Great reference books for home library

Reference Points

January 19, 2000|By Tricia Eller

Setting up a home-based resource library could help your child discover learning and the world around them by making information easily accessible. Dana McMillan, author and director of Early Childhood Programs at the Learning Exchange, writes an advice column for the family section of In it, she gave recommendations for stocking your home with the best of the available reference books for kids. Here are some of her selections:


"My First Atlas" by Bill Boyle features colorful and easily read maps of the world.

"Around the World: an Atlas of Maps and Pictures" by Rand McNally offers 3-dimensional maps with detailed drawings.


"The American Heritage Picture Dictionary" by Maggie Swanson includes 900 words with color drawings to help identification.

"Time to Rhyme: A Rhyming Dictionary" by Marvin Terban lists rhyming words and examples of the poetry they can create.


"Janice Vancleave's Play and Find Out About Nature: Easy Experiments for Young Children" is written by a science teacher who uses common household items to introduce kids to science.

"50 Nifty Science Experiments" by Lisa Taylor Melton explains complex concepts such as gravity and energy by using kid-speak and items from the home.

Social Studies

"In My Neighborhood" series by Paulette Bourgeois introduces children to their community by explaining neighborhood jobs such as delivering the mail or fighting fires.

"Presidents" by Carol Greene tells about the duties of the U.S. president and gives an introduction to the first 40.

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