Choosing a children's dictionary
Just as you might not give War and Peace to an 8 year old, giving them an adult dictionary, with complex definitions and phonetic symbols is likely to be difficult to understand. Our children’s dictionaries are compiled specially for children – they are not cut-down versions of our adult dictionaries.
Children will benefit most from a dictionary that:
- is specially written with an understanding of where they are in their development, and what kinds of language they will understand
- includes terms they will encounter at school that an adult may rarely have to use – like phoneme, or grapheme
- tailors examples of words to a context children will relate to - children ‘buy’ sweets, they don’t ‘buy’ a house.
Oxford University Press dictionaries are compiled by experts, tested by schools, and supported by a corpus database of thousands of examples of writing for children, so we can ensure our dictionaries are perfectly suited to children at different ages.