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World Book Online for Kids

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Online Kids Encyclopedia by World Book is a children's online encyclopedia designed to help public libraries meet the research needs of children. World Book Online Encyclopedia for Kids has thousands of articles written at the appropriate grade level for easy reading by kids. Its simple navigation enables children to find their way easily through the entire kids encyclopedia online. World Book Online Encyclopedia for Kids has engaging images, illustrations, and other rich media content that help bring the text to life for children. Interactive games and activities join learning with fun.


The Important People feature of the online encyclopedia for kids has a simple search and browse interface that provides kids with a easy way to locate biography articles. Children can focus their search by choosing from one or more of four categories: job or achievement, male or female, country or cultural heritage, and time period. They also can easily browse lists of biographies in such categories as athletes, authors, explorers, inventors, and world leaders to find the articles they need.


The numerous maps in World Book Kids Online Encyclopedia enable kids to locate places in the world quickly and easily. Children will also find the special feature called Compare Places useful in exploring and comparing countries, states, provinces, and continents.


The World of Animals Encyclopedia features an animal book for kids with an easy-to-use and engaging tool for finding quick facts, images, videos, and web links about various animals. With a couple of clicks, children can also compare the basic characteristics of pairs of animals.


Easy to use and loaded with information and special features, World Book Online Kids Encyclopedia provides families and libraries the perfect online encyclopedia for children.


Learn more about World Book Online for Kids on the World Book Web Training Site.


Learn more about how World Book aligns to Common Core Standards here.


World Book has a whole collection of even more reading websites available for students!

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  • Thousands of easy-to-read articles
  • Engaging images and illustrations
  • Interactive games and activites
  • Interactive maps
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  • A biography center
  • Science projects
  • Teacher resources
  • Lexile measures (selected articles)

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