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Books for practitioners working with children aged 0-7

www.bloomsb ur y. co m / feat h ersto ne Featherstone is an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Welcome Welcome to the new 2013 Featherstone catalogue. We have been working hard to bring you lots of fantastic new titles to inspire and support all practitioners, teachers, childminders, librarians, parents and everyone else involved in Early Years Education. With the revised Statutory Framework coming into effect in September 2012 we have been busy updating our titles in line with these requirements so you can see how all the great ideas, activities and theories link to what you need to do with children in your settings. Look out for the New Edition logos so you can get the most up-to-date resources. New highlights for 2013 include nine 50 Fantastic Ideas titles (p11), Communication and Language books for speaking and listening skills (p17), Maths and Outdoor Learning sections (p20 and 22) and five new practitioner’s guides covering everything from ICT to role-play and displays to learning outdoors (p26-28).

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We feel very proud to have won another two Practical PreSchool Awards for our titles. From Vacant to Engaged won a Silver award and Effective Practice in Outdoor Learning received a bronze, both books selected and tested by practitioners so you can be confident that they are full of useful advice and ideas.

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Founded in 1997 by husband and wife team Phill and Sally Featherstone, Featherstone Education is the market-leader in books for teachers and educators of 0-6 year-olds. It has won numerous awards for its publishing, including the Education Publisher of the Year award from the Independent Publisher’s Guild. Featherstone became an imprint of A&C Black in 2008 and Sally continues to be involved as consultant and author.



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Contents 4-12

Series • • • • •


Little Books Baby & Beyond Including Children with… 50 Fantastic Things Key Issues

8 9 10-11 12 13

Transition into KS1


Learning and Development • • • • • •


Personal, Social and Emotional Development Communication and Language Literacy Mathematics Understanding the World Outdoor Learning

16-18 19 20 21 22 23

Observation, Assessment and Planning Professional Development


Practitioners’ Guides




A&C Black











Little Books with BIG Ideas Bestselling books with a fun and practical approach to the Early Years Foundation Stage.

“With new ideas based on each area of learning, there is plenty with which to engage children and have fun.”

Paperback • 210 x 148mm • £8.99

Nursery Education Plus


The Little Book of Opposites

The Little Book of Sequencing Skills

Judith Harries

Keri Finlayson

Introduce simple concepts to children about the world around them and challenge and encourage problem-solving, creativity and imagination. In this Little Book, opposites are explored through stories, games, role-play, investigations and explorations and include beginning/end, heavy/light, happy/sad, left/right, sink/float and loud/quiet.

Sequencing events, objects, thoughts and actions helps communication and literacy and enhances all other areas of learning. This Little Book explores creative ways of developing sequencing skills in different contexts and helps children predict what comes next, whether in a mathematical pattern, instructions, letters and sounds or understanding consequences.

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The Little Book of Storybuilding

The Little Book of Role-Play Windows

The Little Book of Multi-Sensory Stories

Clare Lewis and Victoria Millward

Melanie Roan and Marion Taylor

Amy Arnold

This Little Book shows you how to build original stories in groups using objects to prompt people, places and storylines, develop speaking, listening and understanding in a co-operative, imaginative way. Activities include play, drama, music and art, inside and outside and are suitable for any setting.

An exciting range of role-play activities for any setting to encourage communication incorporating a window or booth – from a post office or hotel check-in to a food kiosk or a lost property office. Encourages mark-making, early reading and numeracy. And best of all, all you need is a cardboard box!

Bring popular and traditional stories to life with exciting explorations and investigations. Read Goldilocks and the Three Bears and make porridge or uncover a crime scene at the cottage! This Little Book features inclusive and safe ideas with links to the new EYFS Learning and Development areas.

NEW MAY 2013 • 9781408194164 • 80pp

NEW AUGUST 2013 • 9781408195062 • 56pp

NEW MARCH 2013 • 9781408192160 • 80pp

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Cover the most popular topics and all areas of learning in the EYFS with this colourful series. Paperback • 80pp • 210 x 148mm • Price: £8.99

“Brilliant pocket-sized books that can support children’s current interests and next steps…there are clear links to the EYFS and the Early Learning Goals.” Early Years Educator

Little Topic Book of Bears 5 to7

Little Topic Book of Water

Little Topic Book of Ourselves

Little Topic Book of Colours

Little Topic Book of Where We Live

Judith Harries

Elizabeth Hill

Liz Powlay

Judith Harries

Liz Powlay






five to seven educator


Little Books Club Members receive: • 5 new Little Books free as they are published (included in membership fee of £29.99) • Any of the other books in the series for just £4.99 (£8.99 RRP) • 15% discount voucher to use on any other Featherstone titles • Regular free newsletter featuring special offers, exclusive discounts, club news, activity ideas and the latest curriculum news and practice from experts in the industry.

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Little Topic Book of...


The Little Books Club is a great way to get the most out of the popular and award-winning Little Books and Little Topic books series. Call 020 7631 5839 or email for an enrolment/renewal pack. Or download an application form from our website:


Little Book of... ONLY

£8.99 EACH

All Through the Year

Bags, Boxes & Trays

Big Projects





Bricks and Boxes



Circle Time





Clay and Malleable Materials 9781905019267



Little Book of…The Complete Series! SERIES


Clothes and Fabric

Colour, Shape & Number Cooking from Stories Cooking Together









Dance Music CD

Discovery Bottles


Drama from Stories


Fine Motor Skills









Fun on a Shoestring

Games with Sounds

Gross Motor Skills

Growing Things









Junk Music

Kitchen Stuff

Language Fun

Light and Shadow


Living Things







Look and Listen

Making Books & Cards

Making Poetry

Maps and Plans

Mark Making

Maths Activities










Maths from Stories

Maths Outdoors

Maths Songs & Games

Messy Play

Minibeast Hotels








*With the exception of the Little Book of Dance Music CD - £12.99


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Nursery Rhymes

Outdoor Play



Outside in All Weathers


Parachute Play

Persona Dolls






Playground Games

Prop Boxes

Props for Writing

Puppet Making

Puppets in Stories







Resistant Materials

Role Play

Sand and Water

Science Through Art

Scissor Skills

Small World Play







Sound Ideas

Stories from Around the World

Story Bags










Sewing and Weaving

Special Days

Time and Money

Time and Place

Topsy Turvy

Traditional Tales








Treasure Boxes

Treasure Baskets

Tuff Spot Activities

Washing Lines












Baby & Beyond

By Sally Featherstone & Clare Beswick

Continuity and Progression through the EYFS The Baby & Beyond series takes simple activities or resources and shows how they can be used with children at each of the EYFS development stages, from birth to 60+ months. Each easy-to-read double page spread covers one activity, so you can see progression at a glance. Paperback • 40pp • 105 x 297mm • £4.99 NEW EDITIONS SEPTEMBER 2013







Mark Making

Sound & Music

Dens & Shelters

Enhance independence and involvement in communication through meaningful marks.

Encourage and develop responses to sounds – a key part of music making.

Involve children in active learning and critical thinking as they work together.










Tell Me a Story

Going Out

Movement and Beat


Sixteen ideas for simple excursions and outdoor activities.




Finger Play & Rhymes

The Natural World


Sensory World





About Me

Small World Play


Messy Play





Food & Cooking

Dolls & Soft Toys

Bikes, Prams & Pushchairs

Role Play





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Schools and settings are encouraged in DfES guidance to ‘personalise learning for children with SEN or disabilities by making education more innovative and responsive to the diverse needs of children’. These books will help you plan and provide an effective curriculum for children with a range of additional needs, to ensure that no one misses out. Paperback • 297 x 210mm • £16.99

Speech and Language Delay

Visual Difficulties

Working with Parents

Early Signs of Dyslexia

Aderinola Hotonu, Antonia Aldous and Ranel Schafer-Dreyer

Julie Jennings

Jackie Logue

64pp • 9781408114490

64pp • 9781408112533

Chris Chandler, Meryl Morton and Sheila Smith

80pp • 9781408114506


Including Children with...

48pp • 9781408120804

Attention and Behaviour Difficulties

Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Asperger’s Syndrome

Cerebral Palsy

Clare Beswick

Clare Beswick

Lindsay Brewis

Maureen Garner





Also available

Words Get Knotted Teaching Young Children with Autism Clarissa Willis

Down’s Syndrome


This straightforward guide explains the major characteristics associated with autism and helps teachers understand the ways children with autism relate to the world.

Lindsay Brewis

Sharon Drew

9781408139721 • £18.99




Pippa Sweeney A beautifully designed book to help children’s understanding of dyslexia and their ability to share with friends and family. Hardback • 32pp • 210 x 210mm 9781408175897 • £9.99 Paperback • 32pp • 210 x 210mm 9781408181881 • £5.99



50 Fantastic Things Kirstine Beeley & Alistair Bryce-Clegg

The 50 Fantastic Things series is a no nonsense ideas bank …no frills, just 50 examples of great ideas already in practice! Ideal for the busy practitioner, they offer a ‘dip in’ approach to accessing activities that you may not have thought of. Simple and inspiring to reignite enthusiasm.

“These books suggest 50 whopping ways to have fun and bond with your child.” Mother & Baby

Paperback • 64pp • 245 x 170mm • £9.99

ALSO AVAILABLE Sally and Phill Featherstone £12.99

Silver in Practical Pre-school Awards 2010


50 Fantastic Things to do with Babies 9781408123232

50 Fantastic Things to do with a Sand Tray

50 Fantastic Things to do with a Water Tray



50 Fantastic Things to do with Toddlers 9781408123249

From 50 Fantastic Things to do with Paint.

50 Fantastic Things to do with Pre-Schoolers 9781408123300


50 Fantastic Things to do with Paint

50 Fantastic Things to do with Squidgy Stuff

50 Fantastic Things to do with 4-5 Year Olds




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50 Fantastic Ideas for Maths Outdoors Kirstine Beeley

Kirstine Beeley

50 Fantastic Ideas for Physical Activity Outdoors

NEW MAY 2013 9781408186794

NEW MAY 2013 9781408186800

Alistair Bryce-Clegg


50 Fantastic Ideas for Science Outdoors



50 Fantastic Things

NEW MAY 2013 9781408186787


50 Fantastic Ideas for Creativity Outdoors


Alistair Bryce-Clegg

50 Fantastic Ideas for Sharing & Playing Together


Kirstine Beeley


50 Fantastic Ideas for Involving Parents

50 Fantastic Ideas for Promoting Independence Alistair Bryce-Clegg

NEW SEPTEMBER 2013 9781408179796

NEW MAY 2013 9781408186770


50 Fantastic Ideas for Exploring Emotions

NEW SEPTEMBER 2013 9781408179543


50 Fantastic Ideas for Teaching Phonics

Kirstine Beeley

Alistair Bryce-Clegg

Alistair Bryce-Clegg

NEW SEPTEMBER 2013 9781408179802

NEW SEPTEMBER 2013 9781408179550

NEW SEPTEMBER 2013 9781408193976

From 50 Fantastic Ideas for Creativity Outdoors.




Key Issues The Key Issues series is written by experts, addressing some of the major challenges facing Early Years settings and Primary Schools. The titles aim to provide sound, clear advice, to help practitioners and teachers deliver the objectives of the Every Child Matters Report. Paperback • 210 x 210mm • £12.99


Working with Parents Amy Arnold, Kerry Agricole & Roxanne Rutter

Assessment for Learning in the Foundation Stage

Boys and Girls Come Out to Play

Marianne Sargent

Ros Bayley and Sally Featherstone

A detailed look at why the relationship between the parent/practitioner/child is so important, backed up by research into emotional development.

A practical explanation of what assessment for learning entails and how it can be successfully implemented.

72pp • 9781408140512

80pp • 9781408140505

An exploration of growth and development of children’s brains and held assumptions about gender, learning and behaviour.

Gold in Practical Pre-school Awards


64pp • 9781905019175





Stimulating Creativity and Enquiry Amy Arnold Promote a more personalised learning-led curriculum driven by learner’s interests. Practical examples will inspire practitioners to focus on questioning. NEW EDITION OCTOBER 2013 72pp • 9781408195024


Young Boys and Their Writing

Sustaining Shared Thinking

Problem Solving

Philosophy for Children

Sally Featherstone and Jenni Clarke

Jenni Clarke

Margaret Martin

Marilyn Bowles

A variety of interesting activities to facilitate boys engaging with the writing process.

A combination of practical experience, research and government guidance on thinking skills brought to life with examples and suggestions.

Helps support you to develop young children’s problem solving skills through every day activities. With links to the new curriculum.



Focuses on the importance of encouraging children to think, reason and express their thoughts in language; skills essential to all successful learning.

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104pp • 9781408186909

96pp • 9781906029210

80pp • 9781906029708




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Carrying on in Key Stage 1 By Ros Bayley, Lynn Broadbent & Sally Featherstone

Continue key practical activities and child-focused learning throughout Key Stage 1 with activities mapped onto the National Curriculum. Each is illustrated with photos and diagrams to help give confidence with suggestions for topic-based work. Paperback • 48pp • Full colour photos & illustrations • 210 x 297mm • £16.99

Sculpting, Stuffing and Squeezing


Role Play

Explore a wide range of interesting ways to use free, recycled and cost-effective resources to make structures, sculptures and other 3D creations.

A host of ideas for using everyday materials such as paper and wood, along with purpose-designed construction materials.

Using both traditional and more unusual themes for child-focused role-play suitable for all levels and abilities.





Outdoor Play


Exciting challenges to use sand, gravel and other natural materials to explore, construct, imagine and experiment.

Explore different outdoor spaces and resources to use in them. Activities include play, games, plants and animals, mark making and den building.

A wide range of interesting cross-curricular challenges for using this fascinating resource.





Smooth Transitions

Transition in the Early Years

Ros Bayley and Sally Featherstone

Terry Gould

A straightforward guide for anyone supporting children through the move to Key Stage 1. Help children build on previous experiences and help them cope emotionally.

A well-considered combination of explaining the theory behind transition across the early years and how to put this into practice – what it is, why it’s important and how to make it effective.

Paperback • 48pp • Illustrated • 497 x 210mm 9781408227237 • £9.99

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Transition into KS1



Personal, Social and Emotional Development Developing Everyday Coping Skills Erica Frydenberg A treasure trove of activities to help practitioners and parents build coping skills and self-esteem through creative play and imagination. Build on children’s existing knowledge and skills and improve their emotional health, creativity and respect for others. This book also presents how to identify children at risk for early intervention and how to help children cope with stress such as transition. Paperback • 172pp • 244 x 169mm 9781441161048 • £19.99

Getting to Know You Sally Featherstone & Claire Beswick Simple games for parents and practitioners to play with a new baby using things already available in the home or setting. All you need is a bit of time and some simple toys! Hardback • 48pp • 210 x 210mm 9781408129869 • £7.99

“A delightful book with step-by-step instructions to encourage interaction, enjoyment and enquiry… the clear layout and lovely photographs will make everyone want to look through it.”

Seven Skills for School Success Pam Schiller All children need social and emotional skills so they can learn and be successful in school and in life. Best-selling author Pam Schiller provides information, activities and experiences that will help you develop the seven skills that children need to become successful learners. Paperback • 128pp • 253 x 204mm 9781408139714 • £18.99

Nursery Education Plus

Tough Times Claire Beswick & Sally Featherstone Tough Times is designed to help early years practitioners support very young children who are experiencing particular stress or anxiety such as the arrival of a new sibling or moving house. This book looks at what the child might be feeling and offers guidance, practical advice and support. Paperback • 112pp • Colour illustrations 297 x 210mm 9781408114643 • £19.99

Using the Empathy Dolls Approach Kirstine Beeley A discussion of the definition of empathy, its historical roots and its use today. Presenting research focused on the links between lack of empathy and aggressive behaviours and the impact empathy has on decreasing these issues. Paperback • 64pp • Photographs • Black & white illustrations • 246 x 170mm 9781408114476 • £12.99

A Parent’s Survival Guide to Starting School Kirstine Beeley A practical, jargon-free guide to supporting learning in the early years, choosing a school and helping your child settle in. Paperback • 96pp • 210 x 148mm 9781408159880 • £9.99


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Dealing With Feelings Using straightforward text and charming full colour illustrations, Dealing With Feelings helps develop character, teaches positive behaviour and promotes personal, social and emotional skills. Developed by Jane Massey and written by experts and supported by research, each book includes additional notes and tips to help teachers, practitioners and parents reinforce the lessons children are learning through the simple stories. Hardback • 24pp • 160 x 160mm • All £4.99





Max’s First Day

My Best Friend

My Big Brother

What Natasha can do

Follow Max as he feels anxious getting ready for his first day with his dad. Will he feel better when he spots some familiar faces?

Explore the world of true friendship with Molly and Sunita as they learn that everyone has moods and feelings. Even best friends fall out sometimes!

NEW FEBRUARY 2013 9781408163887

NEW FEBRUARY 2013 9781408163900

How does it feel to be a younger sibling? Gregory envies his big brother Derek being faster, taller and better at football but maybe there are advantages to being smaller!

Celebrate the independence of young children with Natasha. She can pour her own drink, wash her hands, dress herself, and even get her own breakfast, but her younger brother can’t. What can they do together?

From My Best Friend

NEW FEBRUARY 2013 9781408163870


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

NEW FEBRUARY 2013 9781408163894

From My Big Brother

A&C Black: Good Behaviour Developing good relationships with others is a key part of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework for all children. Simple words and colourful illustrations help guide children to choose peaceful, positive behaviour. Each book includes a page of advice for parents and carers. Hardback • 24pp • Colour illustrations • 175x175mm • £4.99

Words are not for Hurting

Hands are not for Hitting

Tails are not for Pulling

Teeth are not for Biting

Feet are not for Kicking

Germs are not for Sharing










Communication and Language Sounds Fun By Sally Featherstone & Su Wall

It is well known that communication skills are at the heart of all learning and development, and vital for children’s confidence. This unique series will help practitioners teach these skills, starting with sounds and leading on to words, talking and reading.

“A super series...that will empower even the least confident and inexperienced practitioners to become enthused and capable of supporting the youngest of children in developing key early emergent communication skills.” Early Years Educator

Paperback • 80pp • 246 x 170mm • £9.99

Sounds Fun 0-20 months

Sounds Fun 16-36 months

Sounds Fun 30-50 months

Sounds Fun 40-60+ months





Let’s talk about... By Keri Finlayson

This exciting series covers the EYFS areas of learning and development through a variety of entertaining, themed language activities. It fulfils the aims of the ‘Every Child a Talker’ initiative and encourages speaking and listening in all early years settings. Paperback • 64pp • 210 x 148mm • £8.99


Let’s talk about Parks

Let’s talk about Weather

Let’s talk about Farms

Let’s talk about Toys





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Get Them Talking By Alistair Bryce-Clegg Paperback • 64pp • 297 x 210mm • £17.99

Have you seen..?


Communication and Language

EAL in the Early Years This book provides practical suggestions and guidance on supporting young children learning English as an additional language. £17.99

Get them talking – get them learning

Get them talking – get them writing

Practical advice using current practice to help provide learning opportunities and experiences for children and support them in developing language skills.

Understand the development stages of becoming a mark maker and use tried and tested activities and interventions to see a significant difference in progress for boys and girls.




Teaching Speaking and Listening


Ann Locke Designed for non-specialists, this invaluable resource offers a systematic yet flexible approach for teaching spoken language. It targets essential skills for children – Conversation; Listening; Narrative; Discussion – and supports differentiated teaching. It includes realistic objectives and activity suggestions and is ideal for use with other programmes and existing resources. Online resources are available, including a training pack. NEW SEPTEMBER 2013 Paperback • 192pp • 297 x 210mm 9781441139801 • £34.99


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Teaching Children to Listen Liz Spooner & Jacqui Woodcock Increasing numbers of children find it a challenge to stay focused on a task and follow even simple instructions in the classroom. This whole-school approach includes: • The Listening Skills Rating Scale • Advice on individual education plans that focus on a specific area of difficulty • 40 tried and tested activities, including games, to target wholeclass listening and exercises NEW EDITION APRIL 2013 Paperback • 297 x 210mm • 144pp 9781408193617 • £19.99



Communication and Language NEW

A Place to Talk By Elizabeth Jarman

In her exciting series, Elizabeth Jarman combines theory with lots of practical ideas to show how any learning environment can support the development of speaking and listening. Descriptions and photographs bring the ideas to life, showing how to create and use the particular area. Wherever you teach, this series will ensure children are encouraged to talk from an early age to avoid communication and behaviour problems at a later stage. Paperback • 40pp • 225 x 158mm • £8.99

For Two Year Olds Explore the potential of the learning environment to create areas that trigger speaking and listening skills, emotional well-being and physical development. NEW JUNE 2013 9781408192443

From A Place to Talk for Two Year Olds

From A Place to Talk for Babies


For Babies

For Boys


At Home

In KS1

Focusing on early brain development and direct interaction for babies, this books has ideas for all early years environments and budgets.

Considers the significant role the physical environment can play in supporting boys’ speaking and listening skills.

Children love outside spaces! Be inspired to ensure they help children develop language skills.

Features special spaces at home that encourage children to talk. 9781408114711

Practical ideas to make a positive difference in a KS1 classroom.

NEW MAY 2013 9781408186817


At My Childminder’s

Children’s Centres

Extended Schools

Pack-Away Settings


Flexible spaces that are easy to set up and store away, recognising the needs of children throughout the day.

Effective ideas for creating enabling environments in Children’s Centres.

Discover the importance of encouraging children to talk and how to create space to facilitate this process.

Provides examples of an ‘instant’ space or an enclosed, child height space.

With ideas ranging from creating a cosy space to a space for digging.









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craft materials which lend themselves well to letter formation. Indeed, whilst working on collage with wool, string and threads children often notice that the length of ďŹ bre has fallen into a shape resembling a letter in their name and point this out. We often played with cooked spaghetti which had aspects of our ďŹ bre collage play, different tactile media but was also a for the children to experien ce. So a different media on. It is also a wonderf choice was moving learning ul messy activity, particula rly if you add food colourin g! As briey mentioned in Chapter One you need to be aware that some sometimes to the point children dislike messy play of phobia. These children should never be coerced, messy play. However, they cajoled or coaxed into should see what is happeni ng and how the other activity. That way they can children are enjoying the come to see messy play for what it is – lots of fun They must also learn that and totally non-threatening. while nursery/school has some rules that must be kept to ensure and happy environment, a safe we all have choices and our likes/dislikes and feelings dismissed or ignored. generally will never be I do like children to experien ce as many of the activities that I set out as possible as I then feel that they have indeed enjoyed a ‘broad and balanced curriculu m’. But children can experience the activity by simply observing, which is what many do with particular types of play that they are unfamiliar with or uncertain of.


Literacy EDITION

Getting Ready to Write

Foundations of Literacy

Alistair Bryce-Clegg

Sue Palmer & Ros Bayley

A step-by-step theory into practice guide to mark making taking practitioners through developmental stages and gender differences. The tried and tested activities include innovative ideas such as Dough Gym and Jedi Writing and are guaranteed to improve children’s progress.

Updated to cover the new Foundation curriculum, this popular book outlines the seven strands of practice upon which successful literacy teaching depends. It includes advice from speech and language therapists, music specialists, developmental psychologists and early years practitioners and covers music, movement, song, role play, story-telling and picture books.

NEW APRIL 2013 Paperback • 64pp • 297 x 210mm 9781408193181 • £17.99

NEW EDITION JUNE 2013 Paperback • 128pp • 297 x 210mm 9781408193846 • £19.99

In the following case study I don’t think we, as practitioners, consider ed the play to be particularly messy. We had played with far worse in previous sessions ! But for Sam this was most deďŹ nitely messy to the point of causing him distress.

Stories for Young Children and How to Tell Them! Mary Medlicott 18

A wonderful collection of stories and storytelling advice. The emphasis is on creativity and enjoyment – getting children engaged and stimulating their thinking. The sound, practical guidance for practitioners will help even the least conďŹ dent to make the most of storytime. Delightfully illustrated in full colour.


Child-Initiated Writing Lynn Clere An inspirational book of ideas and activities that make the process of learning to write not only enjoyable but downright fun! Lynn believes that it’s every practitioner’s dream that a child will independently choose a writing activity. She has used these ideas over the years with great success.

Paperback + Audio CD 64pp • 297 x 210mm 9781408124529 • £19.99

Paperback • 96pp • 297 x 210mm 9781408132630 • £18.99

The Road to Writing Sue Cowley

Have you seen..?

Prepare for the journey young children make when they learn their ďŹ rst words. Offering activities and practical advice, Sue Cowley will inspire practitioners to try lots of creative approaches to mark making. Learn how to improve children’s understanding of symbols and signs, how to build conďŹ dence and how to get boys engaged. A companion website with downloadable resources and links is available. Paperback • 192pp • 170 x 244mm 9781441103444 • ÂŁ17.99

Getting Ready for Phonics See page 24


Get Them Talking and Get Them Writing See page 17



Mathematics NEW

Foundations of Mathematics Carole Skinner This new title outlines seven strands of practice, which underpin successful mathematical development in children aged 3-7. Early years mathematics specialists, Carole Skinner and Judith Stevens, draw on their experience to provide a completely up-to-date book, which embeds the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage throughout. Full of multi-sensory ideas for playing and exploring, making learning active and for developing creative and critical thinking. NEW JANUARY 2013 • Paperback • 136pp • 297 x 210mm 9781855394360 • £19.99

Paperback • 80pp • 210 x 148mm • £8.99

Little Book of Colour, Shape and Number

Little Book of Counting

Little Book of Maths Activities

Focused on three aspects of mathematical development with fun, easy to do activities.

Further ideas in problem solving, reasoning and numeracy focused on counting, not recognising numbers. Covers a range of everyday counting activities, including 1:1 correspondence, guessing, estimating, and counting with music and movement.

Linked to the stepping stones and the mathematical concepts, these simple activities will enable you to plan and provide activities for children at different levels of mathematical understanding.




Little Book of Maths from Stories

Little Book of Maths Songs and Games

Little Book of Time and Money

Ideas for developing mathematics using high quality picture books and well-known rhymes.

Nothing unusual, nothing to find or buy, just use what you have to explore maths through these simple activities and some new and familiar songs.

Two sometimes neglected aspects of problem solving. Refresh your memory of old favourites for teaching time and money, as well as some new ideas.





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Making the Most of... By Linda Thornton and Pat Brunton

The Making The Most Of… series has been specially designed in order to share good practice, showing what high quality learning and development for young children looks like in real settings. Paperback • 112pp • 297 x 210mm

Light and Mirrors


Playing with light is a magical experience for children and adults alike. Making the Most of Light and Mirrors shows practitioners how to help children appreciate the awe and wonder in the world around them and helps them provide an environment which is rich in possibilities for children to develop their natural curiosity. 9781408189153 • £18.99 • NEW EDITION NOVEMBER 2013

“This is a very clear and accessible book which is a delight to look at and glean ideas from, secure in the knowledge that these are tried and tested ideas that work.”


Understanding the World

Early Years Educator, 2009

Reclaimed and Natural Materials


This book is designed to help early years practitioners, through simple text and colour photographs, understand how young children can use natural and reclaimed materials that are readily available in most settings. It provides guidance on how to make a range of creations while at the same time helping children to learn about materials and processes key to early science and technology. 9781408189177 • £18.99 • NEW EDITION NOVEMBER 2013


Making the Most of Outdoor Learning


This exciting book in the Making the Most of series shows the value of any outdoor environment as a place which can enhance and enrich young children’s experiences. The book demonstrates how outdoor spaces, both in the setting and further afield, can add richness to the learning environment settings provided for very young children. 9781408193969 • £18.99 • NEW EDITION JULY 2013

“There are many ideas in this book! An excellent book for teachers to use in planning.” Practical Pre-School awards testers, 2011




Outdoor Learning

Effective Practice in Outdoor Learning Terry Gould Packed full of colour photos and practical ideas, this book is the result of the author listening to practitioners and understanding the importance of the outdoor environment. Chapters cover all aspects of outdoor learning to help those working in the early years as well as managers, head teachers, students and classroom support.

The Coombes Approach

Paperback • 210 x 297mm • 64pp • 9781408145623 • £16.99

Susan Rowe Showcasing the Coombes School in Berkshire, which has developed an international reputation for its innovative approach to Nursery and Infant teaching, its unique ‘outdoor classroom’ is created from the school’s environment. Topics also include curriculum design, pastoral care and the wider policy and community contexts. Supported by an online resource bank of pictures and pupils’ activities.

Have you seen..?

246 x 189mm • 240pp Paperback • 9780826440440 • £22.99

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Paperback • 80pp • 210 x 148mm • £8.99

Little Book of Outdoor Play

Little Book of Outside in all Weathers

Little Book of All Through the Year

Little Book of Growing Things

Little Book of Living Things

Focusing on the environment for outdoor play, giving you hundreds of ideas for making your outdoor area into an exciting garden for all children.

Go out in the rain, wind, fog, snow and ice, as well as in the sun! Lots of ideas for play and activities.

Ideas for outdoor activities, most of which can be offered in your garden, outdoor area or local park. Also includes ideas for art, craft and technology on seasonal themes, and a wide range of simple and healthy foods to make and eat together.

You can grow something in every setting! Seeds, pips, stones and cuttings are all explored, and there are suggestions for hanging baskets, window boxes and growing your own food.

Develop children's awareness of the world around them. Themes covered include plants as well as animals with both short and long term investigations and information for organisation and classification.







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Is Your EYFS on Track? Terry Gould This book is about evaluating the effectiveness of an early years setting in the light of the latest recommendations. It will help early years leaders, managers and practitioners have a better understanding of the self-evaluation process. Paperback 64pp • 297 x 210mm 9781408163979 • £17.99


The EYFS: Am I Getting it Right?


Anita Soni and Sue Bristow This new edition aims to help practitioners answer the question ‘How do I know I am doing the EYFS?’ by using reflection and self-evaluation techniques. Simple questionnaires help practitioners evaluate the effectiveness of their work. The book aims to enable practitioners to further develop and improve what goes on in their setting on a day-to-day basis.

EYFS Development Charts 3 x A4 • 9781472900647 • £12.99


Observation, Assessment and Planning

NEW EDITION MAY 2013 Paperback 104pp • 297 x 210mm 9781408186824 • £19.99

From Good to Better Redcar & Cleveland This self-evaluation book follows the four outcomes of Every Child Matters, giving practitioners and managers clear and detailed descriptions of good practice and statements for evaluation at five levels, alongside helpful advice on preparing for and managing inspection. Paperback • 64pp • 210 x 297mm 9781408112526 • £19.99




Professional Development NEW EDITION

“A welcome and timely book.” Nursery World

The Revised EYFS in Practice

Supporting Child-Initiated Learning

Ann Langston & Dr. Jonathan Doherty

Editors: Sally and Phill Featherstone

With the new EYFS in its infancy, this practical professional development title will take practitioners through the new policies and provide vital information and practical advice on how to implement it effectively. With their wealth of experience in the Early Years, Ann Langston and Dr Jonathan Doherty have all the expertise to make this an authoritative book that will be useful to anyone involved in Early Years education. Paperback • 208pp • 245x170mm

Why is it that, some children behave like butterflies, flitting around among the flowers of activities while others behave with the single-minded concentration of bees? This book, written by a group of experts, explores the place and purpose of child-initiated learning as a key feature of the EYFS.

9781408163948 • £18.99

NEW EDITION MARCH 2013 Paperback • 144pp • 245 x 170mm Black & white photographs 9781408189160 • £18.99


Getting Ready for Phonics

Catching Them At It!

Setting the Scene

Editor: Sally Featherstone

Sally Featherstone

Sally Featherstone

Everyone agrees that an understanding of phonics is essential to cracking the code for reading. This book discusses early language development. It focuses on the phonics debate and provides activities to support multi-sensory learning environments for the teaching of phonological development in the Foundation Stage and early Key Stage 1.

Practitioners are still uncertain of exactly how to manage assessment. This book takes them through the process step-by-step. It explains the terminology, shows them how to turn observation into assessment and in the final chapter sets out how to manage and interpret all the information they have gathered.

This title explores the importance of the environment in the Early Years and its effect on learning and emotional development. It provides examples of excellent settings for learning as well as lots of ideas for organisation, planning, displays and making changes. It will inspire practitioners with its full colour photos and practical, easy to follow activities. Paperback • 64pp • 297 x 210mm

NEW EDITION MARCH 2013 Paperback • 181pp • 245 x 170mm Black & white photographs 9781408189139 • £18.99


Paperback • 128pp • 245 x 170mm 9781408131152 • £18.99

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Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play

Understanding Schemas in Young Children

Sally Featherstone & Ros Bayley


Stella Louis, Clare Beswick, Liz McGraw, Lisa Hayes Edited by Sally Featherstone An introduction to understanding and supporting schemas and schema play in young children. Illustrated examples and descriptions are set within the context of child development. Designed to help practitioners identify schemas and understand their importance and role in the growing child’s learning.

Paperback • 128pp • 244 x 169mm


9781408175835 • £17.99

Paperback • 112pp • 245x170mm • Black & white photographs

Heuristic Play uses a specific range of 'found' or everyday objects, in adult-led and child-initiated sessions, indoors and outside. This book provides information on using treasure baskets and heuristic play with babies and young children and what needs to change to meet the needs of children at different stages of development.

9781408189146 • £18.99

Getting it Right for Boys

The Cleverness of Boys

Neil Farmer

Sally Featherstone and Ros Bayley

A real insight into how boys learn and develop and how to get the environment right for them. Numerous case studies demonstrate how to get true engagement in the learning process and help practitioners to understand why boys do what they do and how to harness this way of learning. Packed with practical advice, this book is highly relevant to raising boys’ achievements in the early years. Paperback • 128pp • 245 x 170mm 9781408140710 • £18.99


The differences between boys and girls, in development and attitude to learning, are well documented. This book addresses the issue of young boys and their learning by taking aspects of the ‘cleverness’ of boys and addressing these through case histories. Paperback • 128pp • 245 x 170mm 9781408114681 • £18.99

“This book cleverly addresses the issues surrounding the development and learning of young boys…an absolute joy to read.” Early Years Educator

Independent Learning in the Foundation Stage Ros Bayley & Sally Featherstone Developing children as independent learners starts in the early years. Scientific evidence as well as the experience of experts confirms that children between three and six learn most effectively by doing. This work looks at the theory of independent learning and describes how practitioners can plan and resource the early years. This is a new and updated edition of Independent Learning in the Foundation Stage. Paperback • 160pp • 245 x 170 mm 9781408140666 • £18.99



Practitioners’ Guides Learning and Playing Indoors


Terry Gould and Kathy Coates-Mohammed The learning environment signiďŹ cantly impacts on outcomes for young children. High quality and inspirational provision is very important. Explore the theory behind the commitment as well as practical advice on ensuring the indoor learning environment is planned to inspire and capture every child’s imagination. Paperback • 64pp • 297 x 210mm 9781408155493 • ÂŁ18.99

Learning and Playing Outdoors Terry Gould Fantastic advice on setting up, developing and maintaining outdoor environments for young children. Features guidance on spaces to develop, what to include and how to do it on a budget with links to the revised EYFS framework. Includes full colour photographs of real settings for extra inspiration. NEW SEPTEMBER 2013 Paperback • 64pp • 297 x 210mm 9781408193174 • £18.99

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Share the child’s experiences with parents. Display children ’s construction for parents to and to gain ideas see from. Encourage parents to bring in recycled from home. resources Take photographs and display for parents to see. Show parents that for constru ction you don’t an expensive brick need set – you can utilise many resources from around the home.

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Child-Initiated Learning

Child-initiated Play

Ros Bayley and Sally Featherstone

Su Wall

The wealth of ideas will help you to develop an environment where independent learning is celebrated and where children take responsibility for planning and organising their own activities. Case studies in each chapter highlight how to implement good practice in your setting.

Putting independent learning and child-initiated activities at the heart of early learning, this book follows on from the very successful ‘Child-initiated Learning’ focusing on the under 3s. Each chapter is related to a speciďŹ c area of learning e.g. messy play, water play and even mud play, and is supported by lots of practical suggestions for suitable resources. Crucially, it also features guidance on involving parents. Paperback • 64pp • 297 x 210mm

Paperback • 56pp • 297 x 210mm 9781408125229 • £18.99

“ ‘Provides a wealth of ideas for encouraging children to undertake independent learning. Essential reading.�

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Early Years Display

Press It, Switch It, Turn it, Move it!

Creative Role-Play in the Early Years

Kirstine Beeley

Terry Gould

Kirstine Beeley

Many settings still insist on creating displays that are created by adults or for adults. Both the EYFS and the Children’s Act ask that children play an active part in decision making processes and child-led display offers an excellent way of moving towards these goals. This book includes specific examples as well as changing traditional views with reference to all types of setting.

Supports the delivery of early ICT across the revised EYFS, including resource suggestions for providing an ICT rich environment. Also supports nervous practitioners with case studies, ideas and practical elements based on research and experience. Includes full colour images in real settings. NEW OCTOBER 2013

Role-play is an important part of every child's entitlement. This lively book will guide you in planning, stimulating and organising role-play inside and out. There are ideas for materials, equipment and locations, including advice on making the most of limited resources. Unlock your imagination and help your children to bring out what's inside!

Paperback • 64pp • 297 x 210mm


9781408195055 • £18.99

Paperback • 64pp • 297 x 210mm



Practitioners’ Guides

9781408155479 • £18.99

Paperback • 64pp • 297 x 210mm 9781408155486 • £18.99

Science in the Early Years Kirstine Beeley An inspirational book that gives practitioners the confidence to teach Science in the early years, helping children to become active and inquisitive learners. This book looks at and challenges the traditional teaching views of Science and aims to show how scientific exploration and thinking are at the heart of child-led, child-centered EYFS provision. Paperback • 64pp • 297 x 210mm 9781408155462 • £18.99

A Square Peg in a Round Hole Linda Tallent and Jean Thompson This practical easy-to-use guide identifies the barriers that children with a wide range of different additional needs experience in school. It provides case studies of each of the major conditions, describes the behaviour of the child involved and the process of diagnosis, concluding with practical strategies on how to help these children become successful learners. Paperback • 64pp • 297 x 210mm 9781408140703 • £19.99




Practitioners’ Guides

From Vacant to Engaged Alistair Bryce-Clegg This book shows, through practical examples, how practitioners can move away from the more traditional model of teaching to one driven by the most powerful learning tool of all – engagement. The combination of current theory and practical examples makes this a really useful book. Paperback • 64pp • 297 x 210mm 9781408163986 • £17.99

“A thought-provoking book about how to appeal to children and stimulate their interests…A great resource to read through at regular intervals…” Practical Pre-School Awards 2012


Continuous Provision in the Early Years

The Key Person Approach

EAL in the Early Years

Alistair Bryce-Clegg

Anita Soni and Sue Bristow

Anita Soni and Sue Bristow

Bringing together Alistair’s knowledge of continuous provision and the high level impact it can bring. Includes explanations, links to assessment plus case studies and illustrations. Helps provide carefully structured learning opportunities.

This user-friendly book links the theory that underpins the Key Person approach with how to develop and support effective practice in settings. It offers solutions to the challenges this approach can bring, especially in schools, and includes questions to encourage self-evaluation and reflective practice.

Practical suggestions and guidance on supporting young children and managing the key difficulties. Includes case studies of EAL children showing how their needs have been met and a tool for selfreflection and evaluation.

NEW MAY 2013 Paperback • 128pp • 297 x 210mm 9781408175828 • £17.99



Paperback • 96pp • 297 x 210mm 9781408137307 • £17.99

NEW SEPTEMBER 2013 Paperback • 64pp • 297 x 210mm 9781408159873 • £17.99

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Creative Planning in the EYFS Lucy Peet

An exciting series supporting topic planning (and assessment) in settings with Foundation Stage children. Based on the new ELGs, this series will help to support practitioners working with 4 and 5 year old children in all settings with the 7 areas of learning and 17 aspects from the amended EYFS. It provides examples of good practice and ideas and schemes of work over a six-week period. Activities are differentiated using the new EYFS terminology – Emerging, Expected and Exceeding – which makes this series both flexible and unique. Paperback • 56pp • 297 x 210mm • £14.99



Castles and Dragons

Pirates and Seaside





week 2


Observation and assessment

Activity 1

*B;=KBA7FDK The children will be looking carefully at hedgehogs in books and in film clips, and extending their vocabulary by describing hedgehogs in a poem.


Communication and Language


Listening and attention

Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They can give their attention to what is being said to them and respond appropriately, while remaining involved in an activity.


They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events


They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.




Children write their own labels, captions, messages and simple stories which can be read by themselves and others.

 Pictures of hedgehogs – a selection laminated for the children to pass around and examine.

 Video clips online of hedgehogs in their natural environment – try the RSPCA and National Geographic websites. ‘Hedgehogs’ episode from ‘Come Outside with Mabel and Pippin’ is really useful to give the children a little background knowledge

t hedgehog

t roll

t scurry

t hoglet

t snuffle

t spiky

Winter Hedgehog by Reg Cartwright

t spine

t sniff

t prickly

 Ouch! by Ragnhild Scamell.

t ball

t scamper

t sharp.


To support, collect a selection of everyday objects with spikes or spines, for example hairbrushes and combs, sticklebricks and other similar construction toys, a bundle of sharp pencil crayons, dry spaghetti, natural objects such as pinecones, conker shells and holly leaves. Allow the children to look at these and handle them carefully. Show the children the pictures of the hedgehogs and encourage the children to draw parallels between the objects they can feel and the images of the hedgehogs. Model the use of key vocabulary in simple sentences, “The hedgehog looks spiky like the hairbrush”. The children could sort or group the objects to their own chosen criteria, or place in groups

Ask the children to think of words to describe a hedgehog, and write them on a large sheet of paper. Let the children help you with sounding out the words to spell, encouraging them to use their phonic knowledge. The more able children could write their describing words onto post it notes and stick them onto the collection of words. Explain to the children that they are to choose a describing word from the collected ideas and put it into a sentence as a simile – e.g. ‘Spiky like a conker shell’ / ‘Rolled up like a ball’ / ‘Snuffly like a rabbit’s nose’ / Scurrying like a little mouse’.

week 1

…then the children can work together with an adult to create a collection of words and phrases to describe a hedgehog. Talk about what it reminds them of; ask them to draw parallels with other objects and experiences. The words could be written on individual card labels and displayed by the children on a large hedgehog picture on the wall. If this is to be an independent activity…

…then show the children where the collection of pictures and simple non-fiction books about hedgehogs will be, and explain that sometime this week they are to take time to look at them and think of words to describe the hedgehogs in the pictures. Provide a microphone and a method of recording the children’s voices to allow them to record their thoughts.


To extend the more able children, read together some of the fiction story books featuring hedgehogs that are recommended above. Talk together about some of the problems encountered by the hedgehog (not hibernating during winter, being so spiky that objects are caught on their spines). Discuss why these things have happened – how were the problems solved in the stories? Encourage the children to think of other problems a hedgehog might have – be creative! Draw several pictures to show the beginning, middle and end of the story plan. Extend the more able children by asking them to write a few simple sentences underneath each picture to tell the story.


If this is to be a guided activity…

Explain to the children that they are going to learn about hedgehogs. Watch ‘Come Outside’ episode if possible, look at the video clips online and share the pictures and photographs around the children. Discuss what children already know about hedgehogs – has anyone actually seen one? Encourage the children to listen carefully to each other when speaking. Use the key vocabulary where relevant, modelling the correct way to put the words into a sentence.

At home, try to encourage hedgehogs into your garden — they are very good at keeping slugs from eating your plants! If your garden is entirely fenced in then cut a small hole at ground level and scrape a little soil away so that the hedgehogs can move from garden to garden under the fence. Put out a little wet cat food and a shallow dish of water to encourage them to return.

To support or extend Key vocabulary

 ‘Hedgehogs’ episode from ‘Come Outside with Mabel and Pippin’ (BBC).

Parents and carers as partners

They use their phonic knowledge to spell words in ways which match their spoken sounds, and make use of high frequency spellings

 Simple non-fiction books about hedgehogs.

Story books

Observation and assessment

Activity 2





Children use numbers up to 10 in order to do simple addition and subtraction to solve practical problems.

Shape, space and measures

Children use everyday language to describe and compare size, weight, capacity, time, position and distance.

To support or extend To support, give the children a pre-cut sail shape and help them to attach the mast. Let them play with the boats, loading animals until it sinks! Use simple words such as more / less, how many altogether, and count in order using the number names. Mathematics



They show curiosity about numbers by offering comments or asking questions.

The children will be using different shapes to

They find one more or one less from a group of up to five objects

make sails, and putting small toy animals in the boat to see how many the boat will carry. They will be practising counting, cutting and making, talking with their friends and taking turns at sailing their boats!

Shape, space and measures

 Small foil / plastic trays of different shapes and sizes  Lolly sticks for masts

From Creative Planning in the EYFS: Autumn.

 Sticky tape  Plasticine or play doh to attach ‘mast’ to base of boat  Card, either cut into sail shapes or pre-drawn with squares, rectangles and triangles for the children to cut sails out  Small animals to use for weighing activity  Water tray to sail boats in  Clipboards with paper and pencils for children to record their results.

Story books

.:3FFA6A Explain to the children they are going to make a boat with a sail, and blow it along the water tray to see if it will sail. Show them some images of sailing boats, talk about the shape of sails. Introduce the key vocabulary, showing the children the different shapes and naming them. Demonstrate constructing the boat, particularly how to use sticky tape to attach the straw to the sail, and how to press the straw into the plasticine so that the sail stands straight. Encourage them to gently place their boat into the water tray to ensure it will balance and float before they begin to blow it along.

 Who Sank The Boat? Pamela Allen

If this is to be a guided activity…

 Mr Gumpy’s Outing, John Burningham

…then the children can work together with an adult to construct their boats and sail them together as a group. The role of the adult is to encourage the children to use some key vocabulary when playing with their boats, and also to develop and secure the prime areas of development of PSED and Communication and Language.

Key vocabulary t sail

t rectangle

t mast

t float

t square

t sink

t triangle

t estimate.

Children identify and describe shapes in simple models, pictures and patterns.

To extend the more able children, encourage them to estimate how many small toy animals they think they can place in their boat before it will sink. Test out their theory, were they correct? Using this information, can they try with differently sized animals? Introduce the concept of predicting an event before it happens, encouraging the children to use the clipboards available to draw and record their predictions and findings. These can be kept as examples of emergent mathematics and used in discussions later.

Creative Planning in the EYFS Š Autumn


If this is to be an independent activity… …then show the children where the box of resources will be, and explain that they can try this activity sometime this week. Encourage them to record their findings independently by drawing or writing on the clipboards. Keep these as examples of emergent mathematics to discuss with the children later.




Practitioners’ Guides

Creative Planning in the EYFS Š Autumn




Children estimate a number of objects and check quantities by counting up to 10.

Shape, space and measures

Children estimate, measure, weigh and compare and order objects and talk about properties, position and time.

Parents and carers as partners At home, play in the sink, bath or paddling pool with plastic containers, spoons, sieves and strainers to float, fill, sink and spill differently sized ‘boats’. Talk about full, empty, more and less when playing, guessing how many spoons will fill the yoghurt pot before it sinks. NB THIS ACTIVITY MUST BE WHOLLY SUPERVISED – CHILDREN CAN DROWN IN ONLY AN INCH OF WATER.

Creative Planning in the EYFS Š Autumn





No music reading required for all titles


Shukalaka Shake A young child’s day in songs Anne Johnson, Michele Chowromootoo and Kate Corkery Brilliant songs for fun-filled days in early years settings. Perfect for social play and learning, these world music-inspired songs celebrate words, sounds and melody from morning till night – getting up and out, playing and learning with friends or winding down to home time. Action-packed and engaging. • 30 action songs and rhymes for every day • Full action instructions and development ideas • CD performances and backing tracks

Playsongs Sheena Roberts 72 songs and rhymes for babies and toddlers. The perfect musical start for the very young. Fully illustrated book and CD. Paperback + CD • 48pp • 220 x 230mm • Colour Illustrations 9780713663716 • £12.99

Spiral bound paperback + CD • 64pp • 210 x 220mm • 9781408146576 • £14.99

Livelytime Playsongs Bingo Lingo Helen MacGregor

Sheena Roberts and Rachel Fuller

A wonderfully clever collection of songs and rhymes with familiar tunes, all of which teach an aspect of literacy in a fun and memorable way. Instantly accessible.

Parents and carers of young children will find a wealth of entertainment for their lively babies and toddlers in this full colour picture songbook. With 30 action songs and rhymes for children from birth to walking.

Spiral bound paperback • 64pp • 210 x 220mm 9780713673241 • £12.99

Paperback + CD • 32pp • Colour Illustrations • 220 x 230 mm 9780713669404 • £9.99

Sleepytime Playsongs Pat a Cake, Make and Shake Sue Nicholls Pat-a-cake, make and shake is a hands-on guide to making musical instruments with everyday objects. Anything from newspapers to balloons can be transformed into soundmakers. The book and CD pack contains lively songs, stories and chants for children to sing and play along to. Spiral bound paperback + CD • 64pp • 210 x 220mm 9781408115244 • £18.99


Sheena Roberts A relaxing day full of gentle play for babies and toddlers in this full colour picture songbook which tells baby’s day from start to finish. Interleaved are songs and rhymes for each stage of the day, all with actions for interactive fun, relaxation and lullaby. Paperback + CD • 32pp • Colour Illustrations • 220 x 230 mm 9780713669411 • £9.99

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EYFS Music Express

Kickstart Music EY

Singing Phonics

Sally Hickman, Sue Nicholls, Patricia Scott

Anice Paterson and David Wheway

Now incorporating the whole age range from birth to five, this new edition fully supports the 2012 Statutory Framework for the EYFS. Includes old favourites and exciting new ideas arranged in popular themes within the learning and development areas. New features include child-initiated learning and more outdoor ideas. Includes online support on the Music Express website

A flexible resource of tried and tested activities to last for minutes, weeks or years of music teaching. Progressive and fully supported by clear guidance, the activities can be dipped into or followed through from the start.

Book 1 Helen MacGregor and Catherine Birt Singing Phonics is a song collection for 3-5 year olds, specially designed to support the earliest steps in phonics teaching and to enrich young children’s experience of language in a fun and interactive way. Includes songs with new words to familiar tunes.

Paperback • 297 x 210mm • 64pp 9781408123614 • £16.99


No music reading required for all titles

Paperback + CD • 80pp • 297 x 210mm 9781408104729 • £19.99

Paperback + 3CDs • 88pp • 297 x 210m 9781408187074 • £34.99

Musical Steps Cathy McCallum The Musical Steps series has been specially designed for early years practitioners without any musical experience to help introduce music through popular topics. • Full colour, lots of photos and simple instructions • Related activities link to key EYFS areas • Child-initiated activities and observation guidance Each CD includes catchy backing tracks and sample performances to make learning the songs fun and easy. Everyone will be singing along in no time! Paperback + CD • 48pp • 174 x 148mm • £9.99




The Sea

Topics include: Wild animals; Farm animals; Pets.

Topics include: My house; Rooms; Looking after my home.

Topics include: My body; My family and friends; My feelings.

Topics include: Fish; Sailing; The seashore.







No music reading required for all titles*



Three Tapping Teddies

Three Singing Pigs

Kaye Umansky

A brand new edition of this baker’s dozen of traditional tales retold by the wonderful Kaye Umansky. A much-loved resource of musical fun through stories. Includes songs with familiar melodies and specially rewritten words to carry the action along. Instantly performable pieces of classroom magic.

A much-loved music and literacy resource with 15 stories told by Kaye Umansky and activities by Helen MacGregor and others. Each story contains a song, rap or chant with favourites including Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio and Cinderella. Spiral bound paperback • 64pp • Line illustrations • 210 x 220mm 9780713674736 • £12.99

Spiral bound paperback • 64pp • 210 x 220mm 9780713673258 • £14.99

Dancing to Music

Sing Hey Diddle Diddle

Let’s Go Zudi e-O Bobbie Gargrave and Helen MacGregor A stimulating and creative cross-curricular exploration of dance and music for the Early Years. Activities spring from world, contemporary and historical music and dance. Fully supported by audio and movies, showing children and teachers working together. Includes CD and CD-ROM.

66 nursery songs beautifully performed on CD and decorated throughout the book with full colour illustrations by Frank Francis. Spiral bound paperback + CD • 96pp • Colour Illustrations • 210 x 305mm 9780713659344 • £18.99

Paperback • 56pp 9781408194416 • £16.99

Game Songs with Prof Dogg

Okki Tokki Unga

David McKee

Beatrice Harrop

An innovative collection of 44 songs and games with open-ended activities, perfect for allowing children’s imaginations to fly. What would a dinosaur like to eat? How can we brew up a spell? Develop confidence in language, movement and social play.

The greatest collection of action songs for young children. Try Ten Fat Sausages or the No Laugh Race with lots of toe tapping, wriggling and giggling in between.

Spiral bound paperback • 64pp 9781408194430 • £16.99

Spiral bound paperback • 96pp • 210 x 297mm • Also available as Triple CD pack PB book: 9780713640786 • £16.99 Triple CD pack: 9781408129470 • £13.99

*Okki-tokki-unga may require music reading if purchased without CD


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Music Noisy Picture Books


Take a great story and lots of silly sounds, mix with a happy helping of children, and you have a recipe for a Kaye Umansky Noisy Picture Book. Riotously funny re-tellings of favourite tales as you have never heard them before. Ideal for join-in storytelling. Includes CD performances and full colour illustrations.

The Earlybirds series showcases the liveliest, most engaging songs for young children. Each pack contains twelve songs, a CD, full lyrics and teaching notes with actions.

JULY 2013 • All Paperback • 280 x 215mm • 24pp • £7.99


No music reading required for all titles

All activities can be taught inside the classroom, outside or at home.


CD + Folded card sheet music • 6pp • 305 x 248mm

Five Little Monkeys Counting songs and activities. 9781408114537 • £8.99

Billy Goats Gruff 9781408192375

Little Red Hen 9781408192405

Clap your Hands follow Me

Three Little Pigs

Action songs and activities.


9781408114544 £8.99

I Hear the Band Listening and talking songs. 9781408114551 • £8.99

Three Little Celebrations

Three Little Nativities

Kaye Umansky & Veronica Clark

Jonathan Trueman, Kaye Umansky, Sue Nicholls & Veronica Clark

Three marvellous mini-musicals to celebrate spring, summer and autumn. Ideal for informal performances in Early Years settings. Book includes activities, practice, costume and artwork suggestions, scripts and songs and links to the EYFS. CDs include performance and backing tracks. Includes FREE performance licence.

Three retellings of the nativity story carefully planned to lead children in Foundation Stage and Reception classes through successful impromptu musical performances. Simple practice, performance, costume and artwork suggestions are all included in this complete performance pack which includes a FREE performance licence.

Paperback + 2 CDs • Line illustrations • 64pp • 305 x 245mm

Paperback + 2 CDs • 64pp • 305 x 245mm The three settings are:

9781408114353 • £24.99

• Traditional Bethlehem stable · A magical toy shop · A journey through space 9780713678383 • £24.99




A&C Black Wild Things

Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is a worldrenowned charity, working to achieve the global conservation of animals and their habitats. For further information please visit

Lisa Regan What would happen if you were sent an elephant in the post? How would you look after it? Wild Things! gives young readers a beautifully illustrated first introduction to exotic animals, how and where they live and what they need to survive. A fact spread explains why each animal is suited to its normal environment and how to help it stay there. 220 x 210 mm • 24pp • Hardback: £8.99 • Paperback: £4.99 NEW PAPERBACK EDITION OUT JULY 2013









HB • 9781408179390 PB • 9781408179406

HB • 9781408179352 PB • 9781408179369

HB • 9781408179413 PB • 9781408179420

HB • 9781408179376 PB • 9781408179383





HB: 9781408142479 • £8.99 PB: 9781408156780 • £4.99

HB: 9781408142455 • £8.99 PB: 9781408149614 • £4.99

HB: 9781408142448 • £8.99 PB: 9781408156810 • £4.99

HB: 9781408142462 • £8.99 PB: 9781408156797 • £4.99

RSPB My First Book of ... Take a journey through the garden and discover the creatures living there. Each title in the ‘My First Book’ series covers 20 wildlife wonders that young readers can find right outside their window. Each creature is introduced with clues and mysterious pictures. Turn the page to find out more with beautiful illustrations and fascinating facts. Hardback • 48pp • 210 x 210mm • £6.99

Garden Bugs

Garden Wildlife

Mike Unwin Illustrated by Tony Sanchez 9781408114155

Garden Birds

Mike Unwin Illustrated by Tony Sanchez

Mike Unwin & Sarah Whittley Illustrated by Rachel Lockwood



I’m Feeling… Lisa Regan A thought-provoking series that encourages children to deal with feelings, talk about their emotions and cope with difficult situations in a positive way. • Difficult emotions and issues are treated seriously, sympathetically and constructively • Key links to the primary framework • Beautiful illustrations • A tool for parents, practitioners and teachers Hardback • 210 x 210mm • 24pp • £6.99


I’m Feeling Scared

I’m Feeling Shy



I’m Feeling Angry

I’m Feeling Jealous



Ages 4+

01256 302 688

01256 812 521


A&C Black My First Book of… • Four new spotter’s guides introducing young readers to different modes of transport • Find out about 30 types in each book with beautiful illustrations and key information • Each includes a spotter’s chart for children to fill in to extend the fun NEW MAY 2013 • Ages 4+ Paperback • 198 x 129mm • 48pp • £4.99





First Book of Trains

First Book of Tractors and Trucks First Book of Aircraft

First Book of Cars

From trams to rollercoasters and everything in between!

From fork lift trucks to fire engines and everything in between!

From hot air balloons to jumbo jets and everything in between!

From racing cars to campervans and everything in between!





RSPB First Book of ... • Each RSPB spotter’s guide will look at 35 common plants or animals, perfect for beginner naturalists. • Beautiful full-page illustrations accompanied by key information about each creature, each book is designed to encourage young children’s interest in the outside world and the wildlife around them. • A spotter’s chart for children to fill in means that children can extend the fun. • The RSPB produces resources to support teaching and learning about wildlife, mainly for the primary sector, early years and in leisure time. • We have posters, free resources, games, information, an annual School’s Birdwatch and school membership. • For more information about everything the RSPB does please see our website. Paperback • 198 x 129mm • 48pp • £4.99








Pond Life

The Seashore

Butterflies and Moths
















Featherstone is an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. Front cover images supplied by Acorn Childcare Ltd., Milton Keynes, and the London Early Years Foundation.

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Featherstone Catalogue 2013  

Titles to inspire and support all practitioners, teachers, childminders, librarians, parents and everyone else involved in Early Years Educa...

Featherstone Catalogue 2013  

Titles to inspire and support all practitioners, teachers, childminders, librarians, parents and everyone else involved in Early Years Educa...