Reference Books for Children

  • 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.
  • AKDIK 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £4.79
    • RRP £5.99
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    An ideal first Spanish dictionary for kids aged 6 and above, designed to introduce Spanish vocabulary to children in a fun, easy and memorable way.

    Collins Very First Spanish Dictionary introduces children to their first 500 Spanish words with colourful illustrations and example sentences to help children remember words and translations from English to Spanish.

    Listed in English-to- Spanish alphabetical order and with themed pages, the Collins Very First Spanish Dictionary provides curriculum-matched support for young learners of Spanish.
  • AMRIJ 8 years +
    8 years +
    • £9.99
    Collins Primary Thesaurus is a clear, practical thesaurus that builds writing and vocabulary skills. o Colour headwords, an A-Z on every page and a full index make it easy to find the right word o Examples for every synonym (similar word) give you all the information you need to use words correctly o Essential word lists, antonyms, usage tips and help with pronunciation and writing build language skills even more o For ages 8+
  • AQJWC 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £10.39
    • RRP £12.99
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    An easy-to-use illustrated children's thesaurus with thousands of entries, synonyms, clear age-appropriate example sentences and over a thousand colour illustrations. The clear design and colourful word webs with hundreds of topic words make homework and writing easy and fun. Ideal for children to use at home.
  • AJQFW 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £8.79
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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
  • AOWWW
    • £11.99
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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!
  • AMYWQ 11 years +
    11 years +
    • £6.99
    This new, fully revised edition is ideal for secondary school students looking for a dictionary that is clear, easy to use and in a handy format. * Especially designed for school students, and is ideal in the classroom, at home and during exams. * It contains all the words and phrases students will need, with key curriculum words highlighted, all essential phrases covered, and thousands of examples to show how Spanish is really used. * The clear colour layout and alphabet tabs down the side of each page lead the students to the information they need quickly and without fuss. All main translations are underlined to help users go straight to the answer they are looking for. * The dictionary includes language tips and culture notes throughout the text. * Soy, eres, es...Spanish verbs made easy! Each verb on the Spanish side of the dictionary is cross-referred to a comprehensive verb guide, with full conjugations and example phrases showing the verb used in context. Also available in French and German. Other titles in the Collins Spanish Dictionary range include Collins Gem Spanish Dictionary, Collins Easy Learning Spanish Dictionary and Collins Gem Spanish School Dictionary.
  • 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.
  • AMYWS 11 years +
    11 years +
    • £6.99
    This new, fully revised edition is ideal for secondary school students looking for a dictionary that is clear, easy to use and in a handy format. * Especially designed for school students, and is ideal in the classroom, at home and during exams. * It contains all the words and phrases students will need, with key curriculum words highlighted, all essential phrases covered, and thousands of examples to show how French is really used. * The clear colour layout and alphabet tabs down the side of each page lead the students to the information they need quickly and without fuss. All main translations are underlined to help users go straight to the answer they are looking for. * The dictionary includes language tips and culture notes throughout the text. * Je suis, tu es...French verbs made easy! Each verb on the French side of the dictionary is cross-referred to a comprehensive 94-page verb guide, with full conjugations and example phrases showing the verb used in context. Also available in Spanish and German. Other titles in the Collins French Dictionary range include Collins Gem French School Dictionary, Collins Easy Learning French Dictionary and Collins Pocket French Dictionary.
  • AJNHE 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £8.89
    • RRP £8.99
    Learn, explore and be amazed by creatures big and small in this amazing introduction to sea and ocean life. From giant whales to slithering sea snakes discover how creatures that spend their lives submerged by the vast seas and oceans around the world hunt for food, raise their young or survive in temperatures of nearly 350 degrees centigrade, and much much more! Packed with breath taking photography and fun facts, First Animal Encyclopedia: Seas and Oceans is a perfect first introduction to sea and ocean life around the world.
  • AMYWR 11 years +
    11 years +
    • £6.99
    This new, fully revised edition is ideal for secondary school students looking for a dictionary that is clear, easy to use and in a handy format. * Especially designed for school students, and is ideal in the classroom, at home and during exams. * It contains all the words and phrases students will need, with key curriculum words highlighted, all essential phrases covered, and thousands of examples to show how German is really used. * The clear colour layout and alphabet tabs down the side of each page lead the students to the information they need quickly and without fuss. All main translations are underlined to help users go straight to the answer they are looking for. * The dictionary includes language tips and culture notes throughout the text. * Ich bin, du bist...German verbs made easy! Each verb on the German side of the dictionary is cross-referred to a comprehensive verb guide, with full conjugations and example phrases showing the verb used in context. Also available in French and Spanish. Other titles available in the Collins German dictionary range are the Collins German School Gem, Collins Easy Learning German, Collins German Dictionary & Grammar and Collins German Gem Dictionary.
  • AHHSD 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £6.74
    • RRP £8.99
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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.
  • 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.
  • ADWEK 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £8.89
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    Help youngsters have fun looking up words with this bright and simple Jolly Dictionary. Using familiar characters from the Jolly Phonics reading scheme, the Jolly Dictionary allows children to find their way around a dictionary, look up the spellings of words, such as days of the week or numbers, and learn more about phonics too! The Jolly Dictionary has helpful guidance for using the dictionary and understanding phonic spellings.

  • AFRQQ 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £9.89
    • RRP £9.99
    Step back in time to discover the wonders of the Stone Age, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, the Aztecs and Maya, the Incas, Ancient China and Ancient Japan. You can explore the ideas, discoveries and technology that have shaped the human race since the beginning of time. Expert text and special fact boxes provide fascinating historical context, with over 3000 amazing photographs, illustrations and maps. Experience the past with 120 step-by-step projects - fly your own Chinese dragon kite, build a model of an Egyptian pyramid, and prepare a Stone Age meal. It is ideal for home or school use for 8- to 12-year-olds. Journey through 30,000 years of human history and explore the wonders of the ancient world. Readers can probe the mysteries of the pyramids of ancient Egypt for themselves. Pictures and words combine to show how one small city became the heart of the mighty Roman Empire. Find out how the Aztecs treated rattlesnake bites and tarantula stings, and learn the secrets of the Japanese martial arts. The comprehensive yet lively information is accessible on many levels - perfect for home study, school projects, or just for fun.
  • AKIOA 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £4.89
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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.
  • AHRCN 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £5.89
    • RRP £6.99
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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 +
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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
    • RRP £7.99
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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!

  • AEAWU 8 years +
    8 years +
    • £5.29
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    It's history with the nasty bits left in! Want to know: What really happened in Dad's Army? How to make a rude noise with a gas mask? Why the blitzed Brits ate chicken-fruit, sinkers and nutty? Discover all the foul facts about the Blitzed Brits - all the gore and more!
  • AMXLY 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £4.89
    • RRP £4.99
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    A new series of Horrible Histories sticker activity books, crammed with quick quizzes, foul facts and putrid pictures, the Horrible Histories Sticker Activity Book: Terrifying Tudors covers all things horrible in Tudor Britain. With over 250 savage stickers, explore the Tudor family's rotten reign. Shudder at the mad monarchs, dress up Rattus with the garish garments and keep fit with Tudor football. Be careful to keep on the right side of Henry VIII though, or you might end up on the chopping block!
  • AHRCP 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £5.59
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    They may have looked all prim and proper, but the Victorians were a jolly naughty bunch who could be vicious and violent and villinous. Readers can discover the murderers who wouldn't hang, when the first public loo was flushed and all about stag hunting inaddington Station. 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.
  • AIWXK 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £5.59
    • RRP £6.99
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    Apparently the ancient Greeks were a rather groovy bunch. The boys didn't start school until they were seven, and girls didn't have to go at all. But it wasn't always so jolly. Readers can discover who had the world's first flushing toilet and why dedicated doctors tasted their patients' ear wax! 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.