Reference Books for Children
ENKL 7 years +7 years +
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.
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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.
OVOH 7 years +7 years +
This collection contains 12 books full of bite-sized facts and will keep children who prefer non-fiction happily intrigued and entertained for hours on end.
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Ideal for dipping in and out of and presented with clear and accessible text, these books answer questions ranging from 'how do computers work?' to 'how did dinosaurs eat?'
With new and familiar topics including creepy-crawlies, space and ancient Greece, these books will provide children with so many facts to regale you with and are sure come in as useful study aids.
CJQ2 8 years +8 years +
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.
CJP2 8 years +8 years +
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.
CJR2 11 years +11 years +
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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 +
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 +
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!
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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 +
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!
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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!
BSHR 11 years +11 years +
Praised by parents and with a knack for communicating the most complex and difficult of subjects in a tangible, understandable and even lovable way, the Basher Science books provide would-be scientists with all the information they need to grasp key science topics.
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Covering everything from biology and chemistry to the Periodic Table and the human body, this six-book collection of highly original books features contemporary illustrations and stories that bring the subjects to life and teaches readers with chatty and entertaining text.
Perfect for children aged 11 and above, these comprehensive books on science will prove to be invaluable when it's time to do homework.
MEB2 8 years +8 years +
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.
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Tricky topics are demystified and What's Happening to Me? is a reassuring and entertaining read for children aged from 8 and over.
EXPH 9 years +9 years +
Where did William Shakespeare live? How did the Tudar monarchs change the lives of ordinary people? And did Viking helmets really have horns?
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The ideal companion to your child's history lessons, this 10-book collection provides handy and accessible introductions to some of the most important and world-changing historical eras.
From Ancient Egypt to the Stone Age and the Tudors to the Victorians, these books will teach children so much about our past. They're bursting with information, crafts, ideas and recipes that all help give an interactive edge to the learning.
Full of facts, the books aim to make history relevant to everything a child learns about at school including geography, art, science, technology and numeracy.
HSTO 7 years +7 years +
Enjoy a time-travelling journey through the history of Ireland with this exciting book.
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Covering the beautiful country, era by era, it's full of detailed illustrations and fabulous facts. From the earliest settlements right up to the present day, it covers everything from courageous Celts to rampaging Vikings and rebellious Republicans.
It even shows children where the residents of Ireland lived in the past, what they are, what they wore and what school was like.
BYZ2 9 years +9 years +
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.
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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 +
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.
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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!
BLJQI 10 years +10 years +
This new edition has been revised to offer up -to-date vocabulary for students learning French 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 French 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 French culture is given in the special section on everyday life. Clear and easy to use, it is the ideal dictionary to grow vocabulary and build confidence creating and translating sentences in French.
BQYSE 9 years +9 years +
This edition of the Oxford Primary Dictionary includes more varied vocabulary and a selection of fictional words for creatures of places from famous children's books e.g. Muggle.
All the entries have clear and simple definitions with word classes and inflections given in full. Example sentences from big-name authors including Roald Dahl and Cressida Cowell will also help children learn the definitions.
Words such as chortle, cacophony, amulet and vlog are all featured, along with others from a range of areas including animals (e.g. narwhal, sabre-toothed), history (e.g.longship, palaeontoglist), mythology (e.g. cyclops, selkie) and space and science fiction (e.g. spacewalk, teleport).
'Try also' guides at the top of pages help to locate tricky-to-find words in the alphabet such as from 'f' to 'ph'; word origins are given in 'Did you know?' panels, and Spelling Alerts flag up tricky spellings.
PRLL 9 years +9 years +
This series of books gives children an insight into the events that were happening all around the world during different eras in history.
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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.
WHSD 7 years +7 years +
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.
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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.
SGSC 8 years +8 years +
The Strange Science and Explosive Experiments series of books explores the grim, gruesome and grizzly side of science.
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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.
ANLB 7 years +7 years +
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.
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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.
AACE 9 years +9 years +
From the earliest cave paintings to the street art of today, this book charts the evolution of art.
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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 +
From head to toe, this book takes the whole family on a journey through the natural wonder that is the human body.
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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.
APWAU 7 years +7 years +
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.
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BMNAR 7 years +7 years +
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.