Language Arts

Barretta, Gene.   Dear deer : a book of homophones. [CONCEPTS] E Barretta
When clever Aunt Ant moves to the zoo, she describes the quirky animal behavior she observes by speaking in homophones, from the moose who loved mousse to the fox who blew blue bubbles.

Barretta, Gene.  Zoola Palooza: A Book of Homographs.  [CONCEPTS] Barretta
Playing a variety of musical instruments, an all-animal touring concert group introduces words that are spelled the same but sound differently and have different meanings, such as tear (to cry) and tear (to rip).

Basil, Cynthia. Breakfast in the afternoon : another beginning word book. J428.1 B
An easy-to-read introduction to the origin and meaning of familiar compound words.

Bryant-Mole, Karen.   Is it shiny? J 428.1 B
Text and pictures introduce a variety of antonyms such as transparent and opaque, shiny and dull, and hard and soft.

Cleary, Brian P. Dearly, nearly, insincerely : what is an adverb?  J428.2 C
Rhyming text and illustrations present numerous examples of adverbs and their functions.

Cleary, Brian P. How much can a bare bear bear? : what are homonyms and homophones? J 428.1 C
Explains the concept of homonyms and homophones.

Frasier, Debra.  Miss Alaineus : A Vocabulary Disaster  (Older) E Frasier
When Sage’s spelling and definition of a word reveal her misunderstanding of it to her classmates, she is at first embarrased but then uses her mistake as inspiration for the vocabulary parade.

Hanson, Joan. Homographic homophones; fly and fly and other words that look and sound the same but are as different in meaning as bat and bat. J 428.1 H
Pictures illustrate the difference in meaning in words that look and sound the same but differ in meaning, such as bark and bark and toast and toast.

Hanson, Joan. More homonyms; steak and stake and other words that sound the same but look as different as chili and chilly. J 428.1 H
Pictures illustrate the difference in meaning of such homonyms as whale and wail, fairy and ferry, and sell and cell.

Heller, Ruth. Mine, all mine : a book about pronouns. J 428.2 H
Introduces various types of pronouns, explains how and when to use them, and provides whimsical glimpses of what our language would be without them.

Hoban, Tana. All about where.  [CONCEPTS] E Hoban
Photographs illustrate location words such as above, between, in, under, and behind.

Johnson, David. Snow Sounds: An Onomatopoeic Story. [CONCEPTS] E Johnson
A nearly-wordless book in which a young boy, eager to reach a much-anticipated holiday party on time, listens to the sounds of the shovels, snow plow, and other equipment used to clear his way.

Le Tord, Bijou. Arf, boo, click, an alphabet of sounds. [CONCEPTS] E Le Tord
An alphabet book of sounds from achoo and buzz to hoot, to purr, to vroom, to zap.

Lunn, Carolyn.   A whisper is quiet. J 428.1 L
Presents pairs of things with contrasting qualities, such as the hot sun and cold ice cream, or a quiet whisper and a loud band.

McLenighan, Valjean. One whole doughnut, one doughnut hole. Reader 1M
Text and illustrations introduce homophones, words that sound the same but have different meanings and often, different spellings.

Maestro, Giulio. What’s a frank frank? : tasty homograph riddles. J 793.735 M
A collection of original riddles making use of homographs, words that are spelled the same but have different meanings.
Subject Riddles, Juvenile.

Pulver, Robin.  Happy Endings: A Story about Suffixes.  J 428.1 P
When Mr. Wright makes his students study word endings on the last day of school, even the suffixes rebel.

Pulver, Robin.  Punctuation Takes a Vacation. J 428.1 P
When all the punctuation marks in Mr. Wright’s class decide to take a vacation, the students discover just how difficult life can be without them.

Pulver, Robin.  Silent Letters Loud and Clear.  [CONCEPTS] E Pulver
When Mr. Wright’s students express a dislike for silent letters, the offended letters decide to teach them a lesson by going on strike

Rayevsky, Kim.   Antonyms, synonyms, homonyms. J 428.1 R

Schneider, R. M. Add it, dip it, fix it : a book of verbs.  [CONCEPTS] E Schneider

Shulman, Mark. Mom and Dad are palindromes. [CONCEPTS] E Shulman
When Bob realizes that he is surrounded by palindromes, from his mom, dad, and sis Anna to his dog Otto, he discovers a way to deal with the palindrome puzzle.

Terban, Marvin. The dove dove : funny homograph riddles. J 793.735 T
A collection of over seventy riddles using homographs, words that are spelled the same but differ in meaning and pronunciation.

Terban, Marvin.  Eight Ate : A Feast of Homonym Riddles.  J 793.735 T
A collection of original riddles, each using a homonym as the answer : bizarre-bazaar, knight-night, and similar pairs of words.

Terban, Marvin. Guppies in tuxedos : funny eponyms. J 422 T
Traces the origins of more than 100 eponymous words–words derived from the names of people or places. For example “sandwich” is an eponymous word from the eponym, Earl of Sandwich, the man who invented sandwiches.

Terban, Marvin. Mad as a wet hen! : and other funny idioms.  J 428.1 T
Illustrates and explains over 100 common English idioms, in categories including animals, body parts, and colors.

Terban, Marvin. Punching the clock : funny action idioms. J 428.1 T
Introduces and explains more than 100 expressions which mean something different than the separate words in the group. For example: raise the roof, hold your horses, and carry a tune.

Truss, Lynne.  Eats, shoots& leaves : why, commas really do make a difference! J 428.2 T
See how using (or not using) a comma can change the meaning of a sentence.

Walker, Sally M.  The Vowel family : a tale of lost letters. J 428.2 W
The members of the Vowel family have a hard time talking until their children, Alan, Ellen, Iris, Otto, and Ursula, are born, and when one of them gets lost one day, it takes their Aunt Cyndy to fix the problem.

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