The Gigantic Book of Genes – Lorna Hendry

Published in 2016 and shortlisted for the 2017 CBCA  Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, this is a worthy addition to any household or school library.

giganticbookofgenesA visual delight, this books explains genetics in simple language and with clear imagery. Stunning photography and imagery from double page spreads to silhouette cut outs and white backgrounds, and large carefully placed text, and fact boxes combine to make this a fascinating read. The Gigantic Book of Genes is an excellent information book to engage curious minds rather than to support scientific research. The extensive glossary at the back makes interesting reading on its own and the series of ‘tests’ scattered throughout the books give young readers a chance to discover some of their own unique genetic characteristics. The next time you have a need to explain DNA to someone, don’t – grab this book instead.

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Destination: Middle Ages

Destination: Middle Ages takes readers on a journey through the day-to-day life of the Medieval world. The newspaper style presentation provides succinct factual information supported by illustrations, maps, images, paintings and drawings to present a visual and informative guide to the times drawing from artefacts and historical documents as evidence. Discover fascinating facts about Medieval society and see what life was like for monarchs, knights, and peasants, and how life inside a castle differed from life in a village or manor house. Historic information includes significant battles, the great literature, art, and inventions of the day, and the heroic men and women who made their marks on the battlefield, in the halls of power, or in rebellion. The influence of religion and the roles of trade and commerce are also examined.

Sneak a peak at Your Guide to Trade in the Middle Ages. Follow the trade route to the Middle Ages and witness the expansion of trade and commerce, made possible by the advancements in shipbuilding. Discover the effects of this expansion, including the growth of towns, the formation of guilds, the increasing demand for luxury items, and the famous travels to China of a merchant named Marco Polo.

What’s inside Your Guide to Medieval Society? Meet the people of the Middle Ages—from the lowly peasant to the royal court. This fascinating book reveals Medieval society and the realities of everyday life according to social class, including lifestyles and sources of entertainment. Famous people in religion, peasant rebellions, and politics are featured, along with events such as the signing of the Magna Carta.

Discover the contribution of the Islamic world in Your Guide to the Islamic Golden Age. Did you know that during the Middle Ages, the Islamic world experienced a time of remarkable expansion when scientific invention and artistic creation flourished. Learn about the important achievements and lasting legacy of this magnificent era.

A fascinating and accessible new series to support studies in Humanities and Social Sciences: Year 8 History and to intrigue inquiring minds that love to explore Medieval history.

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Ancient Worlds – Inside Out

EgyptAncient Worlds Inside Out presents primary-source artefacts as small pieces of information that, gathered together, offer a greater understanding of an ancient civilization as a whole. Each book features artefacts of a particular civilization, which readers are encouraged to evaluate as evidence of cultural practices, ways of life, and the achievements of the civilization. Questions help prompt discussion and a final activity encourages readers to act as historians and draw out information themselves from an ancient artefact (sourced from Crabtree). A detailed index, glossary and list of related websites support inquiry.

What’s inside Ancient China?
ChinaEach double page spread includes text and images – maps, diagrams and photographs – of places and artefacts.
Content covers an introduction to Ancient Chinese civilization and archeology to explore food and farming, explorers and dynasties, everyday life, reading and writing, craftspeople, religion, engineering and structures, military matters, trade and travel and legacy today. The book concludes with a practical activity to make a Chinese water compass.

Each title is visually appealing with accessible text for middle school students.

An exciting new series to support studies in Humanities and Social Sciences: Year 7 History and to intrigue inquiring minds fascinated by our ancient past.

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Let’s Explore Countries

A bright, colourful and engaging series for young readers that introduces them to countries around the world in a accessible, engaging and informative format. Readers will discover fascinating facts about the the history, culture and geography of a country  – food, wildlife and unique features one each country.

Each title includes a table of contents, index, glossary, photographs, charts, graphs and diagrams to present a variety of information. Critical thinking questions will help young readers consider and make connections with the facts presented. Teaching notes are also available for each book.
Let’s Explore Russia:
Have you ever wondered what people do for fun in Russia? There’s a lot to know about the largest country on Earth! Let’s visit Russia and learn what makes it special. What foods do people eat there? What animals can live in the tundra? Teacher’s notes

chinaLet’s Explore China: Every country has its own awesome attractions. What makes China special? Or what special foods people eat in China? Explore China’s amazing features, including the Great Wall, the many growing cities, and more.  Teacher’s notes

Let’s Explore India:
Let’s take a trip to India! What makes this Asian country unique? Find out as you immerse yourself in the country’s food, culture, animals, and sports.
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Let’s Explore Japan: Konnichi wa! Have you ever been to Japan? Learn about Japanese animals, foods, culture, temples, the famous Mt Fuji volcano and more to see what makes this Asian country unique.
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Let’s Explore Cuba:
Have you ever been on an island? What would it be like to live on one? Take a trip to tropical Cuba and learn about the history and culture of this Caribbean country. Explore wonderful scenery and exotic food.
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Let’s Explore Mexico: Hola! Take a trip to Mexico and find out what makes this country special. Learn about the food, animals, and culture, colourful festivals and ancient Mayan temples.
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Keep an eye out for more Bumba Books – this great imprint targets young, inquiring minds on many different topics of interest.

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A Guide to Entrepreneurship series

Start-Up Starts Now: A Guide to Entrepreneurship is a series of four titles that directly support 7-10 Economics in HASS in the Australian Curriculum as well as current national directions to encourage innovation. Titles include an overall introduction to entrepreneurship and then specific application in areas of digital, social and environmental innovation

What is Entrepreneurship? introEntrepreneurshipduces the concept and importance of entrepreneurs as a vital component of a successful economy. They can create jobs and help keep money in their local communities. Discover the risks and rewards involved for entrepreneurs as they work to bring innovative ideas to life and make their mark on the business world. This title outlines key steps involved in starting, managing, and growing a small business, including research and idea development, writing a business plan, managing financial input and output, and planning for growth. Biographical snapshots highlight the innovative thinking, perseverance, problem-solving skills, and other traits essential to the entrepreneurial spirit.

What is Social Entrepreneurship? With a passion for making a difference in their communities, social entrepreneurs exemplify the traits of an engaged, socially aware, 21st century citizen. What is Social Entrepreneurship? explores real-life success stories of those who make a difference around the globe. Critical thinking and discussion prompts guide readers into a meaningful exploration of ways to get involved—and be successful—in social entrepreneurship.

DigitalWhat is Digital Entrepreneurship? examines the fast-changing world of technological innovation and entrepreneurship. From the successes of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook to Nick D’Aloisio and his meteoric success as a teenager in summarizing digital data, this book offers a comprehensive look at the ways young people can succeed as entrepreneurs. From apps and games to blogs and social networks, opportunities for innovation in digital goods and services continue to grow. Engaging and interactive content links with real-world examples to create meaningful connections with 21st century learners.

EnvironmentalWhat is Environmental Entrepreneurship? explores a unique field of entrepreneurship, in which innovative individuals directly address, or work toward addressing, environmental challenges in our world. Offering an important look at the ways entrepreneurship can tackle global issues, this title engages readers through real-world examples, discussion prompts, and critical thinking questions. The title encourages readers to recognize and take on the skills and mindset needed to achieve success as an environmental entrepreneur.

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It’s all a Matter of Opinion

The Matters of Opinion series examines a range of significant issues that affect teenagers cellphonestoday. Each title is structured to introduce the broad problem and then pose challenging questions to encourage readers to think about both the pros and cons of each issue. Commentary to inform the development of an opinion scaffolds critical thinking and examines a range techniques of across the books e.g.: bias, scare tactics, scapegoating, using testimonials and authority that inform the points of view presented. Titles conclude with steps to develop an essay to help students express their own view point and how to use examples to support their arguments.

This series is American and therefore timelines, statistics and examples are drawn from the US. However, the topics are global and relevant, and sourcing similar or related material based on the Australian scene would add a strong research purpose for students to explore these topics to develop their own reasoned opinions.

Smoking – Explores several smoking-related issues including: personal responsibility, corporate responsibility, second-hand smoke, and banning smoking.
Bullying – Bullying issues covered include: whether the internet is to blame, if schools are doing enough to prevent it, and punishments associated with bullying.
Cell Phones – Explores pros and cons of several issues related to cell phones including: the effects they pose on relationships, if they are addictive, and if children should be allowed to own them.
Video Games – Issues related to video games include: whether video games cause violence, discourage exercise, and require proper regulation.
Recycling – Recycling issue covered include: if it benefits the environment and is it economically efficient.
Obesity – Explores several issues related to obesity including: is the food industry at fault, can the government help prevent it, and effective treatments.
Food in Schools – Explores the pros and cons of several issues related to food in schools including: whether people have the right to eat whatever they want, and whether the federal government should control what students eat and weigh.
School Violence – Issues related to school violence include: is a violent culture to blame, are schools secure enough, and are non-violence courses a solution.
Cheating – Covers the pros and cons of several issues related to cheating including: how widespread it is, why it happens, and ways to prevent it.

The Matters of Opinion series provides relevant and contemporary debate on a range of 21 Century issues. They support the investigation of a several health related topics in the HPE curriculum, English in regard to persuasive writing and debating, along with several of the General Capabilities, most prominently, Critical and Creative Thinking. The language and layout is suitable for Years 7 to 10, however, some topics may be more appropriate for older students.

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New additions to great STEAM series

Look out for these new titles to add to 2016 offerings in the Be a Maker and Get Into It (review) series:

Find out more about recent Be a Maker titles which include:

Discover the very popular Get Into It guides that has just got better with these forthcoming additions:

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