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PARCEL YARD PRESS


Parcel Yard Press is a new packager of children’s information books created by a group of the UK’s most experienced children’s reference producers.


ABOUT US

Tim Cooke is a writer and editor with more than 250 books listed in the Library of Congress catalogue under various pseudonyms, including Charlie Samuels, mainly about US, military, and ancient history, art and culture, politics, and economics. He has written and edited illustrated books for children and adults since leaving Time-Life Books 30 years ago, from multi-volume school encyclopaedias to lively and accessible trade books. His work as an author includes How to Change the World with a Ball of String (Scholastic, 2012) and America: The Making of a Nation (Little Brown, 2008), as well as educational sets such as "Meet the Greats" (Gareth Stevens, 2016–18) and "Primary Sources in World History" (Cavendish Square, 2017). As an editor, he conceived and edited the award-winning How to Make a Universe from 92 Ingredients (Adrian Dingle, Scholastic, 2013), The Anatomy of Fashion (Phaidon Press, 2013), as well as Map: Exploring the World (Phaidon Press, 2015) and successive books in the same format. He has produced dozens of educational reference sets ranging from six to twenty volumes published by Rosen Publishing Group, Scholastic, Capstone Press, Crabtree, Hachette Children’s Books, National Geographic, Marshall Cavendish, and World Book.

Tom Jackson is a science writer and editor who has written more than 100 books and contributed to many more. He is a specialist in communicating natural history, mathematics, hard science and technology to all readerships and interest levels. His past work includes Basher Science titles (Kingfisher); Chilled (Bloomsbury Sigma); Help Your Kids With Science (DK); and the Ponderables science history series (Shelter Harbor Press). He has worked in the children’s reference co-edition sector for more than 20 years, producing sets published by Hachette Children’s Books, QED, Rosen Publishing Group, Macmillan Children's Books, and Bloomsbury Children’s Books. 

Lynne Lennon is a designer with over twenty years experience in publishing. She began her career working on novelty books sets before moving on to partworks and the children’s reference co-edition sector. Lynne spent five years as a design manager running a large continuity book list where she gained experience in art direction, production and project management. Her past work includes large volume sets and trade books published for Marshall Cavendish, Crabtree, Rosen Publishing Group, Weigl, Hachette Children's Group and Capstone Press. You can see examples of her work at lynne-lennon.squarespace.com

NEW CONCEPTS

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Can You Escape
This Book?

Age8-10 years

Grades 3-4

Extent 32pp

TPS 177x218 mm


Possible Titles

Matter

Forces

Life Sciences

Astronomy

Math

Earth Sciences

STEM 10x10

Age8-10 years

Grades 3-4

Extent 32pp

TPS 177x218 mm


Possible Titles

Space Surprises Unexpected Earth

Astounding Animals

Mind Blowing Tech

Can You Save
the World?

Age 10-12 years

Grades 5-6

Extent 32pp

TPS 177x218 mm


Possible Titles

Epidemic!

Climate Disaster!

Pollution!

Water and Food Shortages!

Mass Extinction!

Energy Shortage!

Making Connections

Age8-10 years

Grades 3-4

Extent 32pp

TPS 177x218 mm


Possible Titles

Food and Drink

Clothes

At Home

Working World

Fun and Games

Out and About

Can You Escape This Book?

A STEM Challenge

This series provides readers with the closest experience books can offer to the exciting process of making their way out of an escape room by solving a series of puzzles—all of which are related to a particular aspect of STEM. From quizzes and number exercises to riddles that need to be solved and messages to decipher, each book is full of challenges that will fascinate the reader, together with the STEM information they need to get through to the spread.


STEM 10x10

100 Startling Science Facts

Science is important, complicated and powerful—but that does not mean it cannot be fun!
Science 10 x 10 introduces budding Einsteins, Feynmans, and Darwins to the different areas of science through a collection of eye-catching and jaw dropping facts. This is science at its most entertaining,
with a solid education foundation.


Can You Save the World?

Using STEM to Solve Global Crises

This set of books sets readers an exciting challenge in which they use up-to-date scientific information to solve real-life scenarios that could threaten the futures of everyone on Earth. The books are part an examination of those threats and part a role-playing activity that asks readers to put themselves in the position of the experts who must make decisions in times of emergency. They collect evidence from a cast of experts, then make their own decisions—and all on a timeline headed for disaster!



Making Connections

This set takes a fascinating approach to some of the most familiar objects of the modern world, showing how they are linked to many other objects, to innovations in history, and to the wider environment. The stories attached to each object bring together technology, design, politics, history, and the environment in a novel format that reveals the hidden stories that help shape the world in which we live.


Nature on the Clock

Age 10–12 years

Grades 5-6

Extent 48pp

TPS 71/4x91/4 inches


Set 1

Semi-desert

Rainforest

Ice and snow

Grasslands

Tidal Zone

Conifer forest

Nature on the Clock

A day in the wildlife

Nature on the Clock tracks the lives of animals through a 24-hour period, from sunrise to the depths of night. As the hours roll past, the conditions change, and the wildlife sets about finding food, staying alive, and caring for the young. Organised by biome or climate zone, Nature on the Clock take a tour of the world, and covers a wide range of animal communities from rainforest primates to Antarctic penguins.


Nature on the Clock reveals how animals share a habitat and are adapted to survive at different times of day, perhaps hunting in twilight, migrating by day, or making the most of darkness to stay safe. The set is a fun and intuitive way of exploring ideas such as adaptation, habitat, competition, and climate.



Big v Small

Age 8-10 years

Grades 3-4

Extent 48pp

TPS 71/4x91/4 inches


Set 1: Technology

Vehicles

Buildings

Computers and Electronics

Machines


Set 2: Animals

Birds and Reptiles

Mammals

Fish

Insects and Spiders


Set 3: Science

Astronomy

Geography

Biology

Fossils

Big v Small

Sizing up the World

Big v Small: Sizing up the World is an at-a-glance infographic guide to just about everything. Just how huge is the world’s biggest ship? What is the fastest insect on Earth? And how small can a star really get? All these questions and more are covered in Big v Small using a simple graphical style.


The material is an ideal resource for developing the Common Core skills of interpretation and integration of knowledge—and it’s a lot of fun at the same time! Organised in themed sets, the concept is designed to facilitate repackaging and bind-ups. Low text counts are aimed to cater for co-editions.


Fake News in History

Age 10–12 years

Grades 5-6

Extent 48pp

TPS 71/4x91/4 inches


Titles

Frauds and Hoaxes

Conspiracy Theories

Gossip and Rumors

Imposters

Deceptions and Lies

Propaganda

Fake News in History

True or False – Decide For Yourself!

This set explores the history of all types of “fake news,” from earliest times through to the most up-to-date examples from social media and other forms of mass communication. It reveals how what seems like a modern phenomenon has deep roots in history, as individuals, governments and others have set out to deceive people for a wide range of purposes. The series explores examples of inaccuracies and deceptions, and shows who created them, how and why. It also examines why people have been so prepared to believe false stories, why people have created them—and how to guard ourselves against falling for them.


Each volume is arranged in spreads arranged chronologically in six chapters. Each book ends with a timeline and a spread that guides the reader into how to examine sources in order to figure out what’s true and what is not.


Features

True or Fake?

These boxes highlight features of the story where it is not clear what is true or not, and why.

Sources Under the Microscope

These boxes explore the sources that give rise to false news, from documents to personal accounts, and explains how they have been interpreted.



It's Your Call

Age 10–12 years

Grades 5-6

Extent 48pp

TPS 71/4x91/4 inches


World History Titles

Martin Luther’s Protest

Columbus and North     America

The Slave Trade

Napoleon’s Invasion of   Russia

The Versailles Peace Treaty

The Munich Agreement



American History Titles

Salem Witch Trials

Lincoln’s War

Prohibition

Roosevelt and World War II

Civil Rights

Ending the Cold War

It’s Your Call: Make the Decisions that Changed History

Some decisions change history. This chapter-based series invites the reader to consider some of the moments where such decisions were made and to put themselves in the places of the people who had to take them. It presents the evidence that would have been available to contemporaries and asks readers to weigh up the pros and cons of the various potential outcomes. It explains the context in which the decision was taken and the consequences of the various options. Regular double-page spreads use bullet-pointed lists to sum up and key parts of the arguments. A final chapter reveals what actually happened and what the real consequences were for the participants – and for history. It shows that it can be difficult to judge past decisions from our own time, and that history is often the result of chance or unintended consequences as much as deliberate planning.


The format is suitable for many different subjects, and can be tailored to fit either a world history or American history curriculum.