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April Picks for Schools

15th March 2019

Reading Schemes 


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's new title is Ponds

Find out which creatures lurk underwater and which ones only visit ponds to find something tasty to eat. Discover how tadpoles turn into frogs, where water birds make their nests and more as you investigate the undergrowth and murky waters in and around ponds.


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

Young Fiction Age 5-8

When a vintage plane flies into Starcross Hall it brings with it Martin the hamster's beloved owner, Winnie's long-lost ghostly granddad. But he's a human ghost, and everyone knows they always spell trouble...

Complete with stunning illustrations by Ross Collins, Knitbone Pepper and the Silver Phantom is the fourth title in the wonderfully quirky Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog series.

Middle Grade Fiction Age 9-12

Andie dreams of becoming an artist. Her best paintings are inspired by the moon, so she's excited to watch the first moon landing. She loves staying in Chelsea, with its fashion, music and art galleries. There's even a real artist living in the flat downstairs. But does Andie dare to show him her work - or might it shatter her dreams?

A new addition to the 6 Chelsea Walk series, Girls on the Up is an irresistible novel set against the vivid backdrop of the moon landing - one of the most thrilling moments in modern history.

Young Adult Fiction

Awake in the World: Vanessa has the world at her feet and is determined to go to an Ivy League university to study Astronomy. Zach loves art, but his future look set in stone, working on the same oil rig off the coast of California where his dad was killed in an accident. On paper, their futures look poles apart... but then again, opposites attract.

Beauty Sleep: Laura is dying. Her last desperate hope is to be frozen until she can be cured. But what happens when you wake up one day and the world has moved on forty years? Can you find a place to belong? Could you build a new life, while solving the mystery of what happened to the old one?


Knights and Castles

From dinosaurs to Da Vinci, Pompeii to pirates, and Vikings to Victorians, children can delve into key parts of world history from across the ages as they find their way through the wonderfully illustrated scenes. Ideal for developing problem-solving and visual recognition skills, Long Ago Mazes would be a great addition to any history classroom.

Home Learning

Get Ready for School

Usborne's Wipe-Clean series is ideal for helping children to practise the key skills they learn in the classroom at home. Perfect for increasing confidence in young pupils, this month's new title is: Wipe-Clean Jungle Activities.

April also brings a new addition to our Little Wipe-Clean series. With the same stylish illustrations and endless opportunities for children to practise their pen control skills, this new compact format is ideal to slip into a bag to keep children entertained on the go. This month's new title is: Little Wipe-Clean Animals to Copy and Trace.