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June Picks for Schools

24th May 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 Unicorns in Uniforms, which tells the story of Opening Day at the White Horse Hotel. The staff of unicorns are all dressed in their smart new uniforms, but this clumsy lot cause one disaster after another! Can anything persuade their very first guest to stay?


Young Fiction

Ermine the Determined has landed in London! She can't wait to see Big Ben, ride a red bus, and help her new friend Minty uncover her family's lost Tudor treasure. But someone else has got their eyes on the prize... Can Ermine and Minty find their fortune before the devious villain grabs the gold? Join Ermine on her latest adventure in The Big London Treasure Hunt.

Middle Grade Fiction

Princess Lily LOVES fashion. But setting her own style is against the royal rules, which is why she became a secret fashion vlogger. Her dream is to design her own birthday ballgown, but can she design a special uniform that fits the palace's boring no-glitter guidelines first? Packed full of girl power, fun, friendship and fashion, Royal Rebel: Designer is the second title in the glittering new Royal Rebel series.

The Garden of Lost Secrets: October, 1916. Clara has been sent to stay with her aunt and uncle in the grounds of a country estate while England is at war. But her new surroundings hold secrets: a locked room, a scheming thief and a mysterious boy who only appears at night. As the secrets turn to danger, can Clara face up to her own secrets and find the courage to save herself, and those around her?

Young Adult Fiction

Meet Morgan and Eric: born on the same day, at the same time and bonded for life. We meet them every birthday from the age of 13, as Eric figures out who he is, as Morgan decides to live as her true self, and they realise they are inextricably part of each other. Told on one day every year, over six years, Birthday is a story about how change pulls people apart... and how love brings them back together.

Three close friends... Two unforgettable summers... One girl's deepest secret...
Alys appeared last summer, and then vanished without a trace. Ifan fell in love with her. Hannah hated her. And Marko regrets what they did. This summer Cait is new in town and she needs to uncover the truth. What happened last summer? And who is Alys? Intense, compelling and heart-breaking, My Secret Lies With You is a suspenseful, page-turning summer read.



Jam-packed with maths puzzles to solve, codes to crack and patterns to draw, Maths Scribble Book supports STEM learning and complements the KS2 curriculum, exploring some of the fundamental concepts that mathematicians use every day using just the contents of a pencil case.


The Usborne Book of the Moon: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing by tracing the story of the Moon through history, from ancient legends about its creation to its first sighting through a telescope, right up until the first Moon landing in 1969. This beautifully illustrated book is the perfect accompaniment to Early Years and KS1 science lessons - check out Usborne's teacher's resources for this title.


All about feelings is a fun, friendly and reassuring introduction, designed to help young children understand, manage and learn to talk about their emotions in helpful ways. This essential guide helps both build children's self-esteem and empathy, and supports the social and emotional development goals of the Early Years curriculum.

Home Learning

Get Ready for School

Little Wipe-Clean Word Books: School: The perfect way for young children to improve their language and writing skills, trace over 130 school-themed words, from classroom objects to PE activities and colours, shapes and numbers. The durable, wipe-clean pages make for endless practice as children develop essential pen control skills.

All the words you need to know before you start school is the perfect way for little ones to improve spoken language skills. A friendly book for adults and children to share, read and talk about together, help pre-schoolers build the vocabulary they will need to communicate effectively, make friends and learn to read and write when they start school.

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 new titles are: Times Tables Practice Pad 5-6Spelling Practice Pad 6-7 and Fractions Practice Pad 7-8.