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The Book People's reference books for children are full of facts and information about subjects kids love to learn about, including a great selection of children's atlases, a range of dictionaries for kids and some fantastic children's encylopedias.

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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.
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  • Paperback Oxford English Dictionary

    Oxford Dictionaries

    Product Code: AEHJN
    Paperback 11 years +
    This fully updated edition offers over 120,000 words, phrases, and definitions.

    It covers all the words you need for everyday use, carefully selected from the evidence of the Oxford English Corpus, a databank of 21st century English that contains over 2 billion words.

    The Factfinder centre section gives quick-reference entries on topics including famous people, countries, and science.
    • £7.89
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  • Collins Primary Dictionary

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: BMNAQ
    Paperback 7 years +
    For children aged 7 and over, this dictionary contains up-to-date coverage of a wide range of everyday and curriculum vocabulary. It offers additional language tips and carefully selected and annotated illustrations to help students with more complex language. The Word Wizard section provides in-depth support on spelling, punctuation and grammar. This book is designed to build confidence and develop young learners' language skills at home and in the classroom. Includes the latest vocabulary from a range of curricular areas with example sentences and tips on grammar and spelling to help children understand the meaning of words and use them confidently. Synonyms (similar words) and antonyms (opposite words) are given to build vocabulary. Beautiful annotated illustrations add an extra dimension and provide children with additional information on a range of topic areas. The Word Wizard offers invaluable support in the key areas of spelling, punctuation and grammar and creative writing.
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  • Collins First School Dictionary

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: BNSIR
    Paperback 5 years +
    An ideal introduction to the world of words for children aged 5 and above. The careful choice of vocabulary, clear definitions and simple examples, together with the beautifully designed illustrations help make learning easy, memorable, and fun. This book offers children an easy way to find out the meanings of everyday words, and includes a carefully written section which provides support in spelling, grammar and punctuation in preparation for school tests. The illustrations engage children and help them to understand what words mean, while example sentences show how the words can be used. Simple grammatical labels introduce children to different word groups, all of which are clearly explained in the introduction to the dictionary. Simple, fun and easy-to-use, this is perfect for any child's first school dictionary.
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  • Spelling Word Searches Ages 5-7

    Collins Easy Learning

    Product Code: BTZSP
    Paperback 5 years +
    Level: KS1 Subject: English Children will have lots of fun practising their spelling using these word searches. Written to match the new primary curriculum, each word search ensures that your child covers the key word lists required at school. * Contains 25 puzzles covering the key words children are required to learn at school * A fun and motivating way for children to practise their spelling * Makes an ideal holiday purchase.
    • £3.59
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  • National Geographic Kids Beginner's World Atlas

    National Geographic Kids

    Product Code: BYJHB
    Paperback
    Our world is constantly changing and this refreshed atlas from the map experts at National Geographic captures the state of the planet with colourful maps, easy-to-grasp stats, and lots of fun facts. Learn all about the people, places, animals, and environments of our world in the fourth edition of this engaging atlas. It's got a fresh, kid-friendly design, fun, lively photos, and all the latest, greatest geographic and political information that make this such a valuable resource. It's the perfect reference for kids to learn about lands close to home or oceans away-ideal for classroom use, homework help, and armchair exploration.
    • £7.19
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  • ABC Ages 3-5

    Collins Easy Learning

    Product Code: ARKNW
    Paperback 3 years +
    An engaging ABC activity book to really help boost your child's progress at every stage of their learning! Fully in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, this English book provides reassurance whilst supporting your child's learning at home. Combining useful English practice with engaging, colourful illustrations, this ABC practice book helps to boost your child's confidence and develop good learning habits for life. Each fun activity is designed to give your child a real sense of achievement. Included in this book: * questions that allow children to practise the important skills learned at school * colourful activities that make learning fun and motivate children to learn at home * helpful tips and answers so that you can support your child's learning
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  • Collins Easy Learning English

    Collins Easy Learning

    Product Code: AKCZW
    Paperback 5 years +
    This engaging activity book builds English skills through rewarding and motivating activities designed to give children a real sense of achievement, boosting their confidence and developing good learning habits for life. The colourful pages make learning fun and helpful tips and answers are included so that parent can support their child. This book develops literacy skills. Its colourful, motivating activities make learning fun. Helpful tips and answers are included so that parent can support their child's learning.
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  • Collins Spanish School Dictionary

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: BNSIO
    Paperback 11 years +
    A pocket-sized Spanish reference for secondary school students looking for a dictionary that is modern, up-to-date, clear and easy to use. Developed for home study, and to be used in the classroom. * Especially designed for school students, and is ideal in the classroom, at home and during exams. * It contains all the words and phrases students will need, with key curriculum words highlighted, all essential phrases covered, and thousands of examples to show how Spanish is really used. * The clear layout and alphabet tabs down the side of each page lead the students to the information they need quickly and without fuss. All main translations are underlined to help users go straight to the answer they are looking for. * The dictionary includes language tips and culture notes throughout the text. * Soy, eres, es...Spanish verbs made easy! Each verb on the Spanish side of the dictionary is cross-referred to a comprehensive verb guide, with full conjugations and example phrases showing the verb used in context. Also available in French and German.
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  • Everything: Weather

    National Geographic Kids

    Product Code: BQKBG
    Paperback 7 years +
    We love talking about the weather and this National Geographic Kids Everything book explains why it happens.

    Packed with facts and anecdotes and bursting with eye-catching photographs, this book is a must for any child interested in what the sky is up to!
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  • Oxford Primary Atlas

    Patrick Wiegand

    Product Code: AAWVZ
    Paperback 7 years +
    The Oxford Primary Atlas is a clear, bright and informative atlas for all 7-11 year olds. This new edition includes up-to-date country data and easy-to-read colourful mapping, presented in an accessible visual layout based on research into how young children use maps. It features key curriculum themes such as landscapes, water, settlements, connections, and environments. It includes easy-to-use features such as learning statements to summarize each theme, focus panels to prompt independent or group enquiry, innovative grid codes to help children find places listed in the index, colourful photographs to aid children's understanding of map symbols, attractive artwork to provide a 'sense of place', and stimulating graphics to make large numbers easy to understand. This new edition of the Oxford Primary Atlas, specially written to support the requirements of primary geography at Key Stage 2, and incorporating the most popular features of the bestselling Oxford Junior Atlas, uses simple, clear mapping and colourful illustration to create a stimulating and informative atlas for all 7-11 year olds. The Oxford Primary Atlas is also accompanied by the Activity Book for independent work to develop map literacy skills, and the e-Atlas CD-ROM for whole class display on interactive whiteboard.
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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.
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  • Everything: Ancient Egypt

    National Geographic Kids

    Product Code: BQKBD
    Paperback 7 years +
    National Geographic Kids Everything Ancient Egypt is a book packed with facts, pictures and illustrations to help children learn more about this incredible era.

    It includes fun facts, maps and infographics to bring this period to life.
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  • Atlas of Adventures

    Lucy Letherland

    Product Code: ALIKB
    Hardback 6 years +
    (1)
    Set your spirit of adventure free with this lavishly illustrated trip around the world. Whether you're visiting the penguins of Antarctica, joining the Carnival in Brazil or a canoe safari down the Zambezi River, this book brings together more than 100 activities and challenges to inspire armchair adventurers of any age. Find hundreds of things to spot and learn new facts about every destination. With epic adventures from the four corners of the globe and discoveries to be made on your own doorstep, this book will inspire you to set off on your own journey of discovery.
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  • Illustrated Dictionary of Maths

    Tori Large & Adam Constantine

    Product Code: AEKWW
    Paperback 11 years +
    This is a new edition of this popular title, which provides a fantastic reference point for students studying for their SATs and GCSEs. It is split into 4 main sections covering all aspects of the national curriculum, from algebra to APRs, volume to vectors and trigonometry to transformation. It is brightly and clearly illustrated. It includes a glossary of mathematical terms and symbols. It comes with internet-links to help learners find out more about maths.
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  • Collins French School Dictionary

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: BNSIQ
    Paperback 11 years +
    A pocket-sized French reference for secondary school students looking for a dictionary that is modern, up-to-date, clear and easy to use. Developed for home study, and to be used in the classroom. * Especially designed for school students, and is ideal in the classroom, at home and during exams. * It contains all the words and phrases students will need, with key curriculum words highlighted, all essential phrases covered, and thousands of examples to show how French is really used. * The clear layout and alphabet tabs down the side of each page lead the students to the information they need quickly and without fuss. All main translations are underlined to help users go straight to the answer they are looking for. * The dictionary includes language tips and culture notes throughout the text. * Je suis, tu es...French verbs made easy! Each verb on the French side of the dictionary is cross-referred to a comprehensive 94-page verb guide, with full conjugations and example phrases showing the verb used in context. Also available in Spanish and German.
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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.
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  • National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of How

    Jill Esbaum

    Product Code: ASOOQ
    Hardback 3 years +
    This charming reference book takes a closer look at the things that surround kids every day and how they work--from cars to vacuum cleaners, animal bodies to humans. More than 100 colorful photos are paired with age-appropriate text featuring answers to questions like "How do chameleons change color?" "How do refrigerators stay cold?" and "How does my body heal?" This book inspires kids to be curious, ask questions, and explore the world around them.
  • Collins Gem English Dictionary and Thesaurus

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: AQQWN
    Paperback 14 years +
    This new edition of the Collins Gem Dictionary and Thesaurus is an indispensable guide to the English language. Part of the Collins Gem range - the world's best-selling mini dictionaries - it provides dictionary definitions and thesaurus synonyms on the same page for incomparable quick and easy reference. Collins Gem Dictionary and Thesaurus provides the most up-to-date words, clear definitions and accessible same-page dictionary and thesaurus texts - all in the handy and portable Gem format. In addition to the wide range of definitions and synonyms, the Gem Dictionary and Thesaurus has a handy and practical supplement on punctuation and spelling rules. With its clear colour layout and matching dictionary and thesaurus entries on the same page, you can be confident that the Collins Gem Dictionary & Thesaurus will help you find all the latest words you need - and fast!
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  • Usborne First Encyclopedia of Animals

    Paul Dowswell

    Product Code: ABMJS
    Hardback 5 years +
    (1)
    This is a fantastic new edition of this bright and lively encyclopedia, introducing young readers to the wonders of the animal world. Filled with information on mammals, birds, reptiles, creepy-crawlies and waterlife, this book answers such questions as 'Which animal has a tongue as long as its body?'; 'How does a whale breath?'; 'How does a snake see in the dark?'; and, 'Why do zebras have stripes?'. Simple text, amazing photographs, detailed illustrations and a selection of exciting recommended websites make the subject easy to understand.
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  • Collins Student Atlas

    Collins Maps

    Product Code: BMJPW
    Paperback 14 years +
    Completely new edition and rebranded edition of the best-selling Collins Longman Student Atlas. Perfectly created for Key Stage 4 students and a vital tool for all students. Collins Student Atlas is a completely new edition of the highly successful Collins Longman Student Atlas. It features 128 pages of up-to-date reference and thematic mapping, 8 pages of World country-by-country statistics and a fully comprehensive index to all names appearing on the reference maps.The Atlas has been specifically designed for students aged 14 to 16, however its well-researched uncluttered design makes it easy for all student use.This new edition features extended map coverage on each page and colour coding has been introduced in the titling and marginalia to create distinct, easy to use sections.Thematic maps and accompanying graphs and tables adhere strictly to the National curriculum and cover topics such as tourism, telecommunications, environmental and socio-economic topics. All maps have been fully up-dated using the latest statistical information available. The inclusion of a list of relevant web addresses on each thematic page ensures students are motivated to explore more deeply into a topic.High quality satellite imagery, which has been selectively used within the special topic or study areas, supports data on the maps and is used to illustrate key environmental issues.Extensive lists of statistics for demographic and socio-economic facts provide up-to-date data for students wishing to create their own graphics to support individual geographical, tourist, mathematical, economic or IT projects.
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  • The Usborne Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece

    Jane Chisholm

    Product Code: AEPCF
    Paperback 7 years +
    This is a far-reaching history of Ancient Greece, from the early Minoans to the rise of Classical Greece and its conquest by the Macedonians. It includes detailed information on the key figures, battles and geography of the Ancient Greek Empire, as well as information on the day-to-day life of its citizens, including Gods and Goddesses, education and the foundation of the Olympic games. It features stunning photographs and detailed reconstructions that create a vivid picture of life in Ancient times. A comprehensive factfinder section includes a time chart, who's who and glossary, making it perfect for reference use. It is internet-linked to recommended websites to encourage further learning.
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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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  • UK in Maps

    Stephen Scoffham

    Product Code: BPOWX
    Paperback 7 years +
    Collins UK in Maps is a multi-topic atlas of the UK, which introduces the most relevant topics to reflect the Geography Key Stage 2-3 requirements of the National Curriculum. Formerly published as Collins Keystart UK Atlas, this collection of maps can be used to investigate different themes and topics. It tells a story in maps, diagrams, charts, words and photographs each of which presents information to compare and examine. We live on a remarkable planet and this atlas helps us to make sense of the UK today and understand how things came to be as well as how they might change in years to come. Suggested activities on each spread encourage users to explorer further.
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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.

The best books

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

  • 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

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