Special School Library Pack Books for 2023-24

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Here are the wonderful titles included in the free Special School Library Pack for 2023-24.

The ten books offer a wide range of styles, themes and formats, to support your students in reading for enjoyment, discussing books and developing a long-term love of reading.

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  • Tutankhamun's Treasure

    Author: David Long Illustrator: Stefano Tambellini
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 8+

    This is an excellent retelling of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb and two of the people who dedicated years of their lives to finding it, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon (although did you know it was actually a young Egyptian boy who found the key to where the tomb lay hidden in the Valley of the Kings?).

  • Seek and Find Bugs

    Author: Lydia Halliday Illustrator: Amanda Shufflebotham
    Publisher: Imagine That
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    Discover details about the biggest and smallest bugs, the brightest bugs, deadliest bugs and even the jumpiest bugs! Readers can find out things like which insects make the water their home, which bug is named after a famous artist, or which bug is heavier than a mouse. Readers can spotlight different parts of the page, to find and focus on specific areas of…

  • Seek and Find Animals

    Author: Lydia Halliday Illustrator: Amanda Shufflebotham
    Publisher: Imagine That
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    Using the 'magic torch', readers can discover things like which animal has an unusually long tongue, what a wolf might eat for lunch, and how Emperor penguins keep warm on the ice. Clearly laid-out text, bold, colourful illustrations and sturdy cardboard pages make the book engaging and accessible. 

  • Being You: Poems of Positivity

    Author: Daniel Thompson Illustrator: Julia Murray
    Publisher: Collins
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 7+

    Sometimes we all need a bit of a positive boost, and this book of 50 poems packed with positivity and happiness is just the ticket.

  • Top Tens

    Author: National Geographic Kids
    Publisher: Collins
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 8+

    Want to know what the ten most endangered animals are? Ever wondered what the ten weirdest world championships are? What about the ten most expensive paintings in the world? This book is packed with fun and fascinating facts about the world. 

  • Waiting for Wolf

    Author: Sandra Dieckmann
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 6+

    A heartfelt story which quietly and sensitively explores the the experience of grief through simple storytelling and beautiful artwork.

  • Pop-Up Peekaboo! Ocean

    Author: DK Illustrator: Jean Claude
    Publisher: Dorling Kindersley
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Embark on a mini ocean adventure with this vibrant, interactive book that introduces life under the sea, complete with beautiful illustrations and irresistible flaps.

  • Bumble & Snug and the Angry Pirates

    Author: Mark Bradley
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    When Bumble and Snug accidentally give away a valuable diamond, the future of Bugbopolis is at risk - can they work together to solve the problem? A really fun, colourful graphic novel.

  • Lift-the-flap Strongest, Cleverest, Deadliest...

    Author: Lan Cook and Darren Stobbart Illustrator: Dominique Byron
    Publisher: Usborne
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 8+

    In this lift-the-flap book of record-breaking facts, readers can explore everything from the hottest and coldest things on Earth to the smelliest, loudest, cleverest, fiercest and weirdest! 

  • The Search for the Giant Arctic Jellyfish

    Author: Chloe Savage
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 7+

    In this delightful picture book, scientist Dr Morley sets out to achieve her lifelong dream of finding the mysterious giant Arctic jellyfish. This is a creature that everyone talks about but no one has ever seen. Could it be real or is it just a myth?

  • Listen to the Music

    Author: Mary Richards Illustrator: Caroline Bonne-Müller
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 7+

    Join Sammy and Pip as they meet a range of brilliant musicians across time, and press the buttons on each page to hear samples - a great introduction to different types of music.