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Books in the series: Collins Big Cat

Teeth Band 01a/Pink a

Teeth Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Nick Arnold Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Find out all about teeth in this photographic information book - from baby teeth and adult teeth to using them and cleaning them. * Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. * Text type: A simple non-fiction book * Children can re-cap the stages of the book on pages 14-15. * Curriculum links: Science: Ourselves

Yum Band 01a/Pink a

Yum Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Zoe Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

One snail, two beetles, three worms, four spiders and five flies - the frog eats them all, with hilarious consequences. But who will be next on the menu? This humorous story is brilliantly illustrated by Sandra Aguilar. * Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. * A story map on pages 14-15 allows children to recap the story and discuss each stage. * Text type: A story with predictable structure and patterned language. * Curriculum links: Science: Plants and Animals in the Local Environment

How to Make a Maraca! Band 00/Lilac

How to Make a Maraca! Band 00/Lilac

Author: Susie Hodge, Tim Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Ever wanted to make a maraca? This step by step guide will show you how, with clear, engaging photos that show just how easy it is to make and personalise your very own maraca. * Lilac/Band 0 books are wordless books that tell a story through pictures and are designed to develop understanding about how stories work. * Text type: A wordless instruction book. * Children can recap the stages on pp.14-15 * Curriculum links: Art and Design: Containers

Julius Caesar Band 13/Topaz

Julius Caesar Band 13/Topaz

Author: Anita Ganieri Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2019

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.

What Do You Like? Band 02b/Red B

What Do You Like? Band 02b/Red B

Author: Anna Owen, Steve Lumb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

What do you like to eat? This non-fiction recount features several children answering the question over the course of a day. It features different types of food using photographs, labels, speech bubbles and a clock face showing when different meals are typically eaten. * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Text type - A simple non-fiction recount. * Pages 14-15 give a pictorial summary of the book, with labelled foods arranged according to the time of day they are eaten for children to recap the text. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Unusual Traditions Band 08/Purple

Unusual Traditions Band 08/Purple

Author: John McIlwain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Do you look forward to the annual cheese-rolling? Or have you taken part in a dragonboat race? Perhaps you have danced in the street as part of a big street carnival. All around the world people take part in traditions that might seem unusual, but are great fun for everyone who joins in! Find out about all these and more in this information book. *Purple/ Band 8 books offer developing readers literary language, with some challenging vocabulary. * Text type - Non-chronological report. * An index is shown on page 21, and a labelled map of the world on pages 22 and 23 showing where the traditions featured in the book originate, an ideal cue for further discussion. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people; Geography: Where in the world is Barnaby bear?, Passport to the world. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. 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: 20/10/2019

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.

Super Sculptures Band 05/Green

Super Sculptures Band 05/Green

Author: Tasha Pym Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2006

This fascinating book gives an introduction to some of the oldest, boldest and coldest sculptures ever made! From the sphinx and the Statue of Liberty, to works by Henry Moore, Rachel Whiteread and Meret Oppenheim, the sculptures are revealed in stunning photographs, alongside interesting and informative facts. * Green level/ Band 5 books offer early readers patterned, natural language and varied characters. * Text type - Non-chronological report. * There is a fact file on pages 22 and 23 for children to discuss. * Curriculum links- Art: sculpture; Design & Technology: developing and planning ideas. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

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: 04/10/2019

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.

One Potato Band 05/Green

One Potato Band 05/Green

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2019

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.

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 Night at the Gallery Band 02a/Red a

A Night at the Gallery Band 02a/Red a

Author: Paul Shipton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

All is quiet in the gallery, as two security guards keep watch. But something strange is happening in the paintings, as piece by piece the clothes from a man in one painting move to other images - with hilarious results! This fun story is written by Paul Shipton. * Red A/Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development. * Children can re-cap the events of the book on pages 14-15. * Text type: A story with a predictable structure and patterned language * Curriculum links: Art and design: Visiting a museum, gallery or site

The Guinea Pigs Band 01a/Pink a

The Guinea Pigs Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Paul Shipton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2019

It's midnight, and the guinea pigs are not in their cage! In this humorous story, two guinea pigs stray from their cage to a park before returning home again in time for breakfast. Their night-time adventure is told through a series of illustrations with very simple repetitive text. * Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. * Text type - A story with predictable structure and patterned language. * Pages 14-15 provide an illustrated sequence of events that consolidates understanding of the story. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

Getting Dressed Band 01a/Pink a

Getting Dressed Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Teresa Heapy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

How do you get dressed in the morning? Follow one girl as she gets dressed in clothes appropriate for the changing weather outside in this illustrated non-fiction book by Teresa Heapy. * Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. * Children can recap the different clothes the girl puts on and the changing weather at each point on pages 14-15. * Text type: A simple non-fiction book * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Choices

Monster in the Mirror Band 12/Copper

Monster in the Mirror Band 12/Copper

Author: Jean Ure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2011

Stretch is a cat, long and slinky. Woffles is a dog, big and woolly. When the People bring home Muffy the new cat with sharp claws, Woffles' quiet life is shattered. But Stretch has an idea to put an end to Muffy's little games... Comically illustrated by Sholto Walker, this hilarious story was written by popular children's author Jean Ure. * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type: A humorous animal story. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Magic Egg Band 02a/Red a

The Magic Egg Band 02a/Red a

Author: Vivian French, Karen Donnelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2010

When a hungry boy wishes for an egg he gets a surprise - a magic egg that makes everything he wishes for come true with hilarious consequences. But in the end does he ever really get what he wants? This traditional tale is beautifully illustrated by Karen Donnelly to set the scene and encourage discussion. This is a Red A/Band 2A book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme which offers predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development for early readers. This story has a predictable structure and patterned language. A circular story map on pages 14-15 shows the boys journey and the consequence of each of his wishes, providing a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. This book would link well with personal, social and emotional development curriculum topics. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader. The Magic Egg is one of the top 10 books found to be `easiest' to read - most accessible and appropriate for the reading level - in the 2019 What Kids are Reading report from Renaissance Learning. Other top 10 `easiest' books to read from the report include Bad Bat (9780007412891), No, Sid, No! (9780007421923), Sam and the Nut (9780007334995), Best Bird (9780007412853), Cat and Dog in a Mess (9780007235827), Get Fit (9780007421961) and Got It! (9780007421930).

Shapes Band 01a/Pink a

Shapes Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Monica Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2019

This simple non-fiction book introduces and explores the circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, stars and hexagons which can be found in everyday objects. Each labelled shape is accompanied by a photograph showing the shape in an environmental context, for example a rectangular brick in a wall or a hexagon in a honeycomb. * Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. * Text type - A simple non-fiction book. * All six shapes and photographs of where they are found are repeated on pages 14 and 15 to consolidate understanding of the book. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

Super Sam Band 04/Blue

Super Sam Band 04/Blue

Author: Kaitlin Broadfoot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2012

Sam is an ordinary dog who likes to sit around and sleep in his basket - but Sam has a secret. When his owners leave the house, he becomes Super Sam! Find out what heroic deeds he performs in this entertaining story by ten-year-old Collins Big Cat 2011 Writing Competition winner Kaitlin Broadfoot, with illustrations by Kimberley Scott. * Ideas for Reading provide practical support and stimulating activities. * Text type: A simple story with a familiar setting.

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.

The Talking Bird Band 14/Ruby

The Talking Bird Band 14/Ruby

Author: Saviour Pirotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2019

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.

Crime & Punishment through the Ages Band 18/Pearl

Crime & Punishment through the Ages Band 18/Pearl

Author: Grant Bage Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2019

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

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.

Tara Binns: Ground-breaking Fossil Hunter Band 17/Diamond

Tara Binns: Ground-breaking Fossil Hunter Band 17/Diamond

Author: Lisa Rajan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2019

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 Tara Binns opens up her dressing up box something exciting happens ... Tara Binns becomes a palaeontologist on a dig to find dinosaur fossils! The team has very tight deadline to see if their site is of scientific interest before the bulldozers come in and an adventure park is built. The palaeontologists feel sure there is something new waiting to be discovered, but will they be able to prove their hunch before it's too late? 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.

Africa's Big Three Band 07/Turquoise

Africa's Big Three Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Jonathan Scott, Angela Scott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/11/2019

Another captivating title written and photographed by BBC Big Cat Diaries presenters, Jonathan and Angela Scott; authors of the Collins Big Cat titles Antartica: Land of the Penguins and Big Cat Babies. This time they look at the lives of Africa's three biggest land animals - the elephant, the rhino and the hippo. Another captivating title written and photographed by BBC Big Cat Diaries presenters, Jonathan and Angela Scott; authors of the Collins Big Cat titles Antartica: Land of the Penguins and Big Cat Babies. This time they look at the lives of Africa's three biggest land animals - the elephant, the rhino and the hippo. Turquoise/Band 7 books offer literary language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. Ideas for Guided Reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities. This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Tec and the Hole Band 02a/Red a

Tec and the Hole Band 02a/Red a

Author: Tony Mitton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Tec the detective has found a hole in the ground - but who dug it? Children follow Tec as he trails his suspects, until he finds the vital clue that leads him to the guilty party! * Red A/Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development. * Text type - A story with predictable structure and patterned language. * Tec's investigation involves many suspects, all of whom can be seen and discussed in a character line-up on pages 14 and 15. * Tec and the Hole is one of three stories by Tony Mitton about Tec the detective. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery

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.

My Exercise Diary Band 02b/Red B

My Exercise Diary Band 02b/Red B

Author: Alison Hawes, Collins Educational, Claire Llewellyn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2006

Follow a week in the life of a boy who loves to run, swim, rollerblade and trampoline, in this simple non-fiction recount, illustrated with action-packed photographs. Simple text reinforces the days of the week. * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Text type - A simple non-fiction recount. * A pictorial diary summary is included on pages 14 and 15. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Mountain Mona Band 09/Gold

Mountain Mona Band 09/Gold

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2006

Mona the goat's brother is good at jumping. Mona's sister is good at leaping. Mona is good at growing sunflowers. But when she meets a big, fierce lion, Mona finds out she's good at something else too! A humorous fantasy story by renowned childrens' author Vivian French. Mona the goat's brother is good at jumping. Mona's sister is good at leaping. Mona is good at growing sunflowers. But when she meets a big, fierce lion, Mona finds out she's good at something else too! A humorous fantasy story by renowned childrens' author Vivian French. Gold/Band 9 fiction offers developing readers literary language and stories with distinctive characters. Ideas for Guided Reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities. This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Animal Ancestors Band 09/Gold

Animal Ancestors Band 09/Gold

Author: Jon Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2019

Can you imagine a world with whales that could walk and giant earth moles? They both lived on Earth long ago and their relatives still live here today. Explore the terrifying, giant, strange ancestors of everyday creatures, in this captivating information text, illustrated with realistic imagery by Jon Stuart. This is a Band 09/Gold book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme which offers developing readers literary language and stories with distinctive characters. Ideas for guided reading comprehension in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities. This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery and quizzed for Accelerated Reader. For another story in this Collins Big Cat book band for guided reading, try The Woman who Fooled the Fairies (9780007186129) written by Rose Impey and illustrated by Nick Schon.

Harry's Garden Band 04/Blue

Harry's Garden Band 04/Blue

Author: Kim Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2006

Collins' celebrity gardening author demonstrates with her son, Harry, how to make a garden, step-by-step, in an old wheelbarrow. The book has instructions and wonderful photographs demonstrating the steps involved in making a garden. * Blue/ Band 4 non-fiction books use children's language patterns to give information which is supported by the illustrations and design. * Text types - An instruction text. * The photographs on pages 14 and 15 allows children to recap and discuss the text. * Curriculum links - Science: growing plants. * 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: 30/10/2019

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.

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

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

In the Forest Band 01b/Pink B

In the Forest Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Becca Heddle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

There are many exciting things in the forest. Find out all about them from dawn until night in this highly photographic non-fiction text by Becca Heddle. * Pink B/Band 1B books offer simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions * Children can re-cap the stages of the book on pages 14-15. * Text type: A non-fiction report * Curriculum links: Science: Plants and Animals in the Local Environment * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Best Bird Band 02a/Red a

Best Bird Band 02a/Red a

Author: Laura Hambleton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Owl thinks he is the best at everything, but he keeps meeting other birds who are better than him. What is Owl best at? This sweet story about finding our own strengths is written and illustrated by Laura Hambleton. This is a Red A/Band 2A book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme which offers predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development for early readers. This story has a predictable structure and patterned language and children can recap key events in the story using the storymap on pages 14-15. This book would link well with the citizenship: taking part curriculum topic. Best Bird is one of the top 10 books found to be `easiest' to read - most accessible and appropriate for the reading level - in the 2019 What Kids are Reading report from Renaissance Learning. Other top 10 `easiest' books to read from the report include Bad Bat (9780007412891), No, Sid, No! (9780007421923), Sam and the Nut (9780007334995), The Magic Egg (9780007329182), Cat and Dog in a Mess (9780007235827), Get Fit (9780007421961) and Got It! (9780007421930). * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

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.

All in a Month Band 02b/Red B

All in a Month Band 02b/Red B

Author: Monica Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Join the countdown as one boy describes the events in his life in the past month, from moving house a month ago to preparing for school and making friends today. Accompanied by snapshots of each event, this illustrated non-fiction recount is written 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. * Children can re-cap the events of the book on pages 14-15. * Text type: A simple non-fiction recount * Curriculum links: Geography: Weather around the world. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

River Journey Band 02b/Red B

River Journey Band 02b/Red B

Author: Fiona Macdonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Follow a river from its source to the sea and see how it adapts to its surroundings in this highly photographic non-fiction report by Fiona Macdonald. * 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 re-cap the journey of the river on pages 14-15. * Text type: A non-fiction report * Curriculum links: Geography: Investigating rivers * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Recycling Plastic Band 04/Blue

Recycling Plastic Band 04/Blue

Author: Anthony Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

We all know recycling is important, but what actually happens to the things we recycle? This photographic information book looks behind the scenes at how we recycle, what can be done with recycled material and what the benefits are. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Children can summarise the steps of recycling in the flow chart on pages 14-15. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Choices. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Doing Nothing Band 03/Yellow

Doing Nothing Band 03/Yellow

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

The frog is sitting at the bottom of the pond, doing nothing. But other animals keep coming after him and he has to hop away! Follow the frog as he hops around the pond in his search for a bit of peace in this wonderfully illustrated book by Petr Horacek. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language * Children can recap the frog's journey from the bottom of the pond and back again on pages 14-15. * Text type: A story with a familiar setting * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Animals and us. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Ben and Bobo Band 02b/Red B

Ben and Bobo Band 02b/Red B

Author: Martin Waddell, Julian Mosedale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2010

Ben and Bobo are painting, they're having lots of fun, but Bobo is very clumsy and things keep going wrong. Soon it's complete chaos, but, in the end, the finished result is a big surprise. Martin Waddell's hilarious story is accompanied by lively, humorous illustrations by Julian Mosedale. * Read B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion * Text type: A story with predictable structure and patterned language. * An accident map on pages 14-15 illustrates all the things that went wrong for Bobo during his painting activity with Ben. * Curriculum links: Personal, Social and Emotional Development * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Lion and the Mouse Band 02b/Red B

The Lion and the Mouse Band 02b/Red B

Author: Anthony Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

A tiny mouse accidentally disturbs a sleeping lion and fears he will be eaten - but the lion lets him go. When the lion later finds himself in trouble, though, the mouse sees his chance to return the good deed. This traditional tale by Anthony Robinson is brought to life by the contemporary artwork of Ciaran Duffy. This is a Band 02B/Red B book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme which offers simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with a simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. This is a traditional tale, and children can recap key events from the story using the story map on pages 14 and 15. This book supports learning around citizenship and the choices we can make as good citizens. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader. For more guided reading books in this Collins Big Cat band, try Our World (9780007512775) by Monica Hughes.

Night Animals Band 03/Yellow

Night Animals Band 03/Yellow

Author: Louise Spilsbury Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

When we go to sleep at night, some animals are just waking up. Discover the different activities and features of nocturnal animals in this photographic non-fiction report by Louise Spilsbury. * Banding: Yellow/Band 3 * Children can recap the different things animals do at night on pages 14-15. * Text type: A non-fiction report * Curriculum links: Science: Plants and animals in the local environment. * 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.

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'.

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.

At the Dump Band 02b/Red B

At the Dump Band 02b/Red B

Author: Claire Llewellyn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

In this non-fiction recount of a family trip to the dump, simple text combined with Ley Honor Roberts lively and inimitable cartoon-photo collage style brings environmental issues to life. The family's journey around the dump shows how different materials are sorted into different containers, ready for recycling. * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Text type - A simple recount. * A diagram on pages 14 and 15 provides a chance to recap where each material was deposited. * This information book is paired with a story on the same theme: Tec and the Litter by Tony Mitton. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

I Want a Pet! Band 05/Green

I Want a Pet! Band 05/Green

Author: Kaye Umansky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

`I want a pet! I want a pet! I hope I like the pet I get!' When a boy goes to the Strange Pet Shop to find a pet, there's no knowing what he'll find there. He is very particular, and nothing at the Strange Pet Shop suits him until, at last the perfect pet comes bounding through the door! * Green/ Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters. * Text type - A poem with predictable structure and patterned language. * At the end of the story is a poster advertising the Strange Pet Shop, which is ideal for further discussion and supporting further work outside the reading session. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Animals and us. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

My Bike Ride Band 02a/Red a

My Bike Ride Band 02a/Red a

Author: Maoliosa Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2006

This simple non-fiction text recounts a girl's journey by bicycle using symbols, maps and directions depicted by an engaging illustration-photo montage effect. * Red A/Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development. * Text type - A simple non-fiction recount. * The map on pp14-15 is a useful summary of the journey, consolidating understanding, and providing a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

Minibeasts Band 01a/Pink a

Minibeasts Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Siobhan Hardy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

The brightly coloured photographs in this picture book show common minibeasts that most children will be familiar with. Photographs alongside the minibeasts show children grouped and made up to resemble the insect featured. This is a Band 01A/Pink A book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme which offers emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. This is a simple information book with smaller versions of all the photographs repeated on pages 14 and 15 so children can retell the information in their own words. This non-fiction book is paired with a story on the same theme: The Picnic (9780007185399) written by Monica Hughes and Gustavo Mazili. This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

Cats Band 01b/Pink B

Cats Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Claire Llewellyn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

This captivating non-fiction book compares pet cats and wild cats, pointing out the features common to both. Each spread consists of a beautifully illustrated and labelled feature of a domestic cat on the left, and a high quality photograph of the corresponding feature in a wild cat on the right. * Pink B/ Band 1B books offer emergent readers simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions. * Text type - A non-fiction report. * Pages 14 and 15 offers reinforcement as all the labels are repeated in a single diagram of the domestic cat. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery

The Beach Band 02a/Red a

The Beach Band 02a/Red a

Author: Alison Hawes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

A patterned picture book about a family outing to the beach. The children are delighted when they spot seagulls, an ice-cream van, sand and even what they believe to be the sea, but are they at the beach yet? Lisa Smith's illustrations capture the children's excitement as they wait impatiently for their journey to end. * Red A/Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development. * Text type - A story with predictable structure and patterned language. * Pages 14 and 15 show a labelled beach scene, incorporating the key words from the text, and providing an opportunity to recount the text. * This story is paired with a non-fiction book on the same theme: Shapes on the Seashore by Frances Ridley. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery

My Skateboard Band 01a/Pink a

My Skateboard Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Maoliosa Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2004

The photographs and text in this non-fiction picture book combine to give an account of a child getting ready to go out skateboarding. The book presents a glimpse of what makes this exhilarating activity so popular. *Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. * Text type - Non-fiction recount. *The photographs are repeated in a pictorial summary of the book on pages 14 and 15 so children can retell the event in their own words. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery

The Oak Tree Band 02b/Red B

The Oak Tree Band 02b/Red B

Author: Anna Owen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

A non-fiction, photographic picture book about the different parts of an oak tree and the creatures that live in its roots, trunk, bark, branches and leaves. The photographs and life-like illustrations answer the repeated question: 'Who lives...?' * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Text type - A simple non-chronological report. * Pages 14 and 15 provide a large, labelled diagram of an oak tree and its inhabitants to invite recount and discussion. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

The Little Egg Band 03/Yellow

The Little Egg Band 03/Yellow

Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2006

Find out what happens to the little egg in this patterned story, filled with colourful illustrations by Shoo Rayner. * Yellow level/ Band 3 books offer early readers varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text type - A patterned story with a predictable structure. * A storyboard on pages 14 and 15 reveals what happens to the little egg through a pictorial summary of the day, providing the opportunity to recap the story. * Curriculum links - Knowledge and Understanding of the World: life processes and living things; Science: Plants and animals in the local environment; life cycles * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Cat and Dog Band 00/Lilac

Cat and Dog Band 00/Lilac

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Cat steps out through the cat flap, unaware that Dog is about to pounce. A frantic chase follows, which almost ends in catastrophe. But there is a suprise twist in the tale when Dog rescues Cat. * Lilac/Band 0 - wordless book that tells a story through pictures and is designed to develop understanding about how stories work. * Text type - Fiction. * The final spread shows the route of Cat and Dog's chase through the park and can be used by the children to discuss and retell the story. * Shoo Rayner also wrote and illustrated the Pink B story, Fly Away Home * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery

Goldilocks and the three Bears Band 00/Lilac

Goldilocks and the three Bears Band 00/Lilac

Author: Barbara Mitchellhill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

The story follows Goldilocks' journey through the bears' house as she samples their bowls of porridge and tries out their three differently-sized beds. When Goldilocks is discovered sleeping in Baby Bear's bed, however, the story takes a different twist and Goldilocks is invited to join them for breakfast. * Lilac/Band 0 - wordless book that tells a story through pictures and is designed to develop understanding about how stories work. * Text type - Fiction. * A story map on pages 14-15 gives children the opportunity to recap the story in their own words. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery

Scary Hair Band 05/Green

Scary Hair Band 05/Green

Author: Ian Whybrow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2006

Read this humorous fantasy story about Rex the dinosaur who wants to give animals super haircuts and make them happy. * Green/ Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters. * Text type - A humorous fantasy story. * The illustrations on page 22 and 23 prompts children to recap and discuss the story. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Choices; Living in a diverse world; Taking part. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

How to Make a Storybook Band 07/Turquoise

How to Make a Storybook Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Ros Asquith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Ros Asquith, cartoonist and author of many children books, gives a masterclass on writing and illustrating your own storybook . This is an instructional book with a difference, which takes young readers step by step through the writing process from first ideas to editing to illustrating and finally compiling their very own picture book. * Turquoise/ Band 7 books offer literay language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. * Text type - An instruction text. * A flow chart on pages 22 and 23 shows the eight stages described in the book, from ideas to enjoying your story with other readers. * Curriculum links - DT: Making a storybook; ICT: Writing stories; communicating information using text. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

Morris Plays Hide and Seek Band 06/Orange

Morris Plays Hide and Seek Band 06/Orange

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Morris wants to eat his kitty biscuits, but his mother sends him off to play hide and seek instead. When it's Morris's turn to hide, he finds the perfect place: the food cupboard, where the kitty biscuits are kept! * Orange/ Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. * Text type - A story with a familiar setting. * A storyboard on pages 22 and 23 offers and opportunity for children to retell the story in their own words. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Taking part. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

How to Make a Pop-up Card Band 06/Orange

How to Make a Pop-up Card Band 06/Orange

Author: Monica Hughes, Steve Lumb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

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. * Orange/ Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. * Text type - An information text. * A wordless flow-chart on pages 22 and 23 summarises the process and helps children remember the sequence of events. * Curriculum links - Design and Technology: Investigating and using materials, different joining techniques; Science: Structures; RE: Celebrations. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book is paired with a story on a similar theme: Arthur's Fantastic Party by Joseph Theobald.

Look Out Butterfly! Band 00/Lilac

Look Out Butterfly! Band 00/Lilac

Author: Nic Bishop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Follow the butterfly on its journey from flower to flower through brightly coloured photographs. But look out! Butterfly almost lands on a yellow flower where a camouflaged crab spider waits to pounce! * Lilac/Band 0 - wordless book that gives information through pictures and is designed to develop understanding about how information books work. * Text type - Non-Fiction. * A story map on pages 14 and 15 retells the story through repeated photograph to encourage speaking and listening. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery

The Monkey Puppet Band 16/Sapphire

The Monkey Puppet Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Leon Rosselson Format: Undefined Release Date: 01/09/2008

There's something different about Mark, the new boy. It's not just that he only speaks through a monkey glove puppet. Soon Daniel finds out that his new friend is in trouble - but can he help him in time? * Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. *Storycards of the key events on pages 54 and 55 help children to recap what has happened. * Text type: A mystery story * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Taking part - developing skills of communication and participation, Moving on * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Fragile Earth Band 17/Diamond

Fragile Earth Band 17/Diamond

Author: Claire Llewellyn Format: Undefined Release Date: 01/09/2008

Is the world's climate changing? We all know the theory but here is the evidence, in stunning photographs and information. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * A weather map on pages 54 and 55 helps children to look at the areas of the world most affected by extreme weather and what is happening where. * Text type: A non-chronological report. * Curriculum links: Geography: Passport to the world. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

How To Make Manga Characters Band 17/Diamond

How To Make Manga Characters Band 17/Diamond

Author: Katy Coope Format: Undefined Release Date: 21/07/2007

Have you ever wondered how to draw your favourite manga character, or design a character of your own? Manga artist Katie Coope shows you how, step by step. Use this book to create your own manga hero or heroine - their adventures start here! * Diamond/ Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * A mind map on pages 54 and 55 helps children recap all the different things to think about when drawing their own manga characters. * Text type: An instruction book. * Curriculum links: Art and Design.

Moving Out Band 17/Diamond

Moving Out Band 17/Diamond

Author: Sally Prue Format: Undefined Release Date: 01/09/2008

World War 2 is over and things in Britain are changing. For Philip and his family this means moving out, from the grey, cramped city to wide open spaces. But Gran doesn't want to leave her home for so many years. What will the family do? * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * A pros and cons list of moving to a New Town on pages 54 and 55 help children to analyse the decision making process. * Text type: A story set in the past * This book is paired with Hard Times, a non-fiction non-chronological report about growing up in the Victorial age. * Curriculum links: History: How life in Britain has changed since 1948; Citizenship: Moving on, Choices * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Golden Turtle and Other Tales Band 16/Sapphire

The Golden Turtle and Other Tales Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Gervase Phinn Format: Undefined Release Date: 01/09/2008

Three folk tales from around the world retold by the wonderful storyteller Gervase Phinn. In the first, a golden turtle offers a kindly fisherman riches beyond his wildest dreams. In the secod, Amparo's daughter looks sweet, but when she's determined to do something nothing gets in her way. In the third, a naughty leprechaun gets a big shock! * Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. * A `wanted' poster on pages 54 and 55 for the leprechaun in the last story helps children to recap all the naughty things he did. * Text type: Three stories from other cultures. * This book is paired with The Ultimate World Quiz, a non-fiction information book full of facts about our planet. * Curriculum links: Geography: Passport to the world; Citizenship: Choices, Living in a diverse world. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Band 00/Lilac

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Band 00/Lilac

Author: Jane Ray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

The town of Hamelin is over-run with rats, and the mayor is getting desperate for a solution. When the mysterious Pied Piper appears their troubles seem to be over - but what happens when the mayor refuses to pay him? This wordless traditional tale is brought to life by acclaimed author and illustrator Jane Ray. * Lilac/Band 0 books are wordless books that tell a story through pictures and are designed to develop understanding about how stories work. * Text type: A wordless traditional story * Children can re-tell the story using the map on p.14-15. * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Living in a Diverse World

I Can Help Band 01b/Pink B

I Can Help Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Anthony Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

It's fun to help! Follow one boy as he helps his family over the course of one day in different parts of the home, and find out the different ways we can help each other in this illustrated non-fiction recount. Pink B//Band 1B books offer simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions Children can re-cap the stages of the day with the storymap on pages 14-15. Text type: A story with a predictable structure and patterned language Curriculum links: Citizenship: Taking Part This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Walking and Walking Band 01a/Pink a

Walking and Walking Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Anthony Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Follow this girl and her family as they take a walk through changing landscapes and seasons and show how much fun walking can be in this seasonal story, written by Anthony Robinson and illustrated by Gwyneth Williamson. * Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. * Text type: A story with predictable structure and patterned language. * Children can re-tell the story using the map on p.14-15. * Curriculum links: Geography: Weather Around the World

Daybreak Band 18/Pearl

Daybreak Band 18/Pearl

Author: Ally Kennen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2019

Tomorrow is Linnie's birthday, and all she wants is to see the bore: a tidal wave about to crash down the estuary. But there's a problem on the farm and (to her sister's delight) mum says she can't go. Desperate to see it, Linnie makes a big mistake, but finds help from an unlikely source in this gripping story by award-winning author Ally Kennan. * 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 adventure story. * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Choices. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The House Across the Quaggy Band 18/Pearl

The House Across the Quaggy Band 18/Pearl

Author: Chris Powling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2012

There's something mysterious about the big, old house across the river. So when Archie and his two friends are offered a job tidying the attic, they jump at the chance. But sifting through the mess, they stumble upon something priceless, leaving them with a difficult decision. This exciting story by Chris Powling is illustrated by Martin Ursell. * 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 adventure story. * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Choices. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

What If We Run out of Oil? Band 18/Pearl

What If We Run out of Oil? Band 18/Pearl

Author: Nick Hunter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

We use oil every day - whether on the bus to school or writing with a pen. But where does it come from? What impact is our use of it having on the environment? What will happen when we run out completely? Explore the answers to these questions in this detailed information book, with stunning photographs and clear diagrams. * 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: Geography: Improving the Environment, Citizenship: Choices. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Tour de France Band 18/Pearl

The Tour de France Band 18/Pearl

Author: Sean Callery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2019

The Tour de France is the most famous cycling race in the world. Find out how it began, what stages are involved and what prizes can be won in this informative book by Sean Callery, filled with fascinating stories and including personal input from Tour de France cyclist Geraint Thomas MBE. * 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: P.E: Outdoor and adventurous activities. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Three Weird Days and a Meteorite Band 18/Pearl

Three Weird Days and a Meteorite Band 18/Pearl

Author: Judy Allen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2012

Some odd things are happening to Mike. First a meteorite hits his backpack, then his garden starts sinking and he begins to have bizarre dreams. When Mike hears about a kidnapping that seems identical to his night-visions, he and his best friend Scott decide to solve the mystery in this humorous adventure story by award-winning author Judy Allen. * 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: Taking part. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

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.

Water Bears Band 03/Yellow

Water Bears Band 03/Yellow

Author: Susan Gates Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2010

Explore the extraordinary world of water bears, tiny animals that you can find all around but only see with a microscope. Learn all about where they live, what they do, and how you can discover them for yourself in this simple non-fiction report accompanied by fantastic scientific pictures that bring the microscopic to life in a fun, exciting way * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text type: A simple non-fiction report. * A summary of the steps to finding water bears on pages 14-15 helps children to recap the book and provides a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. * Curriculum links: Knowledge and understanding of the world. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Tod and the Trumpet Band 04/Blue

Tod and the Trumpet Band 04/Blue

Author: Charlotte Middleton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Tod is a shy tortoise who hides away, especially when it's time to tidy up! But what will happen when Tod is forced out of the comfort of his own shell? This sweet story is written and illustrated by acclaimed author Charlotte Middleton. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Children can follow the important stages of the story in the flow chart on pages 14-15. * Text type: A story with a familiar setting * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Animals and us

How to Make a Sock Puppet Band 02a/Red a

How to Make a Sock Puppet Band 02a/Red a

Author: Jillian Powell, Steve Lumb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2010

Let's get creative and have fun! Get an old sock, some glue, marker pens and material and follow this simple instruction text to make your own cool frog or snake hand puppet. Photographically illustrated the lively, colourful images show each stage and each instruction clearly for children to follow. * Red A/Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development. * Text type: A simple instruction text. * Photographs of each instruction on pages 14-15 help children to recap each instruction. * Curriculum links: Creative Development

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.

Arthur's Fantastic Party Band 06/Orange

Arthur's Fantastic Party Band 06/Orange

Author: Joseph Theobald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

Arthur the donkey is having a party - but he wants it to be fantastic. So fantastic, that only fantastic guests can come! But when none of his friends qualify to go on the guest list, he changes his mind - and everyone has lots of fun. * Orange/ Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. * Text type - A humorous story. * An invitation and reply for Arthur's party on pp22-23 offer a great opportunity to extend the story and link to children's writing. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Choices living in a diverse world. * This story is paired with a non-fiction book on the same theme: How to Make Pop-up Cards by Monica Hughes.

What's that Building? Band 07/Turquoise

What's that Building? Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Richard Platt, Pulsar Studio Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2010

Travel the world and look at some of the most amazing buildings - inside and out! Find out how they're built, what they do and lots more fantastic facts in this exciting and very visual book. Each building is intricately illustrated, providing lots of detail to look at and talk about. * 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 collage scene on pages 22 and 23 of all the buildings from the book allows children to recall the different features of each building. * Additional retrieval devices such as a glossary and index can be evaluated for their usefulness as children develop critical reading skills. * Curriculum links: Design and Technology: Homes; Geography: Passport to the world. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Bones Workbook

Bones Workbook

Author: Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2012

An engaging workbook for children learning English with the Big Cat series. These workbooks accompany the popular Collins Big Cat series. They enable children to practice and reinforce the target vocabulary and language structures presented in each corresponding Collins Big Cat reader through enjoyable puzzles, games and activities, as well as through more traditional comprehension exercises. Tracing, copying and eventually free-writing tasks build and develop children's writing skills as they progress through the Bands, Pink A to Lime. A fun quiz to test understanding, and a reward certificate at the back of each Workbook, enable children to feel a sense of progress as they learn to read more confidently in English.

Playing Band 01b/Pink B

Playing Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2019

It's fun to play outside, and these three children enjoy it in all seasons, summer, autumn, winter and spring - whatever the weather! Each season is evocatively illustrated by Tim Hopgood - 2008 winner of Booktrust's Best Emerging Illustrator Award, developing the text and encouraging discussion. * Pink B level/Band 1B books offer simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions * Text type: A story with predictable structure and patterned language. * Illustrations of each of the four main seasons on pages 14-15 show the weather you can expect during each one and what sort of games you can play in it. * Curriculum links: Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Fabulous Creatures - Are they Real? Band 11/Lime

Fabulous Creatures - Are they Real? Band 11/Lime

Author: Scoular Anderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

This witty information book describes real and imaginary creatures, and answers the question - are they real? Some of the creatures are from myths and legends, while others are genuine. Included are the Loch Ness Monster, about which there is disagreement, the vampire bat, and the yeti. * Lime/Band 11 books have longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language. * Text type - An information book. * A table on pages 30 and 31 summarises the information about each of the creatures in the book providing an ideal opportunity for children to recap. * Curriculum links - Geography: Where in the world is Barnaby Bear? History: Ancient Eygpt.

Extreme Sports Band 14/Ruby

Extreme Sports Band 14/Ruby

Author: Adrian Bradbury Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/11/2019

Extreme sportsmen and women go faster, climb higher and compete for longer. No sporting challenge is too great. Find out the great dangers people face when pushing themselves to the limit in extreme sports. Written by Adrian Bradbury and filled with action photos from around the world, this book will appeal to adventurous young readers everywhere. * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * Text type: An information book * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Let's Go Camping Band 13/Topaz

Let's Go Camping Band 13/Topaz

Author: Jillian Powell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2011

Have you ever been camping? Become an expert camper - find out how to read maps, set up camp, cook campfire food and even track wild-animals with this fun non-fiction information book. Stunning photographs and useful step-by-step drawings accompany the text. * Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * An information book. * Pages 30 and 31 outline the 'Dos' and 'Don'ts' of camping, allowing readers to recap information from the book. * Curriculum Links; Geography: Improving the Environment, Citizenship: Animals and Us * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Where on Earth? Band 11/Lime

Where on Earth? Band 11/Lime

Author: Scoular Anderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

Where on Earth describes the journeys of significant explorers, revealing the lands they discovered and what they found there. Grid maps and grid references offer children an opportunity to find out for themselves where each explorer sailed. * Lime/Band 11 books have longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language. * Text type - An information book. * A colourful world map on pages 30 and 31 shows the routes the explorers took, providing lots of opportunities for speaking and listening, and work outside the reading session. * Curriculum links - Geography: Where in the world is Barnaby Bear? Passport to the World. * Fabulous Creatures - Are they Real? is another non-fiction title by Scoular Anderson at this level.

The Fantastic Flying Squirrel Band 04/Blue

The Fantastic Flying Squirrel Band 04/Blue

Author: Nic Bishop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

It's night time and many animals are sleeping, but deep in the forest a flying squirrel is waking. She is hungry and looking for food; what will she find to eat? Beautiful photographs show clearly how the flying squirrel moves, what she eats and where she lives. * Blue/ Band 4 non-fiction books use children's language patterns to give information which is supported by the illustrations and design. * Text types - An information book. * A pictorial summary of the book with simple labels on pages 14 and 15 allows children to recap and discuss the text. * Curriculum links - Science: light and dark, sound and hearing.

How to be an Anglo Saxon Band 13/Topaz

How to be an Anglo Saxon Band 13/Topaz

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

So you want to be an Anglo-Saxon? Find out how to do it in just a few stages. From fighting the Vikings and praying to gods, to making books from animal skin - all is revealed in this fun non-fiction guide by Scoular Anderson. * Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * An information book. * Curriculum Links; History: Why have people invaded and settled in Britain in the past: An Anglo Saxon Case Study * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

In the Garden Band 01a/Pink a

In the Garden Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Mitch Cronick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

What happens when Mum is in the garden tidying up, but the children just want to play? This simple, humorous story book shows two boys creating mayhem while Mum works on, unaware. It explores the different places they find to play, from the tent, to the sandpit, through the grass, the leaves and the mud before finally ending up in the bath. * Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. * Text type - A story with predictable structure and patterned language. * A story map on pages 14 and 15 shows the trail the boys make to encourage the children to retell the story in their own words.

Little Red Riding Hood Band 00/Lilac

Little Red Riding Hood Band 00/Lilac

Author: Katherine McEwen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2010

Little Red Riding Hood is on her way to visit Granny. But when she arrives at Granny's a big, hairy, toothy surprise awaits her! What's happened to Granny and how will Little Red Riding Hood escape? This wordless traditional tale is brought to life by award-winning illustrator Katherine McEwen. * Lilac/Band 0 books are wordless that tell a story through pictures and are designed to develop understanding about how stories work. * Text type: A wordless traditional story * Children can follow Little Red Riding Hood's journey through the forest to Granny's house on pages 14-15. * Curriculum links: Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Around the World Band 03/Yellow

Around the World Band 03/Yellow

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

Traversing across the world by train, boat and plane, the two children in this story poem encounter the extremes of sun and snow travelling to Africa, India and China. The book begins with a poem, before revealing their journey's details, and repetitive questions encourage the reader to turn the page and continue the voyage. * Yellow/ Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text type - A poem with predictable structure and patterned language. * The story map on pages 14 and 15 gives children the opportunity to follow the route again on a world map. * Curriculum links - Geography: Where in the world is Barnaby bear? Passport to the world. Music: Feel the pulse.

The Three Princes Band 13/Topaz

The Three Princes Band 13/Topaz

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2011

The Three Princes are all desperate to win the love of Princess Halima, and a challenge is set by her father to find the most beautiful, magical gift they can find. But when disaster strikes, will they be magical enough? Full of rich, bold illustrations, this traditional Arabian tale is humorously retold by double-Carnegie-winner Berlie Doherty. * Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * A traditional folktale. * A summary on pages 30 and 31 of the magical objects that the princes find helps readers to recap the story. * Curriculum Links; Citizenship: living in a diverse world, Art and Design: Self Portrait * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Tod and the Trumpet Blue/ Band 4

Tod and the Trumpet Blue/ Band 4

Author: Charlotte Middleton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

Tod is a shy tortoise who hides away, especially when it's time to tidy up! But what will happen when Tod is forced out of the comfort of his own shell? This sweet story is written and illustrated by acclaimed author Charlotte Middleton. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Children can follow the important stages of the story in the flow chart on pages 14-15. * Text type: A story with a familiar setting * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Animals and us

Jodie the Juggler Band 05/Green

Jodie the Juggler Band 05/Green

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

Jodie loves to juggle - plates, oranges, anything! But his mum isn't so keen as Jodie has lots of 'accidents' when practising his skills. She'd rather Jodie played something less destructive, like football. Will she persuade Jodie to swap his juggling for football? And will Jodie the footballer be less accident-prone than Jodie the juggler? * Green/ Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters. * Text type - A story with a familiar setting. * The table on page 22 and 23 prompts children to recap and discuss the story. * Curriculum links - PE: Games and activities.

Benjamin Zephaniah: My Story Band 17/Diamond

Benjamin Zephaniah: My Story Band 17/Diamond

Author: Benjamin Zephaniah Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2011

Find out what it's like to be a famous poet, author and performer in this autobiography by Benjamin Zephaniah. Learn what it was like growing up in a house of seven children, meeting Nelson Mandela and how he sets about writing poetry, all told through his own voice and accompanied by artwork from Kate Greenaway winning illustrator Victor Ambrus. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * An autobiography * A timeline on pages 54 and 55 presents the key events in Benjamin Zephaniah's life chronologically, allowing plenty of recapping and further discussion. * Curriculum Links: Citizenship: Living in a diverse world * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Is There Anyone Out There? Band 10/White

Is There Anyone Out There? Band 10/White

Author: Nic Bishop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

Is There Anyone Out There? investigates whether there is life beyond planet Earth. The non-chronological report examines what we already know about the Solar System and the possibility of life on other planets. It also offers ideas of what aliens in certain sorts of environments might look like. *White/Band 10 books have more complex sentences and figurative language. * Text type - A non-chronological report. * Pages 30 and 31 contain a table of conditions needed to sustain life to encourage children to recap the information. * Curriculum links - Art and design: Mother Nature designer; Science: Forces and movement, Plants and animals, Variation. * Leading science and wildlife author and photographer Nic Bishop has contributed three other titles to Collins Big Cat - Look Out Butterfly!, Fantastic Flying Squirrel and The Cloud Forest. * This title is paired with a story on the same theme: Buzz and Bingo in the Starry Sky by Alan Durant.

How to Make a Pizza Band 00/Lilac

How to Make a Pizza Band 00/Lilac

Author: Zoe Clarke, Steve Lumb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2019

Cooking can be fun and easy! Follow these simple photographic instructions to learn how to make a delicious, healthy pizza. * Lilac/Band 0 books wordless that tell a story through pictures and are designed to develop understanding about how stories work. * Text type: A wordless instruction text. * Ideas for guided reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities. * Curriculum links: Physical Development

Percy and the Badger Band 04/Blue

Percy and the Badger Band 04/Blue

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

Nick Butterworth's well known and much loved character Percy the Park Keeper stars in this beautifully told story for early readers. Percy tries to persuade a reluctant Badger to take a bath. Badger doesn't want to, so Percy takes a bath instead - only to find he has some unexpected comapany when Badger falls in the water with him! * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Text type - A story with a familiar setting. * A storyboard on pages 14 and 15 provides children with the opportunity to retell the story in their own words. * Curriculum links - Geography: our local area; Citizenship: animals and us.

Wild Weather Band 11/Lime

Wild Weather Band 11/Lime

Author: Chris Oxlade Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

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.

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

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'.

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 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: 27/09/2019

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.

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.

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: 04/11/2019

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 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 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:

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

Volcanoes Band 15/Emerald

Volcanoes Band 15/Emerald

Author: Emily Dodd Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2019

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.

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.

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 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.

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: 27/09/2019

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

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: 30/10/2019

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

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

The Big, Bad City Band 07/Turquoise

The Big, Bad City Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2019

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'.

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.

Hard Times: Growing Up in the Victorian Age Band 17/Diamond

Hard Times: Growing Up in the Victorian Age Band 17/Diamond

Author: Jillian Powell Format: Undefined Release Date: 20/10/2019

Imagine you were a child in Victorian times. What was your day like? What did you wear, eat and play with? Did you go to school, or out to work? Find out what life was like for children in this enthralling non-fiction book. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * A timeline on pages 54 and 55 help children to recap the main events of the Victorian era. * Text type: A non-chronological report * This book is paired with Moving Out a fiction story set in the past about a family in post-World-War-Two London deciding whether to move out to a New Town. * Curriculum links: History: What was it like for children living in Victorian Britain. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Were They Real? Band 08/Purple

Were They Real? Band 08/Purple

Author: Scoular Anderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

An information book about the celebrated historical and fictional characters Cleopatra, Boudica, King Arthur, Robin Hood, the Pied Piper, Pocahontas, Blackbeard, Dracula and Tarzan. The book investigates which of them really existed, and which are based on legend. * Purple/ Band 8 books offer developing readers literary language, with some challenging vocabulary. * Text type - An information book. * An index and a glossary are included on pages 22 and 23 to aid comprehension. * Curriculum links - History: Why do we remember great people? How do we know about great events? * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Fearless Flynn and Other Tales Band 17/Diamond

Fearless Flynn and Other Tales Band 17/Diamond

Author: Geraldine McCaughrean, Gillian Shields, Martin Waddell Format: Undefined Release Date: 01/09/2008

Three spooky tales from three peerless storytellers, perfect for telling around the fire on a dark, windy night. Read of Flynn, who battled with three skeletons; of Tom, who saw something so weird in the moonlight that it changed his life for ever; and of the terrifying thirteen crows who brought death wherever they went... * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * A selection of newspaper articles about Fearless Flynn give children the opportunity to explore other ways of presenting information and other points of view. * Text type: Three fantasy stories. Curriculum links: Music: Stars, hide your fires - Performing together. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Fantastic Flying Squirrel Band 04/Blue

The Fantastic Flying Squirrel Band 04/Blue

Author: Nic Bishop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

It's night time and many animals are sleeping, but deep in the forest a flying squirrel is waking. She is hungry and looking for food; what will she find to eat? Beautiful photographs show clearly how the flying squirrel moves, what she eats and where she lives. * Blue/ Band 4 non-fiction books use children's language patterns to give information which is supported by the illustrations and design. * Text types - An information book. * A pictorial summary of the book with simple labels on pages 14 and 15 allows children to recap and discuss the text. * Curriculum links - Science: light and dark, sound and hearing. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. 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.

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: 04/10/2019

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].'

Tec and the Litter Band 02b/Red B

Tec and the Litter Band 02b/Red B

Author: Tony Mitton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

Tec the detective turns up again for another mystery. This time, Tec sets out to discover that he is the culprit as the litter came out of a hole in his pocket! * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Text types - A story with predictable structure and patterned language. * A story map on pages 14 and 15 offers children the chance to recap and discuss the story. * Look out for the other Tec stories in this series - Tec and the Hole, and Tec and the Cake.

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:

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

The Pond Band 01b/Pink B

The Pond Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Claire Llewellyn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

In this simple non-fiction report we are introduced to the various creatures in a typical pond: frogs, snails, dragonflies, pond-skaters, fish and birds. Each spread features a high quality photograph of the creature on the left, and artwork of pupils and their teacher studying the animals in their natural habitat on the right. *Pink B/ Band 1B books offer emergent readers simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions. * Text type - A simple non-fiction report. * All of the creatures are repeated in a single labelled diagram of the pond on pages 14 and 15 giving children the opportunity to recount the information. * This information book is paired with a story on the same theme: Fly Away Home by Shoo Rayner. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery

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.

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

Seasons Scrapbook Band 01b/Pink B

Seasons Scrapbook Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Charlotte Raby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Follow one girl as she visits the park at different points of the year, collecting objects and pictures for her scrapbook to show the differences between the seasons. Wonderfully illustrated in vivid colours by Christine Jenny, this non-fiction book is written by Charlotte Raby. What would you put in your seasons scrapbook? * Pink B/Band 1B books offer simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions * Children can re-cap the changing seasons on pages 14-15. * Text type: A non-fiction recount * Curriculum links: Geography: Weather around the world

This is Me! Band 00/Lilac

This is Me! Band 00/Lilac

Author: Charlotte Guillain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

It's fun to draw your own portrait! Follow one girl as she shows how she can make her own self-portrait with collage materials in this wordless instruction book by Charlotte Guillain. * Lilac/Band 0 books are wordless books that tell a story through pictures and are designed to develop understanding about how stories work. * Text type: A simple non-fiction book. * Children can recap the stages on pp.14-15 * Curriculum links: Art and Design: Self Portrait

Animal Coats Band 02a/Red a

Animal Coats Band 02a/Red a

Author: Claire Llewellyn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

When it rains, we put on a raincoat to protect ourselves. Animals have coats to protect themselves, too. Discover all the different types of coats that can be found in the wild, and discuss what they might be useful for, in this photographic non-fiction report. * Red A/Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development. * Children can re-cap the stages of the book on pages 14-15. * Text type: A simple information book * Curriculum links: Science: Plants and animals in the local environment

Growing and Changing Band 04/Blue

Growing and Changing Band 04/Blue

Author: Teresa Heapy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2019

As we grow up, our bodies grow and change with us. This information book by Teresa Heapy looks at the changes that happen - from our eyes and teeth to our height and strength. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Children can chart the changes our bodies go through from baby to six years old in the timeline on pages 14-15. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: Science: Moving and growing

The Football Shirt Band 18/Pearl

The Football Shirt Band 18/Pearl

Author: Cathy MacPhail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2012

Ross has been saving for a football top of his favourite team for ages, but doesn't think he'll ever afford it. When he sees one pinned to a tree, commemorating the death of a young boy, he can't resist taking it - but Ross gets more than he bargains for, and finds having the shirt comes at a dreadful price ... * 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.

How to Draw Cartoons Band 08/Purple

How to Draw Cartoons Band 08/Purple

Author: Ros Asquith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2019

Ros Asquith, cartoonist and author of many children's books such as Trixie Tempest and Pass the Parcel), gives a masterclass on illustrating your own cartoons - with help from Trixie Tempest and others. This is an instructional book in the same style as Ros Asquith's turquoise level Collins Big Cat title, How to Make Storybooks. Ros Asquith, cartoonist and author of many children's books such as Trixie Tempest and Pass the Parcel), gives a masterclass on illustrating your own cartoons - with help from Trixie Tempest and others. This is an instructional book in the same style as Ros Asquith's turquoise level Collins Big Cat title, How to Make Storybooks. Pages 14-15 provide a summary of the instructions, to consolidate understanding of the book, and as a useful reference for children drawing their own cartoons. Purple/Band 8 books offer developing readers literary language with some challenging vocabulary. Ideas for Guided Reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities. This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

Colour Bears Band 01b/Pink B

Colour Bears Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Tasha Pym Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2006

Red and yellow make orange, blue and yellow make green, but what do three polar bears, lots of fun, and three pots of paint make? A mess! This is a delightful book on colour, illustrated by Smarties Book Award winner Liz Pichon. * Pink B/ Band 1B books offer emergent readers simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions. * Text type - A story with predictable structure and patterned language. * Pages 14-15 provide a summary of the different colour mixes, to consolidate understanding of the book. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

Swimming the Dream Band 18/Pearl

Swimming the Dream Band 18/Pearl

Author: Ellie Simmonds Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2019

Still only a teenager, Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds has already swum in the World Championships, beaten a world record holder and received an MBE. Find out Ellie's story of developing her passion for swimming, living with Achondroplasia Dwarfism and her future ambitions in her autobiography, full of personal photos from her career so far. * 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 autobiography. * Curriculum links: P.E: Outdoor and adventurous activities. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

My Family Tree Band 01a/Pink a

My Family Tree Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Zoe Clarke, Anne Wilson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2010

Who's in your family? Use this family tree to learn all about one family, how many brothers and sisters there are and what the grandparents look like, and discover how families are connected. Beautiful illustrations accompany this non-fiction report, providing lots of discussion opportunities. * Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. * Text type: A simple non-fiction report. * A diagram of the family tree on pages 14-15 help children recap what they have read and provide a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. * Curriculum links: Personal, Social and Emotional Development

My Olympic Story Band 15/Emerald

My Olympic Story Band 15/Emerald

Author: Kwame N. Acheampong Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2011

Follow Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong's amazing life from a small town in Ghana to the slopes of the 2010 Winter Olympics, via the Snowdome in Milton Keynes. As the first Ghanaian skier in the Winter Olympics, this fascinating autobiography shows how perseverance and determination can overcome the greatest of challenges. * 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 autobiography * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Sounds Band 04/Blue

Sounds Band 04/Blue

Author: Julie Sykes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2019

'There are sounds all around you...Which sounds do you like?' This is a simple non-fiction book about the wide variety of sounds we head and how they are made. The text is illustrated with lively photographs of children listening, and making noise! * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Text type - An information book. * A pictorial index is included on pages 14 and 15, giving the children a chance to recap and discuss the text. * Curriculum links - Science: ourselves, sound and hearing. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

Pet Detectives: Tortoise Trouble Band 08/Purple

Pet Detectives: Tortoise Trouble Band 08/Purple

Author: Jana Hunter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

The Pet Detective faces a special challenge when Kara's pet tortoise, Rocket, goes missing. Has the tortoise been squashed on a motorway? Eaten by a hungry goat? Chewed up by a dog? The Pet Detective follows the clues to find out what's happened. * Purple/ Band 8 books offer developing readers literary language, with some challenging vocabulary. * Text type - A story by the same author. * A final double page spread shows all the things a Pet Detective needs on a case to support recapping the story. * Curriculum links - Science: Plants and animals in the local environment. * Tortoise Trouble is one of two stories by Jana Hunter about the Pet Detective * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * 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: 27/09/2019

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What's For Breakfast Band 02b/Red B

What's For Breakfast Band 02b/Red B

Author: Paul Shipton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2006

A picture story about three hungry ants. The ants want to know what is for breakfast but they are not keen on dad's sweet offerings. Finally he suggests an apple; an offer that everyone is happy with. The book includes several discussion features, such as speech bubbles and a clock that shows the passing of time. * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Text types - A story with a predictable structure and patterned language. * A story trail on pages 14 and 15 summarises the different stages of the book in sequence. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The New Kite Band 03/Yellow

The New Kite Band 03/Yellow

Author: Julie Sykes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

This story with a familiar setting is about Lenny's family who go to the local park to fly his new kite. Lenny takes great care to hold on to his kite, but then Mum has a turn. She holds on tightly too, but trips over the dog, and falls into the pond. The other children try to help, so they all arrive home soaking wet and muddy! * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text Type - A story with a familiar setting. * The storyboard on pages 14 and 15 provides an opportunity for children to retell the story in their own words. * Curriculum links - Science: pushes and pulls. * This story is paired with a non-fiction book on the same theme: The Wind by Monica Hughes (Band 3/Yellow). * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Where is My School? Band 03/Yellow

Where is My School? Band 03/Yellow

Author: Alison Sage Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2004

This is a non-fiction information book about Kim, who tells us about the location of her school. The book shows the exact whereabouts of Kim's classroom within her school, and then expands to locate her school in her city, country and the world. Illustrations include labelled photographs, simple maps, aerial maps and an image of the Earth. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text type - An information book * Pages 14 and 15 include an index, and a visual reminder of Kim's location from her classroom - school - city - country - Earth, which can be used to check comprehension and as a model for further independent work. * Curriculum links - Geography: Around my school. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Tec and the Litter Band 02b/Red B

Tec and the Litter Band 02b/Red B

Author: Tony Mitton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Tec the detective turns up again for another mystery. This time, Tec sets out to discover that he is the culprit as the litter came out of a hole in his pocket! * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Text types - A story with predictable structure and patterned language. * A story map on pages 14 and 15 offers children the chance to recap and discuss the story. * Look out for the other Tec stories in this series - Tec and the Hole, and Tec and the Cake. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Cat and Dog Play Hide and Seek Band 02a/Red a

Cat and Dog Play Hide and Seek Band 02a/Red a

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2006

Shoo Rayner's comic duo play hide and seek, with hilarious consequences, in this lively story with a predictable structure and patterned language. Where is Cat? Dog is looking in all the wrong places: under the table, behind the chair. Finally, Cat's whereabouts become apparent when Dog switches on the light. * Red A/Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development. * Text type - A story with a predictable structure and patterned language. * A story map on pages 14 and 15 illustrates an aerial view of the route that Dog takes. * A wordless text featuring Cat and Dog is also available. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

Designing Places and Spaces Band 17/Diamond

Designing Places and Spaces Band 17/Diamond

Author: Adrian Bradbury Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2009

What's the tallest building in the world? How long did it take to build the Eiffel Tower? How have cars developed? Find out the answers and trace how designs have changed through the years and across the world in this visually stunning information book. * 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 spider diagram on pages 54-55 shows how design affects all aspects of our lives and helps children to recap what they've read. * Additional information retrieval devices such as a glossary and index can be evaluated for their usefulness as children develop critical reading skills. * Curriculum links: Design and Technology: Shelters. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

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.

Knock Knock! Band 04/Blue

Knock Knock! Band 04/Blue

Author: Dominic Butters Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2019

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.

Good Fun Farm Band 07/Turquoise

Good Fun Farm Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Ian Whybrow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

At Good Fun Farm, the animals are fed up. The sign says Good Fun Farm, but they never have any fun. Then the smallest duckling makes an interesting discovery. Soon everyone on the farm is having fun ... find out how. * Turquoise/ Band 7 books offer literay language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. * Text type - A humorous story. * An illustration on pages 22 and 23 labels the animals at their game of football, allowing children to look back on the key characters and retell the story in their own words. * Curriculum links - PE: Games and activities. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Talk Talk Talk Band 04/Blue

Talk Talk Talk Band 04/Blue

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Bill longs for someone to talk to. Then one day the door to his room opens and...a giant bottom comes in! Legs, arms, chest follow as bit by bit, Bill's new giant friend appears. When his friend's last bit finally arrives and he is in one piece, they have plenty to talk about! *Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Text type - A traditional story. * A flow chart on pages 14 and 15 shows the different body parts that make up Bill's new friend, giving children the opportunity to recap and retell the story. * Curriculum links - Science: ourselves, parts of the body. * Talk, Talk, Talk is one of three Collins Big Cat books by Martin Waddell. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Funny Fish Band 04/Blue

Funny Fish Band 04/Blue

Author: Michaela Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

A rhyming text about three funny fish and scary-looking big fish with very sharp teeth. Two of the funny fish are brightly coloured but vane, while the third funny fish is brown. The big fish comes along and eats the two brightly coloured fish, but the dull brown one is able to hide safely among the stones on the sea bed! * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text type - A story with patterned and predictable rhyming language. * There is a Funny Fish game on pages 14 and 15 to boost speaking and listening skills. * Curriculum links - Art and design: Mother nature, designer; Citizenship: Living in a diverse world. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Arthur's Fantastic Party Band 06/Orange

Arthur's Fantastic Party Band 06/Orange

Author: Joseph Theobald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Arthur the donkey is having a party - but he wants it to be fantastic. So fantastic, that only fantastic guests can come! But when none of his friends qualify to go on the guest list, he changes his mind - and everyone has lots of fun. * Orange/ Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. * Text type - A humorous story. * An invitation and reply for Arthur's party on pp22-23 offer a great opportunity to extend the story and link to children's writing. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Choices living in a diverse world. * This story is paired with a non-fiction book on the same theme: How to Make Pop-up Cards by Monica Hughes. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Kind Emma Band 06/Orange

Kind Emma Band 06/Orange

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Kind Emma lives all alone in her little cottage by the wood, with no one to talk to. But one snowy night Emma hears a knock at her door, and a tiny voice asking for help. When she takes pity on the little thing at the door and gives it shelter and food, she finds that her whole life is changed - and she at last has a friend to talk to. * Orange/ Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. * Text type - A traditional story. * A pictorial diary on pages 22 and 23 retells the story from Kind Emma's viewpoint and provides lots of opportunities for speaking and listening activities. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Taking part. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Oh Dear Me, I'm Late For Tea! Band 00/Lilac

Oh Dear Me, I'm Late For Tea! Band 00/Lilac

Author: Alison Hawes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2019

This picture story follows Granny's race against the clock. It's two o'clock and Granny has just one hour to reach her destination. As the minutes tick by, the story shows Granny's increasingly imaginative modes of transport, from skateboard to jet pack, before revealing why she is in such a hurry - it's her grandchild's birthday tea. * Lilac/Band 0 - wordless books that tell stories or give information through pictures and are designed to develop understanding about how stories and information books work. * Text type - Fiction * The Reader Response page shows Granny's pictorial recount of the different transport she used, providing opportunities for speaking and listening. * This story is paired with a non-fiction book on the same theme: My Party by Maoliosa Kelly. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery

Spines, Stings and Teeth Band 05/Green

Spines, Stings and Teeth Band 05/Green

Author: Angie Belcher, Andy Belcher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2004

This non-fiction book explains how sea creatures have spines, stings and teeth and other means to protect themselves from hungry predators. Packed with stunning underwater photographs, there is much to entrance young readers. * Green/ Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters. * Text type - Non-chronological report. * A simple table at the end of the book can be used to check understanding and to recap information learnt reading the book. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Animals and us. * This non-fiction book is paried with a playscript on a similar theme: Worm Looks for Lunch by Julia Donaldson. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

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 Brave Baby Band 06/Orange

The Brave Baby Band 06/Orange

Author: Malachy Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2004

The Indian chief was brave and fierce, so many people were afraid of him. But Wasso, the brave baby, was not afraid of him. When the proud Indian chief goes to confront Wasso, he learns an important and humbling lesson. No matter how much he tries to intimidate the brave baby, she will not do as he says. *Orange/ Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. * Text type - A story from another culture (North America) * Pages 22 and 23 feature a storyboard which gives children the chance to look back on the key events in the story and retell it in their own words. * Curriculum links - Geography: Where in the world is Barnaby Bear? * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

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]'

Tara Binns: Double-Quick Doctor Band 13/Topaz

Tara Binns: Double-Quick Doctor Band 13/Topaz

Author: Lisa Rajan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2019

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 Tara Binns opens up her dressing up box something exciting happens ... Tara Binns becomes a doctor in a busy hospital, helping children who have hurt themselves. When one child suddenly struggles to breathe, can she use her deduction skills to work out the problem in time? 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.

Becoming an Olympic Gymnast Band 18/Pearl

Becoming an Olympic Gymnast Band 18/Pearl

Author: Beth Tweddle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2012

What's it like to be one of Britain's greatest gymnasts? In this fascinating autobiography, Beth Tweddle takes us through the biggest moments of her life, from winning gold at the World Championships, to being honoured with an MBE at just 25 years old. Follow her story as she prepares for her most important task yet - the Olympics! * 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 autobiography. * Curriculum links: P.E: Outdoor and adventurous activities. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Against the Odds Band 18/Pearl

Against the Odds Band 18/Pearl

Author: Collins Big Cat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2019

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:

Nicholas Nickleby Band 18/Pearl

Nicholas Nickleby Band 18/Pearl

Author: Julie Berry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2019

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:

Chewy Hughie Band 07/Turquoise

Chewy Hughie Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Jane Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2006

Chewy Hughie chews anything and everything he can get his paws on, driving his owners to distraction! But what happens when Chewy Hughie discovers a packet of bubblegum... This is a lively rhyming story by Jane Clarke, illustrated with stunning artwork from Sarah McConnell. Chewy Hughie chews anything and everything he can get his paws on, driving his owners to distraction! But what happens when Chewy Hughie discovers a packet of bubblegum... This is a lively rhyming story by Jane Clarke, illustrated with stunning artwork from Sarah McConnell. Pages 14-15 provide a storymap of the house, which consolidates understanding, and provides a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. Turquoise/Band 7 books offer literary language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

Helper Bird Band 03/Yellow

Helper Bird Band 03/Yellow

Author: Anita Ganeri Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

This little bird may be small, but it's very helpful to bigger animals. This photographic non-fiction book shows how the bird is able to help the larger animals around it, set against the stunning backdrop of Africa. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language * Children can recap the different ways the bird can help other animals on pages 14-15. * Text type: A simple non-fiction book * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Animals and us * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

World of Football Band 02a/Red a

World of Football Band 02a/Red a

Author: Daniel Nunn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Everyone can play football, anywhere in the world! Find out what you need to play the game and where in the world it is played in this action-packed non-fiction report by Daniel Nunn. This is a Band 02A/Red A book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme which offers predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development. This is an information book and children can recap the stages of the book on pages 14-15. This book supports physical education as well as learning about striking and fielding games. For another story in this Collins Big Cat book band for guided reading, try The Magic Egg (9780007329182) written by Vivian French and illustrated by Karen Donnelly.

The Lonely Penguin Band 04/Blue

The Lonely Penguin Band 04/Blue

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Penguin is lonely - he can't find his friends. Follow him on his journey across Antarctica as he searches for them in this lovely story, written and illustrated by award-winning illustrated Petr Horacek. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Children can re-cap the stages of Penguin's journey on pages 14-15. * Text type: A story with a predictable structure and patterned language * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Taking part * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Ultimate World Quiz Band 16/Sapphire

The Ultimate World Quiz Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Claire Llewellyn Format: Undefined Release Date: 01/09/2008

Where can you see rockets blast into space? Which is the driest place on Earth? Which is the world's highest mountain? Find out the answers and many more facts in this amazing book about the planet we live on. * Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. * A world map with all the places mentioned in the text highlighted on pages 54 and 55 helps children to recap the different places they've learnt about and where they all are in the world. * Text type: An information book. * The book is paired with The Golden Turlte and Other Tales, a selection of short stories from other cultures. * Curriculum links: Geography: Passport to the world. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

In the Desert Band 01b/Pink B

In the Desert Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Rebecca Heddle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2010

So, you think you know the desert? This simple non-fiction report explores the exciting, extraordinary elements of the desert, from beautiful plants, to fantastic creatures, tall buildings, and children themselves! Amazing photographs accompany this information book. * Pink B level/Band 1B books offer simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions * Text type: A simple information book. * Photographs of all the different things that can be found in the desert on pages 14-15 help children to recap and provide a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. * Curriculum links: Knowledge and Understanding of the World

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.

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

When Arthur Wouldn't Sleep Band 06/Orange

When Arthur Wouldn't Sleep Band 06/Orange

Author: Joseph Theobald, Collins Educational Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2006

'It was bedtime and Arthur was still awake. I don't want to go to sleep, he said. Where could he go to find a place where NO ONE went to sleep?' Arthur returns in another stunning title, written and illustrated by Joseph Theobald. o Orange/ Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. o Text type - A humorous story. o Ideas for Guided Reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities. o This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. o This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Inside the Puppet Theatre Band 08/Purple

Inside the Puppet Theatre Band 08/Purple

Author: Claire Llewelyn, Veronique Leplat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2010

Have you ever seen a puppet show? Now's your chance to go behind the scenes! Take a trip inside the Little Angel Theatre and meet Ronnie the puppeteer. As he takes you on a tour of the theatre, you can meet lots of puppets, find out how they're made and how a show is put on. This colourful non-fiction book brings the world of puppets to life. * Purple/Band 8 books offer developing readers literary language, with some challenging vocabulary. * Text type: An information book. * Pages 22 and 23 show a diagram of the different areas of the puppet theatre, to help children to recap what they have read. * Additional retrieval devices such as a glossary and index can be evaluated for their usefulness as children develop critical reading skills. * Curriculum links: Design and Technology: Puppets; Art and design: People in action * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

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.

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:

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.

Fly Away Home Band 01b/Pink B

Fly Away Home Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2004

Poor Ladybird is lost and flies around the garden looking for somewhere she can call home. Her early efforts are rebuffed by the other animals, until finally she finds somewhere she can be happy: a ladybird-patterned T-shirt, where other ladybird friends soon come to join her. * Pink B/ Band 1B books offer emergent readers simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions. * Text type - A patterned story with predictable structure. * The storymap on pages 14 and 15 shows the route Ladybird took in search of a home, providing opportunities for speaking and listening. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery

The Farmer's Lunch Band 01a/Pink a

The Farmer's Lunch Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Paul Shipton, John Gordon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2010

It's lunchtime and the farmer's hungry, but his lunch box is empty! He turns to all the animals on his farm for help, the sheep, cows, horses and geese, but they are all being very secretive. Are they hiding his lunch, or a much bigger and better surprise? The delightful illustrations develop the text, providing lots of points for discussion. This is a Band 01A/Pink A book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme which offers emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. This is a story with predictable structure and patterned language. A map of the farm showing all the animals on pages 14 and 15 helps children recap the main events of the story, and provides a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. This story supports learning around personal, social and emotional development. For more guided reading books in this Collins Big Cat band, try Minibeasts (9780007185375) written by Siobhan Hardy and illustrated by Steve Lumb.

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

The Robot Band 01b/Pink B

The Robot Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Paul Shipton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

A humorous story featuring two whacky scientists building a robot. They assemble the robot carefully with each body part, but where is the head? In this simple text, each body part is named as it is added, and as the different parts are used, a repeated reply of thank you reinforces the phrase. * Pink B/ Band 1B books offer emergent readers simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions. * Text type - A patterned story with predictable structure * The body parts are repeated in a single labelled diagram of the completed robot on pages 14 and 15 providing opportunities for speaking, listening and writing. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery

Rolling Band 03/Yellow

Rolling Band 03/Yellow

Author: Gareth Owen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Follow a group of children as they climb to the top of a hill and race each other to the bottom by rolling in this fun rhyming poem - written by acclaimed poet Gareth Owen, and accompanied by the colourful illustrations of Vicky Fieldhouse. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language * A scene of the hill and surrounding area on pages 14-15 allow children to discuss the events of the poem, providing a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. * Text type: A poem * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Taking part * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

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.

The Stone Cutter Band 07/Turquoise

The Stone Cutter Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Sean Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

A poor stone cutter who wished he was a rich man has his wish granted. He then keeps changing his wish, and each wish is granted. Finally he wishes himself back as he was at the start of the story. * Turquoise/ Band 7 books offer literay language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. * Text type - A story from another culture (Japan). * The flowcharts on pages 22 and 23 illustrate the story in sequence, providing opportunities for speaking and listening, and scaffolding writing. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Choices; Music: Exploring sounds. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Bugs! Band 06/Orange

Bugs! Band 06/Orange

Author: Sam McBratney, Eric Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2010

Follow the narrator as he takes us through the good and bad aspects of micro-organisms in this fun rhyming poem by Sam McBratney, explaining that while these unseen bugs can ruin food and make us ill, they also keep our world under control, by rotting food and plants that we no longer need. Lively illustrations by Eric Smith accompany the poem. * Orange/Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. * Text type: A poem. * A comparison chart on pages 14 and 15 helps children recap the key pros and cons of bugs, and provides a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. * Curriculum links: Science: Micro-organisms; Geography: Improving the environment

Twinkle, Twinkle, Firefly Band 08/Purple

Twinkle, Twinkle, Firefly Band 08/Purple

Author: John Agard, Grace Nicholls, Satoshi Kitamura Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2010

A wonderful anthology of poetry by award winning poets John Agard and Grace Nichols, brought to life with beautiful illustrations by Satoshi Kitamura. * Purple/Band 8 books offer developing readers literary language, with some challenging vocabulary. * Text type: A poetry book. * An illustration on pages 22 and 23 encourages children to recap the poems they have read in the anthology. * Curriculum links: Art and Design: Portraying relationships; Music: Play it again - exploring rhythmic patterns; Citizenship: Living in a diverse world

Tec and the Cake Band 02a/Red a

Tec and the Cake Band 02a/Red a

Author: Tony Mitton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2019

Who ate the cake? Tec the detective follows the crumbs to find out. Children follow Tec as he trails his suspects, until he finds the vital clue that leads him to the guilty party! Martin Chatterton's colourful illustrations bring the characters of Tec and his faithful hound vividly to life, and provide lots of talking points throughout the story. * Red A/ Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development. * Text type - A story with a predictable structure and patterned language. A simple pictoral summary at the end of the book provides an opportunity for the children to recap and check understanding. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery

The Traveller's Guide To The Solar System Band 16/Sapphire

The Traveller's Guide To The Solar System Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Giles Sparrow Format: Undefined Release Date: 01/09/2008

Bored of spending all your holidays on Mars? Now you can travel further off the beaten astral plane with this fact-packed guide. * Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. * A travel guide to all the planets in the solar system on pages 54 and 55 makes it easy for children to recap what the key facts they've learnt. * Text type: A non-chronological report. * Curriculum links: Science; Geography; Citizenship. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

How to be an Ancient Greek Band 16/Sapphire

How to be an Ancient Greek Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Scoular Anderson Format: Undefined Release Date: 01/09/2008

A quirky insight into how to live like an Ancient Greek - in twenty-five easy stages. * Sapphire/Band 16 books 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: Who were the Ancient Greeks; How do we use Ancient Greek ideas today? * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Wind Band 03/Yellow

The Wind Band 03/Yellow

Author: Monica Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

What can the wind blow? A collection of colourful photographs show how the wind can blow a kite, boats, leaves, seeds, windmills,sand, snow and sea. The report also shows how strong wind can be destructive blowing trees and even houses down. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text types - A non-chronological report. * A chart on pages 14 and 15 draw a comparison between light and strong winds giving children the opportunity to discuss wind and its effects. * Curriculum links - Science: pushes and pulls; Geography: our local area. * This book is paired with a story on the same theme: The New Kite by Julie Sykes. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery

What Is CGI? Band 06/Orange

What Is CGI? Band 06/Orange

Author: Alison Sage Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2007

Artist Jon Stuart shows how he produces computer-generated images. The process starts with a simple block of cubes, which are added to, given texture, before being bent, stretched, twisted into the correct shape and size. He then adds background, lighting and colour to bring the whole scene to life. 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 flow chart on pages 22 and 23 that summarises the process of producing CGI. Contents are listed on page 1 while a glossary and index are detailed on pages 20 and 21. This book supports learning around art and design, and investigates different kinds of art, design and craft. It also supports ICT education, and is an introduction to modelling and creating pictures. This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. For more guided reading books in this Collins Big Cat band, try Pompeii (9780007461875) written by Fiona Macdonald with imagery by Giorgio Bacchin

Short Pants Band 14/Ruby

Short Pants Band 14/Ruby

Author: Kath Lock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2007

The spring fair is an exciting event for any family - with traditional games, rides, stall and competitions. This year, the farmer has a problem. Find out what happens when everyone tries to help - will it be a case of 'too many cooks...'?! * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * Text type - A play based on a traditional folktale. * Curriculum links - Mathematics: Measures, shape and space. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Castles Band 07/Turquoise

Castles Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Maggie Freeman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2019

The book reveals how castles were built, not only for people to live in, but also to keep enemies out. Detailed illustrations show the materials that were used and special precautions that were taken to ensure castles would provide adequate defence. Photographs show several examples of castles and castle remains that can still be visited today. * Turquoise/ Band 7 books offer literary language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. * Text type - A report and explanation text. * There is an index on page 21 and a labelled 3-D diagram of a castle on pages 22 and 23 providing an opportunity to recap the information. * Curriculum links - Art and Design: Can buildings speak?; History: Famous events (Norman Invasion). * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

A Letter to New Zealand Band 06/Orange

A Letter to New Zealand Band 06/Orange

Author: Alison Hawes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Have you ever wondered what happens when you drop your letter in the postbox? How does a letter get from your home town to the other side of the world in just a few days? In this book you will see what happens at every stage of a letter's journey from Jack in England to his penpal, Tama, in New Zealand. *Orange/ Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. * Text type - A recount/ explanation text. * At the end of the book is a useful timeline showing a summary of each step, which can be used to recap the procedure orally or to support children's writing outside the reading session. * Curriculum links - Geography: Other people and places; Citizenship: People who help us. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Fire! Fire! Band 06/Orange

Fire! Fire! Band 06/Orange

Author: Maureeen Haselhurst Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Filled with photos showing different methods of firefighting, this instruction book tells children how firefighting started and how it continues today. Stunning action photos show fires being tackled on land, at sea and from the air using a variety of equipment. There's even a glimpse of what firefighting might be like in the future. 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 glossary and index included on pages 22 and 23 to aid comprehension. This book supports learning related to geography and citizenship, and will help children identify people who help the community. This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. For another story in this Collins Big Cat book band for guided reading, try Pompeii (9780007461875) written by Fiona Macdonald and illustrated by Giorgio Bacchin.

Let's Go Shopping Band 02b/Red B

Let's Go Shopping Band 02b/Red B

Author: Betty Moon, Steve Lumb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2019

A simple non-fiction book that shows where people shop for shoes, food and other things. Photographs show children role-playing in different types of shops while illustrations show typical examples of such shops. * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Text type - A non-fiction report. * Pages 14 and 15 show a story map of all the shops visited, to help children recount the shopping trip. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

A Visit to the Farm Band 07/Turquoise

A Visit to the Farm Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

The renowned children's writer Michael Morpurgo has written this vivid account of a child's stay at a farm, told in the form of letters home and illustrated with photographs of animals and children on location at the farm. Humorous and engaging, it conveys the fun and excitement of working closely with animals. * Turquoise/ Band 7 books offer literay language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. * Text type - A recount of a visit. * There is a timetable of the week's events on page 22 and an index on page 23 to help children recount the story. * Curriculum links -Geography: Plants and animals in the local environment; Citizenship: Animals and us. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Making Books with Nick Butterworth Band 05/Green

Making Books with Nick Butterworth Band 05/Green

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2019

Would you like to find out who inspired the famous children's book character, Percy the Park Keeper? The author and illustrator who created him, Nick Butterworth, invites us into his home to show us how he works, from the first spark of an idea to the published book. * Green/ Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters. * Text type - A non-fiction recount. * Pages 14-15 show three stages of Nick drafting an illustration of Percy, ideal for exploring ideas, preparation and editing/planning within children's own work. * Curriculum links - Art and design: Building shapes and patterns, an event in pictorial form. * This fascinating non-fiction book can be read alongside.Nick's other titles for Collins Big Cat, Percy and the Rabbit, and Percy and the Badger. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

A Day at the Eden Project Band 05/Green

A Day at the Eden Project Band 05/Green

Author: Catherine Petty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2019

This book recounts the experiences of two children as they take a look inside the giant Biomes and discover the exciting plants and exotic foods that grow in difficult environments. * Green/ Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters. * Text type - A non-fiction recount of a visit. * A map of the Eden project can be found on pages 22 and 23 to encourage children to discuss the information. * Curriculum links - Geography: Passport to the world; Science: Growing plants and animals in the local environment. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Peter and the Wolf Band 09/Gold

Peter and the Wolf Band 09/Gold

Author: Diane Redmond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2007

This book presents Serge Prokofieff's famous musical story about young Peter and the Wolf in the style of a play with four scenes. The cast of characters on page 2 shows how Prokofieff used a different musical instrument to represent each character. With the help of a narrator, the story reveals, how Peter outwits the big bad wolf. *Gold/Band 9 fiction books offer developing readers literary language and stories with distinctive characters. * Text type - A playscript of a traditional tale. *A poster on pages 22 and 23 recaps on elements of Peter's character, around which children can discuss the story. * Curriculum links - Music: Exploring sounds. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

A Day Out Band 02a/Red a

A Day Out Band 02a/Red a

Author: Anna Owen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2019

Bill went for a walk. He went over a river, up a hill and into a wood and behind a waterfall. A few steps behing Bill, however, is a hungry bear with an eye on Bill's sandwiches. The bear's attempts to grab the sandwiches are foiled be a variety of minor disasters. * Red A/ Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, cobmined with simple story development. * Text type - a story with predictable structure and patterned language. * Children can follow and discuss the route taken by Bill and the bear using the map on pages 14 and 15. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Sam and the Big Bad Cat Band 03/Yellow

Sam and the Big Bad Cat Band 03/Yellow

Author: Sheila Bird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Sam the big, bad cat isn't feeling well. Tom wants to take him to the vet. Sam doesn't want to go, and finds a variety of hiding places to escape. Tom pursues him, getting more and more bedraggled in the process. Finally Tom goes to bed, leaving Sam - who is feeling much better - to enjoy a snack. * Yellow level/ Band 3 books offer early readers varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text type - A story with a familiar setting. * A storyboard on pages 14 and 15 reveals all of Sam's hiding places in a pictorial summary of the day, providing the opportunity to recap the story. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: animals and us. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Milo's Moustache Band 03/Yellow

Milo's Moustache Band 03/Yellow

Author: Katie McDougall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2019

Milo the dog is very proud of his moustache, but one day a bird comes and steals it from him. Join Milo as he searches for his missing moustache, and finally solves the problem, in this hilarious and quirky story by nine-year-old Collins Big Cat Competition winner Katie McDougall, with wonderful illustrations by Simona Meisser. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language * A story with a familiar setting * An aerial view of Milo's surroundings on pages 14 and 15 helps readers to recap the key events of the story, providing a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. * Curriculum Links: Citizenship: Choices. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Percy and the Badger Band 04/Blue

Percy and the Badger Band 04/Blue

Author: Nick Butterworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Nick Butterworth's well known and much loved character Percy the Park Keeper stars in this beautifully told story for early readers. Percy tries to persuade a reluctant Badger to take a bath. Badger doesn't want to, so Percy takes a bath instead - only to find he has some unexpected comapany when Badger falls in the water with him! * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Text type - A story with a familiar setting. * A storyboard on pages 14 and 15 provides children with the opportunity to retell the story in their own words. * Curriculum links - Geography: our local area; Citizenship: animals and us. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Big Cat Babies Band 05/Green

Big Cat Babies Band 05/Green

Author: Jonathan Scott, Angela Scott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

BBC's Big Cat Diary presenter and photographer Jonathan Scott has written and photographed this beautiful and informative book all about Africa's big cats and their babies. The stunning photographs show baby lions, leopards and cheetahs in their natural habitat, giving lots of discussion points. * Green level/ Band 5 books offer early readers patterned, natural language and varied characters. * Text type - Non-chronological report. * There is a fact file on pages 22 and 23 for children to discuss. * Jonathan and Angela Scott are well-known for their wildlife books and television programmes about big cats and other wildlife. * Curriculum links- Geography: Passport to the world. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Pacific Island Scrapbook Band 08/Purple

Pacific Island Scrapbook Band 08/Purple

Author: Andy Belcher, Angie Belcher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

This colourful and informative book is presented as a `scrapbook' of mementoes from Amy's visit to the Pacific island of Vanuatu. Packed with photos, it gives information on how the islands of the Pacific wre formed, how villagers live, and about the kinds of animals and plants that grow there. This colourful and informative book is presented as a `scrapbook' of mementoes from Amy's visit to the Pacific island of Vanuatu. Packed with photos, it gives information on how the islands of the Pacific wre formed, how villagers live, and about the kinds of animals and plants that grow there. With its account of towns, villages, food and activities, this book will inform and fascinate developing readers. A final double page spread provides a glossary of unusual terms and a map to show where Vanuatu is located. Purple level (Band 8) books offer developing readers structured language with some challenging vocabulary. Ideas for Guided Reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities. This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Living Dinosaurs Band 08/Purple

Living Dinosaurs Band 08/Purple

Author: Jonathan Scott, Angela Scott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2019

Ever wondered why the dinosaurs didn't survive? In this fascinating non-chronological report the success story of crocodiles and lizards (focusing on monitor lizards), and some of the reasons why they have survived since the time of the dinosaurs is explored. * Purple/ Band 8 books offer developing readers literary language, with some challenging vocabulary. * Text type - A non-chronological report. * The book includes a contents page on page 1, plus a glossary and index on pages 20 and 21. * A fact chart on pages 22 and 23 summarises the distinguishing aspects of each of crocodiles and monitor lizards. * Curriculum links - Science: Humans and other animals. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Hector and the Cello Band 08/Purple

Hector and the Cello Band 08/Purple

Author: Ros Asquith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Hector the Hippo wants to play the cello more than anything else in the world. But who in the jungle will teach him? Most of the other animals laugh at the idea. Finally Hector meets a musician who can help him, a lyrebird. He practices everyday until he has a chance to play at a grand concert in front of all the other animals. * Purple/ Band 8 books offer developing readers literary language, with some challenging vocabulary. * Text type - A story by a significant author. * A storyboard on pages 22 and 23 summarises the story in eight illustrations providing an opportunity to recap the key events. * Curriculum links - Music: Exploring sounds, Classroom instruments, Combining sounds to make music; Science: Animals; ICT: Using text and tables to develop ideas. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Going Fast Band 07/Turquoise

Going Fast Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Janice Vale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2007

Faster than a speeding boat, and more exciting than a trip on a bobsleigh, this fact-packed non-chronological report looks at the fastest animals and machines in the world. Action-packed illustrations and photographs accompany text explaining what enables each featured animal or machine to be so fast. * Turquoise/ Band 7 books offer literay language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. * Text type - A non-chronological report. * The table on pages 22 and 23 summarises the features that make each animal and machine a contender in the Going Fast category. * Curriculum links - Science: Forces and movement. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Ella the Superstar Band 05/Green

Ella the Superstar Band 05/Green

Author: Ian Whybrow, James Whybrow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2007

This humorous story with a familiar setting, told from her older brother's point of view, reveals baby Ella's love of reading books. But when Ella is as fierce as the tiger in the book she is reading she makes a woman faint, and nearly causes a policeman to arrest her. However the woman recognises Ella's talent and she is catapulted into stardom. *Band 5/Green books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters. *Text type - A story with a familiar setting. *On pages 22 and 23, a newspaper clipping and an advertisement of baby Ella's TV show prompt children to recap and discuss the story. *Curriculum links - Citizenship: Choices; People who help us. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Chicken Licken Band 08/Purple

Chicken Licken Band 08/Purple

Author: Jeremy Strong Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2007

Chicken Licken is worried the sky is going to fall on his head, so he sets off with an increasing band of followers to tell the King. But will he get that far...? * Purple/ Band 8 books offer developing readers literary language, with some challenging vocabulary. * Text type - A traditional tale. * A timeline of events retells this traditional tale for children to discuss and renact. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Choices; Science: Plants and animals in the local environment. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Mojo and Weeza and the New Hat Band 04/Blue

Mojo and Weeza and the New Hat Band 04/Blue

Author: Sean Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2007

This fantasy story is about two monkeys, who look smart in their new clothes. Mojo has new shoes, and Weeza has a new hat ... until it flies away in the wind. In their humorous search, Mojo and Weeza mistake a pan, a nest and a turtle for Weeza's hat, before retrieving it from a muddy pond. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. *Text type - A fantasy story. *The storyboard on pages 14 and 15 allows children to retell the story in their own words. *Curriculum links - Art and Design: Exploring a range of starting points for practical work, including stories. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Code Making, Code Breaking Band 15/Emerald

Code Making, Code Breaking Band 15/Emerald

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2011

What are codes for and who uses them? How do you make a code, how do you break a code? If you think only spies and soldiers use codes, you're wrong! Find out how codes have been used throughout history, from Ancient Egypt through to the Cold War in this enthralling non-fiction book by award-winning author, Richard Platt. * 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 non-chronological report * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Buzz and Bingo in the Monster Maze Band 08/Purple

Buzz and Bingo in the Monster Maze Band 08/Purple

Author: Alan Durant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Walking through the forest one moonlit night, Buzz and his dog Bingo find a sign pointing to a Monster Party. It sounds like fun - but first they have to find their way through the Monster Maze, meeting Count Dracula, a werewolf, a troll and a mummy along the way. *Purple/ Band 8 books offer developing readers literary language, with some challenging vocabulary. * Text type - A humorous story. * The maze on pages 22 and 23 reminds readers of the mosters Buzz and Bingo have met on their way to the party. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Choices. * Buzz and Bingo in the Monster Maze is one of two stories by Alan Durant about Buzz and Bingo in the Collins Big Cat reading programme. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Harry the Clever Spider at School Band 07/Turquoise

Harry the Clever Spider at School Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Julia Jarman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2007

This humorous story follows Harry the spider to Clare's school, where the class is studying minibeasts. Displeased with his box, Harry escapes in the classroom. The fuming teacher is reconciled to Harry when he finds her lost glasses. She admits that Harry is a very clever spider. * In this sequel to Harry The Clever Spider, we find out what happened when Clare took Harry to school. *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. * Posters on pages 22 and 23 advertise Harry's services for finding lost items and remind the readers of Harry's talents. * Curriculum links- Science: Living things in the environment. * Ideas for Guided Reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Baby Turtle Band 03/Yellow

The Baby Turtle Band 03/Yellow

Author: Andy Belcher, Angie Belcher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2007

This photographic non-fiction book tracks the life of a turtle. Initially meeting the mother, we stay with her eggs and follow a hatched baby turtle along the dangerous sands to the sea. A story of survival, the turtle returns to the beach to lay its own eggs. This is a Band 03/Yellow book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme which offers varied sentence structure and natural language. This is a non-fiction recount with a flow-chart on pages 14 and 15 that provides an opportunity to recap and discuss the story. This book supports learning about science, life processes and living things, and humans and other animals. This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery and quizzed for Accelerated Reader. For another story in this Collins Big Cat book band for guided reading, try Around the World (9780007186587) by James Carter.

First Day Band 06/Orange

First Day Band 06/Orange

Author: Kes Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2019

It's Flynn's first day at school and he's nervous about making a mistake. An amusing story unfolds as Flynn's parents recount the mistakes others have made: Police officer Julie Nick gave a robber an ice cream and Ned Mutton tried to milk the chickens. Convinced he won't do anything so silly, Flynn walks out of the house still wearing his pyjamas! * Orange/ Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. * Text type - A humorous story with a familiar setting. * A storyboard on pages 22 and 23 provides a pictorial summary of the eight funny accounts. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Choices; People who help us. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * 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.

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

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.

Super Ben Band 02b/Red B

Super Ben Band 02b/Red B

Author: Steve Smallman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2007

This patterned picture story follows Ben on his trip to the park. The text describes the park visit, while the illustrations delve into Ben's imagination and reveal the adventures of `Super Ben.' He encounters a shark in the duck pond, a spaceship roundabout and puddles containing monsters! * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Text type - A patterned story with predictable structure. * The labelled story map on pages 14 and 15 incorporates interest words from the text and some of Super Ben's encounters encouraging children to follow Ben's adventures once more. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Guinea Pigs Band 01a/Pink a

The Guinea Pigs Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Paul Shipton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

It's midnight, and the guinea pigs are not in their cage! In this humorous story, two guinea pigs stray from their cage to a park before returning home again in time for breakfast. Their night-time adventure is told through a series of illustrations with very simple repetitive text. * Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. * Text type - A story with predictable structure and patterned language. * Pages 14-15 provide an illustrated sequence of events that consolidates understanding of the story.

Football Spy Band 13/Topaz

Football Spy Band 13/Topaz

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2007

Do you know what it takes to be a top footballer? Can you pick out the best moves? Find out in this guide to football skills. It will help children to understand how to study a football game and how to look for the skills of different types of players: goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and strikers. * Topaz/ Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * Text type - An information book. * A reader response page provides lots of opportunities for speaking, listening, and writing. * Curriculum links - PE: Invasion games. * This title is paired with a story at the same level: Spider's Big Match by Alan Durant. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Jack and the Baked Beanstalk Band 13/Topaz

Jack and the Baked Beanstalk Band 13/Topaz

Author: David Wood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2007

Jack's mum is furious when he returns from the market with a can of baked beans rather than money, in return for their beloved cow. But their luck is about to change, as the beans are magic! Find out what mayhem ensues is a comic retelling of a traditional tale. * Topaz/ Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * Text type - A modern play based on a fairytale. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Choices; Respect for property. * 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 Sneezles Band 10/White

The Sneezles Band 10/White

Author: Jeremy Strong Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2005

One day mysterious green clouds arrive in a fairy-tale kingdom and explode into a fine green dust, bringing an outbreak of mayhem and sneezing. All the King's men can do is think of ever more silly ideas, and it is left to two children to save the Kingdom from the Sneezles. * White/ Band 10 books have more complex sentences and figurative language. * A humorous fantasy story. * Pages 30 and 31 contain six playing cards of the main characters with their pictures and characteristics, an ideal cue for further discussion. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Choices, Taking part. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Cars Band 01a/Pink a

Cars Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Monica Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

This book helps children identify different types of car by colour using simple, repetitive text which reinforces common colour words. Cars are shown both in close-up and in action in its surroundings, driving in the city, off the road or tearing around a Grand Prix circuit. * Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. * Text type - A non-fiction report * Pages 14 and 15 give children the opportunting to recap the information and discuss the text. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

Crunch and Munch Band 05/Green

Crunch and Munch Band 05/Green

Author: Nora Sands Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2007

From Jamie Oliver's favourite dinner lady, Nora Sands, this recipe book is all you need to make some great healthy meals that are fun too. Each recipe includes an ingredients list, a child-friendly method and a `Top Tip'. There is a contents page on page 1, plus a glossary and index on pages 20 and 21. This is a Band 05/Green book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme which offers early readers patterned language and varied characters. This is an instruction text with a cafe menu on page 22 and opening hours on page 23 which encourage children to discuss recipes and healthy food they enjoy and would like in their own cafe. This story supports science learning about life processes and living things, as well as humans and other animals. It also promotes knowledge that eating the right types of food help keep humans healthy. This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. For more guided reading books in this Collins Big Cat band, try The Magic Pen (9780007185887) written by Hiawyn Oran and illustrated by Nick Schon.

Hercules: Superhero Band 11/Lime

Hercules: Superhero Band 11/Lime

Author: Collins Educational, Diana Redmond, Chris Mould Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2019

Young Hercules is challenged by the King to carry out seven labours - no problem, although the King is less impressed when he brings back the evidence and stinks out the palace. * Lime/Band 11 books have longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language. * Text type - A playscript of a traditional tale. * Pages 30 and 31 feature a `wanted poster' for a your man answering to Hercules description, providing a great starting point for lots of speaking, listening and writing activities. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Taking part, Living in a diverse world, Animals and us. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * 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.

Antarctica: Land of the Penguins Band 10/White

Antarctica: Land of the Penguins Band 10/White

Author: Jonathan Scott, Angela Scott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2005

The survival of the white continent's most famous inhabitants is the subject of this beautiful book. The beauty of Antarctic and the enchanting secrets of its penguin population is brought to life with a delightful series of photographs by the Big Cat Diaries team of Jonathan and Angela Scott. * White/Band 10 books have more complex sentences and figurative language. * Text type - A non-chronological report. * A poster on pages 30 and 31 advertises the highlights and attractions of the magical land of Antarctica, providing opportunities for speaking, listening and writing activities. * Curriculum links - Geography: Where in the world is Barnaby Bear? Passport to the World. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

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

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.

The Masai: Tribe Of Warriors Band 15/Emerald

The Masai: Tribe Of Warriors Band 15/Emerald

Author: Jonathan Scott, Angela Scott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2019

The Masai have a reputation for courage, independence and a way of life that fits with the grasslands of the East African plains. Find out all about the people, their history and how they live, in this stunning non-fiction book by top BBC wildlife filmmakers and photographers Jonathan and Angela Scott. * 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 non-chronological report. * There is a useful glossary and index on pages 44 and 45 and a diary of the day in the life f a Masai child on pages 46 and 47. * Curriculum links - Geography: knowledge and understanding of places; Citizenship: developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

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

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.

Early Kings of England Band 14/Ruby

Early Kings of England Band 14/Ruby

Author: J. M. Sertori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2019

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

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.

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: 20/10/2019

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

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

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

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: 20/10/2019

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.

The Ugly Duckling Band 00/Lilac

The Ugly Duckling Band 00/Lilac

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2019

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

The Big Splash Band 01b/Pink B

The Big Splash Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Maureen Haselhurst Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

A young monster is getting everything she needs to take a dip: a boat, a toy shark, armbands, goggles, flippers. Once everything is to hand she is ready... to take a bath! The vividly drawn artwork shows each step of the monster's careful preparations, offering lots of discussion points: is she going for a swim in a pool? In the sea? * Pink B level (Band 1B) books offer simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions. * Text type - A story with predictable structure and patterned language. * An illustration on pages 14 and 14 shows the monster splashing happily in the bath, with all her toys labelled, to help children recap and discuss. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

Carry Me Band 00/Lilac

Carry Me Band 00/Lilac

Author: Monica Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

How do different animals carry their babies? In this book readers will discover, through a series of photographs, that some animals carry their young by the teeth, some on their backs and others in a special pouch. * Lilac/Band 0 - wordless book that gives information through pictures and is designed to develop understanding about how information books work. * Text type - Non-Fiction * Photographs of all the animal babies (and a human baby!) included in the book are repeated on pages 14 and 15 to encourage speaking and listening. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery

Hands Band 03/Yellow

Hands Band 03/Yellow

Author: Thelma Page Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2019

An information text showing numerous ways in which we use our hands, including painting, printing, building, pouring, climbing and playing. Each action is illustrated with an interesting, labelled photograph. *Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text types - An information text. * A selection of the photographs on pages 14 and 15 give children a chance to recap and discuss the text. * Curriculum links - Science: ourselves, exploring and using senses. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

Pet Detectives: The Ball Burglary Band 09/Gold

Pet Detectives: The Ball Burglary Band 09/Gold

Author: Jana Hunter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

The Pet Detective has his work cut out when his favourite football goes missing. With his dog, Rooney, he sets out to follow the clues; an open window; a missing football; a dirty big footprint; a bubblegum wrapper and a rustle in the bushes. It isn't long before the Pet Detective has located the culprit. * Gold/Band 9 fiction books offer developing readers literary language and stories with distinctive characters. * Text type - A story by the same author. * A storyboard on pages 22 and 23 provides an opportunity for children to retell the story in their own words. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Animals and us. * Tortoise Trouble is another Pet Detective story by Jana Hunter in the Collins Big Cat series. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Amazing Adventures of Batbird Band 11/Lime

The Amazing Adventures of Batbird Band 11/Lime

Author: Jane Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2005

Dunkan Dabble won't answer to his name as he believes he's Batbird, a superhero that he and his friends watch on TV. Dunkan's family and friends find him very difficult to live with as Batbird. He plays too roughly and insists on sleeping upside down. But Dunkan becomes a hero overnight by unwttingly saving his family from a prowling fox. * Lime/Band 11 books have longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language. * Text type - A humorous fantasy story. * A timeline on pages 30 and 31 summarises the story in nine sequential steps providing an ideal cue for further discussion. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Choices, Taking part. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

In the Garden Band 01a/Pink a

In the Garden Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Mitch Cronick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

What happens when Mum is in the garden tidying up, but the children just want to play? This simple, humorous story book shows two boys creating mayhem while Mum works on, unaware. It explores the different places they find to play, from the tent, to the sandpit, through the grass, the leaves and the mud before finally ending up in the bath. * Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. * Text type - A story with predictable structure and patterned language. * A story map on pages 14 and 15 shows the trail the boys make to encourage the children to retell the story in their own words. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery

Wheels Band 01b/Pink B

Wheels Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Frances Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Some wheels are big and some wheels are small. This exciting book is full of photos of all kinds of wheels: big and small, fat and thin, fast and slow, from skateboards to tractors, that children are sure to be curious about. * Pink B/ Band 1B books offer simple, predictable texts with familiar objects and actions. * Text type - A simple non-fiction text. * A simple pictoral summary with captions on pages 14 and 15 provides an oppportunity to recap and discuss the information in the book. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery

Come to the Circus Band 01b/Pink B

Come to the Circus Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Damien Harvey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2019

Come and see the circus! A combination of artwork and photographs show children some of the things they might see in a circus, such as clowns, dancers, the juggler and acrobats. A combination of illustrations and photographs show them at work. * Pink B/ Band 1B books offer emergent readers simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions. * Text type - A simple information book. * A poster on pages 14 and 15 advertises when and where the circus can be seen, and is ideal for children to discuss and recap the text. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery

The Camel Fair Band 10/White

The Camel Fair Band 10/White

Author: Collins Educational, Wendy Cooling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2019

The Camel Fair is a non-fiction recount of a holiday in India, accompanied by spectacular, atmospheric photographs. The highlight of the visit, and the central focus of the book, is the Pushkar Camel Fair. The event is recounted in a letter format through the eyes of a child, Sarina who is visiting relatives. * White/Band 10 books have more complex sentences and figurative language. * Text type - A recount of a visit. * A flow diagram explaining how to get onto a camel is included on pages 30 and 31 to encourage children to discuss the information. * Curriculum links - Geography: Where in the World is Barnaby bear? Passport to the World; Citizenship: Living in a diverse world. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

What Am I? Band 00/Lilac

What Am I? Band 00/Lilac

Author: Maoliosa Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2007

What do I do? This non-fiction book looks at the different types of work that adults do. Photographs show children having fun dressing up with the appropriate props, while a series of illustrations for each job reveals a range of typical activities. The professions covered are; doctor, vet, teacher, postman, builder and firewoman. * Lilac/Band 0 - wordless book that gives information through pictures and is designed to develop understanding about how information books work. * Text type - Information book * The photographs of the dressed-up children repeated on pages 14 and 15 give children another opportunity to discuss `What Am I?' * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

I Can Do It! Band 01b/Pink B

I Can Do It! Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Paul Shipton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2007

A simple information book depicting different activities: running, jumping, hanging, skating, creeping and swimming. Simple text accompanies photographs of animals performing each activity , alongside photographs of children acting out the same activity. * Pink B/ Band 1B books offer emergent readers simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions. * Text type - A simple information book. * The photographs are repeated on pages 14 and 15 with a one-word label to describe the activity for reinforcement. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

Have You Ever? Band 02a/Red a

Have You Ever? Band 02a/Red a

Author: Tasha Pym Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2007

A fun story that follows a boy through a fantastical land of weird and wonderful creatures. Imaginative illustrations complement the text, which invites children to envisage using each of their five senses, by asking f they have ever seen, heard, touched, smelt or tasted any of these creatures. * Red A/Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development. * Text type - A story with a predictable structure and patterned language. * A story map on pages 14 and 15 lets the children recap and discuss the story. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

How to Have a Party Band 03/Yellow

How to Have a Party Band 03/Yellow

Author: Susan Gates, Julie Sykes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Using simple text and photographs, this book shows the full range of tasks to be carried out: make the invitations, set out the food, decorate the room, plan the games, select the music and make party bags. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text Type -A non-fiction text with lists and instructions. * A party checklist on pages 14 and 15 reminds children of all the tasks to be done, and provides opportunities for follow up work. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: taking part. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery

In the Boat Band 01a/Pink a

In the Boat Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Paul Shipton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2019

Who is in the boat? A hilarious counting story about a mouse with a boat taxi that reluctantly agrees to pick up an increasing number of animals as it floats downstream, before eventually sinking under the weight to the seabed! Simple text counts the number of each type of animal, from one to six, as they enter the boat. * Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. * Text type - A patterned story with predictable structure. * The labelled flow diagram on pages 14 and 15 retells the story and allows the children to count the animals again. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

Around the World Band 03/Yellow

Around the World Band 03/Yellow

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2007

Traversing across the world by train, boat and plane, the two children in this story poem encounter the extremes of sun and snow travelling to Africa, India and China. The book begins with a poem, before revealing their journey's details, and repetitive questions encourage the reader to turn the page and continue the voyage. * Yellow/ Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text type - A poem with predictable structure and patterned language. * The story map on pages 14 and 15 gives children the opportunity to follow the route again on a world map. * Curriculum links - Geography: Where in the world is Barnaby bear? Passport to the world. Music: Feel the pulse. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

Dance to the Beat Band 03/Yellow

Dance to the Beat Band 03/Yellow

Author: Uz Afzal Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2019

A bright, action-packed non-fiction book that explains how to dance. The step-by-step instructions include sequential words at the start of each sentence: First, Next, Then, Now and Stop. Photographs of children dancing support and clearly demonstrate the actions referred to in the text. *Yellow/ Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text tye - An instruction text. *The summary on pages 14 and 15 allows children to discuss and recap the instructions. *Curriculum links - Music: feel the pulse, exploring rhythm; PE: dance activities. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Band 12/Copper

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Band 12/Copper

Author: Mark Carthew, Michael Rosen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2007

She starts by swallowing a mere fly, but ends up eating a much bigger animal! Find out what fate awaits the old lady in this playscript by Michael Rosen and Mark Carthew, based on the traditional poem. * Text type - A play based on a traditional poem.

True Life Survival Band 12/Copper

True Life Survival Band 12/Copper

Author: Janice Vale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2007

An account of three true life stories of survival, where people have to act quickly against unexpected disasters. Maps and pictures engage us in the drama of a sailor lost at sea, a man ejecting from his plane and a school girl facing a tsunami. Survival tips are given in the unlikely event of the similar situations happening to us. * Copper/ Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type - Non fiction recount. * A card index chart on pages 30-31 summarises facts and could act as a model for finding out more true life survival stories. * Curriculum Links - Citizenship: Developing a healthy, safer lifestyle, to recognising the different risks in different situations and then deciding how to behave responsibly. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Brown Bread and Honey Band 12/Copper Band

Brown Bread and Honey Band 12/Copper Band

Author: Mark Carthew, Pamela Allen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2007

The King lived in a castle high on the hill and he loved food! Every day was filled with milkshakes and muffins, puddings and pumpkins, chicken and chocolate...as many yummy things as the cooks could bake. But the king was getting slower and fatter - who could help him to get back on his horse and have fun again? * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer scenes that develop reading stamina. * Text type - A play adapted from a humorous story. * Curriculum links - Science: Health and growth; Citizenship: Children's rights - human rights. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Bendemolena Band 14/Ruby

Bendemolena Band 14/Ruby

Author: Edel Wignell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2007

Bendemolena the kitten lives in a noisy house, so she puts a shiny pot on her head and everything goes quiet. Hooray! But what happens when Mother Cat gives her messages to take back to her brothers and sisters? * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * Text type - A play based on an American folktale. * Curriculum links - Music: The class orchestra, Exploring arrangements. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Living With Climate Change Band 12/Copper

Living With Climate Change Band 12/Copper

Author: Alison Sage Format: Undefined Release Date: 01/09/2009

What is a carbon footprint? Why do we think that the climate is changing? How does climate change affect our lives? And most important of all, what can we do about it? In partnership with the children's charity Plan, this book explores the topical issue of Climate Change and what it means through the experiences of children around the world. * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type: A non-chronological report. * A spider diagram on pages 30-31 help children to quickly identioy and recap the action points for each country covered in the book. * Additional information retrieval devices such as a glossary and index can be evaluated for their usefulness as children develop critical reading skills. * Curriculum links: Georgraphy: Passpaort to the world, Weather around the world; Science: Characteristics of materials. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

How to Be a Viking Band 12/Copper

How to Be a Viking Band 12/Copper

Author: Scoular Anderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2007

If you want to be a Viking, this book tells you everything that you need to know from how to milk a cow, to how to choose a sword! This information book is carefully organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * 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: A Viking case study. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Bungleman Band 13/Topaz

Bungleman Band 13/Topaz

Author: Jeremy Strong Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2007

Bungleman is Pickleton's very own local superhero. Dennis is his long-suffering son. When disaster strikes in Pickleton, it is Bungleman who everyone calls upon to save the day. Unfortunately, Bungleman is a rather useless superhero. When things go wrong, Dennis secretly always comes to his dad's rescue. * Topaz/ Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. *Text type - A story with a familiar setting. * A reader response page provides lots of opportunities for speaking and listening and to scaffold writing. * Curriculum links - Art and design: People in action; Citizenship: People who help us - the local police; ICT: Writing stories: communicating information using text. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Flash Harriet and the Mystery of the Fiendish Footprints Band 14/Ruby

Flash Harriet and the Mystery of the Fiendish Footprints Band 14/Ruby

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Undefined Release Date: 20/10/2019

Flash Harriet, together with Gus, her pet tarantula, is back and on the trail of a new crime. Huge footprints have smashed up the local vegetable garden. Is it something to do with Marmaduke Mildew and the Giant Vegetable Competition? Or does the clue lie in the footprints themselves? Find out how our favouite detective solves the mystery. * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * Text type: A humorous story. * The step-by-step review of the clues that helped Flash Harriet solve the case on pages 46-47 enable children to recap the significant events of the story. * Curriculum links: Science: Helping plants grow well; Citizenship: People who help us - the local police. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Stowaway! Band 14/Ruby

Stowaway! Band 14/Ruby

Author: Julia Jarman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2007

This adventure story recounts the first round-world voyage of Tudor explorer Sir Francis Drake through the eyes of Dickon, a lame stowaway, who goes on to become Drake's cabin boy and personal hero. Readers learn about the harsh life that sailors in Tudor times experienced as they coped with storms, mutinies and illness on board ship. * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * Text type - An adventure story. * Provides lots of opportunities for drama and writing activities. This title is paired with: How to be a Tudor in 20 easy stages, an information book that can be used to locate factual information about Tudor explorers and the Armada. * Curriculum links - History: What were the effects of Tudor exploration? * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Great Greek Myths Band 16/Sapphire

Great Greek Myths Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Diane Redmond Format: Undefined Release Date: 01/09/2008

Heroes and monsters; gods and goddesses; adventure and excitement: all are to be found in this book, which contains four well-known myths and legends from Ancient Greece told in an accessible style. Find out how Theseus killed the minotaur, how Daedelus escaped from the maze and why Herakles longed for a rest! * Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. * A humorous magazine interview with Herakles on pages 54 and 55 help children to recap the myth of The Labours of Herakles and examine how another text type might represent the material. * Text type: Three traditional tales * Curriculum links: History: Who were the Ancient Greeks? How do we use Ancient Greek ideas today? * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Footballing Frog Band 14/Ruby

The Footballing Frog Band 14/Ruby

Author: Ann Jungman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2007

A twist on traditional tales of frogs and three wishes, this story features a modern day prince, who loves football. Unfortunately he looses his football to frog, who demands a kiss as redemption. Of course the frog metamorphoses into a princess, who shares his love of football. * Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. * Text type - Humorous fantasy. * Pages 46 and 47 give an exclusive interview with the newly-wed couple for `Hot' magazine, providing lots of opportunities for speaking, listening and writing. * Curriculum Links - Citizenship: choices. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.