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October Picks for Schools

21st September 2018

Reading Schemes

First Reading Series

Specially written for children just starting to learn to read, the First Reading series is divided into four levels that increase in difficulty.

This month's new title is a charming adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's much-loved Just So Story: How the Crab got his Claws

Young Reading Series

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

Treasure Island is the latest title in Series 4. Adapted for young readers from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure story, this title is ideal for newly independent readers.


With simple rhyming text and phonic repetition, Usborne's Phonics Readers are specially designed to develop essential language skills and early reading. Our brand new listen and learn versions of the classic phonics tales allow children to press the buttons on the pages to hear the story read out loud and follow the words along on the pages. The two new titles are: Llamas in Pyjamas Listen and Learn and Underpants for Ants Listen and Learn.



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

Young Fiction

The Twitches Meet a Puppy: Open up the Teacup House and meet four little rabbit heroes with big ideas! Watch out Twitches, Stevie's got a furry visitor. The teacup house is turned upside down when a bouncy puppy comes to stay! Silver and Mama Bo hide in the garden, and meet a creature who needs their help. Now it's Twitches to the rescue! This latest title in the Teacup House series is perfect for pupils who are moving on to chapter books.

Middle Grade Fiction

Skycircus: Old secrets can weigh heavy when you want to fly. Invited to a one-off spectacular show by Slimwood's Stupendous Travelling Skycircus, Lily, Robert and mechanical fox Malkin can't wait to jump onboard. But behind the daredevil deeds of the bewitching bird-girl and the lobster-handed boy, something sinister lurks. And soon, the watchful ringmistress, Madame Lyons-Mane, reveals a deadly plan for Lily. Could the secrets of Lily's past hold their only chance of escape from this terrible trap? Skycircus is the third title in the Cogheart Adventure Series and is ideal for fans of fantasy and adventure.

The Train to Impossible Places: The Impossible Postal Express is no ordinary train. It's a troll-operated delivery service that runs everywhere from ocean-bottom shipwrecks, to Trollville, to space. But when this impossible train comes roaring through Suzy's living room, her world turns upside down. Get ready for a train that travels through impossible places. A boy trapped in a snow globe. And a girl who's about to go on the adventure of a lifetime.



Ideal for broadening pupils' literary horizons, Usborne's Complete Jane Austen would make an excellent addition to any school library. Beautifully illustrated throughout, all of Jane Austen's novels are retold for young readers, including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park, with notes on the characters and quotations from the original text. With links to websites to find out more about Jane Austen's life and times.

The Usborne Book of Poetry is a luxurious new treasury of poetry for older pupils, featuring a selection of work from classic and modern poets including Shakespeare, Byron, Ted Hughes and Wendy Cope, alongside all new original poetry by Sam Taplin. Perfect for any school library or English classroom.


Usborne's Fold-out Solar System allows pupils to open up the whole solar system and to find out lots of fascinating facts about the planets, their moons, and the spacecraft that have been sent to explore them. With links to websites for more information, this would be a great addition to any science classroom or school library.

Discover how scientist changed the world, from inventing life-saving medicines and probing the secrets of the smallest particles to sending people to the moon, and how ground-breaking scientific theories changed our world again and again. With illustrations, photographs and links to specially selected websites for more information, Usborne's History of Science in 100 Pictures is a great way of engaging students in the world of science.