For children and schools

Choosing a children's dictionary

Why do children need different dictionaries? Can't they just use an adult one?

Children's vocabulary, comprehension, and language skills develop as they grow older - it can depend on what they're learning at school, what books they like to read, and what their friends are talking about.

Find out more about why you should choose a children's dictionary


Free dictionary resources

Download free worksheets for use at home or in the classroom, and use the bilingual audio resources for help with language learning.

Primary (5-11 years)

Secondary (11-16 years)

Bilingual activities for French, German, and Spanish (5-16 years)

Subject and language reference resources (5-16 years)

First Words

Free audio pronunciation of our First Words series in nine languages including English.

Creating a children's dictionary

Dictionaries are compiled by selecting words from a corpus. A corpus is a word bank or database.

The Oxford Children's Corpus holds a huge collection of children's literature and select websites.

Find out about the Oxford Children's Corpus here.

Having fun with a children's dictionary

If you love words, try out our fun activity sheets - jam-packed with puzzles and games. Prepare to be riddled with riddles, tied up in tongue-twisters, and addicted to anagrams here!

The activities are written by John Foster, one the nation's best-loved and highly regarded children's poets: find out more at