Parents' Guide to


By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Encyclopedia entries give brief but useful info on topics.

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This reference website provides an easy-to-understand, informative look at numerous topics, even if the listings on this site don't dive especially deep. Q-Files has an impressively diverse range of entries, including items on famous leaders such as Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first president of the republic of Turkey, and Charlemagne. It also covers world population growth, the solar system, and more. Whimsical fare, such as which elements were often included in castles built in the Middle Ages, are featured along with more serious subjects, such as World War II and ecosystems. Kids will also see extensive listings on dinosaurs, Ancient Egypt, and other items. The technology and science sections provide great diagrams and illustrations to show kids how electricity, plate tectonics, and other concepts work. The Q-news, Q-facts, and Q-&-A items offer additional information on some subjects.

That being said, this is an encyclopedia, so the entries aren't suitable as citation-worthy resources for a research paper, and kids won't get a comprehensive look at each topic. Overall, though, the site is a great reference tool: It can help kids quickly find out about unfamiliar concepts, inspire kids to learn more about them, and introduce kids to new subjects.

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