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Special School Library Pack books 2020

Me and My Fear

Here are the wonderful titles included in the free Special School Library Pack for 2020.

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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  • Guinness World Records: Wild Things

    Author: Guinness World Records
    Publisher: Guinness World Records
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    Do you know what the smallest owl is, or the largest snake? Which animals are the most bloodthirsty, or which are the sleepiest? This book describes itself as 'a globe-trotting adventure through the animal kingdom' – and that’s exactly what it is!

  • Once Upon a Raindrop

    Author: James Carter Illustrator: Nomoco
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 7+

    Why is the moon so dry when the Earth has oceans and rivers and snow and ice? This rhyming and poetical picture book brilliantly introduces the concept of the water cycle and the value of water in our lives.

  • Sounds of Nature: World of Birds

    Author: Robert Hunter
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Press
    Interest age: 5-8
    Reading age: 7+

    Do you know what the roadrunner sounds like? The emperor penguin? Or the superb fairy-wren? Find out in this extraordinary sound book. Introducing birds from all around the world, over sixty different bird calls can be heard throughout the book, from the classic Cuckoo to the exotic birds of paradise.

  • Stand Up, Stand Out

    Author: Kay Woodward
    Publisher: Carlton Books
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    Who is your rebel hero? Stand Up, Stand Out highlights the lives and achievements of 25 amazing people who decided to stand up to injustice and speak out about what they believed in.

  • Me and My Fear

    Author: Francesca Sanna
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books
    Interest age: 5-8
    Reading age: 5+

    The young girl in this story has a tiny, secret friend called Fear. Fear has always helped her stay safe when exploring new things, but since moving to a new country, Fear has grown and grown and won’t let her go out and explore, and guards her jealously at school.

  • Invisible Emmie

    Author: Terri Libenson
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    Thirteen-year-old Emmie is the quiet girl at school, the one nobody notices. She loves to draw – and is good at it too – and has a best friend, Brianna, but her crippling shyness makes school and interacting with, well, anyone, really scary.

  • Run Wild

    Author: Gill Lewis
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    Looking for somewhere secret to practice skateboarding, Izzy and Asha ignore the ‘Danger! Do Not Enter’ signs posted around the derelict gasworks. Sneaking inside along with Izzy’s little brother Connor, they discover an amazing hidden urban wilderness. The girls practice their board skills while Connor explores the scrubland, finding cormorants, beetles… an…

  • The Same Inside

    Author: Liz Brownlee Matt Goodfellow and Roger Stevens
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    The Same Inside is a thought-provoking and heart-warming collection of poems from three renowned British poets, Liz Brownlee, Matt Goodfellow and Roger Stevens.

  • The Funny Life of Pets

    Author: James Campbell Illustrator: Rob Jones
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 8-11
    Reading age: 8+

    Is it fiction or non-fiction? You decide! This highly interactive book mixes together real and made-up facts about pets, with hilarious results. Packed with cartoon-style illustrations, The Funny Life of Pets is a comical take on how to choose and care for a pet.

  • I Dare You

    Author: Nicole Maubert
    Publisher: Twirl

    How brave are you? Do you dare to open this book and find out what is hiding inside? Do you dare – gulp! – to reach out and touch those creatures?