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Sarah Courtauld is a fresh and funny new voice in children’s fiction. She won the Funny Women Comedy Writing Award in 2012 and the BAFTA/ Rocliffe New Writing Forum 2012, judged by a panel including Jennifer Saunders and Chris Addison.
Buckle and Squash and the Monstrous Moat-Dragon is her first novel, and the start of a fantastic news series for younger readers.
From cave paintings to modern masterpieces, discover the history of art in this beautiful sticker book. Each page is filled with fascinating facts about the pictures and artists, and there's a timeline showing the history of art, plus links to websites where you can tour art galleries. Published in association with The National Gallery, London.
The Story of Art Picture Book is a great way to foster children’s interest in art. With masses of colour reproductions of paintings and artworks, it’s full of information on the way painting has developed over the centuries, from the cave paintings of Lascaux to the modern art of Louise Bourgeois and Anish Kapoor. The text is short and easy to read, and highlights details in the various artworks that will have particular appeal to children, occasional cartoon illustrations adding extra snippets of information – Rembrandt pulling faces at himself in a mirror for example, to help him draw different facial expressions. You can take special virtual tours of art galleries too via links on the Usborne website. ~ Andrea Reece
Full of mystery, bravery and romance, the legends surround King Arthur and his brave Knights of the Round Table are some of the most exciting and compelling stories of all time. They are freshly told in this collection with characters and scenes vividly illustrated by Natasha Kuricheva. The collection begins with The Sword in the Stone – the moment when the young boy Arthur pulls the sword from the stone and so announces himself as the rightful heir- and ends with Lancelot’s Return. In between there are scenes of dread, joy, terror and hope. A useful guide at the end helps to introduce the different characters.
July 2014 Book of the Month Knights and princesses and swords and dragons all feature in this hugely entertaining story about two very different sisters, Eliza and Lavender. While Eliza dreams of being a hero, Lavender thinks only of being swept off her feet by a handsome prince. Since the girls live on a farm in The Middle of Nowhere in The Forgotten Corner of the Kingdom neither has much chance of their dreams coming true…Or do they? Many hilarious adventures later, the girls are older and a little bit wiser!
A compelling account of the story of slavery from ancient times, through the sugar plantations of the Caribbean and America to the slave trade's official abolition 200 years ago. Recounts the stories of individual slaves, including their journeys and escape stories, and the slave trade in the 21st century. Usborne Reading Programme has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University. Young Reading Series 3 is designed to provide more complex stories for confident readers. There are more books on this theme on our sister site, LoveReading4Schools topic list - The Slave Trade