COMPETITION CLOSED: WIN books to celebrate World Book Day!

The world’s biggest celebration of children’s books and reading is back on 5 March 2020 – it’s World Book Day!

Every year, publishers (with the support of National Book Tokens) create a list of books by best-selling authors and illustrators that are available to buy for just £1 each.


Wondering what free books are on offer for World Book Day 2020?

Check out this amazing selection!

World Book Day 2020’s £1 books!

How can I get a World Book Day token?

If you’re a Whizz Pop Bang subscriber, one will pop through your letterbox! There’s one printed on page 33 of Whizz Pop Bang: Splash! Leap into the Science of Ponds. Not a subscriber? Sign up here.

SPLASH! Leap into the Science of Ponds will be delivered to subscribers between 2nd – 12th March 2020

More than 15 million World Book Day vouchers will be distributed to children in the UK and Ireland, so your child may get one from school, nursery or a youth group, too.


Where can I spend World Book Day vouchers?

Take your voucher to a participating book shop (you can find a list here) and exchange it for a FREE £1 World Book Day book, or £1 or €1.50 off any full-priced book or audiobook costing at least £2.99 or €3.99.


WIN a bundle of books by World Book Day authors!

Our friends at World Book Day have given us some brilliant books by World Book Day authors, Greg James, Matthew Syed and Matt Haig to give away! Two winners will each win all three books.

Just answer this question in the comments to be in with a chance of winning:

What kind of micro-animals are also known as moss piglets or water bears?

a. Nematodes
b. Spider mites
c. Tardigrades

If you can’t see the ‘Leave a reply’ box below, click here to see the full version of this blog post.

This competition closes at midnight on Tuesday 31st March 2020. Whizz Pop Bang competition terms and conditions are here and World Book Day terms and conditions are here.


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Share a Million Stories with World Book Day 2020

It’s World Book Day on 5 March 2020 and this year, it’s all about Sharing a Million Stories! Joining in is simple: just sign up and pledge to share 10-minutes of storytelling (which includes reading aloud, audiobooks, comics or lots more) as many times as you can throughout World Book Month (27 February – 29 March 2020).

You could win £1,000 of stories to share with your nursery or school during each week of the campaign, simply by sharing stories! Find out more here.

Find out more about World Book Day 2020 (including a chance to win a bundle of books!) right here!


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Whizz Pop Bang’s top science books for children

Putting together a super-exciting science magazine for children (and with some of us being parents of some scientists-in-training ourselves) means that Team Whizz Pop Bang read rather a lot of science books. Looking for science gift ideas for children, science books for kids or Christmas present ideas for young scientists? You’ve come to the right place!

Here’s our list of our top curiosity-awakening, fact-packed, inspiring science reads…

Moth: An Evolution Story by Isabel Thomas

“This is a story of light and dark…
Against a lush backdrop of lichen-covered trees, the peppered moth lies hidden.
Until the world begins to change.
Along come people with their magnificent machines which stain the land with soot.
In a beautiful landscape changed by humans, how will the little moth survive?”

Moth: An Evolution Story by Isabel Thomas

OK, so we’re a little bit biased, but Isabel Thomas (writer of many of Whizz Pop Bang’s features) is just brilliant at communicating complicated ideas to children. Moth is a beautifully-illustrated picture book that explains evolution through the story of the peppered moth. It has recently been shortlisted on the Children’s Science Picture Book Award and included on the New York Public Library’s Best Books of 2019 list!


The Professor Astro Cat series

Meet Professor Astro Cat: “the world’s smartest and bravest feline scientific explorer and he wants to recruit you! Together with Felicity (also a cat) and Astro Mouse, they are always ready to take you on mind bogglingly brilliant adventures into the incredible world of science.” With books covering Space, the Human Body, Physics and more, our Editor Tammy says “We love them!”


The Whizz Pop Bang Science Joke Book by Tara Pardo

Did you hear the joke about the germ?
Never mind, I don’t want to spread it around!

How does the Moon cut his hair?
E-clipse it!

What’s a scientist’s favourite dog?
A lab!

The Whizz Pop Bang Science Joke Book by Tara Pardo

Packed with super-silly science giggles and fantastic facts, the Whizz Pop Bang Science Joke Book is not only a team favourite – Assistant Editor, Tara, wrote it! We can honestly say that every single one of our children love it, too.


Owling: Enter the World of the Mysterious Birds of the Night by Mark Wilson

“My daughter is a very big owl lover so she absolutely adores it,” says Editor-in-chief, Jenny. “It contains loads of information about an assortment of owls, as well as general owl info – pellets, behaviour, abilities and so on. It’s a shame that it’s based on the common owls in North America, rather than in the UK (no tawny owls), but that still includes barn owls and it also includes Emily’s favourite, snowy owls!”


On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne

This is another of Editor Tammy’s family’s favourite science stories. “A boy rides a bicycle down a dusty road. But in his mind, he envisions himself traveling at a speed beyond imagining, on a beam of light. This brilliant mind will one day offer up some of the most revolutionary ideas ever conceived. From a boy endlessly fascinated by the wonders around him, Albert Einstein ultimately grows into a man of genius recognized the world over for profoundly illuminating our understanding of the universe,” says Chronicle Books, publisher of this beautiful book.


Audrey the Amazing Inventor by Rachel Valentine

“Audrey was the most inquisitive girl you could hope to meet…”

Audrey the Amazing Inventor by Rachel Valentine

begins this tale of questions, fiddling and fixing, suitable for curious children aged 3+ “My daughter adores this book and often reaches for it at bedtime,” says Whizz Pop Bang’s Schools co-ordinator, Libby.


Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky

Celebrate some incredible women in STEM with this beautiful book. Rachel Ignotofsky’s gorgeous illustrations bring the stories of 50 inspirational women in science to life. It’s another one that our Editor, Tammy, recommends for people looking for great science books for kids.


The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge

Editor-in-Chief, Jenny, says that this is one of her daughter’s favourites: “It’s about a girl genius who is studying science and maths and whose world gets turned upside down when she wakes on her birthday to find herself in a weird and scary world. It’s full of intriguing and challenging scientific concepts, like infinity, relativity and entropy, and it gets you thinking about the possibility of parallel universes. Probably best for ages 9+”


You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey

“If you were a planet, you’d be a lot like the Earth. Rainforests on land and ale in the oceans are the Earth’s lungs,”

You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey

This intriguing book draws connections between people and the natural world – and it’s another of Editor Tammy’s top science books.


Look Inside How Things Work by Rob Lloyd Jones

“This was very popular with my boys!” says our Customer Service Advisor, Hennie.

“Have you ever wondered how cars roar along roads, or planes soar into the sky? Discover how all sorts of amazing things work, from fire engines and submarines to dishwashers and vacuum cleaners, in this exciting introduction to engineering for young children, with over 70 flaps to lift.”


Explanatorium of Nature by DK

Editor Tammy’s son loves the Explanatorium books (which includes an edition about Science by Robert Winston) and the DK Knowledge Encyclopedias, but the Explanatorium of Nature is his favourite.


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COMPETITION CLOSED: WIN We Are All Greta book

It’s DAY FOUR of WHIZZ POP BANG’s SEVEN DAYS OF PRIZES!

This month’s Whizz Pop Bang magazine is all about SCIENCE SUPERPOWERS, so we’ve arranged a competition that is all about a real-life superhero who wants to save the Earth: Greta Thunberg!

We’ve got six copies of We Are All Greta by Valentina Gianella to give away! This beautifully illustrated book will take you on a journey of hope, resilience and curiosity as we take a a look inside Greta’s life. From drinking water to fossil fuels, from hashtags to education, the book is packed with scientific facts and ideas of things we can all do to help protect our planet.

Just answer this question in the comments to be in with a chance of winning one of six copies!

How many trees are cut down every year?*

1. 15
2. Around 15 million
3. Up to 15 billion

*According to figures reported by WWF

This competition closes on 31st December 2019. For full terms and conditions visit whizzpopbang.com/terms

Words: Nell O’Neill


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WIN Project Superhero and Chasing Captain America books by Professor E. Paul Zehr!

Whizz Pop Bang’s seven days of prizes: day six!

If you’ve read the SCIENCE HEROES feature in WHIZZ POP BANG: SCIENCE SUPERPOWERS, you’ll know all about Professor E. Paul Zehr. He’s a neuroscientist, author and martial artist who studies the adaptability of the human body at the University of Victoria, Canada.

We’ve got two of Paul’s books about the science behind superpowers to give away. PROJECT SUPERHERO is aimed at readers aged 8 – 12, while CHASING CAPTAIN AMERICA is for adults, so here’s a prize you can share with your parents, grandparents, Scout leader, next-door neighbour, or any other grown up superhero fans you know!

PROJECT SUPERHERO is the diary of Jessie, a 13 year old girl who is doing project on superheroes. Read advice from real-life heroes (including Olympian Clara Hughes, sailor Jessica Watson and Captain Marvel writer Kelly Sue De Connick) as one ordinary girl investigates what it would take to be Batgirl.

CHASING CAPTAIN AMERICA: How advances in science, engineering, and biotechnology will produce a superhuman is a book for adults about whether we can create a real-life superhuman by changing human biology itself!

To be in with a chance of winning these two books, just answer this question in the comments:

How long can a naked mole rat survive without any oxygen?

  1. 18 seconds
  2. 18 minutes
  3. 18 hours

This competition closes at midnight on 31st December 2019. For full terms and conditions visit whizzpopbang.com/terms


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Celebrating World Book Day with a free book token inside Whizz Pop Bang!

Whizz Pop Bang science magazine for kids QUAKE RATTLE AND ROLL

We’ve teamed up with World Book Day to give Whizz Pop Bang readers a free book token in our Active Earth ‘Quake, Rattle and Roll’ issue!

To get your free book simply cut out your voucher and take it to your local bookshop (find your local participating bookshop here) and swap it for one of the TWELVE (exclusive, new and completely FREE) World Book Day books. For more details about the £1 book for Ireland click here.

Or, if you’d prefer, you can use your book token to get £1 off any full price book instead. And if you’d rather get an audiobook, that’s fine too! It’s your choice, just as long as the book or audiobook costs at least £2.99 (or €3.99 in Ireland).

Then all YOU have to do is take your book home and enjoy it! 📙

The £1 books are also available in braille, large print & audio via Guide Dogs and RNIB. For braille and audio call 0303 123 9999 and for large print call 0118 9838275. The World Book Day book tokens are valid from Thursday 28 February – Sunday 31 March 2019.

Thanks to National Book Tokens and lots of lovely book publishers and booksellers, World Book Day, in partnership with schools all over the country, will be distributing more than 15 million £1 World Book Day book tokens to children and young people (that’s almost one for every child/young person under 18 in the UK and Ireland).

Share a story with a budding scientist on World Book Day! We know our readers love reading about science, so we’ve put together our top 7 science stories for kids

The Matilda Effect by Ellie Irving

When Matilda discovers that her astrophysicist Granny once discovered a planet, she’s furious that her sneaky boss has tried to take the credit. Will our science-loving hero get to the Nobel Prize ceremony before the award goes to the wrong person?

The Matilda Effect by Ellie Irving

The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day, The Many Lives of Albie Bright and The Jamie Drake Equation by Christopher Edge

The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day  The Many Worlds of Albie Bright  The Jamie Drake Equation

This gripping series uses physics, astronomy, maths and more to tell fantastic, science-packed-stories with more twists than a bowl of fusilli pasta.

The Great Rocket Robbery by Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Great Rocket Robbery- Jacket

This £1 World Book Day book puts a fun, fictional spin on the story of Laika, the dog who went to space.

Moth by Isabel Thomas

Moth by Isabel Thomas

A beautiful picture book exploring evolution through the story of the peppered moth, written by Whizz Pop Bang’s resident science expert, Isabel Thomas.

The DNA Detectives series by Dr Mandy Hartley

The DNA Detectives DNA detectives Smuggler's Daughter

The heroes of this crimes series use DNA and forensic science to solve mysteries and uncover incredible secrets.

Have you got a favourite science story? Tell us all about it, we love a good book review!👇🏾


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WIN! Max Einstein The Genius Experiment

Max Einstein the genius experiment book

When it comes to brains, there’s one brain in particular that we associate with brilliance… and that’s scientist Albert Einstein’s. To accompany the Brilliant Brains issue of Whizz Pop Bang, we’ve got five copies of this brand new book ‘Max Einstein The Genius Experiment’ to give away!

To enter simply answer this question in the comments box below:

Where are bits of Albert Einstein’s brain?
a) In a secret safe
b) In space
c) In a US museum

Hint: find the answer in the Brilliant Brains, issue 38 of Whizz Pop Bang science magazine for kids! Deadline to enter is 30/9/18

Notes from the publisher:

James Patterson has teamed up with the world’s most famous genius to entertain and inspire a generation of children – with the first and only kids’ book series officially approved by the Albert Einstein Archives.

Twelve-year-old orphan Max Einstein is not your typical genius. Max hacks the computer system at NYU in order to attend college courses (even though she hates tests), builds homemade inventions to help the homeless, and plays speed chess in the park. Her not-so-normal life is crazy but predictable until…

Max is recruited by a mysterious organisation! Their mission: solve some of the world’s toughest problems using science. She’s helped by a diverse group of young geniuses from around the globe as they invent new ways to power the farthest reaches of the planet. But that’s only if the sinister outfit known only as The Corporation doesn’t get to her first…

Recommended age: 9 – 14yrs


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WIN! Wild World by Angela McAllister

Our pals over at Quarto Kids have kindly given us 3 copies of Wild World to give away!

Wild World is a beautiful tribute to the last wildernesses of our world. Poetic texts bring the habitats to life, while factual information at the back details the danger facing these incredible places.  It’s a really brilliant book to introduce kids to nature and to start a conversation about the future of the planet.

For a chance to win, simply comment below with your answer to the following question:

How long did Jane Goodall live in the jungle?

a) Almost 4 months

b) Almost 40 months

c) Almost 40 years

Enter by midnight on 31st August.  By entering this competition, you agree to the terms and conditions on our website.


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Illustration of a peppered moth

WIN! Moth, An evolution story by Isabel Thomas

Mothnight competition to win Moth by Isabel Thomas

To celebrate #MothNight2018 we’ve got a copy of this beautiful book, MOTH, by Isabel Thomas (one of our Whizz Pop Bang writers). Written for younger children, this is the retelling of the story of the peppered moth. A true tale, and ideal introduction to natural selection and evolution for children.

“This is the story of light and dark…”

Enter by answering this question in the comment box below:

What sort of moth is this story about?

A. Salted moth

B. Sugared moth

C. Peppered moth

Enter by midnight on Sunday 17th June. By entering this competition you agree to the terms and conditions on our website. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing for this book.


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World Oceans Day book competition!

World Oceans Day competition

To celebrate World Oceans Day 2018 we’ve teamed up with the lovely team at Ivy Kids publishing with a cool book giveaway; Oceans in 30 Seconds, by Jen Green.
To enter this competition to win a copy simply answer this question in the comment box below:
Which of these is the deepest zone of the ocean?
a) Ladel zone
b) Hadal zone
c) Cradle zone
Enter by midnight on Monday 11th June 2018. Thanks to #IvyKids @QuartoKids for supplying five copies of this children’s book all about our oceans. By entering this competition you agree to the terms and conditions on our website.
Love learning about the sea? Buy this issue of Whizz Pop Bang for just £3.75 and learn all about the Secrets of the Deep!

Whizz Pop Bang Secrets of the Deep


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