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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100 Science Experiments
Usborne Internet-Linked
by Georgina Andrews & Kate Knighton
from Usborne
for 3rd-6th grade
in Usborne Science Activities (Location: SCI-EXP)
$15.99 $10.00 (1 in stock)
20th Century: Post-1945
by Sarah Halliwell
from Steck-Vaughn Company
for 7th-10th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Africa Is Not A Country
by Margy Burns Knight
unknown from Millbrook Press
for 1st-3rd grade
in Africa (Location: HISMC-AFR)
$6.50 (1 in stock)
Africa's Vanishing Wildlife
by Chris & Tilde Stuart
1st edition from Smithsonian Books
for 5th-10th grade
in Africa (Location: HISMC-AFR)
$8.00 (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: HISRF-WO)
$12.50 (1 in stock)
Alphabet Makers
by Hyatt Moore
from Wycliffe Bible Translators
for 8th-Adult
in History of Books & Language (Location: HISV-BOOK)
$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: HISA-CH)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
America's God and Country
by William J. Federer
from Amerisearch
for 7th-12th grade
in America's Christian Heritage (Location: HISA-CH)
$4.00 (3 in stock)
America's Lost Dream
by Tom Dooley
from Master Books
American History for 4th-6th grade
in America's Christian Heritage (Location: HISA-CH)
$15.99 $10.00 (2 in stock)
America's Providential History
by Mark Beliles & Stephen McDowell
from Providence Foundation
in America's Christian Heritage (Location: HISA-CH)
$6.00 (3 in stock)
America: A Patriotic Primer
by Lynne Cheney
from Simon and Schuster
for Preschool-2nd grade
in American History Reference (Location: HISRF-US)
$5.00 (3 in stock)
American Adventures Part 1
by Morrie Greenberg
from Brooke-Richards Press
for 4th-6th grade
in American History Reference (Location: HISRF-US)
$3.50 (1 in stock)
American Dictionary of the English Language
by Noah Webster
10th edition from Foundation for American Christian Education
for 7th-Adult
in Dictionaries (Location: REF-DIC)
$38.00 (1 in stock)
American Heritage Children's Dictionary
from Houghton Mifflin
for Kindergarten-6th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: REF-DIC)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
American Heritage High School Dictionary
Fourth Edition from Houghton Mifflin
for 9th-Adult
in Dictionaries (Location: REF-DIC)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
American History in Verse
by Burton Stevenson
from Bob Jones University Press
Poetry for 3rd-Adult
in American History Reference (Location: HISRF-US)
$9.90 $8.00 (1 in stock)
Ancient China
by Arthur Cotterell
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in China (Location: HISMC-CHI)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Ancient Romans
People of the Ancient World
by Allison Lassieur
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-8th grade
in Ancient Rome (Location: HISW-ANRO)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Ancient Rome
by Dr. Paul C. Roberts
from Barnes & Noble
for 4th-9th grade
in Ancient Rome (Location: HISW-ANRO)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Ancient West African Kingdoms
History Opens Windows
by Jane Shuter
from Heinemann Educational Books
for 3rd-5th grade
in Africa (Location: HISMC-AFR)
$3.50 (1 in stock)
Ancient West African Kingdoms: Ghana, Mali, & Songhai
Understanding People In the Past
by Mary Quigley
from Heinemann Library
for 4th-6th grade
in Africa (Location: HISMC-AFR)
$5.50 (1 in stock)
Ant Cities
Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Stage 2
by Arthur Dorros
from HarperCollins
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Insects & Arachnids (Location: SCI-BUG)
$5.99 $3.00 (1 in stock)
Arabs in the Golden Age
by Mokhtar Moktefi & Veronique Ageorges
from Millbrook Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: HISW-MID)
$5.00 (4 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: HISRF-ARCH)
$5.99 $4.00 (2 in stock)
Art and Civilization: Ancient Rome
Art and Civilization
by Giovanni Di Pasquale & Matilde Bardi
from Peter Bedrick Books
Roman History Reference for 4th-6th grade
in Ancient Rome (Location: HISW-ANRO)
$9.60 (2 in stock)
Art for Children: Renaissance
Art for Children
by Lillo Canto
from Chelsea House Publishing
Art Appreciation for 4th-6th grade
in Renaissance & Reformation (Location: HISW-REN)
$20.00 $9.00 (2 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 American History
by Rand McNally
from Rand McNally
World History Reference/Atlas for 5th-8th grade
in Historical & Cultural Atlases (Location: HISRF-ATLAS)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Atlas of Ancient Worlds
by Anne Millard
from DK Publishing
for 4th-8th grade
in Historical & Cultural Atlases (Location: HISRF-ATLAS)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Atlas of the Medieval World
by Rosamond McKitterick
from Oxford University
for 8th-Adult
in Historical & Cultural Atlases (Location: HISRF-ATLAS)
$15.00 (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: HISA-19NAT)
$9.50 (1 in stock)
Baby Whales Drink Milk
by Barbara Juster Esbensen
from HarperCollins
for Kindergarten-1st grade
in Whales & Dolphins (Location: SCI-FISH)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Baker Bible Dictionary for Kids
by Daryl J. Lucas
1st edition from Popular Group
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Bible Study & Reference for Kids (Location: BIB-STU)
$7.50 (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: HISA-CH)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Behind the Blue and Gray
by Delia Ray
from Dutton Children's Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Behind the Mask
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: GRA-PICTURE)
$8.99 $5.00 (1 in stock)
Best Book of Mummies
by Steele Philip
from Kingfisher
for 4th-6th grade
in Ancient Egypt (Location: HISW-ANEG)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Bible Comes Alive Volume 1
by Clifford Wilson
from New Leaf Press
for 6th-10th grade
in Bible Reference (Location: XBI-REF)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Bible Comes Alive Volume 2
by Clifford Wilson, Barbara Wilson
from New Leaf Press
for 6th-10th grade
in Bible Reference (Location: XBI-REF)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Bible Comes Alive Volume 3
by Clifford Wilson, Barbara Wilson
from New Leaf Press
for 6th-10th grade
in Bible Reference (Location: XBI-REF)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Big Golden Book of Boats and Ships
by Patricia Relf
from Golden Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Ships, Boats & Submarines (Location: HISV-NAUT)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Bill of Rights in Translation
by Amie Jane Leavitt
from Capstone Press
in American History Reference (Location: HISRF-US)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Birds
Science Nature Guides
by Angela Royston
from Silver Dolphin
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Birds (Location: SCI-BIRD)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Birds, Nests and Eggs
by Mel Boring
from Northword Press
for 2nd-4th grade
in Birds (Location: SCI-BIRD)
$7.95 $5.00 (3 in stock)
Blackline Maps of World History - The Complete Set with CD-ROM
by Terri Johnson
5th edition from Knowledge Quest
for 1st-8th grade
in Historical & Cultural Atlases (Location: HISRF-ATLAS)
$20.00 (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 $12.00 (2 in stock)
Booknotes
by Brian Lamb
from Penguin Putnam
for 7th-12th grade
in American History Reference (Location: HISRF-US)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Boys of '76
by Charles Coffin
from Maranatha Publications
Historical Reference for 10th-Adult
in America's Christian Heritage (Location: HISA-CH)
$19.97 $12.00 (1 in stock)
Builders of the Old World
by Gertrude Hartman
from Little, Brown & Company
for 7th-12th grade
in World History Reference (Location: HISRF-WO)
$4.40 (1 in stock)
Buried In Ice
by John Geiger, Owen Beattie, Shelley Tanaka
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
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