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Eclectic Homeschool Online Book Lists - Dictionaries & Reference

This section of our website is devoted to book lists that you can take to your library. The lists are sorted by Category, Subcategory and then Topic.

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Dictionaries & Reference List

  • American Dictionary of the English Language: Noah Webster 1828 Edition Facsimile
    by Noah Webster
    ISBN: 091249803X
    This 1828 facsimile reprint of the first American Dictionary documents the quality of Biblical education which raised up American statesmen capable of forming our Constitutional Republic. Webster traced roots in twenty-six languages, and gives examples from classical literature and the Bible. Comprehensive introductions are presented for language and grammar. It has been described by one Christian scholar as "the greatest reprint of the twentieth century." The added biography by Rosalie Slater, "Noah Webster, Founding Father of American Scholarship and Education," describes his contribution to many fields and records his conversion to Christ.
  • Christian Student Dictionary
    Bob Jones University Press
    ISBN: 0890841721
  • Dirty Thirty, the: Words Even Smart People Misuse
    by David, P. Hatcher (Author), Lane Goddard (Author)
    ISBN: 0972992057
    Whether we like it or not, people judge us by the words we use. And misuse. This self-paced workbook will help you master the thirty word-pairs that are most likely to be confused by even accomplished speakers and writers of English. Words like adverse-averse, regime-regimen, affect-effect, and who-whom. You'll learn the differences between them, get tips for using them, and find some good memory hooks to keep them locked in place for your use next month, or next year. Short exercises provide realistic practice, and the answers (upside down, on the same page) give you an instant self-check.
  • DK Merriam-Webster Children's Dictionary

    ISBN: 0789452383
    Dorling Kindersley and Merriam-Webster define a new standard in dictionary reference for home and school. Designed for children 8 and up, the Dorling Kindersley Merriam-Webster Children's Dictionary combines the lexicographic excellence of America's most trusted and prestigious dictionary publisher with Dorling Kindersley's world renowned design and visual flair. Far more than just a collection of definitions, the Dorling Kindersley Merriam-Webster Children's Dictionary is also a powerful resource for language learning. Works of art and graphics provide instant visual definitions and deepen understanding of the text, while eye-catching illustrated reference features offer in-depth information on an amazing variety of subjects.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica 2009 Student and Home Edition
    by Avanquest
    ISBN: B00192D1HM
    • 3 Encyclopedias in One--Elementary, Student, and Adult
    • The most comprehensive reference suite--100,000+ authoritative and richly illustrated articles, 166,000+ Web links, thousands of new images, video, and audio clips, biographies, dictionaries and thesauri, timelines, and more
    • Interactive learning games and activities designed to help students understand math, social studies , and science concepts
    • Foreign language assistance--improve your Spanish with Merriam-Webster's Spanish/English Translation Dictionary
    • Comprehensive homework help--interactive lessons and "How to" documents to help students excel in school
    • Current--free monthly content updates
  • Flip Dictionary
    by Barbara Ann Kipfer
    ISBN: 1582971404
  • Green-Eyed Monsters and Good Samaritans
    by Leonard Mann
    ISBN: 0071460837
    How King Midas's touch became golden and other stories behind everyday phrases, idioms, and literary allusions.

    Finding silver would not spark the same excitement if all a prospector could say was, "There it is!" nor would anyone be menacing with the moniker "Arthur the Somewhat Disgruntled." But thanks to thousands of years of evolving language, we have words and phrases like "Eureka!" and "Attila the Hun" that bring color and vibrancy to our conversations and our writing.

    Unfortunately, often lost in the millennia is the history of how these sayings came to be. Green-Eyed Monsters and Good Samaritans uncovers the tales behind more than 175 phrases, drawing from the Bible, Greek and Roman mythology, the works of Shakespeare, and other literary resources.
  • Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary
    by Merriam-Webster
    ISBN: 0877797099
  • Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary & Thesaurus, Deluxe Audio Edition (Version 3.0 - 11th Edition) (CD-ROM)
    by Merriam-Webster
    ISBN: 0877794707
    Two products in one, the complete Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition and the Collegiate Thesaurus. Installs easily on hard drive for instant access. Includes 21 powerful search options. Features audio pronunciations, more than 1,300 illustrations, and a Go Online option for additional information.
  • Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary of Current English - Hardback
    by A. S. Hornby, Sally Wehmeier (Editor)
    ISBN: 0194314243
  • Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary of Current English - Paperback
    by A. S. Hornby, Sally Wehmeier (Editor)
    ISBN: 0194315851
  • Oxford First Dictionary
    by Evelyn Goldsmith (Author), Andrew Delahunty (Author), Bernice Lum (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0199115206
    The Oxford First Dictionary, now with new text and artwork, is the authoritative dictionary for children in their first years at school. Each page is a colourful, clear and accessible, introduction to the elements of a dictionary: 1500 entries in alphabetical order, simple, easy-to-read meanings, parts of speech (noun or verb), plurals, and topical examples sentences to clarify meaning. The full alphabet appears on every page with a coloured tab on the letter of the page - plus the dictionary quartiles are picked out in a vibrant colour. Together, these are invaluable navigation tools for the child who is practising their alphabet skills. Guidewords also appear on every page. All the artwork is new and each illustration adds to understanding as well as giving the book child-appeal. Extra material at the back accurately hooks in to the curriculum at this level. It includes information on the magic 'e', basic punctuation to create questions and statements, simple grammar, key overused words (with alternatives) as well as opposites, words we use a lot, irregular plurals, numbers, measurement, time, seasons, and colours and shapes.
  • Oxford First Thesaurus
    by Andrew Delahunty (Author), Steve Cox (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0199115451
    The Oxford First Thesaurus contains over 100 words in alphabetical order, 1000 synonyms, opposites, and word families - ideal for children as they begin to write independently at school and at home and are looking for vocabulary support. Each page contains a carefully levelled headword along with a broad range of synonyms, and stimulating picture book illustrations. Incredibly easy to access, the words are in alphabetical order and the alphabet is on every page. A fresh clear design means it is easy to make a choice from the imaginative and adventurous synonyms. Each synonym is given in blue to highlight it, plus it is repeated in a sentence to demonstrate to children how they might use it effectively.
  • Oxford Junior Dictionary
    by Sheila Dignen (Author)
    ISBN: 0199115125
    This new 2007 edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary features over 10,000 entries, words and phrases in alphabetical order, in a clear and accessible design. Each entry contains simple, easy-to-read numbered meanings, and word classes, and example sentences. Tinted panels throughout the text focus on overused words, words belonging to the same family, and key language topics (such as connectives or apostrophes). Another unique feature is the example sentences by well-known children's authors, such as Dick King-Smith, Jacqueline Wilson, and Roald Dahl. These show the words actually in use to reinforce meaning but they also hook children in to using language effectively. Unique to Oxford, they take children beyond looking up a word for spelling or meaning - and into thinking about reading and writing independently. The full alphabet appears on every page with a dark blue tab on the letter of the page - plus the dictionary quartiles in light blue. Together, these are invaluable navigation tools for children practising their alphabet skills. Guidewords also appear on every page. Extra material at the back is accurately levelled for the curriculum at this age. It includes information for spelling success, punctuation, simple grammar, key overused words (with alternatives) as well as word origins, prefixes and suffixes.
  • Oxford Junior Thesaurus
    by Sheila Dignen (Author)
    ISBN: 0199115133
    This new 2007 edition of the Oxford Junior Thesaurus contains entries in alphabetical order, and a broad range of imaginative and adventurous synonyms with supporting example sentences. It also features useful panels focussing on overused words and writing tips. The pages are clear, accessible. A unique feature that will inspire budding writers is the example sentences by well-known children's authors, such as Dick King-Smith, Narinda Dhami, Jacqueline Wilson and Roald Dahl. These show the words actually in use to hook users in to using language effectively themselves. Unique to Oxford, they are a real boost for children writing independently. The full alphabet appears on every page with a coloured tab on the letter of the page - plus the thesaurus quartiles are picked out in a vibrant colour. Together, these are invaluable navigation tools for the child practising their alphabet skills. Guidewords also appear on every page. Extra material at the back is accurately levelled to the curriculum for this age. The Top 10 Tips for Writing Stories are excellent. More help for better writing is given with the tips for spelling success, punctuation, simple grammar, and character and setting vocabulary.
  • Oxford School Dictionary and Thesaurus
    by Robert Allen (Author)
    ISBN: 0199115362
    Using the Oxford Concise School Dictionary on the top part of the page and the corresponding Oxford Concise School Thesaurus entries on the bottom, this combined Oxford School Dictionary and Thesaurus provides a one-stop shop for upper primary/lower secondary school users. The headwords are in colour and the design is clear and accessible. The dictionary provides comprehensive coverage appropriate for the Y7 user, along with word origins, pronunciation guides, idiomatic phrases and idioms, labels and up-to-date example sentences. The thesaurus provides over 100,000 up-to-date synonyms, with those with meaning closest to that of the headword placed first to enable users to select the most accurate alternative.
  • Random House Webster's Pocket Bad Speller's Dictionary
    by Joseph Krevisky, Jordan L. Linfield
    ISBN: 0375702121
    From the Publisher
    The Bad Speller's Dictionary - in a handy vinyl size!
    It has been thirty years since we wrote the first book that answered the Catch-22 of spelling: How do I find a word in the dictionary if I don't know how to spell it? Our answer was simple: Look it up by its wrong spelling. So we compiled the first dictionary for bad spellers - which so many of us are (some of us even flaunt it as a badge of pride). The nearly two million copies of the Bad Speller's Dictionary that have been sold confirm the persistence of the spelling problem. In fact, our vast new collection of actual examples of misspellings from many sources - television, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, correspondence, essays, memos - suggest that the phenomenon has become much worse. That deterioration has been accelerated by our educational system, too much television, excessive reliance on electronic spell checkers, and the emergence of so many new words.

    That's why we have prepared this new, revised, and enlarged edition for the 1990's. We have added thousands of current words from business, computers, entertainment, medicine, psychology, religion, science, and law.
  • Roget's Super Thesaurus
    by Marc McCutcheon
    ISBN: 0898797756
  • Roget's Thesaurus of Phrases
    by Barbara Ann Kipfer
    ISBN: 0898799996
  • Scholastic Children's Dictionary (Hardcover)
    by Scholastic
    ISBN: 0439702585
    A illustrated dictionary for eight- to twelve-year-olds, with language notes, word histories, synonym boxes, and other features.
  • Scholastic Student Thesaurus Revised
    by John Bollard (Author)
    ISBN: 0439025885
  • Synonym Finder - Hardback, The
    by J. I. Rodale
    ISBN: 0878572368
  • Synonym Finder - Paperback, The
    by J. I. Rodale
    ISBN: 0446370290
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