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August Picks for Schools

20th July 2018

Reading Schemes

Young Reading Series

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

New from Young Reading Series 2 is the latest in the Billy and the Mini Monsters series - Billy and the Mini Monsters - Monsters at the Museum. Billy is feeling nervous about his first ever school trip, so the Mini Monsters decide to join him. "We promise we won't be any trouble..." they say. So who's causing a commotion in the creepy-crawly room? And why does the T-Rex skeleton keep roaring? 

True Stories of Everest Adventures is the latest title in Series 4. The peak of Mount Everest, the highest place in the world, holds a special fascination for climbers. Over a thousand people have reached it. But the frozen bodies that litter its slopes tell another tale of tragedy, misfortune and reckless ambition.


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

Flamingo Plays Bingo 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 Flamingo, who is playing her very first game of bingo. Flamingo needs one more number to win, until Elephant sneezes and sends the bingo ball zooming up over the trees...


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

Young Fiction

Ermine the Determined is off to explore SYDNEY! She can't wait to have fun in the sun, climb Sydney Habour Bridge, and STAR in Australia's Most Awesome Animal Show... But things hot up when someone gets a sniff of Ermine's act... Will it be curtains before Ermine gets to the stage? Join Ermine on her latest adventure in Stoat on Stage.

Middle Grade Fiction

When Eddy Stone accidentally releases a wizard from a magical lamp, everyone's wishes start coming true... but going wrong. Tumbling into a land of genies, madcap emperors and dancing camels, can Eddy find a way to reverse this curse? Eddy Stone and the Mean Genie's Curse is the third title in the hilarious Eddy Stone series, perfect for fans of funny books.

Taran dreams of fighting heroic battles instead of being an Assistant Pig-Keeper... until Hen Wen, the magical pig, disappears. With the land of Prydain under threat by the evil Horned King, and Taran searching for Hen Wen, he is drawn into a dangerous quest. Coming face-to-face with warriors and witches, a princess and a poet, creatures fierce and friendly, Taran is about to learn what it truly takes to be a hero. The Book of Three is a fantasy adventure that will have readers gripped from start to finish.

Young Adult Fiction

Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at "normality" for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for her new friends, who are all dealing with their own battles. But as Olive settles in, she starts to wonder - maybe it's this messed up world that needs fixing, and not them. And so she comes up with a plan. Because together, snowflakes can form avalanches... Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? is the latest Holly Bourne title and is a trailblazing and painfully honest novel about mental health, friendship and our crazy world.

Home Learning

Usborne Key Skills 

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, and is perfect for providing that extra support at home. 

This month's titles are: Charts and Graphs 6-7 and Measuring 5-6