Dictionary Day

October 16, 2016

Today is Dictionary Day! Help us celebrate the day of Mr. Noah Webster's birth by reading or enjoying a dictionary. We've got dictionaries on rhyming, sign language, math, dance, Star Wars, LEGOs, and LEGO Star Wars! But if you're just looking for a simple dictionary of first words one with words in Spanish, we've got those too.

We have some nice picture book biographies of Noah Webster, if you'd like to learn more about him and how he helped to standardize the English language. Written by Tracey Fern, W is for Webster: Noah Webster and his American Dictionary tells the story of a young Noah Webster, who started collecting words for a speller, including everyday words like "scab," "grub," and "mop," and moved on to create a small dictionary. He thought the book would take him five years to finish. It took twenty, but his dictionary today is the second-most printed book in the English language.

Also of note are Noah Webster: Man of Many Words by Catherine Reef, Noah Webster and His Words by Jeri Chase, and Noah Webster: Weaver of Words by Pegi Deitz Shea, all of which offer more information and insight into what made Noah Webster so interested in words and in promoting the American language.

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