Word Books

Okay, "word books" don't sound like the most exciting thing ever. They aren't storybooks, they don't have dialogue, and they teach words. But these are seriously some of the coolest books in our collection. Yes, they teach words. But they do so with style, entertainment, and lavish illustrations that even adults are attracted to (and let's face it, if adults don't like the books, why do we assume kids will?).

Word books are exactly what they sound like—books about words. For those who love words to begin with there's nothing odd or off-putting about this, but for the less literarily-inclined it probably sounds pretty dull and awful. That's why the word books we carry are so great: they combine text and pictures in a way everyone can enjoy them.

They're also *gasp* educational. Some are basic (Richard Scarry's visually engaging books come to mind), simply pairing words like "car" and "grapes" and "mailbox" with corresponding drawings of the same; others, like those by Ruth Heller, are more advanced, teaching specific kinds of words like adjectives and prepositions.

These aren't for older students (even the Ruth Heller titles). These are for kids still learning about words, still forming their own vocabularies, still trying to grasp the relationships between the spoken realm and the world around them. Words don't have to be a chore—and if you start your kids on the path to loving them with books like these, it's a pretty fair bet they never will be.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur.Read more of his reviews here.

 

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Behind the Mask
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: GRA-PICTURE)
$8.99
Cache of Jewels
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: GRA-PICTURE)
$8.99
Chocolate Moose for Dinner
by Fred Gwynne
from Aladdin Paperbacks
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$7.64 $5.00 (1 in stock)
Dr. Seuss's ABC
by Dr. Seuss
Book Club from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Nursery-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$3.00 (2 in stock)
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters
by Mark Dunn
Reprint from Anchor Books
for 8th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$12.71
Explore Language Series
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: GRA-PICTURE)
EyeLike Shapes
from Play Bac
for Preschool-2nd grade
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Fantastic! Wow! and Unreal!
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: GRA-PICTURE)
$8.99
Grammar-Land
by M. L. Nesbitt
from Yesterday's Classics
for 3rd-6th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: FIC-YC)
$8.06
King Who Rained
by Fred Gwynne
from Aladdin Paperbacks
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$7.64
Kites Sail High
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: GRA-PICTURE)
$8.99
Little Pigeon Toad
by Fred Gwynne
from Scholastic Reference
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Many Luscious Lollipops
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: GRA-PICTURE)
$8.99
Merry-Go-Round
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: GRA-PICTURE)
$8.99
Mine, All Mine
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: GRA-PICTURE)
$8.99
Old Hat New Hat
Bright & Early Books
by Jan Berenstain, Stan Berenstain
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: REA-BB)
$8.49
Proverbial Mouse
by Moira Miller
First Edition from Dial Books for Young Readers
for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Richard Scarry's ABC Word Book
by Richard Scarry
from Sterling Publishing Co.
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$11.01
Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever (Giant Golden Book)
by Richard Scarry
De Luxe edition from Golden Books
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$13.59
Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy Town
by Richard Scarry
from Golden Books
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$13.59
Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go
by Richard Scarry
from Golden Books
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$13.59
Up, Up and Away
by Ruth Heller
from PaperStar Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Grammar Picture Books (Location: GRA-PICTURE)
$8.99
What Do People Do All Day?
by Richard Scarry
from Random House
Richard Scarry Picture Book for K-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$13.59