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English language books and dictionaries at Usborne Publishing

Scroll down for illustrated dictionaries and word books for English language learners, and fun guides to English spelling, grammar and punctuation.

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Usborne Key Skills

Usborne Key Skills is a new series of wipe-clean books that support and consolidate the subjects that children learn at school. Find out more.

Listen and learn first English words

Listen and learn first English words

A fun and interactive way for children to learn and listen to over 100 everyday English words spoken by a native speaker. Children will love selecting a card with illustrations of a topic such as clothes, food, or animals, slotting it into the book’s special frame and pressing an illustration to hear the word read aloud. Each of the four double-sided topic cards shows sixteen words with colourful corresponding pictures. A fun and engaging way for preschool children to learn English as either a first or second language.


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Ingenious... A sound investment for any child’s future learning. Lancaster Guardian review of Listen and Learn First English Words

Choosing a dictionary and thesaurus

Usborne First Dictionaries and Thesauruses are for children aged five and up, while Junior Dictionaries and Thesauruses are for age seven to eleven and beyond. All are beautifully illustrated and written in simple, friendly language.

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Spelling, grammar and punctuation

Help your child excel in English with Usborne spelling, grammar and punctuation books. Perfect for children beginning their SATs and similar exams.

  • Easy to use, with simple language and colourful illustrations.
  • Internet links to websites with spelling games, exercises and quizzes.
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