Jane Ireland, Independent Usborne Organiser

September Picks for Schools

16th August 2019

Reading Schemes

Young Reading Series

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

Billy and the Mini Monsters: Monsters at Halloween is the latest title in Series 2. Billy can't wait for the village Halloween Party. There's just one problem... his Mini Monsters are at the party too! Can Billy find his monsters before anyone else does? Or will it be up to Peep to save the day?

September also brings new additions to Level 4 of the series: True Stories of Ghosts, a spine-chilling book that's great for reluctant readers who prefer real-life stories to fiction, and Dracula, a lively retelling of the classic horror story that's great for readers growing in confidence.


Middle Grade Fiction

Found abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, Yanka has always wondered about where she is from. But, when she has to flee her house, looking for answers about who she really is, a journey far beyond one that she ever imagined begins: from icy rivers to smouldering mountains, meeting an ever-growing herd of extraordinary friends along the way.

Interwoven with traditional stories of bears, princesses and dragons, The Girl Who Speaks Bear is a gorgeously lyrical adventure from the bestselling author of The House With Chicken Legs.

Things have quietened down in the town that used to be Perfect. But stories reach Violet and Boy of five missing scientists. And then they discover something odd in the forest outside Town - a mirror mazing hiding a huge castle. Creeping inside, they overhear a terrible plan - a zombie army is about to march on Town. Can Violet and Boy save their friends?

The Battle for Perfect is book three in the wonderfully quirky A Place Called Perfect series.



Lift the flaps and peep through the beautiful, laser-cut pages to find out all about life in Ancient Egypt. From seeing pharaohs visiting temples and fishermen out on the River Nile to looking inside lavish royal tombs hidden in the Valley of the Kings, Step Inside Ancient Egypt is a fantastic accompaniment to Key Stage 1 history lessons.


Coding for Beginners: Using Scratch is a friendly and accessible introduction to coding for complete beginners. Allowing children to get inside the code of their computer to create simple games and animations on screen, this guide is a fantastic resource for teaching computer coding, which is now a compulsory topic on the UK National Primary Curriculum.

Encyclopedias and General Knowledge

Explaining everything from pocket money to bonds and shares, Money for Beginners cuts through the misconceptions to give young readers an accessible introduction to the thing that makes the world go round - from why it shapes the world we live in, to where it comes from and how to increase what's in your pocket.

Home Learning

Get Ready for School

Practise the subtraction skills children will be learning in the classroom with Wipe-Clean Taking Away. With a host of friendly monster characters encouraging little ones to complete a range of fun activities, it's a brilliant way of improving pen control, number recognition and counting skills.