The Beauty Of Nature

Today, three stunning non-fiction books grace the pages of my blog, each of them teaching me something new about the amazing world we live in. A Year in the Wild by Helen Ahpornsiri (Big Picture Press) A stunningly beautiful book with artwork crafted from hand-pressed blooms and foliage. These are then carefully cut and arranged … Continue reading The Beauty Of Nature

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Meet the Ancients…

Today we’re travelling back in time to the realms of the Ancient Egyptians and Ancient Romans with two book from an excellent new non-fiction series by James Davies.   Meet the... Ancient Egyptians The book starts off with a map and background information which explains how Egypt was united into one Kingdom by Menes. This … Continue reading Meet the Ancients…

‘Anthology of Amazing Women,’ by Sandra Lawrence, illustrations by Nathan Collins.

‘Trailblazers who dared to be different.’ This year has already provided many fantastic excuses to celebrate amazing women. We’ve had the 100th anniversary of the first women gaining the right to vote in this country, and on the 8th March, it’s International Women’s Day.  If you consider these events excellent reasons to buy a new … Continue reading ‘Anthology of Amazing Women,’ by Sandra Lawrence, illustrations by Nathan Collins.

Why I’m donating books to school libraries on #BookGivingDay

As well as being the traditional day for giving chocolates and overpriced roses, Wednesday 14th February is also #BookGivingDay. A day when book lovers all over the world donate new or lightly-used books to children who need them. As a teacher, I am very aware of the squeeze being put on school budgets and the cuts … Continue reading Why I’m donating books to school libraries on #BookGivingDay

‘What’s Where on Earth Atlas,’ by DK.

Introducing an atlas unlike any you’ve ever seen before: our fantastic planet is brought to life in 3D. This fascinating atlas features over 60 specially-commissioned maps, all absolutely packed with 3D images, facts and photos.  It explains the scientific theory behind the origins of early Earth, then takes the reader on a continent-by-continent tour of … Continue reading ‘What’s Where on Earth Atlas,’ by DK.

‘Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures,’ by Matt Sewell.

Dinosaurs never go out of fashion so I am delighted to introduce you to the new children's book from best-selling author and artist, Matt Sewell. This absolutely brilliant book features a whole host of fabulous prehistoric creatures from the Ceratosaurus to the Spinosaurus.  Sewell's glorious watercolour illustrations draw on the fact that palaeontologists now think … Continue reading ‘Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures,’ by Matt Sewell.

Weird Science

I have two super science books for you today: 'Al's Awesome Science,' and 'Cool Physics.' 'Al's Awesome Science: Egg-speriments,' by Jane Clarke, illustrated by James Brown (Five Quills) This is the first book in a series about science-loving twins, Al and Lottie. Full of energy and never far from trouble, the twins love investigating the … Continue reading Weird Science

‘Secrets of Our Earth: a Shine-a-Light Book,’ by Carron Brown and Wesley Robins.

Children's non-fiction books have become so much more interactive and engaging recently. This title from Ivy Kids Shine-a-Light series is no exception. As children are reading, they can explore the secrets of our world using a torch to reveal hidden images within the illustrations. They'll be able to see beneath the floor of a sandy … Continue reading ‘Secrets of Our Earth: a Shine-a-Light Book,’ by Carron Brown and Wesley Robins.

‘The Big Book of Beasts,’ by Yuval Zommer, beast expert – Barbara Taylor.

You're going to go wild for this book of beastly brilliance! Why do wolves howl at the moon? Do hyenas really laugh? Why do hippos love the mud? You'll find the answer to all these questions, and many more, inside this brilliant book, bristling with facts. Featuring beautifully illustrated double-page spreads about each animal, it's … Continue reading ‘The Big Book of Beasts,’ by Yuval Zommer, beast expert – Barbara Taylor.

‘Curious Constructions,’ by Michael Hearst, illustrated by Matt Johnstone.

This latest book in the 'Uncommon Compendium' is crammed full of fifty of the most incredible structures ever built, including: a skateboard ramp used to jump The Great Wall of China, a giant, mechanical, fire-breathing octopus and a life-size X-Wing Starfighter built of Lego. It features a double-page spread on each of the chosen constructions, with … Continue reading ‘Curious Constructions,’ by Michael Hearst, illustrated by Matt Johnstone.

Dinosaurs, Sharks and Woodland Creatures – Oh my! First non-fiction from DK Books.

Three brilliant choices for young fact fans.  Non-fiction books can be the perfect way into reading for curious minds and reluctant readers. Our first selection is 'Pick me up! Dinosaur.'  Part of a brilliant new series of books which encourage readers to take them and play. This one imagines what a baby diplodocus might have gotten … Continue reading Dinosaurs, Sharks and Woodland Creatures – Oh my! First non-fiction from DK Books.

‘Over and Under the Pond,’ by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal.

Head off on a watery adventure when you follow a boy and his Mom as they canoe across the mirror-like surface of the pond. As they row out over the water they  encounter a diverse range of wildlife in the watery ecosystem. A hidden world of crayfish, turtles and bullfrogs. Whirligig beetles, caddisdly larva and … Continue reading ‘Over and Under the Pond,’ by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal.