With an ever-increasing number of dictionaries to choose from, selecting one becomes a game of chance. This book eliminates the guesswork. It includes sample pages of many of the dictionaries on the market, as well as activities that parents can share with their children to encourage family-centered learning that complements what is taught in school. Readers find out how to determine when a dictionary lists two different spellings or pronunciations for the same word, whether the first is "more preferred" or is "more commonly used," and whether definitions are arranged according to historical order or frequency of use. Parents learn exactly what to look for so they can purchase the right dictionary to meet their family's preferences and learning needs. William F. Russell, Ed.D., is a former teacher, textbook editor, and syndicated columnist, and is the author of Classics to Read Aloud to Your Children, Classic Myths to Read Aloud, and Family Learning. He lives in St. Charles, Illinois.