Three Picture Books to Help Expand your Child’s Vocabulary

Do you want your child to learn more words and expand their vocabulary?  I learned some new words myself when reading The Boy Who Loved Words.  Try reading these three books! Your children will learn some new important words during reading time. With a rich vocabulary, a child can feel proud of using  “grown up” words appropriately, which can help improve self esteem.

Big Words for Little People by Jaime Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell is an ideal book to help teach your child new words such as appropriate, privacy, communicate, stupendous, cooperate, family, intelligence and many others. I love how the authors incorporate these words into the story to make them meaningful and easy to learn for the reader. Most children will have an easy time understanding the meaning of these words and then using these same words within a conversation. Improving a child’s vocabulary will help them with their overall language and communication skills. Having an increased vocabulary will also help a child describe a feeling, experience, etc and improve their narrative skills (storytelling). It will also impress teachers!

Big Words for Little People

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Cookies Bite Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is ideal to read during mealtime or snacktime (especially with cookies). Your child will learn words such as content, envy, loyal, honest, courageous, pessimistic and many more! These are words that are complex but in the context of talking about a cookie, your child will be able to understand the meaning of the word easily. For example, the author writes “Greedy means taking all of the cookies for myself”. Most children can relate to that! Ask your child “What is the opposite of greedy?” Discuss the word “generous”. Use this strategy with other words in the book.

Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons

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The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter is an interesting tale of a young boy who treasures words so much that he collects them. While other boys play sports, “Selig stayed on the outskirts, always on the periphery listening and collecting delicious words”. Selig sets out on a journey of a lifetime meeting a poet, a baker and finally his true love. The book is rich with language and eloquent writing. The Boy Who Loved Words will not only benefit your child’s language, but an adult can learn new words from this book as well! I love the glossary at the end of the book which includes 68 words and their meanings! Review a couple of words at a time and explain the meaning of each word so that your child can relate to it. For example, the word “chum” means friend. Ask your child “Who is your chum (friend)? They will remember the word then!

The Boy Who Loved Words

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