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Are you fascinated to read about people and places? We have a collection of books about famous people, the jobs we do, the cities we live in and the world around us.
Shortlisted for The Little Rebels Children's Book Award 2014 | Elizabeth Laird, one of the Little Rebels Book Award Judges said: “Harriet Tubman is an enthralling figure in the history of the American Civil Rights movement. This short, gripping biography will inspire young readers, both lovers of fiction and non-fiction alike. Harriet Tubman’s idealism, courage and self-sacrifice make her an ideal role model in an era where empty celebrity is an aspiration for so many children”
A lively and intriguing biography of Queen Victoria, from her difficult and lonely childhood to her life as one of the most powerful women in the world. Fascinating photographs and a family tree are supplemented with internet links which allow the reader to find out even more about the life and times of Queen Victoria.
Just how did Roald Dahl get into writing? Where did he get his ideas from? What ingredients in his life turned him into the kind of writer he was? Michael Rosen - poet, broadcaster and former Children's Laureate, comes up with some of the answers to these key questions in his lively biography of the world's Number1 storyteller. Full of stories and funny anecdotes from Roald Dahl's school days and family life, Michael Rosen's fascinating observations creates a vivid picture of one of the most famous writers of all time.
Bold and beautiful spreads of collage pictures capture the vibrancy of London as expressed through many aspects – not just the famous and familiar landmarks. London looks full of variety and fun in spreads of places including Hampstead Heath, Portabello Road, the Isle of Dogs as well as spreads of things London is famous for including Art, Fashion and, less gloriously, Villain!
This walk gives readers a wonderfully close-up and intimate look at some of the best sights of the great city. While the landmarks are accurately positioned and defined, the artist’s impressions bring a distinct and personal flavour to them. A little girl and her mum get off the bus at Westminster. Their tour begins with the great clock of Big Ben. From there they walk through parks and past palaces; they enjoy street shows and good food; they delight in the river and all it has to offer before hurrying back to the starting place in a ferry. Readers can get an overview of their journey and trace their steps in the wonderful, fold out panorama. Click here to read about the making of the book. You will also find a Walk in London activity sheet here.
This is an absolutely terrific book that just goes to show that Dickens isn’t just for grown-ups or teenagers. This one is guaranteed to engage young readers – even those as young as 8 or 9 – and bring about a love of Dickens, his life, his work and the times in which he lived. And, as Simon Callow so succinctly put, ‘knowing the background and something of the character of the man who wrote them can only ensure that Doctor Who’s prediction remains true’. Part of Templar’s Historical Notebook series – there is also one on William Shakespeare (click here). And Simon Callow (aka Mr Dickens) waxes lyrical about it: ‘A highly entertaining journey through Dickens’ life and reproducing original documents, covers of the original books, plan of workhouses, many of which feature in advent calendar form with flaps to be opened. The book repeatedly brought a smile to my lips, which, after all, is one of the things Dickens most liked to do. It seems to me very encouraging that such books exist to engage the interest of young readers, who can be very daunted by the sight of a page of a Dickens novel; dense and apparently difficult locutions’.
From daredevil doubledeckers leaping over Tower Bridge to drunken barristers unable to stand up to toast the king, this pocket A-Z is filled with fun and quirky facts about London. Titles already published in the A is for Alphabet series or scheduled include: L is for London O is for Olympics P is for Pirates (Autumn 2012)
A brilliant gift package that is both beautiful and useful. Open out this concertina and some of the best sites in London - Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament – pop up for you. Gorgeous illustrations bring out the very best of the city while the accompanying text provides all the detail needed to explore them. Folded up, the concertina fits neatly into a robust and pretty slip case.
A celebration of families and the very many different things they do and the very many different ways they do them. Some families are big, some families are small; some parents work, some parents don’t. Holidays, hobbies, school, clothes and food and the different ways that different families approach them are just some of the topics which Mary Hoffman thoughtfully explores and Ros Asquith joyfully illustrates.
Get right to the heart of this vibrant city in this beautifully created introduction to the most famous city in the US. From his arrival at Grand Central Station on a day’s outing to the city with his father, the young boy narrator visits all the most famous places including the Empire State Building, Broadway and Union Square Park before the day is over. Salvatore Rubbino’s illustrations capture the different moods of the city and its incredible energy while his story is full of interesting and usual snippets of information.
'In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines...' Something is not right with little Madeline. Her friends are sad when she goes to hospital to have her appendix removed. But they cheer up when see her impressive scar! The small but feisty heroine, Madeline, and her charming Parisian world have been loved by children and adults alike for seventy years.