Reference Books for Children

  • Children's Atlas Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781912188130
    ATLS 7 years +
    7 years +
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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
  • What's So What's So Special About Dinosaurs Collection - 8 Books - Paperback - 9780993529399
    WSSD 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £8.00
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    Learn all about why dinosaurs were so extraordinary with this eight-book collection. Each book is packed with bright and colourful prehistoric facts.

    Combining picture book-style illustrations with accessible facts and a reference format, these books are perfect for children who are interested in natural history.

    Focusing on creatures including the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Megalosaurus and Ankylosaurus, each book has the same layout so children can compare the different dinosaurs' speed, teeth and scariness.

    Format: paperback
  • Everything I Need to Know for School: Lower Key Stage 2 Collection - 30 Books - Collection - 9780241279960
    ENKL 7 years +
    7 years +
    (2)
    • £25.00
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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.
  • You Wouldn't Want to live Without Collection - 20 Books - Collection - 9781912537730
    YWTL 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £16.00
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    With colourful and witty illustrations, the 12 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
  • Tower of Knowledge Collection - 16 Books - Collection - 9780241377161
    TOWR 9 years +
    9 years +
    (2)
    • £17.00
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    From mammals to minerals and sharks to space, these reference books will delight young minds with their array of facts, stats and records.

    Very visual guides to important topics, these books are peppered with double-page photographs highlighting the amazing facts and there is also a data section at the end of each section offering stats including world records and top tens and other relevant information e.g. the Periodic Table in the Rocks and Minerals book.

    These introductory books will explain to children everything from the anatomy of a horse to a map of the Nile region! They're perfect study aids.

    Format: paperback
  • CJO2 8 years +
    8 years +
    (1)
    • £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 11 years +
    11 years +
    • £13.99
    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.
  • CELS 9 years +
    9 years +
    (1)
    • £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!
  • SUSO 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £4.99
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    Celebrating the actions and achievements of 25 of the world's greatest figures, Stand Up, Stand Out! is the follow-up to the phenomenally successful What Would She Do?

    Focusing on rebel heroes who overcame seemingly impossible circumstances and stood up for what they believed in and also those who spoke out against injustices, this book is packed with informative profiles and incredible artwork of the likes of Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou and J.K. Rowling.

    As well as world leaders and contemporary favourites, this book focuses on unsung heroes including Irena Sendler (who rescued 2,500 children in World War II) and Juliane Koepcke (who survived an airplane crash in a rainforest aged just 17).

    Each profile is also accompanied by a 'What Can You Do?' section which asks the reader to think about their actions if they encountered similar obstacles to these inspiring figures.
  • ASTT 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £4.99
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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.
  • Basher Revision Science Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9780753439579
    BSHR 11 years +
    11 years +
    (3)
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    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.

    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.
  • Explore History Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781526303110
    EXPH 9 years +
    9 years +
    (4)
    • £10.00
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    Where did William Shakespeare live? How did the Tudar monarchs change the lives of ordinary people? And did Viking helmets really have horns?

    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.

    Format: paperback
  • HSTO 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £8.40
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    Enjoy a time-travelling journey through the history of Ireland with this exciting book.

    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 +
    (2)
    • £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
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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!
  • BLJQI 10 years +
    10 years +
    • £6.99
    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 +
    • £12.99
    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.
  • Parallel History - 6 Books - Collection - 9781445164304
    PRLL 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £9.99
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    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.
  • WHSD 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £4.99
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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.
  • DK Eyewitness History Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9780241379028
    EYWI 9 years +
    9 years +
    (3)
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    The DK Eyewitness books support National Curriculum Key Stage 2 topics and cover a range of eras and topics that children will be learning about in their history lessons.

    From the ancient empires of Egypt, Greece and Rome through to William Shakespeare, the Tudors, Victorians and both World Wars, these visual guides will help children understand more about these key times from our history.

    Format: paperback
  • ITBT 9 years +
    9 years +
    (1)
    • £4.99
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    All the electricity powering the internet weighs the same as an apricot; the world's biggest truck could carry 90 elephants; and the average person walks up to a distance of more than 64,000 miles in their lifetime.
    DK's It Can't Be True 2 is full of facts that are strange but true - and many of them are backed up by awe-inspiring visual comparisons.

    Mind-boggling from start to finish, this fascinating non-fiction book reveals how all of the world's continents can fit into the pacific ocean; the world's trees could fill North and South America; and a hippo's mouth can open wide enough to swallow a car whole.

    Ideal for those who prefer non-fiction, this is a book that will delight adults just as much as children with its jaw-dropping visuals and incredible facts.
  • Spectacular Visual Guides Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781912006977
    SPVG 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £11.99
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    • Just £1.20 per book
    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.
  • Strange Science Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781912171262
    SGSC 8 years +
    8 years +
    • £7.99
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    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