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Faber Children's Teaching Resources

Whether you're a parent, teacher, or librarian, make the most out of our children's books by downloading our free resources listed below including activity sheets and cross-curricular lesson plans, and browse our upcoming titles in our new catalogue here.

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ALEX BELL

Book cover for The Polar Bear Explorer's Club by Alex Bell

 The Polar Bear Explorer's Club

Join Stella Starflake Pearl and her three fellow explorers as they trek across the snowy Icelands and come face-to-face with frost fairies, snow queens, outlaw hideouts, unicorns, pygmy dinosaurs and carnivorous cabbages . . .

When Stella and three other junior explorers get separated from their expedition can they cross the frozen wilderness and live to tell the tale?

 

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EMMA CARROLL

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Secrets of a Sun King

London, 1922. 

A discovery from ancient Egypt . . .
A cursed package . . .
The untold story of a young pharaoh . . .

When Lilian Kaye finds a parcel on her grandad's doorstep, she is shocked to see who sent it: a famous Egyptologist, found dead that very morning, according to every newspaper in England!

The mysterious package holds the key to a story . . . about a king whose tomb archaeologists are desperately hunting for.

Lil and her friends must embark on an incredible journey – to return the package to its resting place, to protect those they love, and to break the deadly pharaoh's curse . . .

 

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Letters from the Lighthouse

We weren't supposed to be going to the pictures that night. We weren't even meant to be outside, not in a blackout, and definitely not when German bombs had been falling on London all month like pennies from a jar.

February, 1941. After months of bombing raids in London, twelve-year-old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast. The only person with two spare beds is Mr Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper. But he’s not used to company and he certainly doesn’t want any evacuees. 

Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying secret messages (as she likes to think of the letters) to the villagers. But Olive has a secret of her own. Her older sister Sukie went missing in an air raid, and she’s desperate to discover what happened to her. And then she finds a strange coded note which seems to link Sukie to Devon, and to something dark and impossibly dangerous.

 

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CLAIRE BARKER

 

 Picklewitch and Jack

The dreadful strangers moved in on a wild and windy Thursday.
'Fudgenuts,' cursed Picklewitch, adjusting her cracked binoculars to get a better view of the comings-and-goings. 'This won’t do at all. I bet they haven’t even bought me any cake.'

Picklewitch is, quite literally, out of her tree. She has a nose for naughtiness, a taste for trouble and a weakness for cake. And unluckily for brainbox Jack – winner of the 'Most Sensible Boy in School' for the third year running – she’s about to choose him as her new best friend . . .

 

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JUDITH EAGLE

Book Cover for The Secret Starling by Judith Eagle

The Secret Starling

Clara has lived a life of solitude, home schooled under her mean uncle's strict regime . . . until now!

The day that Uncle abandons Clara, leaving her with nothing but a wedge of 'guilt money' and a half empty, crumbling manor house, she is determined to do things her way for a change. And when streetwise Peter turns up, with his rescue cat and a surprising array of knowledge, she is sure that between them they have everything they need to survive.

But the house is to be sold . . . and Uncle has lied to Clara . . . and nothing, NOTHING is as it seems. 

 

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Book cover for The Pear Affair by Judith Eagle

The Pear Affair

When Penelope Magnificent's awful parents tell her they're taking a trip to Paris, she surprises them by begging to go along.

Nell is usually content to avoid her money-obsessed father and her fashion-focussed mother, but Paris holds something very dear to her... her old au pair Perrine - Pear - lives there. Pear used to write to Nell every week promising to come to her rescue but recently the letters have stopped...

Arriving at her parent's posh hotel, Nell is determined to find Pear... but no one has seen her at her last known address, and no one seems to want to tell her anything about Pear's whereabouts.

Luckily she befriends the hotel bellboy who introduces her to the world of tunnels underneath the city, and together they set out to find Pear, whilst uncovering an extraordinary mystery of their own...

 

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NATASHA FARRANT

Book cover for The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant

 The Children of Castle Rock

When Alice Mistlethwaite is shipped off to boarding school in Scotland it’s nothing like she imagines. Run by the mysterious Major, there are no punishments and the students are more likely to be taught about body painting or extreme survival than maths or English!

Then Alice’s dad goes missing and she must run away to find him. Can she persuade her new friends to help?

So begins an epic quest across wild Scottish highlands and islands, where friendships will be made and broken, lies will be untangled and the children will face danger and excitement at every turn…

 

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SWAPNA HADDOW

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Dave Pigeon

If you can read this, you obviously understand Pigeonese. You may read my book. If you're a cat and you've learnt Pigeonese... (HA HA HA! As if a cat would be smart enough to learn Pigeonese).

Packed full of gorgeous illustrations and giggle-until-you-wee jokes, the Dave Pigeon series is perfect for newly independent readers. 

 

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Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo!)

If you can read this, you obviously understand Pigeonese. You may read my book. If you're a cat and you've learnt Pigeonese... (HA HA HA! As if a cat would be smart enough to learn Pigeonese).

Packed full of gorgeous illustrations and giggle-until-you-wee jokes, the Dave Pigeon series is perfect for newly independent readers.

 

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HARRY HEAPE

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Shiny Pippin and the Broken Forest

Permit me lovely readers to take you back in time. The first thing that I want you to do is to close your eyes and breathe deeply. Okay, great, now open them again very slowly. Are you ready? Good, then let us begin.

Featuring Lady Eliot!
A brand new detective agency with a terrible mystery to solve!
An awful burglary!
Mungo's heroics!
Lady Eliot falling in love.
A dazzlingly beautiful song about eggs.
The awful, villainous penguin, Count Visbek.


What does not feature:
Sensibleness and learning...

 

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Book cover for Shiny Pippin and the Monkey Burglars

Shiny Pippin and the Monkey Burglars

Permit me lovely readers to take you back in time. The first thing that I want you to do is to close your eyes and breathe deeply. Okay, great, now open them again very slowly. Are you ready? Good, then let us begin.

Featuring Lady Eliot!
A brand new detective agency with a terrible mystery to solve!
An awful burglary!
Mungo's heroics!
Lady Eliot falling in love.
A dazzlingly beautiful song about eggs.
The awful, villainous penguin, Count Visbek.


What does not feature:
Sensibleness and learning...

 

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TED HUGHES & CHRIS MOULD

Book Cover of The Iron Man illustrated by Chris Mould

 The Iron Man

The Iron Man came to the top of the cliff.
Where had he come from? Nobody knows.
How was he made? Nobody knows.


Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction by the Iron Man and set a trap for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world.
 
 

 

 

LOU KUENZLER & JULIA WOOLF

Book cover for Calm Down Zebra by Lou Kuenzler

Calm Down, Zebra

Everyone’s favourite, enthusiastic zebra is back, eager to get in on the act as Annie tries to teach her little brother about colours. But although things don’t turn out quite the way she imagines, together they make the world a brighter and more beautiful place!

 

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KIERAN LARWOOD

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The Legend of Podkin One-Ear

Podkin is the son of a warrior chieftain. He knows that one day it will be up to him to lead his warren and guard it in times of danger. But for now, he's quite happy to laze around annoying his older sister Paz, and playing with his baby brother Pook.

Then Podkin's home is brutally attacked, and the young rabbits are forced to flee. The terrifying Gorm are on the rampage, and no one and nowhere is safe.

With danger all around them, Podkin must protect his family, uncover his destiny, and attempt to defeat the most horrifying enemy rabbitkind has ever known.

 

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HANNAH LEE & ALLEN FATIMAHARAN

 Book cover for My Hair by Hannah Lee

My Hair

My birthday’s coming up so soon,
I’ll need new clothes to wear.
But most of all, I need to know,
How shall I style my hair?

Will it be dreads or a twist out? Braids or a high-top fade? Joyous and vibrant, this captures perfectly the excitement of getting ready for a celebration, as well as showcasing a dazzling array of intricate hairstyles.

 

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DAVID LONG

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Heroes

For as long as there have been wars, animals have been out there saving lives. Courageous dogs, cats, birds, horses, and even a bear have shown courage and devotion, and this book tells you their extraordinary stories. 

Includes the story of Jet the Alsatian who became a hero of the Blitz, pulling survivors from burning rubble, night after night. Gallipoli Murphy, the donkey who served as an ambulance. Simon, the cat who saved his crew. And many, many more. 

These animals help us to remember that not all heroes are human. 

Glorious full-colour double-page illustrations throughout.

 

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GAVIN PUCKETT

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Fables from the Stables

Written in winning verse, the accessible and bonkers writing in the Fables from the Stables series will charm children aged 7-11 (and horse-lovers of all ages). 

 

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JION SHEIBANI

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Lily and the Polar Bears

One day Lily was playing on the beach with her Grandpa when she spotted something in the distance...

POLAR BEARS! Lots of polar bears! All floating on pieces of melting ice.

 

A very sweet, funny and topical picture book that touches on the environment and immigration, encouraging children to be more welcoming.

 

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