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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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 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)
American Adventures Part 1
by Morrie Greenberg
from Brooke-Richards Press
for 4th-6th grade
in American History Reference (Location: HISREF-US)
$3.50 (2 in stock)
American Adventures Part 2
by Morrie Greenberg
from Brooke-Richards Press
for 4th-6th grade
in American History Reference (Location: HISREF-US)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
American Indian Prayer Guide
by Danette Maloof, Dean Cozzens
from Sonlight Curriculum, Ltd.
for 4th-7th grade
in Native Americans (Location: G4C-HIS)
$4.50 (2 in stock)
Ballads of American History with CD
by Fred Cooper
from Noble Publishing
for 4th-6th grade
in America's Christian Heritage (Location: G7D-HIS)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
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
Don't Know Much About American History
by Kenneth C. Davis
from HarperCollins
for 4th-6th grade
in American History Reference (Location: HISREF-US)
$3.50 (1 in stock)
Early Civilization
Usborne Illustrated World History
by Anne Millard & Jane Crisholm
from Usborne
Ancient History Reference for 4th-6th grade
in Ancient History (Location: HIS-ANCIENT)
$4.00 (2 in stock)
Everything You Need To Know About World History Homework
by Anne Zeman & Kate Kelly
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in History Encyclopedias & Fact Books (Location: HISREF-ENC)
$4.50 (2 in stock)
Famous Presidents
Eyes on America
by Philip Koslow
from KidsBooks, Inc.
for 2nd-4th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$2.00 (2 in stock)
First Encyclopedia of Science
Usborne Internet-Linked
by Rachel Firth
from Usborne
for 2nd-6th grade
in Science Reference (Location: SCIREF)
$9.99
Indian Winter
by Russell Freedman
from Scholastic Inc.
for 5th-8th grade
in Native Americans (Location: G4C-HIS)
$4.50 (3 in stock)
Kregel Pictorial Guide to the Bible
by Tim Dowley
from Kregel Publications
for 7th-12th grade
in Bible Geography and Surveys (Location: J2C-BIB)
Mummies & Pyramids
Usborne Internet-Linked
by Sam Taplin
from Usborne
for 3rd-6th grade
in Ancient Egypt (Location: HIS-ANCEGY)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Roman News
by Andrew Langley, Philip De Souza
from Candlewick Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Ancient Rome (Location: HIS-ANCROM)
$7.99
Romans
Usborne Internet-Linked
from Usborne
Roman History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Ancient Rome (Location: HIS-ANCROM)
$12.99
Science Scope
by Kathryn Stout
from Design-A-Study
for All grades
in Design-A-Study (Location: P3A)
$15.00
Simply Grammar
by Charlotte Mason, Karen Andreola
2nd edition from Charlotte Mason Research and Supply Co.
for 4th-8th grade
in Charlotte Mason Language Arts (Location: D3D-GRA)
$12.50 (1 in stock)
This Country of Ours (B&W Edition)
by H. E. Marshall
from Living Book Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: FIC-YC)
$16.16
This Country of Ours (Color Edition)
by H. E. Marshall
from Living Book Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: FIC-YC)
$23.36
Usborne Ancient World
Usborne Internet-Linked
by Fiona Chandler & Anne Millard
from Usborne
Ancient History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Ancient History (Location: HIS-ANCIENT)
$14.99
Usborne Book of Astronomy & Space
by Lisa Miles & Alastair Smith
from Usborne
for 4th-8th grade
in Astronomy (Space) (Location: H8A-AST)
$14.99
Usborne Book of Explorers
by Anne Millard, Felicity Everett & Struan Reid
from Usborne
for 4th-6th grade
in Exploration (1450-1900) (Location: G3B-HIS)
$7.00
Usborne Book of Explorers
by Anne Millard, Felicity Everett & Struan Reid
from Usborne
for 4th-6th grade
in Exploration (1450-1900) (Location: G3B-HIS)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Usborne Book of Wild Places
by Angela Wilkes
Revised from Usborne
for 1st-3rd grade
in Forests & Mountains (Location: H)
$11.04 $8.00 (3 in stock)
Usborne Greeks
Usborne Internet-Linked
from Usborne
Ancient Greek History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Ancient Greece (Location: HIS-ANCGRE)
$12.99
Usborne History of the Twentieth Century
by Christina Hopkinson
from Usborne
Reference for 4th-8th grade
in 20th Century (Location: HIS-20C)
$4.00 (7 in stock)
Usborne Medieval World
Usborne Internet-Linked
from Usborne
History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: HIS-MIDDLE)
$14.99
Usbourne Encyclopedia of World History
Usborne Internet-Linked
from Usborne
World History Reference for 3rd-12th grade
in History Encyclopedias & Fact Books (Location: HISREF-ENC)
Young Naturalist
An Usborne Guide
by Andrew Mitchell
from Usborne
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Nature Study (Location: SCI-NAT)
$6.99