W Is for Webster: Noah Webster and His American Dictionary (Hardcover)

Noah Webster and His American Dictionary

By Tracey Fern, Boris Kulikov (Illustrator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr), 9780374382407, 40pp.

Publication Date: November 10, 2015



From an early age, Noah Webster was an odd fellow who liked to talk big and loved learning. He thought America needed its own national language and knew he was just the man to create it. He started with a speller, including everyday words like "scab," "grub," and "mop," and moved on to create a small dictionary. He rode around on a horse, selling his books by hand. Then Noah decided to compile a complete and comprehensive dictionary of American English. He thought the book would take him five years to finish. It took twenty, but his dictionary today is the second-most printed book in the English language.

About the Author

Tracey Fern is the author of several other picture books, including Dare the Wind and Barnum's Bones, both Junior Library Guild selections. She lives in West Newton, Massachusetts. Boris Kulikov is the critically acclaimed illustrator of many children's books, including Max's Words by Kate Banks. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.