Blog Posts tagged: Book Recommendations

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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How Can Stories Help Children Explore Difficult Subjects?

To mark the upcoming release of his book, The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, author Christopher Edge celebrates the ability of children's fiction to broach challenging subjects, and gives some of his own recommendations.

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Books Versus Apps - Is It Really a Competition?

Many people wonder if apps signal the decline of the print book, but as school libraries and technology consultant Bev Humphrey explains, the best apps aren't designed to do the same job as books. Read on to get Bev's top recommendations for an 'appy reading experience (sorry).

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Children's Books to Read During Book Week Scotland

Right in the thick of the Book Week Scotland action, our Schools team have put their heads together to give you some fantastic book recommendations for children. These books are absolutely, 100% guaranteed to make children not want an Xbox for Christmas (note: no they're not).

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Eoin Colfer on Imaginary Fred and Picture Books

We're terribly excited that Eoin Colfer, author of the stupendous Artemis Fowl series, has teamed up with beloved illustrator Oliver Jeffers to produce Imaginary Fred, a picture book about companionship. We caught up with Eoin to ask him more about the book and his opinions on the power of picture books.

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YA Books to Read During Book Week Scotland

The YA train is showing no signs of slowing down, and we're on hand to give you our recommendations just in time for Book Week Scotland! From funny to terrifying and everything in between, make sure you get at least one of these on your bookshelves in the coming months.

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