The American Heritage Children?s Dictionary

Ages: 8 - 12Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


This is the new edition of The American Heritage’s long-running series of dictionaries for children, grades 3-6. As always, it offers age-appropriate vocabulary, easily understood definitions, insightful examples, and illustrations of about one-to-three definitions per page- some 25,000 words defined alongside 1,500 illustrations.

As one example: on the “S” pages, the word “sabot” is defined as “a shoe that has been carved from a piece of wood. Sabots are traditionally worn in some parts of Europe.” There’s an accompanying illustration of a pair of yellow wooden shoes.

Everything from conchs and shamrocks to weathervanes to acrylics, this kids’ dictionary covers an updated listing heavy with definitions, pronunciation guides and images. At the front is a how-to-use key and a review of the parts of speech. At the back, you’ll find a useful tutorial to phonics and spelling. Plus, a geography glossary and pages of maps are excellent additions.

Don Oldenburg ©2018 Parents’ Choice

A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of “The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion” (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.