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British Science Week for children in 2016

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The Usborne official astronaut's handbook by Louie Stowell

British Science Week runs from 11-20 March. The theme this year covers all types of ‘space’: Open, Outer, Digital, Built and Personal.

Open space

One day on our blue planet… in the Antarctic by Ella Bailey

One day on our blue planet… in the Antarctic by Ella Bailey

From breakfast to dinner, dusk to dawn, children will love spending the day with this curious penguin chick. In this volume of Ella Bailey’s picture book exploration of the daily lives of baby animals, we head to the ice shelf to meet a young penguin chick. What does she and her family eat? How many brothers and sisters does she have? And what do they do for fun?

Den building: creating imaginative spaces using almost anything by Jane Hewitt and Cathy Cross

Den building: creating imaginative spaces using almost anything by Jane Hewitt and Cathy Cross

Every child needs a special space of their own where they can let their imagination run wild. When you become a den builder, the most ordinary of spaces can become a magical, secret world. With just a few household objects and these imaginative ideas, you can make hundreds of wonderful dens. Discover the magic in everyday objects and get den building!

Outdoor wonderland: the kids’ guide to being outside by Josie Jeffery

Outdoor wonderland: the kids' guide to being outside by Josie Jeffery

Whether its bug hunting in a city courtyard, counting stars, planting a neat little window box or building a cool woodland hideout, this brilliantly innovative activity book will open children’s eyes to an awesome outdoor playground.

Wild adventures by Mick Manning and Brita Granström

Wild adventures by Mick Manning and Brita Granström

Packed with all kinds of exciting outdoor activities for children and the whole family, to encourage awareness of the natural world, to develop self-sufficiency skills, and to show how much fun it is to explore nature.

Outer space

Usborne astronomy and space picture book by Emily Bone

Usborne astronomy and space picture book by Emily Bone

Each page of this reference book details a different element of space and astronomy, from the realities of living on the International Space Station to our solar system and what we know about distant space.

On the space station by Carron Brown

On the space station by Carron Brown

Watch as astronauts blast off into space with this book, by simply holding the book up to the light, or shining a torch behind each page. Discover how astronauts work, eat and exercise on a space station.

The solar system, meteors and comets by Clive Gifford

The solar system, meteors and comets by Clive Gifford

This series explores our solar system, stars, planets, spacecraft and astronomers in a thrilling way that will inspire scientific young minds. Just how many planets are there? What exactly is a dwarf planet? What is the difference between a moon and an asteroid? Find out the answer to these questions and more in this book.

The Usborne official astronaut’s handbook by Louie Stowell

The Usborne official astronaut's handbook by Louie Stowell

Find out about astronauts, their training, how they travel into space, and what they do when they’re up there. Includes a foreword by British astronaut Tim Peake.

The Usborne big book of rockets and spacecraft by Louie Stowell

The Usborne big book of rockets and spacecraft by Louie Stowell

This big book features a wide range of spaceships, shuttles, rockets, satellites and the International Space Station. It includes four huge, fold-out pages which allow children to marvel at the scale of outer space and see in detail the complexity of these marvels of science and engineering.

Digital space

Scratch for kids for dummies by Derek Breen

Scratch for kids for dummies by Derek Breen

Do you want to make cool games, impressive animations, and become an all-round Scratch super star? You’ve come to the right place! Packed with full-colour photos and easy-to-follow instructions, this book makes it easy to get started.

How to build robots by Louise Derrington

How to build robots by Louise Derrington

Build and test a range of real working models in this series aimed at inventors and engineers of the future! Clear step-by-step ‘builds’ progress in complexity through the book, from a simple rubber band machine to a wheeled robot rover. Each one is supported by technical data, key engineering facts and science exploration including fair testing and how to iron out glitches.

Tin by Chris Judge

Tin by Chris Judge

There aren’t many picture books about robots, but here is a good one, in which “Tin and his dog Zinc set off in hot pursuit of little sister Nickel as she floats towards the big city. Can they rescue Nickel before she goes too far?”

Understanding computer safety by Paul Mason

Understanding computer safety by Paul Mason

This volume looks at the basics of computer safety. It emphasises that once a computer is online, the user is open to dangers of various kinds, so there is a need to keep information private and use secure passwords. It defines digital footprints and online identity, and explains how to tell if a website is safe to visit. It also explains about computer etiquette and cyber bullying.

Frank Einstein and the electro-finger by Jon Scieszka

Frank Einstein and the electro-finger by Jon Scieszka

Frank Einstein (kid-genius scientist and inventor) and his best friend, Watson, along with Klink (a self-assembled artificial-intelligence entity) and Klank (a mostly self-assembled artificial-almost-intelligence entity), once again find themselves in competition with T. Edison, their classmate and arch-rival – this time in the quest to unlock the power behind the science of energy.

Computer coding games for kids by Carol Vorderman

Computer coding games for kids by Carol Vorderman

Enter the world of programming in this illustrated guide and you could be soon be building your own computer games and learning code whilst you do so.

Raspberry Pi for kids for dummies by Richard Wentk

Raspberry Pi for kids for dummies by Richard Wentk

This handy, step-by-step guide shows you how to write computer games, build websites, make art and music, create electronic projects, and much more!

Chicken clicking by Jeanne Willis

Chicken clicking by Jeanne Willis

Make sure your little chicks stay safe online by reading them this salutary tale.

Built space

Cool architecture: filled with fantastic facts for kids of all ages by Simon Armstrong

Cool architecture: filled with fantastic facts for kids of all ages by Simon Armstrong

Look at the world’s most exciting buildings, including pyramids, castles, bridges, the Taj Mahal, houses and many more.

Building a castle by Paul Humphrey

Building a castle by Paul Humphrey

What was it like to work on a castle construction site. Find out why carpenters were highly paid, how a medieval crane worked and why a castle’s moat was so important.

See inside famous buildings by Rob Lloyd Jones

See inside famous buildings by Rob Lloyd Jones

Discover and explore some of the world’s most famous buildings. Looking at famous buildings from across the ages, each illustration opens up to reveal the building’s interior as well as fascinating facts. Buildings include the Empire State Building, Versailles Palace and the Blue Mosque.

An Egyptian pyramid by Jacqueline Morley

An Egyptian pyramid by Jacqueline Morley

Step inside an ancient Egyptian building site where one of mankind’s most spectacular creations is slowly taking shape. Discover how the Egyptians constructed these vast buildings with such incredible precision, without using wheels, machines or iron tools.

Pyramid by James Putnam

Pyramid by James Putnam

Be an eyewitness to the ancient Egyptian pyramids from the ancient burial chambers to how workers lifted stones weighing up to 15 tonnes without complicated machinery.

Personal space

The brain-boggling body book by Nick Arnold

The brain-boggling body book by Nick Arnold

Full of seriously squishy facts, cartoons, and quizzes, this guide tells the young scientist everything they need to know about their body. This book looks gross.

You can fill a swimming pool with your spit!: the fact or fiction behind human bodies by Paul Mason

You can fill a swimming pool with your spit!: the fact or fiction behind human bodies by Paul Mason

Published in the Truth or fiction series, this book is packed with fascinating facts. Did you know the acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve metal?

The ultimate book about me by Richard Platt

The ultimate book about me by Richard Platt

Published by the Science Museum, this well illustrated book answers such questions as “Am I really unique? Is my brain just a wet computer? Grounded in genetics, identity and brain science, it’s all about You and what makes you who you are.”

The first Slodge by Jeanne Willis

The first Slodge by Jeanne Willis

This brilliant picture book is all about personal space, and having to share it. Once upon a slime, there was a Slodge – the first Slodge in the universe. She saw the first moon and stars, the first fruits and flowers. “Mine, all mine!”, she said. But what if there was not just one Slodge – but two?

Jo Dixon

I work for Suffolk Libraries Stock Team.