Children's Books

Reference Books for Children

  • The World in Infographics Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781526300034
    WINF 8 years +
    8 years +
    • £11.99
    • RRP £89.90
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    • Just £1.20 per book
    You may be wondering what infographics are... well, they're a brilliantly visual way to present bite-sized scientific facts in style. Using icons, pictograms and graphics, infographics make complex information accessible to all kinds of readers.

    In this 10-book collection, your children can learn all about the science behind the planet Earth, explore space and learn about the world's most impressive machines and vehicles. With facts presented in a way that mimics the media, these books are perfect children who are fascinated by facts.

    Other subjects children can explore throughout the collection include countries, technology, the human world, the natural world and sport.
    Format: paperback
  • OVDA 9 years +
    9 years +
    (2)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £10.99
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    Penguins, tigers, zebras... They're all featured in the Oxford Visual Dictionary of Animals.

    The stunning illustrations and over 1,500 animal words are included within the book so children aged 9+ can learn all about mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, sea creatures, insects and mini beasts.

    Information about animal habitats and behaviour such as migration and hibernation, as well as life cycles and camouflage, are also included. The book even contains an Animal Detective Quiz at the back to test the animal-loving readers' knowledge.
  • CJQ2 8 years +
    8 years +
    • £13.99
    This book will be available to buy from early July onwards. Click on `Notify me? to receive an email when it?s available to buy.

    New edition of this family dictionary to boost spelling and improve vocabulary. With over 50,000 words (including school subject vocabulary), puzzles and artwork and photographs to support entries, child-friendly and relevant examples and help with pronunciation for tricky words - it is the perfect homework help.
  • CJO2 8 years +
    8 years +
    • £10.99
    Over 30,000 words, with clear and accessible meanings and age-appropriate example sentences, make this an ideal dictionary for helping children aged 8+ with homework. Each letter opens with a fun word fact and there are colour illustrations throughout. For example, did you know that 'almost' is one of the longest words with all the letters in alphabetical order? Compiled using the Oxford Children's Corpus, this new edition of the Oxford Children's Dictionary delivers support and help where it is needed. New to this edition is a supplement that gives top things to know about spelling, as well as about punctuation marks and how grammar can help make writing easy and effective.
  • CJR2 8 years +
    8 years +
    • £13.99
    This book will be available to buy from early July onwards. Click on `Notify me? to receive an email when it?s available to buy.

    An easy-to-use family thesaurus to boost wordpower and spark creative writing with new vocabulary-building activities, over 40,000 synonyms and examples to help you pick the best words. Packed with high-quality photos, word webs on key topics to help with project work, overused word panels and writing tips - it is the perfect homework help.
  • CJT2 10 years +
    10 years +
    • £10.99
    A one-stop dictionary & thesaurus for upper primary students. The Oxford School Dictionary & Thesaurus combines a comprehensive dictionary at the top of the page with a companion thesaurus at the bottom, for the upper primary student moving into secondary school. The dictionary contains clear simple definitions, up-to-date example sentences, and support on spelling, grammar and punctuation. The thesaurus provides thousands of up-to-date synonyms, arranged by the meaning that is closest to that of the headword, instead of alphabetically, to enable users to select the most accurate alternative. Having the dictionary and thesaurus entry on the same page makes it a very easy-to-use one-volume reference tool. It is powered by the Oxford Children's Corpus, a unique electronic database of millions of words of writing for children. Plus, for downloadable word games, puzzles, and activities, go online to the www.oxforddictionaries.com/schools website.
  • CELG 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £2.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    Whether you're learning German for a holiday, a business trip or for your GCSE exams, the Collins Easy Learning German Dictionary will help you master the basics of the language!

    Covering everyday German themes, the dictionary also highlights those key curriculum words that will help with exam preparation. There are clear and concise language notes that provide information on common grammatical errors and words some may find confusing, while the book also looks at key cultural differences.

    All presented in Collins' accessible style, the dictionary will help you have confidence when it comes to speaking German!
  • CELS 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £2.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    Whether you're learning Spanish for a holiday, a business trip or for your GCSE exams, the Collins Easy Learning Spanish Dictionary will help you master the basics of the language!

    Covering everyday Spanish themes, the dictionary also highlights those key curriculum words that will help with exam preparation. There are clear and concise language notes that provide information on common grammatical errors and words some may find confusing, while the book also looks at key cultural differences.

    All presented in Collins' accessible style, the dictionary will help you have confidence when it comes to speaking Spanish!
  • WPL 9 years +
    9 years +
    (10)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £7.99
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    What's Happening to Me? (Girls) is an easy-to-understand guide to the physical changes and emotional upheavals that occur as girls reach puberty.

    With witty and attractive illustrations, this book is suitable for readers aged 8 and over. It helps demystify the key questions surrounding puberty and gives reassurance and practical advice on how children can cope with the changes.
  • WYOM 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £8.99
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    Does your child dream of writing the next horror sensation? This spine-tingling activity book is bursting with scary ideas for children who fancy themselves as a mystery or ghost story writer.

    From haunted houses to eccentric detectives and cursed tombs, there are ideas to help children write about all kinds of curiosities.

    The book contains advice on planning stories, creating characters, building suspense and writing dialogue. The pages even have blank spaces and themed areas for children to write into, too.
  • MEB2 8 years +
    8 years +
    (6)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £7.99
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    What's Happening to Me? (Boys) is a helpful and sensitive guide to growing up and gives straightforward information on the physical changes and emotional upheaval that your young son can expect as he heads towards puberty.

    Tricky topics are demystified and What's Happening to Me? is a reassuring and entertaining read for children aged from 8 and over.
  • BYZ2 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
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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
  • HTPR 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £7.99
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    How to Play the Recorder is a guide from the experts at DK that will help any child learn how they can play the recorder.

    With its gorgeous, colourful design and step-by-step instructions, the book covers the basics of music and then moves through to more challenging music and even shows children how they can play duets on this most popular of first instruments.

    Notes are clearly introduced at the most appropriate stages and there are also musical pieces that progress in difficulty as the book progresses. Extra hints and tips are featured throughout the chapters, too, making this an ideal companion to recorder lessons at schools!
  • BMILP 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £10.39
    • RRP £12.99
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    The Collins COBUILD Primary Learner's English Dictionary is an engaging new, illustrated dictionary aimed at learners of English aged 7 and over. The dictionary has been specially created for primary school students, whose first language isnot English, but who attend English-language schools. Ideal for young learners of English and primary school students who are studying through the medium of English, the Collins COBUILD Primary Learner's Dictionary covers all the essential words, phrases and idioms that students need to learn. The definitions are written using simple language and the dictionary contains thousands of examples of real English, showing the learner how English is really used. With over 8,000 entries, the dictionary also includes a wide range of cross-curricular (CLIL) vocabulary items, which will help students studying in English to build their academic vocabulary, as well as gain confidence in writing and speaking English inside and outside the classroom. With hundreds of line drawings illustrating key terms, and the full colour illustrated supplement of essential topics, the Collins COBUILD Primary Learner's Dictionary is the ideal reference tool for young learners of English.
  • AEGPQ 10 years +
    10 years +
    • £10.39
    • RRP £12.99
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    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. Free downloadable learning resources, word games, puzzles, and much more are available for additional online support at www.oxforddictionaries.com/schools
  • AEGCJ 8 years +
    8 years +
    • £8.79
    • RRP £10.99
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    A fresh new look for the Oxford Junior Dictionary which features thousands of words and phrases in alphabetical order, in a clear and accessible design. Each entry contains simple, easy-to-read numbered meanings, word classes, and age-appropriate example sentences. These are taken from well-known children's authors, such as Dick King-Smith, Jacqueline Wilson, and Roald Dahl. They show the words actually in use to reinforce meaning, and inspire children to use language more effectively, making them more independent in their reading and writing. Tinted panels provide extra language information on overused words, words belonging to the same family, and key language topics (such as connectives or apostrophes). This is powered by the Oxford Children's Corpus, a unique electronic database of millions of words of writing for children. Extra material carefully levelled for this age includes information on spelling success, punctuation, simple grammar, key overused words (with alternatives) as well as word origins, prefixes and suffixes. Navigation is easy with the guidewords, and the full alphabet on every page with a dark blue tab on the letter of the page. For free additional word games, puzzles, and activities, go online to the www.oxforddictionaries.com/schools website.
  • AEGCH 8 years +
    8 years +
    • £8.79
    • RRP £10.99
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    With its fresh new look, the Oxford Junior Thesaurus gives children starting KS2 the best writing support. It contains entries in alphabetical order, with thousands of imaginative synonyms with supporting example sentences. Many of them are age-appropriate citations from well-known children's authors, such as Dick King-Smith, Narinder Dhami, Jacqueline Wilson, and Roald Dahl. They show the words actually in use, and will inspire budding writers to use language more effectively and independently. Tinted panels provide more help for better writing with related words on various topics and alternatives for overused words. This is powered by the Oxford Children's Corpus, a unique electronic database of millions of words of writing for children. Extra material levelled to the curriculum for this age include tips for spelling success, punctuation, simple grammar, character and setting vocabulary, special features such as Top 10 Tips for Writing Stories, and help with letter-writing including text messages. Navigation is made easy with the guide words, and the full alphabet on every page with a coloured tab on the letter of the page. It is the ideal companion to the Oxford Junior Dictionary. For additional fun, free word games, puzzles, and activities, go online to the www.oxforddictionaries,com/schools website.
  • AHBBI 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £8.79
    • RRP £10.99
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    With a clear, colour layout and quirky bird character to make it fun to use, the book is in two parts. The first part is a reference section of simple rules, tips, and examples to improve literacy skills for the test at the end of primary school. This divides into three sections - Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling. The second part is an easy-to-use alphabetical word list of common tricky words, with inflections, but no meanings. This list highlights, using analysis from the Oxford Children's Corpus, words that are most frequently misspelt by this age group, to target and rectify these common mistakes. There are helpful tips to guide the user around the alphabetical list to the word they are looking for, and notes at key words to aid correct spellings. It will be a valuable resource for preparation for the new KS2 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test coming in May 2013. Online spelling lists, punctuation, and grammar activities will be provided for easy practice at home or as part of lesson starters or as homework.
  • Parallel History - 6 Books - Collection - 9781445164304
    PRLL 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £9.99
    • RRP £53.94
    • Save £43.95
    • Just £1.67 per book
    This series of books gives children an insight into the events that were happening all around the world during different eras in history.

    All the way from the ancient world to the modern day, via Medieval times and the 19th century, these beautifully illustrated books are packed with facts and will inspire children to embark on a chronological journey.

    Perfect for dipping in and out of, the timelines in these books look at the major developments in civilisations all across the world that happened at the same time.
  • Strange Science Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781912171262
    SGSC 8 years +
    8 years +
    • £7.99
    • RRP £47.94
    • Save £39.95
    • Just £1.33 per book
    The Strange Science and Explosive Experiments series of books explores the grim, gruesome and grizzly side of science.

    Exploring the brutal elements of the body, the evil side of the ecosystem and sounds that shatter, these books are refreshing and explore a whole new ? gross, grizzly and gruesome ? side to science.

    Some of the books' observations are marvellously messy, too.
    Format: paperback
  • APWAU 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £8.24
    • RRP £10.99
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    Find out about all the different habitats animals live in, from polar bears in the freezing Arctic to orangutans in the steamy rainforests. Packed with delightful illustrations, brilliant facts and informative maps, learn, explore and be amazed by animals living all over the world.
  • AMBVJ 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £6.39
    • RRP £7.99
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    Make science fun with 101 amazing step-by-step science experiments for kids that are safe and easy to do at home. Be the next Albert Einstein with these cool science experiments for kids and discover how to bend light, weigh air and even make a rainbow! 101 Great Science Experiments is bursting with fun experiments for you to try out at home revealing the secrets of science through practical and exciting projects. Find out how to use everyday objects to discover the principles of science. With 101 science experiments for kids inside covering topics such as colour, magnets, senses, electricity and much more you'll be discovering the laws of science before your eyes. See sound, build a buzzer and even make an underwater volcano! Each science project is explained simply and clearly plus specially commissioned photography shows how each project should look making the experiments clear and easy-to-follow for kids.
  • AYVUF 10 years +
    10 years +
    • £6.39
    • RRP £7.99
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    This authoritative new edition of the bestselling Oxford School Thesaurus boosts vocabulary and improves writing skills through new curriculum support. With the help of the Oxford Children's Corpus, the largest bank of children's language in English, the thesaurus is able to proivde a range of carefully-levelled words, synonyms and antonyms and age-appropriate example sentences. These are written in the natural language of contemporary children using contexts that will make the thesaurus easy and enjoyable for every child to use. Phrasal verbs, idioms, and writing tips help to explore the richness of language and make writing more effective, whether in creative writing or in essays, projects, reports and letters. A writing supplement with spelling, grammar and punctuation support makes this a complete toolkit to enhance basic literacy skills, build confidence, deliver the curriculum and help children prepare for the level of writing expected at secondary school. As with all Oxford children's thesauruses, it has been trialled with teachers. A perfect buy, in a handy, pocket-sized format with a refreshing new look, an essential for any rucksack. Downloadable word games, puzzles and activities are available at www.oxforddictionaries.com/schools
  • AMJMD 8 years +
    8 years +
    • £8.79
    • RRP £10.99
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    Over 45,000 synonyms, age-appropriate examples and opposites make this an ideal thesaurus for homework help for children aged 8+. Key features are picked out: Overused Words panels at words such as 'nice' and 'good' give appropriate alternatives; Word Webs provide related words for project work - such as at 'bird': types of birds, parts of a birds body, sounds made by birds and words for groups of birds; Writing Tips provide tips and even more vocabulary for writing. The new Creative Writing supplement shows how to create words using prefixes and suffixes, how to use idioms and similies and other was to make your writing effective and powerful. Compiled using the Oxford Children's Corpus, it reflects children's vocabulary and delivers support and help where it's needed.