Both men were great explorers. Discover their stories here. * Gold/Band 9 fiction books offer developing readers literary language and stories with distinctive characters. * Text type - A dual biography. * History: 'the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods [for example, ... Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong]. * Place the two lives in context with a visual timeline on pages 22-23.

We See A Cloud Band 11/Lime

We See A Cloud Band 11/Lime

Author: June Crebbin, Moira Butterfield, Celia Warren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2015

Leaves of gold and crimson Curl crisply on the street, Their papery voices chatter As they crunch beneath my feet. * Lime/Band 11 books have longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language. * Text type - A poetry collection. * Curriculum links - Geography: 'use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather'. * Check comprehension and embed learning with a reader response spread on pages 22-23.

The Boy With Wings Band 09/Gold

The Boy With Wings Band 09/Gold

Author: Simon Cheshire Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2015

Icarus and his father have been imprisoned in a maze. They dream of escape, but all they have are some sticks, feathers and wax ... * Gold/Band 9 fiction books offer developing readers literary language and stories with distinctive characters. * Text type - An retelling of a myth. * Recap the key events in a reader response spread on pages 22-23. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Holidays: Then and Now Band 06/Orange

Holidays: Then and Now Band 06/Orange

Author: Lucy M. George Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2015

Everyone looks forward to their holidays. In this book you can learn how holidays began, and what they are like today. * Orange/Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. * Text type: An information text. * Curriculum links: History: 'how people's lives have shaped this nation'. * A timeline on pages 22-23 allows children to see the history of holidays in one neat summary. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Slumbery Stumble in the Jungle Band 06/Orange

Slumbery Stumble in the Jungle Band 06/Orange

Author: Sarah Mcconnell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2015

Charlie Monkey is worried. The forest is getting smaller and a big yellow monster is coming. What can he do to save his home? And how will he get the other animals to believe him? Orange/ Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. Text type - An adventure story. Recap the main events of the tale with a reader response spread on pages 22-23. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

From Tree To Book Band 07/Turquoise

From Tree To Book Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Sarah Leveson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2015

Find out all about how book is made, from making the paper to printing the words to designing the cover. Turquoise/Band 7 books offer literary language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. Text type: An information book. The whole journey is recapped visually in one spread on pages 22-23. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Our Head Teacher is a Super-Villain Band 10/White

Our Head Teacher is a Super-Villain Band 10/White

Author: Tommy Donbavand Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2015

Something strange is going on at my school. All the teachers have yellow swirly eyes, and we've got some weird new school rules. I think it's time to investigate what's going on! * White/Band 10 books have more complex sentences and figurative language. * Text type - A humorous story. * Recap the main events of the story with a reader response spread on pages 22-23. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

One Potato Band 05/Green

One Potato Band 05/Green

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2015

One potato is not at all happy about being eaten! He leads the farmer's wife on a wild potato chase through the garden, hoping she'll choose another vegetable for her dinner. Will she catch him? * Green/Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters * Text type: A rhyming story * Children can follow the potato through the countryside in the story map on pages 22 and 23.

Rumpelstiltskin Band 09/Gold

Rumpelstiltskin Band 09/Gold

Author: Abie Longstaff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2015

Daisy longs to marry the king, but he wants her to prove herself first. Daisy asks for help from an unlikely friend, but finds herself making promises she can't keep. * Gold/Band 9 fiction books offer developing readers literary language and stories with distinctive characters. * Text type - A traditional story. * A story map on pages 22 and 23 tracks the key events of the plot.

Happy New Year Band 05/Green

Happy New Year Band 05/Green

Author: Helen Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2015

The start of a New Year is celebrated in different ways all over the world. Find out how inside! * Green/ Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters. * Text type - An information book. * A map of new year celebrations can be found on pages 22-23 to encourage children to discuss the information. * Curriculum links - Geography: 'Pupils should be taught to ... understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country, and a region within North or South America'.

Wild Weather Band 11/Lime

Wild Weather Band 11/Lime

Author: Chris Oxlade Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2015

From whirling sandstorms to freezing blizzards, take a journey around the Earth to see some of its wildest weather. This is a Band 11/Lime book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme which has longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language. This is an information book and includes a comprehensive glossary on page 29 to aid comprehension. All the wild weather is brought together neatly on pages 30 and 31, with a handy table of all weather types covered, along with locations and causes. This story supports learning around geography and will help children identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles. For more guided reading books in this Collins Big Cat band, try Minibeasts (9780007185375) written by Siobhan Hardy and illustrated by Steve Lumb.

The Gardening Year Band 06/Orange

The Gardening Year Band 06/Orange

Author: Becky Dickinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2015

Spring, Summer. Autumn. Winter. The garden changes with every season of the year. New surprises, new shoots and new jobs for the gardener. *Orange/ Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. * Text type - An information book. * At the end of the book is a useful checklist of gardeners' jobs in each season, which can be used for oral recap or to support children's writing outside the reading session. * Curriculum links - Science: 'Pupils should be taught to observe changes across the four seasons'.

Turtle's Party In The Clouds Band 06/Orange

Turtle's Party In The Clouds Band 06/Orange

Author: Beverley Birch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2015

Turtle wanted to go to the party in the clouds, but how would she get there without wings? She had an idea, but, unfortunately, things didn't go quite according to plan. * Orange/ Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. * Text type - A traditional tale. * A story map on pages 22-23 allows children to look back at Turtle's changing emotions along her journey.

Landmarks of the World Band 07/Turquoise

Landmarks of the World Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Helen Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2015

From the pyramids in Egypt to the Sydney Opera House, landmarks have been built all over the world. Find out what makes them so special. * Turquoise/ Band 7 books offer literary language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. * Text type - An information book. * A map of the world on pages 22 and 23 shows the location of all the landmarks. * Curriculum links - Geography: 'the location and characteristics of a range of the world's most significant human and physical features'.

Mighty Mountains, Swirling Seas Band 11/Lime

Mighty Mountains, Swirling Seas Band 11/Lime

Author: Valerie Bloom Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2015

Poems inspired by the world all around us. * Lime/Band 11 books have longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language. * Text type - A poetry book. * Pages 30 and 31 tie many of the poems together in a reader response page that shows the river's journey to the sea, and can be used as a prompt for speaking and listening activities. * Curriculum links - Geography: 'use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features, including beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather'.

The Big, Bad City Band 07/Turquoise

The Big, Bad City Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2015

Little Red Hen is looking for Granny's house in the big, bad city. Should she trust the smiley stranger who wants to help her? * Turquoise/ Band 7 books offer literary language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. * Text type - A traditional tale * The story is followed on pages 22 and 23 by a map of Mr Fox's whole route, which is a great way to recap and discuss the story with children and gives an opportunity to extend into further work outside the reading session. * Curriculum links: geography: 'Pupils should be taught to use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language [for example, near and far; left and right], to describe the location of features and routes on a map'.

Brave Nurses: Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell Band 10/White

Brave Nurses: Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell Band 10/White

Author: Charlotte Guillain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2015

Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell risked their lives to look after the wounded and the dying. They proved that bravery in wartime isn't just about fighting and winning battles. * White/Band 10 books have more complex sentences and figurative language. * Text type - A dual biography. * A glossary on page 29 defines difficult words. * A timeline on pages 30 and 31 allows children to recap the events of the gallant lives. * Curriculum links - History: 'the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods [for example, ... Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell].'

The Great Chapatti Chase Band 10/White

The Great Chapatti Chase Band 10/White

Author: Penny Dolan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2015

Run, run as fast as you can! You can't catch me, I'm Chapatti Man! But will Chapatti Man escape? * White/Band 10 books have more complex sentences and figurative language. * Text type: A traditional tale. * A visual summary of the Indian scenery on pages 30 and 31 helps children to recap the main events of the story.

Flying High Band 09/Gold

Flying High Band 09/Gold

Author: Dr Jen Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2015

Hot-air balloons, gliders, solar-powered planes ... Climb board and find out about the world of aircraft. * Gold/Band 9 fiction books offer developing readers literary language and stories with distinctive characters. * Text type - An information book. * A contents page can be found at the front of the book and a glossary and index on pages 20 and 21. * Curriculum links - History: 'events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, ... the first aeroplane flight]'

So You Want A Pet? Band 08/Purple

So You Want A Pet? Band 08/Purple

Author: Anne Rooney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2015

From dogs and cats to stick insects and sea monkeys, there are many types of pet. Which one is right for you? * Purple/ Band 8 books offer developing readers literary language, with some challenging vocabulary. * Text type - information book. * This non-fiction report includes a glossary and index on page 21, as well as a summary on pages 22-23 that allows the reader to look back at all the pets' needs. * Curriculum links - Science: 'Pupils should be taught to ... identify and name a variety of common animals'.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Band 18/Pearl

A Midsummer Night's Dream Band 18/Pearl

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/06/2014

One Midsummer Night, Demetrius, Lysander, Helena and Hermia ran into the moonlit wood where Oberon, the king of the fairies, was busy weaving magic and enchantment. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: * Curriculum links:

Against the Odds Band 18/Pearl

Against the Odds Band 18/Pearl

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/06/2014

Collins Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 4-11 edited by Cliff Moon. Top children's authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that your children will love to read, banded to help you choose the right book for every child. Practical ideas for guided reading are included at the back of each book. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: * Curriculum links:

Balancing Act Band 18/Pearl

Balancing Act Band 18/Pearl

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/06/2014

Collins Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 4-11 edited by Cliff Moon. Top children's authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that your children will love to read, banded to help you choose the right book for every child. Practical ideas for guided reading are included at the back of each book. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: * Curriculum links:

Copernicus, Galileo and Newton Band 18/Pearl

Copernicus, Galileo and Newton Band 18/Pearl

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/06/2014

Collins Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 4-11 edited by Cliff Moon. Top children's authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that your children will love to read, banded to help you choose the right book for every child. Practical ideas for guided reading are included at the back of each book. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: * Curriculum links:

Macbeth Band 18/Pearl

Macbeth Band 18/Pearl

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/06/2014

I'm Conn, and I work in Macbeth's castle. I fetch and I carry, and I see everything. Sometimes I see things I shouldn't; things so dreadful I'll never forget them. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: * Curriculum links:

Palaces, Peasants and Plagues - England in the 14th century Band 18/Pearl

Palaces, Peasants and Plagues - England in the 14th century Band 18/Pearl

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/06/2014

Collins Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 4-11 edited by Cliff Moon. Top children's authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that your children will love to read, banded to help you choose the right book for every child. Practical ideas for guided reading are included at the back of each book. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: * Curriculum links:

Elephant's Ears Band 03/Yellow

Elephant's Ears Band 03/Yellow

Author: Grace Webster, Sean Callery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2014

Written by Collins Big Cat Writing Competition 2013 winner Grace Webster, this original and funny story follows a baby elephant as he tries to tame his gigantic floppy ears. * Ideas for Reading provide practical support and stimulating activities. * Text type: A patterned story with a predictable structure

Bob's Secret Hideaway Band 03/Yellow

Bob's Secret Hideaway Band 03/Yellow

Author: Tom Dickinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2014

Collins Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 4-11 edited by Cliff Moon. Top children's authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that your children will love to read, banded to help you choose the right book for every child. Practical ideas for guided reading are included at the back of each book. * Ideas for Reading provide practical support and stimulating activities. * Text type: A poem.

The Ugly Duckling Band 00/Lilac

The Ugly Duckling Band 00/Lilac

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

Follow the ugly duckling, who is rejected by the other ducks because he doesn't look like them and doesn't fit in. Will they change their mind when he grows up - and will they have a surprise in store? This lovely wordless retelling of the traditional tale has been illustrated by James Mayhew. * Follow the ugly duckling who is rejected by the other ducks because he doesn't look like them and doesn't fit in. Will they change their mind when he grows up - and will they have a surprise in store? This lovely wordless retelling of the traditional tale has been illustrated by James Mayhew. * Lilac/Band 0 books are wordless books that tell a story through pictures and are designed to develop understanding about how stories work. * A story map on pages 14-15 shows what happens as the ugly duckling develops into a beautiful swan, providing a wonderful opportunity for children to recap and retell the story in their own words. * Text type: A wordless traditional tale * Curriculum links: Personal, social and emotional development

My Friend Joe Band 00/Lilac

My Friend Joe Band 00/Lilac

Author: Russell Ayto Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

A boy makes a paper plane and accidentally throws it over the wall. Little does he know that another boy called Joe lives on the other side of that wall and wants to play, too. This beautiful narrative non-fiction book about friendship is written and illustrated by award-winning illustrator Russell Ayto. * A boy makes a paper plane and accidentally throws it over the wall. Little does he know that another boy called Joe lives on the other side of that wall and wants to play, too. This beautiful narrative non-fiction book about friendship is written and illustrated by award-winning illustrator Russell Ayto. * Lilac/Band 0 books are wordless books that tell a story through pictures and are designed to develop understanding about how stories work. * Children can follow and recap the story sequence about how the boys became friends using the story map on pages 14-15. * Text type: A wordless story * Curriculum links: Personal, social and emotional development

Snap! Band 02a/Red a

Snap! Band 02a/Red a

Author: Charlotte Middleton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

A colourful retelling of Rudyard Kipling's The Elephant's Child, this fable explains how the elephant got its long trunk. As the elephant journeys through the jungle it admires the features of the other animals, until he gets a bit too close to one of them ... This sweet and funny story has been written and illustrated by Charlotte Middleton. * A colourful retelling of Rudyard Kipling's The Elephant's Child, this fable explains how the elephant got its long trunk. As the elephant journeys through the jungle it admires the features of the other animals, until he gets a bit too close to one of them ... This sweet and funny story has been written and illustrated by Charlotte Middleton. * Red A/Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development . * A story map on pages 14-15 allows children to recap the story and discuss each stage. * Text type: A traditional tale * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Animals and us

My Pet Worm Band 03/Yellow

My Pet Worm Band 03/Yellow

Author: Sally Morgan, Steve Parker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

This photographic instruction book shows children how to keep worms as pets and take care of them correctly, including how to house them and what to feed them. * This photographic instruction book shows children how to keep worms as pets and take care of them correctly, including how to house them and what to feed them. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language * Children can recap the stages of how to make a home for their worm on pages 14-15. * Text type: A simple instruction book * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Animals and us

The Prince and the Parsnip Band 04/Blue

The Prince and the Parsnip Band 04/Blue

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

Inspired by the tale of the Princess and the Pea, well-known children's author Vivian French tells the story of Princess Sue who seeks a prince using a royal parsnip test! * Inspired by the tale of the Princess and the Pea, well-known children's author Vivian French tells the story of Princess Sue who seeks a prince using a royal parsnip test! * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Children can recap the stages that Sue had to go through to find her prince using the story map on pages 14-15. * Text type: A retelling of a traditional tale * Curriculum links: Literacy

Our World Band 02b/Red B

Our World Band 02b/Red B

Author: Monica Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

Take a look at different climates and landscapes from around the globe. Explore climates that are wet, dry, hot and cold using simple explanations and vibrant pictures in this photographic non-fiction book by Monica Hughes. * Take a look at different climates and landscapes from around the globe. Explore climates that are wet, dry, hot and cold using simple explanations and vibrant pictures in this photographic non-fiction book by Monica Hughes. * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * A world map on pages 14-15 shows where each of the countries featured in the photographs are located to give children context and to help them recap information in the book. * Text type: A simple information book * Curriculum links: Geography

Meg, Mum and the Donkey Band 02b/Red B

Meg, Mum and the Donkey Band 02b/Red B

Author: Simon Puttock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

Meg and her mum go to the market with their donkey, but find that listening to everyone else's advice along the way doesn't always make for a smooth journey. This humorous fiction story is based on Aesop's fable The Farmer, His Son and the Donkey and is written by Simon Puttock. * Meg and her mum go to the market with their donkey, but find that listening to everyone else's advice along the way doesn't always make for a smooth journey. This humorous fiction story is based on Aesop's fable The Farmer, His Son and the Donkey and is written by Simon Puttock. * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Children can recap the journey of Meg, Mum and the donkey at the market on pages 14-15. * Text type: A retelling of a traditional tale * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Animals and us

How to Make a Camp Band 02a/Red a

How to Make a Camp Band 02a/Red a

Author: Jillian Powell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

This photographic non-fiction book gives children simple instructions for how to build their own tent in the garden using a sheet, a rope and some rocks. * This photographic non-fiction book gives children simple instructions for how to build their own tent in the garden using a sheet, a rope and some rocks. * Red A/Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development. * Children can recap the stages of how to make a camp on pages 14-15. * Text type: An instruction text * Curriculum links: Art

Animals in Hiding Band 04/Blue

Animals in Hiding Band 04/Blue

Author: Charlotte Guillain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

How do animals in the wild hide when they are hunting or being hunted? This photographic information book shows how animals camouflage themselves in their natural environment. * How do animals in the wild hide when they are hunting or being hunted? This photographic information book shows how animals camouflage themselves in their natural environment. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Children can recap the different animals featured in the book on pages 14-15. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Animals and us

The Hare and the Tortoise Band 03/Yellow

The Hare and the Tortoise Band 03/Yellow

Author: Melanie Williamson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

In this delightful retelling of Aesop's well-known fable, children's-book-award winner Melanie Williamson captures the story of the slow and steady tortoise and the overly-confident hare. * In this delightful retelling of Aesop's well-known fable, children's-book-award winner Melanie Williamson captures the story of the slow and steady tortoise and the overly-confident hare. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language * Children can recap the stages of the race between the hare and the tortoise on pages 14-15. * Text type: A traditional tale * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Animals and us, Literacy

Jump and Fly Band 01a/Pink a

Jump and Fly Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

Follow baby bird as it learns how to fly for the first time. This beautifully-illustrated fiction story was written by leading children's book author-illustrator Petr Horacek. * Follow baby bird as it learns how to fly for the first time. This beautifully-illustrated fiction story is written by leading children's book author-illustrator Petr Horacek. * Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. * The flow chart on pages 14 and 15 allows children to discuss and recap baby bird's progress as he learns how to fly. * Text type: A simple fiction book * Curriculum links: Understanding of the world

Jack and the Beanstalk Band 02b/Red B

Jack and the Beanstalk Band 02b/Red B

Author: Caryl Hart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

Jack's mum sends Jack to sell their cow so that they have food to eat. But instead of coming home with money, Jack comes home with magic beans that grown into a giant beanstalk. What does Jack find at the top? This retelling of the traditional tale is written by award-winning author Caryl Hart. * Jack's mum sends Jack to sell their cow so that they have food to eat. But instead of coming home with money, Jack comes home with magic beans that grown into a giant beanstalk. What does Jack find at the top? This retelling of the traditional tale is written by award-winning author Caryl Hart. * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Children can recap Jack's journey using the story map on pages 14-15. * Text type: A traditional tale * Curriculum links: Literacy

Art in the Woods Band 02b/Red B

Art in the Woods Band 02b/Red B

Author: Elizabeth Galloway Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

This non-fiction instruction book shows children how materials found in the wood, including pine cones, leaves and twigs, can be used to make their own miniature wood art project. * This non-fiction instruction book shows children how materials found in the wood, including pine cones, leaves and twigs, can be used to make their own miniature wood art project. * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Children can recap the stages of how to make art from materials found in the woods on pages 14-15. * Text type: An instruction book * Curriculum links: Art

How to Make a Hat Band 01a/Pink a

How to Make a Hat Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Sarah Levison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

Children can learn how to make and decorate paper hats in this engaging non-fiction book by Sarah Levison. Step-by-step instructions are accompanied by colourful photographs to make the process easy and fun. * Children can learn how to make and decorate paper hats in this engaging non-fiction book by Sarah Levison. Step-by-step instructions are accompanied by colourful photographs to make the process easy and fun. * Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. * Children can recap the stages of how to make a hat on pages 14-15. * Text type: An instruction text * Curriculum links: Expressive arts and design

In the Jungle Band 01b/Pink B

In the Jungle Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Becca Heddle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

This non-fiction book takes you on a journey into the jungle and looks at the people, animals and wildlife that live there, including parrots, monkeys and big cats. * This non-fiction book takes you on a journey into the jungle and looks at the people, animals and wildlife that live there, including parrots, monkeys and big cats. * Pink A/Band 1B books offer simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions * Photographs of all the different things that can be found in the jungle on pages 14-15 help children to recap and provide a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. * Text type: A non-fiction report * Curriculum links: Understanding of the world

What's in the Egg? Band 00/Lilac

What's in the Egg? Band 00/Lilac

Author: Moira Butterfield Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

This photographic information book by Moira Butterfield shows the variety of creatures that hatch from eggs, including fish, turtles, crocodiles, seagulls and eagles. * This photographic information book by Moira Butterfield shows the variety of creatures that hatch from eggs, including fish, turtles, crocodiles, seagulls and eagles. * Lilac/Band 0 books are wordless books that have a narrative using pictures. * A simple pictorial summary with labels on pages 14-15 provides an opportunity to recap and discuss the information in the book. * Text type: A wordless information book * Curriculum links: Understanding of the world

Wash, Wash, Wash Band 01a/Pink a

Wash, Wash, Wash Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Gill Budgell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

This illustrated non-fiction book shows children how important it is to wash regularly. Follow the main character through his day from when he wakes up in the morning to having a bath before he goes to bed. * This illustrated non-fiction book shows children how important it is to wash regularly. Follow the main character through his day from when he wakes up in the morning to having a bath before he goes to bed. * Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. * Children can recap the stages in the book using the flow chart on pages 14-15. * Text type: A simple non-fiction book * Curriculum links: Personal, social and emotional development

It's Great To Be Small! Band 04/Blue

It's Great To Be Small! Band 04/Blue

Author: Jane Simmons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

Ebba the baby elephant doesn't like being the smallest elephant in her group. When she meets Tiny the mouse, though, Ebba realises that it's not how big you are on the outside that matters! A beautifully illustrated story by well-known children's book author Jane Simmons. * Ebba the baby elephant doesn't like being the smallest elephant in her group. When she meets Tiny the mouse, though, Ebba realises that it's not how big you are on the outside that matters! A beautifully illustrated story by well-known children's book author Jane Simmons. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Children can recap things in the story that Ebba was scared of using the story map on pages 14-15. * Text type: A story with a familiar setting * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Time for School Band 03/Yellow

Time for School Band 03/Yellow

Author: Wendy Cope Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

Engaging and fun, this poem is about the school day and is written by award-winning contemporary poet Wendy Cope. * Engaging and fun, this poem is about the school day and is written by award-winning contemporary poet Wendy Cope. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language * On pages 14-15, children can recap the different school activities featured in the poem using a story map. * Text type: A poem * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The Three Little Rabbits Band 01b/Pink B

The Three Little Rabbits Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Mandy Stanley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

Three young rabbits have built their homes from straw, wood and bricks. But will their houses be strong enough to stop the Big Bad Wolf from destroying them? This beautiful retelling of the traditional tale is written and illustrated by award-winning illustrator Mandy Stanley. * Three young rabbits have built their homes from straw, wood and bricks. But will their houses be strong enough to stop the Big Bad Wolf from destroying them? This beautiful retelling of the traditional tale is written and illustrated by award-winning illustrator Mandy Stanley. * Pink B/Band 1B books offer simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions * Children can recap the journey of the three rabbits and the big bad wolf using the story map on pages 14-15. * Text type: A retelling of a traditional tale * Curriculum links: Personal, social and emotional development

The Boy who Cried Wolf Band 01b/Pink B

The Boy who Cried Wolf Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Saffy Jenkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

A shepherd boy decides to play a trick on the people in his village by telling them that there is a wolf nearby. But will the villagers believe him when a wolf really does turn up? This witty retelling of the traditional story was written by Saffy Jenkins. * A shepherd boy decides to play a trick on the people in his village by telling them that there is a wolf nearby. But will the villagers believe him when a wolf really does turn up? This witty retelling of the traditional story was written by Saffy Jenkins. * Pink A/Band 1B books offer simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions. * Children can recap the journey of the boy as he plays tricks using the story map on pages 14-15. * Text type: A traditional tale * Curriculum links: Personal, social and emotional development

Oops, Owl! Band 01a/Pink a

Oops, Owl! Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Michelle Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

A big owl and a small owl sit up in a tree. In trying to show each other how big they are, the small owl is accidentally knocked out of the tree. Can the big owl save him? This quirkily illustrated story is written by Michelle Robinson. * A big owl and a small owl sit up in a tree. In trying to show each other how big they are, the small owl is accidentally knocked out of the tree. Can the big owl save him? This quirkily illustrated story is written by Michelle Robinson. * Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. * Pages 14-15 provide an illustrated storyboard that consolidates understanding of the story and provides a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. * Text type: A story with patterned language * Curriculum links: Personal, social and emotional development

In the Sea Band 01b/Pink B

In the Sea Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Becca Heddle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

This photographic non-fiction book explores the sea and looks at what kinds of plants and creatures live there - including fish, jellyfish, seaweed and seals! * This photographic non-fiction book explores the sea and looks at what kinds of plants and creatures live there - including fish, jellyfish, seaweed and seals! * Pink A/Band 1B books offer simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions * Photographs of all the different things that can be found in the sea on pages 14-15 help children to recap and provide a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. * Text type: A non-fiction report * Curriculum links: Understanding of the world

Homes Band 02a/Red a

Homes Band 02a/Red a

Author: Matt Ralphs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

Where do people live? This photographic non-fiction book looks at the variety of places that can be called home from houses and apartments to caravans and boats! * Where do people live? This photographic non-fiction book looks at the variety of places that can be called home, from houses and apartments to caravans and boats! * Red A/Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development. * Children can recap different types of homes featured in the book on pages 14-15. * Text type: A simple information book * Curriculum links: Geography

The Fox and the Stork Band 02a/Red a

The Fox and the Stork Band 02a/Red a

Author: Simon Puttock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

The fox invites his friend the stork to dinner, but serves the stork his meal on a flat plate. Find out how the fox and the stork play tricks on one another at dinnertime. This retelling of a traditional tale is retold by award-winning author Simon Puttock. * The fox invites his friend the stork to dinner, but serves the stork his meal on a flat plate. Find out how the fox and the stork play tricks on one another at dinnertime. This retelling of a traditional tale is retold by award-winning author Simon Puttock. * Red A/Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development. * Children can recap the tricks that the fox and stork played on one another on pages 14-15. * Text type: A traditional tale * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Friendship

The Owl and the Pussycat Band 00/Lilac

The Owl and the Pussycat Band 00/Lilac

Author: Polly Dunbar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

This illustrated wordless version of the poem The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear is told through the beautiful artwork of award-winning illustrator Polly Dunbar. * This illustrated wordless version of the poem The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear is told through the beautiful artwork of award-winning illustrator Polly Dunbar. * Lilac/Band 0 books are wordless books that tell a story through pictures and are designed to develop understanding about how stories work. * Children can recap the story of the owl and the pussycat using the pictures in the story map on pages 14-15. * Text type: A wordless story * Curriculum links: Personal, social and emotional development

Arctic Life Band 04/Blue

Arctic Life Band 04/Blue

Author: Sean Callery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

Who lives in the Arctic? This photographic information book by Sean Callery explores the Arctic and looks at how the animals and people that inhabit this frozen landscape survive there. * Who lives in the Arctic? This photographic information book by Sean Callery explores the Arctic and looks at how the animals and people that inhabit this frozen landscape survive there. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Photographs showing how people live in the Arctic on pages 14-15 allow children to recap the information, as well as provide a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Animals and us

Baby Dragon and the Animal Olympics Band 03/Yellow

Baby Dragon and the Animal Olympics Band 03/Yellow

Author: Eliza Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Baby Dragon is excited about the Animal Olympics, but while his friends already have parts to play in the event, he has nothing to do. Will he find an event that suits him? This lovely story was written by Wimbledon Bookfest Writing Competition winner Eliza Jones and has been brought to life with illustrations by Mark Chambers. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text type: A story with a familiar setting * Curriculum links: Citizenship * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Fishy Friend Band 04/Blue

Fishy Friend Band 04/Blue

Author: Kipp Whysall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

When Sam and his family took a trip to the beach, they weren't expecting him to make a snappy new friend... This sweet story of friendship was written by nine-year-old Collins Big Cat Writing Competition winner Kipp Whysall and beautifully illustrated by Anni Axworthy. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Text type: A poem * Curriculum links: Citizenship * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

How to be a Victorian in 16 Easy Stages Band 17/Diamond

How to be a Victorian in 16 Easy Stages Band 17/Diamond

Author: Scoular Anderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

So you want to be a Victorian? From dirty streets and factories, to watching Punch and Judy shows and riding the stagecoach - find out the real facts of Victorian living in this humerous non-fiction guide. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: History * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Rapunzel Band 13/Topaz

Rapunzel Band 13/Topaz

Author: Ian Beck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Locked away inside a cold, stone tower for many years, the beautiful Rapunzel is desperate to escape. But is there any way out? Created to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Grimm brother's first book, this fabulous retelling by Ian Beck breathes new life into this well-known tale. * Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * Text type: A retelling of a traditional tale * Curriculum links: Citizenship. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad Band 13/Topaz

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad Band 13/Topaz

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Harriet Tubman was born as a slave in 19th Century America, but managed to escape and gain her freedom. Follow this amazing biography of a woman who was prepared to risk her own life to save others from the slavery she had escaped, and learn about the Underground Railroad that she used to achieve this. * Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * Text type: A biography * Curriculum links: History; Citizenship * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Your Brain Band 15/Emerald

Your Brain Band 15/Emerald

Author: Sally Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Your brain controls everything you do - from your movement to your senses and even your thoughts and decisions. Complete with detailed diagrams, discover how this important part of your body works, and how you can look after it. * Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. * Text type: An information book. * Curriculum links: Science. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

My Journey across the Indian Ocean Band 17/Diamond

My Journey across the Indian Ocean Band 17/Diamond

Author: James Adair Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Sharks, whales, huge waves, and months and months at sea - these are just a few of the things that James Adair and his friend Ben had to battle against when they decided to row unsupported across the Indian Ocean. Find out about their incredible journey, in this thrilling first-hand account. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * Text type: An autobiography * Curriculum links: Citizenship; PE; Geography * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

I Have a Dream Band 17/Diamond

I Have a Dream Band 17/Diamond

Author: Levi David Addai Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

More interested in computer games than he is in school, Raheem is tired of being told off by his mum for fooling around in class. He just can't understand what the big deal is with learning, or why he should care about Martin Luther King. But that all changes when Raheem falls asleep and wakes up in 1963 ... * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * Text type: A playscript. * Curriculum links: History, Citizenship. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

They came from Class 6C Band 16/Sapphire

They came from Class 6C Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Tommy Donbavand Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Robbie and Jenna have a problem - Tiddles, the class hamster, has eaten their teacher! As the two friends stumble upon more overgrown and threatening school animals, they start to discover that all is not as it seems in their school, and something desperately needs to be done...This quirky story was written by Tommy Donvaband. * Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. * Text type: An adventure story. * Curriculum links: Citizenship; Science. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Discovering Tutankhamun's Tomb Band 15/Emerald

Discovering Tutankhamun's Tomb Band 15/Emerald

Author: Juliet Kerrigan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

In 1922, Howard Carter and his team discovered an Ancient Egyptian tomb that was to become world famous - with the mummified body of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun inside. Find out what was inside the tomb and what we can learn from it about the world of Ancient Egypt in this fascinating information book by Juliet Kerrigan. * Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: History; Geography * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Jaws and Claws and Things with Wings Band 14/Ruby

Jaws and Claws and Things with Wings Band 14/Ruby

Author: Valerie Bloom Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Imaginative, clever and often humorous, this beautifully illustrated poetry collection by Valerie Bloom is inspired by the strange and wonderful creatures of the natural world. * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * Text type: A poetry book * Curriculum links: Citizenship

Star-gazing Band 12/Copper

Star-gazing Band 12/Copper

Author: Celia Warren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

This beautifully illustrated poetry book by Celia Warren focuses on the delights of the natural world - from jellyfish to budgies and stars in the sky. * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type: A poetry book * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Choices

Surgery through Time Band 14/Ruby

Surgery through Time Band 14/Ruby

Author: Anne Rooney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

If we go into hospital today, we know anaesthetics, antibiotics and antiseptics will be used to make the visit as pain-free and safe as possible. But how were they discovered, and what were operations like before they were used? This fact-filled information book looks at the journey surgery has made, from its early days to modern hospitals. * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * Text type: An information book. * Curriculum links: Science; History. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Treasure Box Band 15/Emerald

Treasure Box Band 15/Emerald

Author: Pauline Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

This beautifully illustrated poetry collection by Pauline Stewart focuses on treasures - from jewels and things that sparkle, to deeper treasures that lie closer to the heart. * Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. * Text type: A poetry book * Curriculum links: Citizenship

Black Holes Band 14/Ruby

Black Holes Band 14/Ruby

Author: Anna Claybourne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

What is a black hole? Where do they come from? What do they do? Find out the answers to all of these questions and what other things scientists have discovered about space exploration, gravity and much more, in this highly photographic non-fiction report. * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: Science * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Great Expectations Band 15/Emerald

Great Expectations Band 15/Emerald

Author: Hilary McKay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Follow the life of Pip, a poor lonely orphan in Victorian England. Everything changes when he becomes friends with the wealthy Estella. But can Pip leave his past behind? Written to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth, this inspired retelling is written by Whitbread award-winning author Hilary McKay. * Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. * Text type: A retelling of a story by a significant author * Curriculum links: History; Citizenship * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Project Bright Spark Band 17/Diamond

Project Bright Spark Band 17/Diamond

Author: Annabel Pitcher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Briony had always suspected there was something wrong with her teacher. But after doing some further investigation with her friend Sergio, she uncovers a secret conspiracy so amazing that she could never have believed it was true. Find out how the adventure unfolds in this thrilling mystery novel by Carnegie-medal nominee Annabel Pitcher. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * Text type: A mystery story * Curriculum links: Citizenship * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Frederick Douglass: A Slave Biography Band 16/Sapphire

Frederick Douglass: A Slave Biography Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Amanda Mitchison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Antislavery campaigner, author, diplomat and political statesmen, Frederick Douglass was one of the greatest men of his age. A former slave himself, Frederick fought publicly against slavery and was an inspiration in the fight for social and political change. Written by Amanda Mitchison, find out about this life-long battle to fight for equality. * Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. * Text type: A biography * Curriculum links: History, Citizenship * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Air-Sea Rescue Band 12/Copper

Air-Sea Rescue Band 12/Copper

Author: Chris Oxlade Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Every year, air-sea rescue teams rescue hundreds of people who have been in danger at sea - from capsized boats and illness to oil-rig explosions. Discover the equipment and skills needed to do their jobs in this fascinating non-fiction book by Chris Oxlade. * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type: An information book. * Curriculum links: Geography, Citizenship: People who help us. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Flash Harriet and the Missing Ostrich Eggs Band 14/Ruby

Flash Harriet and the Missing Ostrich Eggs Band 14/Ruby

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Flash Harriet has a problem. The ostrich eggs at a nearby farm are being stolen. Without them her father can't do his famous musical performance, and the farm will have to be sold. Who's stealing the eggs, and why do they want them? * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * Text type: A mystery story * Curriculum links: Citizenship * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Black Dog Band 16/Sapphire

The Black Dog Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Harriet Goodwin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Annie, George and Jed are on a school camping trip, and their team hasn't been doing very well in the activities they've been set. There is one final task - an orienteering exercise in the nearby woods - and they're determined to win. But will their differences in opinion hold them back, and what is the howl they've heard deep in the woods? * Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. * Text type: A mystery story. * Curriculum links: Citizenship. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The House in the Forest Band 12/Copper

The House in the Forest Band 12/Copper

Author: Janet Foxley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Hansel and Gretel are poor, so they have to travel through the forest to find work for their father. On the way, they meet a kind old lady asking for help. But does she have other plans? Marking the 200th anniversary of the Grimm Brothers' first book, Janet Foxley's wonderful retelling of this classic story is beautifully illustrated by Keino. * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type: A retelling of a traditional tale. * Curriculum links: Citizenship. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Ade Adepitan: A Paralympian's Story Band 16/Sapphire

Ade Adepitan: A Paralympian's Story Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Ade Adepitan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

A Paralympic medal winner, commentator and a successful TV presenter, Ade Adepitan has led a remarkable life. Find out Ade's story, from growing up in Nigeria with a disability, to developing his passion for sport, to receiving an MBE, in this inspirational autobiography. * Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. * Text type: An autobiography * Curriculum links: Citizenship; PE

Greedy Anansi and his Three Cunning Plans Band 13/Topaz

Greedy Anansi and his Three Cunning Plans Band 13/Topaz

Author: Beverley Birch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Inspired by three traditional African tales, follow the crafty spider Anansi, and find out how his greed and cunning don't always get him what he wants. * Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * Text type: A retelling of a traditional tale * Curriculum links: Citizenship * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Chocolate: from Bean to Bar Band 12/Copper

Chocolate: from Bean to Bar Band 12/Copper

Author: Anita Ganeri Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Chocolate comes in many forms - from chocolate bars to hot chocolate - but how was it first discovered, and how is it made? Trace the journey chocolate makes, from the cocoa bean on the tree to the chocolate bar in the shop in this fascinating report. * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type: A non-fiction report. * Curriculum links: Geography; History. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Breath Band 13/Topaz

Breath Band 13/Topaz

Author: Claire Llewellyn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Every human has to breathe, but how do we do it - and why? This detailed non-fiction book clearly explains the breathing process, how your lungs are connected to the rest of your body, using detailed diagrams for support. * Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: Science * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Knock Knock! Band 04/Blue

Knock Knock! Band 04/Blue

Author: Dominic Butters Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Joe is waiting for his friend Harry, but each time there is a knock at the door he finds an unexpected visitor waiting for him - each with an unusual problem for him to solve. This humorous story was written by nine-year-old Collins Big Cat Writing Competition winner Dominic Butters and has been wonderfully illustrated by Fabio Santomauro. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Text type: A patterned story with a predictable structure * Curriculum links: Citizenship * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Your Senses Band 10/White

Your Senses Band 10/White

Author: Sally Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

Each day we use all of our five senses. We see people, hear sounds, touch objects, smell odours and taste food. Filled with diagrams and photos, this information book by award-winning author Sally Morgan looks at each of our senses in turn and explains how they work and why they are so important. * White/Band 10 books have more complex sentences and figurative language. * Text type: An information book. * Curriculum links: Science: Ourselves; Sound and hearing. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Seahorses Band 05/Green

Seahorses Band 05/Green

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

Follow the life cycle of the seahorse - from its birth and eating in its habitat, all the way through to finding a mate and breeding. * Green/Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters. * Text Type: An information book. * Pages 22 and 23 summarise the life cycle of the seahorse. * Curriculum Links: Citizenship: Animals and us. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Olympic Heroes Band 05/Green

Olympic Heroes Band 05/Green

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

Every winner of an Olympic event has had to work hard to get to the top, but some have to work even harder to succeed. Find out which athletes have overcome racial inequality, illness and disabilities to earn their medals. * Green/Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum Links: Citizenship: Living in a diverse world * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Titanic Band 06/Orange

The Titanic Band 06/Orange

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

In 1912, the largest passenger ship ever built set sail for America, but she never got there. Find out what happened to the Titanic and her passengers. *Orange/Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. * Text type: An information book. * Pages 22 and 23 show a map of the route the Titanic took, allowing children to retrace the events of the sinking. * Curriculum links: History: How do we know about... * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Journey of Humpback Whales Band 07/Turquoise

The Journey of Humpback Whales Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

Discover the fascinating world of humpback whales, including their childhood, their search for food and the three-month migration to reach Antarctica in this highly photographic information book. * Turquoise/Band 7 books offer literary language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. * Text type: An information book. * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Animals and us. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Wellies Band 05/Green

Wellies Band 05/Green

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

Wally the penguin works in a welly shop. He makes all sorts of wellies - red ones, yellow ones, fish ones and star ones. Can he help Bertie the Polar Bear to design a pair of wellies that will win the fashion show? * Green/Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters. * Text Type: A poem * A story map of the story allows children to recap the story on pages 22 and 23. * Curriculum Links: Citizenship: Animals and us; Choices. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Plague and Fire Band 11/Lime

Plague and Fire Band 11/Lime

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

In 1665, London was a dangerous place in which to live. A plague had swept across London, and a quarter of the city's population died. A year later, tragedy struck London again and the Great Fire of London destroyed two-thirds of the city. Richard Platt explores both events and how the city survived in this fascinating information book. * Lime/Band 11 books have longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language. * Text type: An information book. * Curriculum links: History: How do we know about the great fire of London? * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Brilliant Bridges Band 09/Gold

Brilliant Bridges Band 09/Gold

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

Bridges come in all different shapes and sizes. How were bridges made in the past? How do they work? Filled with clear diagrams and stunning photos from around the world, this book explores the variety of uses and designs of these important structures. * Gold/Band 9 fiction offers developing readers literary language and stories with distinctive characters. * Text type: An information book * Pages 22 and 23 explore the different bridge designs from the book and their uses. * Curriculum links: Literacy: Information texts. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

A Christmas Carol Band 10/White

A Christmas Carol Band 10/White

Author: Penny Dolan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

Scrooge was not a kind man. One Christmas Eve he was visited by three ghosts, who took him on a journey from the past, through the present and in to the future. Was it too late for him to change his ways? This retelling of Charles Dickens' classic story is written by Penny Dolan. * White/Band 10 books have more complex sentences and figurative language. * Text type: A retelling of a story by a significant author * Curriculum links: Literacy: Extended stories/Significant authors. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Catching Flies Band 09/Gold

Catching Flies Band 09/Gold

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

A beautiful poetry book by June Crebbin exploring the themes of wildlife, the seasons and life's simple pleasures. * Gold/Band 9 fiction offers developing readers literary language and stories with distinctive characters. * Text type: A poetry book * A map of the places the poems explore on pages 22 and 23 provide recapping opportunities. * Curriculum links: Literacy: Shape poetry and calligrams; Science: Plants and animals in the local environment. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Charles Dickens Band 11/Lime

Charles Dickens Band 11/Lime

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

Charles Dickens was a famous writer who lived in the 19th century. Discover what life was like for Charles, from spending his childhood working in a factory to finding a job as a law clerk and starting his writing career in this biography by Jim Eldridge. * Lime/Band 11 books have longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language * Text type: A biography * Pages 30 and 31 present a timeline of Charles Dickens' life, allowing children to recap the events from the book. * Curriculum links: Literacy: Information texts. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Why Can't Humans Fly? Band 10/White

Why Can't Humans Fly? Band 10/White

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

Why can't humans fly? Why are ants so strong? Why can't elephants jump? Our shape and size controls what we can and can't do. Find out how humans and animals are perfectly designed to live in their particular habitats, and discover the role that evolution has played in this. * White/Band 10 books have more complex sentences and figurative language. * Text type: A simple non-fiction book. * Pages 30 and 31 explore the main themes from the book. * Curriculum links: Science: Ourselves; Literacy: Explanations. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

China's Terracotta Army Band 09/Gold

China's Terracotta Army Band 09/Gold

Author: Juliet Kerrigan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

When the First Emperor of China died 2,000 years ago, he was buried in a giant tomb. In 1974, this tomb was discovered along with an army of over 6,000 terracotta warriors. Discover the army for yourself and the reason they were buried with the Emperor. * Gold/Band 9 fiction offers developing readers literary language and stories with distinctive characters. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: History: How are our toys different from those in the past; Art and Design: What is sculpture? * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Pompeii Band 06/Orange

Pompeii Band 06/Orange

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

When the volcano Vesuvius erupted 2,000 years ago, the city of Pompeii disappeared under the ash. Four hundred years ago, Pompeii was rediscovered. The ash had preserved Pompeii so well that buildings, mosaics, statues and other artefacts have survived to the present day. So step back in time and discover what life was like in the Roman times. This is a Band 06/Orange book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme which offers varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. This is an information book with a timeline of events on pages 22 and 23, from eruption to discovering the lost city in the present day, allowing children to recap and discuss. This book supports discussions around history and what homes were like a long time ago. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader. For more guided reading books in this Collins Big Cat band, try Fire! Fire! (9780007186037) by Maureen Haselhurst.

Brown Bear and Wilbur Wolf Band 07/Turquoise

Brown Bear and Wilbur Wolf Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

When Brown Bear loses his sense of smell he cannot find food. Wilbur Wolf is too old to hunt for food. Can the two find a way of working together to help each other? * Turquoise/Band 7 books offer literary language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. * Text type: A traditional story * Pages 22 and 23 show two wanted posters from Brown Bear and Wilbur Wolf, allowing children to compare and match the characters' traits and personalities. * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Animals and us. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Oliver Band 11/Lime

Oliver Band 11/Lime

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

Follow the life of a little boy called Oliver as he goes from being a workhouse orphan to a life with a group of young pickpockets. Will he ever manage to escape his life of crime? This wonderful retelling of the classic Charles Dickens story was written by Hilary McKay. This is a Band 11/Lime book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme which has longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language. This is a retelling of a story by a significant author, and supports literacy learning around extended stories and significant authors. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader. For more guided reading books in this Collins Big Cat band, try Wild Weather (9780007591282) by Chris Oxlade.

I'm Growing a Truck in the Garden Band 09/Gold

I'm Growing a Truck in the Garden Band 09/Gold

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

A collection of weird and wonderful poems. Follow one boy through his day as he plays with his friends and creates havoc along the way. Written by Kenn Nesbitt, this collection is accompanied by the quirky illustrations of Sophie Burrows. * Gold/Band 9 fiction offers developing readers literary language and stories with distinctive characters. * Text type: A poetry book * Pages 22 and 23 show the boy's memories of his day, allowing children to recap and discuss the poems they have read. * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Taking Part; Literacy: Poems to Perform. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Captain Scott: Journey to the South Pole Band 08/Purple

Captain Scott: Journey to the South Pole Band 08/Purple

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

One hundred years ago, Captain Scott, naval officer and explorer wanted to be the first person to reach the South Pole. Was he the first to reach it? Discover what happened to him and his men when they went to the coldest place on Earth. * Purple/Band 8 books offer developing readers literary language, with some challenging vocabulary. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: Literacy: Information texts. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Clementine's Smile Band 06/Orange

Clementine's Smile Band 06/Orange

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

Clementine the crocodile is known for always being happy and having a big smile, but one day she gets toothache and can't smile anymore. Can she overcome her fear of the dentist and regain her smile? * Orange/Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. * Text type: A poem * Curriculum links: Science: Ourselves; Health and Growth. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

I Never Know How Poems Start Band 10/White

I Never Know How Poems Start Band 10/White

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

Inspiration for poetry can come from anywhere - a memory, an insight and even broccoli! Former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen explains the inspiration behind a selection of his own quirky poems, highlighting that ideas can come from many different places. * White/Band 10 books have more complex sentences and figurative language. * Text type: A poetry book * Pages 22 and 23 summarise some of the inspirations and resulting poems, allowing children to discuss and explore the ideas from the book. * Curriculum links: Literacy: Really Looking; Language play. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The King of the Forest Band 05/Green

The King of the Forest Band 05/Green

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

A fox was having a nap when a tiger leapt out at him, ready to attack. Could the fox use his cunning to save his own life? This traditional story has been beautifully illustrated by Tomislav Zlatic. * Green/Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters * Text Type: A traditional story * Curriculum Links: Citizenship:Animals and us, Geography: Global eye

The Digestive System Band 08/Purple

The Digestive System Band 08/Purple

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

We know we all need to eat, but why do we need to and where does it go? Filled with photos and clear diagrams, follow the food you eat on its journey through your body and find out what happens to it along the way. * Purple/Band 8 books offer developing readers literary language, with some challenging vocabulary. * Text type: An information book. * Pages 22 and 23 present a full body diagram, allowing children to recap the full journey our food takes. * Curriculum links: Science: Ourselves; Health and Growth. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Skara Brae Band 07/Turquoise

Skara Brae Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

In 1850 in Scotland, a great storm washed away tonnes of soil to reveal the remains of a village that existed 4,000 years before. Discover what was found at the lost village of Skara Brae and what life was like in the New Stone Age. * Turquoise/Band 7 books offer literary language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. * Text type: An Information Book. * A visual timeline on pages 22 and 23 show how life has changed in Skara Brae over time, providing plenty of speaking and listening opportunities. * Curriculum links: History: What were homes like a long time ago?; Geography: An island home. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Bogeyman Band 07/Turquoise

The Bogeyman Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

In the middle of a game, Carrie said to Harry Don't step on the lines or the Bogeyman will get you . Find out who the Bogeyman is and if Harry can face his fears by standing up to him. * Turquoise/Band 7 books offer literary language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. * Text type: A story with a familiar setting. * Pages 22 and 23 show how differently Harry's world looks when he's scared of the Bogeyman and when he has overcome his fear, providing a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. * Curriculum links: Literacy: Stories with familiar settings. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Lost Sock Band 06/Orange

The Lost Sock Band 06/Orange

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

What happens when a lucky pair of socks goes missing? Where do all the lost socks go? Discover the mystical world of sock land for yourself. * Orange/Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. * Text type: A story with a familiar setting * Curriculum links: Literacy: Stories about a fantasy world * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

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