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Celebrating DK’s 40th birthday

This year we at DK are incredibly proud to say we have turned 40 years old. Established in 1974 we have grown and changed over the years to become the publisher we are today. However, we have always stayed true to our fundamental aim, to inform, enrich and entertain.

DK Logo 1974 - 2014

Hmm but how to share our 40th birthday celebrations with as many readers across the world as possible? Why through the brilliant mediums of Twitter and Facebook of course!

We had tonnes of fun researching facts about DK (as well as how the world has changed in the last 40 years) to share with you. These ranged from how many Eyewitness titles we have published (150); to how many people have set foot on the moon in that time (0), to sharing DK photos of years gone by, kindly provided by former DK author Alan Buckingham.

DK 40th Throwback

By far the best thing about these celebrations were the fantastic comments and tweets we received from readers of all ages; from the USA to Canada and Australia you guys helped us celebrate our 40th anniversary in style.

Thank you all and here’s to another 40 years!

To view all of our 40th birthday celebration facts and photos check out our #DK40 photos on facebook.

Cardboard Cities and Monster Menageries

This summer, DK Art Editor Jemma Westing’s Brilliant Builds workshop pitched up at both Glastonbury and Latitude festivals. Armed with a large pile of cardboard kindly donated by DK, children got creative with recycling, building a thriving cardboard city at Glasto and a menagerie of monsters and dinosaurs at Latitude.

Collin the Stegosaurus was made entirely from DK boxes. That’s the kind of inventive recycling we want to encourage – let your imagination run wild and go green creatively!

Jem would like to thank everyone who kindly donated materials to Brilliant Builds; without you, it couldn’t have happened.


The Brilliant Builds workshop tent at Glastonbury 2014

Beautiful Builds tent at Glastonbury 2014

Colin the dinosaur doesn’t like hats…

Beautiful Builds at Latitude 2014

The Loch Ness Monster at Latitude Festival 2014

Beautiful Builds at Latitude 2014








Great Maps – A Very Beautiful Book

We’re so excited to have received the first  copies of our new book, Great Maps by Jerry Brotton:

Great Maps


Great Maps takes you on a journey through the history of maps, from ancient maps such as medieval mappa mundi to Google Earth. Each map provides a window into the age in which it was created and the world view at the time, as well as showing you what was known and unknown by people of the period.

Plus, you might have noticed that Great Maps has a beautiful gold DK logo on the spine, a departure from our usual black and red!

Great Maps publishes 1 September 2014 but you can pre-order your copy now from retailers such as Wordery and Amazon.

Updated DK Eyewitness Guides for a New Generation

Over our 40 years as a publisher we have produced 150 DK Eyewitness titles in 50 countries and 35 languages. We’re so proud of this that we’ve included it in our 40th anniversary social media celebrations:

DK Eyewitness Tweet

Probably the most well known all DK books, the DK Eyewitness reference guides have now been updated for a new generation of readers; we know how much people love these books, so we want to make sure that the young readers of today can enjoy learning about fascinating subjects like dinosaurs, Ancient Greece and the wonders of the ocean, like the generations before them.

DK Eyewitness Ancient Egypt

Packed with all the essential information from the previous editions, the updated guides are now more interactive and colourful than ever with new infographics, statistics, facts and timelines making the book more engaging and educational for your child.

Updated titles include:

Ancient Greece
Ancient Eygypt
World War I
World War II
Crystal & Gem
Hurricane & Tornado
Rock & Mineral (which also happens to be the best selling DK Eyewitness Guide ever!)

At £6.99 each you’d be silly not to! Browse and buy now on our website.

Updates to infant choking in the new edition of the First Aid Manual

You may have seen in the press yesterday that there is new advice for parents and carers on how to treat a choking infant. This comes after a survey that we carried out revealed that a third of parents have been in a situation where their child has started choking and worryingly, half of parents did not know the correct procedure. The survey was commissioned to mark the publication of the latest edition of the First Aid Manual, written and authorised by the UK’s leading first aid providers, St John Ambulance, the British Red Cross and St Andrew’s First Aid.

First Aid Manual jacket

First Aid Manual 10th edition, only £9.99 (RRP £13.99) for a limited time

Parents were previously advised to place the infant face down along their arm, but the new guidance states babies should be placed face down along the thigh. Andrew New, speaking on behalf of all three charities, said: “Treating a child for choking is easy when you know how. The new manual contains the latest guidance on choking and other procedures and is a must for every home.”

We’ve now been publishing the bestselling First Aid Manual for 32 years and it’s still the only first aid reference manual that’s written and endorsed by all three of the UK’s leading First Aid providers. The new 10th edition has been updated with all the latest guidelines and best practice and covers all aspects of first aid from emergency first aid and first aid for babies and children, to life-saving resuscitation. From sprained ankles, burns and bleeding to strokes and unconsciousness, you can find out quickly how to treat over 100 different conditions and the clear step-by-step photos are designed to show you exactly what you need to do in any situation.

We’re currently offering £4 off the First Aid Manual (until 31 March, while stocks last) – get your copy for just £9.99.

Simple Flower Arranging- A fabulous book and a fabulous launch

Want to give a lovely fresh gift at one of the many celebrations on the horizon such as Valentine’s Day, Mothering Sunday, Easter and the upcoming wedding season? With all those events, buying thoughtful original gifts can be difficult, but with Simple Flower Arranging you can give a beautiful gift created by your own hands. Or if your loved one is a flower arranging fan you could give them the book itself (£16.99, but you can get £4 off with code SFA4OFF).

Simple Flower Arranging contains more than 60 projects to inspire you from simple kitchen table displays to chic wedding bouquets. If you’re on a budget, Simple Flower Arranging shows you how to take a simple bunch of blooms from a supermarket, and re-present them with a florist’s touch. Simple step-by-step guides lead you stem by stem to your own beautiful hand-made bouquets.

Lilac Petals

Here’s a simple idea from the book, perfect for Valentine’s Day:

Simple Flower Arranging has two fabulous authors, Mark Welford and Stephen Wicks, who are ex-ballet dancers turned florists and owners of destination florist Bloomsbury Flowers in Covent Garden. They now supply bouquets to the ballerinas at the Royal Opera House as well as many other famous clients, so they know their stuff!

Flower step by step

Last week Mark and Stephen hosted a beautiful launch for Simple Flower Arranging in the Clore Studio at the exclusive Royal Opera House.


The flowers were, of course, fragrant and fabulous, and to everyone’s delight, Darcy Bussell made an appearance!


Simple Flower Arranging is available to buy now and remember you can get £4 off with code SFA4OFF.

Dinner party recipes from Mary Berry & Lucy Young

Here in the office we’re very excited about the paperback edition of Mary and Lucy’s Cook Up a Feast, (£9.99 for a limited time only) which is packed with 150 foolproof recipes perfect for every occasion. Mary and Lucy understand all your worries about entertaining and have hints and tips on everything from cooking for different numbers of people and getting the most from your kitchen, to preparing ahead and keeping food hot during your party. If you’re looking for great dinner party recipes then look no further:

Cook up a feast jacket

You’ll be able to impress your guests with easy step-by-step instructions for everything from delicious party bites to gorgeous desserts, as well as classic favourites with a twist. Some of our top recipes include mini chicken satays, mushroom and spinach cannelloni, salmon salsa verde encroûte and coffee and walnut cupcakes.

Cook Up a Feast eBook also available here

Cook up a feast

Mary and Lucy cover all possible occasions for you – easy lunches for friends, smart dinner parties, festive family gatherings, buffets and parties for a crowd. Their straightforward advice will help you play the perfect host or hostess and make entertaining stress-free. You’ll find helpful advice on everything from how to plan a dinner party, to menu planners that will help you choose the best dishes for feasts or themed parties.


Any concerns about making the right amount of food for your party are removed with every recipe including the catering for either 6 or 12 guests already worked out for you.

Cook Up a Feast provides plenty of great advice to help you prepare ahead – cooking for friends will always be a pleasure, helping you bring to life the dinner party you’ve always dreamed of.


If you can’t wait to get your copy then here’s a free recipe from the book for Coffee & Walnut cupcakes and a short video of Mary Berry & Lucy Young’s top tips for a successful party. Enjoy!

The paperback edition of Cook Up a Feast is out now, priced at just £9.99*

* Limited time only, while stocks last

LEGO® eBook with added content from The LEGO Movie

Are you ready for the ultimate LEGO® adventure? In our new LEGO Minifigures Character Encyclopedia eBook, all of your favourite LEGO characters are brought  to life through sound and animation for a fully interactive experience. These ‘multi-touch’ features are available exclusively to iOS users. Plus the Apple eBook includes added content from The LEGO® Movie – something you won’t find in the printed version!

Lego Encyclopedia

Get to know every single LEGO Minifigure character and prepare yourself for the release of the epic, star-studded LEGO movie out this February. The LEGO multi-touch eBook with added movie content is a must-have for any LEGO fan.

Pre-order now from the iBook Store.

Check-out The LEGO Movie trailer:

‘A Little Course in..’ Apple eBooks only 99p

Start the new year by learning a fun new skill with our ‘A Little Course in…’ series.

You can discover everything you need to know about wine tasting, yoga, baking and much more, plus the taster Apple eBook versions are just 99p.

wine tasting

You can learn how to bake in simple, easy steps with A Little Course in Baking , a handy skill to master for birthdays, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, nothing says love like a homemade cake.


Or you can ditch the cake and get back into shape after the Christmas holidays with A Little Course in Yoga, a great way to de-stress!


Download the Apple eBooks now for just 99p each on iBooks : A Little Course in Sewing, A Little Course in Knitting, A Little Course in Pilates,  A Little Course in Growing Veg & FruitA Little Course in Preserving

The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch is nearly here!

Ready to get out into the garden and get birdspotting this weekend with the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch? Spend just an hour in your garden counting your garden birds and help the RSPB find out how different British bird species are doing.

Your garden birds are a great indicator of the health of the countryside and the Birdwatch’s results help the RSPB to keep an eye on the ups and downs of your local area’s wildlife and figure out how to protect it. What could be a better reason to get out in your garden and get spotting!

Pocket Garden Birdwatch

If you’re keen to start spotting, but want a little help identifying your birds, we’ve recently published Pocket Garden Birdwatch with the RSPB, a perfect companion to the Big Garden Birdwatch it profiles the 40 most common garden birds in detail.


If, after the Birdwatch, you become besotted by your garden birds then there’s also handy tips on how to make your garden a bird-friendly haven, from what plants to grow to what food to provide.

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Pocket Garden Birdwatch is the perfect guide both for this weekend’s Big Garden Birdwatch and for making your garden into the ideal home for all your favourite feathered friends.

Click here for all our other books with the RSPB.


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