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Best Picture Books Celebrating Word Play and Words
Lexie the Word WranglerThe Boy Who Loved WordsThe Great Dictionary CaperThe Word CollectorBetty’s Burgled Bakery: An Alliteration AdventureTop Dog: And Other Doggone Delightful ExpressionsWordplay: TOON Level 1 (Toon Books)E-mergencyTake Away the AAlphabetter (Peace Dragon)Noah Webster’s Fighting WordsMiss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster
P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever by Raj Haldar and Chris Carpenter, illustrated by Maria Beddia
The subtitle of this book reads, “All the letters that misbehave and make words nearly impossible to pronounce.” Get your kids, sit by the fire, and prepare to enjoy a celebration of words with surprising pronunciations that don’t follow the standard phonics rules. In this book, “A is for Aisle” and “H is for Heir“. So fun, right? Below each letter and illustration is a sentence describing each word like, “M is for Mnemonic. // But now Mr. M. can’t remember why.” Isn’t this a delight for readers and writers of all ages?
Betty’s Burgled Bakery An Alliteration Adventure by Travis Nichols
Top Dog and Other Doggone Delightful Expressions by Carli Davidson
Word Play by Ivan Brunetti
What happens when you remove the letter A? Well, Beast becomes best. How about the letter D? Dice becomes ice. Super funny with an unexpected plot!
The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter, illustrated by Giselle Potter
This beautiful picture book swells, sparkles, harmonizes and percolates with main character, Selig’s (also called Wordsworth’s,) passion for words. “You too may find yourself lucky if, one day, while you are thinking or writing or simply speaking, the perfect word just seems to come to you. If so, you’ll know that Selig is near.”
Anagrams are words that when mixed up spell different words or phrases using all the letters. The authors make it easy to tell by putting the anagrams in similar fonts and tell the story of a mixed-up word world. This would be a fantastic book for an elementary classroom.
“Bring me to your AUNT. She’s A NUT.”
“Poor Grandma! What a VILE, EVIL way to LIVE.”
Start Your Own Word Collections
There are multiple ways to begin your own collections. Find a special container such as an empty jar like you see above.
Cut out words you LOVE in magazines.
Write down words that INTEREST you on note cards.
Be on the look out for UNUSUAL words in signs. Take photos.
Use sticky notes to write down FAVORITE and WONDERFUL words in the stories you read — picture books or chapter books.
Keep organized with a notebook or container.
Use Your Wonderful Words
Make up silly words of your own! Take two words and combine them together.
Write found poetry using your new words.
Play these five favorite word play games!
What are your favorite things to do with words?
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