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Kath Saunders, Independent Usborne Organiser

April Picks for Schools

19th March 2020

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 Skunks in Trunks.

First Reading

Specially written for children who are just starting to read on their own, the Young Reading series are 48-page stories that use fairly short, simple sentences and everyday vocabulary.

April's new additions, Snow White and Rose Red and The Wise Princess are the first in a set of Forgotten Fairy Tales, which are a fantastic way of helping young readers to discover lesser-known traditional stories about brave and brilliant girls.


Middle Grade Fiction

Suzy can't wait to return to the Union of Impossible Places on the Impossible Postal Express. But when she arrives, she overhears a dastardly plan to destroy Trollville from a shadowy and unexpected villain. Suzy and her friends must race from magical cloud-worlds to secret caverns to catch the culprit, before Trollville comes crashing down...

Join Suzy for her highly-anticipated second adventure in The Great Brain Robberynow available in a brand new paperback format!

Young Adult Fiction

Flora "doesn't do people" since the incident that led to her being diagnosed with bipolar II. Until Hal arrives. Hal is researching a World War 1 soldier and needs Flora's help. Working with Hal is Flora's worst nightmare, yet as they piece together the soldier's life of lost love and secrets, Flora finds a piece of herself falling for Hal.

Full of heart, humour and depth, The Pieces of Ourselves is a page-turning YA summer romance.


Creative Writing

Do any of your students dream of writing and producing their own shows and films? With a wealth of script-writing activities, tips and advice, Write Your Own Scripts is a wonderful way of encouraging imaginations to fly!


The Graphs and Charts Activity Book aims to encourage children to discover data handling as a key maths tool in everyday life. Talking through how to collect, display, and analyse data in a range of different ways, this interactive book teaches critical thinking about statistics, and supports the KS1 maths curriculum.

From learning just how important oceans are for life on Earth to finding out how they are being put at risk, dive beneath the waves in See Inside Oceans and discover millions of incredible creatures. Complete with Usborne Quicklinks, this fascinating flap book is a great resource for KS1 science lessons.

Lift-the-Flap Construction and Demolition is a visually exciting introduction to feats of engineering, charting the rise of an urban skyscraper. Covering every stage of construction, from safely demolishing its predecessor to hanging glass walls forty storeys up, this engaging STEAM book reveals modern construction methods along with the different tools and vehicles used.

Covering key ideas and techniques, from Classical sculptures to Cubist paintings and contemporary art, How Art Works invites KS2 children to look closely at art and start thinking about it for themselves. 

Why are markets so important? How do we actually make decisions? Will robots take our jobs? Economics for Beginners is an accessible and informative introduction to a fascinating subject that governs so much of our lives. A brilliant resource for KS2 and KS3 students - and beyond!

Home Learning

Key Skills

Written to support the National Curriculum, our Key Skills series is ideal for helping children to gain confidence in the skills they are learning at school, and is perfect for providing that extra support at home.

This month's new titles are: Wipe-Clean Comprehension 6-7Wipe-Clean Creative Writing 8-9Wipe-Clean Multiplying 7-8 and Wipe-Clean Spelling 8-9.