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All About DK Find Out!

DK has a long-standing reputation as a publisher of fantastic non-fiction books for children, so teachers will be glad to learn that the DK Find Out! series continues this tradition. Aimed at children aged six to eight years old, each book offers a sound, well laid-out introduction to a non-fiction topic. There is an excellent and diverse range of subjects to choose from, including sharks, engineering, the Solar System, reptiles and amphibians, Ancient Rome, science,… Continue reading

‘I Wonder Why…’ Books

I have often had requests from teachers for books in the brilliant I Wonder Why... series from Kingfisher, many of which have not been in print up until recently. I'm pleased to say that several of these Key Stage 1-level non-fiction books have now been re-designed and re-published, and there is a range of fascinating titles to choose from. The series covers topics that span science, History and geography, with titles asking I Wonder Why… Continue reading

Beside the Seaside

As the final half term before Summer begins, our thoughts are turning towards seaside holidays! Take a look at the Beside the Seaside book list to enhance your summer term topic for KS1. This fabulous collection of fiction and non-fiction books explore coastal geography, seaside creatures and seaside holidays in the past.  ‘Rock Pool Secrets’ is a brand new release, which is perfect for this topic.  With large flaps on each page, children can lift rocks, shells, seaweed…

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Spotlight On: Jeanne Willis

When thinking about the most memorable picture books both from my childhood and in recent years, one name crops up regularly on my list of favourite authors: Jeanne Willis. Characterised by her wry humour, ability to subvert stereotypes and conventions, expert use of rhyme and meter, and willingness to explore difficult topics in a way that children can understand and relate to, her books continue to be firm favourites with children, parents and teachers alike. Here’s our ‘Spotlight On’…

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Reading Around the World

Q. Hello. Our whole school is going to be participating in a ‘Reading Around the World’ theme next term.  Each class is going to read a book set in a different country, and will be finding out about that country. Please could you recommend some fiction set in different countries, which include plenty of detail about that country’s people and culture? We also need some non-fiction books to help the children with their own research. A.   There…

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