Building Vocabulary with Books!

June 21, 2010 at 4:47 PM Leave a comment

by: Jennifer Perez

There are MANY children’s authors out there who are absolutely wonderful!!  Some authors are experts with creating imagery with their words, others tell truly inspiring stories while others may make us chuckle out loud.

There are also a multitude of books that are excellent for teaching content-area material such as:

1.Tiger Math by: Ann Whitehead Nagda and Cindy Bickel

** Use this book to introduce different types of graphs, vocabulary words associated with graphs and examples of different types of graphs.

2. The Popcorn Book by: Tomie dePaola

** Use this book to help explain the science behind how/why popcorn pops or to discuss how the Native Americans used and cooked popcorn.

I’d like to share a few authors and books that do a wonderful job of introducing excellent vocabulary words. Did you know that in order for a child/ student to learn 3,000 words per year, they would have to learn 17 new words per day?

1. Author- Margie Palatini

A few books by Margie Palatini include: Sweet Tooth, The Three Silly Billies and Earthquack!

2. Author-Jane O’Connor

Jane O’Connor is the author of the best selling Fancy Nancy series.  These books are filled with the most delightfully delicious vocabulary words.  A few books include: A Flutter of Butterflies, Bonjour Butterfly and Explorer Extraordinaire.

All of these books do an absolutely wonderful job at introducing new vocabulary words.  The possibilities really are endless, but these may be a great place to start!  Remember…reading is what’s most important, but if you can read, build vocabulary AND enjoy what’s being read….even better!

Happy Learning!


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