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Reference Books for Children

  • On Your Bike

    Chris Hoy

    Product Code: OYBK
    Other 7 years +
    Hand-picked favourites
    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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  • Oxford School Spanish Dictionary

    Product Code: BLJQG
    Other 10 years +
    This new edition has been revised to offer up-to-date vocabulary for students learning Spanish 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 Spanish 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 culture is given in the special section on everyday life in Spanish-speaking countries. Clear and easy to use, it is the ideal dictionary to grow vocabulary and build confidence creating and translating sentences in Spanish.
    • £6.29
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  • Read with Oxford: Stages 2-4: Biff, Chip and Kipper: Fun With Words Flashcards

    Roderick Hunt

    Product Code: BPPAM
    Other 5 years +
    (1)
    Read with Oxford Biff, Chip and Kipper Fun with Words flashcards are a fun way for children to practise essential high-frequency words at home. Created by reading experts, they complement how your child is starting to read at school. Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled resources to build your child's reading confidence.
    • £6.29
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  • Read with Oxford: Stages 1-3: Julia Donaldson's Songbirds: Alphabet Games Flashcards

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: BQOAD
    Other 3 years +
    These Read with Oxford Songbirds Alphabet Games are a fun and effective way for children to practise their letters and sounds at home, building their reading skills and phonics knowledge. Read with Oxford also offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to build your child's reading confidence.
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  • Collins World Wall Laminated Map

    Collins Maps

    Product Code: AZPEM
    Other 11 years +
    Fully updated world map to include the latest political changes. Contains politically coloured mapping showing each country and their capital city, major roads, railways and cities and towns clearly. Also included are national flags, key statistics for every country and inset maps of the polar regions. This laminated (on front side only) map is printed on high quality paper and comes rolled in a plastic tube - ideal as a poster for any classroom, bedroom or office wall. AREA OF COVERAGE All of the world, centred on the Greenwich Meridian, and including maps of the North and South Pole regions. SCALE 1:22 000 000; 1 cm to 220 km; 1 inch to 347 miles SIZE 1015 x 1380 mm (40 x 54 inches) OTHER VERSIONS AVAILABLE Paper flat map in tube (ISBN 978-0-00-821158-5).
    • £11.69
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  • KS3 French Interactive Vocab Tester DVD-ROM and Book

    CGP Books

    Product Code: AIVDA
    Other
    This Interactive Vocab Tester DVD-ROM (for PC and Mac) is a great way to help KS3 students get to grips with hundreds of essential French words. It's simple to create customised tests for each topic, and there are audio recordings of every word from a native French speaker - with an option to create revision tracks to export to an mp3 player. A matching full-colour Vocab Book is also included, with tests for every topic plus space to jot down extra vocab at the back.
    • £10.09
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  • Hide & Speak Spanish Words

    Rudi Haig

    Product Code: CBXIF
    Other
    Discover the fun in language learning at an early age. This durable, chunky board book is full of useful first Spanish words with each page covering a popular theme, such as food, animals or the bedtime routine. Simply lift each brightly illustrated flap together to uncover the Spanish word beneath. There is a pronunciation guide and translation of each Spanish word to help learners at home.
    • £7.99
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  • Collins World Wall Paper Map

    Collins Maps

    Product Code: AZPEL
    Other 11 years +
    Fully updated world map to include the latest political changes. The map contains politically coloured mapping which shows each country and their capital city, major roads, railways and cities and towns clearly. Also included are national flags, key statistics for every country and inset maps of the polar regions. The map is printed on high quality paper and comes rolled in a plastic tube - ideal as a poster for any classroom, bedroom or office wall. AREA OF COVERAGE All of the world, centred on the Greenwich Meridian, and including maps of the North and South Pole regions. SCALE 1:22 000 000; 1 cm to 220 km; 1 inch to 347 miles SIZE 1015 x 1380 mm (40 x 54 inches) OTHER VERSIONS AVAILABLE Laminated flat map in tube (ISBN 978-0-00-821156-1).
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  • London

    Sarah McMenemy

    Product Code: AEBAE
    Other 5 years +
    Remember London for ever with this exquisite cut-paper souvenir. Presented in a beautiful slipcase, this stunning memento features twelve of London's most famous sites: Harrods, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament, The London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral, The Globe Theatre, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge and The Royal Observatory. Stylishly illustrated and folding out to a length of 150 cm, this is a perfect souvenir for anyone visiting the UK's capital city. Great things come in small packages, and buyers will be amazed at how much of London is folded into this petite box. Printed front and back, twelve famous sites are featured along with brief descriptions/histories in a concertina. Fully extended, the cityscape is almost 5 feet long.
    • £5.99
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  • My First Bilingual Book-Empathy (English-Portuguese)

    Patricia Billings

    Product Code: CDGGE
    Other
    Guaranteed to enrich a toddler's vocabulary, this simple and fun series of bilingual board books is ideal for helping children discover a foreign language. Highlighting more complex concepts that go beyond colors and numbers, titles in the series feature animals, fruit, home, and vegetables. This collection combines photographs, bright illustrations, and dual-language words in clear, bold text. Suitable for both individuals and groups, these books are a child's perfect introduction to exploring other cultures.
    • £5.59
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  • Hide & Speak French Words

    Rudi Haig

    Product Code: CBXID
    Other
    Discover the fun in language learning at an early age. This durable, chunky board book is full of useful first French words with each page covering a popular theme, such as food, animals or the bedtime routine. Simply lift each brightly illustrated flap together to uncover the French word beneath. There is a pronunciation guide and translation of each French word to help learners at home.
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  • Hide & Speak English Words

    Rudi Haig

    Product Code: CBXAB
    Other
    Discover the fun in language learning at an early age. This durable, chunky board book is full of useful first words with each page covering a popular theme, such as food, animals or the bedtime routine. Simply lift each brightly illustrated flap together to uncover the word beneath.
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  • Dinosaur Digs

    Marilyn Easton

    Product Code: BZJQZ
    Other
    Dig into the fossil science that made Jurassic Worldpossible! Includes two real fossils to uncover. In this non-fiction companion to Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, discover real fossil science, including different fossil types, how they form, what they can say about creatures that have long been extinct - and how that knowledge led Jurassic World scientists to bring dinosaurs back to life. Plus, take a closer look at fossils of dinosaurs, such as the Velociraptor, Triceratops and T. rex. Illustrated with tons of pictures from the films! Includes: two real fossils in two carving blocks digging tool brush full-colour 48-page book.
    • £12.89
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  • Dino Record Breakers

    Darren Naish

    Product Code: BUMIA
    Other
    Check out the greatest record-breakers in history - the dinosaurs! Millions of years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, you had to be extreme to survive. That's why these incredible creatures racked up so many awesome records. This incredible wire-bound book is packed with cool facts and stats about dinosaur record breakers. Discover the fastest, the biggest and the deadliest dinosaurs! Bite-size facts and trivia for the ultimate in playground currency.
    • £5.39
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  • First Words - Spanish

    Lonely Planet

    Product Code: BRXRA
    Other
    This handy board book is perfect for introducing very young children to the Spanish language. Coming in a convenient travel size, it features 12 words to learn - from sun and shoes to beach and book. Each word is accompanied with a beautiful illustration and pronunciation guide to make the vocabulary fun and easy to learn. From Lonely Planet Kids, an imprint of the world's leading travel guide and phrasebook publisher, First Words Spanish is a great resource for families at home or on a trip. And be sure to visit our First Words website, where you can use our free audio pronunciation guide to hear each word spoken out loud. Other titles in this series: First Words French First Words English For older children aged 5 - 8, check out our original First Words collection, with each book featuring 100 words to use while travelling. Available in: English French Spanish Italian Japanese Mandarin About Lonely Planet Kids: Lonely Planet Kids - an imprint of the world's leading travel authority Lonely Planet - published its first book in 2011. Over the past 45 years, Lonely Planet has grown a dedicated global community of travelers, many of whom are now sharing a passion for exploration with their children. Lonely Planet Kids educates and encourages young readers at home and in school to learn about the world with engaging books on culture, sociology, geography, nature, history, space and more. We want to inspire the next generation of global citizens and help kids and their parents to approach life in a way that makes every day an adventure. Come explore!
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  • Oxford Learner's Spanish Dictionary

    Product Code: BCXIP
    Other 11 years +
    This new edition has been fully revised and updated to offer up -to-date vocabulary and language support for student's learning Spanish at GCSE and beyond. All the current exam board vocabulary is included and curriculum words are flagged with a key symbol. Word Tips provide information on common grammatical errors and confusable words, while interesting cultural information is specially picked out in Culture boxes. To support students building their range of vocabulary and get them using it confidently, all words are also given in appropriate example sentences so that students can see how to use them correctly. Extra grammar support is given with full verb tables, including English translations of the different tenses, to help with translating to and from Spanish. In the centre of the dictionary, the illustrated thematic supplement includes questions, answers, comments and phrases and photocard activities to model those faced by students in their exams, It has a contemporary look and feel and covers topics such as technology, free-time activities, customs and festivals, social and global issues, travel and tourism, current and future study and employment.
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  • Oxford Learner's French Dictionary

    Product Code: BCXIK
    Other 11 years +
    This new edition has been fully revised and updated to offer up -to-date vocabulary and language support for student's learning French at GCSE and beyond. All the current exam board vocabulary is included and curriculum words are flagged with a key symbol. Word Tips provide information on common grammatical errors and confusable words, while interesting cultural information is specially picked out in Culture boxes. To support students building their range of vocabulary and get them using it confidently, all words are also given in appropriate example sentences so that students can see how to use them correctly. Extra grammar support is given with full verb tables, including English translations of the different tenses, to help with translating to and from French. In the centre of the dictionary, the illustrated thematic supplement includes questions, answers, comments and phrases and photocard activities to model those faced by students in their exams. It has a contemporary look and feel and covers topics such as technology, free-time activities, customs and festivals, social and global issues, travel and tourism, current and future study and employment.
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  • Oxford School German Dictionary

    Product Code: BLJQH
    Other 10 years +
    This new edition has been revised to offer up -to-date vocabulary for students learning German 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 German 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 culture is given in the special section on everyday life in German-speaking countries. Clear and easy to use, it is the ideal dictionary to grow vocabulary and build confidence creating and translating sentences in German.
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  • First Spanish Words

    Sam Hutchinson

    Product Code: CBLLG
    Other
    (1)
    Over 100 useful words beautifully illustrated with bright, cheerful pictures and cuddly teddy bears. Perfect for sharing with little ones to start their first steps in French. Large, durable format perfect for toddlers and nurseries. Includes English translations and pronunciation guides for non-Spanish-speaking grown-ups.
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  • French for Children

    Catherine Bruzzone

    Product Code: AHLEW
    Other
    Yes, learning French can be fun for your child! Developed by language-learning expert Catherine Bruzzone, the French for Children program is a fun and effective way for your child to learn the French language and culture. This introduction gets your son or daughter speaking French right from the very beginning and keeps him or her engaged with a wide range of activities and games that keep language-learning fun. A complete program, this package features: a full-color illustrated guidebook that features cartoons, characters, and fun facts; three audio CDs that guide your child through the course and teach language through a combination of French-language songs, games, and activities; an activity book filled with interactive puzzles and games that reinforce new language skills; advice for you on helping your kid get the most out of the language-learning experience; free print and audio downloads. Topics include: Saying hello, Saying "yes" and "no", Saying where places are, Talking about family, Around the house, Saying what you like to do, Describing things, At the zoo, At a picnic, and Happy Birthday!
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  • 100 Things for Little Children to Do on a Train

    Fiona Watt

    Product Code: AEBCZ
    Other 5 years +
    This work contains a brand new set of cards containing simple activities to keep little children busy on long train journeys. It includes games such as noughts and crosses, as well as puzzles, quizzes and doodle cards. The cards are wipe clean and the pack includes a special pen with which to write the answers on the cards, making the pack entirely self contained and easily portable. The cards are robust and durable, ensuring repeated use.
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  • Play and Learn Spanish (Set 2)

    Ana Lomba

    Product Code: AHJHG
    Other
    Choose the children's language course trusted by other moms and dads. The Parents' Choice award winning-language program will get your child speaking Spanish while having fun! Introduce your child, age 1-7, to a new language with this easy-to-follow, fun learning program. From taking a bath to going shopping, Play and Learn Spanish turns your everyday routines into enjoyable language-learning activities for you and your child! This unique course features: Fun songs, games, and activities Key word illustrations An audio CD that includes all the songs, games, and expressions in the course Engaging comic strips Sidebars with fun cultural information English translations for all activities Give your child the gift of a second language while enjoying your time together. Play and Learn Spanish gives you the resources to make that happen.
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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.

Something for all ages and tastes

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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Chosen by our book experts and written by the likes of DK, Julia Donaldson and Oxford Reading Tree, you can be sure that you’ll find children’s reference collections and books that will help children with their homework, and encourage them to read and learn independently.

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Fact books for kids

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  • Songbirds Phonics Collection - 36 Books
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