American Heritage First Dictionary

Ages: 5 - 8


When your youngest readers are ready for a dictionary, give them this one; the tactile-to-brain benefits of holding a book in your hands should not be overlooked. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has been updating and improving, edition-by-edition, its American Heritage “First Dictionary” for more than two decades with this very moment in mind. As an introduction to the literary genre of defining words, kindergarteners through second graders will find this book a relaxed and encouraging learning experience.

More than 2,000 words are defined in child-friendly, easy-to-read, short sentences, more than 500 of them with illustrations or photographs that help to clarify and solidify the meaning of the words. It features hundreds of synonyms, antonyms, rhyming words, and related words-and always in an understandable way. In the beginning, easy lessons help your child (and you) understand how to use this dictionary – from how to look up a word, to understanding what the note box colors indicate. Lessons in phonics and spelling, along with other word magic, round out the end. Put this book in your early readers’ hands and see if it defines their future.

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