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February Picks for Schools

19th January 2018

Reading Schemes


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

Seal at the Wheel is the newest phonics title. In typical phonics style, it combines humorous illustrations with fun rhyming text, ideal for engaging young readers. This is the story of Seal, who is thrilled with her brand new speed boat. But is her need for speed going to land her in trouble?

Young Reading Series

Ideal for readers growing in confidence, the Young Reading series is divided into four levels that increase in difficulty.

There are two new titles in the Young Reading series this month:

What was the Black Death and how did it change the world that we live in? Find out in the illustrated and informative title The Black Death. Ideal for history fans and perfect for readers growing in confidence.

High walls, barbed wire, savage dogs and guards who shoot to kill are just some of the obstacles faced by escaping prisoners. Escape tells the extraordinary tales of men who risked their lives to regain their freedom. Ideal for newly independent readers who prefer fact to fiction.

Beginners Plus

With lots of illustrations and fact-filled text, this series is great for readers who are growing in confidence and prefer non-fiction. This month sees the release of two new titles:

How many types of submarines are there? What are they used for? What is it like to live in one? Find out the answers to these questions and many more in Submarines

Discover amazing true survival stories of people stranded alone in the wildest places on Earth, and learn simple and useful survival techniques in the fascinating information book: Survival.


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

Young Fiction

Meet the Twitches, four tiny rabbits who live inside a teacup house. They belong to a girl called Stevie and she loves playing with them. But guess what? These toy rabbits have a secret. They come alive when Stevie isn't looking. With bright, coloured illustrations throughout, Meet the Twitches is great fun for young readers.

Middle Grade Fiction

Every summer Quill and his friends are put ashore on a remote sea stac to hunt birds. But this summer, no one arrives to take them home. Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they've been abandoned - cold, starving and clinging to life, in the grip of a murderous ocean. How will they survive?  Based on a true story, Where the World Ends is a challenging read that will transport you to the harsh reality of the past. 



Perfect for school libraries, or the classroom, 100 Things to Know About History is sure to be a sought-after title. Did you know that mammoths and pharoahs walked the earth at the same time? Or that over 30 types of gladiators fought in ancient Rome? Find out everything you never knew you wanted to know about history in this fun and informative title.


Great for encouraging wider reading on this tricky subject, Politics for Beginners covers key topics from elections and government, to fake news, imigration and human rights. With bright infographic-style illustrations, and carefully selected internet links, this is the ideal introduction to the world of politics.

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 7-8  and Dividing 6-7.

Wipe-clean Series 

Perfect to support home-learning, the Wipe-clean series covers a range of topics, both educational and fun, to help children to develop essential skills from pen control and letter formation, to concepts such as money and telling the time.

This month's title is: Wipe-clean Money