Children's Books

Reference Books for Children

  • ASAC 8 years +
    Steve Martin
    8 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    Does your child have what it takes to become an astronaut and succeed on a mission to Mars? This book gives them the chance to test themselves and find out everything there is to know about space travel.

    Once enrolled at the academy, children will face a variety of challenges and missions that mimic the real-life tasks that astronauts may have to complete in space. These activities - many of which are based around science and maths - include those that improve hand-eye coordination, obstacle courses, building a balloon rocket and learning basic first aid.

    There's also a Space Goodies section including stickers, a poster, a board game, press-out figures and a model space shuttle.
  • Everything I Need to Know for School: Complete Key Stage 1 Box Set - 30 Books - Collection - 9780241279946
    ENKC 5 years +
    5 years +
    (1)
    • £29.99
    • RRP £112.70
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    • Just £1.00 per book
    This huge 30-book collection covers a wide range of subjects and topics that children will be studying at Key Stage 1 level.

    It includes workbooks, non-fiction books and even a visual dictionary. There are two workbooks each for science, maths and English, while there are also books to help with spelling, handwriting and even telling the time.

    Topics including animals, the rainforest and history are also covered throughout this huge collection of learning books which are perfect for helping with homework. It has more or less everything children need to know for school!
  • SWAE 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £4.99
    • RRP £17.99
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    Have you ever wondered who cleans the floor of the Death Star?

    With The Force Awakens breaking all kinds of records, Jedis of all ages will be swotting up on their Star Wars knowledge and this book contains everything you need - from quirky facts to movie-making trivia, photographs and much, much more.

    A book that will tell you the answers to the many questions you have about a galaxy far, far away.
  • PTHI 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £6.99
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    Discover the wonders of history, space, the natural world and more with this fact-filled encyclopedia.

    Ideal for reference, homework and curious young minds, this is a book packed with over 10,000 illustrations and photographs to pore over.
  • MBPL 5 years +
    Rob Lloyd Jones
    5 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    The Big Picture Book of London will show children what they can expect to see on their next visit to the famous city.

    Created by the experts at Usborne, the beautifully illustrated book is ideal for both kids who are looking to visit England's capital and those who already live in the vibrant city. Many of the landmarks are accompanied by fascinating facts.

    The book is packed with information about the sights they'll see and where to find them including Buckingham Palace, the Olympic Stadium and the Royal Albert Hall. The middle pages even include a fold-out view of the River Thames.
  • UCP2 3 years +
    Ruth Brocklehurst
    3 years +
    (4)
    • £4.99
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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.
  • DSPA 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £8.99
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    Would-be astronauts aged 5 and above will find themselves absolutely absorbed by this Bloomsbury Discovery book all about the subject of Space.

    With flaps to lift to make learning fun and interactive, the book is packed with brilliant illustrations, exciting cross-sections and amazing facts about our stars, planets and solar system.

    The book even takes a look at the spacecraft we build!
  • USCH 5 years +
    Lucy Bowman
    5 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    Any child who wants to become a King or Queen at playing chess will find the activities and puzzles in this Usborne book incredibly useful.

    An interactive approach to learning how to play this sometimes tricky game, the book will help children understand about it and enhance their problem-solving skills.

    There are also hints and tips to help children sharpen up their chess skills and advice on the best ways to think strategically and tactically. With illustrations on every page, there are also stickers to help children visualise the rules and logistics of chess.
  • EKM2 7 years +
    Anna Milbourne
    7 years +
    (1)
    • £9.99
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    Introduce your young reader to a captivating host of stories with this beautifully illustrated collection of Greek Myths.

    The collection includes famous myths such as The Trojan Horse, Jason and the Golden Fleece, Icarus, Pandora's Box and Odysseus. Readers aged 7 and over will be enchanted by these fantastic stories.

    Short notes in the margins of the book add details about the different monsters that appear in the stories.
  • OGPS 5 years +
    5 years +
    (1)
    • £3.99
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    A first reference book that will help children get to grips with grammar, punctuation and spelling.

    The book gives examples of all the grammar terms required by the curriculum - and provides meanings for them. It also describes which punctuation marks children should use and the rules and tips they should follow as they learn to spell for the first time.

    With colourful, friendly bird characters providing parents and teachers with questions and tips to clarify understanding, the book also has an accessible, alphabetical dictionary of all the curriculum words that children need to know.
  • KD4307 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £3.99
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    Published in association with Imperial War Museums, this book offers young children an introduction to one of the most important and tragic events in the history of the world - the First World War.

    Packed with facts, photographs, maps and documents from the era, the book brings the key events vividly to life in an accessible way. It reveals what happened between 1914 and 1918 and how armies used animals and propaganda for their gain.

    So devastating it was called the 'war to end all wars', this is an informative book for any child interested in history and a must-read for all to learn about global conflict.
  • My French Language Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781909767706
    MFLS 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £5.99
    • RRP £21.97
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    • Just £2.00 per book
    This three-book collection - My First 1000 French Words, My French Sticker Atlas and My French Sticker Dictionary - provides children aged 5+ with a fun, creative and educational way to master the French language.

    Perfect complements to each other, the books are bursting with exciting activities that will help children practise French. Beautifully illustrated, the books' concepts are organised into child-friendly themes and illustrations are accompanied by accessible translations and pronunciation guides.

    A simply amazing resource for children, parents and teachers.
  • Andrew Brodie Basics Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781472915658
    ANDB 5 years +
    5 years +
    (2)
    • £6.99
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    • Just £1.17 per book
    Andrew Brodie is a trusted name when it comes to learning, and these curriculum-based activity books will help children get to grips with both maths and English in a refreshing style that makes learning fun!

    Aimed at Key Stage 1 pupils, the maths books in this collection include Maths 5-6, which features work on counting, time and shape as well as early addition and subtraction; Problem Solving 5-6 which will help them count accurately and get their heads around fractions, money, shape and time; and Times Tables 5-6 which covers counting in twos, fives and tens.

    The English books, also relevant to Key Stage 1, will help children learn all about literacy. As they widen their vocabulary and learn more spellings, Punctuation 5-6 will help children write in clear, well-punctuated sentences and teach them about full stops and capital letters. Spelling 5-6 features works on letters and the sounds they represent; while Writing 5-6 explores words in context.
  • Top of the Class (KS2) - 10 Books in a Satchel - Collection - 9780241199657 - Carol Vorderman
    CVTC 7 years +
    Carol Vorderman
    7 years +
    (4)
    • £9.99
    • RRP £39.90
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    • Just £1.00 per book
    Help your child become 'Top of the Class' with the help of Carol Vorderman and these 10 Key Stage 2 workbooks that cover the most important subjects at primary school level.

    Suitable for children aged between 7 and 11, the workbooks progress in line with the curriculum, meaning that they will remain relevant and useful whatever stage your child is working at. Packed with fun exercises and activities to support your child's learning, the books cover computer coding, all levels of maths, science, French and English.

    Coming in a stylish red-and-white satchel so they can easily be transported and sure to help your children have fun as they learn, the books also come with a sheet of 150 gold reward sticker stars.
  • WPL 8 years +
    Susan Meredith
    8 years +
    (9)
    • £3.99
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    What's Happening to Me? (Girls) is an easy-to-understand guide to the physical changes and emotional upheavals that occur as girls reach puberty.

    With witty and attractive illustrations, this book is suitable for readers aged 8 and over. It helps demystify the key questions surrounding puberty and gives reassurance and practical advice on how children can cope with the changes.
  • MEB2 8 years +
    8 years +
    (4)
    • £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 +
    Roald Dahl
    9 years +
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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
  • FDOM 5 years +
    Kirsteen Rogers
    5 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    Usborne's First Illustrated Maths Dictionary has been specifically designed to be used by children in their first few years at school and contains clear, simple text that will help little ones aged five and over get their heads around maths problems. Aided by lively illustrations that will guide both children and parents through basic concepts, the informative paperback also contains links to safe websites where the children can hone their new-found skills.

  • SWFP 3 years +
    Katie Saunders
    3 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    A big and beautiful padded hardback that is strong enough to withstand even the most terrible of toddler tantrums, Strawberry Farm Phonics from the lovely Katie Saunders is guaranteed to keep little ones entertained for hours and hours on end.

    Featuring five funny stories with each concentrating on a different vowel sound, children aged 3 and above will love reading about the cats, hens, pigs foxes, pups and ducks...

    Exquisitely illustrated and perfectly capturing the busy and exciting aspects of farm life, Strawberry Farm Phonics is a unique collection of stories that will not only help build their vocabulary, but have fun too!
  • RWSS 7 years +
    Robert Winston
    7 years +
    (2)
    • £5.99
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    Robert Winston looks at everything from the fun of physics to the brilliance of biology in this easily accessible and endlessly informative book.

    The Super Science Book reveals how science surrounds us and makes us who we are and shows how physics is about everything; while chemistry is full of wonder.

    There are plenty of fantastic graphics to look at and the amazing facts that are certain to astound curious, budding scientists.
  • FIED 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £4.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    Designed especially for children aged 5 and over, this Usborne dictionary contains definitions of over 2,500 words and is written in simple and friendly language.

    The common words all have definitions written in full sentences to show them in context and there are also pronunciation guides for the trickier spellings.

    There are also 500 beautiful illustrations throughout the dictionary to add extra appeal and facts and lists to help aid learning further.
  • 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!
  • Animal  Science Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781406357691 - Nicola Davies
    ANSC 8 years +
    Nicola Davies
    8 years +
    (4)
    • £7.99
    • RRP £41.94
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    • Just £1.33 per book
    Sure to be a huge hit with budding young vets and any children who have a keen interest in the animal kingdom, our six-book Animal Science Collection covers everything from the sounds that come out of animals' mouths to the more yucky things that come out of their bottoms.

    Fully illustrated and exploring the magic of natural history in fascinating depth, the six books cover tough survivors, animal communication, dangerous creatures, big and little animals, parasites and, of course, poo.

    Perfect non-fiction fans aged 8 and above who enjoy the likes of Horrible Geography and Horrible Histories, this collection of fun biology books will have children laughing and learning in equal measure.
  • Project Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781782099161
    PROJ 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £4.99
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    • Just £1.66 per book
    Go back to prehistoric times, head into outer space and discover all the facts about the human body in this fun- and fact-filled three-book collection.

    Project Dinosaur is great for any dinosaur fan (especially with how popular they are once again after the record-breaking success of Jurassic World!); Project Space reveals all about the solar system and reveals how to make a model to watch an eclipse and launch a balloon rocket; while Project Body is packed with pictures and illustrations that show just how the human body works.

    The books all have plenty of flaps to lift, pages to fold out and projects to complete, making them interactive and ideal homework aids. But the books are so much fun that children won't even realise they're learning!