Italian Dictionary for kids


I remember talking to my dad a few days ago about an illustrated reading book I used when I was a kid. There was a certain picture in the book that had caught my attention as a kid, and that up to this day, I still keep in mind. In the picture, there was a crowd working very hard. He remembered the image and laughed. He also told me that grandma had used that same book, reading it to him when he was a child. And that there was another picture, of a man out in the sea, that had impressed him as well. I also remembered that one. “Wow…” I told him “I did not know that that book had impacted so much our early days”. And we laughed again.  My sisters also used the book. I must ask them if they remember some particular experience with it! Beautiful experiences give us life long pleasure. Common experiences… build a family! And remembering them always brings a smile to our faces.


We are visual by nature. I know you have heard the phrase: A picture is worth a thousand words. And pictures are a very powerful tool you can use when learning Italian. I have frequently been asked the question from parents that want their kids to take interest in learning a second language: “What can I give my child to help him/her start learning a new language?” And to this, I always answer “Start with a book that has a lot of pictures.” 🙂 Children (and adults too) love a book with a lot of pictures. I must insist on this, many of us associate a word with an image. When we are learning vocabulary, there is no better way to fix those words in our brain than to pin them in with a picture. If you are planning a gift for your little child that is learning Italian, an Italian book full of pictures would be our recommendation. If it’s his/her first book, I’d recommend an Italian Dictionary for kids, because in that way you open their little eyes to vocabulary. An illustrated dictionary introduces vocabulary in a smooth and fun way.  And not only children can benefit from pictures, adults who are visual learners can have a great time as well. I personally recommend, parents to read along with their kids. And to incorporate the vocabulary that is seen on the book into the daily life of the little one. It will motivate him/her to learn Italian, and it’s also fun to remember words in the book pointing them out in life.

There are a lot of Illustrated Italian Dictionaries out there and all of them could suit your child. I’ll just give you an example of one that I like very much. But again, it’s only an example, there are hundreds of good books that are excellent resources for this purpose.

You could start checking out the Hippocrene Children’s Illustrated Italian Dictionary and then continue searching and comparing others with this one. I like this Dictionary because each Hippocrene_Children_Illustrated_Italian_Dictionaryentry has colorful pictures beautifully printed with English and Italian words listed below. The book is in alphabetical order for English words. The Italian words are alphabetically listed in the index. I only recommend this dictionary for children who speak English wanting to learn Italian. I think it’s not so useful for Italian speaking kids. Words can be looked up alphabetically as in a dictionary but small children will enjoy looking randomly through the book.

If you speak Italian, please read the words and point out the pictures for your child. If you don’t speak Italian, you could have the words pronounced using google translator or any other similar platform. While viewing the book with your kids, or by yourself, you could type in google translator each word and hear it clearly while looking at the pictures.

Your little child will not want to put down this book. 🙂

If you would like to take a look at Hippocrene Children’s Illustrated Italian Dictionary on Amazon, click here.

With an Illustrated Italian Dictionary or any other Italian Illustrated book, you could transform an Italian lesson into a pleasant family evening with your kids, and hopefully, build lasting experiences that they will remember even as grown-ups.

14 thoughts on “Italian Dictionary for kids”

  1. Awesome Site! I love to learn new languages. And I like illustrated books too. Thank you for the example, I have been looking for something like this. I’ll check it out! God bless you brother!

    1. Hi, Zahar! Thank you very much for your kind words! I’m happy to hear you found this post useful. Good bless you too! 🙂

  2. Hi, Henry! What a fantastic post! When I first started learning Italian, images were used to introduce me to the language and to build a basic vocabulary. I have understood the importance of using pictures so I will take a look at this dictionary. I also use Duolingo daily and it has really helped me too. I like your site, and I’ve bookmarked it to come back once in a while. Thanks.

    1. Hey, Lee! Thank you! And yes, that is correct! Pictures are so important when we are learning basic vocabulary. Both children and adults will enjoy this Illustrated Dictionary very much!

      Duolingo is another great resource to learn Italian. I have also written a post about it. To take a look at it, click here.

      Thanks for bookmarking my site, and thanks for stopping by! You will always be welcome here.

  3. This is a great article. Illustrated books are far more interesting for kids and keep them zoned in. My nephew came over to me while I was reading your post, and he liked the cover of the Hippocrene Children’s Illustrated Italian Dictionary. He’ll be seven in two weeks and I’m considering buying it for him as part of his birthday present! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hey, Rob! Yes, illustrated books catch kids’ attention far more easily than a book full of letters. And the Hippocrene Children’s Illustrated Italian Dictionary would be a great present for your nephew. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I liked this article a lot. That’s true, we commonly pay attention to pictures at first. Pictures are easier to remember than words or other kinds of teaching.
    What other ways do you recommend to teach Italian that would be easier for children to learn?

  5. Yes, pictures are worth a thousand words. With my daughter I have several books with pictures. As she has gotten older I have gone through these books again and gotten more out of her about what she sees.

    I can see that this book will be very helpful. Just wondering though what age group it is suited for.


    1. Hey, Owain!
      Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. That’s really good you can spend such a nice time with your daughter. She’ll remember this during all her life. This Illustrated dictionary suits children from 3 to 12 years old. But it’s not limited to those ages. Even grown-ups can greatly benefit from it. Your daughter, you and all the family will enjoy learning Italian word with this book!

  6. Henry, great article and I really agree with visuals being important. We are an expat family and have lived in a small town in Hungary for two years, not many people speak English so we have had to learn Hungarian which is very difficult. I purchased some picture dictionary books for my children and they have been very helpful (not just for the kids but to me as well!). My daughter is actually learning Italian now in school and is fluent French. We have always used picture dictionaries to begin learning the basics. It’s also what the schools here recommend for language classes.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hello, Lindsay!
      Wao that’s really good that your daughter is learning Italian at school, Hungarian is everywhere around her, she is already fluent in French, and has you and your husband to talk to her in English at home! You’re already raising up a polyglot! 🙂
      Concerning learning languages, I highly recommend you to take a look at a free online course called Duolingo. It’s very good and your daughter will love it because it’s kind of a game (and at the same time you learn a language). To read a bit more about Duolingo, click here.

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