Britannica's Word of the Day

366 Elevating Utterances to Stretch Your Cranium and Tickle Your Humerus

Illustrator: Josy Bloggs, Emily Cox, James Gibbs, Liz Kay

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Britannica Books

Age 8+

General Knowledge & Trivia Children's & Young Adult Reference Material Educational: English Language & Literacy Educational: English Literature

Britannica’s Word of the Day builds knowledge one day at a time with 366 masterful words.

Become a word virtuoso in just one year with 366 crackerjack words aimed to impress. This charmingly illustrated book features boffo words selected by the masterminds at Britannica to highlight the best of the English language.
Follow a menagerie of animals as they teach one new word for each day of the year, including a pronunciation guide, definition, sample sentence, and interesting trivia about the word's usage or etymology. Each month concludes with an outlandish story that features all the new words learned. This delightfully challenging and surprising book will turn word aficionados into passionate logophiles!


Patrick and Renee Kelly are a connubial creative team. Renee is an editor and author who has written books for young readers like Life with My Family. Patrick is a writer, filmmaker, and producer whose works include an award-winning music video and a successful podcast series. This is his first published book. They live in New Jersey with their delightful dog, Huxley.

Sue Macy is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber, which was on the Amelia Bloomer List and named a CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book, among many other accolades. Sue is also the author of Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom and Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women's Hoops on the Map. A former editor at Scholastic, she lives in Englewood, New Jersey. Learn more at

Britannica Group is a global education leader with over 250 years of dedication to seeking out facts and providing insight into the mysteries of the universe. Britannica’s mission to inspire curiosity and the joy of learning helps build the world’s future thinkers and innovators.

Josy Bloggs began her initial career as a graphic designer. After graduating from the University of Huddersfield in 2009 with a MA in Spatial Design she went on to work as an interior designer for commercial clients. Josy is based in Yorkshire.

Emily Cox is an illustration graduate from Falmouth University, currently based in Sussex. She enjoys mixing media, working both digitally and traditionally and her work often centres around colour, overlaying texture, loose brushwork and scribbly marks.

James Gibbs studied illustration at Cardiff School of Art and Design. He works with a combination of bold, graphic illustrations (often with a splash of lettering for good measure) to create playful imagery inspired by the mid-century children’s adventure books and packaging. James currently lives and works in London.

When not busy doodling, Liz Kay is usually found hiking and biking around the Yorkshire countryside and playing tennis for her local club. Some of Liz’s clients are Time Out, Jamie Magazine, Radio Times, Qantas, Walker Books, Pearson Education, Conde Naste, City Of Sydney Council, Experience Wakefield, Calderdale Council, Metro, John Brown Media, Apartment Therapy, Risk Magazine, Oxford University Press, Quality Chartered Institute and Lonely Planet.


Read Plus reviewed and highly recommended Word of the Day. “Britannica’s Word of the Day is a small, yet compact hardcover book that will be a wonderful addition to a librarian or teacher’s daily routine, or be placed in a school, public or classroom library. Every day a new and challenging word is introduced in an engaging manner. The bold and colourful illustrations are humourous and graphic in style. Each month is clearly defined and easy to find.

Read Plus

This compact book is sure to widen the vocabulary of any young (or old!) wordsmith. A word is shown for each day of the year, teamed with a comprehensive definition and wonderfully zany illustrations”.

The Guardian

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