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Yellow band books feature story lines including more episodes in a time sequence, starting to include imaginary happenings and more variations in pattern with more new words. Non-fiction uses personal experiences, and can bring in simple non-fiction tools, such as diagrams, labels and captions.
This story with a familiar setting is about Lenny's family who go to the local park to fly his new kite. Lenny takes great care to hold on to his kite, but then Mum has a turn. She holds on tightly too, but trips over the dog, and falls into the pond. The other children try to help, so they all arrive home soaking wet and muddy!
Ned the hedgehog is looking for a home in the cold, dark forest. He needs somewhere warm and cosy to sleep, but all he keeps finding are other creatures' homes: rabbits', foxes', owls', bats'. Will he ever find a snug safe bed of his own? This beautiful book is written and illustrated by award-winning author and illustrator Tim Hopgood.
Traversing across the world by train, boat and plane, the two children in this story poem encounter the extremes of sun and snow travelling to Africa, India and China. The book begins with a poem, before revealing their journey's details, and repetitive questions encourage the reader to turn the page and continue the voyage.
Author: Sheila Bird, Trish Phillips, Cliff Moon, Collins Big Cat
Sam the big, bad cat isn't feeling well. Tom wants to take him to the vet. Sam doesn't want to go, and finds a variety of hiding places to escape. Tom pursues him, getting more and more bedraggled in the process. Finally Tom goes to bed, leaving Sam - who is feeling much better - to enjoy a snack.
Author: Nick Butterworth, Nick Butterworth, Collins Big Cat Cliff, Moon
Nick Butterworth's well known and much loved character Percy the Park Keeper stars in this beautifully told story for early readers. When Percy's cap, scarf and gloves go missing, they end up being used by some mischevious mice to decorate a snowman!
Author: Frances Ridley, Teri Gower, Cliff Moon, Collins Big Cat
Rebecca went to the funfair with mum and dad. She didn't like the hall of mirrors, and the rollercoaster made her turn green - but when she won lots of prizes on a stall, she decided that she liked it after all! The funny illustrations show Rebecca's gradual change of opinion, and include lots of details for early readers to talk about.
Author: Gareth Owen, Vicky Fieldhouse, Collins Big Cat
Follow a group of children as they climb to the top of a hill and race each other to the bottom by rolling in this fun rhyming poem - written by acclaimed poet Gareth Owen, and accompanied by the colourful illustrations of Vicky Fieldhouse.
The frog is sitting at the bottom of the pond, doing nothing. But other animals keep coming after him and he has to hop away! Follow the frog as he hops around the pond in his search for a bit of peace in this wonderfully illustrated book by Petr Horacek.
Author: Jasmin Glynne, Pat Murray, Collins Big Cat
The Dancing Dog can do lots of dances - but can he do all of them? Follow the Dancing Dog as he dances his way through a selection of dance styles, and shows that he doesn't always get the moves right. Beautifully illustrated by Pat Murray, this poem was written by ten-year-old Collins Big Cat Competition winner Jasmin Glynne.
Author: Katie McDougall, Simona Meisser, Collins Big Cat
Milo the dog is very proud of his moustache, but one day a bird comes and steals it from him. Join Milo as he searches for his missing moustache, and finally solves the problem, in this hilarious and quirky story by nine-year-old Collins Big Cat Competition winner Katie McDougall, with wonderful illustrations by Simona Meisser.
Baby Dragon is excited about the Animal Olympics, but while his friends already have parts to play in the event, he has nothing to do. Will he find an event that suits him? This lovely story was written by Wimbledon Bookfest Writing Competition winner Eliza Jones and has been brought to life with illustrations by Mark Chambers.
Collins Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 4-11 edited by Cliff Moon. Top children's authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that your children will love to read, banded to help you choose the right book for every child. Practical ideas for guided reading are included at the back of each book.
Author: Monica Hughes, Cliff Moon, Collins Big Cat
What can the wind blow? A collection of colourful photographs show how the wind can blow a kite, boats, leaves, seeds, windmills,sand, snow and sea. The report also shows how strong wind can be destructive blowing trees and even houses down.
Explore the extraordinary world of water bears, tiny animals that you can find all around but only see with a microscope. Learn all about where they live, what they do, and how you can discover them for yourself in this simple non-fiction report accompanied by fantastic scientific pictures that bring the microscopic to life in a fun, exciting way
Author: Andy Belcher, Angie Belcher, Cliff Moon, Collins Big Cat
This photographic non-fiction book tracks the life of a turtle. Initially meeting the mother, we stay with her eggs and follow a hatched baby turtle along the dangerous sands to the sea. A story of survival, the turtle returns to the beach to lay its own eggs.
This is a non-fiction information book about Kim, who tells us about the location of her school. The book shows the exact whereabouts of Kim's classroom within her school, and then expands to locate her school in her city, country and the world. Illustrations include labelled photographs, simple maps, aerial maps and an image of the Earth.
Author: Thelma Page, Steve Lumb, Cliff Moon, Collins Big Cat
An information text showing numerous ways in which we use our hands, including painting, printing, building, pouring, climbing and playing. Each action is illustrated with an interesting, labelled photograph.
Author: Uz Afzal, Steve Lumb, Cliff Moon, Collins Big Cat
A bright, action-packed non-fiction book that explains how to dance. The step-by-step instructions include sequential words at the start of each sentence: First, Next, Then, Now and Stop. Photographs of children dancing support and clearly demonstrate the actions referred to in the text.
Author: Susan Gates, Julie Sykes, Steve Lumb, Collins Big Cat Cliff, Moon
Using simple text and photographs, this book shows the full range of tasks to be carried out: make the invitations, set out the food, decorate the room, plan the games, select the music and make party bags.
Author: Monica Hughes, Cliff Moon, Collins Big Cat
This book with beautiful illustrations captures the qualities of each kind of light, from sunlight to moonlight to electric light, the way it illuminates and the relationship between darkness and light.
This little bird may be small, but it's very helpful to bigger animals. This photographic non-fiction book shows how the bird is able to help the larger animals around it, set against the stunning backdrop of Africa.
Mars is the closest planet to Earth, but how much do we know about it? Written by science author Steve Parker, this fact-packed book takes a look at the physical features of the planet and at the amazing exploration that has been done on Mars.
Bart the Shark is big and bad. Bart the Shark is feeling mad! Find out what happens to the little fish when Bart the Shark comes to visit, in this very funny rhyming story. The book is brightly illustrated with 3D cartoons by Jon Stuart.
Author: Linda Strachan, Oliver Hurst, Collins Big Cat
Poppy the beetle sings all day, but her singing isn't very popular with the rest of the beetles and they refuse to play with her. When she bumps into Harry the mouse and Jake the snake, though, she finds her singing can be useful after all.
Author: Mal Peat, Elspeth Graham, Bernard Adnet, Collins Big Cat
The fly was hungry, and buzzed over to the park to see what he could find. In the park he quickly spied lots of food, but found getting that food was much less straightforward! Join the fly as he gets into endless trouble on his search for something to eat, in this humorous story by award-winning author Mal Peat and Elspeth Graham.
Zog is an alien and Zebra lives on Earth, but what happens when these two become friends and encounter a dangerous creature? This fun, decodable story is written by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham and fantastically illustrated by Sarah Horne.
What's the difference between a frog and a toad? This highly photographic non-fiction book explains the similarities and differences between these two amphibians, including their appearance, diet and behaviour.
Discover how woolly clothes are made, from the shearing of the sheep on the farm to the making of the yarn in the factory, to the creation of fabric for clothes and other products. This informative non-fiction text is decodable and has been written by Fiona Macdonald.