Home Schooling Headaches? Can we help?

  21 Apr '20   |  Posted by: Birlinn

Stories make you think and dream;

books make you want to ask questions

Michael Morpurgo

Upper primary and early secondary:

If history is a subject on the task list, take a look at the books we have that might just help… fun and fascinating reads that cover key topics but make learning easy –

  • The Celts and All That – a book bursting with blood-curdling battles and dead important details about the ancient Celts.
  • The Vikings and All That – a skull-splitting saga about the wild, seafaring warriors who burst into history in the 8th century and looted, plundered, pillaged and burned their way from their native Scandinavia to the British Isles and much of Europe.
  • Robert Burns and All That – a fun and informative look at Scotland’s national bard and the times in which he lived.
  • Robert the Bruce and All That – a real-life adventure packed with historical facts about Scotland’s warrior king. 
  • Mary Queen of Scots and All That – packed with historical facts about Scotland’s headless heroine.
  • William Wallace and All That – Get splattered with blood and gore as Wallace makes haggis of his enemies. Gasp with terror as you learn about the giant ‘hedgehogs’ that helped Wallace win battles. Groan with agony as you feel what it’s like to be hanged, drawn and quartered.
  • Columba and All That – One man’s epic quest to spread the Word of God in a strange land – and hoping the natives like what they hear!
  • Scottish Tales of Adventure – World War 1 – Explosively exciting and emotionally charged tales of bravery and adventure, all based on interviews with the heroes themselves or their descendants.
  • Wojtek: War Hero Bear – When a tiny orphaned bear cub is adopted by Polish soldiers during World War II, little does anyone know that little Wojtek will become one of the bravest fighters of them all. 
  • The Story of Scotland (inspired by The Great Tapestry of Scotland) back in stock soon! – superb double page spreads on each of the key topics of Scottish history from the beginnings of time to the Vikings, MacBeth, Wallace, Robert the Bruce, the Reformation, Mary Queen of Scots, the Reivers, Civil War, the Jacobites, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Empire, Industry and Enlightenment, Robert Louis Stevenson, two World Wars, Women at War, Discovery, Exploration and much, much more.

Great fiction, good settings, adventure and fun

For educational fun

  • Scottish Activity Book – Dot-to-dot, word searches, sticker pages, colouring, missing letters, mazes, story-writing, drawing, games covering all sorts of topics from Scotland’s lands and people, animals and their habitat, legends and folklore, history and places.
  • Sticker Atlas – A stimulating and fun way to introduce children to the various regions of Scotland and introduce the immense variety of the country’s landscape, flora and fauna, and places of cultural significance. ‘Award-winning illustrations, full of detail’
  • Easy Peasy Real Cooking for Kids – Cooking is educational on so many different levels. And a great way to escape from a screen. This book is written for children – with sumptuous, easy recipes that all the family will enjoy.

For older kids

  • Steve and Frandan Take on the World – ‘A Whitewater ride of a book’ – Steve has had enough – enough of cyber-bullies, enough of adults messing up the world. Sharp-witted Fran and her brother worry-wart Dan feel exactly the same. And so, along with his dog Nessie, Steve and the FranDan twins leave town in the dead of night to start on the biggest adventure of their lives.
  • Silver Skin – ‘This isn’t just a good book, it’s a VERY GOOD BOOK… which satisfies on many different levels’ – Skara Brae, Orkney, during the Neolithic period. The sun is dying, crops are failing and the local inhabitants fear that the end of the world is near. When a strange boy appears from nowhere, dressed in an odd silver suit – his ‘silver skin’ – the community is thrown into confusion. Who is he, where is he from, and why has he come? 

For those not yet at school or in the early years

  • A Hebridean Alphabet – This is a beautifully conceived picture flat in which Debi Gliori describes and illustrates all kinds of things you might see over the course of a single day in the Hebrides. Not your ordinary Alphabet book! Available in hardback or paperback – the perfect gift during lockdown.
  • A Wee Bird was Watching
  • Tobermory Cat – In the village of Tobermory, on the Scottish island of Mull, lives a very special ginger cat. But once upon a time he didn’t think he was special at all – not like the woolly cats of Loch Ba, the singing cats of Staffa, or the fishing cats of Fishnish. But now everyone knows about him. He’s the cat who has become a legend in his own lifetime by simply being himself. Watch out for the Tobermory Cat 1,2,3 too!

And for the tiniest tots?

We don’t forget them! Ben Blathwayt is one of the UK’s most popular writers and illustrators for tiny tots. We have a lovely range of his books:

  • Clever Dog Kip is a gorgeous board book and sits alongside Tractor, Rally Car, Ferry and Digger.
  • In paperback we have
  • Bear’s Adventure
  • Little Seal
  • Bella Goes to Sea
  • Little House by the Sea
  • Tig and Tag
  • And don’t forget the Sticker Atlas mentioned above.

And finally, for a little mischief at the end of the day

Day of the Trolls – It’s the Day of the Trolls: Fart-Fart and all the trolls are back! 

Mischief and mess, making folk mad,

smashing things, crashing things, making folk sad

– we love being bad!

. . . and we know where to go to be baddest of all.

You want to join in? Then come to the mall!

AND, if you are looking for study guides and online support at Secondary level then try fellow independent publisher, Bright Red.

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