Reference Books for Children

  • AIWXK 7 years +
    7 years +
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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.
  • AKHEN 7 years +
    7 years +
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    Readers can discover all the foul facts about the Stormin' Normans, including why Norman knights slept with a dolly, which pirate hung up his eye-patch and became a saint and why Crusader ships were defended with barrels of pee. 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.
  • ALZGP 5 years +
    5 years +
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    A new series of Horrible Histories sticker activity books, crammed with quick quizzes, foul facts and putrid pictures, the explosive Horrible Histories Sticker Activity Book: Awful Egyptians covers all things horrible in ancient Egypt. With over 250 savage stickers, children can help to explore perilous pyramids, meet suffering slaves and saunter past scheming sphinxes. But be careful not to get lost for ever in the mummifying mazes!
  • ALZTG 7 years +
    7 years +
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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: Rotten Romans covers all things horrible in ruthless Rome. With over 250 savage stickers, explore the Roman's extraordinary empire. Get boggled by their baths, terrified by their torture and cured by their dastardly doctors. Be careful to keep on the right side of the grumpy gladiators though, otherwise you could end up on a spear!
  • BGPT 9 years +
    9 years +
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    Children struggling with science lessons will find this fun and friendly guide to the periodic table a huge help. From smelly sulphur to exploding hydrogen and much more besides, this book will make what is sometimes a tricky concept to comprehend much clearer.

    Full of eye-catching illustrations and explanatory diagrams, each of the 92 elements is covered and linked to a story, wacky analogy or fascinating fact - making it much easier to remember each element.

    With its appealing design and Gill Arbuthnott's clear descriptions, this is a great first introduction to the periodic table for children aged 9 and above.
  • CCFK 9 years +
    9 years +
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    Computer coding is becoming more and more of a key skill in modern life, especially during IT lessons at school, and many children will be able to make use of it in their future careers. You can never be too young to start learning and there can be no better guide than Carol Vorderman, who we all know is extremely intelligent after her years on Countdown and the various other TV shows - and books - where she has flexed her brain power.

    Carol's step-by-step - and very visual - guide to the complex skill of computer coding is suitable for children aged 9 and over and teaches the basics of coding for multiple programming languages, including Scratch and Python.

    Avoiding computer jargon and starting with the basics, the book generally progresses to more advanced computer projects where children can even start building their own games through coding! A great book for budding programmers.
  • HKM2 7 years +
    7 years +
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    Help Your Kids With Maths, by Carol Vorderman, is a simple, easy-to-follow maths encyclopedia that covers everything children need to know about maths, from long division to trigonometry.

    This guide uses diagrams and step-by-step instructions to teach maths skills from basic numeracy up to more complicated problems, such as algebra and statistics.

    It's sure to come in helpful for children aged from 9+.
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    Yes, learning French can be fun for your child! Developed by language-learning expert Catherine Bruzzone, the French for Children program is a fun and effective way for your child to learn the French language and culture. This introduction gets your son or daughter speaking French right from the very beginning and keeps him or her engaged with a wide range of activities and games that keep language-learning fun. A complete program, this package features: a full-color illustrated guidebook that features cartoons, characters, and fun facts; three audio CDs that guide your child through the course and teach language through a combination of French-language songs, games, and activities; an activity book filled with interactive puzzles and games that reinforce new language skills; advice for you on helping your kid get the most out of the language-learning experience; free print and audio downloads. Topics include: Saying hello, Saying "yes" and "no", Saying where places are, Talking about family, Around the house, Saying what you like to do, Describing things, At the zoo, At a picnic, and Happy Birthday!
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    Times Tables Made Easy from Carol Vorderman is a fun introduction to times tables for children aged 5 and over.

    Featuring plenty of clever tricks and memorable themes which are designed to help children remember and work out their times tables, there is even a wonder wheel that reveals the answer if the reader gets stuck on a particular problem!
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    Experience the DC Comics Universe like never before with The DC Comics Encyclopedia. New and expanded, this lavishly illustrated, jam-packed encyclopedia covers more than 1,200 of the classic characters created by comics giant DC. The DC Comics Encyclopedia is a true essential for any comic book fan and a vital addition to every DC fan's shelf. Explore fascinating, extensive coverage of Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, the Justice League, Aquaman, Catwoman and Wonder Woman, and catch up with your favourite bad guys from blockbuster films including Suicide Squad and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Exciting special features celebrate some of the DC heroes and villains' more memorable exotic vehicles and weaponry, their titanic clashes, and romantic encounters. From birth to Rebirth, The DC Comics Encyclopedia is fully up-to-date with the latest earth-shaking DC developments, . With a brand new cover designed by Carlo Pagulayan, one of the world's pre-eminent comic book artists, and thrilling comic-book art, the fun and excitement of more than 75 years of comic-book history explodes off every page! Previous edition ISBN 9781405328913 TM & (c) DC Comics.
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    This title is a brand new edition of this comprehensive encyclopedia, tracing the extraordinary history of our world, from the Big Bang to the 21st Century. It includes all the major civilizations, rulers and events in world history, and paints a vivid picture of everyday life over thousands of years. Readers can immerse themselves in history via the over 200 recommended web sites, fighting the Battle of Waterloo or strolling the Great Wall of China. A selection of useful maps and pictures from the book are available to download free from the Usborne web site, making this a valuable resource tool that is guaranteed to add an extra dimension to school work.
  • AOXFE 7 years +
    7 years +
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    A comprehensive science reference book covering key topics from particle physics to genes and DNA, with clearly written explanations and superb photographs and illustrations. QR codes for each topic provide instant access, via a mobile device, to over 180 video clips of experiments and animated lessons that enhance the information in the book.
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    Children's A to Z Encyclopedia covers a full range of clearly arranged alphabetical topics, from ancient history and countries of the world to wildlife, politics, technology and more. This volume is the perfect purchase for any family. It will bear repeated use by all the family from 9+ through the teenage years. Fully updated with the very latest facts and data; clear text and more than 1000 photos and illustrations will inform and amaze. Detailed reference matter at the end of the book includes a world map, information on international organizations, mini biographies of scientists and explorers and history highlights.
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    Encyclopedia of Sharks is a giant encyclopedia offering a comprehensive insight into the world of sharks for children ged 8+. Divided into clear sections, the book begins by exploring what sharks are and where they live, and progresses to how sharks work and life in the water. Shark species are then covered in great detail, revealing how great whites hunt their prey and why basking sharks cruise with their mouths wide open. This leads on to relatives of sharks, such as rays and sawfish. The book concludes by looking at sharks and people, including tourist attractions, why sharks are in trouble, and what we can do to save them. A useful source of information for school projects or homework.
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    Explore the world with this lavish new edition of the bestselling Maps. Released to mark the 10th anniversary of the very first edition, this book features 16 brand new maps and has new material on every page. Each highly illustrated map details not only geographical features and political borders but also places of interest, iconic personalities, native animals and plants, local peoples, cultural events, and many more fascinating facts assorted with each region. It's a celebration of the world, from its immense mountains to its tiny insects - and everything in between!
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    Revised and updated to cover all the latest vocabulary, making it ideal for intermediate to advanced learners of Spanish. Designed for students and professionals using Spanish in the course of their work or study, this modern dictionary draws on Collins unique databases of Spanish and English to ensure that the user has the most complete and accurate picture of real language available today. * Practical section on real life communication in Spanish, covering all forms of written and spoken communication * Includes all the latest vocabulary from a wide range of fields, with special feature entries about life and culture in Spanish-speaking countries. * The in-depth treatment of complex words, practical tips on spoken and written Spanish guide the user to additional information making this dictionary the ideal tool for intermediate to advanced students. * Accessible layout guides users quickly to what they want. Comprehensive dictionaries. Always free online. Join us at www.collinsdictionary.com
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    Packed with information and amazing images, this is the ultimate book of knowledge for kids aged 7 to 9. This thorough children's encyclopedia contains all the homework answers your kids will need, explained clearly and checked by experts. Covering all the key subjects including Arts, People, History, Earth, Nature, Science, Technology, Space, and Human Body in alphabetical order.DK Children's Encyclopedia is a classic reference book covering over 240 topics, essential for any child who wants to discover as much as possible about the world around them.
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    Let's Learn Vietnamese Kit is an introductory Vietnamese language learning tool especially designed to help children from preschool through early elementary level acquire basic words, phrases, and sentences in Vietnamese in a fun and easy way. The Vietnamese flashcards can be used as a learning tool in a classroom setting, at home, or anywhere that learning takes place, and can easily be taped around the room for an interactive way to learn Vietnamese. The set contains a total of 64 words organized into thematic categories, including: My Family Colors Animals Food and Drink My Body Clothes Environment All of the Vietnamese words are illustrated the pictures serve as effective visual aids to help children learn and remember each word's meaning. Words often reflect cultural objects and items and can be studied in any order. Learners may focus on one theme at a time or mix them up for a little more variety. Also included in this kit is an audio CD which provides native pronunciation of the words, and sample sentences for practice sentences that children would use in everyday life. Songs are also included on the free audio CD. Finally, the kit also includes a wall chart featuring the front of each card for kids to review and a learning guide for teachers and/or parents with tips, activities and more! This set contains the following: 64 Flash Cards (4.25 x 2.7) that get children talking about family members, colors, animals and numbers Audio CD provides native pronunciation of the Vietnamese words, and sample sentences for practice plus Vietnamese to help with learning Color Wall Chart (24 x 18) keeps all the new vocabulary in sight Learning Guide for Parents and Teachers 32 pages tells you how to use the cards for most effective learning, and includes song lyrics, activities and games to play with your kids
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    Let's Learn Indonesian Kit is an introductory Indonesian language learning tool especially designed to help children from preschool through early elementary level acquire basic words, phrases, and sentences in Indonesian in a fun and easy way. The Indonesian flashcards can be used as a learning tool in a classroom setting, at home, or anywhere that learning takes place, and can easily be taped around the room for an interactive way to learn Indonesian. The set contains a total of 64 words organized into thematic categories, including: My Family Colors Animals Food and Drink My Body Clothes Environment All of the Indonesian words are illustrated the pictures serve as effective visual aids to help children learn and remember each word's meaning. Words often reflect cultural objects and items and can be studied in any order. Learners may focus on one theme at a time or mix them up for a little more variety. Also included in this Indonesian language learning kit is an audio CD which provides native pronunciation of the words, and sample sentences for practice sentences that children would use in everyday life. Songs are also included on the free audio CD. Finally, the kit also includes a wall chart featuring the front of each card for kids to review and a learning guide for teachers and/or parents with tips, activities and more! This set contains the following: 64 Flash Cards (4.25o x 2.7o) that get children talking about family members, colors, animals and numbers Audio CD provides native pronunciation of the Indonesian words, and sample sentences for practice plus Indonesian to help with learning Color Wall Chart (24o x 18o) keeps all the new vocabulary in sight Learning Guide for Parents and Teachers 32 pages tells you how to use the cards for most effective learning, and includes song lyrics, activities and games to play with your kids
  • AUUBQ 3 years +
    3 years +
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    From the team behind the best-selling Atlas of Adventures. Head off on a journey of discovery, with this book that collects together nature' s most unmissable events from between the two poles, including epic migrations, extraordinary behaviours, and Herculean habits. Find hundreds of things to spot and learn new facts about every animal.
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    You can explore a galaxy far, far away in this stunning guide to the worlds of Star Wars. It includes a spread introducing Star Wars fans to the planet and characters featured in Rogue One! The Galactic Atlas, illustrated by Tim McDonagh in superb full colour, covers everything from Alderaan and Naboo to Tatooine and Yavin 4, taking in the epic stories, strange creatures and glorious vistas of the entire saga. Taken from the holdings of the Graf Archive and found in the underground Shadow Stacks, these ancient hand drawn maps were unearthed from the Shadow Stacks. The Head Curator's theory is that they are the work of the great Ithorian artist Gammit Chond. Chond never travelled off-world but he was fascinated by travellers' tales, and many of his works depict their stories of adventure and discovery in the rest of the galaxy. While we know that many of the things he has included are a matter of fact, some may merely be tall tales spun by explorers; but all presents a unique view of a fascinating slice of history. The atlas also contains a useful timeline that describes the period of history covered in these maps, from the Clone Wars between the Republic and the Separatists, to the Galactic Civil War between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance, and beyond. The Rogue One spread introduces fans to a whole new terrain. Set before Star Wars: A New Hope, Rogue One follows a rag-tag group of rebel commandos who must steal the plans to the Empire's new superweapon, the Death Star. This standalone story transports fans to unseen corners of the Star Wars universe and strange new planets not to mention an encounter with a familiar adversary, Darth Vader. With dozens of maps, star charts, character profiles, and a timeline of the entire saga, this book is the perfect gift for Star Wars fans of all ages.
  • ALIKB 6 years +
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    Set your spirit of adventure free with this lavishly illustrated trip around the world. Whether you're visiting the penguins of Antarctica, joining the Carnival in Brazil or a canoe safari down the Zambezi River, this book brings together more than 100 activities and challenges to inspire armchair adventurers of any age. Find hundreds of things to spot and learn new facts about every destination. With epic adventures from the four corners of the globe and discoveries to be made on your own doorstep, this book will inspire you to set off on your own journey of discovery.
  • AVYYX 7 years +
    7 years +
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    Hundreds of fascinating facts are waiting to be unearthed in this latest book from Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski, the creative duo behind the bestselling Maps. Dive below the surface, and find out what happens under the earth and under the water. From early submarines and deep-sea life, to burrowing animals and man-made tunnels - you will never look at the world in the same way again! Gorgeous design and quirky illustrations make this a book to be pored over again and again.
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    Jaw-dropping, up-close photography shows the natural world and animals as you've never seen it before.From fruit to flowers, from shells to sharks, from ants to elephants, this extraordinary new encyclopedia will keep animal and nature enthusiasts aged 9 and over, utterly absorbed by amazing, close-up images. Explanatorium of Nature is the perfect way to find out how everything in nature works and why fungi, plants, animals, arthropods, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and ecosystems exist and what they mean for our world. Discover how spiders spin webs, how flying works, how snakes kill, and , much more.Children will spend hours poring over the incredible details in nature, from the spines on a stinging nettle and lichen growing on a tree to the suckers on an iguana's feet. Using never-before-seen cross sections, macro, SEM, infrared and ultraviolet close-up pictures, this is your chance to truly get up close with our natural world.