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Staying at home doesn’t have to be a challenge!

Feeling bored or out of ideas about how to entertain the little ones during the recently announced school closure? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered! Our authors have done a great job creating lots of free learning resources, colouring sheets and activity packs to tide you over in these uncertain times. Download them below, colour them in, discuss our books and share your ideas on social media. All you need is a printer, some colouring pencils and a group of kids hungry to learn!

 

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THE KING WHO BANNED THE DARK & THE LAST TREE

BY EMILY HAWORTH-BOOTH

MEET A KING WHO BANNED THE DARK OR IMMERSE YOURSELF IN AN UPLIFTING ECO TALE ABOUT SAVING THE LAST REMAINING TREE ON EARTH

 

‘A timely and inspiring parable’ – The Guardian

‘Ultimately celebratory, and beautifully executed with soft pencil crayon drawings, including comic-strip frames, it shows how much a simple story can convey’ – The Sunday Times

‘Emily Haworth-Booth is fast becoming the queen of the cautionary tale… Stylishly delivered, The Last Tree warns of the perils of taking from the earth, endlessly and greedily and challenges those in power to make the changes that are so desperately needed right now… A thought-provoking depiction of the ripple effects of seemingly small actions.’ – The Little Literary Society

 

Once upon a time a group of friends were seeking a place to call home. The desert was too hot, the valley was too wet and the mountain was too windy.

Then they found the forest. It was perfect. The leaves gave shelter from the sun and rain, and a gentle breeze wound through the branches.

But the friends soon wanted to build shelters. The shelters became houses, then the houses got bigger.  All too soon they wanted to control the environment and built a huge wooden wall around the community.

As they cut down the trees, the forest becomes thinner, until there is just one last tree standing.

It is down to the children to find a solution.

 

RESOURCE PACK FOR BOOK GROUPS & KEY STAGE 1 TEACHERS

RESOURCE PACK FOR BOOK GROUPS & KEY STAGE 2 TEACHERS

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE WATERSTONES CHILDREN’S BOOK PRIZE 2019

‘A witty picture-book with a lot of contemporary relevance, which skewers government propaganda and the misuse of power’ – Little Rebels Children’s Book Award

‘Talented writer-illustrator Emily Haworth-Booth uses just three colours to paint this powerful picture of fear and hope, and the moral of the story will stay with you long after the lights get switched back on’ – Huffington Post UK

An illuminating tale of power, rebellion, darkness and light

There was once a little boy who was afraid of the dark. There’s nothing unusual about that. Most children are afraid of the dark at one time of another. But this little boy was a Prince, and he decided that when he became King, he would do something about the dark.

He would ban it.

When the King bans the dark completely, installing an artificial sun, and enforcing “anti-dark” laws, it seems like a good idea. The citizens don’t need to worry about any of the scary things that might live in the dark.

But what happens when nobody can sleep, and the citizens revolt? Will the King face his fears and turn the lights off?

The King Who Banned the Dark is a beautiful and thought-provoking story about how we need the dark in order to enjoy the light.

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

 

 

Emily Haworth-Booth is an award-winning author, illustrator and educator who teaches at the Royal Drawing School in London, England. Alongside her children’s picture books, Emily is currently working on a long-form graphic memoir for adults. Her short comics have previously appeared in print in the Observer and Vogue. Along with her sister, Alice Haworth-Booth, she is an activist with Extinction Rebellion.

 

 

 

 

 

BIG CAT

BY EMMA LAZELL

A QUIRKY AND HEARTWARMING HOMAGE TO JUDITH KERR

 

‘An utterly enjoyable piece of feline fan fiction … an entertaining romp of a story’ – The Herald

‘A classic in the making!’ – LoveReading4Kids.co.uk

The brilliant debut from a rising star of the picture book world, tipped as ‘one to watch’ by The Bookseller magazine.

Isobel’s grandma has lost her glasses and she can’t see a thing without them. While Isobel and Gran are in the garden searching for the specs, they come across a cat. A very big cat. A very big and friendly cat. The big cat moves in with them, much to the disgust of all gran’s other cats. He might be good fun, but he takes up lots of space and eats every scrap of food. Eventually the new cat’s mum and dad turn up, looking for their missing son. And they just happen to have found gran’s glasses too. The tiger family are delighted to be reunited – and gran now sees that she’s been sharing her house with… a tiger!

A heartwarming and surreal romp, packed with jokes and funny details and with an underlying message of acceptance. Emma’s bright colours and brilliant characterisation gives the book the look of a classic from the 1970s or earlier, but with a very modern sense of humour and sensibility.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Emma Lazell is a UK based illustrator and author. Her work is linear, expressive, and sprinkled with irony and playfulness.

In 2018 she completed the hugely prestigious MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, graduating with a distinction. In 2014 she graduated with an undergraduate degree in Illustration from The University for the Creative Arts.

 

 

THE GREEN GIANT

BY KATIE COTTLE

YOU’VE MET THE IRON GIANT, THE BIG FRIENDLY GIANT AND THE SELFISH GIANT, NOW MEET THE GREEN GIANT!

 

A striking debut picture book with a jaunty illustrative style and a gorgeous colour palette of vibrant greens, oranges and ochres. A great story to promote discussion in class or at home and perhaps to encourage a spot of guerrilla gardening’ – Books for Keeps

A young girl, Bea, and her dog, Iris, are staying with her grandad in the country. Bea is bored, but Iris’s adventures lead them to the small and rusty old greenhouse next door.

Inside the greenhouse, Bea finds… a giant. A giant made entirely of plants and greenery. Bea is scared, but the giant reassures her and explains that he has escaped from the grey city.

Bea and the giant become friends, but can they do anything to make the grey city, and the world, a greener place?

A brilliant new picture book that highlights our concern for the environment, greening our cities, guerrilla gardening and making the world a better place.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

 

 

 

Katie Cottle is an illustrator and print-maker living and working in Bristol, UK. Her work is often informed by the marks and colours created through traditional lithography. She also works digitally, using an iPad, and occasionally paints with gouache.

Katie won the Batsford Prize for Children’s Book Illustration. She has also received the ‘Highly Commended’ accolade at the Macmillan Prize for Illustration on numerous occasions. She received a ‘One to Watch’ award at D&AD New Blood in 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BIG STINK

BY LUCY FREEGARD

A HILARIOUS CAT-AND-MOUSE CHASE, WITH A CHEESE-Y TWIST!

 

‘Lucy Freegard, is on her wittiest and most wonderful form in a brilliantly funny new picture book … With a gallery of colourful illustrations full of child appeal, and a story that will have parents laughing too, The Big Stink is destined to be a family favourite’ – Lancashire Evening Post

Charlie, a notorious cheese thief, is a mouse on a mission.

Ever since he was little, he had got in spots of bother with the law. He had pinched Parmesan, crept off with Camembert and robbed Roquefort!

Charlie is planning his biggest mission yet – to steal a cheesy sculpture from The Museum of Art! After a hair-raising break-in – creeping past cameras, dodging guards and avoiding gates – he reaches his stinky prize. But Officer Rita is soon on the case. Will Charlie get away with it this time?

A cat and mouse detective story with a surprising ending!

 

 

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

 

Lucy has an MA in children’s book illustration from Cambridge School of Art, a degree in illustration from Cardiff School of Art & Design and did her art foundation at Falmouth University.  Since graduating in 2015 Lucy has worked on a range of projects, from writing and illustrating picture books to designing soft toys and greetings cards.

Lucy uses pen and watercolours, and loves sketching from life and eavesdropping at the zoo. She is based in Bristol.

 

 

 

 

 

WILLIAM BEE’S WONDERFUL WORLD OF VEHICLES

BY WILLIAM BEE

PULL ON YOUR WELLIES AND JOIN WILLIAM AND HIS FRIENDS FOR VEHICLE TOURS THAT’LL MAKE FIFTH GEAR LOOK LIKE KIDS’ STUFF!

 

‘I love William Bee’s books – and so do children! … This is a book for children to pore over, to absorb and to delight in’ – Parents in Touch

William Bee loves his trucks.

He has lots, and if you’re lucky he’ll show you some of them and tell you all about them. There’s his tanker truck, which carries all the fuel he needs for his vehicles – in fact it holds enough fuel for 650 cars! Then there’s his coal-fired steam truck, his amphibious truck, which can swim, his truck with its very own crane and his snow-blowing truck, plus the truck that carries all of his racing cars, and not forgetting his jet-powered truck that can reach 370mph! And that’s just the beginning of his collection. Join William, his dog and his gang of unruly traffic cones on a grand tour of the world of trucks

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‘It’s dynamic, quirky and original with a Ripley’s Believe It or Not quality about it. The punchy, colourful illustrations have an old-fashioned but warm appeal to them. Children will delight in finding hidden details on every page and every vehicle’ – Early Years Educator

William Bee is back and this time he’s showing us his amazing collection of trains, boats, planes and more.

There’s his harrier jump jet, which can take off vertically, his World War I fighter plane that can perform amazing stunts, the steam locomotive (peep peep!), the mini submarine, his speedboat (occasionally stolen by Sparky the Dog), and even his space rocket! Blast off!

The cone family are helping, or is that hindering?, with the transport, as is Sparky.

Perfect for every child fascinated by amazing vehicles that can fly, float, dive underwater, travel on tracks and blast off into outer space!

Vroom Vroom! Peep Peep! We have blast off!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

 

William Bee was born in London, but now lives in the English countryside. As well as writing and illustrating children’s books, he races a vintage sports car, is an international skier, and when at home tends his lawns and meadow.

http://williambee.com/

 

 

 

 

 

THE ADVENTURES OF MOOSE & MR BROWN

BY PAUL SMITH, ILLUSTRATED BY SAM USHER

STYLISH GLOBE-TROTTING ADVENTURE FROM BRITAIN’S ICONIC FASHION DESIGNER

 

‘An engaging story and very strong on the fun and satisfaction that comes from designing things and from creative partnerships’ – Lovereading4kids.co.uk

‘A feast for the eyes’ – Armadillo

Sir Paul Smith’s very first children’s picture book – and the first instalment in a new and exciting series about animals, travel, design and finding inspiration in the most unlikely of places.

Inspired by toys that Paul has owned for many years, the main characters are curious, charming and characterful.

Mr Brown is an international fashion designer, who meets Moose on a plane travelling to London. Moose is distraught as he has lost his twin brother Monty – who got on the wrong plane! Mr Brown agrees to help Moose track Monty down, and in return, Moose helps bring even more inspiration to Mr Brown’s business.

They travel around the world, helping other animals with their designs (slippers for sloths, parkas for penguins, scarves for giraffes, and more) while looking for Monty.

Will Mr Brown and Moose find Monty before Mr Brown’s big catwalk show?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

 

Sir Paul Smith is an internationally renowned fashion designer. The Paul Smith fashion company has flagship stores in London, Paris, New York, Milan and Tokyo, with a total of over 200 stores worldwide. It has a presence in over 70 countries.

Sir Paul Smith has collaborated with a number of well-known brands including Manchester United Football Team, Anglepoise, Land Rover, New Balance and Penguin Classics. This is his first children’s book.

READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH PAUL

 

 

 

 

 

DARWIN’S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY

BY JAKE WILLIAMS

STEP ON-BOARD THE BEAGLE AND FOLLOW CHARLES DARWIN’S REMARKABLE JOURNEY AND MANY EXPLORATIONS

 

 

A wonderful celebration of history’s most remarkable journey; published to celebrate 160 years of Charles Darwin’s ground-breaking text on evolution: On The Origin of Species

From England to Cape Verde, Brazil to the Galapagos, Tahiti to Australia, discover the wildlife of Charles Darwin’s many journeys – giant sloths, platypus, tarantulas, fireflies and more. As well as gorgeous artwork and fascinating information on the journey, this book also features the equipment used by Darwin and cross-sections of the ship itself.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

 

 

Jake Williams is a Plymouth-based illustrator, designer and occasional animator. He creates shape-based vector illustration with bold and vibrant colours. Jake was awarded BDC’s New Designer of The Year 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUILD A CASTLE

BY PAUL FARRELL

 TURRETS, RAMPARTS, PORTCULLISES, ARROW-SLIT WINDOWS, WALLS, ROOFS, FLAGS AND MORE – CREATE YOUR OWN MEDIEVAL MASTERPIECE!

These slot-together building cards are creative fun for all the family!

Each box contains 64 cards (105 x 69 mm) in a variety of graphic designs. Clever paper engineering allows you to slot the cards together, building up and out in whichever way you like! Also included is a short booklet, with information on the architecture of castles and suggestions of card building methods. The instructions tell you how to build a castle, or you can let your imagination run riot and design your own!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Paul Farrell is a graphic artist, illustrator, printmaker and based in Newport. His bold, colourful, graphic style is inspired by shape and colour and an interest in graphic arts and nature. Before concentrating on a solo career, Paul had worked as a graphic designer in London for 20 years. He is the author of Great Britain in Colour.

Paul divides his time between printmaking and designing new work at his studio. He is represented by art galleries and retailers throughout the British Isles and overseas, including the Conran Shop in London and Paul Smith in New York.

 

 

 

 

MY NEW ROOM

BY LISA STICKLEY

A QUIRKY, TOY-FILLED STORY ABOUT SETTLING INTO A NEW ROOM

 

Packed with funny illustrations, this charming children’s story covers the theme of coping with big changes in an easy-to-read and friendly way.

In her second book, Lisa Stickley tells the story of Edith who has made the big move into her new house, with her big bedroom and a big bed. But Edith is only little, so her toys are all arranged around the room and they help her to settle in.

Join Gary Guardsman, Osbert T Octopus, Major Ted and the other toys as they give a guided tour of the room and the role each of them plays in keeping the room safe, tidy and happy.

MAKE YOUR OWN CARDBOARD TOY!

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

 

Lisa Stickley is a designer and illustrator, having founded Lisa Stickley London in 1999. She has produced work for Paul Smith, the Designers Guild and the Cross and collaborated with Burberry, Harrods, Liberty, Tate and Selfridges. She is the author of Made at Home, The New Baby, Handstand and Makes for Mini Folk.

www.lisastickleystudio.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE STORY OF THE LITTLE MOLE WHO KNEW IT WAS NONE OF HIS BUSINESS

BY WERNER HOLZWARTH AND WOLF ERLBRUCH

‘The book nobody would publish that went on to be a bestseller’ – Guardian

 

*Was banned by the London Underground*

*Performed live at the Edinburgh Festival*

*Used for NHS campaigns about bowel problems*

*Jamie Oliver’s favourite children’s book!*

A success since its publication in 1989, The Story of the Little Mole has delighted adults and children alike to become an all-time humour classic. This hilarious picture book tells the tale of a little mole who wakes up one morning only to have one of the other animals ‘do its business’ on his head. The Little Mole then sets out to track down the culprit to exact his revenge in his own little way. This new anniversary edition is a fantastic way to introduce children to the amazing world of books.

Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch are a German Author/Illustrator team. Both are highly regarded, particularly in Germany, for their humorous and playful characters.

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READ THE LITTLE MOLE’S SUCCESS STORY

 

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BOARD GAMES TO CREATE AND PLAY

BY KEVAN DAVIS AND VIVIANE SCHWARZ

Make your dream board game come true with this ingenious DIY guide to drawing, colouring and playing your very own games!

 

Create the next Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly, Ticket to Ride or Settlers of Catan with this creative board game book! With over 55 boards to customise, Board Games to Create and Play is a doodle book where every page is an unfinished tabletop game. Just learn the basic concepts, colour and play! This fun interactive gaming book will show you how, in just half an hour, you and your friends can come up with a new game and start playing immediately.

Just follow the below steps:

  • decide on a theme for the game
  • pick a rule set from the book
  • agree on some variations
  • doodle onto one of many board game designs and
  • gather your friends for an exciting new game!

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE BLANK GAME BOARDS TO GET STARTED!

 

More online resources

We will keep adding links here to other online resources, so bookmark this page and keep coming back for new ideas:

Millie Marotta, bestselling creator or a range of colouring books has created a Love NHS colouring sheet that offers a way to de-stress through the mindful activity of colouring in while celebrating the heroes working in the National Health Service. To download the colouring sheet, click on the image below.
Rebecca Cahill Roots, author of Brush Lettering and Modern Lettering, is running an online calligraphy workshop via Instagram TV and her Facebook page. The first lesson starts at this Thursday (2nd April) at 10am.

Follow our author and bird-enthusiast Matt Sewell to hear about his next online bird draw-along and join his Spotting and Jotting Club!

To celebrate World Earth Day 2020, we’re offering a free extract from our best-selling A Celebration of David Attenborough: The Activity Book by Nathan Joyce and Peter James Field. Download it here and enjoy some free colouring activities, quizzes, quotes and more!

Happy Earth🌍 #EarthDay2020 🌎! Let's take a moment today to reflect on the #climate challenges ahead of us and how we can all do our bit to help. Here's our favourite naturalist & educator #DavidAttenborough and some FREE #activities celebrating his work: https://bit.ly/2RZPhaK

Posted by Pavilion Children's Books on Wednesday, 22 April 2020

 

Join Clara Vulliamy as she shows how to master a technique called whisper drawing and draw your own Pickle from Picking Pickle written by Polly Faber and illustrated by Clara. All you need is a pencil and a piece of paper! Watch the video below or here.

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  • That Dog! Activity Pack

    Some dog-themed drawing and activity sheets to complement Emma Lazell’s second picturebook That Dog!

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  • The Blue Giant activity pack

    A fun ocean-themed activity pack to accompany Katie Cottle’s second picturebook The Blue Giant.

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  • The David Attenborough Activity Book extract

    Celebrate #WorldEarthDay20 with everyone’s favourite naturalist!

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  • 60 Classic Indoor Games Sampler

    Enjoy these sample indoor games from Katie Hewett’s 60 Classic Indoor Games 

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  • Darwin’s Voyage of Discovery colouring sheets

    From England to Cape Verde, Brazil to the Galapagos, Tahiti to Australia, follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and colour in his many explorations along the way!

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  • Build a Castle colouring sheet

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  • That Dog! weekly planner

    Plan your #StayAtHomeChallenge week with That Dog!

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  • The Adventures of Moose & Mr Brown Activity Pack

    Activities included range from colouring sheets to word search puzzles and drawing activities.

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  • The Story of the Little Mole Activity Pack

    Download the Little Mole activity pack for more poo-related fun. Includes colouring and drawing exercises, word (and poo) search and a maze to guide our Little Mole through in search of the culprit!

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  • William Bee Colouring Sheet

    Add your own colours to one of William Bee’s trucks

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  • William Bee Activity Sheet

    Design a new truck for William to Drive!

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  • William Bee’s Wonderful World of Trains, Boats and Planes

    Colouring Sheet 1.

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  • Just Like Mummy colouring sheet

    Enjoy this free, downloadable colouring sheet with your little one this Mother’s Day.

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  • Ballet Bunnies activity pack

    Colour in Betty’s ballet shoes, design a lovely tutu for her and imagine your own favourite audience member in this Ballet Bunnies activity pack.

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  • Ballet Bunnies colouring sheet

    It’s showtime! Add your own colour and details to the Ballet Bunnies dance show stage scene.

     

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  • Arty! colouring sheet

    Have a go at being the greatest artist in the world with this Arty! colouring sheet.

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  • The King Who Banned the Dark KS2 Teaching & Book Group resources

    This pack includes discussion points and activities designed for use with KS2 children (aged 7-11 years).

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  • The King Who Banned the Dark KS1 Teaching & Book Group resources

    This pack includes questions for guided reading and activities linked to National Curriculum topics designed for use with KS1 children (aged 5-7 years).

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  • Download The King Who Banned The Dark Activity Pack

    This royal activity pack includes a word search, colouring sheets, and a spot the difference game among much more!

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  • Download The Green Giant Activity Pack

    Click for colouring sheets, games and more!

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  • Download the Big Cat activity pack

    HELP! Big Cat has gone missing! Complete this activity pack to reunite him with his family.

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  • Download The Big Stink Colouring Sheet

    Colour in Charlie, the notorious cheese thief, as he embarks on his mission to steal a priceless cheesy sculpture! Do you think he’ll get away with it this time?

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  • Download The Big Stink Cat and Mouse Maze

    Can you help Officer Rita track down Charlie, the notorious cheese thief? Follow the maze and guide her through it!

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  • The Last Tree Resource Pack for Book Groups & Key Stage 1 Teachers

     

     

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  • The Last Tree Resource Pack for Book Groups & Key Stage 2 Teachers

    The Last Tree is an arresting tale that feels both timeless and timely for the current environmental and political climate. Browse our Resource Pack for Key Stage 2 Teachers here.

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