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The World Almanac® for Kids Online

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The Trusted Source for Kid-Friendly Research on a Range of Subjects

Erasing the line between homework support and fun exploration, the new and improved World Almanac® for Kids Online includes exclusive online-only material as well as content from award-winning Chelsea House and Facts On File sets and series. Each subject area provides resources for elementary- and middle school-level homework, reports, and projects, and kids can explore age-appropriate topics while developing online research skills with a trusted content source.

Subjects include:

  • American History: All-new overviews of specific time periods backed up by detailed articles, as well as maps and photographs, giving a well-rounded view of the country's key moments and figures.
  • Ancient Civilizations: Articles, images, maps, and Fun Facts articles providing accessible introductions to Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and other ancient cultures, including the history, major leaders, lifestyle, religion, and legacy of each civilization.
  • Animals: Articles and videos on more than 100 mammals, birds, aquatic species, insects, arachnids, reptiles, and amphibians. Includes information on anatomy, physiology, feeding, hunting, endangered species status, and family tree charts, with a variety of Fun Facts articles about these interesting creatures.
  • Career Ideas: More than 175 careers and jobs in 12 key categories. Includes career overviews, resources to explore potential careers, and profiles of real-life professionals, plus video features and Fun Facts articles.
  • Countries of the World: More than 190 nations with details on population, industries, major cities, geography, and national history—plus video features, Fun Facts articles, maps, flags, and images.
  • Famous People: A high-interest section divided into nine professional categories, highlighting major personalities from history, pop culture, current events, and more. Includes more than 700 book-length biographies, each the equivalent of 100+ pages—perfect for book report writers. Also features engaging videos and Fun Facts articles including this year's Kids' Choice Award Winners. 
  • The 50 States: Details and Fun Facts articles on all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, including population, climate, industries, local history, landmarks, and famous personalities. Plus, downloadable images for reports.
  • Holidays and Celebrations: 

    Detailed information on the backgrounds, customs, and traditions of the world's holidays and celebrations, from religious observances to independence days, organized by region. Includes holiday-related Fun Facts articles and glossaries. 

  • The Human Body: 

    Clearly labeled diagrams, photographs, and accessible text providing an essential introduction to the human body. Includes information about the body systems and the five senses, plus Fun Facts articles. 

  • Our Planet Earth: More than 100 articles explaining biomes, earthquakes, volcanoes, weather, climate, global warming, and much more. Detailed illustrations and photographs help explain the science.
  • Plants: Easy-to-understand information, along with colorful images, on all things botanical in this brand-new section. Features Fun Facts articles on all manner of plants.
  • Reader's Corner: Biographies of popular authors and profiles of their most popular books—plus lists of recommended books in particular genres, best-sellers, ALA recommendations, and prestigious award winners. The perfect section for a budding bookworm.
  • Space & Astronomy: More than 200 articles featuring details about the planets, dwarf planets, and other celestial bodies that make up our solar system, plus sections on the history of space exploration and the tools we use to study space, as well as Fun Facts articles about the moon, sun, stars, and much more. Detailed illustrations and photographs help kids understand what we can't easily see from Earth.
  • Sports: 

    Baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and soccer—a new section featuring sports trivia and historical stats, Fun Facts articles, images, and videos.

  • U.S. Presidents: Biographical information on all 44 presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama. Fun Facts articles include information on the first ladies, as well as trivia about the presidency.
  • World History: Overviews of specific time periods linking to descriptions of milestone events in world history.
  • Canadian Provinces: Details on the history, culture, geography, and economy of each province or territory. Also includes places of interest, famous people, Fun Facts articles, elevation and outline maps, flags, and coats of arms.
  • U.S. Government: Informative articles, images, and facts about the three branches of government, the Constitution, political parties, and citizenship and civic responsibilities.
  • Writer's Corner: Clear, concise entries, many with images and diagrams, explaining the often confusing rules of grammar, punctuation, and writing. Fun Facts articles offer interesting tidbits of information about the English language.
  • Healthy Eating: Informative videos and important facts about how and what we should eat, including basic nutrition, weight management, nutrition for sports and exercise, eating disorders, and food safety and disease prevention. 
  • Character Matters: Timely, straightforward articles and videos on being fair and honest, dealing with bullying, handling peer pressure, teamwork and respect, managing responsibilities, dealing with frustration and anger, and managing conflict resolution. 


  • Acclaimed reference content, including online-only material and content from Infobase titles
  • Excellent resources for student reports and research, with extensive, up-to-date articles; images and tablet/mobile-friendly videos; daily features; and interactive games and quizzes
  • Engaging, fun entries on kid-friendly subjects, plus special daily features
  • Homework Help tools, including how to write better papers, prepare for tests, use a dictionary and thesaurus, and read maps and timelines; plus time-tested curricular handouts and teacher support.


  • Fun Facts articles
  • Images and tablet/mobile-friendly videos
  • Maps and flags
  • Interactive games and quizzes
  • Content supporting Common Core, state, and national standards
  • Read Aloud tool
  • Google Translate for 80+ languages
  • Search Assist technology and kid-friendly search results
  • Persistent record links
  • Dynamic citations in MLA and Chicago formats.

This database contains a multitude of sources, including books, articles, images, primary sources, and more.

Much of the content has been created, gathered, and permissioned for use solely in the database. Listed below are the print sources used in part or in full.

The World Almanac® for Kids (©2010-2013)
The World Almanac® (©2013)
Discovering U.S. History (12-volume set; Chelsea House ©2010)
Holidays & Celebrations (10-volume set; Chelsea House ©2009)
Exploring the World of Mammals (6-volume set; Chelsea House ©2008)
Exploring the World of Aquatic Life (6-volume set; Chelsea House ©2008)
Exploring the World of Reptiles and Amphibians (6-volume set; Chelsea House ©2009)
Career Ideas for Kids (9-volume set; Chelsea House ©2007)

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