So don't be afraid to have a few on hand - thrift stores and library sales are great places to hunt down such materials; and utilize the library for its resources (and visit a few different libraries!). Explore what each one has; if you find a particular resource that is used a LOT in your home or school, that would be the one to invest in ;)
Thus, what follows is a(n incomplete) sampling of what is in our home for our family's purposes and our co-op/tutoring purposes.
This is not a definitive list.
In fact, this isn't even all that we have here - it is simply the ones I could find still on the bookshelves and not buried in the stacks of books that my son reads through on a *daily* basis. ;) But these are all used at least several times a year, if not weekly. When we moved, we culled some books; and last year I culled a LOT of books that we just weren't using. So this is what we have :)
|2 sets of Science Encyclopedias - one is OLD but still pretty good.|
The other is newer (ok, it's from my childhood, but my childhood isn't old ;) )
The newer set even came with a project book.
|Found in the basement when we moved in. Interesting stuff.|
Taber's Cyclopedica Medical Dictionary
|These are atlases and maybe need their own post???|
The Kingfisher People's Book of Oceans
ChildCraft's Whole Wide World
My World - Globe
Reader's Digest Children's World Atlas
(these were all Goodwill finds)
|Webster's New Explorer Dictionary of Word Origins|
|Huh. More atlases. I was looking for dictionaries and thesauruses!|
Where in the World is Geo?
HarperCollins Concise World Atlas (we LOVE this one!)
|Scholastic Student Thesaurus|
Encyclopedia of the Animal World
(the project book from above)
American Heritage Student Thesaurus
|Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary|
NO dictionary is "too old" for a child!
|My First Encyclopedia|
(we also have "My First Dictionary" around here somewhere)
|The Lincoln Writing Dictionary for Children|