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Founded in 1915, World Book, Inc. is a leading publisher of authoritative, age-appropriate, and reliable educational materials for children and adults. You probably used World Book when you were a child—I know I did.
Now, World Book is online—it’s not the World Book of your childhood. It’s SO much more—and they offer a ton of educational content! On the World Book website you can browse by category (online and digital learning, encyclopedias, desk reference and children’s books), by subjects (activity, animals, geography, history, mathematics, reading, science, and more), by age, and by price—it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. And options you might not be aware of which include Incentive Publications (supplemental student resources and professional development titles for educators) and Bright Connections Media (colorful and creative children’s books).
I reviewed the World Book Online one-year subscription, which includes so much! Specifically—
- Articles are written at your student’s level. Your child can choose which database works for him/her.
- Five complete databases are available. These include—
World Book Advanced:
Designed for high school and college students, World Book Advanced includes an online encyclopedia, multimedia, eBook, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search. And the primary sources are great!
- World Book Student: This online learning website includes articles from The World Book Encyclopedia, a Biography Center, dictionary, atlas, an extensive multimedia collection, thousands of editor-selected websites, and much more. I needed to do a little research—and I found the info I needed–quick and easy! And I trusted the info, which is a HUGE plus.
- World Book Discover: Designed for differentiated instruction, Discover includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research tools, multimedia, and interactive video. The subjects covered are diverse, and include religion, how to do research, and life skills such as how to purchase a car. Really, a lot is covered here!
- World Book Kids: Based on World Book’s Discovery Encyclopedia, World Book Kids is a children’s learning website that includes thousands of easy-to-read articles, engaging images and illustrations, interactive games and activities, and teacher resources for children.
I enjoyed the animal and science experiments sections quite a bit. Do you know what an Axoloti is? Or how to make your own wormery? I didn’t—but I do now! And the games and activities are fun. A child would really enjoy this portion of the site—just clicking on whatever is of interest.
- World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos: Offers World Book’s editorial content, media, and interactive features in Spanish. Is your child learning Spanish? What a great resource for practicing his/her skills!
- A consolidated layout that makes it easier to find research tools, videos, audios, and more in convenient drop-down tabs (it’s very easy to find things).
- Illustrations, maps, audio files, videos, eBooks, primary source documents, and more.
- A consistent cross-platform user experience across desktop, laptop, and tablets (very nice!).
- Easy access on smartphones and tablets (because we all know our kids love their smartphones and tablets! Perfect for kids on-the-go!).
The World Book has been around forever (well, 100 years!), and that’s because WB provides accurate information, it’s easy to use, and in this day and age, it’s safe! You can’t beat that!