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.
  • UCP2 3 years +
    3 years +
    (4)
    • £4.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    The Usborne Children's Picture Atlas gives readers aged 3 and over an intriguing look at the world - from the hot African plains to the frozen Arctic tundra.

    Featuring fun facts about countries and their capital cities, their famous landmarks, longest rivers and highest mountains - and with picture stories throughout as well - this is a brilliant home resource for young children as they begin to explore the wider world and the people and places within it.

    With quiz questions to engage the reader and interesting objects to spot on the pages, this is a simple and appealing introduction to maps and different cultures for preschool children.
  • 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 +
    (1)
    • £3.99
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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!
  • 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
  • BPMZT 3 years +
    3 years +
    • £4.79
    • RRP £7.00
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    Read with Oxford: Biff, Chip and Kipper: Rhyming Games flashcards are a fun way for children to practise early reading and spelling skills. The flashcards are ideal for children who are growing in reading confidence. Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled resources to build your child's reading confidence.
  • BPPAM 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £4.66
    • RRP £7.00
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    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.
  • 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
  • WHSD 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £4.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    Kay Woodward's What Would She Do tells the stories of 25 women whose actions changed the world and then asks what each one would do if they were caught up in a current situation and how they would deal with each predicament.

    Compiled by an all-female team and with artwork by extremely talented illustrators, this book features the likes of Cleopatra, Amelia Earhart and Malala Yousafzai and explains what they did and why they have inspired so many to follow in their footsteps.

    Celebrating all of these women's achievements, this book reveals how they had to overcome issues many girls all over the world are experiencing even now: inequality, gender stereotyping, bullying and body shaming. It shows girls of all ages they can also achieve great things by following in these brilliant women's footsteps.
  • AACE 9 years +
    9 years +
    (1)
    • £4.99
    • RRP £16.99
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    From the earliest cave paintings to the street art of today, this book charts the evolution of art.

    Featuring paints, sculptures and photography, it covers everything from the Mona Lisa to Michelangelo's David and the Terracotta Army.

    This is an essential introduction to the world of art for children. As well as painting, it also discusses photography including pinhole cameras, digital imagery and iconic photography.
  • AG1044 7 years +
    7 years +
    (1)
    • £4.99
    • RRP £16.00
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    From head to toe, this book takes the whole family on a journey through the natural wonder that is the human body.

    Comprehensive and fully illustrated, it explains all aspects of the anatomy with detailed and informative text and each of the body's individual systems and functions are described in colour-coded sections.

    Written by medical experts and consultants, the text in this book is clear and concise and there are also full-colour diagrams to pore over.
  • AQQWN 14 years +
    14 years +
    • £4.99
    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!
  • AKIOA 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £4.89
    • RRP £4.99
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    This is the series that packs a world of knowledge into your pocket. Get fast facts at your fingertips with this "DK Pocket Eyewitness: Dinosaur", packed with bite-sized chunks of information that will encourage and inform even the most reluctant readers. This title includes coverage that ranges from dinosaurs and birds, and reptiles to early mammals and more. Find out what they looked like, when and where they lived and what they ate. Plus, discover the top ten ways of dinosaur defence. With 160 pages of amazing encyclopedic stats and genius gem facts to provide extra wow. You'll find a world of prehistoric life in this pocket-sized guide.
  • AMXLY 7 years +
    7 years +
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    • RRP £4.99
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    A new series of Horrible Histories sticker activity books, crammed with quick quizzes, foul facts and putrid pictures, the Horrible Histories Sticker Activity Book: Terrifying Tudors covers all things horrible in Tudor Britain. With over 250 savage stickers, explore the Tudor family's rotten reign. Shudder at the mad monarchs, dress up Rattus with the garish garments and keep fit with Tudor football. Be careful to keep on the right side of Henry VIII though, or you might end up on the chopping block!
  • ALZGP 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £4.89
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    A new series of Horrible Histories sticker activity books, crammed with quick quizzes, foul facts and putrid pictures, the explosive Horrible Histories Sticker Activity Book: Awful Egyptians covers all things horrible in ancient Egypt. With over 250 savage stickers, children can help to explore perilous pyramids, meet suffering slaves and saunter past scheming sphinxes. But be careful not to get lost for ever in the mummifying mazes!
  • ALZTG 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £4.89
    • RRP £4.99
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    A new series of Horrible Histories sticker activity books, crammed with quick quizzes, foul facts and putrid pictures, the Horrible Histories Sticker Activity Book: Rotten Romans covers all things horrible in ruthless Rome. With over 250 savage stickers, explore the Roman's extraordinary empire. Get boggled by their baths, terrified by their torture and cured by their dastardly doctors. Be careful to keep on the right side of the grumpy gladiators though, otherwise you could end up on a spear!
  • CCFK 9 years +
    9 years +
    (1)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    Computer coding is becoming more and more of a key skill in modern life, especially during IT lessons at school, and many children will be able to make use of it in their future careers. You can never be too young to start learning and there can be no better guide than Carol Vorderman, who we all know is extremely intelligent after her years on Countdown and the various other TV shows - and books - where she has flexed her brain power.

    Carol's step-by-step - and very visual - guide to the complex skill of computer coding is suitable for children aged 9 and over and teaches the basics of coding for multiple programming languages, including Scratch and Python.

    Avoiding computer jargon and starting with the basics, the book generally progresses to more advanced computer projects where children can even start building their own games through coding! A great book for budding programmers.
  • Usborne: See Inside How Things Work - Other - 9780746098516 - Conrad Mason
    SITW 5 years +
    5 years +
    (2)
    • £4.00
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    See Inside How Things Work is an amazing lift-the-flap book packed with inventions, machines, gadgets and devices - and facts and information about how they work.

    Over 90 flaps reveal the inside workings of car engines, toilets, escalators, submarines, microwaves and many other machines. The book also includes internet links to websites with animations, games and experiments that will give the reader even further information about the subject.
  • ABZIK 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £4.19
    • RRP £6.99
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    "DK Eyewitness Arms and Armour" is an original and exciting look at the history of weapons and armour through the ages. Stunning real-life photographs reveal the design, construction, and workings or armour, offering a unique 'eyewitness' view of how methods of warfare have changed. Show your child the very first weapons ever made, the armour worn by medieval knights and the guns used by the frontiersmen and outlaws of the Wild West. They'll also discover the weapons that were carried by the first police officers, how sword and pistol duels were fought and much more! Then use the giant pull-out wall chart to decorate their room. Great for projects or just for fun, make sure your child learns everything they need to know about Arms and Armour. Find out more and download amazing clipart images at our associated website.
  • AEPGC 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £4.19
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    These are the books that show you what others only tell you. "DK Eyewitness: Transport" contains amazing photographs and allows your child to escape into the unique "eyewitness" view of the different vehicles through time. The colourful explanations help your child to learn about different types of vehicles from tanks to taxis, planes to trains to automobiles. Allow them to learn about transport throughout history with the exciting, intricate images, then use the giant pull-out wall chart to decorate their room. Great for projects or just for fun, make sure your child learns everything they need to know about transport. Find out more and download amazing clipart images at our associated website.
  • AKDIJ 5 years +
    5 years +
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    An ideal first French dictionary for kids aged 6 and above, designed to introduce French vocabulary to children in a fun, easy and memorable way. Collins Very First French Dictionary introduces children to their first 500 French words with colourful illustrations and example sentences to help children remember words and translations from English to French. Listed in English-to-French alphabetical order and with themed pages, the Collins Very First French Dictionary provides curriculum-matched support for young learners of French. Audio files for each headword and phrase can be found at www.collins.co.uk/homeworkhelp
  • AUPFX 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £5.99
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    Why do we need to recycle and what happens to our rubbish after it is taken away? Children can learn about the finite nature of natural resources, what rubbish is not recyclable and the impact it has on our planet, and how recycling is sorted, processed and turned into new products. A straightforward introduction to a vital subject.