Books about Words

Words, words, words! Language has a power like no other, and many budding linguists begin to develop a fascination during childhood with words and their origins. Author Patrick Skipworth picks 5 fantastic non-fiction titles for children sure to kickstart a broader interest in languages, just like our own.

The Hello Atlas

Explore the lives of children all over the world and celebrate one of humanity’s greatest achievements: written and verbal language. With fully illustrated word charts, featuring children depicted in their home country and doing ordinary things, learn about more than 100 languages, from well-known and lesser known indigenous languages that introduce us to some of […]

Dictionary of Difficult Words

What is a bumbershoot? Or a moonbow? And what does it mean when someone absquatulates…? Find out all this and more in The Dictionary of Difficult Words . Test your knowledge with more than 400 words to amaze, confuse and inspire budding wordsmiths (and adults). All of the words featured in this book are difficult […]

Once Upon a Word: A Word-Origin Dictionary for Kids

The English language is made up of words from different places, events, and periods of time. Each of those words has an exciting story to tell us about where, when, how, and why they came about. Once Upon a Word is packed with easy-to-understand definitions and awesome word origin stories. With this dictionary for kids, […]

P is for Pterodactyl

Turning the traditional idea of an alphabet book on its head, P is for Pterodactyl is perfect for anyone who has ever been stumped by silent letters or confused by absurd homophones. This whimsical, unique book takes silent letter entries like ‘K is for Knight’ a step further with ‘The noble knight’s knife nicked the […]

Wordplay

Go “outside,” “elsewhere,” and down the “rabbit hole” with this hilarious introduction to compound words. Young readers will fall in love with the English language as they watch star cartoonist Ivan Brunetti put his sly spin on vocabulary. The lesson here? Even “homework” is fun when you let yourself play with the words.

Literally: Amazing Words and Where They Come From

Did you know that English words come from all over the world and that their meanings have changed along their journey? Our word ‘zero’ comes from the Arabic word for empty space. ‘Companion’ is from the Latin for with bread. With simple descriptions and dazzling, evocative and witty illustrations, this is a fascinating introduction to […]

The Lost Words

A timeless, beautifully designed book for children and adults alike, The Lost Words is a gift that will be pored over and cherished for years to come. All over the country, there are words disappearing from children’s lives. These are the words of the natural world; Dandelion, Otter, Bramble and Acorn, all gone. A wild […]