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Fiona Wilkes, Independent Usborne Organiser

January Picks for Schools

16th December 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 Fat Cat on the MatFat cat is snuggled up on his mat and just won't budge. Will anything make him move?

Young Reading

Ideal for readers growing in confidence, the Young Reading series is divided into four levels that increase in difficulty.

January's new title is a new addition to Level 4 of the series: True Stories of Heroes. From a brave housewife's defiance to a doctor risking her life to treat patients, this gripping read contains inspiring tales of extraordinary courage from everyday people - perfect for young readers who prefer real-life stories to fiction.


Young Fiction

Meet Knitbone Pepper, the dead special ghost dog haunting Starcross Hall! But Knitbone has a problem. His beloved owner Winnie and her bonkers parents may be forced to move and leave Knitbone behind! Can the Spirits of Starcross, a gigglesome gang of ghostly animals, help Winnie save her home?

Now available in a very collectible new format, Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog: Best Friends Forever is jam-packed with mayhem, chuckles and woofs.

Middle Grade Fiction

Nothing ever happens in Littlehaven. Until the spotlight hits Izzy's family when her dad comes out as Danielle, a trans woman. Shy Izzy is terrified her family will be torn apart. Will she lose her dad? What will people at school say? Now all eyes are on her, can she face her fears, find her voice and stand up for what's right?

Discussing important and challenging topics, Nothing Ever Happens Here is a touching and honest middle grade depiction of a family changing together, told in a gorgeously warm, accessible voice.

Swept into the bright hustle and bustle of New York, Lily, Robert and Malkin discover shadowy secrets lie beneath its surface. For there are chilling goings-on in their hotel; a strange boy held captive, haunted by an undersea mystery, and a revengeful villain with a treacherous plan. But secrets never stay submerged for long...

Shadowsea is the fourth and final instalment in the widely-acclaimed, award-winning Cogheart Adventures series.

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. January's new additions are:

Alice in Wonderland: "Curiouser and curiouser!" When Alice follows a white rabbit into a hole in the ground, she finds herself in a strange and magical world...

The Adventures of King Arthur: When young Arthur pulls a sword from a stone, he suddenly discovers that he is the rightful king of England. However many challenges lie ahead, including treacherous knights, a mysterious lady in a lake and a fight for his kingdom.



See Inside Atoms and MoleculesMarvel at the mind-boggling world of atoms and molecules and discover how these tiny particles combine to make up EVERYTHING in the universe (including you!). With over 90 flaps to lift, this entertaining and accessible introduction is a fantastic support for Key Stage 2 science lessons.

Lift-the-Flap Biggest, Fastest, TallestWith over 100 basic answers to wonderings about which things really are the biggest, fastest, tallest, and more, discover the sheer scale of each superlative with this eye-popping collection. A perfect addition to Early Years and Key Stage 1 libraries.


Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers about PlasticWhy is there so much plastic in the world? How does it help us? What's the problem and how can we solve it? With over 60 flaps to lift, this friendly and quirky title introduces children to one of the most pressing topics of our time - and inspires them to be part of the solution! A brilliant source of information for Key Stage 1 children who are learning about the environment.

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: Spelling Practice Book 7-8, Time Practice Book 8-9 and Times Tables Practice Book 6-7.