Reference & Learning Aids

A lot of education is filling in gaps. Even more is simple fact-memorization, the primary building block leading to the ability to regurgitate ideas, analyze them, and form original ones. Either way, there often isn't a better solution than stuffing names, dates, and figures in kids' heads until they can recall them at will. They hate this, generally, but it's a necessary evil.

In no way as unpleasant, but just as educational, is something most kids love to do: getting comfy with a big compendium of knowledge and turning each page, learning little tidbits about history, the world around them, how their body works, or who's been in outer space until they've had enough and go outside to hunt trolls or dig up buried treasure.

The best word to describe such books is one that every college student learns to dread: reference. If you don't get an F on your paper because you wrote it two hours before class, you definitely will because you forgot to cite your references. It's important to remember, however, that the enemy isn't reference; the enemy (for lack of a better term) is a system that places more value on following arbitrary guidelines than presenting and commenting on thoughts and information.

We're here to put the RAD back in reference. And memorization—there's nothing that says learning the times tables has to be boring. It often is, but usually only because we look at it as a chore, and not a privilege or exciting activity. This attitude often starts with parents: we didn't like math in school, so we kind of groan along with our kids whenever the ol' numbers chart comes out. If we get excited instead, our children are likely to do the same.

Below you'll find a long list of books crammed with facts. Some of them aren't important facts (usually the most fun), some of them are essential; we're not sure where the distinction should or does lie all the time, so we'll leave you to sort that out for yourselves. We would simply encourage, whether you're teaching the tens chart in math, or adding nuance to a study of the Old West by reading a short bio of female outlaw Belle Prater, that you approach "just the facts" with as much joy and anticipation as you'd like to see your children exhibit.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
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50 States Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 5th-Adult
in United States Geography (Location: F3A-GEO)
$7.96
501 English Verbs
by Thomas R. Beyer, Jr., Ph.D.
2nd edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Grammar Reference (Location: GRA-REF)
$18.99
A.D. - CD
by Various
from Vision Forum
for 8th-Adult
in World History Reference (Location: HISREF-WO)
$75.00
Africa's Vanishing Wildlife
by Chris & Tilde Stuart
1st edition from Smithsonian Books
for 5th-10th grade
in Africa (Location: HISREG-AFR)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Algebra 2 Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 9th-Adult
in Math Flippers (Location: MATREF-FLIP)
All Through the Ages
by Christine Miller
3rd edition from Nothing New Press
World History Reference for All grades
in World History Reference (Location: HISREF-WO)
$19.50 (1 in stock)
All Through the Ages
by Christine Miller
2nd edition from Nothing New Press
World History Reference for All grades
in World History Reference (Location: HISREF-WO)
$12.50 (1 in stock)
Alphabet Makers
by Hyatt Moore
from Wycliffe Bible Translators
for 8th-Adult
in History of Books & Language (Location: G6C-HIS)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
America's Christian Heritage
by Gary DeMar
from Broadman & Holman
American History Reference for 9th-Adult
in America's Christian Heritage (Location: G7D-HIS)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
America's Christian History
by Gary DeMar
from American Vision Press
American History Reference for 9th-Adult
in America's Christian Heritage (Location: G7D-HIS)
$12.00
America's God and Country
by William J. Federer
from Amerisearch
for 7th-12th grade
in America's Christian Heritage (Location: G7D-HIS)
$4.00 (3 in stock)
America: Ready-to-Use Interdiciplinary Lessons & Actvities
by Dwila Bloom
from Center for Applied Research in Education
for 5th-12th grade
in American History Reference (Location: HISREF-US)
$15.00 (1 in stock)
America: The First 350 Years - MP3 CD
by Steve Wilkins
from Covenant Publications
for 7th-Adult
in History Conferences & Lectures (Location: G6B-HIS)
$25.00
American Dictionary of the English Language
by Noah Webster
10th edition from Foundation for American Christian Education
for 7th-Adult
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$38.00 (2 in stock)
American Heritage Desk Dictionary
4th edition from Houghton Mifflin
for 7th-Adult
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$14.95
American Heritage Dictionary
by Houghton Mifflin Company
5th edition from Dell Publishing
for 7th-Adult
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$8.99
American Heritage Student Thesaurus
by Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries
Reprint from Houghton Mifflin
for 7th-12th grade
in Thesauruses (Location: Reference)
$18.95
American History in Verse
by Burton Stevenson
from Bob Jones University Press
Poetry for 3rd-Adult
in American History Reference (Location: HISREF-US)
$9.90 $7.20 (1 in stock)
American History to 1865 - CD Set
by R. J. Rushdoony
from Ross House Books
for 9th-12th grade
in History Conferences & Lectures (Location: G6B-HIS)
$119.00
Anatomy & Physiology Made Incredibly Visual!
by Janyce G. Dyer
from Wolters Kluwer Health
for 9th-12th grade
in Human Anatomy & Physiology (Location: SCI-ANA)
$20.00 (1 in stock)
Ancient Rome
by Dr. Paul C. Roberts
from Barnes & Noble
for 4th-9th grade
in Ancient Rome (Location: HIS-ANCROM)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Art of Fiction
by John Gardner
from Vintage Classics
for 9th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
$14.95 $9.00 (1 in stock)
Atlas of Indian Nations
by Anton Treuer
from National Geographic
for 8th-Adult
in Historical & Cultural Atlases (Location: G6B-HIS)
$20.00 (1 in stock)
Atlas of the North American Indian
by Carl Waldman
1st edition from Facts On File
for 9th-Adult
in Native Americans (Location: G4C-HIS)
$9.50 (1 in stock)
Atlas of World History
2nd edition from Oxford University
for 7th-Adult
in Historical & Cultural Atlases (Location: G6B-HIS)
$49.95
B.C. - CD
by Various
from Vision Forum
for 8th-Adult
in World History Reference (Location: HISREF-WO)
$75.00
Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook
from Baker Books
for 7th-Adult
$39.99
Basic History of the United States - Complete Set with Teacher's Guide
by Clarence B. Carson
from American Textbook Committee
American History Reference for 9th-12th grade
in Basic History of the United States (Location: HISCUR-BAS)
$83.30
Bible Comes Alive Volume 1
by Clifford Wilson
from New Leaf Press
for 6th-10th grade
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Bible Comes Alive Volume 2
by Clifford Wilson, Barbara Wilson
from New Leaf Press
for 6th-10th grade
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Bible Comes Alive Volume 3
by Clifford Wilson, Barbara Wilson
from New Leaf Press
for 6th-10th grade
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Bible Study
by Kathleen Buswell Nielson
from P&R Publishing
for 9th-Adult
$11.00
Biology Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 9th-Adult
Blended Structure and Style in Composition
by James B. Webster
2nd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
Writing Curriculum for 2nd-12th grade
in IEW Teaching Writing: Structure & Style (Location: WRI-IEWTW)
$35.00
Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
by Jane Straus with Lester Kaufman & Tom Stern
11th edition from Jossey-Bass
for 6th-Adult
in Grammar Reference (Location: GRA-REF)
$16.95
Booknotes
by Brian Lamb
from Penguin Putnam
for 7th-12th grade
in American History Reference (Location: HISREF-US)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Bugaboo Review
by Sue Sommer
1st edition from New World Library
for 7th-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: GRA-REF)
$16.00
Caught'ya Again!
by Jane Bell Kiester
1st edition from Maupin House Publishing
for Kindergarten-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: GRA-REF)
Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint
Write Great Fiction
by Nancy Kress
from Writer's Digest
for 7th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
Chortling Bard
by Jane Bell Kiester
from Maupin House Publishing
for 9th-12th grade
Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament
by John Walton
2nd edition from Zondervan
Biblical Reference for 9th-Adult
in Bible Geography and Surveys (Location: J2C-BIB)
Co. Aytch
by Sam Watkins
from Touchstone
Historical Non-fiction for 8th-Adult
in American Civil War (1860-1865) (Location: HIS-19CACW)
$16.00
Colonial Craftsmen
from Johns Hopkins University Press
for 9th-Adult
in Colonial America (1690-1765) (Location: G3C-HIS)
Complete Book of Bible Literacy
by Mark D. Taylor
from Tyndale House
for 9th-Adult
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Comprehensive Composition
by Kathryn Stout
from Design-A-Study
Writing Curriculum for Kindergarten-12th grade
in Design-A-Study (Location: P3A)
$14.00
Concise Roget's International Thesaurus
by Barbara Ann Kipfer
7th edition from HarperTrophy
for 7th-12th grade
in Thesauruses (Location: Reference)
$7.99
Dave Raymond's American History
by Dave Raymond
from Compass Classroom
for 7th-12th grade
in History Conferences & Lectures (Location: G6B-HIS)
Deluxe Then and Now Bible Maps w/CD-Rom
by Rose Publishing
from Rose Publishing
for 9th-Adult
in Bible Geography and Surveys (Location: J2C-BIB)
$29.99
Description & Setting
Write Great Fiction
by Ron Rozelle
from Writer's Digest
for 7th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: WRI-REF)
DK Encyclopedia of Science
by DK Publishing
from DK Children
for 4th-10th grade
in Science Reference (Location: SCIREF)
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