Welcome to the Eagle Primary Reading Newsletter for December.
Oh blimey! It's nearly Christmas!
How on earth did that happen?
This month I will be sharing Non-Fiction books. I have shared lots and lots of narrative and picture books over the past few months, so it is important to remember that books can be for information as well as enjoyment. There are so many choices out there that it can be difficult to know what is good and what just looks good. So, I hope that there is something that can be discovered that you can enjoy!
Whether you share the books with your children or if you encourage them to read them for themselves, it doesn't matter. I would simply like to see children get the opportunity to develop the breadth and depth of books that they have access to.
Does your child say that they can't find a book that they like?
Then you might like to try this 'Book Sorter' activity.
All of the books in the Book Sorter have been added by children. Now you can find out what other children have recommended. Just click on the coloured boxes and drag your choices into the Book Sorter.
EYBook of the Month
Have you ever wondered how much a ladybird weighs? A snail or a Rabbit?
Alison Limentani's extraordinary picture book introduces a fascinating world of numbers and weights in the most original way. '... this elegant picture-book ... truly speaks to the intended audience.'
MR WATSON SAYS: This is a truly beautiful book. It's colourful, fun and has lovely illustrations rather than cartoons really helps develop an understanding of our world. Have fun learning numbers, words, animal features, colours and sizes!
KS1 Book of the Month
Get to grips with how things work inside hundreds of machines with this extraordinary book that explains the science behind technologies and inventions.
In this extensive encyclopedia packed full of simple science for kids, David Macaulay's beautiful illustrations show the inner workings of each machine from clocks and watches, to jet engines and the internet.
From the basic lever to the modern microprocessor, this bestseller has been completely updated with the latest technologies, and explains every machine you've ever wanted to understand, and some you've probably never thought about.
With David Macaulay's inspired illustrations and humorous approach, The Way Things Work makes even the most complex technology fun, fascinating, and accessible for children of all ages.
MR WATSON SAYS: I learned so much from my copy of this book 'a long time ago'! But this updated version has something fascinating for everyone to enjoy. The diagrams are wonderful, the science is accurate and it is sure to leave you saying - WOW!
KS2 Book of the Month
Shackleton's Journey is a unique visual re-telling Ernest Shackleton's landmark expedition crossing the Antarctic from one pole to the other. William Grill's impeccably researched and informative illustrations celebrate the 100th anniversary since the historic exploration by Shackleton and his crew on Endurance .
Children will love exploring Grill's exploded diagrams and the fascinating details of this landmark voyage.
MR WATSON SAYS: This fantastic picture book tells the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's amazing survival in the Antarctic between 1914-1916. The artwork is really simple, but all the details are there. One to read and revisit. It is a fantastic way to learn about this increidible expedition. Class 3 have been reading about Shackleton's adventures as part of their project and have been amazed by the tale of his resilience against adversity.
It's time to peek inside the world's most famous museums.
Welcome to Lonely Planet Kids' Incredible Cabinet of Wonders - the greatest little museum in the world! 12 collectors, from toy makers and monster hunters, to sailors and archaeologists, have created their own themed cabinets and filled them with their favourite things.
Kids can lift the flaps and open the cabinet doors to discover 100 extraordinary objects from our planet's weird and wonderful past and present, then read fascinating stories behind each one and find out where to see them in real life.
What objects will they find? And what stories will they tell?
The 12 themed collections are:
Toy Maker's Cabinet
Monster Hunter's Cabinet
Treasure Hunter's Cabinet
Costume Maker's Cabinet
Make Believer's Cabinet
Each cabinet is illustrated by a different artist and features photos of every astonishing and unusual artefact.
MR WATSON SAYS: I discovered this book completely by chance and it simply HAS to be included! If you are intrigued or interested in the weird and wonderful, then this is for you. Over 100 flaps to lift and discover and every one has something worth seeing! Simply stunning photography and simple, yet informative text makes this a great gift for Christmas!
Author of the Month
Created with images by Jonas Jacobsson - "untitled image" Book synopsis and author biography from Amazon.co.uk