Children's Books

Reference Books for Children

  • CSTD 11 years +
    Collins Dictionaries
    11 years +
    • £5.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    Especially written for students aged 11 and over for use in both class and at home, this curriculum-based student dictionary from the experts at Collins is a must-have for every child's rucksack.

    Including curriculum and technical terms, and additional features such as etymologies, word histories, grammar and more, the dictionary has been produced with the help of teachers across the key stage 4 and 5 levels to ensure that it meets the need of every child preparing for and working through their GCSE studies.

    Including a Survival Guide to English with advice on writing and exam techniques, the Collins Student Dictionary is clearly written and sure to give your child a boost going into exams.

    Please be advised this dictionary includes all kinds of words, including some that could be considered offensive.
  • You Wouldn't Want to Live Without... Collection - 12 Books - Collection - 9781912006762
    YWWL 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £9.99
    • RRP £83.88
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    • Just 83.00p per book
    With colourful and witty illustrations throughout, the 12 books in this collection will help children understand what life would be like without toilets (ewww!); gravity (fun and floaty?); and the internet (gasp, horror!).

    There's also a book that shows what life would be like without books... horrible, we're sure you will agree. 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.

    The artwork makes them wonderfully accessible and there are also explanatory diagrams to showcase the scientific and historical developments.
  • MIDA 7 years +
    Eric A. Kimmel
    7 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    This beautifully illustrated book introduces a whole host of gods and goddesses and men, women and monsters from Ancient Greek myths.

    Containing 12 stories from Greek mythology, it will help children learn all about Pandora and her dreaded box; Icarus and his wings of wax; and the greedy, gold-fingered King Midas.

    Each story has been retold in accessible style and this text is complemented by the breathtaking and vibrant artwork.
  • Everything I Need to Know for School: Complete Key Stage 1: Ages 5-7 Collection - 30 Books - Collection - 9780241279946
    ENKC 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £25.00
    • RRP £112.70
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    • Just 83.00p 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!
  • 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.
  • British History Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9780753436028
    BRIH 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £6.99
    • RRP £35.94
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    • Just £1.17 per book
    Coming in a handy ziplock bag, this collection includes six fact-filled books that will take children aged 9 and over (studying at Key Stages 2 and 3) through the key periods in British History.

    The information is expertly broken down into bite-sized pieces, making this the ideal reference collection for homework and school projects.

    Covering Early Britain, the Middle Ages, the Tudors and Stuarts, the Georgians, the Victorian Age and Modern Britain, each book focuses on the politics, wars, lifestyles and key interventions from its period. The timelines will help children keep track of what happened.

    Fully illustrated throughout, the British History Collection offers a stimulating read for children who are fascinated by our past.
  • UCP2 3 years +
    Ruth Brocklehurst
    3 years +
    • £4.99
    • RRP £9.99
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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.
  • HAYF 6 years +
    Molly Potter
    6 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    Emotions can be a difficult subject of conversation to start up with young children and many people don't know where to start. Molly Potter's How are You Feeling Today? can help...

    Providing children aged 6 and over with straightforward, entertaining and (most importantly) appropriate ideas to help them deal with a selection of significant emotions, this book lets children choose a feeling that they can relate to and the provides strategies for dealing with it.

    Containing helpful notes for parents and covering both positive and negative emotions, How are You Feeling Today? is a delightful books that parent and child can explore together.
  • TMCB 7 years +
    Natalie Hughes
    7 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    Explore a world of things to colour with The Map Colouring Book - it's giant both in size and scope!

    Divided into 23 different sections that celebrate the various countries and continents, the book offers plenty of colouring fun and each country is also illustrated with some of its signature traits and landmarks.

    Wonderfully detailed, the appealing designs range from Colombian whale watching to a giant gecko in the Ivory Coast and a dragon in Wales.

    A sightseeing trip around the world that your children will love taking!
  • Animal Science Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781406357691 - Nicola Davies
    ANSC 7 years +
    Nicola Davies
    7 years +
    • £4.99
    • RRP £41.94
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    • Just 83.00p per book
    Sure to inspire budding vets and children who have an interest in the animal kingdom, this all-encompassing 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 for fact fans aged 7 and over who enjoy the likes of Horrible Geography and Horrible Histories, this collection will have children laughing and learning in equal measure.
  • Ancient Myths Collection - 16 Books - Collection - 9781408351468
    ANCI 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £10.00
    • RRP £79.84
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    • Just 63.00p per book
    Written by Geraldine McCaughrean and featuring illustrations by Tony Ross, these books provide children with the perfect introduction to both Greek and Roman mythology.

    Adapted into short stories, children aged 7 and over who love history and have developed an interest in myths will be excited to hear all about Theseus' battle with the murderous minotaur; Jason and his battle for the Golden Fleece; and Zeus' incredible war against the Titans!

    These are thrilling page-turners and the shorter nature of the stories makes them extra appealing. They'll come in handy for history lessons, too.
  • Walker Stories Collection - 30 Books - Collection - 9781406353235 - Various
    WSTY 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £16.99
    • RRP £141.70
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    • Just 57.00p per book
    For decades, Walker Books have created beautiful books that have become staples on the bookshelves of children.

    This impressive collection of 30 books - all with black-and-white illustrations - will introduce children aged 5 and over to a range of varied, familiar and easy-to-follow stories and even encompasses a range of real-life topics that will be sure to educate young children.

    From family to friends; home to hobbies; special occasions to amazing animals; and pets to playtime; as well as characters from a range of backgrounds and nationalities and themes including gentle morals for growing up, this brilliantly priced collection features plenty of tales that your primary school-aged child will love reading and returning to time and time again.

    Dimensions: Each book 185 x 135mm
  • Big Picture Book of General Knowledge - Hardback - 9781474917889 - James MacLaine
    PBGK 7 years +
    James MacLaine
    7 years +
    • £3.00
    • RRP £12.99
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    Inquisitive children will love the fascinating facts featured in this incredible general knowledge book from Usborne.

    Filled with inspiring illustrations, it explains everything from what the word kimono means to the number of satellites that have been sent into space.

    Explaining facts including how if you didn't have your hair cut, it could grow around 15cm (6 inches) in a year and how, at any moment, somewhere in the world actors are performing one of Shakespeare's 37 plays, this is ideal for children who love to ask questions and want to learn more about the world.
  • Carol Vorderman: Top of the Class KS1 Collection - 10 Books in a Satchel - Collection - 9780241199602 - Carol Vorderman
    CVTO 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £8.00
    • RRP £39.90
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    • Just 80.00p per book
    Help your child become 'Top of the Class' with the help of Carol Vorderman and these 10 Key Stage 1 workbooks that cover the most important subjects for children aged between 5 and 7.

    Coming in a handy carry bag and with exercises and activities that will help children have fun as they learn, the books also come with 150 gold reward sticker stars so you can let them know when they are doing a good job.

    Sure to come in extremely useful and a great addition to what they're learning at school, the books cover everything from English and spelling to maths and science. A first-class edition to your child's learning, with each book progressing in time with the curriculum so that the information is relevant and will come in useful during their lessons.
  • PTHI 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £6.99
    • RRP £20.00
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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.
  • WPL 8 years +
    Susan Meredith
    8 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £7.99
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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.
  • KE1232 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £9.99
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    With an image of a ferocious T-Rex that can be projected onto a wall using a torch on the front of the box, you know this is a set children will love. And just wait until they see what's inside the box!

    Not only will children find a model fossil to build but they'll also be able to get their hands on a fossil excavation kit; hang up the wall charts; find, stick and learn about dinosaurs in the fun-filled sticker book; and discover all about the prehistoric world in the stunning visual guide, Discover Dinosaurs.

    Children who love dinosaurs will be captivated by this big box of books and treats that will help them learn all about the magnificent, prehistoric beasts.
  • Songbirds Phonics Collection - 36 Books - Collection - 9780198411093 - Julia Donaldson
    SONB 4 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    4 years +
    • £15.00
    • RRP £128.82
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    • Just 42.00p per book
    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.
  • RWHL 7 years +
    Professor Robert Winston
    7 years +
    • £4.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    Professor Robert Winston is a hugely popular and widely respected scientist and in this book he encourages children to try out their own experiments at home!

    With step-by-step instructions and everyday parts, these experiments are easy to prepare and your budding scientists will be astounded by the results.

    Kids will love stirring up sticky slime, building solar systems out of rubber bands and even constructing a volcano!
  • Sidesplitters Joke Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781447228677
    SPLI 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £9.99
    • RRP £39.90
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    • Just £1.00 per book
    A must-have for any budding stand-up comedian - a brilliant collection of 10 joke books that is sure to have children giggling away.

    From animals and school to spooks and sport, there is a wide variety of subjects covered and the books are ideal for those who wouldn't normally pick up a book.

    Sure to provide reading practice and great for building confidence, you'll be hearing these jokes over and over again as your children retell them with delight!
  • Discover Nature Audio Collection - 10 CDs - Collection - 9781406364569
    DSNT 3 years +
    3 years +
    • £6.99
    • RRP £39.90
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    • Just 70.00p per book
    Enjoy 10 audio adventures about amazing animals with this roar-some CD collection!

    From tigers to turtles and sharks to whales, the audiobooks contain stories, songs and facts about the animals and are sure to keep young children (aged 3+) entertained both at home and on long journeys.

    With stories from the likes of Dick King-Smith, Viv French and Nicola Davies all included, this is a must-have set of audiobooks for any child who loves animals!
  • Project X Alien Adventures: Series 1 Collection - 31 Books - Collection - 9780192739841
    PXAA 6 years +
    6 years +
    • £18.00
    • RRP £154.90
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    • Just 58.00p per book
    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.
  • Look and Learn Fun Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781408870594
    LALF 3 years +
    3 years +
    • £4.99
    • RRP £19.96
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    • Just £1.25 per book
    From A, B, C to 1, 2, 3 and phonics to counting, these Look and Learn books from Bloomsbury are full of interactive activities and plenty of stickers as they teach children key skills. Each book has a carry handle so children can take them wherever they want as they prepare for big school.

    Children can count over the numbers and count how many animals they can see in the numbers book; find the alphabet stickers and colour in the incredible pictures in the A, B, C book; join the dots and count and find in the counting book; and learn about phonics by playing 'I Spy' and saying the sounds in the phonics book.

    The fun learning aspects and interactive nature of the activities make these books perfect for children with an inquisitive nature.
  • TNMB 9 years +
    Anna Weltman
    9 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    An awesome activity book that cleverly combines maths and art, This Is Not a Maths Book is packed full of simple activity lessons for engaging maths-shy children aged 9 and above.

    With each page featuring a fun drawing activity (with a mathematical basis) alongside incredible maths facts and more, they will soon be making beautiful designs - including Celtic knots and fractal and anamorphic art - to share with friends and family whilst learning (shh, don't tell them!) about the wonders of geometry.

    An innovative book that is as entertaining as it is educational!