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Know it All, Find it Fast for Youth Librarians and Teachers


A brand new version of the best-selling enquiry desk reference text, Know it All, Find it Fast, specifically designed for those working with children and young people in schools, public libraries and at home.
Including an invaluable overview of the education system and the school curriculum as well as a comprehensive listing of useful resources by topic, this A-Z covers school subjects from science and maths to reading and literacy, and more general themes such as children's health, wellbeing and hobbies.
Each topic is broken down into useful sections that will help to guide your response;

  • Typical questions outline common queries such as 'Have you got any information about volcanoes?'
  • Considerations provides useful hints and tips i.e. 'Geography now encompasses not only physical and human geography but also environmental geography, social geography, geology and geopolitics.'
  • Where to look lists relevant printed, digital and online resources with useful annotations explaining their scope and strengths

Readership: This is the must-have quick reference tool arming librarians and teachers with the knowledge to deal with any queries thrown at them from children and young people as well as their parents and caregivers. It will also be a handy reference for parents and anyone working with children and young people in other organizations such as homework clubs and youth workers.

Section 1: Schools and Education Section 2: General Sources

  • Books
  • Dictionaries
  • Encyclopedias
  • Fact Books
  • Language Dictionaries
  • Online Libraries
  • Search Engines
  • Telephone Directories

Section 3: General Knowledge

  • Dates, Calendars and Anniversaries
  • Discoveries, Inventions and How Things Work
  • Flags
  • Money
  • Myths and Legends
  • Olympics
  • Population
  • Space, Astronomy and the Solar System
  • Weather
  • Weights and Measures


  • An Overview of the National Curriculum
  • Art
  • Citizenship
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • English (Literacy) and English Literature
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT
  • Mathematics (Numeracy)
  • Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
  • Music
  • P.E. (Physical Education)
  • PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)
  • RE (Religious Education)
  • Science
  • Welsh and Gaelic


  • Alcohol and Alcoholism
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Drugs and Smoking
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • E-safety
  • Examinations, Assessments and Revision
  • Food and Healthy Eating
  • Further Education
  • Gifted and Talented Children
  • Home Education (includes home tutors)
  • Homework
  • Relationships, Sex, Sexual Health and Puberty
  • School Attendance and Behaviour
  • School Travel
  • Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disability
  • Work Experience

PART 4 HOBBIES, LEISURE AND SPORT 207Section 1 Hobbies and Leisure

  • Acting and Performing
  • Animation, Cartoons, Comics and Manga
  • Chess
  • Cinema, Film and Television
  • Collecting Things
  • Computer Games (for fun)
  • Cooking and Baking
  • Crafts
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award
  • Family History
  • Fishing
  • Games – Indoor and Outdoor
  • Growing Fruit, Vegetables and Flowers
  • Magic and Magic Tricks
  • Music – Enjoying and Playing Musical Instruments
  • Nature
  • Pets
  • Places To Visit and Things To Do
  • Reading
  • Uniformed Organizations
  • Writing

Section 2 Sports

  • An Overview of Sports
  • Athletics and Field Athletics
  • Boxing
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Horse and Pony Riding
  • Ice Skating
  • Martial Arts
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Skateboarding and Scootering
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Christinea Donnelly is Development Officer for Young People at Bradford Libraries and works with schools and educational organisations to promote reading, literacy and information skills. She was the co-author of the original Know It All Find It Fast.

"This immaculately presented book is hugely relevant to today's youthful enquiries. Strongly recommended for all services catering for young people, their parents and teachers."

Reference Reviews

"...a first class reference resource that will save lots of time in seeking out information for inquisitive youngsters. It will become a first port of call for busy professionals. The front cover states that the target audience is "youth librarians and teachers." I hope that this does not deter parents and young people from also picking up this excellent publication. They will benefit just as much."

Library Review

"...this is a really good book to have on your bookshelves, one that you can dip into for interest as well as research and one that merits regular use in both public and school libraries in the UK. I certainly learnt from it, and will be recommending it myself to staff and students."

Library Management

"This immaculately presented book is hugely relevant to today's youthful enquiries. Strongly recommended for all services catering for young people, their parents and teachers." - Reference Reviews

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