Vocabulary -- Books with Big Words

This board is all about mentor texts for developing the word knowledge of young students. For younger students, reading aloud quality picture books (that contain great vocab) is one of the most effective ways to teach vocabulary. Most of the books pinned here have been published in the last ten years, but a few are timeless classics. I've read each one and personally recommend them.
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Not One Damsel in Distress: World Folktales for Strong Girls by Jane Yolen.  This collection of thirteen retold folk tales about strong young women come from every corner of the globe, from a fierce medieval knight to a Chinese girl who slays a dreaded serpent. I haven't read this one ... yet. But it sounds very promising.

Not One Damsel in Distress: World Folktales for Strong Girls by Jane Yolen. This collection of thirteen retold folk tales about strong young women come from every corner of the globe, from a fierce medieval knight to a Chinese girl who slays a dreaded serpent. I haven't read this one ... yet. But it sounds very promising.

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont & David Caltrow (2005) --  This award winning book introduces us to a mischievous little boy who paints nearly every conceivable body part. Set to rhyme, this book is a great way to model reading strategies. It’s also great fun and filled with an explosion of color. Warning: I hate to give away the ending, but there is a picture of the boy’s backside and underwear….and a full-on reference to "butt" which may unnerve some adult readers. Kids love…

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont & David Caltrow (2005) -- This award winning book introduces us to a mischievous little boy who paints nearly every conceivable body part. Set to rhyme, this book is a great way to model reading strategies. It’s also great fun and filled with an explosion of color. Warning: I hate to give away the ending, but there is a picture of the boy’s backside and underwear….and a full-on reference to "butt" which may unnerve some adult readers. Kids love…

Blackout by John Rocco (2011) – This Caldecott award winner explores family, community life, and what can happen when life becomes “unplugged”. Simple, yet beautiful illustrations. Simple text with a great message. Tier 2 vocabulary words include huddled, and normal.

Blackout by John Rocco (2011) – This Caldecott award winner explores family, community life, and what can happen when life becomes “unplugged”. Simple, yet beautiful illustrations. Simple text with a great message. Tier 2 vocabulary words include huddled, and normal.

Amber on the Mountain(1994), by Tony Johnston, illustrations by acclaimed artist, Robert Duncan --  Sometimes learning to read is “like walking up a wall. Amber kept rolling off.” This warm-you-to-your-toes book is about a young pioneer-mountain girl who longs to learn how to read. She finally gets her chance when young Anna moves to the mountain. Learning to read is not easy, but one can “do anything they set their mind to”. An older book, but a favorite. Powerful message. Sweet…

Amber on the Mountain(1994), by Tony Johnston, illustrations by acclaimed artist, Robert Duncan -- Sometimes learning to read is “like walking up a wall. Amber kept rolling off.” This warm-you-to-your-toes book is about a young pioneer-mountain girl who longs to learn how to read. She finally gets her chance when young Anna moves to the mountain. Learning to read is not easy, but one can “do anything they set their mind to”. An older book, but a favorite. Powerful message. Sweet…

All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon – Winner of several awards including the 2010 Caldecott Honor and the Parents Choice Gold Award (among others), this rhyming, repetitive book helps us make sense of the world and identify what’s important. “All the world is old and new … hot and cold …”  This would make a good read during a study of antonyms. It also makes a nice addition to a thematic unit on families.

All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon – Winner of several awards including the 2010 Caldecott Honor and the Parents Choice Gold Award (among others), this rhyming, repetitive book helps us make sense of the world and identify what’s important. “All the world is old and new … hot and cold …” This would make a good read during a study of antonyms. It also makes a nice addition to a thematic unit on families.

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein. This 2011 Caldecott winner is a great book to add to a unit on fairy tales and fables. Tier 2 words include: interrupt, panic, involved, and nibble.

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein. This 2011 Caldecott winner is a great book to add to a unit on fairy tales and fables. Tier 2 words include: interrupt, panic, involved, and nibble.

A great bulletin board idea: display picture of classroom read alouds paired with three target vocab words from the book. Love how visible these words are for review!

A great bulletin board idea: display picture of classroom read alouds paired with three target vocab words from the book. Love how visible these words are for review!

Picture book covers with target words underneath. LOVE this idea. One could have students make tally marks next to each word as they encounter them in other texts or use them when talking. LOVE.

Picture book covers with target words underneath. LOVE this idea. One could have students make tally marks next to each word as they encounter them in other texts or use them when talking. LOVE.

A fresh & original twist on the common issue of bullying. Kids will relate, & parents & teachers will appreciate the story's deft handling of conflict resolution (which happens w/o adult intervention)

A fresh & original twist on the common issue of bullying. Kids will relate, & parents & teachers will appreciate the story's deft handling of conflict resolution (which happens w/o adult intervention)

books starring princesses who are smart, daring, and aren't waiting around to be rescued. Haven't read. Want to.

The Ultimate Guide to the Independent Princess – Best Of

books starring princesses who are smart, daring, and aren't waiting around to be rescued. Haven't read. Want to.

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