Blog Posts tagged: Book Recommendations

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Women in picture books: are we there yet?

María Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Ana Albero and Gee Fan Eng's fantastic picture books about the lives of inspiring women will give children a great insight into what's possible when people follow their dreams. In this blog post Katie Cotton, senior editor at Frances Lincoln Children's Books, asks if we are representing women properly in picture books, and shares some aspects of creating the Little People, Big Dreams books.

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Teachers' and Librarians' Favourite Short Stories

In the right hands, a short story can resonate every bit as much as a novel, introducing compelling characters and dilemmas that capture our imagination. In this post, we share some favourites from secondary teachers and librarians across the country. Set in a wide variety of locations and ranging from funny to tragic, these suggestions are sure to yield something for every taste.

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Bookbug Detective: Books About Going to Hospital

Bookbug Detective is back with books that can help children who are anxious about going to hospital

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5 Tips for Writing Fantasy

Ahead of his special event with Scottish Book Trust, teen sci-fi and fantasy author Joseph Delaney shares his top tips for weaving together imaginary worlds.

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Don’t Stand By: 4 YA Books About Speaking Out

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day here are our top picks of YA books which challenge us to speak out.

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Translating The Gruffalo into Orcadian

Writer and Scots expert Simon Hall recently translated this classic underdog story. In this blog he talks about the process and reveals some fascinating insights into Orcadian language and grammar.

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Bookbug's Book of the Month: Follow The Firefly/Run, Rabbit, Run

Win a copy of the book that can be read in both directions, Follow The Firefly/Run, Rabbit, Run in our Book of the Month competition

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5 School Subjects That Can Help You Become an Astronaut

This week Tim Peake will become the first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station as a member of the European Space Agency. His trip is certain to inspire school children up and down the country to become the next generation of space explorers. Luckily, Louie Stowell, author of The Usborne Official Astronaut’s Handbook, knows exactly which school subjects all future astronauts need to get full marks in – including some surprising ones.

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13 Beautifully Illustrated Nursery Rhymes

Over The Hills And Far Away is a new collection of nursery rhymes from across the world, each one accompanied by an image from a different illustrator. The book's creator, Elizabeth Hammill, picks out some gorgeous and intriguing illustrations from the book in this blog post. After you've been dazzled by the images, you can enter our simple competition to win a copy of the book!

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Five Reasons to Get Kids (and Parents) Coding

To celebrate the recent release of Usborne's coding titles, Coding for Beginners Using Scratch and Lift The Flap Computers And Coding, author Rosie Dickins talks about why it's great to get your pupils interested in coding from a young age.

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