What the Elephant Heard

Follow a herd of African elephants as they journey across parched grasslands in search of a waterhole. The narrator tells us how their grandmother remembers all the sounds of the savannah and how the landscape has changed over the years. Still, she knows where to find water, just as her mother did before her.
 
A heartfelt ode to Africa’s majestic giants and the challenges they face in our changing world.

Illustrated by Sam Usher.

 

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What Did the Tree See?

Told in gentle rhyming verse, this non-fiction picture book follows the story of an oak tree on a hilltop as it witnesses life changing around it over the course of hundreds of years. From the time when hunters chased deer through the woodland, to when trees were cleared for farmland, to the smog and factories emerging during the industrial revolution. One majestic oak has seen it all, and now we can too.

Accompanying pages at the end of the book include a timeline of events in world history across the periods featured in the poem, the life cycle of an oak tree, and prompts to help parents and children explore their own local history.

Illustrated by Sam Usher.

 

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World of Wonder series

The Deep Blue

Swim through tropical seas and dive into the darkest depths of the ocean to discover Earth’s diverse and delicate ecosystems. From vibrant coral reefs to mysterious deep-sea trenches, this lyrical picture book takes you on an amazing journey. Immerse yourself in different ocean landscapes, learn about the diverse range of species, and understand the importance of maintaining these beautiful, natural habitats.

Gorgeously illustrated by Lou Baker Smith.

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Mountains

Magnificent mountains tower above everything, keeping watch over planet Earth. Take a closer look and discover the unexpected treasures these ancient giants hold. Journey around the world to see the wildlife, landscapes and natural wonders of these ever-changing monuments of rock.

Beautifully illustrated by Chris Madden.

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Look Closer series

The Skies Above My Eyes

Have you ever looked up and wondered what’s going on high up in the skies above your eyes? Take a journey up into the air, through the atmosphere, way out into space and back down to Earth in this richly illustrated concertina book.

Zoom past the technology that fills our skies, from helicopters, fighter jets, weather balloons, to satellites, hang-gliders and hot-air balloons. Discover the insects and animals that whizz through the skies, explore the layers of the atmosphere, and travel through the solar system and out to the galaxies far beyond. The follow up to The Street Beneath My Feet, which dug down to the center of the Earth, this expansive concertina book opens out to an impressive 2.5 metres, perfect for inquisitive young minds.

Illustrated by Yuval Zommer.

 

Downloadable Skies Above My Eyes activity sheet

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The World Around Me

Step out of your front door and begin a journey of discovery around the world! Fold out the richly illustrated pages of this expansive accordion-fold book to clamber over mountain ranges, trek through jungles and sail across vast seas. Spot wildlife, visit amazing cities, experience different cultures and see famous landmarks as you whiz by.

With so much to explore on this globetrotting adventure, it’s a good thing the book stretches to an incredible length of nearly 2.5 metres — you’ll get halfway around the world before you even have to turn the page!

The World Around Me is stunningly illustrated by Oliver Averill.

 

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The Street Beneath My Feet

This double-sided foldout book written by Charlotte takes you on a fascinating journey deep underground. One side of the foldout shows the ground beneath the city, whilst the reverse side shows the ground beneath the countryside. Yuval Zommer’s amazing underground illustrations include tunnels and pipes, creatures’ burrows, layers of rock and the planet’s molten core. Mixing urban and rural settings, covering subjects such as geology, archaeology and natural history, The Street Beneath My Feet offers children the opportunity to explore their world through a detailed learning experience. And its fold-out style, which extends to 2.5 metres in length, is ideal for spreading out on the floor to pore over for hours.

Shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2018 in the 7-11 category.

 

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