Often I am asked about which book had the most impact on me when I was a child. A couple of years ago I finally decided to write about that.

The book was a Webster’s Dictionary that I rescued from an incinerator and lugged home to a house that did not have many books. Part of the “A” section was missing. Still, it was a wonder to me!  I continue to be enamored of dictionaries of all kinds.

To read my love song to dictionaries click below. This article was originally published in the Language Arts magazine, vol. 88, No. 2, November 2010. “Copyright 2007 by the National Council of Teachers of English.  Used with permission." 


Enjoy . . . all you bibliophiles!