Reference Books for Children

  • 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
    • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • BPMZT 3 years +
    3 years +
    (1)
    • £4.99
    • 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.
  • BQOAD 3 years +
    3 years +
    • £8.99
    These Read with Oxford Songbirds Alphabet Games are a fun and effective way for children to practise their letters and sounds at home, building their reading skills and phonics knowledge. Read with Oxford also offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to build your child's reading confidence.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Parallel History - 6 Books - Collection - 9781445164304
    PRLL 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £9.99
    • RRP £53.94
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    • Just £1.67 per book
    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.
  • BGPA 5 years +
    5 years +
    (10)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £14.99
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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.
  • HLLO 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £6.99
    • RRP £14.99
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    Children (and you!) will love learning how to greet people with this gorgeous and interactive atlas of hellos.

    With one basic premise - encouraging children to say 'hi' throughout the world - this book celebrates the joys of language and introduces children and young readers to multiple nations. There are also facts to pore over and tabs to lift that reveal the correct pronunciation for each welcome.

    From how to say 'hi' in hieroglyphics to saying 'hao' in Native American hand talk, Hello World is a beautiful book that opens up a world of exploration and greetings.
  • 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.
  • DK Eyewitness History Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9780241379028
    EYWI 9 years +
    9 years +
    (3)
    • £8.00
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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
    • RRP £12.99
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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
    • RRP £59.90
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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
    • RRP £47.94
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    • Just £1.33 per book
    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
  • Art: A Children's Encyclopedia - Hardback - 9780241297650 - David Taylor
    AACE 9 years +
    9 years +
    (3)
    • £4.00
    • 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.
  • Why Do We Remember Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781445161549
    WDWR 6 years +
    6 years +
    • £7.99
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    • Just £1.33 per book
    This collection contains six first history books that will explain to children why we remember momentous events and people including The Great Fire of London and Charles Darwin.

    Aimed at readers aged 5 and over, each book covers a topic children will learn about and Key Stage 1 and relies on a rich variety of historical sources including diaries and paintings to bring the events to life. They're also accessibly written as they describe why these people and events remain so relevant.

    Each book also features a simple timeline and explores how we find about the past. All text has been carefully checked by a historian.

    Format: paperback
  • APWAU 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £8.24
    • RRP £10.99
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    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.
  • BMNAH 11 years +
    11 years +
    • £11.99
    The perfect language companion for all students aged 11+. With a clear and highly legible design throughout, it is easy to use and full of useful features to help build language confidence at school and help with homework and revision. This new hardback edition has been developed with teachers to be the perfect school dictionary for in class and for homework. The clear layout makes finding entries exceptionally easy, and full definitions are given in simple language, often in complete sentences. With over 20,000 entries, many new or updated, it includes the school national curriculum vocabulary up to Key Stage 3 and GCSE as well as general vocabulary for students aged 11+. A special section on spelling follows the main dictionary. It outlines key spelling rules and lists words that are commonly confused or misspelled, so it helps students to identify and master the trickiest spelling problems. This user-friendly dictionary is an invaluable reference for all school students.
  • BMNAS 11 years +
    11 years +
    • £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 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £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.