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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

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.

  • RWBZ 3 years +

    Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper Collection: Levels 1-3 - 33 Books (Collection)

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    Featuring 33 books covering reading levels 1-3, this collection of Oxford Reading Tree books is perfect for building a foundation in reading for young readers aged 3 and up.

    Specially designed by the reading experts at Oxford University Press, each book has a carefully levelled and beautifully illustrated story that parent and child will have lots of fun with as they read together, practising and perfecting essential skills that they'll be learning at school - from phonics and first stories to common words and everyday language.

    This Biff, Chip and Kipper collection features 32 storybooks and a parents' handbook full of ideas to make reading fun.
    Format: paperback
    • £19.99
    • RRP £163.67
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  • RWBN 5 years +

    Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper Levels 4-6 Collection - 25 Books (Collection)

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    Especially published for children at reading levels 4-6 and always popular with Book People customers, we're excited to bring you this massive 25-book Oxford Reading Tree collection starring Biff, Chip and Kipper.

    A scheme used by the vast majority of primary schools, these books will help children aged 5 and over develop into confident readers, and the familiar characters and entertaining stories are sure to be returned to again and again.

    Focusing on phonics so young readers can practise their sounds and letters, these first stories allow children to practise reading everyday language too. With eight covering each level, the fun-filled books come in a popper case and the collection also includes a parents' guide.
    Format: paperback
    • £17.99
    • RRP £123.75
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  • SONB 3 years +

    Songbirds Phonics Collection - 36 Books (Collection)

    Julia Donaldson

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    Written by Julia Donaldson, the author of The Gruffalo, the 36 books in this Songbirds Phonics Collection are especially designed to help ease young children through the process of learning to read.

    From the Oxford Reading Tree, this collection combines playful rhythm-and-rhyme tales with vibrant and interesting illustrations sure to engage little ones.

    Great for encouraging gradual progress and for preparing children for studies in primary school or supplementing their early learning, these bite-sized tales will promote an early positive reading experience.
    • £18.99
    • RRP £128.82
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  • INFO 9 years +

    National Geographic Infopedia 2020 (Paperback)

    National Geographic Kids

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    This special book celebrates 10 years of the National Geographic Infopedia!

    Children can learn a whole host of weird-but-true facts, read incredible animal stories and find things to do, places to see and explore ways in which they can change the world throughout the pages of this fascinating book.

    2020's edition contains all-new content including games, jokes and activities and features over 500 photographs.
    • £4.99
    • RRP £12.99
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  • EDGF

    Collins English Dictionary: Gift Edition (Hardback)

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    Every home needs a dictionary and this Collins edition comes in a keepsake slipcase. A trusted reference source, this dictionary is full of thousands of correct spelling and definitions.
    • £4.99
    • RRP £14.99
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  • PXAA 6 years +

    Project X Alien Adventures: Series 1 Collection - 31 Books (Collection)

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    Packed with fantastic artwork and ideal for preparing Year 2 schoolchildren aged 6 and above as they look to tackle their very first chapter books, our Project X Alien Adventures Collection is full of fun stories, activities and facts that will help young readers build their confidence in reading at Oxford Reading Level 7 and then progress right through to Level 11.

    Badlaw and his army of robotic Krools are taking over Planet Exis. Now Exis's only chance for freedom is for Nok and micro-friends Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger to save the day, free Exis from Badlaw and save Nok's parents, too!

    Gripping and sure to have even the most reluctant reader wanting to turn the pages and read on, this huge collection of 31 books is specially written by the creators of the Oxford Reading Tree (Biff, Chip and Kipper) to encourage children to enjoy reading independently.

    This 31-book collection covers Oxford Reading Tree Levels 7 to 11 (book bands Turquoise, Purple, Gold, White and Lime). It is suitable for children in Year 2/P3.

    Please note the books in this collection vary in size. The dimensions stated are for the wallet that the books are presented in.
    Format: paperback
    • £19.99
    • RRP £154.90
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    • Just £0.64 per book
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  • BGPA 5 years +

    Big Picture Atlas (Hardback)

    Emily Bone

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    This hardback is a full-colour picture atlas that will help children aged 5 and over learn all about the world around them.

    There are 15 beautifully illustrated maps for children to pore over and they explain all about different countries, continents, oceans, mountains and ice caps. A celebration of our amazing planet, it also explains where animals and people live.

    This book also contains fascinating facts about each country.
    • £4.99
    • RRP £14.99
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  • YWTL 7 years +

    You Wouldn't Want to live Without Collection - 20 Books (Collection)

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    With colourful and witty illustrations, the 20 books in this collection help children understand what life would be like without antibiotics (sickly!), gravity (fun and floaty?), and money (hard!).

    Perfect for budding historians, these books tell the fascinating and world-changing stories of technological innovations, professions and natural phenomena that most of us take for granted including dentists, extreme weather and buzzy bees.

    The artwork makes them wonderfully accessible and there are also explanatory diagrams to showcase the scientific and historical developments.

    Format: paperback
    • £17.99
    • RRP £139.80
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  • TSCO 8 years +

    The Science Of... Collection - 10 Books (Collection)

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    This fact-packed collection is all about engineering and Earth science subjects! From rocks and minerals to bridges and tunnels and medical technology, these books answer questions about important topics.

    From the technology of ships to the causes and effects of natural disasters, they all tie in with the STEM curriculum and are perfect for opening readers' eyes to the wonders of science. One book focuses on the history of warfare and the science behind the weapons and vehicles used in conflict.

    From the team behind our bestselling You Wouldn't Want to Be and You Wouldn't Want Live Without collections, each book combines informative, bite-sized text with quirky illustrations as a diverse set of characters present the information in an appealing and concise way.

    The accessible diagrams, side panels and speech bubbles provide multiple entry points for reluctant readers and encourage a love of reading and learning.
    Format: paperback
    • £12.99
    • RRP £69.90
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    • Just £1.30 per book
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  • STTE 7 years +

    Starters Collection - 8 Books (Collection)

    Nick Pierce

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    Each book in this colourful collection is filled with simple text and striking illustrations that help introduce history and the natural world to young readers. They cover curriculum topics and reveal what people and animals have done over the various historical periods.

    From exotic animals in the rainforest to knights preparing for battle, these books are sure to inspire a passion for learning as children are enthralled by the informative yet fun layout of each spread. They have 'Can you find...?' sections which will encourage children to absorb the information on the pages while learning about the important concepts.

    Throughout the books there are introductory paragraphs with additional text and highlighted images around the border to encourage readers to spot specific objects within the main image. There is also a timeline, glossary and index for key terms so children can consolidate what they have learnt.

    Format: paperback
    • £9.99
    • RRP £55.92
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    • Just £1.25 per book
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  • SPVG 9 years +

    Spectacular Visual Guides Collection - 10 Books (Collection)

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    This 10-book collection provides accounts of how some of the world's most important inventions were built and how they work - some of which to this very day.

    Full of eye-catching illustrations and detailed and informative text, the books cover the likes of Egyptian pyramids, viking towns and Greek temples.

    Perfect for children fascinated in history, these books will become handy study aids and are sure to keep children absorbed for hours on end.
    • £11.99
    • RRP £59.90
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    • Just £1.20 per book
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  • UCP2 3 years +

    The Usborne Children's Picture Atlas (Hardback)

    Ruth Brocklehurst

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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.
    • £4.99
    • RRP £9.99
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  • CLSU 7 years +

    Close Up Continents Collection - 6 Books (Collection)

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    Explore the continents of the world with this amazing collection of geography books. They encourage readers to explore key countries, topographical features and cities in an engaging and entertaining way.

    Each book also highlights significant human, geographical, sporting and economic information.

    Format: paperback
    • £9.99
    • RRP £53.94
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  • CJT2 10 years +

    Oxford School Dictionary & Thesaurus (Paperback)

    Oxford Dictionary

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    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.
    • £5.49
    • RRP £10.99
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  • BYZ2 9 years +

    Boy: Tales of Childhood (Paperback)

    Roald Dahl

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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
    • £3.99
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    ENKL 7 years +

    Everything I Need to Know for School: Lower Key Stage 2 Collection - 30 Books (Collection)

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    Especially tailored towards students studying at the lower end of Key Stage 2, this 30-book collection covers a huge range of subjects and will provide help both at home and in the classroom.

    Linked to the National Curriculum, the collection comes in a sturdy slipcase and includes workbooks on the core subjects of maths, English and science as well as other important subjects including geography and computer coding. There is also an illustrated dictionary to further aid learning.

    Colour coded for ease of use, the books are full of accessible information and break down the tricky subjects into easier, bite-sized snippets of information. This is a must for any child who wants to succeed at school.
    • £19.99
    • RRP £112.70
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  • ATLS 7 years +

    Children's Atlas Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

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    Learn about the countries, animals and flags of the world with this informative and accessible three-book collection.

    As well as helping children learn how to read a map, these books are packed with facts and photographs to make their pages even more appealing.

    They all have clear and colourful maps and the world atlas introduces different cultures, regions and customs; the animals book lets children know where creatures originate from; and the flags book will help them recognise different identities.

    Format: paperback
    • £5.99
    • RRP £20.97
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    • Just £2.00 per book
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  • CJO2 8 years +

    Oxford Children's Dictionary (Other)

    Oxford Dictionaries

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    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.
    • £5.49
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  • FMOM 9 years +

    First Man on the Moon (Hardback)

    Ben Hubbard

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    Published in time for the 50th anniversary, First Man on the Moon is a gripping illustrated account of the historic first moon landing.

    Featuring accessible text and contemporary artwork, it breathes new life into the famous story of the first ever moon landing, using short paragraphs to tell this inspiring story.

    It covers the beginnings of the Space Race; the early missions; the successful Apollo 11 voyage; and Neil Armstrong's legendary first steps on the moon - as well as the astronauts' heart-stopping return to Earth.
    • £4.99
    • RRP £12.99
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  • CJP2 8 years +

    Oxford Children's Thesaurus (Other)

    Oxford Dictionaries

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    Over 45,000 synonyms, with age-appropriate examples and opposites, make this an ideal thesaurus to help children aged 8+ with homework. It features Overused Word panels that suggest alternatives to words like 'nice' and 'good'; Word Webs - ideal for project work - providing related words - for example 'bird' includes types of birds, parts of a bird's body, sounds made by birds and the words for groups of birds along with some illustrations of birds; Writing Tips that offer advice and even more vocabulary for writing, e.g. about how birds move - do they circle, flutter or perch? - or how to describe their feathers. Compiled using the Oxford Children's Corpus, the Oxford Children's Thesaurus delivers support and help where it is needed.
    • £5.49
    • RRP £10.99
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  • ANLB 7 years +

    The Animal Box Collection - 10 Books (Collection)

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    Covering living things ranging from invertebrates, fungi and plants to fish, birds, reptiles and mammals, this 10-book collection from DK will delight young nature lovers.

    These books are bursting with full-colour photographs of their subjects and easy-to-follow explanations about what each one is and their traits. There are even double-page photographs that highlight the species in their natural habitats.

    Related species are shown in proportion across the page that show children their varying sizes.
    Format: hardback
    • £14.99
    • RRP £69.90
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  • LAMH 11 years +

    Looking After Your Mental Health (Paperback)

    Alice James

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    This lively and hugely accessible book encourages children to talk about their mental health and feelings.

    Covering everything from friendships and fall-outs to divorce and depression, this handy book is packed with practical advice about dealing with emotions and why we experience so many different ones on a day-to-day basis.

    From the experts at Usborne book, this is a must-have book for children trying to find their place in the world. It also discusses bereavement, sexuality and eating disorders.
    • £2.99
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  • CJU2 11 years +

    Oxford School Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Dictionary (Other)

    Oxford Dictionaries

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    With a clear, colour layout to make it easy to navigate, this handy dictionary is in two parts. The first part is a reference section of simple rules, tips, and examples to help students spell, punctuate, and write correctly in school, exams and at home. This is divided into three sections: Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.

    The second part is an alphabetical word list of common tricky words, with inflections, but no meanings. This list highlights words that are most frequently misspelt by this age group to help target and rectify these common mistakes.

    It will be a valuable resource for preparation for students taking exams with increased focus on accurate spelling and grammar. It will be a user-friendly techniques and grammar.
    • £5.49
    • RRP £10.99
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  • ASTT 7 years +

    A Street Through Time (Hardback)

    Steve Noon

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    Take a 12,000-year walk through history with Steve Noon's award-winning A Street Through Time.

    Beautiful and absorbing illustrations bring fourteen key periods in history to life in this wonderfully informative book. Children aged 7 and over will be fascinated as they watch the street change as buildings go up and come down; and they will also have the chance to learn about how people lived in years gone by.

    They can even search and locate the objects that have survived throughout the ages! A Street Through Time shows people at work, war and play and is sure to be returned to again and again as children (and adults!) spot new details every time.
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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.

Browse our full range of children's books