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August Picks for Schools

19th July 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 Axolotl finds a bottle, which tells the story of Axolotl, who longs for adventure. One day, she finds an old bottle with something amazing inside. But what could it be?

Young Reading Series

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

Jane Eyre is the latest title in Series 4, and is part of our Classics retold series. Clearly written in a modern, approachable style, this retelling of the classic story includes informative notes on both the author and the original text.


Young Fiction

Amy Wild has a secret - she can talk to animals! Welcome to the Island of Clamerkin, where dogs tell their secrets, cats perform rescue missions, and an entire island is squeaking and squawking with animal magic and adventures to dive into...

Amy Wild and the Quarrelling Cats: Amy and her best friends - a dog, a parrot and four squabbling cats - love to help out creatures in need. So when the cats complain that their food is going missing, Amy's determined to solve the mystery to stop poor Bun, the baker's cat, getting the blame. Can she find out who the greedy thief is?

Amy Wild and the Silly Squirrel: When a squirrel tells Amy Wild that someone wants to cut down his oak tree home, she and her friends jump into action. Can they come up with a plan to save the tree and the amazing animals and birds who live there?

Middle Grade Fiction

The Girl with Space in Her Heart: Mabel Mynt knows a lot about space... like how we feel connected to the stars because we are all made of stardust. And that Mum's new boyfriend, Galactic Gavin, has eyes that twinkle like Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky. And that sometimes the perfect place for her sister, Terrible Topaz, would be a black hole.

But Mabel doesn't know how to fill the space in her heart that Dad left when he walked out. And so she sets out on a mission of discovery...

Young Adult Fiction

Seafire: Captain Caledonia Styx's family were murdered by ruthless warlord Aric Athair. Now captain of a crew of girls who have lost everything too, she has one mission: to take down Athair's fleet. But when a rogue boy from Athair's crew saves the life of her best friend, she faces an impossible choice. If she lets the boy live, will he help them - or destroy them?



Look Inside What Happens When You Eat: Ever wondered what your body does to all the different kinds of food you eat? With lots of fun flaps to lift, children can follow food on its journey through the body as they discover what happens to the nutrients in the food we eat, and why it's important to have a balanced diet. A fantastic addition to any KS1 science or PSHE lesson.


Spanning from the earliest Minoan civilisation to the empire of Alexander the Great, explore Ancient Athens, learn all about the Greek gods and more with See Inside Ancient Greece. This fascinating flap book is an engaging support for teaching a key topic on the UK Key Stage 2 National Curriculum.

With stunning illustrations and flaps revealing surprising details on every page, See Inside a Museum allows young readers to explore the world's most famous museums on a behind-the-scenes tour. Includes internet links to websites with video clips, quizzes and ideas for further activities.


Take a tour of the British Isles with the Usborne Illustrated Atlas of Britain and Ireland. An essential addition to any primary school library, this colourful atlas features over 20 colourful picture maps - perfect for exploring famous landmarks, towns and cities, wildlife, customs and history.

With bold artwork and clear text, 100 Things to Know About Planet Earth covers a wide range bite-sized topics, from the expected - including forests, seas and volcanoes - to the unexpected, such as singing sand, rainforest caves and rubber ducks.

Home Learning

Little Wipe-Clean Word Books

These compact books are brilliant for developing the essential reading, writing and pen control skills young children will be learning in the classroom. With durable, wipe-clean pages for endless practice and links to websites with advice and further activities, the fun can be had again and again. 

This month's titles are About Me and Outdoors.

Usborne Key Skills

Written to support the National Curriculum, our Key Skills series is ideal for helping children gain confidence in the concepts and rules of English, Maths and Science, helping parents provide that extra support at home.

This month's title is: Wipe-Clean Writing Skills 8-9.