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Kath Saunders, Independent Usborne Organiser

November Picks for Schools

18th October 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 and Other TalesFrom a poodle drawing doodles and a lizard in a blizzard to unicorns in uniforms, this collection of six stories also contains puzzles and an accompanying CD to consolidate learning.

First Reading

Specially written for children who are just starting to learn to read, the First Reading series is divided into four levels that increase in difficulty.

November's new title is a new addition to Level 3 of the series: The Ant and the Grasshopper. Ant is busy preparing for winter, while Grasshopper sings the summer away. But what will happen to Grasshopper when winter comes?

English Readers*

Usborne English Readers are a series of English language books for young learners, which can be read either in class or independently in students' own time. Developed in consultation with acclaimed ELT expert Peter Viney, take a look at the English Readers website for further information and resources:

This month's new additions are: The Golden FishThe Sun and the WindAlice in WonderlandJason and the ArgonautsDracula and Great Expectations.

*Due to rights restrictions, these titles are currently unavailable in Spain and Portugal


Middle Grade Fiction

Rose is an unusual child, a North Child. For Rose was born facing north, and the old stories say she is destined to travel far from home on a dangerous journey. Making a pact with an enormous white bear, Rose travels on his back to a mysterious castle that holds a dark enchantment, a darker temptation, and the key to her true destiny...

A spellbinding adventure to curl up with on long winter nights, North Child is a beautiful, epic story of destiny, magic and love, reborn for a new generation of readers.

Young Adult Fiction

Same bench. Same view. Same girls. And yet totally different girls. Evie, Amber and Lottie are back together for the first time since leaving college. It's time for fun and flirting, snogs and shots (and not tears, tantrums and horrible secrets). Because everything's going right for these girls – Spinster Club for ever! Right?  

Get ready for some major New Year's revelations from everyone's favourite cheesy-snack-loving feminists in ...And a Happy New Year?

Graphic Novels

A fantastic resource for reluctant readers, our graphic novels series provide a modern and accessible interpretation of classic tales in a colourful comic book format. November's new additions are:

Jason and the Argonauts: The ruthless King Pelias has set his young nephew Jason a seemingly impossible task – to bring him the fabled Golden Fleece. Only then can Jason reclaim the kingdom that is rightfully his. Jason and his crew of Argonauts must face a host of fearsome monsters and devious Gods before they can complete their mission.

The Adventures of Thor: With his mighty war hammer, Mjollnir, firmly in his grasp, fearless Norse warrior, Thor, is on the hunt for action and adventure. Join him on his travels as he takes on terrifying giants and monstrous sea serpents, before his final epic battle of Ragnarok.

Home Learning

Get Ready for School

Wipe-Clean Animal ActivitiesFull of animal-themed activities, young children can have fun practising the pen control skills needed to start forming letters and numbers. Complete with a special pen which is easy to wipe off the shiny pages, little learners can enjoy spotting differences, solving mazes and tracing dotted lines again and again.