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I found them all very easy to write, or maybe I should say, natural. However, I did play at school and in one lunchtime I was winning a game comfortably until my opponent opened his lunchbox and pulled out a peanut butter sandwich. I hate peanut butter and the smell of it made me feel so sick I lost the game. I used to write short stories and poems about my classmates in secondary school.

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It was huge fun, and much like the class comedian it made me quite popular, and we all want to be that. I loved writing in general, especially in English and History. I remember us both laughing. The first draft is the most fun by far. I loved reading Bobby Brewster stories and when the author H E Todd came to my school, I was the happiest kid on the planet. He and his books smelt of tobacco and as he signed my copy, I told him I was writing a story about a crocodile that lived under my living room carpet. He said it was a great idea and that I should finish the story.

It was the most exciting time and makes me realise the importance of talking but also listening to kids when I visit schools. It would have to be Lisa Thompson. However, thankfully I continued. Check Mates and Teaching 3. A boy with ADHD learns that the best lessons come in the most unexpected places and from whom you least expect. For example, they could talk to their grandparents and share stories about them in class. This could lead to empathy with Grandparents and understanding.

What did they learn about their lives? What might child and Grandparent learn from each other. Learn to play chess…link to maths, problem solving skills, planning, strategy, patience, focus and self-discipline. Promote discussions about sportsmanship and fair play. Cold War, Berlin Wall are not usually studied in Primary schools, so a refreshing topic to raise and for children to be curious about.

Promote discussion on separation and the value of family unit. How does your deafness affect your writing? A young girl asked me this a couple of weeks ago and I thought it best question in a long while. Extra thanks to Stewart for answering my questions! The International Yeti Collective.

There is the fear that the earth is losing the last regions where myths can flourish. Ella is trekking through the Himalayas with her broadcasting-explorer uncle searching for yeti, but what seems like the adventure of a lifetime is cut short when she realizes that these secretive creatures might not want to be found. Unbeknownst to them, their actions will set off a series of events that will threaten the existence of yeti all over the world.

How can they make things right? The International Yeti Collective draws on the worldwide myths of yeti, Bigfoot and Sasquatch, to create a fully realized society of hidden creatures on the edge of the human world. Packed with humour and excitement, this is a thrilling adventure with friendship at its heart, and with strong ecological themes — yetis help nature and keep the world in balance. Mason deftly highlights environmental conservation issues throughout this story, a subject that resonates very deeply with him and also with his readership of future change-makers, who have climate change, habitat destruction, and sustaining our planet at the forefront of their concerns.

To do so would endanger them the world over. This book taps into the secret lives of our mythical and very hairy cousins and takes us on an adventure like no other.

Tick and his hairy friends show us what it means to work together and why we need to save the world. Perfect for fans of H. This is a fast-paced, heart-warming adventure. Paul Mason. Paul Mason was born in London, has travelled the world, and now lives in a cottage on an island in New Zealand, with his wife and children. Find Paul online: Instagram: writerpaulmason , and Web: www. Katy Riddell. Katy Riddell grew up Brighton and was obsessed with drawing from a young age. She loves working with children, and currently runs an art club at her local school. She lives and works in Manchester.

Copies will be sent to winners when available from Stripes, as soon as possible. My Cousin is a Time Traveller 5. Satisfaction tinged with sadness. I began writing these books when I became a dad for the first time, and in so many ways the series is bound up with my kids. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of creating a fitting ending. Knowing that I was heading towards a final full stop was refreshing.

It helped to focus the various plot strands and gave me a sense of freedom while I was writing. Definitely forwards in time! The past was way too dangerous. A particularly apt question for this novel, since Luke and the others receive a school visit from an author who is not unlike me. In a horribly metafictional and rather sentimental tactic, I wrote myself into the narrative so that I could say goodbye personally to my lovely characters.

Reading and Writing 4. A significant difference is the voice. My Brother is a first-person narrative told from the pov of an eleven-year-old boy. With Dr Who I use a limited third-person pov. I wanted to keep her mysterious, alien, a bit unknowable. First off, thank you! I vividly remember the meeting to discuss the first sequel. I was the twit who insisted that each subsequent novel must follow the My X is a Y format. Have you noticed recently that for this age group propositional titles work very well.

No question that there are lots of fabulous books published every month, and passionate people like you tweet about them, so that when I dip into this world it feels as if those books are everywhere. My five cents: if a child is going to read one book a year, it would be better for that book to be one of the best published that year, and not one bought solely on the celebrity of its author.

Not that I know how to make that happen! All brilliant suggestions, on the back of a ten-pound note, to my home address, please. My Cousin is a Time Traveller and Teaching 3. Is it OK to say I feel a sense of weariness when I read this question? When teachers want to engage a certain kind of boy, they might latch onto the superhero theme. But my experience tells me that funny books are a hard sell in the classroom.

By definition, they lack seriousness. However, I am deadly serious when I write. I wring out every drop of creativity and technique in my effort to make the books effortlessly funny. How about taking a passage that makes you laugh and digging into it? Change a word or word order in a sentence. Is it still funny? What about the POV? Look at language. Some words are like comedy magic — inherently funny. I call it the Guacamole Effect. Please get in touch with Nosy Crow press nosycrow.

And Penguin for Dr Who stuff. I have a mole… in my back garden. And as in those cartoons, I always fail. Thank you David for answering my questions! These books could be the ones that start and keep a child reading. Meet Harry Stevenson. You see, although Harry Stevenson just wants to sleep and eat and then eat some more , somehow he always manages to get swept up on the most unexpected of adventures…. What could be better than being a guinea pig, eh? Eating… sleeping… and then eating some more sounds like quite the lifestyle to have.

However Harry Stevenson is not just your average guinea pig. It is clear to see that the pair understand each other fully and one would definitely not work without the other. Perfect for fans of illustrated fiction and who love Olga da Polga and Piggy Handsome, this guinea pig — who reminds me of a rodent-style Mr Bean — sits alone in being an entirely original creation from its two predecessors and is surely set to become a firm favourite among its readers who will be asking for more adventures.

Life Lessons from Harry Stevenson. I suspect that guinea pigs hide their intellect very carefully, happy to be underestimated if it means they are well fed and cared for whilst they get on with the important business of thinking. However, being a very kind and generous creature, Harry Stevenson has agreed to share a few nuggets of wisdom with us — in return for a few edible guinea pig nuggets, of course….

The Meaning of Life. The most significant of these is the Meaning of Life itself! This, Harry has decided, is to love Billy and be loved in return. Mr and Mrs Smith appear to share this view, so it must be true. Harry thinks it could possibly apply to other families, so there you go — love and be loved. Pass it on! If you want something in life you need to put some effort into getting it. For example, Harry adores food. If not, Harry needs to try harder, perhaps with some flashy jumps in the hay, or a charming scamper around his cage.

Billy will be entranced and fetch the carrots: bingo! Sometimes you have to be bold. Faced with the choice of never seeing the Smiths again, or jumping on the back of a big scary dog, Harry has needed to be brave and ride that Alsatian. The life lesson here is: take a deep breath and face your fears! Home is where the heart is Having experienced excitement and drama, Harry can confirm that there really is no place like home.

Thrilling adventures are all very well, but nothing can compare to spending time with people you love — preferably on a squashy sofa, watching a nature documentary, with a bunch of carrots to work through. Eat Five a Day. I do hope these Life Lessons are useful. If Harry Stevenson imparts any more guinea pig wisdom, you will be the first to know. Extra thanks to Ali for writing such a brilliant guest post! Find out more below! The pampered cats of Paris are being kidnapped! Can it have something to do with a singing competition that is gripping the city?

Max knows he has to solve the mystery and bring them home. Oscar sighed. Maximilian frowned. It would be rather splendid to solve a kidnapping. Though Max did not like to admit it, one of his favourite things about the cases he had solved had been how much of a fuss everyone made of him afterwards, and a kidnapping would make him a real hero!

Sarah Todd Taylor. She discovered the theatre when she was a teenager and was instantly hooked, appearing in over 20 musicals in her hometown as well as helping out backstage. In her spare time she likes to sing opera in wonderful dresses, and she shares her home with her fabulous husband, two guinea pigs and a hamster. Lives in: Mid Wales. Nicola Kinnear grew up in North West Kent where her inspiration for drawing was fueled by books, trips to the countryside and quite a few pets. She still has quite a few pets.

Lives in: Kent. Copies will be sent to winners when available from Nosy Crow, as soon as possible. Secrets, spies or maybe even a monster… what lies in the heart of the wood? Charlie, Dizzy and Johnny are determined to find out but when night falls without warning they become impossibly lost. Strange dangers and impossible puzzles lurk in the shadows and, as time plays tricks, Charlie starts to fear for the future….

As children typically do, they love a sense of mystery, adventure and playing in the natural environment and this is no different for Dizzy and Charlie. But after Dizzy tells Charlie about the appearance of something in the woods, they set off to investigate leaving the rest of the world behind. Cue Johnny, who insists the group need to be careful and warns them that there could be monsters roaming. Nevertheless, this does not stop them on their pursuit as they put it down to sensationalised nonsense but could this come back to bite them…?

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The story begins to build and build and build and as they find themselves getting deeper in to the woods, they seem to be getting deeper into trouble with cryptic messages, puzzles and strange dangers surfacing. As night falls, darkness descends and their paths begin to disappear, it appears there is no way out and they are soon left relying on each other to find an escape route.

With the legend of child-eating, wood-dwelling Old Crony ringing in their ears, the friends are left with only the natural world to help them. Can they use what they know about code-breaking to flee the forest? A book that absolutely needs to be read to the very last page, just wait for its ending and epilogue….

I had to carry out quite a lot of research when writing The Longest Night of Charlie Noon from reading mind-bending books such as The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli, to immersing myself in the work of nature writers such as Robert Macfarlane, Oliver Rackham and Roger Deakin to name but a few. The setting of the novel is an area of ancient woodland on the border of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, and visiting these woods and mapping the story to their terrain was a really enjoyable part of the writing process, especially revisiting the woods as the seasons changed and being able to bring these elements into the story.

However, I think the most enjoyable part of writing The Longest Night of Charlie Noon has been the way it has changed my brain. People talk about how reading changes the way you think, but I think writing does this too, and I now find myself much more open and receptive to the natural world in a way that has brought a real balm to my life. However the broader sense of being lost that Charlie feels in the story, linked to the feeling of powerlessness that can sometimes haunt you as a child, is a feeling that I do remember and in many ways The Longest Night of Charlie Noon is me sending a message back to say there is a way out of the woods in time.

I think the stories I filled myself with as a reader, especially when growing up, are what have made me a writer. I love the feeling you get when an idea starts to take shape in your brain. That was the moment when I realised that becoming an author might not be an impossible dream and was something that I could aspire to. I think there are so many subjects that could be linked to The Longest Night of Charlie Noon from building circuits in Science to create your own Morse Code key to studying changing environments in Geography.

Links can be made to History, Art and Computing too, whilst the mystery that lies at the heart of the story will help children to develop their reading skills of inference, prediction and problem-solving. I really hope teachers find a wealth of inspiration inside the pages of The Longest Night of Charlie Noon and my publisher, Nosy Crow, are producing a set of Teaching Resources to accompany the book.

To which the answer is Tim and Tobias by Sheila K. I once won a trolley dash in a record store. For two glorious minutes my life was a cross between Supermarket Sweep and High Fidelity. Big thanks to Christopher, Clare, Rebecca and all the team at Nosy Crow for inviting me to share my thoughts as part of the The Longest Night of Charlie Noon blog tour and for sending me a proof and advance copy in exchange for this review.

Extra thanks to Chris for answering my questions and to Rebecca for giving me the opportunity to do the cover reveal! What you eat on a space mission? And how? What is the far side of the Moon? Follow the thrilling story of Neil, Michael and Buzz as they make their epic trip to the Moon. Fully illustrated throughout with facts, photos and diagrams from the NASA archive — this book is the perfect way to celebrate 50 years since the first Moon landing. As a child, I was captivated by the prospect of being an astronaut. It was only upon learning more about Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and the often lesser-known but so vitally-needed Michael Collins that their feats of an astronomical nature of achieving the first moon landing on July 20th really became evident.


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Seeing the publication of this non-fiction space scrapbook therefore made my eyes light up. Through its detailed and wide-ranging factual content, engaging illustrations courtesy of Euan Cook and superb introduction written by the First Briton to travel to space Helen Sharman, this book really is leading the way in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Not only is it packed to the galaxy with rocketfuls of facts but it delivers a stand-out sense of empathy and really gives its readers the feeling that they are walking that very first and small step for man that was one giant leap for mankind.

Blast off to the Moon! Blog Reflection — Nathan Trail. As Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the lunar surface, humanity stood together—or rather, huddled around their TV sets together—in awe. Less than years after Christopher Columbus traversed the Atlantic Ocean to explore the Americas, humanity had traversed the darkness and emptiness of space to explore our only natural satellite—the Moon. And now, 50 years later, humanity, once again spurred on by its innate curiosity, is charting a course to return to the Moon and go further to Mars.

This curiosity has, without a doubt, been motivated as we reflect on the Apollo 11 mission through new books and movies that recount the story of the harrowing hours that preceded the touchdown of Eagle on the Moon. Blast Off to the Moon! It will, without a doubt, inspire the next generation of astronauts that will take humanity to Mars. Just as Apollo 11 has inspired millions around the world, so to has it inspired my desire to reach for the unknown in the face of great uncertainty.

As a student of International Relations, it has inspired me to ensure that space can be an area for scientific cooperation, and that its secrets and resources, are accessible to all. Extra thanks to Nathan for writing such a brilliant guest post! Another complete masterclass in empathy. She also had a very special skill. A very unusual skill.

She could HEAR what animals were thinking. Meet Evie. A not normal child. A special child. But then again most dads call their child special. But Evie wished and knew it would be probably easier to be just a normal child rather than have the kind of specialness that she had. For Evie was anything but normal.

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For she has a talent. A super talent known as The Talent. A talent so good that most of us probably wish we had it too; talking to animals. This is a deeper, more refined talent of communicating through thought and the art of the mind-chat. As we know, animals are skilled in the form of non-verbal communication; a wag of a tail, a tilt of a head, echolocation, and many more modes of language are the ways in which they tell us how they are feeling.

But Evie really knows their thoughts; warts and all. Beginning with the school rabbit who hates being held up in its hutch all day and longs for the moment to escape. However this small act of kindness comes back to haunt her as she discovers that the Talent that she holds is way more powerful than she could ever imagine. He never fails to amaze me. You throw it out and you get it back. You had done kind things in the world, and you had been rewarded with kindness in return.

For me, if I had to choose two attributes or qualities that a child can develop during their primary-aged years, it would be kindness and empathy and this book achieves this so brilliantly and in effect, makes this story a must-read. Activity pack. Big thanks to Jen at Shapes4Schools and all the team at Canongate for sending me an advance copy in exchange for this review.

Unicorn wants to write the most fabulous story in the world. He has a fancy notebook. A special fluffy pen. He has everything just perfect. But Unicorn has no idea what to write! When his friends try to join in, will Unicorn turn into a… Grumpycorn? Procrastination; the action of postponing or delaying something. Some of us do it without realising we are. Some of us do it realising we are. Most of us could call ourselves masters of the art of procrastination. But for Unicorn, procrastination could lead to disastrous consequences.

Listening to authors talking about and discussing their writing processes is one of the most fascinating things to hear because they are all different. Wildly different, in fact. Ideas come fully-formed and almost write themselves down word by word on the page in front of them, spilling out for all to see.

For others, it can be arduous, consuming, complicated, soul-searching and takes every last bit out of the writer; warts and all. But what happens when on that first page… within that first paragraph… within that first line… nothing appears? But no… Maybe a cup of special moonberry tea will be the catalyst for creativity…? Not that either. So what about when aquatic friends Narwhal, Mermaid and Jellyfish knock on his door? Look at her shocked little face! Big thanks to Sarah, Louisa and all the team at Scholastic for inviting me to share my thoughts as part of the Grumpycorn blog tour and for sending me an advance copy in exchange for this review.

Extra thanks to Sarah for writing such a brilliant guest post! Join BOOT on a dangerous adventure to find where home is, what friends look like, and why humans are so leaky and weird. But for BOOT it is glaringly wrong because he has been built to store millions of memories and even has room in his left butt cheek for emergencies.

As you can most probably tell by now, BOOT is not a human. BOOT is a robot. Trying to make sense of sketchy memories, people like the detestable Flint out to get him and the world becoming bigger and bigger for every step that BOOT takes, it seems like this could be quite the challenge for him. Will he find his rightful owner…? The biggest element of this book is the empathy that the reader develops for BOOT and what this book does so well is convey empathy for younger readers in the most humanely way possible.

For when BOOT realises he is feeling certain emotions, it is almost that BOOT checks with the reader the strange emotion he is experiencing for the first time and breaks down that fourth wall between robot and reader. But hang on a minute, for I was only born in the s. So the piece of technology that I remember growing up with is the Nokia Having a mobile phone was huge in this era, and I distinctly remember my mum having a huge brick to start off with and then changing to this thing of absolute beauty and iconic status which has been recently updated.

Most fondly, I remember playing the wonderful game of Snake. For most modern day children, this game would not be enough. Watching a dashed line move round the screen almost one-pixel at a time taking its toll getting round the screen to eat another pixel-shaped bit of food and growing longer and getting quicker each time were many of the satisfying things about the simplicity of the game. Keep your eye on the ball and this book with its fascinating insight in to the beautiful game during wartime. Rebecca Stevens proves that girls really did move the goalposts for all the right reasons.

Together they form a football team, The Rockets, and a league soon follows. But when the war ends, the girls lose both their jobs and their football. Not Lily. Having always been taller than her peers, Lily Dodd stands out. Leaving school at fourteen, Lily and best friend Amy May dream of what to do next. For the two girls need employment. Leaving Lily alone and needing work, she lies about her age to join the ladies at the munitions factory working hard and smelling of metal.

As the team comes together and begins playing in a local league, the crowds get bigger and the team goes from strength to strength. But with the end of the war, comes the beginning of the returning of the male soldiers and with that the loss of jobs in the munitions factory for the ladies and the loss of their beloved football team. What will Lily do to keep her dream going…? Resolute, resilient and slightly radical, she ends up trying out for nearby rivals of Tottenham Hotspur my team!

Will this help her in her quest to reach her dream or will her true identity be revealed? Based on the real-life experiences of Lily Parr, who Rebecca talks more about below in her guest post, this captivating story is a life lesson to be learnt for all of us. I really hope that as many current and future women footballers find out about the achievements of this women as the legacy of this lady deserves to live on. I was going to end this review by asking the FA to commemorate her achievements with a statue but it is testament that upon further research, this is already scheduled to happen.

Hats off to the National Football Museum for honouring her like this. Lily and the Rockets: How it began. During World War 1 when the young men and boys were away fighting and dying in the mud and blood of France, their sisters and sweethearts took their places in the factories, making the munitions that were needed for the war. They also took over the football teams. Lily and the Rockets is a mixture of fact and fiction. Lily Parr started playing when she was only fourteen.

She scored forty-three goals in her first season and went on to score nearly a thousand in her playing career. Like my Lily, Lily Parr was a tall girl, nearly six feet, who was said to have a harder shot than most male players. When a professional male goalkeeper challenged Lily to get a goal past him, she accepted and went on, not just to score, but to break his arm with the power of her shot.

Stories like this make history come alive for me. Just as you can feel the years peel away when you stare into the eyes of a young soldier posing proudly in his uniform before he goes off to the trenches, you can be inspired by stories of girls like Lily Parr, who against all odds became an international football star and continued to play until she was forty five.

Inspired to follow your star, to be different, to be yourself. Big thanks to Rebecca, Laura and all the team at Chicken House for inviting me to share my thoughts as part of the Lily and the Rockets blog tour and for sending me an advance copy in exchange for this review. Extra thanks to Rebecca for writing such a brilliant and interesting guest post! Willow Moss is a bit odd. But then the best people often are — and sometimes odd is what it take to save the day…. Willow Moss, the youngest and least powerful sister in a family of witches, has a magical ability for finding lost things — like keys, or socks, or wooden teeth.

A whole day — last Tuesday to be precise — has gone missing. And, without it, the whole universe could unravel. Now Willow holds the fate of Starfell in her rather unremarkable hands. Can she find the day to save the day? Like keys. Or socks. There is nothing not to love about this book except maybe when you need to watch out for some brotherly baddies who go by the name of the Brothers of Wol intent on taking over the world! As a result, I want to make sure every child has the opportunity of reading this in my school.

Beautifully written, irresistibly spellbinding and full of surprises; I can not recommend this magical misfit highly enough. Please take me back, Dominique! Since I can remember I have adored stories about magic. The story that hit me like a thunderbolt as a child that really made me fall in love with fantasy worlds and inspired me later to create my own, was The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton.

Cinderella and romance, bored me. I always preferred the witches in those tales, they were far more interesting to me. One of the best presents I ever received as a child was a colouring book with witches on funny brooms, I still remember that one had an engine and I loved it. So when the time came to write my own brooms I knew one would have to have an engine too!

For instance, scientists believe that plants and trees communicate with one another, they share their nutrients and help one another when they are distressed. They believe that plants can see and hear and smell just without noses or eyes or ears, and I thought it would be fun to bring this into my world, in a more direct way — by giving some of the plants eyes or noses and making the trees feel more alive …. Also, while the story rests on a fun and quirky world. I wanted it to be rooted in a world we recognise, with some of the same prejudices and issues we all face.

I wanted to create a story that celebrated differences, that embraced being other and saw the value in being who you are. So many. I think creating the characters. Each one appeared over the course of seven years. I really took my time in getting to know each one, almost like a friend. Also creating the world — that had been endlessly fun. Lovely question. It would have to be Willow. Like Willow I had to learn to embrace who I was, and put some value on it too. Growing up a lot of things were left to me to do — like the washing and some of the cooking as my brothers were far too busy being important and my mother worked full-time so I used to help out a lot.

It took quite a few years before a teacher properly praised me, but when one did, it changed everything. Because the teacher made a really big fuss. I was about fifteen, and I think my life can probably be divided into before and after that moment. The first time I sit down to write is electric, it usually starts with just a glimmer of an idea for the first page. If only. I grew up in Johannesburg and school visits were just not something that ever happened.

I would have loved it though. Starfell and Teaching 3. When last Tuesday goes missing a young witch with the worst ability in the family — the ability to find lost things — must find the day, to save the day. The joy of imagination — how would you create your world. If you looked at the things you loved, what would your world look like if you could design it yourself? The hidden magic of plants and trees. Themes — celebrating differences, self-love, self-worth and acceptance, and tolerance — it touches on themes of segregation and how hurtful and pointless it is. Which place would you most like to visit in Starfell and why?

One last one… 1! In the world of Starfell not everyone who is lucky enough to have magic get the really good bits. I just have an uncanny knack for that. Big thanks to Dominique, Laura and all the team at HarperCollins for inviting me to share my thoughts as part of the Starfell blog tour and for sending me a proof and advance copy in exchange for this review.

Extra thanks to Dominique for answering my questions, it was such a pleasure to interview you! Meet David Brayley, author of Champion of Champions! Further on, David spoke about how hard work led his childhood friends to play professional football for the team that he wanted to play for, Swansea City, even though he had the natural talent to get there himself.

Feeling proud of his friends but slightly envious at the same time, David kept in touch with his sporting friends through his love of reading and as a result of the books he read as a child, this led to his life changing in more ways than one. As a boyhood Swansea City fan himself, and realising the impact that football and sport books had on him, David also got in touch with friend Ashley Williams, captain of Swansea City at the time that they won promotion to Premier League and ended up writing his book, Ashley Williams: My Premier League Diary , too.

With a vast array of objects adorning the room, and introducing an antiquated and shabby-looking suitcase, Clare spoke about the importance of objects; their value to us and how they can be a source of inspiration to get us talking, writing and sharing. Explore visual representation of numerical amounts in this silly counting book about groups of animals who must share snacks, pillows, playground slides, and of course, underwear.

Did you know that ten ants weigh the same as one ladybug? Introduce students to weight by comparison with this interesting counting book. This title is perfect to share before explore balance scales. This story, from the author of The Gruffalo , will have children wondering just what sort of animal could scare a rabbit, a cat, an elephant, and a bear. Jabari wants to jump off the high diving board at the local pool. After some hesitation, he does it with style. This is a heartwarming story about pursuing big goals.

The pair end up working together to construct a treehouse and build a friendship in the process. This is a poignant, almost wordless book about the power of the simple act of reaching out. This title is a classroom must-have. This story is a perfect addition to your arsenal of read-aloud books about sharing. Obviously, this book is actually quite fun.

Boo feels invisible—because, well, he is—until the pals stumble upon a game where he can excel. This story is a wonderful way for students to learn about the importance of including others. Handwriting is just one of those things Kindergarten teachers have to tackle. Make it a bit more fun with this story about a plane who learns to skywrite. This sweet and simple story is guaranteed to incite a flurry of friendly letter writing in your classroom. This collection of global traditions will have children counting down to their own big days and also teach them that not all cultures celebrate birthdays.

Give them this title about a topic relevant to everyone: school! Teach your class about the features of a nonfiction text as you work together to look up answers to all of their weather-related questions. This innovative book uses paper cutouts to show how land and water forms are related—plus, plenty of fun details in the illustrations invite wondering and conversation.

This title takes a complex topic—microbes—and packages it in an interactive way even young kids can understand. Share it when you talk about hand-washing again, and again, and again. Perfect blends of artistry, information and engagement, each title uses cut-outs to share new details on each page about a topic in nature. Keep an eye out for Ocean coming in The diverse photographs and straightforward descriptions of all different kinds of families will inspire your students to share about—and celebrate—their own families.

This is a colorful and engaging portrait of artist Frida Kahlo presented in context that children can appreciate: her special relationships with the animals in her life. Explore this foundational concept with a book that encourages critical thinking. This rhyming biography manages to present complex information in an accessible way. Running time: 36 hours Tin size: x mm.

Featuring six of Holly Webb's adorable stories, this is the purr -fect audio collection for children who love animals! Holly's stories have sold over a million copies in the UK alone and are full of heart-warming plots that celebrate the bond between children and animals and the importance and power of friendship and being kind. This collection includes 10 CDs offering over eight hours of paw -some listening! Join Peppa Pig and her friends and family as they enjoy a number of experiences in this picture book and CD collection. Children will love reading along to the audio versions of the stories as Peppa takes a trip to the dentist; looks after a tortoise; and even heads off to the moon what a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, hey?

Featuring simple text and bright, bold and familiar artwork, these are perfect stories for Peppa fans - and the audio versions just add to the fun. The Alex Rider books are packed with action and adventure and this audiobook collection contains the year-old spy's first 10 missions.

After being forcibly recruited into the deadly world of espionage following the death of his uncle in a car crash, Alex finds himself in ever-present mortal danger Told at breakneck pace, these are awesome stories that will inspire children to pick up similar books. The majority of post car model stereos are MP3 CD accessible.

Please check your CD player is MP3 accessible before placing an order. Import into iTunes or any other media player, then transfer to your MP3 device or player. Approximate listening time: 78 hours. Dick King-Smith's stories of animals and farm life have been cherished by generations of readers and this awesome audio collection contains nine of his best, including The Sheep-pig famously adapted into the film Babe.

Our first unabridged Harry Potter audiobook collection left so many wizards, witches and Muggles spellbound and now we are so excited to give you the chance to hear Stephen Fry read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix books 4 and 5 from J. Rowling's world-conquering series.

As Lord Voldemort's power strengthens and dark forces rise, Harry faces his biggest challenges yet. The Wizarding World is so richly detailed and these books find Harry dealing with all kinds of emotions and issues as he also grows up Will the Boy Who Lived be able to keep his friends and loved ones from Hogwarts safe from Voldemort's army?

Listen to these Harry Potter audio books to find out! This set contains unabridged audio versions of the first three Harry Potter books - the perfect gift for young witches and wizards. They might not be on the Hogwarts Express but they can still enjoy the magic of these timeless tales. Narrated by Stephen Fry, these Harry Potter audio books follow the young wizard Harry as he heads off to Hogwarts and battles with the evil Lord Voldemort.

Everyone will be on tenterhooks as they listen to these gripping and timeless stories by J. The Gruffalo has become one of the most-loved children's characters of all time and this CD collection brings him, and many of his equally brilliant friends from Julia Donaldson's collection of books, to life in audio format. Perfect for long journeys and for keeping children entertained whatever the weather, among those delivering the soothing, rhyming stories are Imelda Staunton, Alexander Armstrong and even Julia Donaldson herself! A Squash and a Squeeze is a charming story; while Room on the Broom is hilarious; and The Snail and the Whale is quite rightly regarded as a children's classic.

There is even The Gruffalo Song and Other Songs included, a CD which contains some of Julia's very own fun-filled action songs for children aged 3 and over. Format: paperback. Our book collections of The Storey Treehouse have been hugely popular and brought so much laughter into families all around the country.

Now, you and your children can enjoy the madcap adventures of Andy and Terry in unabridged audio format with this CD collection. Andy and Terry are best friends who live in the world's best treehouse.

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It's full of everything from ice cream-serving robots to sports stadiums and they keep adding even more floors to it full of even more incredible things. Packed with the humour of Wimpy Kid and ideal for children who love Captain Underpants and David Walliams, these audiobooks are sure to inspire children to read the stories that inspired them and will entertain all ages on long car journeys.

Unabridged 10 CDs. With 10 unabridged stories across 28 CDs and an approximate running time of 29 hours , this collection of audiobooks from Michael Morpurgo is full of simply wonderful stories. Including the likes of Private Peaceful, Born to Run and War Horse - the book that inspired both the long-running West End play and blockbuster film directed by Steven Spielberg - these are wonderful stories that will be listened to over and over again.

The whole family will be captivated on long journeys. Format: CD unabridged Please note that the audio is non-transferable and must be played on a device suitable for CDs. Philip Pullman's books tackle important, controversial and difficult subjects with style, wisdom and authority.

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