A Good Reference Is Good To Find (& Buy)

What are your must-have reference works for homeschooling?

Some of our favorites:
Usborne Book of World History
• Usborned Illustrated Dictionary of Science
History: The Definitive Visual Guide
Science: The Definitive Visual Guide
Art: Over 2,500 Works from Cave to Contemporary
Joy Hakim's The Story of Science series.

Recently Purchased Or On the List To Purchase Soon:
Prehistoric Life: The Definitive Visual Guide
Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide
A World of Faith
The Complete Works of Shakespeare
Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts on DVD
Sister Wendy's The Story of Painting
Young Oxford History of Women in the United States: 11-Volume Set
A History of US: 11-Volume Set
• The World in Ancient Times Set
• The Medieval and Early Modern World: Seven-Volume Set
War: The Definitive Visual Guide
• Human: The Definitive Visual Guide

What I'm Still Looking For:
• A good atlas
• More science resources. I know that science resources in books run the risk of being outdated, and I suspect that's why the big encyclopedia about the elements that was recommended in the 2004 WTM is now out of print. Still, it would be nice to have them or something similar.
• A good music resource or resources, which will probably be an audio resource.

What are your favorite general reference resources? Add to my shopping list! :)


Smrt Mama said...

Because I see Sister Wendy on the list, I'm taking a moment to be smug about having had direct discourse with Sister Wendy. It's the only think I can feel really special about at the moment, so if all of the commenters here have also gotten to be Sister Wendy's editor, please don't tell me and ruin my life.

Daisy said...

Ooooh, fun post! I'm drooling all over the keyboard.

I have to have a good English Handbook and an unabridged dictionary.

We just bought the Nat'l Geographic Family Reference Atlas on sale for $40 on Amazon. We like it, although I was expecting to be more wowed by a $65 book.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I was just trying to figure out what to do for science next year - working through a textbook w my middle son is killing me and there is so little available for high school science - but Joy Hakim's Story of Science ... that looks like a real possibility!

Smrt Mama said...

Daisy, that's funny. Captain Science asked if we could get "the really big kind" of dictionary to keep in the house. His abridged version just isn't making the cut.

Daisy said...

Our unabridged dictionary is out and open ALL. THE. TIME. Hubby even made a table-top lectern for it. LOL.

Anonymous said...

If you're looking for a children's atlas, I've had good luck with everything National Geographic puts out. I would probably want a good adult one for reference, but children's atlases have their place too, especially for the little ones. National Geographic's Student Atlas (I think that's what it's called-it's bright green) covers each continent with a political and a natural type map. There is also a page with great pictures giving you a flavor of the area. By looking at the pictures of people, geographic features, animals, etc, you can get an at-a-glance feel for the area.

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