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Getting Your Child Ready for Kindergarten

by Kristen J. Amundson

Kindergarten is no longer just a time when children play and sit in a circle. Today’s kindergarten students are exposed to a much more academic curriculum. So what should children know and be able to do so...


Classroom-Ready Number Talks for Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade Teachers

by Nancy Hughes

• Number talks are the hot new education trend. Books on number talks sell huge numbers, but most are high-priced textbooks • The first book to offer ready-made activities and focus on grades 3-5, the most...


High-Quality Early Childhood Programs

by Derry J. Koralek, Laura J. Colker & Diane Trister-Dodge

An invaluable tool for the director/supervisor striving to identify what aspects of an early childhood program need improvement. The detailed descriptions of what one should see in high quality programs (and...


Literacy and Democracy in South African Primary Schools

by Getahun Yacob Abraham & Mary Alice Barksdale

Literacy and Democracy in South African Primary Schools presents findings based on two research projects conducted in South African primary schools during the same time frame. Working from the South African...


Promoting Emotional Wellbeing in Early Years Staff

by Sonia Mainstone-Cotton

Though children's wellbeing is high on the agenda for policy makers, the welfare of the professionals looking after them is often taken for granted. Sonia Mainstone-Cotton recognises that in order to enhance...


Five Elements of Collective Leadership for Early Childhood Professionals

by Cassandra O'Neill & Monica Brinkerhoff

  • Shared leadership and shared decision-making are hot topics in education
  • Both authors are experts in their field and very well-known
  • Prime for course adoption
  • Addresses what collective leadership is and how it...

  • A Visit to the Farm: Band 07/Turquoise (Collins Big Cat)

    by Michael Morpurgo, Steve Lumb & Cliff Moon

    The renowned children’s writer Michael Morpurgo has written this vivid account of a child’s stay at a farm, told in the form of letters home and illustrated with photographs of animals and children on location...


    Chicken Licken: Band 08/Purple (Collins Big Cat)

    by Jeremy Strong, Tony Blundell & Cliff Moon

    Chicken Licken is worried the sky is going to fall on his head, so he sets off with an increasing band of followers to tell the King. But will he get that far…?

    • Purple/ Band 8 books offer developing readers...


    Buzz and Bingo in the Monster Maze: Band 08/Purple (Collins Big Cat)

    by Alan Durant, Sholto Walker & Cliff Moon

    Walking through the forest one moonlit night, Buzz and his dog Bingo find a sign pointing to a Monster Party. It sounds like fun – but first they have to find their way through the Monster Maze, meeting Count...


    Bones: Band 2B/Red (Collins Big Cat)

    by Jonathan Emmett & Lumb

    What bones have you got in your body? Where are they? Are they big or are they small? Find out all about the different bones in your body in this simple non-fiction report accompanied with photographs and drawings....


    Class Six and the Very Big Rabbit: Band 10/White (Collins Big Cat)

    by Martin Waddell, Tony Ross & Cliff Moon

    It’s just a normal lesson on a normal day at school, except Mrs Bennet , who can do magic, has turned into a very big rabbit. The problems start when the class realise that Mrs Bennet can’t change back into...


    The Sneezles: Band 10/White (Collins Big Cat)

    by Jeremy Strong, Tony Blundell & Cliff Moon

    One day mysterious green clouds arrive in a fairy-tale kingdom and explode into a fine green dust, bringing an outbreak of mayhem and sneezing. All the King’s men can do is think of ever more silly ideas,...


    Crunch and Munch: Band 05/Green (Collins Big Cat)

    by Nora Sands & Cliff Moon

    From Jamie Oliver’s favourite dinner lady, Nora Sands, this recipe book is all you need to make some great healthy meals that are fun too. Each recipe includes an ingredients list, a child-friendly method...


    How to Have a Party: Band 03/Yellow (Collins Big Cat)

    by Susan Gates, Steve Lumb & Cliff Moon

    Using simple text and photographs, this book shows the full range of tasks to be carried out: make the invitations, set out the food, decorate the room, plan the games, select the music and make party bags....


    Antarctica: Land of the Penguins: Band 10/White (Collins Big Cat)

    by Jonathan Scott, Scott & Cliff Moon

    The survival of the white continent’s most famous inhabitants is the subject of this beautiful book. The beauty of Antarctic and the enchanting secrets of its penguin population is brought to life with a delightful...


    How to Draw Cartoons: Band 08/Purple (Collins Big Cat)

    by Ros Asquith & Cliff Moon

    Ros Asquith, cartoonist and author of many children's books such as Trixie Tempest and Pass the Parcel), gives a masterclass on illustrating your own cartoons – with help from Trixie Tempest and others. This...


    What Is CGI?: Band 06/Orange (Collins Big Cat)

    by Alison Sage, Jon Stuart & Cliff Moon

    Artist Jon Stuart shows how he produces computer-generated images. The process starts with a simple block of cubes, which are added to, given texture, before being bent, stretched, twisted into the correct shape...


    Hands: Band 03/Yellow (Collins Big Cat)

    by Thelma Page, Steve Lumb & Cliff Moon

    An information text showing numerous ways in which we use our hands, including painting, printing, building, pouring, climbing and playing. Each action is illustrated with an interesting, labelled photograph....


    Bilingual Childcare

    by Victoria Benz

    This ethnographic study explores aspects of bilingual education in two early childhood German–English education centres in Australia. Using various sources of data and multiple methods of analysis, it investigates...


    Self-Esteem  in Time and Place

    by Peggy J. Miller & Grace E. Cho

    The concept of self-esteem is a fixture in the psychological and moral landscape of American society. This is especially true in the arena of childrearing: images and references to self-esteem are ubiquitous...