In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Steve Jobs, the visionary whose ideas still shape the world. Steve Jobs grew up surrounded by inventors, in sunny Silicon Valley, California. He and his friend Stephen Wozniak channelled their love of computers into their own inventions, […]
Explore the fascinating history of the computer, and the people who made them, in this beautifully illustrated guide for children by bestselling author and illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky. Computers make our lives easier in so many ways – they help us do our work, get directions, check the weather, exercise, shop and understand what’s happening around […]
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the park . . . Timothy Pope is blown this way and that way in the windy park — but among the whistling wind and blustering brollies could that be a shark he spies through his telescope. Peep through the die-cut hole in the […]
The perfect introduction to seasons and weather for young children. It’s winter. It’s cold! The squirrels are digging up acorns to eat. But what will they eat in the spring when the acorns are gone? This beautiful picture book is the perfect introduction to the seasons and how the weather changes throughout the year. The […]
Nature is like a magical picture that changes with the seasons. Watch six breathtaking landscapes transform in front of your eyes in this beautifully illustrated book. Interactive split pages create an immersive experience that allows readers to take a visual journey across the globe, from the Arctic tundra to the African plains. With simple facts […]
Join Lucy and Oscar and their dog Jasper as they explore spring, summer, autumn and winter on a woodland walk. What amazing things can you see? Come rain or shine, Oscar and Lucy walk Jasper the dog every day. On a spring morning, the world is waking up, animals peek out from their burrows and […]
Sam wants to go out but it’s pouring with rain, so he and Grandpa decide to stay inside until the rain stops. Sam drinks hot chocolate and reads his books and dreams of adventures while Grandpa gets on with his important paperwork. Grandpa seems to have a VERY important letter to write. Then that very […]
It is sad but true that no one is ever pleased to see Cyril the cloud. He’s always being blamed for ruining everyone’s fun: casting shadows over everywhere he goes, and making things look dull and miserable. So, one day, Cyril drifts far, far away in search of a friendly face: over farmland, towns, and […]
Clouds gather, skies darken, rain drops, puddles appear… Let’s go puddling! Pull on your wellies and button up your coats for this playful, interactive story all about children delighting in the joy of splish-splash-sploshing in muddy puddles with their friends, and cherishing snuggles on the sofa afterwards. Emma Perry’s debut on the Walker list encapsulates […]
Hello, Star. I know you’re scared, but you’re not alone. When a young girl learns that a bright light in the sky is coming from a dying star, she promises to keep it company until the light goes out. Every night she reassures her friend that she’s still there. As the years pass, the girl […]
When Mae Jemison was a little girl, she dreamed of blasting off into space on a rocket ship. She was so excited as she watched the Apollo Moon landings, but she wondered… why none of the astronauts were women? Mae loved science and was so bright that she started college at just 16, and was […]
Little Neil’s dreams took flight when he rode on his first airplane as a child. After studying aeronautical engineering and time spent in the navy, he became a pilot. From there, he was selected to take a trip to where no human had gone before – the moon! Along with his team, Buzz and Mike, […]
A long time ago a mouse learned to fly… and crossed the Atlantic. But what happened next? Torben Kuhlmann’s stunning new book transports readers to the moon and beyond! On the heels of Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse comes Armstrong: A Mouse on the Moon where dreams are determined only by the size […]
Join an astronaut for a day as she goes on her first ever spacewalk, and new crew members arrive. Find out how she trained for her mission and what it’s like living and working in space. How do you eat and drink at zero gravity? How do space toilets work? What are space suits designed […]
Lucky thinks he’s an ordinary Human boy. But one night, he dreams that the stars are singing to him, and wakes to find an uncontrollable power rising inside him. Now he’s on the run, racing through space, searching for answers. In a galaxy at war, where Humans and Aliens are deadly enemies, the only people […]
A small village in the wilds of Northumberland is rocked by the disappearance of twelve-year-old Tammy. Only her twin brother, Ethan, knows she is safe – and the extraordinary truth of where she is. It is a secret he must keep, or risk never seeing her again. But that doesn’t mean he’s going to give […]
Welcome to Planetarium. This museum is open all hours. It will take you on an incredible journey through the Solar System and beyond, towards the most distant objects in space. So how big is the Universe? How did it start and when will it end? What exactly is a black hole? And are we really […]
First man on the Moon Neil Armstrong reveals the adventure of the first Moon landing, and how the Earth and the Moon came to be, in this unique non-fiction picture book. A young boy sits up in bed and gazes at the distant Moon through his window. He wonders if, one day, a human will […]
A collection of amazing real-life stories about space exploration and adventure. Do you know the true story of … *The first astronauts to land on the moon and were nearly stranded there for ever, if it hadn’t been for a felt tip pen that saved them? *The ‘human computers’ that launched NASA’s first rockets into […]
Today we are pleased to welcome to our blog author Isaac Hamilton-McKenzie, who is one of the writers with the Storymix team.
Isaac tells us more about the latest book in the Future Hero series and about his experience of working on the project.
Welcome to the museum! There are more than 160 animal specimens to be discovered in Animalium, the first in a series of virtual museums. Wander the galleries – open 365 days a year – and discover a collection of curated exhibits on every page, accompanied by informative text. Each chapter features a different branch of […]
This captivating book brings the natural world into sharp focus. Beautifully colored and intricately detailed illustrations depict places as exotic and wide-ranging as Senegal’s Niokolo- Koba National Park, Russia’s Sikhote-Alin mountain range, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve in Sri Lanka, Daintree National Park in Australia, the Mexican desert, and China’s bamboo forests. The animals that live […]
This series of stunning illustrated texts demonstrates the stories behind some of nature’s greatest phenomena. In ‘Habitats’, find out about the most extreme ecosystems from around the world, and the weird and wonderful things that exist within them. With contents covering diverse environments and their inhabitants, from the gargantuan trees of the temperate rainforests to […]
Winner of the Margaret Mallett Picture Book Award, as part of the English 4-11 Picture Book Awards. There are living things everywhere: the more we look, the more we find. There are creatures on the tops of the tallest jungle trees, at the bottom of the coldest oceans, even under the feathers of birds and […]
Did you know that a frog can stop its heart from beating? Or that an elephant’s tooth is heavier than a brick? Or that the brain of an ostrich is smaller than its eyeball? In this book, there are 21 cross-sections that show how skeletons, organs, nerves and muscles fit together inside creatures from across […]
The moving story of the extraordinary friendship between a boy and his fox and their epic journey to be reunited. Beautifully illustrated by multi-award winner, Jon Klassen. Now available in Paperback! Pax was only a kit when his family was killed and he was rescued by ‘his boy’, Peter. Now the country is at war […]
Sid, Peggy and Amy adore the two gerbils, Bubble and Squeak, but their mother detests them. A major family battle results, and it’s clear life is never going to be quite the same again. But after a near fatal encounter between Bubble and Ginger the cat, Mrs Sparrow begins to see that life with a […]
A colourful and gentle introduction to the concept of animal babies for young children. Lots of animals have homes, but not all homes are the same! An orangutan builds a new nest every day, a prairie dog lives in its burrow for years – and a reindeer is always on the move! From the award-winning […]
If you love cute baby animals, come spend the day in the Australian outback with this adorable and bouncy kangaroo joey. From Ella Bailey’s acclaimed series of beautiful and educational picture books comes another tale of how one young animal friend spends his day. He’s only a little kangaroo, but that doesn’t stop him being […]
The team behind the bestselling favourite OI FROG! is back with another hilarious picture book that is guaranteed to get little ones laughing out loud. Join in with the fun and silliness, and meet a whole host of crazy creatures from aardvarks to zebras, along the way. The perfect riotous read for all OI! fans […]
“I’ve lost my mum!” Where is Monkey’s mummy? It’s not too much fun being lost in the jungle, and little monkey wants his mum. Kindly butterfly is keen to help, but they don’t seem to be having much luck and keep finding the wrong animals! But eventually, they find . . . Dad! It’s just […]
Ice Cream Cone Worm. Monkeyface Prickleback. Pink Fairy Armadillo. You’re called WHAT?! Welcome to the Ministry of Silly Animal Names where all the creatures have one thing in common: they want to change their names. A unique and rip-roaringly funny, tongue-twisting story full of weird and wonderful real creatures and facts at the end that […]
A little girl who desperately wants a dog introduces an imaginary Great Dane called Henry into her home. Her wish comes true when she is allowed a real Henry. Was neighbour Mrs Garrow, with her cackling laugh and black cat, responsible for her wish coming true? From the number one author for animal magic comes […]
A colourful and gentle introduction to the concept of animal babies for young children. All animals have babies, but not all babies are the same! From big babies to little babies, babies that look like their parents to ones that don’t, this beautiful picture book is a perfect introduction to different kinds of animal babies, […]
Welcome to Anatomicum. This museum is open all hours. It will take you on an incredible journey right around the human body, from the intricate workings of the brain to the tiny muscles used to show emotion. Have you ever wondered how each life starts with just one cell, or how many blood cells there […]
Join Doctor Max Pemberton as he takes you on a marvellous adventure around the human body! Shrink yourself down as small as you can go. No – much smaller than that! You’ll need to be small enough to crawl up nostrils, peer inside eyeballs and float through the bloodstream, because we’re about to embark on […]
Use eye-grabbing diagrams to help you to discover the human body in glorious technicolour! With eye-grabbing diagrams and amazing facts, The Digestive System takes a vibrant look at journey of food through our bodies. This colourful and fact-packed series provides an accessible look at the human body through bright and bold graphics.
Packed with amazing facts and eye-grabbing images, Your Growling Guts and Dynamic Digestive System takes a different approach to teaching the reader about the digestive system. Every spread opens with an amazing science fact about the human body – for example – Your tongue print is just as unique as your fingerprint! – then goes […]
A visually playful body and animal book! Learn all about animal and human movements and muscles, the similarities and differences. From muscles, bones and exoskeletons to running, jumping swimming and flying, explore how humans and animals move and use their muscles. The Human Body, Animal Bodies series looks at the features and function of the […]
From the award-winning team behind Tiny and Lots comes a new book exploring another fascinating area of biology: growth. A beautifully illustrated introduction to the concept of DNA for younger readers. All living things grow – every plant and every animal, including human beings. Some things grow fast and others grow slowly; some things grow […]
An adult has 206 bones and more than 650 muscles in their body, and each one has an important role to play. This book explores how the skeleton and muscles have multiple jobs within our body, from protection and structure to movement and blood production. Mind-boggling facts (for instance, you will grow around seven skeletons […]
There are trillions of cells in our bodies, each one needing oxygen to survive. This book explores how the heart, lungs and blood work together to supply oxygen to the rest of the body. Mind-boggling facts (for instance, your blood vessels are long enough to stretch around the world two and half times!), and clear […]
The Reproductive System takes a vibrant look at where we all come from. With spread-filling diagrams, a colour-blocking approach, and simple text and captions, The Bright and Bold Human Body presents the incredible scale and complexity of the human body in small, digestible chunks. As well as this, surprising statistics and close-up photos allow children age […]
Say cheese! Good dental hygiene is an important way to stay healthy. With engaging text and colorful photos, readers learn good habits for heathy teeth. Care for Your Teeth includes a glossary, read more section, kid-friendly internet sites, and an index.
From the very first bite, your food goes on an incredible journey inside you. Lift the flaps to find out what happens when you eat fat, sugar, carbohydrates and protein, and what vitamins and minerals do for you. With over 80 flaps to lift, advice on healthy eating and links to websites for more information.
A book that takes a young reader on an exciting and unique journey through all the working parts of a human body. My Amazing Body Machine dives deep inside our human bodies and into our intricately wired brain, teaching young readers about the human anatomy. With clear text, close-up photography and fascinating bite-size facts about […]
This first science book exploring the science behind the five senses provides a great foundation for scientific knowledge. From sight and hearing to touch, smell and taste, the book has clear information, fun illustrations and plenty of interactivity from challenges to think about and activities to try. It also has lots of facts about animal […]
Why do I have to exercise? Why is it fun to play? The answers to these and many other questions about exercise and play can be discovered in this lively and informative series. The topics of fitness and fun are complemented by charming and humorous illustrations. This book is designed for children to begin to […]
Why do I have to wash? What’s wrong with biting my nails? Why can’t I pick my nose? Why can’t I wear the same socks each day? The answers to these and many other questions about hygiene can be discovered in this lively and informative series. The topic of keeping clean is complemented by charming […]
How much sleep do I need? What happens when I sleep? Why do I dream? Will screen time affect my sleep? Why should I rest? The answers to these and many other questions about resting and sleeping can be discovered in this lively and informative book. The topics of fitness and fun are complemented by […]
Why should I eat fruit and vegetables? What’s wrong with chocolate and crisps? What are proteins and carbohydrates? The answers to these and many other questions about healthy eating can be discovered in this lively and informative book, where the topic of healthy eating is complemented by charming and humorous illustrations. This book is designed […]
Once there was a baby in the house – and to that baby, Mum and Dad and Jill and John and Uncle Tom were giants. But little by little, that baby grew up – until she became a giant too! Martin Waddell says of the book, “Small children live in a world designed for big […]
All the Nonsense in my Teeth is a fantastical, dream-like story about teeth brushing, that takes readers on a journey into the narrator’s imagination and encourages good personal hygiene and following a daily routine. Tonight I brushed my teeth. They really needed a good clean! Oh, let me tell you about all the things that […]
Best Children’s Books about the Human Body In the younger primary school years, children learn the basics of human anatomy, including learning to name and identify body parts and finding out about the senses – as well as learning about basic human needs and the importance of healthy lifestyles. To support children in finding out […]
Best Children’s Books About Music From clefs and composers to instruments and improvisations, music is a pastime that many children come to love in their primary years. We’ve put together a list of the best children’s books about music, composers, instruments, singing and performing…
It hums and it thrums through day and night the magical, mystical rhythm of life! Follow the story of music back to the very beginning. Did it start with a stomp or a clap? This playful poem is an ode to the colourful world of music and rhythm.
Everyone’s always telling Will to stop making so much noise. That is, until he meets music teacher Mr Brand. He thinks Will’s not just noisy but that he has a gift and must learn to play the violin. But Will doesn’t feel special . He can never find peace to practice at home and carrying […]
How on Earth do you play a bass that’s 3.5 metres tall? How can you play a theremin without touching it? Can you turn a cave’s stalactites into an organ? (Spoiler alert: yes, you can!) Including a stunning central gatefold that opens out to reveal the family tree of musical instruments, this book is a […]
Find out what makes up an orchestra and learn about its different instruments with this beautifully illustrated book, produced in association with the London Symphony Orchestra. This wonderfully illustrated story follows a conductor who is auditioning each instrument for his orchestra. With accompanying CDs and downloadable music, follow our conductor on his journey and discover […]
In Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, Sonam’s world is dark and silent. Then one day, she follows a magical melodious sound to a walled garden, and her world is silent no more. The sound is music, and it lifts her up amongst the stars and takes her deeper than the tree roots in the earth. How can she […]
The first book in a heartwarming and timeless new series with a brave and spirited heroine, from the acclaimed duo behind THE BOOKSHOP GIRL . Betsy Bow-Linnet is determined to become a world famous concert pianist like her parents. There’s just one problem: no matter how hard she practises she doesn’t share their musical talents. […]
A laugh-out-loud musical story full of hilarious word play and silliness from the author of Oi Frog! , brilliantly illustrated by Fred Blunt. Flinty Bo Diddle is writing a tune for his fiddle. All his diddles have lined up nicely – except for one who keeps going DUM, right in the middle! No matter what […]
A Traveller girl creates her own musical instrument from a willow branch and lots of recycled objects. She plays it enthusiastically, but it sounds terrible! Ignoring warnings not to awaken the ogre in the hills, Ossiri goes there to practise playing her instrument. Will she wake the ogre, and will it appreciate her playing? Told […]
From award-winning author Susan Hood and illustrator Sally Wern Comport comes the extraordinary true tale of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, an orchestra made up of children playing instruments built from recycled trash. Ada Rios grew up in Cateura, a small town in Paraguay built on a landfill. She dreamed of playing the violin, but […]
Harley is back with another inventive adventure! This term begins with a school trip to the coast, where Harley stumbles upon a mysterious fossil. Could it be that Harley has discovered an entirely new dinosaur species? Meanwhile, eager to best her class nemesis Fenelda in the contest for best invention, Harley dreams big with her […]
That’s Mathematics is a maths book like no other. It’s a vibrant, colourful book for young children showing them that maths is useful, interesting, fun and EVERYWHERE! They use it every day when they count, share, play, do sport, make cakes or move to music. Aimed at children from 5 to 8 years , the […]
For 7+ kids who love video games but aren’t allowed to play as often as they’d like… Sunny’s favourite game is Super Rabbit Boy and he loves to pit his skills against King Viking who hates fun and happiness and wants to steal Singing Dog and bring sadness to Animal Town FOR EVER! Can Sunny […]
All aboard for Kalamazoo! One ticket will let you… ride on an elephant, stay in a bug hotel, travel by train boat and plane, mingle with bears and minibeasts – and even meet an alien! All this and more, in 19 zippy poems to read aloud. This is a fantastic and eagerly awaited poetry collection […]
“The hilarious sequel to the bestselling I Really, Really Need a Wee , by dynamic duo Karl Newson and Duncan Beedie, will not disappoint fans of this cute and curious Bush Baby. Bush Baby is BACK… and has something really, really IMPORTANT to say… but how?! From climbing a mountain, to wrestling with crocodiles, this […]
It’s April in Antarctica and, in places so remote that they can only be seen by satellites, lines of Emperor Penguins appear in search of the perfect ice for raising their chicks. A wise old Empress has returned to the ice at Halley Bay year after year; with the help of her mate, she works […]
Oh, Komodo, no, Komodo, if what I hear is true, nothing but another Komodo should risk getting close to you! Every day is an adventure in this brilliant, eagerly awaited collection from one of the UK’s best loved poets. Find cats, dogs and dragons, a rock’n’roll iguana and the Rescue Centre for Mythical Beasts. Take […]
Learn the funny and fascinating story of Charles Darwin and the groundbreaking discoveries his love of the humble worms led to in this hilarious illustrated book. Charles Darwin is widely known for his “”Origin of Species”” book, yet Darwin had another great love, and that was for worms. Told for the first time for children, […]
It’s almost Lunar New Year, and Chloe can’t wait to celebrate! But first, Chloe and her family must prepare for the new year. They buy new shoes, lay out good-luck oranges in a bowl, decorate the red envelope, and make a crispy turnip cake. Everyone comes together to cook a fantastic feast, saving a plate […]
Now in paperback, this sweet tale follows Yasmeen, a seven-year-old Pakistani-American girl, as she celebrates the Muslim holidays of Ramadan , “The Night of the Moon” ( Chaand Raat ), and Eid . With lush illustrations that evoke Islamic art, this beautiful story offers a peek into modern Muslim culture-and into the ancient roots of […]
Say hello to the Little Seasons! After a whole year of waiting, it’s finally Spring’s turn to wear the Weather Crown and create her own special season. Her friends can all remember how beautiful spring was last time. But this time, as Winter places the crown on her head, Spring starts to feel anxious. Can […]
Based on real people and events, Rivet Boy blends fact and fiction to tell the story of one boy’s role in the building of the iconic Forth Rail Bridge-Scotland’s greatest man-made wonder-in 1889. When 12-year-old John Nicol gets a job at the Forth Bridge construction site, he knows it’s dangerous. Four boys have already fallen […]
Today we are pleased to welcome to our blog author Eva Wong Nava, whose new book ‘I Love Chinese New Year’ is out now.
The new picture book provides a beautifully illustrated introduction to Chinese New Year and also celebrates family moments, bonds with grandparents and the joy of special traditions. The illustrations and text are both warm and celebratory in tone. It also features a non-fiction section on the final pages with more information about Chinese New Year and the dragon dance.
Author Eva Wong Nava stopped by our blog this week to explain more about the Chinese New Year festival and traditions.
It’s easy to feel lost in the flood of so many new children’s books available. Each month, our review panel reads scores of new books and we highlight five of our recently published favourites. Check out our Review Panel’s top books for you to read in January 2023.
Panther is not like the other cats. Leopard has beautiful spots, Tiger has impressive stripes and Lion has a magnificent mane. Panther is small, shy and dark. One night he decides to go and find out where in the jungle he really belongs. Finally summoning the courage to scale the treetops, he answers the call […]
The start of a thrilling new Second World War mystery series from the number-one-bestselling and multi-award-winning author of Murder Most Unladylike. 1940. Britain is at war, and a secret arm of the British government called the Ministry of Unladylike Activity is training spies. Enter May Wong: courageous, stubborn, and desperate to help end the war […]
Today we are pleased to welcome to our blog author Abi Elphinstone, whose new book Saving Neverland is out this month.
Saving Neverland is a fresh and modern reimagining of the classic Peter Pan story and Abi Elphinstone breathes new life into this much-loved tale. Wendy Darling becomes the sparky Martha Pennydrop, and Tinkerbell becomes the charming Muddle – who has the tendency to get herself into a bit of a… muddle!
Author Abi Elphinstone stopped by our blog to tell us more about the experience of reimagining a classic.
From new year resolutions to embracing fresh challenges, we take a look at five top books to share with your school community as they return for the start of a new year.
Best Children’s Books about New Beginnings Whether it’s books to begin a new year, stories that explore fresh starts or tales of resolutions and new challenges, we’ve put together a list of picturebooks about new beginnings and starting afresh. These books could be used in school assemblies, at home or as classroom stories.
Florrie has two of everything. Two lovely brothers . . . Two smashing parents . . . Two very cuddled pets. But two isn’t always a magic number, as Florrie now has to live in TWO different houses: one with her mum . . . and one with her dad. An uplifting picture book that […]
When Yara’s mother passes away, she leaves behind a letter and a strange set of instructions. Yara must travel from the home she has always known to a place that is not on any map – Zehaira, a world of sorcerers, alchemists and simmering magic. But Zehaira is not the land it used to be. […]
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A gripping football-filled adventure based in the Romani community of 19th-century Sheffield. This action-packed story is told through the eyes of young Lijah, as he navigates life and discovers football and the legendary Rab Howell. In this heart-stopping adventure, Richard O’Neill shows us an important and intriguing time in Britain that’s sure to fascinate young readers.
Summer was supposed to be Ginika’s time for fun, friends and fairs. But instead she’s been sent to live at the dead-end seaside boarding house her grandparents run. Even though her parents say it’s just for a little while, she can’t help feeling abandoned and heartbroken to be missing out on everything she loves back […]
This magical story follows three children living in a tower block, as they embark on a fantastical adventure which helps them see their home in a new light. A deeply personal story written by multi-award winning poet and Waterstones Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho , drawn from his own experience growing up in a tower block […]
They said I couldn’t change the world; it wasn’t worth the fight. But in my head, a small voice said…maybe you might. A young girl makes a choice to plant a seed by a long dead riverbed. Little does she know that from this single, small act, a vibrant ecosystem will grow. This inspiring poem […]
Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world…
The Lake District, 1899 The Earl is dead and cruel Cousin Clarence has inherited everything. Twelve-year-old Lady Agatha Asquith is cast out of Gosswater Hall to live in a tiny, tumbledown cottage with a stranger who claims to be her father. Aggie is determined to discover her real identity, but she is not alone on […]
The brand new must-read middle-grade novel from the author of super-spookyCrater Lake. Perfect for 9+ fans of R.L.Stine’s Goosebumps. Angelo and his friends know that together they can handle any pretty much anything – including giant mutant spiders or snake-like parasites that burrow into your brain. But when a terrifying new enemy attacks from above […]
Sylvia is the only dragon in the whole world, and she is very lonely . . . until one day, she meets Bird. Tiny and chirpy, so different from the huge dragon, Bird somehow changes Sylvia’s life for ever.
In this enchanting book, Jackie Morris conjures a world where everyone has their own dragon, exploring all their variety through lyrical text and beautifully realised illustrations. This children’s classic is now available in this larger, high-quality production format for full enjoyment of the art work and the wonderful creatures it presents.
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Discover the weird and wacky history of the kingdom of Benin! Did the kings of Benin really keep pet leopards? Did spirits live in the African rainforest? And did bicycles REALLY destroy the Benin kingdom? A Question of History: The Kingdom of Benin answers all these questions and much more. With an engaging question and […]
Which genius ideas and inventions began in the Benin Kingdom? What did the people of the Benin Kingdom develop that we use to this day? Find out how a collection of separate villages and communities grew into a strong, united kingdom and developed a network of successful trading relationships. Discover the brilliant developments in town […]
Benin was an important kingdom in West Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries. Find out about Benin’s magnificent capital city, the objects that Benin traded with Europe and their intricate bronze plaques and statues. Read about food and farming, armies and weapons, the life of a craftsman and how to make a leopard statue! […]
This book explores what life was really like for everyday people in Ancient Benin. Using primary sources and information from archeological discoveries, it uncovers some fascinating insights and explodes some myths. Supported by timelines, maps and references to important events and people, children will really feel they are on a time-travelling journey when reading this […]
Early Islamic civilisation spread across the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia in the 7th and 8th centuries CE, forming a massive empire. Find out about the birth of Islam, amazing inventions and trade across the empire. Read about weapons and war, the city of Baghdad, the life of a scribe, science and medicine and […]
We often think that people from a thouand years ago were living in the Dark Ages. But from the 7th century onward in Muslim civilisation there were amazing advances and inventions that still influence our everyday lives. People living in the Muslim world saw what the Egyptians, Chinese, Indians, Greek and Romans had discovered and […]
This fast-paced story is set in the Islamic Golden Age when Baghdad was considered the largest and most dazzling city in the world. Perfect for fans of thrilling adventure. Thirteen-year-old Jabir is hoping to save his family from being made homeless by finding work in Baghdad. Famished after his long journey to the city, Jabir […]
In Saxon Kent the law says thieves should be executed, and soup made from a stolen sheep has been found in the Medway house. Young Edward takes the blame, but does his father know more than he’s letting on? And can he find a way to save his son from hanging? Join master storyteller Terry […]
A funny art heist mystery that will steal your heart! The country is gripped with Mona Lisa Fever! The Royal Family has announced a huge reward for the return of a missing version of the Mona Lisa, stolen from their palace over 200 years ago. But in the town of Colpepper, Mia has a different art […]
Five Books Featuring Family Secrets & Lies – by Ann-Marie Howell Ann-Marie Howell, author of Mystery Of The Night Watchers, joins us this week to share some books featuring family secrets and lies. Ann-Marie’s book is a gripping new historical adventure set in East Anglia, and the story sees the unearthing of some family secrets dangerous […]
November 1920. The body of an unknown soldier is to be buried at Westminster Abbey. The war has claimed the lives of thousands of men whose bodies will never make it home, and the Unknown Warrior will represent them all. As hundreds of people crowd to Westminster Abbey, Daisy knows she has to make it […]
A richly illustrated gift picture book edition of Michael Morpurgo’s classic wartime story War Horse. This powerful book for younger readers tells the enduring story of a friendship between a boy and his horse amid the turmoil of the First World War. For 40 years, War Horse has been helping children understand conflict. As we […]
You have heard, no doubt, the tale of Master Oliver Twist – that rags-to-riches boy; the parish orphan who became heir to the Brownlow fortune. But what few know is that was a second Twist – a girl, brought into this world moments ahead of her brother. This is the story of Twill Twist and […]
In a tunnel under the Thames, an urchin named Jenny and the young Queen Victoria dream of a wonderful new idea – underground trains! Twenty years later, the dream is finally becoming a reality. However, the construction of the Underground is tearing London apart and destroying the home of Jenny and her family. When Jenny […]
Take a look at the wackier side of history! Did the Maya really invent hot chocolate? Why did they have pointed heads? And did the Maya civilisation really disappear? With an engaging question and answer format, this series draws young readers into the fascinating, sometimes gruesome, world of famous peoples and civilisations through history. Each […]
Mayans looks at one of the most fascinating and advanced ancient civilisations. Through structures as imposing as a sacrificial pyramid or objects as beautiful and complex as the Mayan calendar, readers aged 9 and up gain a picture of who was whom in ancient central America and how the civilisation in which they lived really […]
The Mayas and Incas were skilled builders, artists and inventors, and one of the best ways to discover how they lived is by studying the artefacts they made. Just as ancient objects enable us to step back into the world of the people who made them, the stories people told can reveal what they thought […]
History in Infographics helps children to visualise facts and statistics using a clever and appealing mix of graphics and numbers. The colourful, high-impact design will appeal to a wide range of children, from visual learners to struggling readers, capturing and then holding their attention. Infographics are a really exciting, different way to learn about core […]
Find out about the incredible ancient civilizations of the Americas, right up until the Spanish conquest. Discover the monumental pyramids and mountain cities of the Maya, Inca, and Aztec people. Explore the sites of Chichen Itza, Machu Picchu, and Tenochtitlan, learn the pictures of the Mayan language, unearth the history of chocolate, and find out […]
This book explores what life was really like for everyday people in the Maya Civilization. Using primary sources and information from archeological discoveries, it uncovers some fascinating insights and explodes some myths. Supported by timelines, maps and references to important events and people, children will really feel they are on a time-travelling journey when reading […]
Travel back in time to Ancient Greece to discover the origins of the Olympic Games. Bright, bold and dynamic artwork bring to life the origins of the Olympic Games. Find out about the legend behind the games, the original events and the excitement that filled Olympia during the Olympic Festival. See how the competitors used […]
The Greek myths are some of the oldest and most famous stories ever told. This striking comic book collection is the perfect introduction to the world of the gods – containing six tales full of love, loss, greed, envy and bravery. Journey down to the Underworld with Orpheus and join Theseus in his quest to […]
From the bestselling author of Horrible Histories… Young Acheron is a liar. Everybody knows it. Troy is under siege and Acheron tells tales of Trojan bravery to entertain Prince Paris and the beautiful Helen at the palace. But when a stranger comes to the city to announce that the Greeks have departed, leaving a special […]
Izzy LOVES all the stories the Ancient Greeks told! She can’t wait to tell her friends about Icarus, who was a TOTAL NUMPTY, and the Trojan Horse, which ended a war and wasn’t even REAL! So pull up a plinth and enjoy all the DRAMA of the original Greek myths, as told by Pamela Butchart […]
Discover the magical myths and legendary heroes of Ancient Greece with award-winning author-illustrator Marcia Williams . Travel back in time with goat-footed Pan to explore the myths and legends of Ancient Greece. Meet the mighty gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus and some of the worlds best-loved heroes and heroines. In this book you’ll find […]
Beautifully retold by the award-winning author Beverley Naidoo, this earliest-known version of Cinderella is brought to life for the modern-day reader. Rhodopis is a Greek girl who is sold into slavery by bandits and taken to Egypt. Along the way she becomes friends with the storyteller Aesop and a host of playful animals. Her master […]
On 4 November 1922, a young Egyptian boy working on Howard Carter’s archaeological dig in the Valley of the Kings stumbled across a strange piece of rock. On closer inspection it turned out to be a stone step that would lead Carter to a long-lost tomb – and to treasures beyond his wildest dreams. The […]
Renni and Mahu are brothers, but they are complete opposites. When Mahu hatches a plot to rob the tomb of a long-dead general in the Valley of the Kings, Renni is swept into the crime to help his family. But taking the general’s heart scarab sets a much greater chain of events into motion, which […]
Children’s books that celebrate fantastic females We’ve selected a list of recommended books for children that celebrate fantastic females, from favourite fiction books with strong female leads to non-fiction about real-life inspirational heroines.
An inspiring and empowering rhyming story that’s a joy to read aloud, all about the power of children to change the world. Sally McBrass is the smallest girl in the youngest class – but Sally knows you don’t have to be big to be strong. From kites stuck up trees to howling dogs to stray […]
This book describes how the Vikings invaded and conquered much of Britain, and voyaged far and wide. Viking longships, raids and fighting style are all explored, alongside their beliefs and ways of life, to build up a true picture of these most famous invaders. The book concludes with a look at the Vikings’ legacy in […]
Coffin-stealing. Boat-burning. Telling whopping lies. Carla’s crazy plan includes them all! Carla’s grandpa has died – but he’s left her a letter telling her about his secret dream. Now it’s up to Carla to give him his last dying wish: a Viking funeral. To make it happen she’ll have to break the law, and every […]
Which innovative ideas and inventions began with the Anglo-Saxons? Find out how the Anglo-Saxons farmed their land, built their houses, and organized their society. Discover how their brilliant developments in defense, law, language, and storytelling still influence the way we live today.
The year is AD 51 and Bran is a slave, a prisoner of Rome, but dreams of one day returning to his homeland, Britannia, to fight against the Romans. When the proud young slave is overheard criticizing Rome, he is thrown into prison and faces execution the next day. Luckily, his cellmate Caratacus is a very […]
Set 17,300 years ago in Lascaux in France, this is fast-paced Stone Age adventure from the best-selling author of Horrible Histories. Willow isn’t the strongest or fastest in his tribe, he is careful and clever. But that’s not what matters to the other boys. All they care about who is the best hunter, and who can provide […]
Recommended New Children’s Books Each month our Review Panel highlights recommended new children’s books. Our top five picks each month feature newly published children’s books that we think you’ll love just as much as we do. From picturebooks and poetry to novels and non-fiction, we love shouting from the rooftops about the best new children’s […]
All our Books of The Months in 2018 Each month our Review Panel highlights recommended new children’s books. Our top five picks each month feature newly published children’s books that we think you’ll love just as much as we do. From picturebooks and poetry to novels and non-fiction, we love shouting from the rooftops about […]
All our Books of The Months in 2019 Each month our Review Panel highlights recommended new children’s books. Our top five picks each month feature newly published children’s books that we think you’ll love just as much as we do. From picturebooks and poetry to novels and non-fiction, we love shouting from the rooftops about […]
All our Books of The Months in 2020 Each month our Review Panel highlights recommended new children’s books. Our top five picks each month feature newly published children’s books that we think you’ll love just as much as we do. From picturebooks and poetry to novels and non-fiction, we love shouting from the rooftops about […]
Recommended New Children’s Books Each month our Review Panel highlights recommended new children’s books. Our top five picks each month feature newly published children’s books that we think you’ll love just as much as we do. From picturebooks and poetry to novels and non-fiction, we love shouting from the rooftops about the best new children’s […]
The Booksfortopics Best of 2019 What a year 2018 has been for children’s books! This month we asked our community of teachers, TAs, authors, librarians and book lovers to nominate their favourite children’s books published in 2018. This is what they told us…
Genius inventor Skunky has just designed a brand-new creation . . . a robot called Metal Eve! She needs to learn everything there is to know about life, so it’s probably not the best idea that she’s surrounded by Bunny, Monkey, Weenie, Pig and the gang. The only thing she’s going to learn from them […]
Dog Man meets the Lord of the Rings in this epic laugh-out-loud graphic novel series about two aspiring monster slayers. In their second adventure, our heroes face a new threat to Meowminster – an army of ferocious sea monsters! This is the perfect new read for fans of Captain Underpants, Dog Man and The Simpsons! The islands of Pawdor are […]
One puzzling mystery. Several slippery suspects. Endless possibilities! Welcome to Haventry, a town where the ordinary and extraordinary collide! With ghosts, werewolves and zombies living side by side, trouble is always brewing. And when a fiendish crime is committed, YOU are the detective in charge of the case. The Museum of Magical Objects and Precious Stones is […]
A joyful book that shows children how their wonderful features, traits and heritage can be lovingly passed down from biological and chosen family members. As a young girl explores the idea of her family tree, she notices all the beautiful physical features she has inherited from her black and south Asian family lines. Not only […]
Milo and Jay have always been best friends . . . until one day, a green-eyed monster appears! A book about dealing with jealousy, from the bestselling Big Bright Feelings series by Tom Percival. Milo loves spending time with his best friend, Jay. But when a new girl called Suzi moves in next door, Milo […]
Meet Grant the genie, and his best friend – the puppy, Teeny… The third in a series of magical adventures from the renowned illustrator, Steven Lenton, winner of Waterstones Picture Book of the Month and the Times Children’s Book of the Week. When Grant starts to miss his old life in Genie World, Teeny has […]
Hilarious, pitch-perfect stories where everyday school life becomes completely extraordinary! By a brilliant author/illustrator team with laughs on every page! Izzy’s school is being merged with St Bartholomew’s Primary, their greatest rivals! What will happen when the new kids join, in their too-shiny shoes and with their too-loud singing? And what if they’ve got a […]
An unforgettable friend returns in this warm and fantastically funny sequel to the bestselling debut Einstein the Penguin. Imogen and Arthur have been missing their friend, the penguin, Einstein, since he went back to Australia. So when an opportunity for him to return arises, they jump at the chance. But then Einstein and his friend […]
As the brutal Second World War stretches on with no end in sight, life for ordinary Dutch people in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands is fraught with peril and hardship. There is very little to eat and the population lives under the constant threat of arrest and enslavement. After the murder of her beloved uncle and the […]
The first in a new fantasy series for readers aged 8-12, about a girl with fox ears who has never fitted in. With adventure and magic in every teacup, this is perfect for fans of The Strangeworlds Travel Agency and Starfell. Yesterday Crumb is no ordinary girl. She was born with fox ears that have […]
The bestselling, prize-winning Adventures on Trains series embarks on a thrilling sixth adventure as Harrison Beck and Uncle Nat climb aboard the night train to Narvik, travelling to the Arctic Circle to see the northern lights for Christmas. But as their train leaves Stockholm, Hal and Uncle Nat realize they’re being followed by a sinister […]
A thrilling, unputdownable debut, with extraordinary twists and incredible action, from an incredible new voice in children’s fiction. When Alex and his father are forced to flee their home to escape a brutal government, they begin a life-threatening journey across Europe. But when they are separated before they can reach Britain, Alex finds himself alone, […]
The Bowerbird is the irresistible tale of Bert – a small bird with a very big heart, from Number One bestselling Julia Donaldson and Kate Greenway Medal-winning Catherine Rayner. Bert the bowerbird is looking for love. He has made the most perfect bower, complete with a pretty purple flower, and is hoping it will help […]
New Children’s Books For Spring 2023 It’s always exciting to know about which great new books are coming soon and we’ve been on a mission to dig out the best books to look forward to! Our team has been taking a look at some of the new children’s books coming up this term. We’ve picked […]
Join inventor Scooter and his alien sidekick, Fizzbee, on their third adventure! For the first time ever, Scooter has NO ideas. How on earth can they save the jam factory from a slimy slug invasion? Scooter, Fizzbee and Cat have turned McLays jam factory into a tropical jam-making paradise. Delicious! There’s just one problem. SLUGS. […]
The Song Walker is an extraordinary new story of friendship, discovery and courage from Zillah Bethell, author of The Shark Caller which won the Wales Book of the Year and the Edward Stanford Children’s Travel Book of the Year 2022. When a young girl wakes up in the middle of the desert, she has no […]
From the Costa Award winning author of Voyage of the Sparrowhawk comes an epic adventure with a call to arms: we must fight to save the most treasured things on our planet. On the top of the hill, overlooking the sea, that’s where you’ll find a magical place . . . To Bea and Raffy, […]
The King cannot rule without his Royal Pants. He has a pair for every occasion: coronation pants (he can’t be crowned without them), organic pants (edible in royal emergencies) and even inflatable space-pants (because one never knows when they might come in handy). But in a boxer-shorts blunder at the Royal Mail, the King’s undies […]
It’s February 1974 and working-class families have been hit hard by the three-day week. The reduced power usage means less hours for people to work, and less money to get by on. Thirteen-year-old Jason feels the struggle keenly. Ever since his parents died, it’s just been him and his older brother Richie. Richie is doing […]
Take a colourful and comical tour through our galaxy and beyond with this fun new comic collection from Mike Barfield and Jess Bradley. Discover the poisonous clouds of Venus, the rings of Saturn and the raging storm on Jupiter. Venture inside nebulae, black holes, supernovas and far-flung galaxies. Find out about the historic figures who […]
Beautifully illustrated in two colours, this NEW series from the world of Isadora Moon introduces Isadora’s mermaid friend, Emerald! Emerald is learning how to be a mermaid princess, but she doesn’t feel like one at all. She’s not very good at waving to crowds and royal headdresses just aren’t her thing – her hair is […]
It’s easy to feel lost in the flood of so many new children’s books available. Each month, we pick five of our recently published favourites. Check out our Review Panel’s top picks for you to read in December 2022.
A stunning, multi-faceted visual exploration of one of our critical senses-sight! With compelling visual sophistication and infographics about all aspects of sight, this volume joins Sound: Shhh . Bang . Pop . Boom! as far more than just a groundbreaking introduction to our vivid, sensory world! At once an immediately accessible, science-intensive illumination of an […]
A beautifully illustrated, funny and thought-provoking book for building confidence and encouraging children to express their feelings – about anything and everything. This book will help enable a much broader conversation about individuality, fear and hopes. All author royalties are being donated to the NSPCC.
All Curly Haired Girl has ever wanted is straight and luscious locks, but when she meets a little girl with the smoothest, silkiest hair, who says all she’s ever wanted is spirally, squiggly hair, they are BOTH confused! A hilarious tale about loving what we have. And hair, lots and lots of hair. I Don’t […]
This little boy is fed up with being so little. He wants to be as tall as his friends and his big brother. But when he loses his teddy bear up a tree, not even his new tall friend can get it back for him. Maybe with a little bit of help they can reach […]
A wonderful celebration of the diversity of family life. Just like us, animal families are all different. For orang-utans, mummy looks after the babies, for emus it is all down to daddy. Clownfish live with a mummy and daddy, some albatross families live with two mummies and some cheetahs are adopted by two daddies. For […]
In Hair-raising Human Body Facts, you’ll learn about some of the most incredible things going on inside you right now! Giggle and gasp as you read about and see some truly astonishing (and sometimes silly) parts of the human body, such as your super-cool cornea, which gets its oxygen from the air and has no […]
A pirate skeleton seeks to put its bones back together in this rhyming first book of anatomy! A stormy night at sea has uncovered some long-buried secrets and surprises. Is that the mast of a shipwreck? A faded pirate hat? And what’s that hiding in the sand? A mandible and a clavicle, phalanges and femurs, […]
Come on an amazing journey with 14 children as they grow from birth to 18 years old, learning new skills, exploring new worlds, standing up for their own and others’ rights – and following their dreams. Created with real children, who sent messages of empathy, reassurance and hope, You Can! will inspire young people of […]
The Booksfortopics Best of 2019 2019 has been another fantastic year for children’s books and this year the choice of ‘favourite book’ seems harder than ever! We asked our community of teachers, TAs, authors, librarians and book lovers to nominate their favourite children’s books published in 2019. This is what they told us…
If you imagined that all Stone Age people lived in caves, were not very clever, not very clean and said “Ugg” a lot, then think again. Marking the start of all human history, the Stone Age lasted around 3.5 million years (the last part of that was only 71 grand parents ago!). Delve into that […]
Wolf struggles to fit into his village. He s not strong like his brother or a natural leader like his father. Every day he just tries to keep his head down. That is until a sacred spear head is stolen. Wolf is cast out, seen as the reason for its disappearance. With no one but […]
The history and partnership of the Angles and Saxons are explored in this thrilling adventure about the trials and tribulations of their settlement in Britain. Oslaf works hard to prove his worth in the village: he labours on the farm, he trains as a warrior and he is slowly finding his place in the community. […]
Step back in time to Ancient Rome and meet some of the many people who lived, worked, and played during that time. From a young slave boy to a fierce gladiator, a musician to a wealthy lady, and a mosaic artist to the emperor himself – each one will share with you the story of […]
Misfits and murder meet in this brilliantly fun new mystery series by debut author Lis Jardine. A perfect next read for fans of The High-Rise Mysteries , Anisha, Accidental Detective and Murder Most Unladylike . INTRODUCING: THE DETENTION DETECTIVES. Jonno Archer doesn’t want to change schools, so puts zero effort into making new friends. But […]
Alice Eclair, Spy Extraordinaire will whisk you away on a fabulous adventure, full of daring action and delicious cakes! Baker by day, spy by night – Alice Eclair leads an exciting double life! Inventors and artists have gathered in Paris for the World Fair. All eyes are on the aeroplane exhibition – these incredible machines will […]
Blue the monster doesn’t have to be scary. And he doesn’t have to be a secret. After all, we all feel blue from time to time and talking about it helps. A friendly, gentle story to help young children navigate big emotions.
This beautifully illustrated book is full of ancient secrets, glittering gold, priceless treasures and Egyptian stories from more than 3,000 years ago. Stunning artworks and intriguing facts combine to mesmerise.
Can you guess who has made the tracks in the snow? A stunningly illustrated, natural history guessing game for nature loving pre-schoolers. A great companion title to Who is in the Egg?
A beautiful picture book about the ways in which animals sleep in the Serengeti, written by award-winning author Clare Helen Welsh and illustrated by the winner of the 2019 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, Jenny Lovlie. On the dry, grassy plains of the Serengeti, a little mongoose makes his way home to his burrow. On his […]
The first book in a BRILLIANT new series brimming with adventure, friendship and an amazing array of magical creatures! A must-read for fans of Beast Quest , The Boy Who Grew Dragons and The Naughtiest Unicorn – and ideal for children aged 7-9. Aisha and Jayden are definitely not fans of Outside. Aisha would rather be […]
Exciting, funny, moving – and featuring joyous and authentic disabled representation – Cosima Unfortunate Steals a Star is the middle-grade debut of 2023. Cosima Unfortunate has spent all her life at the Home for Unfortunate Girls – a school where any disabled children, or children deemed different, are sent, whether their families want it or […]
Cooper is brilliant at magic tricks. Card tricks, clever illusions – he can do them all. His dad, also known as the Great Eduardo, taught him the tricks of the magical trade before he passed away. But the one thing Cooper can’t do is see his dad again. So when a talking rabbit appears from […]
London, 1880s: High up under the eaves of her father’s townhouse, twelve-year-old Emma Linden lives and never goes out. Her dream is to follow in the footsteps of Mary Anning, the famous fossil hunter. But Emma is kept hidden away from all the world, science and study, the tools that keep her mind well. When […]
George, Neila and Bash are the worst band on Earth. George wants them to be brilliant – but Neila has stage fright, and Bash is too distracted by his obsession with stars, aliens and faraway planets. But what they lack in talent and confidence, they make up for in heart. They’re determined to blow their […]
It’s easy to feel lost in the flood of so many new children’s books available. Each month, we pick five of our recently published favourites. Check out our Review Panel’s top picks for you to read in November 2022.
On one side of the underwater street is the remains of a house… It’s beautiful here, and eerie, a lost kingdom, a ghost village… It’s the near-future and Britain is having yet another heatwave. Of course, the government have put in the normal curfews for this kind of weather, and shops are forced to shut […]
From the dense rainforests of the Amazon to the chill of the snowy Arctic, come on an intrepid adventure to the world’s most extreme places, and find out just what it takes to survive there. Discover how to navigate the vast Australian outback, keep yourself alive in a sandstorm in the Arabian desert, avoid a […]
‘There are three doors that I may show you. You will find a different kind of power behind each one…’ Adam has found something incredible in a rubbish dump in London. A mysterious, mythical, magical animal. A TYGER. And the tyger is in danger. Adam and his friend Zadie are determined to help, but it […]
A standout new collection of contemporary poems from prize-winning poet Matt Goodfellow, author of Bright Bursts of Colour . Ideal for children aged 10+ Perfectly reflecting the thoughts, feelings and imaginings of young people, these beautifully crafted poems are poignant, playful, heartfelt and hopeful. From friendship, family and separation to school experiences and fitting in, […]
A funny, wise and heartwarming story, with a truly one-of-a-kind hero, from the author of the highly-acclaimed I, Cosmo and My Life as a Cat.
A beautifully illustrated collection of 20 ancient Egyptian myths retold for children aged 7-9. Delve into a world of monstrous creatures, magical spells, and warring gods in this thrilling compendium of ancient Egyptian myths. With 20 exciting tales alongside fascinating historical information, this is a must-have introduction for young readers interested in one of the […]
Take time to connect with the world as you embark on 40 slow adventures. Each of these journeys are on foot, bike, boat or train, allowing you to take in the history, absorb the landscape and meet extraordinary people along the way. Whether you roam the ‘Rose City’ of Petra, feel the magic of the […]
Everest is the world’s highest mountain, towering like an icy giant over the Himalayas. For the millions of people living nearby, it has always been a magical place, known as “”Goddess Mother of the World”” or the “”Peak of Heaven””. To explorers and adventurers, it represents a perilous but thrilling challenge to be conquered. In […]
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All Sam wants is a family of his own, a home instead of a ‘house’ and parents he knows will still be there when he wakes up. Because Sam has been in and out of foster care his whole life and he can’t imagine ever feeling like he truly belongs. Then his best friend Leah […]
Bear wakes up early from hibernation. If she can’t sleep, then at least she can make a snowman. Rabbit has never made a snowman, but he definitely wants to make one that’s better than Bear’s. But with an avalanche and a hungry wolf heading his way, Rabbit soon realises that it might be nice to […]
New Books Looking for recommendations of brand new children’s books? Here you’ll find the best newly published books for children – including our Books of the Month, top non-fiction recommendations and regularly updated Ones to Watch lists. Best NEW Children’s Books Every Month Ones to Watch: New Books Coming Soon Top-Notch Non-Fiction Recommendations Best Books […]
When Tom is sent to stay at his aunt and uncle’s house for the summer, he resigns himself to endless weeks of boredom. As he lies awake in his bed he hears the grandfather clock downstairs strike . . .eleven . . . twelve . . . thirteen . . . Thirteen! Tom races down […]
This fun book will get you counting from 0 to 7.5 billion, but also to do so much more. Follow the characters’ stories through the book and see how their lives collide with those of others. There are a lot of secrets to be discovered for the sharp-eyed! You’ll see that everyone is different, everyone […]
Children getting bored at home? These twenty-five outdoor science projects and experiments will spark kids’ creativity and help them develop science skills through hands-on learning. Projects focus on Earth and the environment, plants and animals, weather, water, and physics, bringing science learning home and into the backyard. Young scientists can build a wormery and learn […]
Meet your moods in the brilliant new activity journal for children, by bestselling author and broadcaster Fearne Cotton. Have you ever felt… Sad… Happy… Angry… Lonely… Worried… Scared… Excited? Or several of these moods all at once? Emotions might seem big and complex – but the more we understand them, the better we can become […]
If the Sun were the size of a grapefruit, Earth would be the size of a grain of salt. Even the largest planet, Jupiter, would be only as big as a large pea.’ Some things are so big or so old that it’s hard to wrap your mind around them. In If, we look at […]
Did you know that without the ‘lead’ in your pencil, there would be no life on Earth? Just about everything in the universe is made from only 92 elements – and from aluminium to zinc, many of them are hiding in your very own home! Packed with Lauren Humphrey’s quirky illustrations and written by the […]
This book tells the stories of girls and boys from around the world and the challenges they have faced and overcome. It features over 29 tales of amazing young girls and boys who have achieved the unimaginable – from surviving a plane crash in the jungle to striking against climate change. There are tales of […]
Level: KS2 Subject: Maths Children will have hours of fun solving these maths puzzles and brain teasing activities. Written to support the primary curriculum, each puzzle is designed to test their problem-solving skills and logical thinking. This fun and motivating maths puzzles book: Covers key areas of maths that children are required to learn at […]
Master Key Stage 2 maths problem solving in just 10 minutes a day with the activities in this essential home-study workbook from Carol Vorderman. 10 Minutes a Day Problem Solving (KS2) is a homeschool learning resource for 9-11 year olds that teaches kids problem-solving skills in bite-sized chunks. Children prefer to learn in short bursts, […]
Spelling and vocabularly play a key part in the primary English curriculum. Our simple workbooks help to break down the skills children need to master to meet their curriculum objectives in a clear and fuss-free way. This workbook supports children in Year 5 (ages 9-10) to develop their spelling skills through fun and engaging activities. […]
Grammar is back on the national curriculum in a big way. Our simple workbooks help to break down the skills children need to master to meet the new objectives in a clear and fuss-free way. This workbook supports children in Year 5 (ages 9-10) to develop their grammar knowledge through fun and engaging activities. Practice […]
At home? Wondering what to do? Join thousands of children around the world and #DrawWithRob – staying at home has never been so much fun! Winner of the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards ‘Book of the Year 2020!’ DRAW WITH ROB is now an incredible activity book for every family to share, so join Rob and […]
From castles to animal masks, pirate ships and even dinosaurs! You will be amazed how much you can do with a simple cardboard box. A DIY projects book for kids that uses recycling as a way to build creativity, imagination and interactive play for kids aged 7-12. It features clear step-by-step instructions and detailed photographic […]
An adventure book that will surely rival even the most thrilling adventure movies! You’ll meet some of the most famous explorers and adventurers of all time in this exciting non-fiction storybook for children. Great explorers have one thing in common – a desire to leap into the unknown, no matter the dangers it presents. This […]
Level: KS2 Subject: Maths An engaging Maths activity book to really help boost your child’s progress at every stage of their learning! Including helpful questions and answers, this Maths book provides reassurance whilst supporting your child’s learning at home. Combining useful Maths practice with engaging, colourful illustrations, this Maths practice book helps to boost your […]
Will your children be ready for the new national times table check? All children in Year 4 will have to sit an on-screen times tables check; this series will help to prepare children by supporting their learning and understanding of times tables. Each workbook provides practice, problem-solving activities, games and quick-fire quizzes to build fluency […]
This Progress with Oxford Comprehension Age 7-8 workbook will help your child to progress with essential comprehension skills while having fun. They will develop a deeper understanding of text and become more confident in answering questions about text they have read. Each Progress with Oxford book is focused on the skills your child will need […]
Grammar is back on the national curriculum in a big way. Our simple workbooks help to break down the skills children need to master to meet the new objectives in a clear and fuss-free way. This workbook supports children in Year 3 (ages 7-8) to develop their grammar knowledge through fun and engaging activities. Practice […]
Pippi Longstocking is one of the most popular children’s characters of all time and is still much loved by millions of children today. This collection of Pippi stories will introduce her adventurous spirit to a whole new generation of readers. Pippi Longstocking is nine years old and lives all by herself with a horse, a […]
A fantastic write-in book that helps children learn to write their own stories. Includes lots of different writing activities including a fictional school journal, writing a comic strip, and forming a story around a picture. Packed with writing tips and a ‘storywriting toolkit’ to inspire budding authors. Concealed spiral binding that allows the book to […]
Warning: this book will cure all boredom! Pick which pet is worse: a vampire bat, a dead worm or Godzilla; decide what you would do if you were Prime Minister; discover some yucky things that people eat around the world… and much more! This witty and wacky book is bursting with laugh-out-loud facts, games, quizzes […]
Hundreds of creative LEGO (R) building ideas, activities, games, challenges and pranks! Winner of the Best Book category Creative Play Awards 2016, this superb LEGO (R) building book inspires you to look at your LEGO bricks in new and exciting ways. Go on a LEGO treasure hunt. Create and perform LEGO magic tricks. Make a […]
This charming reference introduces young readers to the wider world by exploring languages, landscapes, weather, animals, capital cities, mountains, deserts, and other landscapes and landforms, and more. It encourages kids to get play with activities such as creating a mini-rainforest in a bottle and singing a simple song in Spanish. More than 100 colourful photos […]
Kate Pankhurst, descendent of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, has created a wildly wonderful and accessible book about women who really changed the world. Discover fascinating facts about some of the most amazing women who changed the world we live in! * Fly high with incredible explorer and pilot Amelia Earhart * Discover the Wonderful Adventures of […]
Help your child to learn, remember and practise their times tables with the Ladybird Times Tables Homework Helper. This bright, interactive activity book is in line with the government’s Primary National Strategy, containing the times tables from 1-12 in the order that children learn them in school. Each page has a range of fun, motivational […]
This Progress with Oxford Addition and Subtraction Age 6-7 workbook will help your child to progress with these core maths skills while having fun so they will become confident with quickly solving calculations involving addition and subtraction. Each Progress with Oxford book is focused on the skills your child will need to master at each […]
This book can help your child by providing a whole year of ready to go activities and support on key English topics which will be being taught in school. Did you know that your child in Year 1 will need to; to add prefixes and suffixes to words (for example ‘s’, ‘es’, ‘ing’, ‘er’, ‘est’ […]
Level: KS1 Subject: English Learn the easy way with this Phonics activity book! Including helpful questions and answers, this English book provides reassurance whilst supporting your child’s learning at home. Combining useful English practice with engaging, colourful illustrations, this Phonics practice book helps to boost your child’s confidence and develop good learning habits for life. […]
A funny and charming NEW young fiction series from Philip Ardagh, bestselling author of The Grunts series and Eddie Dickens adventures, and illustrated by Rob Biddulph, award-winning creator of Draw With Rob ! P uuurfect for fans of Alex T. Smith, Pamela Butchart and Laura James. Meet Furry Purry Beancat – one EXTRAORDINARY cat with […]
Take a trip around the world in this fascinating lift-the-flap book. With over 80 flaps to lift, intrepid explorers can discover our world, from the layers that make up planet Earth to the tiniest insects in the rainforest and the creatures who live at the very bottom of the sea. Includes pages about the hottest […]
An amazing activity book containing an activity for every day of the year! Contains projects such as a flag chain, fabric collages, leaf printing, spoon-people, door signs, gift tags, dangly cowboys and many more things to make, draw and paint. Each activity is clearly explained in step-by-step instructions and clear illustrations. Includes a bonus activity […]
Crazy underwater creatures in this bonkers book of mixed-up animals from bestselling, award-winning illustrator, Axel Scheffler What do you get if you cross a squid with a fish? It’s a squish, of course! And how about a shark and a turtle? Why, that’s a shurtle! With over 121 possible creations, silly names and strange noises […]
Explore the real-life world of animals with LEGO minifigures. Big Book of Animals is bursting with photographs of everyone’s real-life favourite cuddly creatures, along with some unusual animals and all kinds of fun facts. LEGO (R) minifigures guide the reader through the animal kingdom using all of their trademark antics and humour. There are vignettes, […]
Young children can explore a bustling medieval castle in this charming, lift-the-flap non-fiction book. Flaps and peep-through holes in the pages reveal a knight putting on his armour, castle guards counting the king’s treasure and a grand feast with the royal family. A lovely introduction to a popular historical subject for little children.
Level: EYFS Subject: Maths Learn the easy way with this numbers activity book! Fully in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, this Maths book provides reassurance whilst supporting your child’s learning at home. Combining useful Maths practice with engaging, colourful illustrations, this Numbers practice book helps to boost your child’s confidence and develop good […]
Help support your child’s number and counting skills with Peppa Pig and friends in this colourful wipe-clean activity book. Children will practise counting from 1-20, use numbers in a sequence, draw in the missing objects on the pages to make the correct number of items and other activities that make learning seem effortless and fun! […]
Level: EYFS Subject: English Learn to hold a pen at home using this motivating wipe-clean book!. – Lots of practice opportunities to help children learn how to hold and use a pen correctly. – Wipe-clean pages and pen so that children can try the activities again and again. – Colourful, motivating activities to help boost […]
Chase, Marshall, Skye and the rest of your favourite hero pups are here to help you prepare for the Phonics Screening Check. Learn to blend sounds, recognise consonants and vowels, and read simple sentences.
The newest adventure in this bestselling series is an irresistibly chocolate-y caper starring Supertato and the Evil Pea! It’s night-time in the supermarket and SOMEONE has stolen ALL the Easter eggs! Never fear! Supertato and the veggies have a plan to get them back. It’s EGGciting, it’s EGGcellent, but will it also be…foiled?! There’s only […]
At the end of winter, a girl named Spring awakes from her slumber in the snow. She travels through the forest and finds a little bird that has fallen from a tree. The bird is so cold and weak that Spring can hardly hear its heartbeat, so she turns it into a rabbit with thick, […]
A hilariously funny, read-aloud story with cut-through reveals, from an internationally celebrated author-illustrator. Once there was a mysterious thing. Nobody knew how it got there, it just was. “”It’s mine, all MINE!”” say Mouse, Frog, Fox and Bear. But is it a piece of fruit, a wheel, a ball, a chair or something else altogether? […]
A fabulous look at eggs of all shapes and sizes and the babies that hatch out of them. From lovebirds to turtles, a glorious exploration of eggs, their habitats and their babies!
The Beginner’s Bible (R) is a trusted starting point for your child’s journey towards understanding stories from the Bible. The Beginner’s Bible The Very First Easter is the perfect picture book to help introduce young children to Jesus’ final days and the message of God’s great love. With exciting illustrations from the bestselling and beloved […]
We’re going on an egg hunt. We’re going to find them all. We’re REALLY excited. Hooray for Easter Day! Join the Easter Bunnies as they set off on an exciting lift-the-flap Easter egg hunt. With ten eggs to find and count, it’s great fun. But watch out for the obstacles along the way – lambs, […]
Santa has it so easy: a workforce of elves to make the presents, a team of reindeer to deliver them, even a hi-spec factory! The Easter Bunny has to make and wrap all the chocolate eggs in his garden shed, and deliver them himself on foot. No wonder you often find them thrown all over […]
A funny picture book about Paddington, the world’s favourite bear – now a major movie star! Paddington is excited to be organising an Easter egg hunt for his neighbours. But, from finding empty supermarket shelves, to buying a box of broken Easter eggs, Paddington wonders if the hunt can ever go ahead. That is, until […]
The Rhyming Rabbit loves to make up entertaining poems, inspired by everything he sees, but the other rabbits don’t appreciate his talent for rhyme. Sad and lonely, the Rhyming Rabbit sets off one starry night all on his own – will he ever find someone to share his poems with? The Rhyming Rabbit is a […]
Maisy is celebrating one of the world’s biggest festivals: Chinese New Year! From hanging up lanterns to receiving lucky red packets and joining in the dragon dance at the parade, this bright and colourful storybook is a perfect introduction to the many joys of Chinese New Year. Maisy’s friend Tiger is coming home especially for […]
An ideal introduction to the celebration of Chinese New Year for children aged 4-7 in Foundation Stage and KS1 classes. This book describes how Chinese people prepare for New Year by cleaning their house and having their hair cut. It shows how people around the world scare the monster Nian away with fireworks and watch […]
Find out all about Lunar New Year and how it is celebrated in different communities across the world! This stunning picture book is the perfect introduction for little ones to Lunar New Year celebrations. The most colourful time of the year is celebrated in communities around the world and you can now discover how it’s […]
When Winnie and Wilbur decide to celebrate Chinese New Year, the party is going with a swing. Family? Check! Friends? Check! Food? Check! Fun? Check! But just when Winnie waves her wand to make parade costumes for everyone, Wilbur goes missing. Oh no! Will Winnie find him before the first firework lights up the sky? […]
Chinese New Year is a time for new beginnings. Some people clean their homes from top to bottom or share meals with friends. Others pray, light fireworks or give each other gifts. Readers will discover how a shared holiday can have multiple traditions and be celebrated in all sorts of ways.
Discover an all-in-one encyclopedia that takes you on an explanatory tour of the world from your own body to outer space. Have you ever wondered how an email gets to someone on the other side of the world in just a few seconds or why it’s a bad idea to stand under a tree during […]
Explore spectacular visual timelines that tell the story of science, from fossils to quantum physics, and discover exactly how science has changed the world – one discovery at a time. Timelines of Science takes you on an astonishing journey through history, showing how dedication, disasters, and eureka moments have brought us antibiotics, electricity, space exploration, […]
Journey through the undergrowth with your magic three-colour lens and discover over 180 minibeasts from every continent, under the sea and even from prehistoric times. With your lens in hand, discovermini beast habitats, and learn more about the impressive insects and other creepy crawlies that scuttle and wriggle around the world.
Sidesplitting middle grade comedy, with serious heart (and one very funny llama). Illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan, the official illustrator for World Book Day 2022. It’s the Christmas holidays and Yasmin is miserable. Her family don’t celebrate Christmas so she doesn’t understand all the hype, plus Ezra has gone to Jamaica for 2 weeks and Levi […]
Dive deeper into the world of Little People, BIG DREAMS with this beautifully packaged and highly giftable keepsake treasury featuring 50 dreamers from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy best-selling series. Learn more about each of your favourite dreamers with new in-depth stories, facts and figures in this beautifully-crafted compendium. Each story is rewritten to be appropriate […]
Zoom in to discover what life was like for Ancient Romans in this innovative and interactive illustrated title that takes you right into their fascinating world! Learn what life was like for the Romans – from the Senate and the Colosseum to the market, the public baths and beyond! Using the free magnifying glass, seek […]
The top-of-the-class, extra special 20th book from multi-million copy selling author and illustrator Liz Pichon. A feel-good, laugh-out-loud, packed-with-pictures Tom Gates story! It’s TIDY UP Saturday, but Tom is VERY busy relaxing and not helping out much. Until he spots the art box of his dreams in a shop window and everything changes. He’s suddenly […]
Filled with quizzes, stats and little known facts, plus illustrated and told with all the fun of a Tom Gates novel, the Football Superstars series is perfect for young readers five and up. Is Cristiano Ronaldo your ultimate football hero? He has scored over 700 goals, won the Champions League five times and was the […]
From the bestselling author of How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once comes an out-of-this-world new adventure … K2 O’Hero is a seemingly ordinary boy – after all, he and his twin sister Izzabird have been sworn to keep their family’s magical history a secret. Not even their infuriating stepsiblings, Theo and […]
As the snow begins to fall just days before Christmas, Grandad helps Sara build an igloo in the garden with a small snow bear to watch over it. And when Sara wakes in the middle of the night, it looks very different outside. She sets out on an enchanted journey through a world of ice, […]
Number one for fiendish fun! On the first day of Christmas Horrid Henry gave to me …. 12 festive stories! Count down to Christmas with Horrid Henry and friends in this bumper collection of festive stories! This book contains twelve of Henry’s most mischievous winter tales about swapping Christmas presents, sabotaging school plays, ruining Christmas […]