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Activity books are a great way to keep kids entertained. Pack one of these activity or puzzle books for your next long journey. To help you choose, download an extract and you can order the book too!
What is art? How does art tell stories? Where do artists get their ideas from? Open this fascinating book to discover explosive ideas, wild colours, unexpected views and amazing works of art by world-famous artists. Includes Usborne Quicklinks to specially selected websites where you can take a virtual tour of a gallery, look at famous paintings up close and much more. Published in association with The National Gallery, London.
This pocket sized little quiz book is just the thing for taking on a journey, for a rainy day, or for popping into a stocking. It contains more than 50 different quizzes testing knowledge of all sorts of areas, from history to science, and even football (e.g. Which country’s international team has won the World Cup the most times?*) Everyone loves a quiz and each of these is virtually guaranteed to contain a question that will catch you out. ~ Andrea Reece (*Brazil – 5 times).
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 Onion's Great Escape is a book which discusses 'us': who we are inside, how we think and what makes us tick. Sara gets us to consider some interesting questions, for example, 'would you be different if you had a different name?' and 'can your memory become full?' and with each turn of the page she gives us another press-out image to slot together and assemble. What gradually appears is a three dimensional paper onion, the onion of course being a metaphor for the 'self'. Every question in the book represents a new layer and the layers build up to make an onion figure which represents 'you'. Here the artist uses colour, collage and letterforms to create something deeply personal. - Lauren Child Find out more about Lauren Child, her books, characters and inspirations in our Guest Editor feature.
Poppy and Sam are searching for Easter eggs on Apple Tree Farm. Children will love looking through the peep holes in this charming book to discover the colourful eggs, following fingertrails to trace the flight of a butterfly or bee, and spotting Daisy the cow, Clucky the hen and Rusty the pig along the way.
Don't tickle the lion! You might make it roar... Little ones just won't be able to resist tickling the touchy-feely patches to hear each animal make a sound in this hilarious novelty book. At the end, readers will find all the animals being noisy at once. An exciting new series for babies and toddlers, from the creators of That's not my...
We’re all different: some of us like running, some of us like sleeping, some of us like being cheeky; some of us don’t like being on our own, or making lots of noise, but that’s just how people are, and it’s fine, just as it’s fine for Jackson to like bees, but not honey. This bright, attractive picture book uses children’s own words alongside lively illustrations to make important points about confidence, self-awareness and the value of personal opinion. Royalties will go to the NSPCC who have given this important little book their backing. ~ Andrea Reece
The book explains who the pieces are and how they move (and that we're talking about pawns, not prawns), how to reach checkmate (or, in Jess's words, 'how to kill the king'), and the concept of the opening, middlegame and endgame. It also introduces the idea of chess etiquette - and explains why sometimes no one wins and a game ends in stalemate. Friendlier and more fun than the average children's chess book, The Batsford Book of Chess for Children should become an essential addition to any child's bookshelf.
A fun, creative and engaging introduction to the work of one of Britain's most exciting artists. With bold, colourful and playful illustrations by Rose Blake, Meet David Hockney is packed with make-and-dos and inspiring activities for young budding artists
Here are 101 simple tips, games and activities to make practising maths as engaging and enjoyable as possible, for you and your child. All can be incorporated into the everyday routine - at home and on the go - with minimal fuss and no expensive kit - helping children have fun with numbers. Indeed, most of the time they won't even realise that maths is involved. Sneaky!
If the prospect of a long journey with children – whether by car, plane or train – is filling you with dread, this handy little book could be just what you need. It’s full of different activities guaranteed to entertain children and help them happily pass time while strapped into a seat. There are quizzes and puzzles, word searches, drawing activities and more plus lots of suggestions for different games that can be played, all much more fun than Eye Spy. Illustrated in colour throughout it’s very attractive and just the right size to push into a pocket or seat back. Don’t set off on your holidays without one! ~ Andrea Reece