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March Picks for Schools

15th February 2019

Reading Schemes


With simple rhyming text and phonic repetition, Usborne's Phonics Readers are specially designed to develop essential language skills and early reading. This month's new title is Weasels with Measles, which tells the story of a group of little weasels who have woken up covered in spots! But have they really caught the measles?

First Reading

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

March's new title is The Three Wishes, a quirky retelling of the fantastical tale of love, magic and sausage, that serves as a reminder to always be careful what you wish for!

Young Reading

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

Billy and his family are off to the seaside. The MINI MONSTERS are very excited to be going too. Soon they're building sandcastles and enjoying their picnic. It's all going so well until Trumpet is STOLEN by a seagull! How is Billy ever going to get him back? Billy and the Mini Monsters - Monsters at the Seaside is an exciting new addition to Young Reading Series 2. 



The Usborne Book of Planet Earth takes young readers on a spectacular journey around the world, from the highest mountain peaks to the very bottom of the ocean. Full of rich vocabulary and fascinating facts, this book uses jaw-dropping landscapes and richly illustrated maps to explain the wonderful secrets behind Planet Earth. 


Why does nobody talk about money? Specifically written to equip young people with vital skills, Managing Your Money covers everything from budgeting and how to be a smart shopper to student loans, mortgages and insurance. Filled with practical advice, this is an accessible and friendly book that is designed to take the mystery out of money.


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

Middle Grade Fiction

Lizzie's biggest wish is to become a gardener, a bold decision for a Victorian girl. When her strict stepfather sends her to stay with relatives in London, Lizzie struggles to adapt to her new life of stiff manners, and lives for the daily letters from her mother. But when the letters stop, Lizzie finds herself on a rescue mission...

A new addition to the 6 Chelsea Walk series, Girls with Courage is a compelling story of one girl's determination to defy the stifling stereotypes of Victorian life.

Ian Ianson has never spent a night away from his parents, so he is super nervous about the upcoming Year 6 school trip to Leviathan Hall, a mysterious old stately home. Thank goodness his imaginary friend, Remington Furious III, will be accompanying him. But the trip takes a sinister turn when Ian discovers the truth about Gertrude, the creepy owner of Leviathan Hall, and her evil plans for Ian and his class...

The second title in a fabulously funny new series from Matt Brown, prepare for laughs aplenty in Mutant Zombies Cursed My School Trip.

Landfill has lived his whole life as a scavenger, running with wooflers, swimming with turtles and feasting on fresh gull. Old Babagoo has always looked after him, on one condition - follow his rules. NEVER COME LOOKING OUTSIDE. NEVER RISE ABOVE THE WALL. But despite the dangers, Landfill longs to see Outside. And some rules are made to be broken. Scavengers is a unique coming-of-age story with an unforgettable secret at its heart.

Home Learning

199 Pictures

Doubling as a 'spotter's guide', the increasingly popular and collectible 199 Pictures series is designed to develop and improve vocabulary in pre-school children.

This month's new title is 199 Flowers, which contains beautiful illustrations of exactly 199 wonderful flowers, ranging from the familiar daisy to the exotic peacock flower.