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The Story of Mars

The Story of Mars

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2020

Explore a whole new world! Could Mars be a future home for humans? Were there ever aliens on the red planet? How does Mars compare to our own planet? Discover the answer to these questions, and much more, with The Story of Mars. Over the coming years, Mars is set to be at the centre of space exploration. With many manned and unmanned missions planned over the next ten years, our distant neighbour now seems closer than ever. The Story of Mars takes a fascinating look at the history, geography, astronomy and science of the red planet. Natural wonders and extreme phenomena, such as the solar system's tallest mountain, its smallest moon, dust devils and supervolcanoes are all explored, as well as the possiblility of life. Beyond this, the book looks at the cultural and historical impact of Mars, as well as its potential as a home for humans. Using photos from NASA's stunning archive, this book is the must-have guide to Mars for all children fascinated by space aged 9+.

How We Lived in Ancient Times

How We Lived in Ancient Times

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

What if you could look back in time and meet everyday children just like you, but from a totally different world? How We Lived in Ancient Times is an amazing window into history through the lives of children through time, showing the clothes they wore, the food they ate, the games they played, and the amazing worlds they lived in. Each section opens with a new child introducing themselves to the reader in a stunning illustrated double-page scene. Behind them, the reader can see the child's environment, from prehistoric caves to Egyptian temples. This is followed by fact-filled pages, allowing readers to see their tools they used, the toys they loved, the food they ate, and much more. Join them in a Japanese palace, explore a Viking village, and race with them on horseback across the Scythian plains. How We Lived in Ancient Times is an unforgettable journey back in time.

Famous Firsts: Famous Firsts: First Woman in Space

Famous Firsts: Famous Firsts: First Woman in Space

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/08/2020

A gripping illustrated account of how Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to journey into space on 16 June 1963. As the post-war world was gripped by the Space Race between the USA and the Soviet Union, the Soviet Union surged ahead by putting the first woman in space in 1963. Discover how Valentina Tereshkova accomplished this top-secret, dangerous mission, from the arduous selection and training, to the dangerous flight itself and her triumphant return to Earth. Fully illustrated throughout, with fresh, modern artwork breathing new life into this famous story. Perfect for readers aged 8 and up.

Famous Firsts: First Man to the South Pole

Famous Firsts: First Man to the South Pole

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/04/2020

A gripping illustrated account of the historic race to reach the South Pole in December 1911. Pacey, accessible text recounts the story of Roald Amundsen's historic journey to reach the South Pole, from its origins in his failure to be the first to reach the North Pole, to planning the journey, early expeditions and setbacks, mounting rivalry with Captain Scott and its tragic conclusion, and the final joy of successfully reaching the South Pole. Fully illustrated throughout, with fresh, modern artwork breathing new life into this famous story. Perfect for readers aged 8 and up.

The Big Countdown: 7.6 Billion People Living in the Countries of the World

The Big Countdown: 7.6 Billion People Living in the Countries of the World

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2020

Count down the fascinating figures behind the 195 countries in our world - from the teeny tiny to the mindbogglingly massive! Do you know how many football pitches would fit into Europe? Or which country has the most newspaper readers? What is a megacity and which is the biggest one in the world? And how many wildebeest migrate thousands of kilometres every year across African's plains? Discover the answers to all these questions and much, more more in Big Countdown: Countries. Helping readers to visualise and understand numbers, The Big Countdown looks at popular topics and investigates the great many numbers that make them fascinating. From the mind-bogglingly large to the smallest and most precious, this series helps us understand that it's not just our days that are numbered. Ideal reading for number-crunchers aged 9 and up.

The Big Countdown: 1.5 Billion Transport Vehicles on the World's Roads

The Big Countdown: 1.5 Billion Transport Vehicles on the World's Roads

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2020

Discover the numbers behind cars, planes, trains and rockets - from the teeny tiny to the mindbogglingly massive Do you know how fast a space rocket blasts through the sky? Or how deep under the sea submarines have ventured? How about the number of electric cars on the road? Or the top speed of NASA's crawler transporter (hint - it's not very fast!) Discover the answers to all these questions and much more in The Big Countdown: Transport. Helping readers to visualise and understand numbers, The Big Countdown series looks at popular topics and investigates the great many numbers that make them fascinating. From the mind-bogglingly large to the smallest and most precious, this series helps us understand that it's not just our days that are numbered. Ideal reading for number-crunchers aged 9 and up.

Super Sharks

Super Sharks

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2020

Collins Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds features exciting fiction and non-fiction decodable readers to enthuse and inspire children. They are fully aligned to Letters and Sounds Phases 1-6 and contain notes in the back. The Handbooks provide support in demonstration and modelling, monitoring comprehension and expanding vocabulary. Meet the super hunters of the sea in this photographic non-fiction book filled with facts about sharks. Green/Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters. The focus sounds in this book are: /igh/ i, i-e /ai/ ay, ey, a-e /oa/ o, ow, o-e /oo/ ue, ew, u-e /ee/ ea /ow/ ou /oo/ oul /or/ aw, augh, al /er/ or, ear /e/ a /u/ o, our, o-e Pages 22 and 23 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Reading notes within the book provide practical support for reading Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds with children, including a list of all the sounds and words that the book will cover.

MBS

MBS

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/03/2020

The gripping, untold story of how Saudi Arabia's secretive and mercurial new ruler rose to power. Even in his youth as a prince among thousands of princes, Mohammed bin Salman nurtured sweeping ambitions. He wanted power - enough of it to reshape his hyper-conservative, insular Islamic kingdom. When his elderly father took the throne in 2015, MBS got his chance. As the hands-on-ruler, he made seismic changes, working doggedly to overhaul the kingdom's economy, loosen its strict Islamic social codes and confront nearby enemies, especially Iran. His vision initially won fans at home and abroad as he convinced other nations that the moment had come to bet big on Saudi Arabia. Over time, however, the sheen of the visionary young reformer has tarnished, leaving many wondering whether MBS is actually an aspiring dictator whose lack of experience and rash decisions are destabilizing the world's most volatile region. Based on years of reporting and hundreds of covert interviews, MBS provides new insights into Saudi Arabia's catastrophic military intervention in Yemen, the bizarre detention of the Lebanese prime minister, the surprise arrest of hundreds of princes and businessmen, and the greatest scandal of the young prince's rise: the brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi state officials with links to MBS - a crime that shocked the world. A riveting portrait of a determined autocrat on the rise, MBS asks how one man's actions and obsessions are shaking the Middle East.

Did T. Rex Have Feathers?

Did T. Rex Have Feathers?

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2020

Was T. rex related to chickens? Why were dinosaurs so massive? Discover the answers to these questions and more in this astounding book, containing many brilliant books about all your favourite Jurassic creatures. ABOUT THE SERIES: Big Ideas! is a dynamic, high-energy fun fact series for children aged seven and up, illustrated throughout with humorous cartoons. Packed with surprising facts, stats, and records that kids will just love to share, it revels in all things weird, unexpected, mind-blowing, funny, and gross! This series really has the wow factor. It's like a roller-coaster ride for your brain!

Eco Stories for those who Dare to Care

Eco Stories for those who Dare to Care

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/02/2020

Celebrate the eco-heroes around the world building a better tomorrow. Eco Stories for those who Dare to Care is the perfect introduction to environmentalism and the world-changing lives that have fought for our planet's future. From Greta Thunberg to David Attenborough, Rachel Carson to Wangari Maathai, activists of all ages, from all corners of the planet, will inspire readers to think and take action on the most important issues of our era. Beautiful and characterful portraits help bring to life these important activists and their contributions to our world. Clear, concise text presents the stand-out biographical information from these inspirational figures, and acts as a perfect primer for conversations about activism and environmentalism. This is the perfect book for eco-warriors aged 9 and up.

Harry Kane

Harry Kane

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Harry Kane rose to stardom as a professional Premier League football player. Read about the teams he's played for and his key role in playing for England in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Influential People Pack A of 2

Influential People Pack A of 2

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

This compelling series brings readers into the lives of actresses, writers, speakers, politicians and movie stars and how they use their fame for the betterment of others.

Reading Planet KS2 - Artificial Intelligence - Level 6: Jupiter/Blue band

Reading Planet KS2 - Artificial Intelligence - Level 6: Jupiter/Blue band

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2020

Leap into the fascinating world of Artificial Intelligence, in which cars drive themselves, robots become footballing champions, and tiny nanobots track down and kill diseases within the body! Learn what 'artificial intelligence' actually is and how it can be used to help humans now and in the future. Are you ready to find out more about this brave new world? Artificial Intelligence is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will be inspired to love reading through the gripping stories and fascinating information books created by top authors. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Reading age: 9-10 years

Gladiator

Gladiator

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2020

When everyone had had plenty to eat and drink they called for the gladiators. The moment anyone's throat was cut, they clapped their hands in pleasure. And it sometimes even turned out that someone had specified in their will that the most beautiful women he had purchased were to fight each other.... - Athenaeus, The Learned Banqueters With their origins as blood rites staged at the funerals of rich aristocrats, gladiatorial combat is one of the defining images of ancient Rome. For more than 600 years, people flocked to arenas to watch these highly trained warriors participate in a blood-soaked spectacle that was part sport, part theatre and part cold-blooded murder. Gladiatorial contests were a spectacular dramatisation of the Roman emperor's formidable power. Gladiator looks at life and service in the Roman arenas from the origins of the games in the third century BCE through to the demise of the games in the fifth century CE. It explores the lives of the prisoners of war, criminals, slaves and volunteers who became gladiators, their training, and the more than 20 types of gladiator they could become, fighting with different types of weapons. From Spartacus's slave revolt to the real Emperor Commodus who liked to play at being a gladiator, from female gladiators to the great combats involving hundreds of exotic animals, Gladiator is a colourful, accessible study of the ancient world's famous warrior entertainers.

Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

Gareth Southgate is a successful football manager of the English National Team. But he started as a player for Crystal Palace. Learn about his football history, his wins and his losses.

Chimpanzees

Chimpanzees

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/01/2020

Collins Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds features exciting fiction and non-fiction decodable readers to enthuse and inspire children. They are fully aligned to Letters and Sounds Phases 1-6 and contain notes in the back. The Handbooks provide support in demonstration and modelling, monitoring comprehension and expanding vocabulary. Learn all about chimpanzees, from where they live to what they eat, in this photographic non-fiction book. Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language This book focuses on adjacent consonants with short vowel phonemes. Pages 14 and 15 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Reading notes within the book provide practical support for reading Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds with children, including a list of all the sounds and words that the book will cover.