Reference Books for Children

  • 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.
  • BMNAQ 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £10.99
    For children aged 7 and over, this dictionary contains up-to-date coverage of a wide range of everyday and curriculum vocabulary. It offers additional language tips and carefully selected and annotated illustrations to help students with more complex language. The Word Wizard section provides in-depth support on spelling, punctuation and grammar. This book is designed to build confidence and develop young learners' language skills at home and in the classroom. Includes the latest vocabulary from a range of curricular areas with example sentences and tips on grammar and spelling to help children understand the meaning of words and use them confidently. Synonyms (similar words) and antonyms (opposite words) are given to build vocabulary. Beautiful annotated illustrations add an extra dimension and provide children with additional information on a range of topic areas. The Word Wizard offers invaluable support in the key areas of spelling, punctuation and grammar and creative writing.
  • AJRCY 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £6.74
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    Have fun in the sun, drink lemonade in the shade and be inspired to write about pirates, kings and magic rings in the Oxford First Rhyming Dictionary. The dictionary contains a clear and simple alphabetical list of words that rhyme and rhyming sounds, as well as an index to make finding words simple. John Foster's lively poems accompany the rhyming sounds, and every page features bright and colourful illustrations. Children can expand their vocabulary, practise phonic sounds to help with spelling, and being to write their own rhymes! Writing, reciting and reading poetry is a requirement of the Primary curriculum, and the Oxford First Rhyming Dictionary is a perfect way to get into rhyme.
  • AMBVJ 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £6.39
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    Make science fun with 101 amazing step-by-step science experiments for kids that are safe and easy to do at home. Be the next Albert Einstein with these cool science experiments for kids and discover how to bend light, weigh air and even make a rainbow! 101 Great Science Experiments is bursting with fun experiments for you to try out at home revealing the secrets of science through practical and exciting projects. Find out how to use everyday objects to discover the principles of science. With 101 science experiments for kids inside covering topics such as colour, magnets, senses, electricity and much more you'll be discovering the laws of science before your eyes. See sound, build a buzzer and even make an underwater volcano! Each science project is explained simply and clearly plus specially commissioned photography shows how each project should look making the experiments clear and easy-to-follow for kids.
  • What If ...? Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781784936082
    WHAF 3 years +
    3 years +
    (2)
    • £9.99
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    With their engaging question-and-answer format, these 10 books will help children learn and understand all about dinosaurs, jungle animals and sea creatures.

    Full of funny situations that children are sure to relate to, they answer questions like just how many hamburgers it would take to feed a T-rex and what a shark would have to have done if he went to a dentist.

    Every book has colourful and hilarious artwork that will appeal to young children and there are plenty of fun facts to pore over.

    Format: paperback
  • AQQWN 14 years +
    14 years +
    • £4.99
    This new edition of the Collins Gem Dictionary and Thesaurus is an indispensable guide to the English language. Part of the Collins Gem range - the world's best-selling mini dictionaries - it provides dictionary definitions and thesaurus synonyms on the same page for incomparable quick and easy reference. Collins Gem Dictionary and Thesaurus provides the most up-to-date words, clear definitions and accessible same-page dictionary and thesaurus texts - all in the handy and portable Gem format. In addition to the wide range of definitions and synonyms, the Gem Dictionary and Thesaurus has a handy and practical supplement on punctuation and spelling rules. With its clear colour layout and matching dictionary and thesaurus entries on the same page, you can be confident that the Collins Gem Dictionary & Thesaurus will help you find all the latest words you need - and fast!
  • AYVUF 10 years +
    10 years +
    • £6.39
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    This authoritative new edition of the bestselling Oxford School Thesaurus boosts vocabulary and improves writing skills through new curriculum support. With the help of the Oxford Children's Corpus, the largest bank of children's language in English, the thesaurus is able to proivde a range of carefully-levelled words, synonyms and antonyms and age-appropriate example sentences. These are written in the natural language of contemporary children using contexts that will make the thesaurus easy and enjoyable for every child to use. Phrasal verbs, idioms, and writing tips help to explore the richness of language and make writing more effective, whether in creative writing or in essays, projects, reports and letters. A writing supplement with spelling, grammar and punctuation support makes this a complete toolkit to enhance basic literacy skills, build confidence, deliver the curriculum and help children prepare for the level of writing expected at secondary school. As with all Oxford children's thesauruses, it has been trialled with teachers. A perfect buy, in a handy, pocket-sized format with a refreshing new look, an essential for any rucksack. Downloadable word games, puzzles and activities are available at www.oxforddictionaries.com/schools
  • APHEO Toddlers
    Toddlers
    • £14.89
    • RRP £14.99
    With interactive elements including pop-ups, flaps, booklets and pull-tabs, this book is an exciting introduction to people and cultures around the world. An exciting follow up to My Pop-Up City Atlas, My Pop-Up Atlas of People is full of facts to discover. From plush city high-rises to homes on the move, from daily routines to rites and rituals, this book is a treasure trove of information on where and how people live.
  • AEUTE 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £10.39
    • RRP £12.99
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    This is a new edition of the popular and successful encyclopedia describing the remarkable history of Ancient Egypt. You can discover remarkable facts of one of the world's oldest civilisations from its origins as a group of settlements along the banks of the Nile, its rise to one of the world's greatest civilisations to its decline at the hands of the Roman Empire. It is filled with stunning photographs and detailed illustrations. It includes a comprehensive factfinder featuring a time chart, a list of who's who and details of recent archaeological finds. It includes internet links that offer a fascinating selection of recommended web sites - with sound, animation or video clips which provide additional information for projects and homework.
  • AXJLO 10 years +
    10 years +
    (1)
    • £10.39
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    A major new edition of the trusted, bestselling, comprehensive Oxford School Dictionary with new curriculum support. This fantastic new edition will boost your children's vocabulary with new words and meanings from across the curriculum. A helpful new spelling, grammar and punctuation section is included to enhance language skills and bring the dictionary right up to date. What makes it the best? It is uniquely powered by the Oxford Children's Corpus, the largest bank of children's language in English, so you can be confident that all entries are clearly written in child-friendly language that children actually understand. Each example is perfectly age-appropriate, making it easy and enjoyable for every child to use. New for this edition is a robust supplement on spelling, grammar and punctuation, giving targeted help with the tricky bits, making this dictionary the perfect tool to support children in their journey to become good readers and writers. As usual, it has been extensively trialled with schools, so you can be sure it is still the best dictionary for your children, in a durable hardback format. Further help with writing skills is available in the updated new edition of the companion Oxford School Thesaurus. Looking for great word activities to match this dictionary? Find fun downloadable activities, puzzles, and word games at www.oxforddictionaries.com/schools
  • AAEEW 11 years +
    11 years +
    • £7.19
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    The Oxford Paperback Dictionary & Thesaurus is a great value-for-money product. It is the ultimate one-stop reference, containing both a dictionary and a thesaurus in one handy reference volume. The dictionary and thesaurus texts have an integrated design which has been tried and tested with users to speed up browsing and look-up. The dictionary has excellent coverage of everyday English, containing over 90,000 words, phrases and definitions and incorporating the newest words and phrases from Oxford's language research programmes. The thesaurus provides over 100,000 synonyms and antonyms. This handy dictionary and thesaurus is ideal for anyone who needs an affordable and portable, all-in-one reference work.
  • ALJRO 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £9.74
    • RRP £12.99
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    An amazing introduction to jungle and rainforest life accompanied by brilliant full colour photos of a wide range of creatures in action.

    Learn how the animals that spend their lives surrounded by some of the world's biggest forests hunt for food, raise their young or hide from predators such as giant spiders, poisonous frogs, hungry jaguars and much, much more!

    Packed full of fantastic photos, this is a perfect first introduction to rainforest animals.
  • ABZJF 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £19.89
    • RRP £19.99
    This is an exclusive close-up at Dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. "Dinosaurs' a Childrens Encyclopedia" is a complete visual encyclopedia covering the entire range of prehistoric animal life for younger readers. It's jam-packed with over 100 dinosaurs and entries on all the best known prehistoric animals from giant dragonflies to the Velociraptor. This definitive guide includes exclusive, newly commissioned photos of the world's best and most complete dinosaur fossils, on location in North America and Europe. Dinosaurs's is not just a catalogue of facts and photos, but the book every budding fossil hunter and dinosaur enthusiast will want to own.
  • AJQFW 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £8.79
    • RRP £10.99
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    The Oxford Children's Rhyming Dictionary is the perfect tool to help children write their own poetry. The alphabetical list of words that rhyme and index of sounds make it simple to find a rhyme, as well as reinforcing spelling skills. These are accompanied by lively illustrations, and lots of amusing and inspiring poems by John Foster. At the back of the book are engaging activities which explain many types of rhymes, from raps and chants to limericks and couplets, to help children understand different varieties of poetry. These are combined with activities, tips and prompts which encourage children to get writing their own verse! Developing language and creative writing skills, and directly supporting the curriculum's emphasis on reading and writing poetry, the Oxford Children's Rhyming Dictionary is the essential guide to rhyme for children in primary school. For lots of FREE downloadable games, puzzles, activities and much more, go to www.oxforddictionaries.com/schools
  • ALTXS
    • £8.89
    • RRP £8.99
    This beautiful RSPB Encyclopedia will take you on an incredible journey through the world of birds, helping you find out about the amazing feathered creatures that share our planet. From tropical parrots and toucans to sea birds and eagles, find out all about birds with this informative first guide and reference book. Packed with brilliant photography, fun facts and top bird tips, learn, explore and be amazed by birds big and small.
  • AHHSD 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £6.74
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    The Oxford First Learner's Spanish Dictionary is a bilingual Spanish dictionary, the perfect reference tool for teaching Modern Languages as part of the curriculum to pupils aged 7-11. This alphabetical dictionary has a colour user-friendly design, the alphabet down the side of each page, and colour headwords that lead the pupil straight to the translation they are looking for. It gives core vocabulary with phrases and context examples, as well as special level-appropriate language tips on grammar and usage and cultural tips about life in Spanish-speaking countries. The dictionary has been designed to meet the requirements of the KS2 Framework for Languages and will be a useful resource not only for pupils, but also for primary teachers who may be teaching the language for the first time, and for parents who need to help their child with homework.
  • AKIOA 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £4.89
    • RRP £4.99
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    This is the series that packs a world of knowledge into your pocket. Get fast facts at your fingertips with this "DK Pocket Eyewitness: Dinosaur", packed with bite-sized chunks of information that will encourage and inform even the most reluctant readers. This title includes coverage that ranges from dinosaurs and birds, and reptiles to early mammals and more. Find out what they looked like, when and where they lived and what they ate. Plus, discover the top ten ways of dinosaur defence. With 160 pages of amazing encyclopedic stats and genius gem facts to provide extra wow. You'll find a world of prehistoric life in this pocket-sized guide.
  • AOWWW
    • £11.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    This book helps you discover everything you ever wanted to know about anything with this first reference for young readers and writers. An inspiring and comprehensive collection of the best in the DK First Reference series, all gathered together in one superb volume. From prehistoric life to space travel, bacteria to the human brain help your child discover all about the world we live in. They'll discover how life on Earth began, how the human body works, how people lived in Ancient Egypt, why some dinosaurs were so huge, what makes machines work, the countries of the world and much, much more. Full of fantastic photos, bite-sized facts and quiz questions kids will love getting their teeth into, there's lots to see and explore. Perfect for homework or just for fun. Go ahead; let your child find out more about everything!
  • AUCGU
    • £9.89
    • RRP £9.99
    Zoom off into the galaxy and investigate all the planets, from Earth to Mars with First Space Encyclopedia. Packed full of stunning photography, quizzes and amazing facts, children will become space experts in no time. Covering everything from observatories and rockets, to the solar system and the death of stars, children will discover all about space and space travel. The First Space Encyclopedia is the perfect first reference book for children.
  • ALTEU 14 years +
    14 years +
    • £19.89
    • RRP £20.00
    The Classical Music Encylopedia, now fully updated, traces the development of Western music from medieval times through to the twenty-first century. Each chapter begins with an Introduction to the era, followed by an A to Z of the key composers and musicians of the era, with an expert's recommended recording for each entry. Within these, the musical greats - from Mozart to Stravinksy - have more extensive entries. The Styles and Forms sections discuss the many different styles of music, from the earliest notation to the minimalism of the twentieth century, while the development of each era's Instruments is also extensively investigated. Written by many of the world's leading experts in the field, this invaluable encyclopedia is comprehensive, easy-to-use and highly informative - an essential guide for readers of all levels.
  • AKWWB
    • £16.89
    • RRP £16.99
    Be amazed and astounded at the human body, from head to toe, and discover how extraordinary you really are. Author Steve Parker and Editor in Chief Robert Winston explain all the amazing things the human body can do. From the human brain to muscles and bones, SuperHuman Encyclopedia explains to kids the extraordinary processes behind the ordinary human body. Packed with interesting facts about the human body, from how we keep cool and how memories are made to how the human body fights infection and how many muscles we use to smile, SuperHuman explores and explains how the body works. Full of colourful images and awesome facts SuperHuman also explores how some people seem to have super abilities jumping farther, reacting quicker or running faster showcasing their remarkable records. SuperHuman reveals fascinating facts and explains how the human body works.
  • AHRCN 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £5.89
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    If you ever hear old folk moaning on about the world today, just remind them how woeful things were in the Second World War. Readers can discover why the blitzed Brits ate chicken-fruit, sinkers and nutty, what really happened in Dad's Army and how to make a rude noise with a gas mask. With a bold, accessible new look, these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans. Revised by the author to make Horrible Histories more accessible to young readers. 2013 is HORRIBLE HISTORIES twentieth anniversary.
  • AKHEW 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £6.89
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    Readers can discover all the foul facts about the Smashing Saxons, including who got cow pats as Christmas presents, why wearing a pig on your head is lucky and how to make a dead Saxon happy. With a bold, accessible new look, illustrated throughout and revised by the author, these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans. 2013 is the twentieth anniversary of Horrible Histories.
  • ABQUX 8 years +
    8 years +
    • £6.39
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    What do you say if someone calls you mundungus, hackum or Jabbernowl?! Kids will love learning all about some really wicked words! In Horrible Histories: Wicked Words, Terry Deary runs riot through the history of the English language. Words have have never been so horrible! Complete with Philip Reeve's hilarious illustrations, this is a book that will appeal to reluctant readers and any child with an interest in history!