Learning with DK & DK Find Out!


I always get super excited to share books with you, my readers.

When I was a child I remember the reference books we had in our house and bedroom very fondly. That may sound a wee bit odd. Let me explain. I grew up in a time when we did not have access to information instantaneously. We did not have computers that connected to the Internet in a moment’s notice (at least not until I was about 15 years old). We did not have smartphones that we could whip out in case we needed to find out something in a flash. No. We had to resort to either asking someone older who may know the answer, or look up the answer in a book!

In my house we had an encyclopedia set which stayed on the shelves in our room. It was from 1988! Can you imagine how much that would have cost my parents back then? It was an investment that is for sure. When I became a school librarian I looked forward to purchasing a new encyclopedia set for the library even though by then many of the students would have rather used the computers and the Internet to conduct their research. If a student came in asking help on a research project, I would always show them the reference section of the library first.

There is nothing quite like looking in and learning from a good old book!

I was happy when DK offered my family and myself the chance to review these great reference books. They would make great additions to your home library!

Dorling Kindersley Merriam Webster Children's Dictionary

ISBN: 9781465424464 | Pages: 960

Owning a comprehensive dictionary is a must! DK’s Merriam-Webster Children’s Dictionary offers elementary school readers approximately 35,000 words to browse and learn. I like how John Morse of Merriam-Webster, Inc. puts it in the preface, “A dictionary is a very special book. In fact, it can become one of the most important books a student owns. It is not meant to be looked at once and then put away. Instead, it is a book that should be picked up often!” How can you not pick up this book multiple times over? It uses easy to understand language along with illustrations that bring the subject matter to life. Be sure to add this newly revised and updated 2015 dictionary to your home library as soon as possible.

Dorling Kindersley My First Dictionary DK

ISBN: 9781553631835 | Pages: 96

Dorling Kindersley My First Encyclopedia DK

ISBN: 9781465414250 | Pages: 80

DK’s My First Dictionary and My First Encyclopedia are meant for children ages five and up. In true DK fashion, the images help reinforce the words and subject areas that are to be learned. Your little learners will easily gravitate to these books to help quench their thirst for knowledge. In My First Encyclopedia multiple content areas are covered. Some include the human body, towns and cities, being a scientist, trees and plants, as well as our world. My First Dictionary includes words that your child will hear and be exposed to throughout their language developing years. These two books should be in every home as far as I am concerned. I am excited for my five-year old, soon to be six, to start using these reference books.

Dorling Kindersley Smithsonian History Year by Year DK

ISBN: 9781465414182 | Pages: 320

The book History Year by Year walks its readers through different time periods and events that took place during a particular time. For instance if you look in the contents section you will see that the book is set up along a timeline. You begin in the 3.5 MYA – 3000 BCE time period where you can learn about magical creatures and the first farmers. Later in the 1450-1750 time period you can read all about the Renaissance, the trial of Galileo and the rise of Russia. If you have a history buff in your house, this book will keep them entertained for hours. It is quite captivating.

Dorling Kindersley Pokemon Visual Companion DK Games

ISBN: 9781465403926 | Pages: 208

Now, I know that this book is not a reference item but to my kids it is! I will not try to pretend that I understand the fascination with Pokemon but I know that it keeps my kids, as well as my neighbour’s kids, busy for a couple of hours. They love to refer to this book, and a couple other Pokemon books they own, while they are playing with their Pokemon cards. This one will however, be staying inside as one of their other books was forgotten outside and it got rained on. If you have someone who is into Pokemon in your home, this would be a good book to buy them as a gift!

DK Find Out 

A few months ago DK launched a new website called DK Find Out. While you and your children at the site you can learn about anything you could ever want to. A few areas of interest may include computer coding, music, science, art, and math! I particularly like this area of the site as shown below. If you keep scrolling down you will find the quizzes, videos, and fun facts. I love that teachers and parents can use this fantastic resource with their children. What a fun way to learn!


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Disclosure: I was provided with copies of these books for review purposes. The opinions expressed in the above review are my own and completely honest.

Brandy Reid is a stay at home mom to two very active and hockey obsessed boys. As a former YA librarian, Brandy loves to read and is obsessed with reading everyday whether it be books or blogs. Brandy proudly admits that she is a wee bit addicted to social media, especially Twitter. She also believes that everything in life you can related to the iconic TV Show Friends. No day is complete without chocolate.

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