Posted 5th Mar 2015
It's World Book Day (5th March 2015) and we have a selection of must-have books for you to add to your library
The Book of Beetles
There are more than 600 types of beetles known to man, ranging in size from 1-2mm to several centimetres big, with unique patterns and colourings that sets them apart from each other. In The Book of Beetles, Patrice Bouchard explores the world of beetles and uses facts about their habitats, their families and sub-families, as well as information about their eating habits to paint a picture of the different beetles you can see, including a map of where you will find them. You can learn about the necrophilus subterraneus, a beetle that is unusual as it is more active in cooler months, the yellow mealworm which is commonly found in mills, bakeries and other food stores, or caryedon serratus which is a tripicopolitan species that was introduced to Europe. Detailed pictures show each beetle at its finest and is accompanied by a life-size image of each species.
The Book of Beetles by Patrice Bouchard, published by Ivy Press Limited, is available to buy from all good book stores, RRP £29.99.
Good Food for Your Table
A guide to everything you need to know about storage, provenance, preserving and seasonality when it comes to your shopping basket, Good Food for Your Table by Melrose and Morgan will give you expert information to help you buy the best things to eat at home. With 10 years experience as high street grocers, Melrose and Morgan take you through the ins and outs of bread, cheese, chocolate, dairy, fish, grains, oils and spices, among others. Learn how to store herbs, about the different varieties of nuts, how to make sauces and what to put in jellies and jams.
Good Food for Your Table by Melrose and Morgan, published by Saltyard Books, is available to buy from all good book stores, RRP £25.
Whether its chia, quinoa or flax, super seeds are making their way into our everyday lives by being a brain booster, digestive system helper and a weight loss assistant. Kim Lutz, author of Super Seeds, shows you how to get the best from the five best seeds, including hemp and amaranth, utilising their nutritional benefits with more than 75 recipes. From amaranth cornbread, crispy rice and seed chocolates, and hemp tofu lasagne, to cashew hemp 'cheese' sauce and quinoa lentil soup, there is a recipe to suit any seed. Accompanied by glossy images and frequently asked questions, to help answer popular questions about seeds, such as how to grind your own flaxseed meal and where to store super seeds.
Super Seeds by Kim Lutz, published by Sterling, is available to buy from all good book stores, RRP £9.99.
Learning with Nature
Give the kids the gift of nature with Learning with Nature by Marina Robb, Victoria Mew and Anna Richardson. A myriad of activities await within its pages and whether its games that involve wildlife or plants and trees, there is something for everyone. Choose from games such as bat and moth, deer stalk and camera kids, with each activity offering 'how to' and variations on ways to play the game to make it more exciting or interactive. It also details how learning takes place, I.e. if it's introducing themes such as sensory awareness or identification, or if it requires building trust or working as a team. The book encourages children to go outdoors and explore, and is suitable for children aged between three and 16.
Learning with Nature by Marina Robb, Victoria Mew and Anna Richardson, published by Green Books, is available to buy from all good book stores, RRP £17.99.
Pretty Birds by Virginia Lindsay shows you how to turn your fabric scraps into mini masterpieces. Having created 18 stunning bird patterns to bring your scraps to life, you can create bunting, stationary, air freshners and gift toppers, to name a few, from these creative bird patterns. Each project comes with a step-by-step diagram, example of the pattern and a QR code that can be read using a smartphone or device with a QR reader installed, meaning you can download the pattern to use as you like. Materials needed, measurements and ideas to try out also accompany each pattern, along with a delightful image of the finished project. The perfect way to get rid of your scrap fabric!
Pretty Birds by Virginia Lindsay, published by Frances Lincoln Publishers, is available to buy from all good book stores, RRP £12.99.
Otters of the World
With many species of otters classed as vulnerable, endangered or near extinction, Paul and Grace Yoxon have brought the plight of the otter into the forefront with their book, Otters of the World. A beautifully depicted book, Otters of the World gives facts, locations and information about the different types otters that you can spot. Included in this informative guide are Eurasian otters, smooth-coated otters, marine otters, giant otters and sea otters, to name a few. Get an insight into the way in which you should care for an otter if you come across an abandoned cub, how otters are affected by pollution and fisheries, as well as the illegal trade that takes places for otter skin all in Otters of the World.
Otters of the World by Paul Yoxon and Grace M. Yoxon, published by Whittles Publishing, is available to buy at www.whittlespublishing.com, RRP £18.99.
The Urban Wildlife Gardener
Attract birds, bees and butterflies to your garden with hint and tips from The Urban Wildlife Gardener by Emma Hardy. Packed with planting ideas on how to keep your garden alive with wildlife and how to provide nesting areas, when to prune shrubs and when to take a step back, the book has hundreds of tips to help you, no matter what your space. With nine chapters tailored to the different areas of a garden, you can find out how best to look after trees and lawns, general housekeeping of the garden, shrubs and grasses and growing fruit and vegetables. Beautifully depicted with striking imagery, The Urban Wildlife Gardener is an insect-friendly way to keep your garden under control.
The Urban Wildlife Gardener by Emma Hardy, published by Cico Books, is available to buy from all good book stores, RRP £14.99.
Great British Cooking
Travel Britain by food with Great British Cooking. Ignite your palate with the flavours of 'The Full English', 'The Sunday Roast' and 'The Nation's Favourites' and enjoy the specialities that become synonymous with Britain. Recipes include pickled onions, Cornish pasties, shepherd's pie, toad-in-the-hole, fish and chips and jam roly-poly, each with sublime imagery and step-by-step instructions to make the nations most loved dishes at home. The recipe book by Carolyn Caldicott and Chris Caldicott helps you to make hearty bangers, mustard mash and onion gravy or roast potatoes with truly British flare, that will keep the whole family happy.
Great British Cooking by Carolyn Caldicott and Chris Caldicott, published by Frances Lincoln Publishers, is available to buy from all good book stores, RRP £12.99.
Part of an exciting new series designed to introduce young artists to a variety of art techiniques, ARTrageous by Jennifer McCully is a colourful book that introduces adults and children to painting and mixed media projects they can do together. Learn about the different tools you can use, the various techniques and how to protect your work, before diving into a creative world of mixed media and drawing projects. Learn how to make 25 different ideas, including a hanging cardboard dress, paper animal painting and making a colourful dream cloud. Each project lists the supplies you'll need, artist tips, instructional images and a picture of the finished project. Ideal for getting families together, ARTrageous will help you to create masterpieces at home.
ARTrageous by Jennifer McCully, published by Walter Foster, is available to buy from all good book stores, RRP £12.99.
Grow a Living Wall
Create a living wall with the help of Shawna Coronado's new book.These 'green walls' are built using live plants and grown in containers hung in a decorative arrangement, displayed for all to see. Split into two parts, the first part of the book looks at how to create a living wall and how you can get started as well as what soil and tools you can use. Part two shows you to create a living wall with a purpose, from vegetable 'balconies' to an aphrodisiac wall garden, a bookshelf fence garden and a culinary kitchen garden. With everything you need to know about living walls found within this book, you can find one to suit your outside space.
Grow a Living Wall by Shawna Coronado, published by Cool Springs Press, is available to buy from all good book stores, RRP £16.99.
By Lauren Morton