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Good language skills help children write and express themselves clearly, and are the basis for all other learning. A dictionary is an essential study aid, along with a thesaurus to help young writers learn new words.

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Usborne English dictionaries

The Usborne Illustrated English Dictionary has over a thousand colour illustrations, over 10,000 entries and 25,000 straightforward definitions - perfect for children beginning their SATs and similar exams.

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English Learner's Editions

Boy reading A selection of titles from the Usborne Reading Programme are available with extra support for learners and teachers of English. Each title has an audio CD with a reading of the story in British and American English, and free students' worksheets and teachers' notes to download from the English Learner's Editions website. There are fiction and non-fiction titles at five levels from Elementary to Advanced.

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The Little Red Hen"For every parent, child and teacher weary of the monotony of the average reading scheme, Usborne's First Reading series will offer rays of sunlight. "

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Usborne Quicklinks

Quicklinks for internet-linked books

Find internet links to websites with games and activities to accompany Usborne dictionaries and spelling and grammar books at the Usborne Quicklinks website.

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Help with spelling

Help your children improve their spelling with the Usborne English Spelling Dictionary Arranged alphabetically it's easy to check the spelling of any word, and there are tips and tricks to help remember them too. For those extra-tricky words there's Tricky Words to Spell.

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Tricky words to spell cards"Excellent cards for working on spelling with my dyslexia students...they are really helping."

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