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Kids nonfiction new titles

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Have a flick through our fascinating collection of new nonfiction books for kids. This list updates when we add new titles to our collection.

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Children's illustrated world atlas  by Simon Adams

Children's illustrated world atlas

Simon Adams

Book

The Children's Illustrated World Atlas is the essential reference for budding geographers and curious minds.

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What's weird on Earth.

What's weird on Earth.

Book

Fact-hungry kids will love poring over these warped world maps full of unique and weird data. See how many lightning strikes hit parts of our planet, the wind patterns of the whole world, and even how the world map would look if global warming melted...

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Startalk

Startalk

Book

StarTalk is both a podcast and a National Geographic television program, in which host Neil deGrasse Tyson and his celebrity guests tackle provocative subjects in science. This companion volume features interesting photos, smart scientific facts, and...

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Solve this!  by Joan Marie Galat

Solve this!

Joan Marie Galat

Book

"Science experiments for kids that solve problems"--

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Real or fake?. 3  by Emily Krieger

Real or fake?. 3

Emily Krieger

Book

"Can you spot the truth from a lie? Kids can test their sleuth skills in this gut-bustingly funny follow-up title in the exciting Real or Fake series. Can you detect a hoax from the real deal? See right through photo trickery? Spot the phony logic in...

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Heroic leaders and activists  by Georgia Amson-Bradshaw

Heroic leaders and activists

Georgia Amson-Bradshaw

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In Heroic Leaders and Activists you will meet the early feminists who first stood up for women's rights around the world, including Mary Wollstonecraft and Qiu Jin. Read about the astonishing Helen Keller, who despite being born deaf and blind, became...

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Incredible sporting champions  by Georgia Amson-Bradshaw

Incredible sporting champions

Georgia Amson-Bradshaw

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In Incredible Sporting Champions, you will meet just a few of the incredibly talented, dedicated and brave women who have refused to let people decide for them what they are capable of achieving. Travel back to meet Babe Didrikson Zaharias, who singl...

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So you think you've got it bad?  by Chae Strathie

So you think you've got it bad?

Chae Strathie

Book

"A kid's life in ancient Egypt might sound like fun with all the cool pyramids and glorious sunny weather, but actually it was rather tough! In this hilarious book, written by award-winning author Chae Strathie, children will learn exactly how difficult...

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Hans in luck  by Felix Hoffmann

Hans in luck

Felix Hoffmann

Book

"Felix Hoffmann--one of Switzerland's most important children's book illustrators of the twentieth century--brings wonder and intrigue to these classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales ... Hoffman's subtle details and keen ability to portray expression in humans...

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Trailblazer  by Leda Schubert

Trailblazer

Leda Schubert

Book

"This beautiful picture book tells the little-known story of Raven Wilkinson, the first African American woman to dance for a major classical ballet company and an inspiration to Misty Copeland. When she was only five years old, her parents took her to...

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The Barefoot book of stories from the opera  by author Shahrukh Husain

The Barefoot book of stories from the opera

author Shahrukh Husain

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With exciting, accessible and action-packed stories from operas by seven great composers, this book provides a way for children to explore this time-honored performing art.

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The lessons of a LAC  by Lynn (Clinical psychologist) author. Jenkins

The lessons of a LAC

Lynn (Clinical psychologist) author....

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"Loppy is an LAC, or 'Little Anxious Creature'. He always focuses his attention on what could go wrong and can't seem to stop worrying. Curly the Calmster is just the opposite, and gently encourages Loppy to think differently about his worries. Along...

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Face to face with sharks  by David Doubilet

Face to face with sharks

David Doubilet

Book

Photographer David Doubilet takes you down to the deep, where a variety of this amazing family awaits you, from the famous Great White to his foot-long cousins. Doubilet spends much of his life trying to get close enough to look them in the eye. And ...

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Collins children's dictionary

Collins children's dictionary

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"For children aged 7 and over, this dictionary contains up to date coverage of a range of everyday and curriculum vocabulary. It offers additional language tips and carefully selected and annotated illustrations to help students with more complex language....

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Recorder for beginners  by Anthony Marks

Recorder for beginners

Anthony Marks

Book

"This book tells you how to have fun playing the recorder. Read the first few pages to learn the basics, then start playing the tunes in the rest of the book"--Page 2.

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Rabbits  by Pat Jacobs

Rabbits

Pat Jacobs

Book

Discover how to care for your rabbit, and become your pet's best pal! Discover how to care for your rabbit, and become your pet's best pal! Whether they already own one, or beg for one each Christmas and birthday, children love pets, and Pet Pals: Rabbit...

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National geographic kids almanac 2019.

National geographic kids almanac 2019.

Book

Provides the latest information on a wide range of topics, including animals, culture, geography, the environment, history, and science.

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Brooklyn House magician's manual  by Rick Riordan

Brooklyn House magician's manual

Rick Riordan

Book

"Greetings, initiate! Carter Kane, here. Congratulations on reaching Brooklyn House in one piece. You are quite clearly descended from Egyptian royalty, with magical powers gifted from the gods. But what good is power without knowing how to use it? T...

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The picture atlas  by Simon Holland

The picture atlas

Simon Holland

Book

Explore the world by looking not only at borders, mountains, rivers, seas and oceans, but by discovering the natural wonders of the world, historical artefacts, amazing animals, fascinating cultures and much much more. From the freezing Arctic Circle...

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Running the country  by Maria Gill

Running the country

Maria Gill

Book

From the Bill of rights to the way we vote, from parliamentary headquarters to local council - and everything in between - Maria Gill explains our system of government. You will discover facts about laws, our currency, voting at the elections and the...

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Animal facts & jokes  by John Townsend

Animal facts & jokes

John Townsend

Book

What do you call an elephant that never washes? A smellyphant. This smart, entertaining book combines information with gut-busting gags -- so it's totally gross and awesome! Kids will LOL as they learn such cool and yucky things as: many creatures make...

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Body facts & jokes / written by John Townsend, illustrated by David Antram by John Townsend

Body facts & jokes / written by John Townsend, illustrated by David Antram

John Townsend

Book

Did you know that every time you sneeze you kill thousands of brain cells? Or that in your lifetime, you'll eat over 35 tons of food -- the weight of about seven elephants? This entertaining collection tells you all about your body, from bacteria and...

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History facts & jokes  by John Townsend

History facts & jokes

John Townsend

Book

Take a gross and funny trip back in time. Learn all about Roman toilets (which were never cleaned!), food in the Middle Ages (stuffed porpoise stomach), and creepy cures (boiled worms), as well as executions, the Black Death, and jobs you'd NEVER want...

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Science facts & jokes  by John Townsend

Science facts & jokes

John Townsend

Book

Enjoy a little fun, foul science! Find out about stinky space stations, disease busters, criminal forensics, and, of course, pure geniuses and mad scientists. Children will love every one of these weird and crazy facts and jokes, whether they're about...

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The Romans  by Richard Platt

The Romans

Richard Platt

Book

Learn how the Romans used technology.

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How to be an elephant  by Katherine Roy

How to be an elephant

Katherine Roy

Book

"This nonfiction picture book follows an elephant's growth from a newborn calf to a full-grown adult in one of the most socially and structurally complex family groups on earth."--

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My first cookie & cake decorating book

My first cookie & cake decorating book

Book

35 step-by-step cookie and cake decorating projects for children aged 7-plus.

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When Paul met Artie  by Greg Neri

When Paul met Artie

Greg Neri

Book

Long before they became one of the most beloved and successful duos of all time, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were just two kids growing up in Queens, New York -- best friends who met in a sixth-grade production of Alice in Wonderland and bonded over...

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Sewing for children  by Emma Hardy

Sewing for children

Emma Hardy

Book

Sewing by hand for children aged 3 and up.

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Brick by brick dinosaurs  by Warren Elsmore

Brick by brick dinosaurs

Warren Elsmore

Book

Learn how to build more than 15 amazing prehistoric projects, with clearly illustrated step-by-step instructions.

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Unofficial Minecraft STEM lab for kids  by John Miller

Unofficial Minecraft STEM lab for kids

John Miller

Book

"In Unofficial Minecraft STEM Lab for Kids, you'll find a collection of creative projects that make learning science, technology, engineering, and math exciting and fun for the whole family. Start with a Minecraft lesson that gets beginners up to speed...

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Weird but true!. animals

Weird but true!. animals

Book

"Interesting facts about animals, for kids"--

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Weird but true! 9

Weird but true! 9

Book

Offers a collection of true facts about animals, food, science, pop culture, outer space, geography, and weather.

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100 things to be when you grow up  by Lisa Gerry

100 things to be when you grow up

Lisa Gerry

Book

"From beekeeper to ice-cream taster, Chief Happiness Officer to Hollywood animal trainer, this book features 100 of the coolest, wackiest, and most amazing jobs out there (and some you never knew existed)! Jam-packed with inspiration, advice from Nat...

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Dinosaur atlas  by Anne Rooney

Dinosaur atlas

Anne Rooney

Book

It's time to explore lost prehistoric lands and the huge variety of dinosaurs that roamed them with Lonely Planet Kids' Dinosaur Atlas. Kids can unfold maps and lift the flaps to reveal amazing illustrations and facts about how dinosaurs lived and where...

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Firefly Wildlife Atlas  by John Farndon

Firefly Wildlife Atlas

John Farndon

Book

"Firefly Wildlife Atlas approaches the animal kingdom by means of habitat, covering almost 1000 animals in meticulous full-color illustrations and concise authoritative text. From millipedes to monkeys, this book offers a detailed and thorough guide to...

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Science experiments at home  by Susan Martineau

Science experiments at home

Susan Martineau

Book

"Explore the science in everyday life with these simple, step-by-step experiments to do around the home. Each activity takes a complex, scientific concept and makes it easy for kids to understand. Young scientists will enjoy discovering the science behind...

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Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs

Book

Presents an illustrated look at dinosaurs, as well as prehistoric life forms that preceded them, life forms that arose after their demise, and the fossils that allow us to know about them.

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Children's wildlife atlas  by John Farndon

Children's wildlife atlas

John Farndon

Book

This fascinating atlas takes a comprehensive look at different habitats around the world. Each section looks at the different regions of the world with that habitat, the animals that live there, their behaviour and survival strategies. The atlas cove...

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The language of angels  by Richard Michelson

The language of angels

Richard Michelson

Book

"Once there was a child without a friend. Ben-Zion's father insisted that his son speak only Hebrew, considered by some as the language of angels. But in the 1880s, the Jewish people who lived in Jerusalem spoke Yiddish or the languages of the places...

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The Indus Valley  by Claudia Martin

The Indus Valley

Claudia Martin

Book

"Around 4,000 years ago, the Indus valley was home to a great civilization. Find out about the mysterious rulers of the Indus Valley, their splendid cities and their flushing toilets"--Page 4 of cover.

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Fantastic football poems

Fantastic football poems

Book

Collection of poems about every kind of football match you can imagine.

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The Egyptians  by Richard Platt

The Egyptians

Richard Platt

Book

Egyptians examines aspects of technology in ancient Egypt, including irrigation, cosmetics, building the pyramids, ship-bullding and astronomy. How They Made Things Work looks at how people in history advanced their societies by pushing the boundaries...

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Battlefield of the mind for kids  by Joyce Meyer

Battlefield of the mind for kids

Joyce Meyer

Book

The newest edition of Battlefield of the mind for kids, based on Joyce Meyer's most popular book of all time, offers children peace of mind and the spiritual encouragement that's just right for them. Kids will learn: How to identify and be guided by their...

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Terrific tongues!  by Maria Gianferrari

Terrific tongues!

Maria Gianferrari

Book

This nonfiction picture book uses humorous comparisons and playful artwork to teach children the unusual ways that a variety of animals--from woodpeckers to snakes to bats--use their tongues to find food, eat, and clean themselves.

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When parents separate  by Dawn Hewitt

When parents separate

Dawn Hewitt

Book

"How to you explain to a child what happens when parents separate? This hands on picture book is designed to help children with their questions and feelings about tricky topics that can be hard to talk about. Written with wellbeing experts CHUMS this...

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When someone dies  by Dawn Hewitt

When someone dies

Dawn Hewitt

Book

This book sensitively explains what happens when someone dies and provdies starting points for how to deal with the process of grief.

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Anzac animals  by Maria Gill

Anzac animals

Maria Gill

Book

"True tales of the mascots and working animals that helped Anzac soldiers, sailors, pilots and medics do their jobs in wartime. You’ll meet some well-known animals, such as Murphy the donkey, who carried the wounded in Gallipoli, and Caesar the...

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You call that a nose?  by Thomas Kingsley Troupe

You call that a nose?

Thomas Kingsley Troupe

Book

"Humorous text and characters help teach kids about human senses"--

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Fairy spell  by Marc Tyler Nobleman

Fairy spell

Marc Tyler Nobleman

Book

The true story of British cousins who fooled the world for more than 60 years with a remarkable hoax, photographs of real fairies. Exquisitely illustrated with art by Eliza Wheeler as well as the original photos taken by the girls.

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Pride  by Rob Sanders

Pride

Rob Sanders

Book

"The very first picture book about the remarkable and inspiring story of the Gay Pride Flag! In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey...

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Human body  by Georgia Amson-Bradshaw

Human body

Georgia Amson-Bradshaw

Book

"Finding out about how the human body works has never been so engaging. This book is full of exciting experiments, fun puzzles, quirky humour and science facts to make you saw WOW ... it's science with a BOOM! For children progressing through Book Bands,...

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You are awesome  by Matthew Syed

You are awesome

Matthew Syed

Book

"This positive and empowering guide, by bestselling mindset author Matthew Syed, will help boys and girls build resilience, fulfil their potential and become successful, happy, awesome adults. I'm no good at sport ... I can't do maths ... I really st...

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The good Samaritan and other parables of Jesus  by Sophie Piper

The good Samaritan and other parables of Jesus

Sophie Piper

Book

"Twenty parables, widely loved for their insight and wisdom, are retold and illustrated with elegant pictures to make an anthology with a classic feel. Contents: The Sower, A Lamp Under a Bowl, The Mustard Seed, Hidden Treasure, A Perfect Pearl, The Man...

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The buildings that made London  by David Long

The buildings that made London

David Long

Book

Take an incredible journey through the streets of London and see beautiful buildings as you've never seen them before! An elegant horizon of historic masterpieces mixed with sleek modern skyscrapers, the familiar London skyline seems to change every ...

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Bubbles & balloons  by Susan Akass

Bubbles & balloons

Susan Akass

Book

"With 35 fantastic projects, Susan Akass takes science out of the classroom and makes it an exciting activity for you to enjoy at home. So get your bubble mix ready, blow up some balloons, and start experimenting"--Back cover.

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Seasons  by Georgia Amson-Bradshaw

Seasons

Georgia Amson-Bradshaw

Book

Finding out about the four seasons has never been so engaging. This book is full of exciting experiments, fun puzzles, quirky humour and science facts to make you saw WOW ... it's science with a BOOM! For children progressing through Book Bands, it is...

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Guinea pigs  by Pat Jacobs

Guinea pigs

Pat Jacobs

Book

Whether they already own one, or beg for one each Christmas and birthday, children love pets, and Pet Pals: Guinea Pig is the perfect title for any animal-loving child out there. From where they sleep to what they eat, and how you can make them feel safe...

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My first chess book  by Katie Daynes

My first chess book

Katie Daynes

Book

Meet the characters that make up a chess army and learn how to fight your first battle in this friendly introduction to the game. My First Chess Book is written clearly and simply,with entertaining examples, making it the perfect starting point for y...

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Blast off to space!  by K. C. Kelley

Blast off to space!

K. C. Kelley

Book

"What's more fun than exploring? In this beginning reader series, young readers will dive deep, journey far, and discover new parts of their world. Colorful action photos and carefully chosen text makes reading these books truly an Amazing Adventure!...

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Explore a cave  by K. C. Kelley

Explore a cave

K. C. Kelley

Book

"This beginning reader takes young people into deep, dark underground caves! Using text aimed at emergent readers, each book also features vocabulary specific to its place in the world. Colorful photos make exploring fun!"--

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Scottish terriers  by Martha E. H. (Martha Elizabeth Hillman) Rustad

Scottish terriers

Martha E. H. (Martha Elizabeth Hillman)...

Book

"A photo-illustrated book for early readers about the Scottish terrier breed. Describes this dog's unique features, social behaviors, and how they act as pets. Includes a photo diagram, fun facts, table of contents, glossary, and further resources"--

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Beagles  by Martha E. H. (Martha Elizabeth Hillman) Rustad

Beagles

Martha E. H. (Martha Elizabeth Hillman)...

Book

"A photo-illustrated book for early readers about the beagle dog breed. Describes this hound dog's unique features, social behaviors, and how they act as pets. Includes a photo diagram, fun facts, table of contents, glossary, and further resources"--

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Boxers  by Martha E. H. (Martha Elizabeth Hillman) Rustad

Boxers

Martha E. H. (Martha Elizabeth Hillman)...

Book

"A photo-illustrated book for early readers about the boxer dog breed. Describes this dog's unique features, social behaviors, and how they act as pets. Includes a photo diagram, fun facts, table of contents, glossary, and further resources"--

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Bulldogs  by Martha E. H. (Martha Elizabeth Hillman) Rustad

Bulldogs

Martha E. H. (Martha Elizabeth Hillman)...

Book

"A photo-illustrated book for early readers about the bulldog breed. Describes this stocky dog's unique features, social behaviors, and how they act as pets. Includes a photo diagram, fun facts, table of contents, glossary, and further resources"--

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German shepherds  by Martha E. H. (Martha Elizabeth Hillman) Rustad

German shepherds

Martha E. H. (Martha Elizabeth Hillman)...

Book

"A photo-illustrated book for early readers about the German shepherd dog breed. Describes this working dog's unique features, social behaviors, the jobs they have, and how they act as pets. Includes a photo diagram, fun facts, table of contents, glossary,...

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Poodles  by Martha E. H. (Martha Elizabeth Hillman) Rustad

Poodles

Martha E. H. (Martha Elizabeth Hillman)...

Graphic novel

"A photo-illustrated book for early readers about the poodle breed. Describes this dog's unique features, social behaviors, and how they act as pets. Readers learn about the three sizes of poodles and how they are good working dogs. Includes a photo ...

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Saint Bernards  by Martha E. H. (Martha Elizabeth Hillman) Rustad

Saint Bernards

Martha E. H. (Martha Elizabeth Hillman)...

Book

"A photo-illustrated book for early readers about the Saint Bernard dog breed. Describes this big dog's unique features, social behaviors, and how they act as pets. Includes a photo diagram, fun facts, table of contents, glossary, and further resourc...

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Islam  by Izzi Howell

Islam

Izzi Howell

Book

Explore the religion of Islam, from what people believe, to a Muslim life, special days and festivals.

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Marvel Studios  by Adam Bray

Marvel Studios

Adam Bray

Book

Who exactly are the Guardians of the Galaxy? What's the best order to watch the films in? And are Iron Man and Captain America friends or enemies? If you've ever mixed up the different Thor movies, or you get confused by which Avengers villain is which,...

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An atlas of imaginary places  by Mia Cassany

An atlas of imaginary places

Mia Cassany

Book

Upside-down mountains, volcanoes that spew bubble gum, a gentle humpback whale keeping an entire city afloat. These and other wonderful worlds may not exist on Earth, but elsewhere- who knows? Each spread of this captivating book invites readers on a...

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Robotify it! Robots you can make yourself  by Elsie Olson

Robotify it! Robots you can make yourself

Elsie Olson

Book

Makerspaces are places designed to inspire creativity and collaboration. In Robotify It! Robots You Can Make Yourself, kids will make a mini monster robot that responds to light, a spinning robotic pencil holder, and more! Colorful step-by-step photos...

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Trek the rain forest  by K. C. Kelley

Trek the rain forest

K. C. Kelley

Book

"This beginning reader takes young people to some of the world's most exotics rainforests! Using text aimed at emergent readers, each book also features vocabulary specific to its place in the world. Colorful photos make exploring fun!"--

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James Herriot's treasury for children  by James Herriot

James Herriot's treasury for children

James Herriot

Book

These stories bring the farmyard world of James Herriot's Yorkshire to radiant life. Featuring a host of adorable animals and colourful townsfolk, each of these stories is narrated by the vet himself, with all the warmth, caring, and good humour that...

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The Kingfisher encyclopedia of everything  by Sean Callery

The Kingfisher encyclopedia of everything

Sean Callery

Book

This amazing 320-page volume is the perfect guide to everything for children aged seven plus! It is packed with colourful illustrations, step-by-step sequences and the latest photography. From glaciers and galaxies to computers and chromosomes, it's sure...

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Shout out to the girls

Shout out to the girls

Book

Let's hear it for the Australian women who have shaped our history and are expanding our future! Shout-outs to 50 awesome Australian women with easy-to-read biographies of their incredible achievements. From Cathy Freeman to Turia Pitt, Edith Cowan to...

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Long-armed Ludy and the first women's Olympics  by Jean L. S. Patrick

Long-armed Ludy and the first women's Olympics

Jean L. S. Patrick

Book

Shares the story of how Lucile Godbold qualified for the first Women's Olympics but had no money to go, so her college classmates helped raise money to send her to Paris where she won the gold medal.

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Drawing cartoons number by number  by Christopher Hart

Drawing cartoons number by number

Christopher Hart

Book

"In Drawing from Numbers, the latest addition to the hugely successful Drawing Shape by Shape series, best-selling author Christopher Hart has created his most inventive characters yet. Expanding his quirky cartooning expertise into the realm of numbers,...

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The very first Easter

The very first Easter

Book

"The Very First Easter introduces preschoolers to one of the most wonderful stories of all time, the death and resurrection of Jesus. Using the popular and vibrant artwork from The Beginners Bible, children will learn the events leading up to Jesus death...

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Shaking things up  by Susan Hood

Shaking things up

Susan Hood

Book

"Women and girls have been shaking things up for a long time, resisting those who would box them in. Here are fourteen inspiring young rebels (one just six years old, another only thirteen) who broke down walls to pursue their interests, talents and ...

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