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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10 Days to Addition Mastery
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 1st-3rd grade
in Addition (Location: MAT-ADD)
$5.99 $4.00 (1 in stock)
10 Days to Addition Mastery - Box Set
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Addition (Location: MAT-ADD)
10 Days to Multiplication Mastery - Box Set
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Multiplication (Location: MAT-MULT)
10 Days to Subtraction Mastery
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 1st-3rd grade
in Subtraction (Location: MATREF-SUB)
10 Days to Subtraction Mastery - Box Set
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Subtraction (Location: MATREF-SUB)
10 Secrets to Addition/Subtraction Fact Mastery
by Marion W. Stuart
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Addition (Location: MAT-ADD)
Addition Rap CD
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 1st-3rd grade
in Addition (Location: MAT-ADD)
$9.99
Addition Songs with CD
Audio Memory CDs
by Kathy Troxel
from Audio Memory
for Preschool-1st grade
in Audio Memory CDs (Location: I5E)
$12.95
Addition Wrap-Up Keys
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Addition (Location: MAT-ADD)
Africa Is Not A Country
by Margy Burns Knight
unknown from Millbrook Press
for 1st-3rd grade
in Africa (Location: HISREG-AFR)
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)
America: A Patriotic Primer
by Lynne Cheney
from Simon and Schuster
for Preschool-2nd grade
in American History Reference (Location: HISREF-US)
$5.00 (3 in stock)
Answers Book for Kids Volume 1
by Ken Ham
from Master Books
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Worldview & Apologetics for Kids (Location: BIBWV-APK)
$7.99
Answers Book for Kids Volume 2
by Ken Ham
from Master Books
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Worldview & Apologetics for Kids (Location: BIBWV-APK)
$7.99 $5.00 (1 in stock)
Answers Book for Kids Volume 3
by Ken Ham
from Master Books
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Worldview & Apologetics for Kids (Location: BIBWV-APK)
$7.99
Answers Book for Kids Volume 4
by Ken Ham
from Master Books
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Worldview & Apologetics for Kids (Location: BIBWV-APK)
$7.99
Ant Cities
Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Stage 2
by Arthur Dorros
from HarperCollins
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Insects & Arachnids (Location: H8C-INS)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Archaeologists Dig For Clues
Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Stage 2
by Kate Duke
from HarperCollins
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Archaeology (Location: HIS-ARCH)
$5.09 $4.00 (1 in stock)
Baby Whales Drink Milk
by Barbara Juster Esbensen
from HarperCollins
for Kindergarten-1st grade
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Baker Bible Dictionary for Kids
by Daryl J. Lucas
1st edition from Popular Group
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
$7.50 (2 in stock)
Behind the Mask
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: GRA-PICTURE)
$8.99
Berenstain Bears' Big Book of Science and Nature
by Stan & Jan Berenstain
from Dover Publications
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Nature Study (Location: SCI-NAT)
$14.99
Bible Songs - DVD
by Kathy Troxel
from Audio Memory
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Miscellaneous Bible Curriculum (Location: BIB-MISC)
$15.00
Birds
Science Nature Guides
by Angela Royston
from Silver Dolphin
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Birds (Location: H8B-SCI)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Cache of Jewels
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: GRA-PICTURE)
$8.99
Caught'ya Again!
by Jane Bell Kiester
1st edition from Maupin House Publishing
for Kindergarten-12th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: GRA-REF)
Child's Geography Volume II
by Ann Voskamp & Tonia Peckover
from Knowledge Quest
for 1st-6th grade
in Geography Curriculum (Location: GEOG-CUR)
$29.71 $24.00 (3 in stock)
Children's First Encyclopedia
by Neil Morris
from Backpack Books
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Encyclopedias (Location: REF-ENC)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Chocolate Moose for Dinner
by Fred Gwynne
from Aladdin Paperbacks
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$7.64 $5.00 (1 in stock)
Colonial Town: Williamsburg
by Bobbie Kalman
Revised from Crabtree Publishing
for 1st-8th grade
in Colonial America (1690-1765) (Location: G3C-HIS)
$4.50 (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
Digging Up Dinosaurs
by Aliki
from HarperCollins
for Preschool-3rd Grade
in Dinosaurs & Fossils (Location: SCI-DINO)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Division Wrap-Up Keys
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 1st-4th grade
in Division (Location: MATREF-DIV)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
DK Eye Wonder: Rivers and Lakes
by Simon Holland
from DK Publishing
for Preschool-3rd grade
$4.50 (1 in stock)
DK Eye Wonder: Weather
by Lorrie Mack
from DK Publishing
for 1st-3rd grade
in Meteorology (Weather & Climate) (Location: SCIREF-WEA)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
DK Eye Wonder: Weather
by Lorrie Mack
from DK Publishing
for 1st-3rd grade
in Meteorology (Weather & Climate) (Location: SCIREF-WEA)
$10.99
DK Eyewonder: Space
by Carole Stott
from DK Publishing
for 1st-6th grade
in Astronomy (Space) (Location: SCI-AST)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
DK Eyewonder: Space
DK Eyewonder
from DK Publishing
in Astronomy (Space) (Location: SCI-AST)
$10.99 $7.50 (1 in stock)
DK First Animal Encyclopedia
by Penelope Arlon
from DK Children
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Zoology
$8.50 (1 in stock)
DK First Animal Encyclopedia
Revised from DK Children
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Zoology
$17.99
DK First Encyclopedia
by Anita Ganeri & Chris Oxlade
from DK Publishing
for 1st-3rd grade
in Encyclopedias (Location: REF-ENC)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
DK First Nature Encyclopedia
by Caroline Bingham & Ben Morgan
from DK Children
for 1st-6th grade
in Nature Study (Location: SCI-NAT)
Dr. Seuss's ABC
by Dr. Seuss
Book Club from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Nursery-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$3.00 (2 in stock)
Duel of the Ironclads
by Patrick O'Brien
from Walker and Company
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in American Civil War (1860-1865) (Location: HIS-19CACW)
$9.99
Early American History Primary - Literature Package
from Beautiful Feet Books
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in American History Reference (Location: HISREF-US)
$126.49
Early American History Primary - Supplementary Package
from Beautiful Feet Books
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in American History Reference (Location: HISREF-US)
$119.56
Elephants
Usborne Beginners
by James MacLaine
from Usborne
for 1st-2nd grade
in Usborne Beginners (Location: EARREA-USB)
$4.99
Evaluating Writing
Writing Strands
by Dave Marks
from National Writing Institute
Writing Curriculum for Preschool-12th grade
in Writing Strands (Location: WRI-WS)
$14.00 $8.00 (2 in stock)
Explore Language Series
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: GRA-PICTURE)
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