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5 years + : Children's Reference

  • Collins First School Dictionary

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: BNSIR
    Paperback 5 years +
    An ideal introduction to the world of words for children aged 5 and above. The careful choice of vocabulary, clear definitions and simple examples, together with the beautifully designed illustrations help make learning easy, memorable, and fun. This book offers children an easy way to find out the meanings of everyday words, and includes a carefully written section which provides support in spelling, grammar and punctuation in preparation for school tests. The illustrations engage children and help them to understand what words mean, while example sentences show how the words can be used. Simple grammatical labels introduce children to different word groups, all of which are clearly explained in the introduction to the dictionary. Simple, fun and easy-to-use, this is perfect for any child's first school dictionary.
    • £8.99
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  • Spelling Word Searches Ages 5-7

    Collins Easy Learning

    Product Code: BTZSP
    Paperback 5 years +
    Level: KS1 Subject: English Children will have lots of fun practising their spelling using these word searches. Written to match the new primary curriculum, each word search ensures that your child covers the key word lists required at school. * Contains 25 puzzles covering the key words children are required to learn at school * A fun and motivating way for children to practise their spelling * Makes an ideal holiday purchase.
    • £3.59
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  • ABC Ages 3-5

    Collins Easy Learning

    Product Code: ARKNW
    Paperback 3 years +
    An engaging ABC activity book to really help boost your child's progress at every stage of their learning! Fully in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, this English book provides reassurance whilst supporting your child's learning at home. Combining useful English practice with engaging, colourful illustrations, this ABC practice book helps to boost your child's confidence and develop good learning habits for life. Each fun activity is designed to give your child a real sense of achievement. Included in this book: * questions that allow children to practise the important skills learned at school * colourful activities that make learning fun and motivate children to learn at home * helpful tips and answers so that you can support your child's learning
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  • Collins Easy Learning English

    Collins Easy Learning

    Product Code: AKCZW
    Paperback 5 years +
    This engaging activity book builds English skills through rewarding and motivating activities designed to give children a real sense of achievement, boosting their confidence and developing good learning habits for life. The colourful pages make learning fun and helpful tips and answers are included so that parent can support their child. This book develops literacy skills. Its colourful, motivating activities make learning fun. Helpful tips and answers are included so that parent can support their child's learning.
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  • Atlas of Adventures

    Lucy Letherland

    Product Code: ALIKB
    Hardback 6 years +
    (1)
    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.
    • £17.99
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  • Read with Oxford: Stages 2-4: Biff, Chip and Kipper: Fun With Words Flashcards

    Roderick Hunt

    Product Code: BPPAM
    Other 5 years +
    (1)
    Read with Oxford Biff, Chip and Kipper Fun with Words flashcards are a fun way for children to practise essential high-frequency words at home. Created by reading experts, they complement how your child is starting to read at school. Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled resources to build your child's reading confidence.
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  • Usborne First Encyclopedia of Animals

    Paul Dowswell

    Product Code: ABMJS
    Hardback 5 years +
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    This is a fantastic new edition of this bright and lively encyclopedia, introducing young readers to the wonders of the animal world. Filled with information on mammals, birds, reptiles, creepy-crawlies and waterlife, this book answers such questions as 'Which animal has a tongue as long as its body?'; 'How does a whale breath?'; 'How does a snake see in the dark?'; and, 'Why do zebras have stripes?'. Simple text, amazing photographs, detailed illustrations and a selection of exciting recommended websites make the subject easy to understand.
    • £9.09
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  • Little People, Big Dreams: Maya Angelou

    Isabel Sanchez Vegara

    Product Code: AUVQP
    Hardback 5 years +
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    In the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the lives of outstanding people from designers and artists to scientists. All of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. The book follows Maya Angelou, from her early traumatic childhood to her time as a singer, actress, civil rights campaigner and, eventually, one of America's most beloved writers. This inspiring and informative little biography comes with extra facts about Maya's life at the back.
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  • First Animal Encyclopedia Rainforests

    Anita Ganeri

    Product Code: ALJRO
    Hardback 5 years +
    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.
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  • Homes That Move

    Sian Smith

    Product Code: AKRHI
    Paperback 4 years +
    This volume takes a simple look at homes that move, highlighting the diversity of homes that people live in around the world. The homes featured include Native American Tipis, Bedouin tents, houseboats, caravans, and more.
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  • Jolly Dictionary

    Sara Wernham

    Product Code: ADWEK
    Paperback 5 years +

    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.

    • £9.29
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  • Arabic Words

    Katy R. Kudela

    Product Code: ARJNM
    Paperback 6 years +
    How do you say hello in Arabic? This title explores the pages of this Arabic English picture dictionary to learn new words and phrases. With colorful photographs and simple labels, it makes learning Arabic easy.
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  • First Animal Encyclopedia

    Product Code: AOXVT
    Paperback 5 years +
    Bursting with animal facts for kids, First Animal Encyclopedia reveals everything kids want to know about the animal kingdom. From tiny critters that live on the jungle floor to giant creatures that dwell in the depths of the ocean, First Animal Encyclopedia reveals the mysteries of the animal world. Watch animals in action, investigate their habits and find out their habitats in this first animal encyclopedia. Kids will learn all about different animal groups, including mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, insects and fish through beautiful colour images, quirky "Did you know" fact boxes and engaging "curiosity quizzes" make learning engaging and exciting. DK's First Reference is a great for children who want to explore the world around them.
    • £9.49
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  • First Animal Encyclopedia

    Anita Ganeri

    Product Code: APWAV
    Hardback 5 years +
    Every child loves animals. Find out more about them with the brilliant First Animal Encyclopedia. From giant giraffes to tiny tiger cubs, find out all about some of the world's most amazing animals with this informative first guide and reference book. Packed with brilliant photography, fun facts and top animal tips, learn, explore and be amazed by animals big and small.
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  • London

    Sarah McMenemy

    Product Code: AEBAE
    Other 5 years +
    Remember London for ever with this exquisite cut-paper souvenir. Presented in a beautiful slipcase, this stunning memento features twelve of London's most famous sites: Harrods, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament, The London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral, The Globe Theatre, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge and The Royal Observatory. Stylishly illustrated and folding out to a length of 150 cm, this is a perfect souvenir for anyone visiting the UK's capital city. Great things come in small packages, and buyers will be amazed at how much of London is folded into this petite box. Printed front and back, twelve famous sites are featured along with brief descriptions/histories in a concertina. Fully extended, the cityscape is almost 5 feet long.
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  • The 50 States: Fun Facts

    Gabrielle Balkan

    Product Code: AUVIE
    Hardback 5 years +
    Pack your bags and take the journey of a lifetime with this puzzle book packed with maps, wildlife, people, and places unique to the 50 states. As a holiday companion title to The 50 States, spreads are thematically ordered by subject, featuring 50 Animals, 50 Things that Go, 50 People, 50 Places, 50 Festivals and Cultural events, plus a make-your-own puzzle of the 50 states on the final spread.
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  • Oxford First Illustrated Dictionary

    Andrew Delahunty

    Product Code: AREBX
    Paperback 5 years +
    The Oxford First Illustrated Dictionary, beautifully illustrated by well-known picture book artist Emma Chichester Clark, is the perfect first building block for 5-7 year-olds to engage with words and language. Over 2000 entries give clear meanings and definitions, parts of speech, word forms, word families, synonyms and opposites to build vocabulary and first literacy skills. Not just a dictionary, this unique book brings to life the world of fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and picture books that children love. Winnie the Pooh and Georgie Porgie appear alongside Aladdin and Cinderella in the innovative example sentences. Rhyming words, little words hiding in big words, and riddles provide plenty of opportunities for fun word play, along with amusing word jokes and child-friendly word origins. The entry for 'crocodile' tells the child that the word comes from a Greek word meaning 'lizard' and ends with the joke: 'What's a crocodile's favourite game? Snap.' This wealth of information and fun with words is presented in a contemporary, easy-to-use, engaging layout, creating the most accessible and affordable dictionary and gift-book combination, the perfect buy for Christmas and holidays as well as for everyday use.
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  • First Italian Words

    David Melling

    Product Code: AHGCX
    Paperback 5 years +
    Whether your child is learning English or Italian, Oxford First Italian Words gives your child a head start in learning another language by taking a picture-book journey through a day, with familiar settings, everyday things, and cute little dinosaurs. There is a bird's eye view of getting ready for school in the morning, the journey to school, inside the classroom, a birthday party, and even a trip to the seaside. As a first picture word book, this is perfect for children and their language teacher, or native speaker, to share together picking out the familiar items, playing the matching game, recognizing numbers, shapes and time words. It is ideal for supporting the language skills children are learning in school, language clubs, and for those learning English as a 2nd language. Over 400 Italian words and their English translations are given next to their illustrations, on every page. There is also an expertly-levelled supplementary section at the back - a picture/word matching game, counting the ladybirds up to twenty, shapes, opposites, weather, time, and a comprehensive index. The David Melling (The Kiss that Missed, Fidget and Quilly) illustrations make this an adorable first bilingual word book.
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  • Oxford First French Words

    Neil Morris

    Product Code: AEBAI
    Paperback 5 years +
    Oxford First French Words gives your child a head start in learning another language. It takes the reader on a picture-book journey through a day, cleverly interwoven are lots of familiar settings and cute little dinosaurs. There is a bird's eye view of first thing in the morning at home, the journey to school and inside the classroom, a birthday party and even a trip to the seaside. Over 400 French words and their English translations are given in illustrated colour bands on the side of each page. There is also expertly-levelled supplementary material at the back - a picture/word matching game, counting the ladybirds up to twenty, shapes both flat and three-dimensional, opposites, the weather, time, plus a comprehensive index. These David Melling (The Kiss that Missed, Fidget and Quilly) illustrations make this an adorable first bilingual word book.
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  • Picture Dictionary

    Felicity Brooks

    Product Code: APNLF
    Hardback 4 years +
    This first dictionary contains over 1,300 pictures, with over 1,000 words defined.
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  • Brain Factor Ages 4-5

    Product Code: ALPAM
    Paperback 4 years +
    Unique convenient fan design ensures cards can never be lost. Its compact size means Brain Factor is highly portable. It can be played at any time indoors or out. Entertain children in the car, in queues or waiting rooms, at home or on the go. Jack The Panda guides young players through the quiz introducing them to a wide range of day to day activities. Picture based format and simple text means older children can play with their siblings or children can work through the cards on their own. All questions have been reviewed by a teacher panel to ensure they support the development of Early Years learning goals. Parents can have confidence that their children are having fun, learning through play and strengthening key skills that will set them up for a confident happy start at nursery and school.
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  • The Pilot and the Little Prince

    Peter Sis

    Product Code: AKICS
    Hardback 5 years +
    Antoine de Saint-Exupery was born in France in 1900, when aeroplanes were just being invented. He always dreamt of flying, and when he became a pilot as a young man, his adventures truly began. He was one of the first pilots to deliver mail by plane and, along with his fellow pilots, helped to create new routes to faraway places. Antoine flew over mountains and deserts, battled winds and storms, and even tried to break aviation records. He also crashed a number of times. From his plane he reflected on life on the earth and in the skies, and this inspired him to write about his experiences. Peter Sis's remarkable biography celebrates the author of The Little Prince, one of the world's most beloved books.
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  • Collins First English Words

    Product Code: AEGIK
    Paperback 3 years +
    Collins First English Words is the perfect first dictionary for kindergarten-aged learners of English. Packed full of fun and useful everyday vocabulary, this beautifully illustrated dictionary will capture the imagination of young children and encourage a love for learning English. The dictionary contains 36 themes, each fully illustrated with fun and engaging scenarios. Three characters, Ben, Daisy and Keekee the monkey, guide the children through their daily lives and introduce them to the 300 English words young children need to learn. There are songs and games for every theme for children to engage with. Collins First English Words aims to make learning English fun.
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  • Very First Irish Words

    Collins

    Product Code: AEGIC
    Paperback 6 years +
    Collins Very First Irish Words is the perfect first dictionary for learners of Irish aged 3 to 6. Packed full of fun and useful everyday vocabulary, this beautifully illustrated dictionary will capture the imagination of young children and encourage a love for learning Irish. The dictionary contains 35 themes, each fully illustrated with fun and engaging scenarios. Three characters, Ben, Daisy and Keekee the monkey, guide the children through their daily lives and introduce them to the 300 Irish words young children need to learn. There are activities on every page for children to engage with and an audio CD so children can practise saying the words they have learnt. Collins Very First Irish Words aims to make learning Irish fun.
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Whether it’s to help with homework or to give children a more rounded understanding of the world around them, our range of children’s reference books are packed full of facts and information that will inspire a lifelong love of learning.

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