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Louie Stowell started her career writing carefully-researched books about space, Ancient Egypt, politics and science but eventually lapsed into just making stuff up. She likes writing about dragons,
wizards, vampires, fairies, monsters and parallel worlds. She lives in London with her wife Karen, her dog Buffy, and a creepy puppet that is probably cursed.
As book-loving children know, all the best stories start in the library and that’s certainly the case here. Kit would rather be looking for wildlife in her local cemetery but her friends make her take a detour via the library where she discovers some amazing things: a librarian who’s also a wizard, a dragon sleeping in the basement, and her own magical powers. All these things are put to good use to stop a wicked landowner, whose plans to turn the library into a carpark are actually cover for something even more despicable. This will be great fun for children who like stories overflowing with magic, and Kit and her friends are very appealing characters.
This extremely user-friendly and accessible guide book will teach children the basics of Python, enabling them to create their own games and simple animations. Now that computers and coding are compulsory school topics in the UK it will prove very useful. Step by step instructions take children through the basics and it’s cleverly and clearly laid out on colour pages filled with diagrams and tip boxes. Key ideas about coding in general are also included. Ring binding means that it opens flat on the desk or can be propped up open next to the computer screen. A really well thought-out and effective information book. ~ Andrea Reece You might also be interested in Coding for Beginners using Scratch and Lift-the-Flaps Computers and Coding- a fun and essential introduction to what can be sometimes still seen as an intimidating subject. ***There is special activity pack with ideas to celebrate Science Week to download here! British Science Week is 10–19 March - find out more at www.britishscienceweek.org
The internet is full of amazing possibilities but, just like the real world, there are a lot of potential dangers and difficulties too. You need to know what to watch out for and how to protect yourself. Whether you're worried about oversharing on social media or coming across dangerous people, this guide gives you tips and tools to take control and stay safe online.
One of our Books of the Year 2015 | Cartoon-like illustrations fill this book which is packed with information about all things to do with space from machinery to suits to simple explanations of physics. Tricia Adams This book, with a Foreword by Tim Peake who in December 2015 became the first British astronaut to go to the International Space station, should go to the top of any must-have list for young children interested in space travel. It’s packed with fascinating information on everything from what to study to help you become an astronaut, to the special training astronauts undergo, rocket science and how shuttles get into space, and what it’s like to live on the International Space Station. Of course it explains how astronauts go to the loo, but the sections on what happens to human stomachs in space is just as icky and interesting! The information is very well presented, and despite the conversational tone there’s no talking down. After all, the children reading this book could become fully fledged astronauts in the 2030s. Inspiring stuff!
Short and simple text on each spread combines with some eye-catching and enchanting illustrations for parents to reveal the story of christmas to young children everywhere. It's the perfect present for a child's first Christmas, which will be treasured, read and re-read throughout their toddlerhood and as they become newly independent readers too.