Reference Books for Children

  • MIDA 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    This beautifully illustrated book introduces a whole host of gods and goddesses and men, women and monsters from Ancient Greek myths.

    Containing 12 stories from Greek mythology, it will help children learn all about Pandora and her dreaded box; Icarus and his wings of wax; and the greedy, gold-fingered King Midas.

    Each story has been retold in accessible style and this text is complemented by the breathtaking and vibrant artwork.
  • OVDA 9 years +
    9 years +
    (2)
    • £3.99
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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.
  • 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
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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.
  • OBN2 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £2.99
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    With its five spellings a day for children aged between 9 and 11 to learn, Oxford Better Spelling is a book to help any child enhance their spelling skills.

    The book has carefully levelled spelling lists for each age group and covers core vocabulary as specified in the National Curriculum, meaning it's ideal for SATS preparation.

    With over 3,000 words included, the book focuses on everyday words as well as challenging words that we all struggle with...
  • UGP2 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £7.99
    • RRP £16.99
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    The Usborne Geography Encyclopedia with Complete World Atlas is packed with information about the planet Earth, revealing everything from its physical characteristics to a detailed look at the people and governments of every continent.

    Fully up to date, there are some sumptuous photographs to pore over, as well as clear explanatory diagrams and comprehensive maps.
  • OBP2 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £2.99
    • RRP £4.99
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    With its five spellings a day for children aged between 7 and 9 to learn, Oxford Better Spelling is a book to help any child enhance their spelling skills.

    The book has carefully levelled spelling lists for each age group and covers core vocabulary as specified in the National Curriculum, meaning it's ideal for SATS preparation.

    With over 3,000 words included, the book focuses on everyday words as well as challenging words that we all struggle with...
  • MEB2 8 years +
    8 years +
    (6)
    • £3.99
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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
  • AQQWM 14 years +
    14 years +
    • £4.99
    The world's best-selling mini dictionary. This new edition, in colour, is fully up-to-date, including the most popular new words to enter the English language. The ideal portable companion for all. This handy little dictionary gives you practical, applied knowledge in your pocket. It contains clear definitions for all the words you need on a daily basis and provides tips on spelling, and help with difficult pronunciations. The clear colour layout makes the content easily accessible and suitable for immediate use. Includes an up-to-date supplement tackling problems of style and etiquette in everything from letters to emails to social media sites. 85,000 words, meanings, and phrases
  • AQQWL 14 years +
    14 years +
    • £4.99
    This new edition of Collins Gem Thesaurus is part of the Collins Gem range - the world's best-selling mini dictionaries and thesauruses. This new edition is fully up-to-date, with the newest words to enter the English language, with thousands of synonyms and antonyms. With thousands of alternative words, subject lists and a useful supplement, this colour edition of the Collins Gem English Thesaurus is ideal for everyday use in home, school and office. The handy little thesaurus gives you practical, applied knowledge in your pocket. It contains a wide selection of alternative words and opposites, with the most useful words highlighted for ease of reference. The clear colour layout also makes the content easily accessible. Includes a brand new supplement which tackles questions of style and etiquette thrown up by both traditional and modern forms of communication. From letters to social media updates, it offers guidance and examples. 128,000 synonyms and antonyms
  • ASQOU 11 years +
    11 years +
    • £4.49
    • RRP £4.99
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    The perfect portable dictionary for all students aged 11-14. This dictionary has been updated to include around 20,000 entries, and includes all the words you need to know for school and exams, still contained in the best-selling Gem format. This handy dictionary has been developed with teachers to be the perfect tool for both school work and homework. With clear, concise definitions and extra help with difficult pronunciations, it gives core vocabulary for key curriculum exam subjects, plus thousands of examples of words in use. Developed with teachers, this dictionary is an indispensable tool for any school student aged 11+. Furthermore, this new edition includes a guide to punctuation, spelling and grammar, to support students in class, and during home study. Have confidence Help with spelling, pronunciation and difficult words Get it right Clear definitions and core vocabulary for key subjects Get there fast Clear, colour layout for easy accessibility Get more Contains more entries than any other school dictionary of this size
  • 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.
  • ADMVN
    • £7.99
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    Discover how things are made and work with this first reference for young readers, now in paperback. Help your child take an incredible look at the way things are made and how they work with this fantastic fact-packed "How Things Work Encyclopedia", which shows and explains everything. They'll discover how the human body stays alive, what keeps a plane in the sky, why fireworks go 'bang', the amazing process that makes a plant grow, and much, much more. Full of bite-sized facts, curiosity quizzes and special weird-or-what features kids will love getting their teeth into, there 's a lot to see and explore. This title is perfect for homework or just for fun. Let your child find out more about how things work in our incredible world.
  • AGNZB 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £7.19
    • RRP £8.99
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    The Oxford First Illustrated Science Dictionary supports the curriculum and gives your child a head start in understanding first scientific words. Organised alphabetically, this dictionary gives simple and clear meanings for over 300 scientific words and concepts, from 'abdomen' to 'zoo'. Each entry is illustrated with child-friendly artwork plus diagrams to explain, add meaning, and support the definition. Expertly-levelled supplementary material in an illustrated section at the back lists the everyday vocabulary children will come across in their science lessons including the equipment used in class.
  • AEGPP 11 years +
    11 years +
    • £7.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    The Oxford English Dictionary for Schools is easy to use with its clear signposting, accessible design, and expertly levelled look and feel. Now students can and will find the words they want fast! It has extensive vocabulary including all cross-curriculum words, so it is ideal for preparing for Controlled Assessments. It is powered by the Oxford Children's Corpus, a unique electronic database of millions of words written for children. Added extras in this dictionary are the language panels for project work, synonyms for overused words to develop wide-ranging language skills, and citations. Real example sentences from the best children's books and teenage fiction show students how to use language most effectively. There are inspiring examples from authors such as David Almond, Philip Pullman, William Golding, Anthony Horowitz, Beverley Naidoo, and many more from the curriculum reading lists. Free downloadable learning resources, word games, puzzles, and much more are available for additional online support at www.oxforddictionaries.com/schools
  • 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.
  • AHILI
    • £9.89
    • RRP £9.99
    Compiled by the general editor of "The Oxford Shakespeare", and one of the best-known authorities on the playwright's works, this dictionary offers information on all aspects of Shakespeare, both in his own time and in later ages. The wide-ranging entries cover Shakespeare's plays, as well as everything from famous actors, writers, and directors connected with Shakespeare, to theaters, historical figures and places of particular interest relating to his life and work. The dictionary also includes box features of passages on Shakespeare by other famous authors, from Dr Johnson and Jane Austin to Bernard Levin and Virginia Woolf. This is an ideal reference for the student, actor, or director, and fascinating browsing for the general reader interested in Shakespeare's life and work.
  • AJVKR 14 years +
    14 years +
    • £7.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    Collins Easy Learning French Dictionary is an up-to-date, easy-reference dictionary with key GCSE curriculum words highlighted and a practical and fun supplement covering key vocabulary areas. It is the ideal dictionary for learners of French of all ages, but especially for those aiming for GCSE exam success. The bestselling Collins Easy Learning French Dictionary is designed for all learners of French, whether you are learning for your GCSE exams at school, in an evening class, for business or to go on holiday. The entries cover everyday French and English (including all essential set expressions) and key curriculum words are highlighted to help with exam preparation. It is also fully endorsed by the exam board, Edexcel. Clear and concise language notes provide information on common grammatical errors and confusable words, while handy culture notes explain cultural differences. French verbs are cross-referred to comprehensive verb tables, helping you find all the French verb forms you need. Combined with a text which is colour-coded and very easy to navigate, the Collins Easy Learning French Dictionary gives a solid foundation for French language learning. * Get it right: thousands of examples of real French show you exactly how translations are used. * Get there fast: clear colour layout takes you quickly to the words you want, with key GCSE vocabulary flagged for rapid identification. * Have confidence: a fun, practical supplement focuses on key exam vocabulary and helps you to use written and spoken French correctly. Log onto www.collins.co.uk/languagesupport to access a wealth of free downloadable resources to help you practise and consolidate your language skills. Other titles available in the Collins Easy Learning French range are:Collins Easy Learning French Grammar, Collins Easy Learning French Verbs, Collins Easy Learning French Words and Collins Easy Learning French Conversation.
  • VGGP 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £8.99
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    This visual grammar guide gives children all the tools they need to build their confidence in language, reading, writing and comprehension.

    Fully supporting the National Curriculum, it uses colourful photographs and illustrations to teach grammar in a fun way. From how to use grammar and punctuation correctly to the correct ways of using prepositions, pronouns, commas and colons, it explains everything a budding writer needs.

    It will help increase a child's confidence in using the building blocks of writing and reading - and help them enjoy and understand both.
  • BMNAS
    • £7.99
    The essential word finder for all students of English. Each entry is followed by a wide range of alternative words and examples, making it easy to choose the most appropriate alternative for every context. Planned in consultation with teachers and supporting the requirements of the school National Curriculum, this thesaurus has a clear and easy-to-use layout, with an alphabetical indicator on each page, making it easy to find information quickly. It 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.
  • BMNAR
    • £10.99
    This fantastic thesaurus is especially designed for children aged 7 and over (Key Stage 2) and supports today's primary curriculum needs. Clear and accessible, it is an indispensable tool for young writers. A clear, easy-to-use thesaurus that provides support for children's creative writing and helps build vocabulary, with full definitions for every synonym and sample sentences for each word. A simple, step-by-step introduction shows children how to get the best out of their thesaurus, while the colour headwords and A-Z bar on every page make it easy to find the right word. Additional word power features on frequently used words encourage children to be more creative in their word choice. Thematic pages help build vocabulary through carefully selected visually-appealing illustrations.