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Geography & Environment

Macmillan World Library 2 Encyclopedias 3

Humanities Geography and Environment 4– 10 Countries and Culture 11–14 Commerce 15 History 16 General 17–18 Animals 19

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international rights catalogue

Science Animals 19–20 Environment 21–23 General 23–25 Astronomy 26

Health 27–29 Sport 30 Technology


Macmillan World Library

middle primary–lower secondary

‘Bumper’ Volumes The A–Z of Inventions and Inventors

Getting Into Sport This fast-paced volume is a mini-manual, providing everything students need to know to get started in some popular sports. The skills section provides useful step-by-step instructions with easy-to-follow diagrams.

Eighty-four inventions that we use every day are explored in this intriguing volume for curious students. Inventions are examined in relation to how they work, related inventions and changes over time.

Contents Australian Rules Football Basketball Cricket Netball Soccer Tennis

Contents Contents are organised in an A–Z format.

(176 pages)

(176 pages)

Arts and Crafts of Indigenous Australia This stunning resource looks at the traditions and culture of Indigenous artists through their special stories. Contents Ceremonial Art Painting Sculpture Weaving (112 pages)

Continents explores the physical features, climate, environment, history, regions and people of the seven continents, as well as their environmental and economical sustainability. Contents Africa Antarctica Asia Australia Europe North America South America

Recycle, Reduce, Reuse, Rethink

Explores the steps we can take to protect our world so that natural replenishment occurs in the future.

Examines different ways to solve the problems of conserving resources, reducing pollution and waste, and protecting the environment.

Caring for Wildlife Cleaning the Air Managing the Land Protecting Forests Renewing Energy Saving Water (176 pages)

Global Citizenship Global Citizenship focuses on the roles, rights, responsibilities and relationships of citizens living in a global world. Contents Improving the Quality of Life Making Global Connections Protecting Global Environments Respecting Cultural Differences Understanding Human Rights Valuing World Heritage (168 pages)

(208 pages)

Our World Our Future




Threats to Plants and Animals An informative study of the risks to plants and animals caused by humans.



Aluminium Glass Household Waste Paper Steel

Habitat Destruction Habitat Fragmentation Introduced Species Overharvesting Pollution Sustainable Development

(176 pages)

(176 pages)

Encyclopedias Geography & Environment The Macmillan Encyclopedia of Junior Science middle – upper primary

All the big science ideas in ten volumes. This invaluable resource introduces key science concepts and understandings. It is an outstanding general reference. Each entry relates to one of six different branches of science and the curriculum areas of: • Biology • Chemistry • Earth science • Environment • Physics • Space science.

10 volume boxed set

The Macmillan Illustrated Encyclopedia second edition lower – middle primary

An essential resource for all school libraries. Features include: • cross-referencing and links to curriculum topics • content arranged to match the curriculum • eye-catching photos and illustrations • easy-to-use index volume.

10 volume boxed set

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Living Sustainably lower primary+

This timely series introduces young students to sustainable lifestyles and encourages them to become active citizens. The focus is on empowering students to understand how they too can take personal actions in a number of key areas of sustainability, and realise the importance of doing so. Students are encouraged to look at their own actions and put them into practice. Simple, practical strategies that help them become more sustainable at school and at home.


Digital Set

Leaving a Light Footprint Reducing Waste Smart Shopping Using Energy at Home and School Using Energy to Get Around Using Water 32 pages per book

Energy Choices lower primary+

How much energy do we use? As we think about the future we need to make choices about the energy that we use. Energy Choices introduces young students to different types of energy and explains: • how the energy is collected, stored and used • the differences between renewable, non-renewable and sustainable energy • how we can use less energy to reduce environmental damage.

Titles: Biofuels Fossil Fuels Nuclear Energy Solar Energy Water Energy Wind Energy Digital Set


32 pages per book

Geography & Environment Map Smart middle primary

Mapping made exciting and easy! This engaging series introduces students to the basics of map reading. Each book explores a different scale of map and explains the relevant topographical features and symbols. Key map-reading vocabulary is introduced and simple explanations show students how maps are created and how to use them.

Titles: Community Maps Country Maps Land and Sea Maps World Maps Digital Set

Recycling lower primary+

The Recycling series empowers young students, teaching them how to save natural resources and keep the environment healthy.

32 pages per book

Titles: Clothing Glass Metal Cans Paper Plastic Bottles and Bags Food and Garden Waste 32 pages per book

This informative series explains how used products are collected and made into new products. A simple flowchart outlines the recycling process for each product.

Digital Set

Environmental Footprints middle – upper primary

This important series uses environmental footprints to explore ecological sustainability in a child-friendly way. The information presented allows young students to consider the impact they have on the environment in their daily lives.

Titles: How Big is Your: Clothing Footprint? Energy Footprint? Food Footprint? Shopping Footprint? Travel Footprint? Water Footprint? 32 pages per book

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Humanities Living Green middle – upper primary

Hands-on projects show students how to reduce their environmental footprints. The projects teach students about living in an environmentally friendly way, encouraging them to make sustainable lifestyle choices, now and in the future.

Titles: Clothing Energy Food Leisure Waste Water Digital Set

32 pages per book

A Water Report middle – upper primary

Water is essential for life and its conservation is a fundamental concern for us all. This compelling series examines what we need to know ad what we can do about preserving the world’s water.

Titles: Natural Water Recycled Water Water Conservation Water Quality Water Supply Water Use 32 pages per book


middle – upper primary

African deserts to European highlands are explored in this intriguing series about the seven continents. Each continent is looked at in relation to its borders, physical features, climate, plants and animals.

Titles: Africa Antarctica Asia Australia Europe North America South America 32 pages per book


Geography & Environment Plant

Plant eater

Earth’s Cycles


Plant eater

Meat eater

Plant-eating animals eat plants in the next stage of the food cycle. Animals that eat only plants are called herbivores. They eat all the different parts of plants, including the leaves, stems, roots, fruits and seeds.

middle – upper primary

Herbivores can be tiny, such as millipedes, caterpillars and some snails and insects. They can also be very big animals, such as elephants, buffalo and gorillas. Many herbivores eat particular types of plants. Giant pandas eat only bamboo shoots. Koalas eat only some kinds of eucalyptus leaves.

A look at how Earth’s six main cycles help maintain the balance of nature.

Sheep spend most of each day eating grass.

Digestion Animals are the consumers of the food cycle. They get their food by eating, or consuming, other living things. Animals get nutrients from their food through a process called digestion. Some foods, such as the leaves and stems of many plants, are not very rich in nutrients. Animals that eat them must digest a lot of food to get enough energy to live and grow. This is why many herbivores spend a lot of their time eating.

The books focus on how living and non-living things depend on each other, and on the ways that humans sometimes impact on this interdependence, upsetting nature’s balance.

The digestive system runs from the mouth through the whole body.

Animals digest their food to give them energy to live and grow.

Wastes come out the other end of the digestive tube.

Gorillas are herbivores as they eat only plants.


Digestion starts in the mouth when animals chew their food.


Titles: The Animal Life Cycle The Food Cycle The Plant Life Cycle The Rock Cycle The Seasons Cycle The Water Cycle 32 pages per book


middle – upper primary

A pertinent series covering the issues of ecological sustainability facing Antarctica. Antarctica’s unique environment holds important information about Earth’s past, and potential clues to predict our planet’s future. Each book outlines the positive action required to deal with the issues threatening this wilderness area.

Titles: Ecosystems Exploration Human Impacts The Frozen Continent 32 pages per book

Famous Places of the World middle – upper primary

Natural and built wonders from six continents are investigated in this awe-inspiring series. Students discover amazing facts about each place and learn about what makes them famous. Breathtaking photos bring these extraordinary places to life.

Titles: Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America 32 pages per book



Humanities Biodiversity upper primary

Biodiversity describes the variety of living things in a particular place or ecosystem. It is essential to the survival of plants and animals, but human activities have upset biodiversity and it is now under threat. This timely series looks at the biodiversity of habitat types and ecosystems. It examines the threats and efforts to conserve biodiversity, and identifies biodiversity hot spots.

Set 1


Digital Set 1

Set 1: Biodiversity: of Coasts of Coral Reefs of Deserts of Polar Regions of Rainforests of Woodlands

Digital Set 2

Set 2: Biodiversity: of Alpine Zoos of Grasslands of Oceans and Seas of Rivers of Temperate Forests of Wetlands

Set 2

32 pages per book

Climate Change

upper primary–lower secondary

Across the world, weather patterns are changing as temperatures rise at a rate faster than ever before. This practical series shows students how climate change is affecting both the natural and the human worlds. The books investigate the effects of climate change on the world’s four major climate change zones. Case studies allow students to explore these impacts on a more practical level.

Titles: Climate Change: in the Antarctic in the Arctic in Temperate Zones in the Tropics Digital Set


32 pages per book

Geography & Environment Global Issues

upper primary–lower secondary

Offers important insights into some of the major environmental issues of our time. Each book explores five issues relating to the featured topic. Each issue outlines the problem and offers solutions for a sustainable future. Issues covered include: • the concept of ecological footprints • extinction of various large mammals • ways to deal with the increasing amount of waste • how to overcome problems of food production and distribution • declining ice coverage • high-energy demand • over consumption.

Set 1

Digital Set 1

Set 2

Digital Set 2

Set 3

Digital Set 3

Titles: Set 1: Biodiversity Clean Air and Water Climate Change Energy Use Natural Resources Overpopulation Set 2: Global Warming Protecting Natural Environments Renewable Energy Sustainable Cities Toxic Waste Water Supply Set 3: Ecological Footprints Environmental Pollutants Food Supplies Greenhouse Gases Natural Heritage Waste Management 32 pages per book

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Geography & Cultures

Disaster Watch

upper primary–lower secondary

Natural disasters can strike communities with devastating effects – Disaster Watch sheds some light on the causes and how people can prepare for them. Each book explains: • the characteristics and causes of specific natural disasters • their effect on human and animal populations and the environment • how they are monitored • what can be done to prepare for and manage the risks these disasters pose.

Titles: Bushfires Earthquakes Extreme Storms Floods Tsunamis Volcanoes Digital Set

32 pages per book

World Heritage

upper primary–lower secondary

Seventy-eight of the 878 World Heritage sites are introduced in this fascinating series. Each book focuses on one or more of the ten criteria used to select sites, including important ecosystems, human masterpieces, and living traditions, events or ideas.


Digital Set

Protecting: Ancient Heritage Earth’s History Ecosystems Human Masterpieces Human Story Threatened Animals 32 pages per book

Homes Around the World lower primary+

While homes around the world differ to suit the environments they are built in, they all provide humans with shelter. Each book examines five different types of home and shows how they all meet human needs, regardless of materials or structure. Features include: • floor plans for each home • labelled photographs • suggested activities.

Titles: Cave and Underground Homes City and Country Homes Mud, Grass and ice Homes Palaces, Mansions and Castles Portable Homes River and Sea Homes 32 pages per book


Countries & Cultures Geography & Environment Celebrations lower primary+

Celebrations and festivals are a fun and effective way to introduce young students to the different backgrounds of their peers. This colourful series focuses on a wide variety of celebrations and festivals throughout the world. It takes a global approach and highlights and highlights the similarities and differences between how events are celebrated within different cultures.

Titles: Children’s Celebrations City and Rural Celebrations Indigenous Celebrations National and World Celebrations Religious Celebrations Traditional Celebrations Digital Set

32 pages per book

Celebrations and Festivals lower primary+

Young students love celebrating. Providing all the features expected in factual reference books, Celebrations and Festivals will inform young students on the varied and vibrant traditions that are important to diverse families.

Titles: Country Festivals Family Celebrations Indigenous Australian Festivals New Year Celebrations Religious Celebrations State and National Festivals 32 pages per book

Our Neighbours middle – upper primary

Explores the countries, people and cultures of the Asia-Pacific region. Students can investigate and compare the thirteen countries in relation to their: • people • plants and animals • religions and cultures • history and government • industry and trade.

Titles: Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos Indonesia Japan Papua New Guinea, The Philippines and East Timor Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei Thailand and Myanmar 32 pages per book

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First Peoples

upper primary–lower secondary

This intriguing series introduces first peoples around the world, who have developed their own cultures, traditions, laws and ways of life over thousands of years. Groups of first peoples from different regions are explored. First-hand accounts from elders and extracts from the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples help build students’ understanding of how first peoples live and how their lifestyles are changing.

Titles: First Peoples of: Africa the Americas the Arctic Asia Europe Oceania Digital Set

32 pages per book

World Religions

upper primary–lower secondary

What beliefs do different people have about god, prayer and worship? How do these beliefs affect their everyday lives? World Religions focuses on how some main religions are practised throughout the world today. The books look at how a person’s faith can affect what they wear, eat and drink, and their views on how they should behave and treat others. Students also learn about the leaders, rules, rituals and ceremonies of each religion, including worship practices and beliefs about life after death.

Titles: Buddhism Catholicism Hinduism Islam Judaism Protestantism 32 pages per book


Countries & Cultures Geography & Environment

Global Hot Spots upper primary–lower secondary

An informed, objective review of some of the world’s major conflict zones. Global Hot Spots fills in the facts behind the headlines, building students’ understanding of the historical context of the events they see on TV. It provides accounts of real-life experiences and explores ‘how history was made’ in these conflict zones. Graphically, the books are fairly grown-up and news-like, but short paragraphs make them accessible to all students. Features include: • quotes from participants and observers • statistical information • hot spot briefings with interesting background facts.

Set 1

Set 2

Digital Set 2


ciVil WaR: la ViolENcia Between 1948 and 1953, Colombia was gripped by a terrible civil war. It was named La Violencia (The Violence). On one side were people who wanted life for poor Colombians to improve. On the other side were those who wanted to keep their wealth and privileges as before.

Jorge Gaitán

In 1947, Jorge Gaitán took over as leader of the Liberal Party. He promised a better deal for the poor, with improvements in health, education and land ownership for poorer Colombians. Most of the wealthy elite, including most Liberals, opposed these reforms. On 9 April 1948, Gaitán was shot dead in Colombia’s capital, Bogotá.

‘The people [came] pouring out … streaming down from the hills … a hurricane of pain and anger flooding the city, smashing store windows, overturning streetcars, setting buildings afire.’

The spread of violence

After Gaitán’s murder, fighting broke out in Bogotá. People who supported Gaitán’s vision of change clashed with those who wanted things to stay as they were. Many people died, and property was ruined. Soon the whole country was plunged into civil war. The new Conservative government targeted anyone who argued for change, and Gaitán’s followers fought back. More than 200 000 people were killed, many with extreme cruelty.

Set 1: Afghanistan The Indian Subcontinent Iran Iraq Israel and Palestine Sudan

Army rule

In 1953, an army general, Gustavo Rojas Pinilla, took power. He was allowed to do so by the Conservatives and Liberals, who hoped that Rojas could end the violence. He succeeded in doing this, but only temporarily. The wealthy elite blocked his attempts to introduce reforms to help poor Colombians. In 1957, the old political parties removed General Rojas from government.

‘I’m just a campesino [poor farmer] I didn’t start the fight But if they come asking for trouble They’ll get what’s coming to them.’

Set 2: Burma Colombia Cuba North Korea Tibet Zimbabwe

Residents and police inspect the remains of houses, destroyed by fire and explosives in the town of Arauca during La Violencia.

Popular song from the years of La Violencia.

Latin American historian Eduardo Galeano describing the aftermath of Jorge Gaitán’s murder.

32 pages per book

Crowds gather in Bogotá for a memorial rally following the 1947 murder of Jorge Gaitán.



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Countries & Cultures

India: Land, Life and Culture upper primary–lower secondary

An authentic insight into life in one of the most fascinating countries on Earth – India. This colourful series explores the daily lives, cultures, traditions and beliefs of the Indian people. Firsthand personal accounts and viewpoints and vibrant photographs bring the books to life.

Titles: The Animals Arts and Culture History and Government Land and Climate The People Plants and Agriculture Digital Set

32 pages per book

China: Land, Life and Culture upper primary–lower secondary

A fascinating insight into life in China. Students learn about the daily life, traditions and beliefs of China’s diverse peoples, and about China’s history, it’s varied landscapes, it’s native plants and animals through first-hand personal accounts.

Titles: Arts and Culture History and Government Land and Climate People and Cities Plants Wildlife 32 pages per book

Indonesia: Land, Life and Culture upper primary–lower secondary

Indonesia offers a captivating first-hand account of life in one of Australia’s most important neighbours.

Titles: The Arts History and Government The Islands The People Plants Wildlife 32 pages per book


Commerce Geography & Environment

World Commodities upper primary–lower secondary

This interesting series introduces students to the basic resources and agricultural products traded as commodities in the global marketplace. It explains basic economic concepts and principles, such as markets and price indexes, depicts trends in the world prices of commodities, explores reasons for changes in world prices, and looks at current and future issues. Each book references websites for further research, and includes focus questions to assist teachers with inquiry-based learning units and to encourage students to think critically about the issues presented.

Titles: Coal Coffee Iron Ore Oil Sugar Wheat

Smart Young Consumers

Spending money

upper primary–lower secondary

Many young consumers spend their money on their needs and wants. How much money they have to spend will depend on how much they earn.

This impressive series teachers students about the ‘smart’ use and management of money in a safe environment.

Consumer chat

Digital Set

32 pages per book

Claire Claire: So, what do you

The books alert students to the power of advertising and promotion, and inform them about the needs, wants, and the role of consumers in the economy.

spend your money on?


aaron: Well, I’m the kind of guy who likes the finer things in life – you know, video games, movies, fashionable clothes. I like to keep up with the trends. But that means I usually have no money. Claire: Really? Sounds like a waste of money to me. I want to buy Smart consumers work out how much money they have to spend before they make purchases.

• They consider factors affecting spending and why it is important to be an informed consumer.

Smart story

sam’s income During the Christmas holidays I worked for my uncle. I got paid $10.50 an hour. I worked three four-hour shifts a week. That’s 12 hours a week. I earned $126. After they took out $21 in tax, my net income was $105. Not bad, eh?

• They teach the importance of personal money management and the role of banking, budgeting and saving. Sam

a car when I turn 18. Each week I put half of my wage in the bank and I spend the other half.

aaron: Yeah? Well, I want a car too. But everything costs so much that I never have money left over. Even if you take out the entertainment costs, there’s food and train tickets … and I can’t do without that stuff.

Claire: You can still save if you’re careful about your spending. Cut

Hourly rate: $10.50 per hour

down on small things. For instance, I buy lollies from the supermarket to take to the movies. It’s cheaper than buying popcorn at the cinema.

Hours worked: 3 x 4 hours = 12 hours

aaron: I’m trying to save. There’s these trainers … but I haven’t

$10.50 x 12 = $126 $126 (total income) – $ 21 (tax) = $105 (net income)

really saved anything yet. And my parents won’t lend me money now I’ve got a job.

Claire: Same with mine. You mean those trainers on TV? Yeah, I went halves with my sister to buy them for my brother for his birthday.

Titles: Consumer Choices Consumer Rights and Responsibilities Getting a Job Managing Money 32 pages per book

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Ancient and Medieval People upper primary–lower secondary

This powerful series profiles the lives and times, incredible battles and daring feats of ancient and medieval warriors. Students will meet some of the most fearsome warriors, raiders and heroes in history. Information and imagery about the warriors’ societies, mythology and codes of honour will engage and fascinate all readers. Features include warrior profiles, timelines of key historical events, and explanations of foreign or ancient words. Digital Set

Titles: The Japanese Samurai The Medieval Knights The Pharaoh’s Armies The Roman Gladiators The Scandinavian Vikings The Spartan Hoplites 32 pages per book

Marvels and Mysteries middle – upper primary

A fascinating series about the weird, the marvellous and the unexplained. UFOs and Crop Circles explores strange lights, disappearances, and mysterious wreckages. Mummies looks at mummies from different cultures and periods. Pirates tells of notorious pirates worldwide and how they lived. Monsters looks at mysterious monsters reported around the world. Lost Treasure explores hidden wonders in secret locations. Mysterious Monuments looks at amazing structures and the mysteries of how they came about.

Titles: Lost Treasure Monsters Mummies Mysterious Monuments Pirates UFOs and Crop Circles 32 pages per book


General Geography & Environment

Money Sense middle – upper primary

This empowering series addresses the ever-growing need to educate young students about financial and consumer literacy. In simple, engaging language, Money Sense covers topics such as budgeting, banking, credit cards, consumer rights and advertising. ‘Real world’ and relevant financial contexts engage students and provide opportunities for further thinking and discussion.

Titles: Consumer Sense Currency Managing Money The Money System Digital Set

32 pages per book

Families lower primary+

Young students can compare how different families around the world live in this colourful series. They will find out about: • roles and responsibilities of family members • different ways families celebrate • how a family’s history and traditions are told through it’s stories and more.

Titles: Family Celebrations Family Homes Family Meals Family Members Family Responsibilities Family Stories 32 pages per book

From Farm to You middle – upper primary

In a society where city life and supermarkets can cloud young people’s views of where the food we eat comes from, this series explains how food is processed from farm to consumer.

Titles: Bread Cheese Chocolate Honey Pasta and Noodles Sausage 32 pages per book

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Humanitarian Organisations upper primary – lower secondary

An in-depth look at how humanitarian organisations around the world strive to help those in need. This informative series looks at well-known organisations that represent a range of interests including environmental medical and human rights. Each organisation is explored in relation to : • work and history • core values • locations around the world • primary concerns, campaigns and classic actions. Each book profiles four individuals who work for the organisation and suggests how students can get involved.

Titles: Amnesty International Australian Volunteers International Doctors Without Borders Greenpeace Red Cross Save the Children 32 pages per book

Extreme Jobs middle – upper primary

Divers, high-rise workers and stunt performers are placed in dangerous and risky situations every day. This compelling series explores the work of: • astronauts in space and on Earth • divers in deep seas and shallow waters • high-rise workers and people working on bridges • miners and drillers underground and far out at sea • stunt performers in the movies and in the circus • zoo keepers in zoos and in the wild. Special features include: • fascinating profiles of people who do extreme jobs every day • ‘Extreme Info’ providing extreme facts about each adventurous job • ‘Risk Factor’ boxes highlighting the risks involved in each job.

Titles: Astronauts Divers High-rise Workers Miners and Drillers Stunt Performers Zoo Keepers 32 pages per book


Animals Geography & Environment

Zoo Animals

Set 1

Set 2


lower primary+

Set 1: Apes and Monkeys Bears Elephants Giraffes and Zebras Lions and Tigers Rhinoceroses and Hippopotamuses

Young readers will adore this series, providing simple information about favourite zoo animals. Each book focuses on a zoo animal in relation to its life in the wild and in a zoo, and explains how zoos feed and look after animals.

Set 2: Crocodiles and Alligators Pandas Parrots Penguins Seals and Sea Lions Snakes

The series also looks at the important aspects of zoo work today, including providing environmentally friendly animal enclosures, and protecting rare and endangered animals.

32 pages per book

Digital Set 1

Digital Set 2


Mighty Minibeasts lower primary+

A captivating series exploring the marvellous micro-world of minibeasts! Through simple, engaging text and amazing close-up photos, each book profiles one type of minibeast in relation to its features, habitat, food, life cycle and unique behaviours.

Titles: Ants Bees Butterflies Flies Ladybirds Spiders Digital Set

32 pages per book

Farm Animals lower primary+

A superb series introducing young readers to six different farm animals.

Titles: Cattle Chickens Pigs Sheep Working Dogs Working Horses 32 pages per book

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Discovering Dinosaurs lower primary+

A visually stunning introduction to some of the world’s best-known dinosaurs. Using clear, simple language, each book explores the characteristics of an individual dinosaur species – when and where it lived, its physical features, the food it ate, etc.

Titles: Ankylosaurus Diplodocus Muttaburrasaurus Protoceratops Tyrannosaurus Velociraptor Digital Set

32 pages per book

Life Cycles of Marine Animals middle primary

A fascinating look at animal survival and the challenges different marine species face from birth through to reproduction. Information about features, behaviour traits, migration, threats, predators and prey builds an understanding of each animal’s unique life cycle and the challenges it must face to survive.

Digital Set

Titles: Bottlenose Dolphins Emperor Penguins Great White Sharks Green Sea Turtles Humpback Whales Laysan Albatross 32 pages per book

Animal Attack and Defence middle – upper primary

Animals display bizarre, daring and extraordinary behaviours as they attack prey and defend themselves against predators.


This exciting series explores the features and behaviours that animals employ to surprise and confuse prey and predators, and to escape from tricky situations. Special features include: • amazing photos showing animals’ attack or defence features • key information including where animals live, what they eat and their main predators.


Amazing Armour Clever Camouflage Mimicry and Relationships Venom, Poison and Electricity Tricky Behaviour Warning Colours Digital Set

32 pages per book

Animals&/ Environment Geography Deadly and Incredible Animals middle primary

This engaging exploration into the remarkable survival adaptations of the world’s deadliest creatures will have students enthralled. With breathtaking photos and engaging, easy-to-read text, this high-interest series will capture the attention of all students.

Titles: Top 10 Big Cats Top 10 Birds of Prey Top 10 Dinosaurs Top 10 Marine Animals Top 10 Minibeasts Top 10 Snakes Digital Set

32 pages per book

Animal Lives middle – upper primary

This fascinating series presents contrasting examples of animals' behaviour in relation to where they live, what they eat, and how they breed, migrate and move. The approach encourages young readers to develop an understanding about the similarities and differences between animals.

Titles: Attracting Mates Food and Feeding Having Young Homes Migration Movement Digital Set

32 pages per book

Wonders of the Sea lower primary+

This highly visual series introduces young students to the plants and animals of six different sea habitats and looks at ways we can protect them. Each book explores a habitat in relation to: • plants and animals that live in the habitat • a simple food chain • natural and human threats to the habitat • ways we can look after sea habitats.

Titles: Coal Reefs Icy Seas Mangrove Swamps Rocky Shores Seagrass Beds The Open Sea 32 pages per book

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Investigating Earth lower primary+

An engaging introduction to the combination of living and non-living things that support life on Earth. Each book identifies a feature’s physical characteristics, gently explores the various forms it can take, and looks at the important role it plays in Earth’s processes.

Titles: Air Plants Rocks Soil Water Weather Digital Set

Weather and Climate middle – upper primary

This timely series focuses on the phenomenon of weather and how it affects people and the environment. Diagrams and maps show the location of weather and climate zones on Earth, and large photos and informative captions explain the effects of weather and climate.

32 pages per book

Types of lightning There are a number of different types of lightning. The table below describes the four main types.

Lightning and thunder

The four most common types of lightning

Lightning is a huge electrical spark produced by a thunderstorm. Lightning bolts are around 1.6 kilometres long, and they heat the nearby air to 10 000 degrees Celsius. Thunder is the noise lightning makes. Lightning and thunder happen at the same time, but we see lightning before we hear it. This is because light travels faster than sound. Thunderstorms are known as an electrical storms.

Type of lightning



occurs inside thunderclouds most common form of lightning called sheet lightning, because large parts of clouds are lit up, which makes them look like a bright sheet


second most common kind of lightning strikes trees, buildings, people and animals


lightning that can strike between thunderclouds


lightning that flashes from a cloud to the air around it

Unusual lightning Safety The safest place to shelter during an electrical storm is in a building or a car. Do not stay outdoors. If there is no shelter, stay away from tall trees. It is possible to be struck by lightning in open areas. Tall buildings often have special posts, called ‘lightning rods’, to send lightning safely down to the ground.

We see lightning before we hear it.

Ball lightning is an unusual kind of lightning. It is a glowing ball of lightning, usually 20 to 30 centimetres across. It can form in a room and fly out through a window.

Four different kinds of lightning

Weather Report Cloud-to-ground lightning can flash from the top of a thundercloud to the ground many kilometres away, where there is clear blue sky. This kind of lightning has given us the saying ‘a bolt from the blue’, which means something very unexpected has happened.

This tree was struck by lightning .



Titles: Climate Change Earth’s Climate Extreme Weather How Weather Works Living with Weather Watching Weather Digital Set

Natural Disasters upper primary – lower secondary

This important series investigates how and why disasters occur. The scientific approach to each topic is straightforward and effective. Each book contains ‘disaster file’ case studies that illustrate the scientific information introduced.

Titles: Droughts Earthquakes Hurricanes Tornadoes Tsunamis Volcanoes 32 pages per book


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Environment / General Geography & Environment The Seasons lower primary+

A great series for young readers, introducing them to the different seasons and how they affect the ways people, plants and animals behave. The series is full of simple facts about different seasons and the weather patterns they bring. It also contains important information on how climate change affects the seasons.

Titles: Autumn The Dry Spring Summer The Wet Winter 32 pages per book

How’s the Weather? lower primary+

Six different weather elements are explored in a format ideal for young students. Students learn about: • where rain comes from • sunny seasons and why we need sunshine • differently shaped clouds • dangerous winds and forecasting wind • how buildings and power stations are built for storms • snowflakes, ice crystals, snowy weather frost and hailstones.

Titles: It’s Cloudy! It’s Raining! It’s Snowing! It’s Stormy! It’s Sunny! It’s Windy! 32 pages per book

The Macmillan Encyclopedia of Junior Science middle – upper primary

All the big science ideas in ten volumes.

10 volume boxed set

This invaluable resource introduces key science concepts and understandings. It is an outstanding general reference. Boxed Set

(48 pages per volume)

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Science Toys and Forces lower primary+

This engaging series addresses young students’ curiosity about how things work by exploring the push and pull forces behind familiar toys. Each book introduces a different category of toy and explains the forces that make them work. Photos and illustrated diagrams support the text, making the basics of push and pull forces easy for young students to understand.

Titles: How Toys Bounce How Toys Float How Toys Fly How Toys Roll How Toys Slide How Toys Spin Digital Set

32 pages per book

Our Body

middle–upper primary

Our Body focuses on the systems of the human body, revealing how we can take better care of our own. Titles:

Each book looks inside the body to find our how systems work, why things can go wrong and what we can do to stay healthy.

Circulatory System Digestive System Muscular System Nervous System Respiratory System Skeletal System 32 pages per book

The A–Z of Scientific Discoveries upper primary–lower secondary

Eighty-four important scientific discoveries are presented that identify or explain parts of the natural world. Each discovery is explored over a double-page spread, with information on: • • • •

who made the discovery how the discovery was made the significance of the discovery changes related to the discovery over time.

Titles: Volume 1: A–C Volume 2: D–G Volume 3: H–L Volume 4: M–O Volume 5: P–S Volume 6: T–Z Digital Set


32 pages per book

General Geography & Environment Energy in Action upper primary–lower secondary

The science behind the most fundamental of all physics principles – the interaction between matter and energy – is made accessible for all students. Each book focuses on the ways different types of energy cause changes and movement in specific areas of life, and the various ways that energy is formed, used, transformed, transferred and stored.


• flowchart illustrations of energy processes • annotated cutaways and cross-sections • ‘Scientist snapshot’ – sidebars identifying scientific pioneers • ‘Try this’ – hands-on projects for further scientific inquiry • ‘Is that a fact!’ – additional energy and matter examples.

Titles: Earth & Space Everyday Technology The Human Body Living Things Medicine & Health Power & Fuel Digital Set

32 pages per book

The Science Behind upper primary–lower secondary

This fascinating series poses and answers intriguing science questions that students are often curious about. Each book takes one theme or topic and explores it via thirteen intriguing science questions. The highly visual content assists students’ understanding of the sometimes quite complex concepts and processes.

Titles: The Science Behind: Animal and Plant Survival The Foods We Eat Natural Disasters Theme Parks, Playgrounds and Toys Time, Tides and Revolutions Tricks of Sound and Light Digital Set

Forensic Investigations


upper primary–lower secondary

Big Bangs: looking for explosions and crashes Body Talk: looking at biological evidence Fact or Fiction: looking at forensic investigations and technologies Lasting Impressions: looking at marks and imprints Lost and Found: looking at traces of evidence Nature Tells: looking at bugs, plants and the environment

This compelling insight into how science is applied to solve crime will fascinate all students. Students will find out how virtually every field of science and technology, from electronics to psychology, is used to examine all types of evidence.

32 pages per book

Digital Set

32 pages per book

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Sky Watching middle – upper primary

Students will be captivated as they explore Earth’s atmosphere and our local space ‘neighbourhood’. Each book examines one different aspect of the sky, explaining why it looks as it does, its distinctive features, its role in Earth’s cycles and the best way to view it from Earth. Special features: • spectacular annotated photos • diagrams, labelled sky features, tables, sky maps and cross-sections • ‘fact files’ and ‘fast facts’. Titles: Comets, Asteroids and Meteoroids Earth’s Atmosphere The Moon The Planets The Stars The Sun Digital Set

32 pages per book

Space Frontiers upper primary+

An engaging and highly visual perspective on the fascinating topic of space. This exciting series introduces students to aspects of space not traditionally explored in library books.

Digital Set

Titles: Living and Working in Space Our Solar System Space Missions Space Science Space Technology The Universe 32 pages per book

The New Solar System middle–upper primary

This fundamental series captivates readers with intriguing discoveries and findings, including dwarf planets. Find out about: • what it’s like on each planet • future space missions • what happens in a solar eclipse • whether there is sound on the moon.

Titles: Earth Dwarf Planets Jupiter Mars Mercury The Moon Neptune Saturn Stars The Sun Uranus Venus 32 pages per book


Health Geography & Environment Values

lower primary+

Values are the things people believe in. They play an integral role in society by guiding the way we think, speak and behave. These essential books help develop young students’ own ideas about the values they believe in and how they relate to their family, friends and neighbours. They are a great starting point for discussion.

Set 1

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Digital Set 2

Cooperation Cooperation is working together. It is teaming up with another person or other people to do or make something.

Accepting other cultures Accepting people from other Friends cultures is a way of often work together to showing tolerance. People from other cultures may 6 have different beliefs and customs.

Cooperation is also being helpful. It is giving assistance to people when they need it.

Set 1: Cooperation Having a Go Honesty Kindness Respect Tolerance


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Set 2: Doing Your Best Fairness Helpfulness Integrity Responsibility Self-discipline

It is helpful to show someone how to use a new

Tolerant people accept that computer others may speak program. a different language. They enjoy listening to traditional music and watching traditional dances.

build sandcastles.


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The Samburu people of Kenya, Africa, have their own beliefs and customs.


32 pages per book

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I Can Cook!

middle – upper primary

This unique resource allows students to explore different cultures through their culinary traditions. The series encourages students to reflect on the differences and similarities between the foods they eat and the cuisine of a particular country or region. Digital Set

Titles: I Can Cook: American Food Chinese Food French Food Italian Food Mexican Food Middle Eastern Food 32 pages per book

Healthy Habits lower primary+

Introduces students to the aspects of their lifestyle that combine to give them a healthy body and mind. Each book focuses on a different aspect of the actions and understandings that keep us healthy and happy. Photographs, tables, activities and a fact page feature in each book.

Titles: Exercise Hygiene Nutrition Rest and Sleep Safety Wellbeing Digital Set

32 pages per book

Healthy Choices lower primary+

With childhood obesity on the rise, young students must understand that they need to make choices in order to be fit, healthy and happy. The Healthy Choices series gives students lots of fun ideas and simple recipes for healthy eating and drinking.

Titles: Drinks Exercise and Rest Fast Food Lunch Box Food Party Food Snack Food 32 pages per book


Health Geography & Environment How does my body get minerals?

What’s in My Food?

Your body absorbs minerals when you digest food. When food breaks down in your stomach, minerals move through your intestine. Then they enter your blood.

lower primary+

Young students are introduced to the nutrients inside food and the role they play in maintaining good health, in this interesting series.

Your body uses minerals in different ways. Some minerals need other minerals to work well. Minerals can also help your body absorb other nutrients in food.


Clear and simple language is used to explore the role of food in a healthy lifestyle. Each book takes a nutritional component and explains how it helps keep our bodies healthy and where it fits in a balanced diet.


stomach intestine

Your blood carries minerals all around your body.

The different minerals in milk work together to help keep your teeth and bones strong.



Titles: Carbohydrates fats Fibre Minerals Protein Vitamins Digital Set

32 pages per book

Body Fuel for Healthy Bodies

upper primary–lower secondary

This pertinent series examines foods from the different groups and explains why fuelling our bodies with the right foods helps keep them healthy.

Titles: Dairy Foods Fats and Oils Fruits, Vegetables and Legumes Grains, Bread, Cereal and Pasta Meats, Fish, Eggs, Nuts and Beans Vitamins and Minerals 32 pages per book

The A–Z of Health upper primary–lower secondary

An important series promoting awareness and understanding of aspects of mental and physical health. The wide range of entries include explanations of different body processes, as well as diseases and illnesses that affect health and wellbeing.

Titles: Volume 1: A–B Volume 2: C–E Volume 3: F–J Volume 4: K–O Volume 5: P–S Volume 6: T–Z Digital Set

32 pages per book

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Sport Recreational Sports middle–upper primary

Not all kids are into competitive sports, but regular exercise is vital for their health and wellbeing. This practical series encourages young people to take up recreational sports as a healthy lifestyle choice. The books present ideas and suggestions on how students can incorporate exercise and physical activity into their lives in the hope that it will become a lifelong habit and interest.

Titles: Biking Climbing and Abseiling Fishing Hiking and Camping Kayaking and Rafting Snorkelling and Diving 32 pages per book

Getting Into Sport middle – upper primary

Each book in this fast-paced series is a mini-manual, providing everything students need to know to get started in sport. The ‘skills’ section provides useful step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow diagrams. Features include: • techniques • fitness • equipment • rules and scoring • clothing • skills • officials and competition • the playing field. Also available: Macmillan World Library: Getting into Sport (see p2)

Titles: Australian Rules Football Basketball Cricket Golf Hockey Mountain Biking Netball Skating Soccer Surfing Tennis Triathlon 32 pages per book


Geography Technology & Environment

How are they Made? middle – upper primary

Students learn about the processes through which raw materials are turned into products we use every day. Each book presents a product familiar to children and describes its production from the raw material(s) to the finished product in a 3-stage flowchart. The books cover mass- and small-scale production and include: • a snapshot history of the product • product design • environmental aspects of manufacturing • raw materials and where they come from • which countries manufacture and export the particular item.

Set 1 Titles: Set 1: Knives and Forks Paper Pencils Plates and Mugs Sneakers T-shirts

Set 2

Digital Set 2

Set 2: Basketballs Bottles and Jars Cans Guitars Helmets Jumpers 32 pages per book

The A–Z of Inventions and Inventors middle–upper primary

A look at 84 inventions that we use everyday. Each invention is explores over a double-page spread and examined in relation to: • the who, where, when and why of the invention • information on the inventor • how the invention works • changes over time • related inventions.

Titles: Volume 1: A–B Volume 2: C–F Volume 3: G–L Volume 4: M–P Volume 5: Q–S Volume 6: T–Z 32 pages per book

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Technology The Technology Behind upper primary–lower secondary

This intriguing series poses and answers curious technology questions that students often ask. Each book takes one theme or topic and explores it via thirteen engaging ‘question-and-answer’ spreads. The highly visual content assists students’ understanding of the sometimes complex concepts and processes. The questions are posed and answered using a number of different methods including text, charts, maps, graphs, diagrams, timelines and annotated photos and illustrations. Features: • quotes • fact/info boxes • ‘Word watch’ – running glossaries • ‘Web tips’ – websites for focused and appropriate Internet research. Titles:

Digital Set

The Technology Behind: Amazing Built Structures Everyday Appliances The Internet Machines of Speed and Flight Robots and Artificial Intelligence Sports and Sporting Equipment 32 pages per book

Robots and Robotics middle–upper primary

Robotic scientists tend to work way ahead of commercial reality. Here students learn about robots and their place in everyday life, and amazing things about robots in the future. Features include: • ‘Up Close’ character profiles detailing the work that robots do, the skills they have, and the roles they play • ‘Robofacts’ containing interesting snippets of information about robots • activities suitable for the classroom and home, including building a robot, programming a robot, and making your own robot movie.

Titles: Film and Fiction Robots High-Risk Robots How Robots Work Robots at Work and Play Scientific and Medical Robots Space Robots 32 pages per book

For further information email: Macmillan Education Australia

Level 1, 15–19 Claremont Street, South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3141

main: +61 39825 1000 fax: +61 39825 1010

International Rights Catalogue 2013-14  
International Rights Catalogue 2013-14