The Legend of Tutankhamun
Loved by his people, and legendary for the splendour of his tomb and grave goods, Tutankhamun has long been a subject of fascination. With striking artwork throughout, this volume presents a dramatic retelling of the boy king’s life and burial, and Howard Carter’s determination to find his resting place thousands of years after it was lost in Egypt’s sand. This year is the 100th anniversary of Carter’s discovery of the tomb. Age 7+
The Periodic Table Book
A Visual Encyclopedia of the Elements
Everything in the universe is made up of just 118 chemical elements. This illustrated companion outlines the nature and properties of each of these basic building blocks of matter, as well as anecdotes about some of the most notable scientists involved in their discovery. Age 9+
Tallest Tower Smallest Star
A Pictorial Compendium of Comparisons
Including the hummingbird that flies faster than a spacecraft, Olympus Mons on Mars dwarfing Mount Everest, and a Blue Whale weighing in at 180 tonnes (more than 4 Boeing 747s), this compendium uses detailed, Victorian-style artwork to help convey the weight, strength, speed and height of different objects, often making some unusual comparisons.
Knowledge Encyclopedias - 4 Books
This series of copiously illustrated and well-designed family encyclopedias brings information to life through photographs, maps, cutaway illustrations and colourful artworks. Each volume breaks the subject into a series of topics which are explored spread-by-spread through succinct introductions, fact boxes, information panels and extended captions. Age 9+ The four titles included in this set are: History! (Read more...) Animal! (Read more...) Science! (Read more...) Human Body! (Read more...)
Focusing on the way the body’s systems can be observed working and how they affect each other, this pocket-sized guide invites readers to examine the workings of their own anatomy as a tool for understanding. With medical illustrations and simple graphs and diagrams, the processes of human biology are made comprehensible.
Children's Pocket Guides Collection - 2 Books
Offering young naturalists concise facts about creatures such as geckos, gray whales and otters, including notes on their diet and conservation status, or the largest and smallest of the species, these pocket-sized guides are illustrated with colour drawings and black and white photographs. The two titles are Turtles, Snakes and other Reptiles and Whales, Dolphins and other Marine Mammals. Age 7+
My First Book of Colours, Animals, Opposites Collection - 3 Books
Devised to introduce curious toddlers to new vocabulary, this collection of robust, wipeable board books combine Alain Grée's engaging vintage illustrations with simple, large format text. Titles include Opposites, Colours and Animals. Age 1+
Alain Gree Numbers, Colours, Alphabet Collection - 3 Books
Enlivened by Alain Grée’s distinctive artwork, with people and various animals as well as familiar objects, the books in this set introduce primary concepts and encourage learning. The covers of Alphabet and Numbers are printed on the reverse so they can be removed to use as colour posters; the inside cover of Colours features line drawings for children to complete themselves. Age 3+
Whizz Kidz Collection - 3 Books
Highly entertaining and with engaging illustrations throughout, this collection of three themed activity books features codes to crack, number and word games to play, and mazes to navigate. Titles included are Brain Puzzles, Number Puzzles and Super Word Search. Age 7+
My First Book of Vehicles, Nature, Farm Collection - 3 Books
Devised to introduce curious toddlers to new vocabulary, this collection of robust, wipeable board books combine Alain Grée’s engaging vintage illustrations with simple, large format text. The three titles are My First Book of Vehicles, My First Book of Nature and My First Book of the Farm. Age 1+
Geo Detectives Collection - 2 Books
These illustrated guides invite young readers to join Ava and George in their educational trips around the natural world, and to try out practical experiments at home such as making a water wheel, model river or working seismometer from everyday items. The two titles in this collection are The Water Cycle and Volcanoes and Earthquakes. Age 5+
Reading Gems Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 Collection - 9 Books
Created by literacy experts, the Reading Gems series offers a structured approach to learning to read. Devised to suit emergent, developing, and semi-independent little readers, these Level 1–4 stories are supported with comprehension activities and discussion topics. Titles included are Three, Two, One..., Percy Penguin, Hens Can't Crow!, Big and Fuzzy, The Party Dress, The Mouse and the Lighthouse, Space Supper, Snap! and The Helpful Dragon. Age 4+
My First Fact File Collection - 4 Books
Each double-page spread in these books uses stylized illustrations, engaging activities and bite-sized facts to introduce one of 20 topics. Also included are instructions for hands-on projects such as building a miniature Roman catapult, designing a Viking banner or making a working weather gauge. The four titles in this collection are Vikings, Weather, Ancient Rome and Oceans. Age 5+
Alain Gree Farm, Nature, Transport Collection - 3 Books
With Alain Grée's charming vintage illustrations and covering three popular subject areas, each of these fact-filled volumes also features a dust jacket that doubles as a colourful wall poster. The three titles are The Farm, Transport and Nature. Age 3+
The 50 Most Important Ideas in Anthropology, Each Explained in Under a Minute
Beginning with evolution and our physical biology, these 50 brief, illustrated entries present a concise overview of anthropology, including the development of language and societies, identity, religion and the importance of rituals. The book also explains influential theories on human society and profiles key thinkers such as Margaret Mead and Claude Lévi-Strauss.
The 50 Crucial Concepts, Styles and Performers, Each Explained in Under a Minute
Tracing the evolution of jazz from its early 20th-century origins, this compact introduction explains the centrality of improvization, the importance of the Great American Songbook, and the various genres, from Trad to Bebop. It surveys the key instruments and the various band formats, and includes brief biographies of musicians including Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald.
Know-It-All: Classical Music
The 50 Most Significant Genres, Composers and Forms, Each Explained in Under a Minute
This primer begins with the development of early polyphony from plainsong before moving through the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras to the Minimalism of today. It explains the predominant forms of each era, from the motet to the symphony; summarises the achievements of major composers; and presents profiles of contemporary performers.
A Children's Encyclopedia
Completely revised and updated, this guide covers a broad range of cosmological topics – from the moon, sun and planets of our Solar System to space exploration, black holes and dark matter. The engaging design features images from space agencies including NASA; panels, timelines, interviews, and diagrams; and activities such as working out where to look for prominent constellations in the night sky. Age 9+
A Children's Encyclopedia
An ideal homework resource, this volume collates information on numerous aspects of science, exploring topics including elements, energy, gravity and the Periodic Table. Featuring high-quality photographs and innovative graphics that help to demonstrate key concepts, it uses clear, age-appropriate text that makes even complex concepts easy to understand. Age 9+
People and Places
A Children's Encyclopedia
Taking young explorers on a tour of the world's continents, peninsulas, and islands to discover what everyday life is like for more than 80 diverse populations – including the Siberian Yakut and the Yapese people of Micronesia – this is a beautifully illustrated insight into the increasingly fragile cultures that inhabit our planet.Age 9+
A Children's Encyclopedia
Updated with recent research and presenting information on human anatomy in an easily understandable format, this highly illustrated reference book takes young biologists on a guided tour of the body, including brain structure, bones, the immune system and vision. It also includes a timeline of medical breakthroughs and fun quizzes designed to test logic and reasoning skills. Age 9+
First Human Body Encyclopedia
With bold and informative illustrations and concise facts, this encyclopedia introduces young readers to numerous aspects of the human body, such as the senses and how different systems work. It includes chapters on the life cycle, keeping healthy and how we use our bodies to communicate, as well as quizzes and activities to support the learning. Age 5+
First History Encyclopedia
From the Stone Age and ancient Mesopotamia to the Cold War and space exploration, this volume features easy-to-navigate sections taking readers across the world and through millennia of human history. Each double-page spread deals with a different era or civilization, with colour illustrations, facts and activities to keep young learners engaged. Age 5+
First Earth Encyclopedia
Colourful graphics aid the learning in this volume, which is organized into four main sections: Physical Geography introduces the processes that formed the earth; The Living World tours the planet’s various ecosystems; Human Geography details mankind’s impact; and a section on cartography demonstrates how to read, understand and create maps. Age 5+
This introduction to the world of science explains basic concepts such as gravity and atomic structure as well as describing planetary systems and the processes that allow plants and animals to function. Exploded colour diagrams include the structure of DNA, the materials and technologies contained in a smartphone and how photosynthesis works. Age 9+
The anatomy and systems of the human body are demonstrated with double-page artworks modelling everything from the inner ear to the large intestine. Hundreds of smaller diagrams, illustrations, infographics and photographs explain the processes and dynamics at work and there is also a chapter on the history of medical science. Age 9+
Artworks showing how people lived, from a Roman villa to a coal mine of the Industrial Revolution, help to animate the past in this illustrated sweep through world history. Taking an international perspective, the book explores the peoples and cultures of different periods as well as important events and social and historical developments such as the French Revolution and the invention of the printing press. Age 9+
The computer-generated artworks and high quality photography in this volume allow hundreds of animals to be studied in meticulous detail, including cutaways showing the internal anatomy of different orders and extreme close-ups of insects, fish, birds and other small animals. Diagrams and captions explain notable anatomical features, behaviours and the geographical distribution of each species. Age 9+
My Encyclopedia of Very Important Dinosaurs
In this colourful encyclopedia, the directory of dinosaurs is divided into types (including grazers, predators, giants and sharp, bumpy and spiky ones) and provides realistic artworks and information on each creature’s diet, habitat, size and how to pronounce its name. Other chapters describe the prehistoric world, life as a dinosaur and research as a palaeontologist. Age 6+
Fact Finders Reading Gems - 6 Books
Each of the well-illustrated titles in this collection focuses on a different animal and uses short sentences and repetition to build confidence and basic skills in new readers. Also included are suggestions for comprehension activities and discussion topics to further develop children’s understanding. Level 1, book band 3, yellow. Age 4+ The six titles included in this set are: Fact Finders: Llamas (Read more...) Fact Finders: Sloths (Read more...) Fact Finders: Flamingos (Read more...) Fact Finders: Koalas (Read more...) Fact Finders: Meerkats (Read more...) Fact Finders: Narwhals (Read more...)
Wicked World Tour
During a fact-finding mission taking in the world's continents, landscapes, geographical features and natural disasters, curious minds will discover the answers to questions such as 'what happens when a volcano turns nasty?' and, 'can humans survive at the frozen poles?' Illustrated with cartoon-like artwork, the text incorporates fictional first-person accounts, spoof adverts and quick quizzes designed to reinforce the learning. Age 8+
First Animal Encyclopedia
A comprehensive introduction to the animal kingdom, this highly illustrated guide features colour-coded chapters covering mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and creepy-crawlies, each broken down into sections focusing on subjects such as 'hoofed giants', 'night flyers' and 'brainless wonders'. 'Turn and learn' symbols encourage cross-referencing, and fun activities reinforce the curriculum-based learning. Age 7+
Usborne Baby Books Collection - 4 Books
To encourage young children to spot details in the pictures of cats, dogs and other animals, these colourful board books pose simple rhyming questions such as ‘Who’s upside down?’ and ‘Who’s wearing a crown?’ The four titles are Where's the Little Mouse?, Who's Fallen Asleep?, Who's Up in the Air? and Who's Wearing a Hat? Age 1+
How the World Works - 3 Books
Each volume in this series forms an illustrated introduction to one branch of knowledge, with an outline of the most important concepts and principles as well as information on key figures and historical developments. The three titles included in this set are: The Universe (Read more...) Astronomy (Read more...) Physics (Read more...)
Expandable Explorations: Wild World
Explore Giant Slide-Out Panoramic Scenes
Each of the intricately illustrated double-page spreads in this introduction to five world habitats, including the Amazon Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, can be extended to reveal a panoramic landscape populated with hundreds of creatures – from tiny termites to giant humpback whales. Age 5+
Women of Invention
Life-Changing Ideas by Remarkable Women
Covering fields including engineering, medicine, healthcare and fashion, this illustrated A–Z introduces 100 women whose inventions have shaped the modern world. From ubiquitous items (the windshield wiper and canned food) to the highly specialized, such as an intelligent antibiotic that targets only certain types of bacteria, the concise text reveals the inspiration behind their development and how they were received.
A Journey from Earth to the Stars, and Beyond
Answering questions such as whether humans could survive on Mars and how astronomers measure distance, this guide comprises fact-files, graphic illustrations, diagrams and photographs. Explorations of the solar system are followed by information on phenomena such as black holes, quasars and nebulae. Age 7+
Myths and Legends
An Illustrated Guide to Their Origins and Meanings
Brightly illustrated throughout with contemporaneous art or images of surviving artefacts, this volume introduces a range of mythological figures, stories and themes from around the world. Divided by continent and culture, the 130 examples include Finn MacCool, the Knights of the Round Table, the legend of Uluru and the Birdman of Rapa-Nui.
A Chronicle of Deaths, Disappearances, and Discoveries
Inspired by the discovery of Richard III’s remains under a car park in 2012, this is a well-illustrated collection of 30 historical cold cases including the struggle to identify the true corpse of Queen Nefertiti, the Pope exhumed so that his cadaver could stand trial and the continual false FBI tipoffs on the final whereabouts of Jimmy Hoffa.
In Search of Dinosaurs
Written from the viewpoint of a fossil hunter, this beautifully illustrated volume offers intriguing facts about Mesozoic era dinosaurs, such as the Plateosaurus, Pterodactylus and Triceratops, plus gatefolds that open out to reveal panoramic scenes populated with prehistoric species from land, air and sea. Age 5+
I Know an Artist
The Inspiring Connection Between the World's Greatest Artists
From Monet to Eva Hesse, two centuries of personal and professional relationships that link 84 artists are explored in these concise biographies. Together they reveal the reach of creative ideas across different generations and countries, with connections ranging from the marriage of Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth, to membership of the same artistic movement, and inspiration derived from teachers such as Paul Klee.
I Know a Woman
The Inspiring Connections Between the Women Who Have Shaped Our World
Beginning with Manuela Sáenz fighting for political freedom in 19th century Peru, Katie Hodges traces a series of personal connections between 84 prominent women and offers a brief biography of each. While some of the relationships are well documented, such as that between Malala Yousafzai and Michelle Obama, others are more surprising, including Amelia Earhart directly inspiring Eleanor Roosevelt to obtain a pilot’s licence.
Experiment with Kitchen Science
Each of the illustrated projects in this hands-on guide – from making giant jelly sweets using diffusion to constructing a hydrometer from a drinking straw and some sticky tack – demystifies a different scientific concept, such as evaporation, buoyancy or surface tension, providing enquiring minds with the theory behind the practical activities. Age 7+
A Crash Course
Brian Clegg explores the development of quantum physics, explaining concepts such as the Many Worlds Interpretation, Schrödinger’s Cat and entanglement as well as its practical application in technology including lasers and MRI scanners. Part of the Crash Course series, the book contains 52 concise articles, each one offering an overview of a main concept and a closer look at a particular aspect of it. Also included are timelines of major events and biographies of leading figures in the field.
A Crash Course
Following a chapter exploring matter and light on an atomic level, this volume introduces different types of energy and the basics of quantum theory before concluding with the principles of motion and relativity. Part of the Crash Course series, the book contains 52 concise articles, each one offering an overview of a main concept and a closer look at a particular aspect of it. Also included are timelines of major events and biographies of leading figures in the field.
A Crash Course
Drawing on classical theories as well as modern approaches, this book shows how philosophical debates impact our lives, from shaping our social structures to making personal decisions such as whether to eat meat. Part of the Crash Course series, the book contains 52 concise articles, each one offering an overview of a main concept and a closer look at a particular aspect of it. Also included are timelines of major events and biographies of leading figures in the field.
A Crash Course
With the aid of clear diagrams, this volume offers simple explanations of how our bodies function. After looking at the structure of the brain and facial features, it discusses how our organs work, before considering individual limbs and the complex anatomy of feet. Part of the Crash Course series, the book contains 52 concise articles, each one offering an overview of a main concept and a closer look at a particular aspect of it. Also included are timelines of major events and biographies of leading figures in the field.
Tips and Techniques for Learning to Paint in Oil
‘Every artist was first an amateur’ – so wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson, and this practical guide supplies novices with the necessary tools to begin on the path to expertise. Instructive or exemplary oil paintings are found throughout, and clear instructions cover topics ranging from brushes and colour theory to practice projects employing the full range of skills that the book teaches.
Before They Changed the World
Pivotal Moments That Changed the Lives of Great Leaders Before They Became Famous
With stories including a young Abraham Lincoln’s observation of a slave market, Winston Churchill’s experience of brutal combat, and Rosa Parks’s refusal to give up her bus seat, this illustrated volume reveals key moments in the lives of 22 historical figures whose actions shaped society.
Marine Animals of the World
Introducing budding biologists to the many species of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and cephalopods who make their home in the world's oceans, this beautifully illustrated naturalist's notebook records the appearance, characteristics and conservation status of creatures including stingrays and sea otters. Age 8+
The Animal Awards
Fifty animals from around the world are in the running for prizes that celebrate their most remarkable qualities, with awards in categories including Really Smelly, Super Sprinter and Services to Hygiene. Each presentation includes illustrated background information about the winning species. Age 7+
The 50 Essential Elements of Producing and Enjoying the World's Whiskies, Each Explained in Half a Minute
The history and production of the spirit are the starting point for this volume, which then explains the characteristics of whiskies made in each Scottish region, Ireland, the USA, Canada and Japan, before offering notes on the trade and tasting tips.
The 50 Key Aspects of His Works, Life and Legacy, Each Explained in Half a Minute
Written to explain in simple terms what makes Shakespeare’s plays and poems so important and enduring, this book explores 50 topics, with 30 seconds for each. The succinct essays introduce the context in which he wrote, recurring character types and themes, and his legacy; feature spreads offer summaries of some of the individual plays.
The 50 Most Thought-Provoking Religious Beliefs, Each Explained in Half a Minute
The fundamental elements of 50 major religions, denominations and less widespread sects are explored in this volume, with about 300 words for each. The succinct essays are accompanied by glossaries and notes on key texts including the Bible, I Ching and Bhagavad Gita.
The 50 Crucial Concepts, Roles and Performers, Each Explained in Half a Minute
Using simple language, but with glossaries explaining the technical terms, this guide to opera introduces the artform in 50 topics, with about 300 words for each. Musical components and genres are discussed, as well as the key composers, types of voice and recurring characters.
The 50 Most Significant Nutrition-Related Facts, Each Explained in Half a Minute
Part of the 30-second series, this book summarizes 50 key ideas in paragraphs of about 300 words (with a picture) contributed by an expert in the field. The concise essays, including discussion of different dietary choices and how nutritional needs change, are accompanied by ‘3-second biographies’ of significant figures and an extra ‘3-minute’ section that provides further context and insight.
The 50 Crucial Milestones, Treatments and Technologies in the History of Health, Each Explained in Half a Minute
From pre-modern healers to those pioneering cutting-edge techniques such as the 3D bioprinting of cells, this illustrated introduction explains 50 medical topics in 30-seconds each. The succinct essays cover drugs, diseases and procedures as well as different technologies and landmark advances including dialysis, bionic organs and keyhole surgery.
30-Second Leonardo da Vinci
The 50 Key Aspects of His Works, Life and Legacy, Each Explained in Half a Minute
Part of the 30-second series, this book summarizes 50 key ideas in paragraphs of about 300 words (with a picture) contributed by an expert in the field. The concise essays cover topics including his painting, geometry and engineering and are accompanied by ‘3-second biographies’ of significant figures and an extra ‘3-minute’ section that provides further context and insight.
The 50 Most Fundamental Discoveries in Genetics, Each Explained in Half a Minute
The basics of genetics are explained in simple terms in this volume, before a closer look at how continued research in the field has increased scientific understanding of human health and led to benefits such as stem cell therapy and genome editing.
The 50 Most Fundamental Concepts in Feminism, Each Explained in Half a Minute
Discussing the early emergence of feminism but focusing on its development since the 1960s, these articles highlight the need for the movement, its challenges in areas including culture, the law, medicine and politics, and its impact around the world.
The 50 Most Important Ideas, Genres and People in the History of Movies, Each Explained in Half a Minute
From Hollywood’s silent movies to Japan’s ‘Golden Age’ and the digital era, this overview introduces the major genres and the directors and stars who have shaped filmmaking movements around the world, including German Expressionism and French New Wave.
The 50 Essential Elements of Producing and Enjoying the World's Beers, Each Explained in Half a Minute
Following a history of beer, notes on how it is made and the different types, this book explores the drink’s place in cultures around the world and aspects of the brewing industry, concluding with advice on how best to appreciate it.
The 50 Most Important Ideas in the Study of Being Human, Each Explained in Half a Minute
Part of the 30-second series, this book summarizes 50 key ideas in paragraphs of about 300 words (with a picture) contributed by an expert in the field. The concise essays range from the evolution of humans to the development of communication and social structures and are accompanied by ‘3-second biographies’ of significant figures and an extra ‘3-minute’ section that provides further context and insight.
30-Second AI and Robotics
50 Key Notions, Characters, Fields and Events in the Rise of Intelligent Machines, Each Explained in Half a Minute
Beginning with automata in the 18th century, this guide explores the remarkable development of robotics and AI. Their industrial, medical and educational uses are considered, and future possibilities such as uploading human consciousness to a computer.
An Illustrated History
From the formation of the Earth's atmosphere to the contemporary problem of C02, this meteorological miscellany identifies the decisive moments in the development of the planet's weather and our attempts to understand it. With accompanying illustrations, the story is told through 100 self-contained articles on such topics as the drying of the Egyptian climate before the Pharaohs and the retreat of Arctic sea ice.
The Space Book
From the Beginning to the End of Time, 250 Milestones in the History of Space and Astronomy
From the birth of the sun and the formation of our moon (likely from a planetary collision) to the James Webb Space Telescope and the latest Mars rover, this review of space research and our knowledge of the universe identifies 250 events, discoveries and theories that have shaped our understanding. Each entry provides a succinct illustrated overview of topics including Mayan astronomy, Newton's laws and gravitational waves.