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Scroll down to see all the Usborne books for which we provide in-depth teachers' resources to support the UK National Curriculum.

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The Usborne book of the Moon

The Usborne Book of the Moon (4+)

For thousands of years, the Moon has been the one thing in the night sky that everyone recognises. Each lesson in this resource pack uses extracts from the book, giving you beautiful text and illustrations to share with children (from KS1 through to KS2, at the teacher’s discretion), and to ignite their sense of wonder.

The Train to Impossible Places

The Train to Impossible Places (9+)

All aboard for a magical journey... The activities for this novel focus in particular on letter writing. They use a series of ‘Top Tips’ from Postmaster and resident letter-writing expert, Wilmot Grunt, to encourage pupils to interrogate the components of a successful letter.

The Garden of Lost Secrets

The Garden of Lost Secrets (9+)

Set during the First World War, The Garden of Lost Secrets by A.M. Howell is a historical mystery. This resource pack has lesson plans and discussion starter points for each chapter in the book.

The House with Chicken Legs

The House With Chicken Legs (9+)

The House with Chicken Legs is a reimagining of the Russian folk tale of Baba Yaga from Sophie Anderson. These notes include reading group discussion questions and a creative exercise.

The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods

The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods (9+)

This is the story of a sleepy town called Suds. A place where stories fill the air of children who keep turning grey and disappearing without a trace… Each lesson here uses extracts from this book (which are also read by the author Samuel J. Halpin in the corresponding videos), giving you the full package to share with children and to excite their imaginations.

Being Miss Nobody

Being Miss Nobody (9+)

Rosalind Banks has selective mutism (SM), a condition which makes it impossible for her to say anything in certain situations. This book is about finding your voice and speaking up. Reading notes for teachers and book groups include ideas for discussion and suggestions for further reading.

Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy

Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy (9+)

This sensitive and thoughtful story encourages children to develop empathy. These resources, with ideas for discussion and activities, link with key learning points in the national curriculum programme of study for English KS2, supporting the reading, writing and spoken word aims of the curriculum.

The Girl with Space in Her Heart

The Girl With Space in Her Heart (9+)

Lara Williamson's latest novel is a heart-warming and laugh-out-loud story about learning that love is never lost and change doesn’t have to be scary. Teacher's notes include discussion questions and activities around the themes worrying and anxiety; myths; mystery; magic; space and change.

The Name of This Book is SECRET

The Name of this Book is Secret (10+)

'Generally speaking, books don’t cause much harm. Except when you read them, that is. Then they cause all kinds of problems.' This hilarious novel is accompanied by lots of discussion and analysis questions, and creative tasks.

The Wild Folk

The Wild Folk (10+)

The Wild Folk centres round the idea of the world we live in, and protecting it for the natural beauty it holds. It draws on ideas of environmentalism and what can go wrong when we abuse our natural resources. Teacher's notes include discussion and analysis activities and creative tasks.


Mockingbird (10+)

Mockingbird deals with major themes of loss, friendship, growing up and coping with life's challenges. Teacher's notes include discussion and analysis activities and creative tasks.

Freak the Mighty

Freak the Mighty (10+)

This novel explores what it means to be human, as Max and Kevin fight prejudice and disability to form Freak the Mighty. Teacher's notes include discussion and analysis activities and creative tasks.


Kick (11+)

This thought-provoking novel about a young boy with a huge heart explores the imbalance of a world in which it takes a Western football star a mere one hundred seconds to earn the monthly wage of the child labourers who make his boots. Teacher's resources include an author Q&A, discussion questions and creative activities.

Yankee Girl

Yankee Girl (11+)

Yankee Girl is a story of growing up, and of learning to stand up for what you believe in, even if the rest of the world seems to believe in something different. It is about race and prejudice, and about the difficulty of doing the right thing. Teacher's notes include discussion and analysis activities and creative tasks.

Jemima Small Versus the Universe

Jemima Small Versus the Universe (11+)

A brilliantly funny and touching new novel exploring bullying, body confidence and, most importantly, learning how to be happy with who you are. Teacher's notes are structured around the Key Stage 3 English Curriculum with cross-curricular links to science and technology, maths, history, citizenship and PSHE.


Scavengers (11+)

Landfill has lived his whole life as a scavenger. He's told to never come looking outside and never rise above the wall – but what happens when you break the rules? This resource pack includes discussion questions and activities for each chapter.

Where the World Ends

Where the World Ends (12+)

Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018, this novel by Geraldine McCaughrean is based on a true story of survival in the most remote part of the British Isles. Teacher's notes include discussion questions, stepping into the shoes of a character and more.

The Last Summer of Us

The Last Summer of Us (14+)

The Last Summer of Us follows the life-changing road trip taken by three close friends, each on the brink of adulthood, each grappling with huge emotional turmoil. Teacher's resources include an author's note, discussion questions and creative activities.

The Places I've Cried in Public

The Places I've Cried in Public (14+)

Bestselling YA author Holly Bourne's latest novel is a powerful and challenging account of an abusive relationship. Teachers' notes for KS4 RSE include extracts from the book and look at themes of gaslighting, sexual relationships, love and friendship.

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