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Reference Books for Children

  • Big Picture Atlas

    Emily Bone

    Product Code: BGPA
    Hardback 5 years +
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    This hardback is a full-colour picture atlas that will help children aged 5 and over learn all about the world around them.

    There are 15 beautifully illustrated maps for children to pore over and they explain all about different countries, continents, oceans, mountains and ice caps. A celebration of our amazing planet, it also explains where animals and people live.

    This book also contains fascinating facts about each country.
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  • Project X Alien Adventures: Series 1 Collection - 31 Books

    Product Code: PXAA
    Collection 6 years +
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    Packed with fantastic artwork and ideal for preparing Year 2 schoolchildren aged 6 and above as they look to tackle their very first chapter books, our Project X Alien Adventures Collection is full of fun stories, activities and facts that will help young readers build their confidence in reading at Oxford Reading Level 7 and then progress right through to Level 11.

    Badlaw and his army of robotic Krools are taking over Planet Exis. Now Exis's only chance for freedom is for Nok and micro-friends Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger to save the day, free Exis from Badlaw and save Nok's parents, too!

    Gripping and sure to have even the most reluctant reader wanting to turn the pages and read on, this huge collection of 31 books is specially written by the creators of the Oxford Reading Tree (Biff, Chip and Kipper) to encourage children to enjoy reading independently.

    This 31-book collection covers Oxford Reading Tree Levels 7 to 11 (book bands Turquoise, Purple, Gold, White and Lime). It is suitable for children in Year 2/P3.

    Please note the books in this collection vary in size. The dimensions stated are for the wallet that the books are presented in.
    Format: paperback
    • £12.00
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  • Collins English Dictionary: Gift Edition

    Product Code: EDGF
    Hardback
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    Every home needs a dictionary and this Collins edition comes in a keepsake slipcase. A trusted reference source, this dictionary is full of thousands of correct spelling and definitions.
    • £2.00
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  • Tower of Knowledge Collection - 16 Books

    Product Code: TOWR
    Collection 9 years +
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    From mammals to minerals and sharks to space, these pocket-sized reference books will delight young minds with their array of facts, stats and records.

    Very visual guides to important topics, these books are peppered with double-page photographs highlighting the amazing facts and there is also a data section at the end of each section offering stats including world records and top tens and other relevant information e.g. the Periodic Table in the Rocks and Minerals book.

    These introductory books will explain to children everything from the anatomy of a horse to a map of the Nile region! They're perfect study aids.

    Format: paperback
    Each book 12.9 x 9.6cm
    • £10.00
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  • Plastic Sucks!

    Dougie Poynter

    Product Code: PLST
    Paperback 9 years +
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    How can YOU help save our planet from plastic?

    McFly man Dougie Poynter's Plastic Sucks! is a book full of clear and easy ideas and advice that will help children cut out single-use plastic and live a more environmentally friendly life.

    Dougie explains how plastic fills up our oceans and endangers our wildlife and how the time to take action is NOW. He also discusses the history of plastic and introduces campaigners and reveals how, by working together, we can reduce and replace plastic.
    • £3.00
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  • Myths, Legends & Sacred Stories: A Children's Encyclopedia

    DK

    Product Code: MLCE
    Hardback 9 years +
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    From man-eating monsters to Gods of lightning... Discover courageous heroes and heroines, magical creatures and terrifying monsters on this captivating tour around the world.

    This DK children's encyclopedia of myths and legends invites you to explore all the thrilling stories from Greek and Norse mythology and other cultures all around the world including Zeus, Anansi (a West African trickster who takes the form of a spider) and Tane the Maori forest God.

    Dragons, minotaurs and wizards all feature in these exciting retellings and there is also an investigation into the meaning of each story and an examination of why these myths, legends and sacred stories have entertained so many readers over thousands of generations.
    • £4.00
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  • Primary Illustrated Science Dictionary

    Product Code: ILH2
    Paperback 8 years +
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    Every home and school needs a dictionary dedicated to science.

    The Oxford Primary Illustrated Science Dictionary is easy to use and contains over 1,000 words and meanings that will help young learners understand key science terms and concepts. It's sure to build up their knowledge and vocabulary.

    This book has a refreshingly clear layout and the examples, feature panels, diagrams, illustrations and photographs will help ensure children understand what can sometimes be tricky terms. Among the National Curriculum words featured are different types of bones including different types of bones like tibia, fibula, radius, ulna and patella.
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  • Primary Illustrated Maths Dictionary

    Product Code: ILL2
    Paperback 8 years +
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    Making maths simple...

    The Oxford Primary Illustrated Maths Dictionary provides an accessible introduction to all the key maths terms children aged 8 and over will be learning at school.

    Based around the National Curriculum, it has a child-friendly design that explains mathematical concepts using feature panels, diagrams, graphs, illustrations and photographs.

    It has a focus on key topic areas and is a valuable resource for parents and teachers as well as children. It's sure to help build up an understanding of maths.
    • £3.00
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  • How are You Feeling Today?

    Molly Potter

    Product Code: HAYF
    Hardback 6 years +
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    Emotions can be a difficult subject of conversation to start up with young children and many people don't know where to start. Molly Potter's How are You Feeling Today? can help...

    Providing children aged 6 and over with straightforward, entertaining and (most importantly) appropriate ideas to help them deal with a selection of significant emotions, this book lets children choose a feeling that they can relate to and the provides strategies for dealing with it.

    Containing helpful notes for parents and covering both positive and negative emotions, How are You Feeling Today? is a delightful books that parent and child can explore together.
    • £4.00
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  • National Geographic Infopedia 2020

    National Geographic Kids

    Product Code: INFO
    Paperback 9 years +
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    This special book celebrates 10 years of the National Geographic Infopedia!

    Children can learn a whole host of weird-but-true facts, read incredible animal stories and find things to do, places to see and explore ways in which they can change the world throughout the pages of this fascinating book.

    2020's edition contains all-new content including games, jokes and activities and features over 500 photographs.
    • £3.00
    • RRP £12.99
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    WOW! Collection - 4 Books

    Product Code: WOWC
    Collection 5 years +
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    Four books full of extraordinary facts about dinosaurs, animals, the human body and vehicles.

    Little readers are sure to be saying 'wow' as they turn the pages and regale you with their new-found knowledge.

    Each book features bright and fresh artwork and the information is presented in bite-sized chunks that children will love to come back to again and again.

    Among the facts you and your children will learn are that a gorilla can catch the human cold and that sweaty feet help us run! These are engaging reads that will inspire and stimulate discussion.
    Format: paperback
    • £3.00
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  • On Your Bike

    Chris Hoy

    Product Code: OYBK
    Other 7 years +
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    Sir Chris Hoy will help children embrace life on two wheels with this essential guide to making the most of a bike!

    From choosing the right type of bicycle (BMX or mountain bike?) to getting the right kit, Chris offers so much expert advice. he also gives tips on cycling in all weathers and important safety and maintenance tips.

    Step-by-step guides with illustrations will show you change a tyre and check your bike for wear.
    • £1.00
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  • Are Coconuts More Dangerous than Sharks?

    Guy Campbell

    Product Code: AFDW
    Paperback 9 years +
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    The Actually Factually books contain a collection of misunderstandings, mistakes and misconceptions and answer a number of questions everyone wants to know the answer to - e.g. are coconuts more dangerous than sharks?

    Focusing on the myths that have wrongly been considered truths, this book reveals if Mount Everest really is the world's tallest mountain and if camels actually store water in their humps...
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  • First Man on the Moon

    Ben Hubbard

    Product Code: FMOM
    Hardback 9 years +
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    Published in time for the 50th anniversary, First Man on the Moon is a gripping illustrated account of the historic first moon landing.

    Featuring accessible text and contemporary artwork, it breathes new life into the famous story of the first ever moon landing, using short paragraphs to tell this inspiring story.

    It covers the beginnings of the Space Race; the early missions; the successful Apollo 11 voyage; and Neil Armstrong's legendary first steps on the moon - as well as the astronauts' heart-stopping return to Earth.
    • £3.00
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  • Do Elephants Ever Forget?

    Guy Campbell

    Product Code: AFEL
    Paperback 9 years +
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    The Actually Factually books contain a collection of misunderstandings, mistakes and misconceptions and answer a number of questions everyone wants to know the answer to - e.g. Why are yawns contagious and do elephants ever forget?

    Focusing on the myths that have wrongly been considered truths, this book reveals if there really is life on other planets...
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  • Pigs Might Fly Collection - 6 Books

    Kirsty Holmes

    Product Code: PMFP
    Collection 5 years +
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    Your children will believe pigs can fly when they read through this oink-some collection of books about high-flying vehicles. These pigs don't tell any porkies when it comes to air travel!

    Piggles and his intrepid team will introduce children to all things aviation and help you navigate the skies - whether an aeroplane, hot air balloon, airship, glider, helicopter or space shuttle is your preferred mode of transport.

    This fun and fact-filled series supports the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects your children will be learning about at school.

    Format: paperback
    • £3.00
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  • Primary Illustrated Computing Dictionary

    Oxford Dictionaries

    Product Code: ILC2
    Paperback 8 years +
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    Every school and home needs a dictionary dedicated to computers and coding.

    This easy-to-use, comprehensive and fully up-to-date dictionary includes clear definitions for over 1,000 words and meanings that will help children understand key computing terms and concepts. It follows the international computing curriculum and will build vocabulary in everything from programming to buildign computer games!

    It will also help them understand all about National Curriculum topics including algorithms, logical reasoning, computer networks and data representation.
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    Collins English Gem Dictionary

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: BBF3
    Paperback
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    This handy little dictionary offers clear definitions for all the words you need on a daily basis, providing spelling and pronunciations tips for the trickiest words. As an additional feature there is a detailedand practical writing guide for emails, social media and more formal communication. The easy-to-use layout of the Collins Gem dictionary makes it quick and easy to access and ideal for use on the go, at home, work, in the classroom or for travel. The short supplement tackles everyday problems of style and etiquette in everything from letters to emails to social media. With 85,000 words, meanings and phrases, this compact Collins English dictionary is the perfect companion. For more on English language usage, try our Collins Gem Thesaurus (9780008141691).
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    Collins School Thesaurus

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: BBJ3
    Paperback
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    This English School Thesaurus is the essential word finder for all students of English. Developed with teachers to support the requirements of the school National Curriculum, this English student thesaurus has a clear and easy-to-use layout, with an alphabetical indicator on each page, making it easy to find information quickly. This Collins pocket thesaurus includes thousands of synonyms and antonyms as well as short definitions for all main entry words. Examples are given for all synonyms to show how they are used and to help students choose the right one for their context. The 'more synonyms' feature and 'types of' panels help to extend students' vocabulary and extra help is given to help avoid overuse of very common words. A special section focusses on writing skills and helps students to use language effectively and achieve success in all areas of written work. For more on English language usage, the Collins School Dictionary and Thesaurus (9780008257958) is an excellent companion.
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  • Lesser Spotted Animals

    Martin Brown

    Product Code: LSPT
    Hardback 7 years +
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    Brilliant beasts you might not know about!

    Martin Brown, the illustrator of the Horrible Histories books, reveals all about brilliant beasts including zorillas, numbats and everything in-between. This is rib-tickling read for all children who love animals.
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    Irelandopedia

    John Burke

    Product Code: IREL
    Hardback 7 years +
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    This breathtakingly exciting book discovers Ireland, county by county, as you've never seen it before! Armchair travelers of any age will be totally absorbed by Fatti Burke's detailed illustrations and her father John's fabulous facts to be discovered on every page. Spot the ghosts in Dunluce Castle, taste rashers which were invented in Waterford, take a boat out on one of Cavan's 360 lakes -- even discover which county Elvis Presley's ancestors were from! Discover hundreds of things about Ireland until you have an Irelandopedic knowledge yourself!
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  • Boy: Tales of Childhood

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: BYZ2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Boy, Roald Dahl's bestselling autobiography, is full of hilarious anecdotes about his childhood and school days - and is, of course, illustrated by Quentin Blake.

    As a boy, all sorts of unusual things happened to Roald Dahl. There was the time he and four school friends got their revenge on beastly Mrs Prachett in her sweet shop. There are stories of holidays in fishing boats, African adventures and the days of tasting chocolate for Cadbury's.

    You'll hear tales of horrible school bullies and the motor-car accident when Roald's nose was nearly sliced clean off... Roald Dahl vividly shares his memories; some are funny. Some are painful. Some are unpleasant. All are true
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    Oxford English Thesaurus for Schools

    Oxford Dictionaries

    Product Code: CCC3
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    An extensive secondary school thesaurus for complete writing support, ideal for Key Stage 3 & 4 students. The Oxford English Thesaurus for Schools is easy to use with its accessible layout. It delivers a wide vocabulary with excellent coverage of curriculum words. It also provides context with the age-appropriate example sentences, from the best children's books and teenage fiction to show students how to use language most effectively. It is powered by the Oxford Children's Corpus, a unique electronic database of millions of words written for children. It gives hands-on support to young writers, with a unique toolkit on writing skills, How to Write Well, and panels highlighting common pitfalls and giving useful suggestions for replacing overused words. It is ideal to use when preparing for the Spoken Language Study and the English Language objectives of the GCSE specifications for KS3-4, and where permitted, is ideal for taking in to Controlled Assessments, along with the companion Oxford English Dictionary for Schools. Downloadable learning resources, word games, puzzles, and much more are available for additional online support at www.oxforddictionaries.com/schools
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    Oxford School French Dictionary

    Product Code: DDD3
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    This new edition has been revised to offer up -to-date vocabulary for students learning French at primary school and into their first years in secondary school in a format that is ideal for carrying in school bags. Students can build their French words and phrases the easy way both at home at school. The simple and clear translations are quick to find using the alphabet down the side of the page and the guide words at the top of the page. Grammar support is given in the full verb tables in the middle of the dictionary to support recognizing different verb inflections and tenses. A flavour of French culture is given in the special section on everyday life. Clear and easy to use, it is the ideal dictionary to grow vocabulary and build confidence creating and translating sentences in French.
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Whether it’s to help with homework or to give children a more rounded understanding of the world around them, our range of children’s reference books are packed full of facts and information that will inspire a lifelong love of learning.

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From 3 years all the way through to age 11+, we have the reference books for your child whatever their subject of interest. From outer space and complete reading schemes through to science, maths and history sets from the likes of Carol Vorderman, The Book People’s range of children’s reference books has it all.

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Fact books for kids

  • Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper Collection: Levels 1-3 - 33 Books
  • Songbirds Phonics Collection - 36 Books
  • National Geographic Infopedia 2020
  • Usborne: See Inside How Things Work
  • Big Picture Atlas
  • The Science of... Collection - 10 Books
  • Project X Alien Adventures: Series 1 Collection - 31 Books
  • The Usborne Children's Picture Atlas
  • Usborne Life-the-Flap: Questions and Answers: Animals
  • Spectacular Visual Guides Collection - 10 Books