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January Picks for Schools

15th December 2017

Reading Schemes


With simple rhyming text and phonic repetition, Usborne's Phonics Readers are specially designed to develop essential language skills and early reading.

Ape's Great Escape is the newest phonics title. In typical phonics style, it combines humorous illustrations with fun rhyming text, ideal for engaging you readers. This one sees grape stealing ape, make his great escape from prison, but will the guards catch him?! 


With lots of pictures and simple text, this series is ideal for beginner readers that prefer non-fiction.

What's a group of meerkats called? Where do they live? What do they eat? Find out the answers to these questions and many more in Meerkats


Our diverse fiction list is full of incredible characters and unputdownable plots, ideal for engaging any reader. 

Young Fiction

Prepare to meet a character with a difference in Trouble in New York! Ermine is small, determined, and ready for a big adventure in New York. But when a suitcase mix-up leaves robbers hot on her tail, Ermine becomes involved in an adventure she hadn't been planning. With fun, coloured illustrations throughout, this story is great fun for young readers.

Young Adult Fiction

Jurassic Park meets The Hunger Games in this incredible new series: The Extinction Trials. For Stormchaser and Lincoln, the only way to survive in their broken world is to risk their lives in another. Dystopian fiction at its finest, and sure to be the must-read novel of 2018. (12+)

The Unpredictability of Being Human is a heartwarming coming of age novel, with our favourite new narrator - Malin. Life for Malin is complicated, her mum drinks, her dad is miserable, and her brother doesn't always want to know her, and she doesn't really understand the reasons behind any of these things. It's tough fitting in when you're different, but what if it's the world that's weird not you? (12+)

Modern Classics

Whilst not a new novel, the rebranded Mockingbird is the third title in a new Modern Classics series, that brings the best of Usborne to the modern reader. Mockingbird tells the story of Caitlin, a girl with ASD who is struggling to make sense of the world in the aftermath of a school shooting that took her brother, Devon away from her. Powerful and poignant, it shows the impact of tragedy on a small community. (10+)



Perfect for school libraries, or the classroom, this History of the World in 100 Pictures gives a whistestop tour through the moments that changed history. Discover how great empires rose, famouse battles were won, and how artists, inventors, scientists and explorers changed our world.

Home Learning

Key Skills Wipe-clean

Written to support the National Curriculum, our Key Skills series is ideal for helping children to gain confidence in the skills they are learning at school. Coming with a wipe-clean pen, they are great for children to use to practise skills again and again. Perfect for that extra support at home.

This month's titles are: Spelling 5-6 and Spelling 6-7.