Word Power! 15 Books that celebrate words

Word Power - Books that celebrate words

There are plenty of reasons to love a good book. Children often love books for gorgeous illustrations or for their humorous stories. The adventurous plot or characters may draw children to read as they relate to them. But have you imagined what would happen if a book instills a love for words themselves? Words and wordplay make readers love language, it inspires writing and helps kids learn new vocabulary. The readers may convert to an even more avid reader (or author!) for life!! All written books will help build your child’s vocabulary.  But, here is a list of books that emphasize the love of learning new words and building vocabulary.

Check out these picture storybooks that get children thinking about words and teach them to put them together into big ideas.

15 Books that celebrate words

Aditi Adventures – The Word Eater

Aditi's Adventures - The Word Eater

Danger! That’s what the digital butterflies seem to be spelling out. There is a Word eater at large who snatches words as soon as they are uttered and makes them disappear. The ‘monster’ turns out to be just a little boy. Otto, Grendel’s cousin

The day it rained letters by Nury Vittachi

The Day it Rained Letters

In a world where there is no written language, a little girl encounters some letters of the alphabet. The discovery leads Minky Binka and her best friend on an adventure. They eventually discover books mental meals which you eat with your eyes . And storytelling food for thought which you eat with your ears . Best of all, Minky Binka discovers that reading unlocks a wonderful dream-machine hidden in everyone s head called the Imagination.


The Boy Who Loved Words By Roni Schotter

Boy who loved words

In this Parents’ Choice Gold Award–winning book, Selig collects words, ones that stir his heart (Mama!) and ones that make him laugh (giggle). But what to do with so many luscious words? After helping a poet find the perfect words for his poem (lozengelemon, and licorice), he figures it out: His purpose is to spread the word to others. And so he begins to sprinkledisburse, and broadcast them to people in need.

Max’s Words By Kate Banks

Maxs Words

Max’s brothers have grand collections that everyone makes a big fuss over. Benjamin collects stamps and Karl collects coins, and neither one will share with their little brother. So Max decides to start a collection of his own. He’s going to collect words. He starts with small words that he cuts out of newspapers and magazines, but soon his collection has spilled out into the hall. All the while, his brothers are watching. Benjamin brags that he has one thousand stamps. Karl is just a few coins short of five hundred. But a thousand stamps is really just a bunch of stamps, and a lot of coins is only a heap of money. A pile of words, however, can make a story.

The Very Inappropriate Word By Jim Tobin

The Very Inappropriate Word

Michael loves interesting words (hard words like ELASTIC, little words like VAST, and big words like SMITHEREENS) and is always on the lookout for words to collect. Then one day, he picks up a new word. A bad word. An inappropriate word. At least, that’s what his friend says. But Michael kind of likes the word. He thinks he might try it out.

Word Collector by Peter H Reynolds

Word Collector

Some people collect stamps. Some people collect coins. Some people collect art. And Jerome? Jerome collected words . . .
In this extraordinary new tale from Peter H. Reynolds, Jerome discovers the magic of the words all around him – short and sweet words, two-syllable treats, and multisyllable words that sound like little songs. Words that connect, transform, and empower.

Thesaurus Rex by Laya Steinberg

Thesaurus Rex

This playful dinosaur will “slither, skid, slide and glide” his way into children’s hearts! Encourage children to explore synonyms with the loveably cheeky Thesaurus Rex, who has an irresistible way with words. Action-verb and noun synonyms feature throughout Laya Steinberg’s energetic text which, paired with award-winning Debbie Harter’s vibrant watercolors, will engage boys and girls alike. The alliteration, repetition and rhyme featured in this delightful book will also help to foster speaking and listening skills.

Word Collector By Sonja Wimmer

Word Collector - Sonja

A poetic tale about the magic of words and the power of positive words, which invites to enjoy this wonderful story in a fun, original way.


Donovan’s Word Jar by Monalisa DeGross

Donovan's Word Jar

Donavan Allen doesn’t collect coins, comics, or trading cards like most kids. He collects words—big words, little words, soft words, and silly words. Whenever Donavan finds a new word, he writes it on a slip of paper and puts it in his word jar. But one day, Donavan discovers that his word jar is full. He can’t put any new words in without taking some of the old words out—and he wants to keep all his words. Donavan doesn’t know what to do, until a visit to his grandma provides him with the perfect solution.

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant

Roget and his thesaurus

For shy young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best companionsNand it wasn’t long before Roget began writing his own book. But he didn’t write stories; he wrote lists. Roget took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express what he thought. This elegant book celebrates the joy of learning and the power of words.

Lexie The Word Wrangler by Rebecca Slyke

Lexie Word Wrangler

This clever celebration of words and their meanings features a strong cowgirl who wrangles words alongside cattle. Lexie is the best wrangler west of the Mississippi—word wrangler, that is. She watches over baby letters while they grow into words and ties shorter words together into longer ones; she herds words into sentences, hitches sentences together, and pens them all in to tell a story. But lately, something seems off at the ranch. First the d goes missing from her bandana, leaving her with a banana to tie around her neck, and soon afterward every S-T-A-R in the sky turns into R-A-T-S. There’s no doubt about it—there’s a word rustler causing this ruckus, and Lexie plans to track him down . . . even if it means riding her horse through the sticky icing of a desert that’s suddenly become a giant dessert.

The Great Dictionary Caper by Judy Sierra

Great Dictionary Caper

When all of the words escape from the dictionary, it’s up to Noah Webster to restore alphabetical order in this supremely wacky picture book that celebrates language. Words have secret lives. On a quiet afternoon the words escape the dictionary (much to the consternation of Mr. Noah Webster) and flock to Hollywood for a huge annual event—Lexi-Con. Liberated from the pages, words get together with friends and relations in groups including an onomatopoeia marching band, the palindrome family reunion, and hide-and-seek antonyms. It’s all great fun until the words disagree and begin to fall apart. Can Noah Webster step in to restore order before the dictionary is disorganized forever?

Take Away the A by Michaël Escoffier, illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo

Take Away the A

A word totally transforms if you take away just one letter – without the A, the beast is best. Without the W, the witch has an itch! This is an alphabet book like no other. An irreverant exploration not only of letters in their alphabetic order, but also of how they form words and communicate ideas. Packed with humour and wordplay, the author and illustrator effortlessly play off each other to enhance humour and meaning. Children will not be able to resist inventing imaginative examples of their own.

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words by Tracy Maurer

Noah Websters Fighting Words

Noah Webster – famous for writing the first dictionary of the English language as spoken in the United States – was known in his day for his bold ideas and strong opinions about, well, everything. Spelling. Politics. Laws. You name it, he had something to say about it. He even commented on his own opinions! With a red pencil in hand, Noah often marked up work that he had already published. So when Noah’s ghost came across this new picture book biography, he couldn’t help but make a few suggestions!



What a Wonderful Word: A Collection of Untranslatable Words From Around the World by Nicola Edwards

Have you ever wished there was a word for friends who are like family to you, or for the way you hesitate when you’ve forgotten someone’s name? Did you know there was a special word for the distance a reindeer can travel before needing the toilet? Or for when you search for something in the water using only your feet? This hand-picked collection of untranslatable worlds from all over the world celebrates the magic of language, with gorgeous original artwork and fascinating facts about each word and the culture it comes from.

The Dictionary of Difficult Words by Jane Solomon

Dictionary of Difficult Words

What is a bumbershoot. Or a moon bow. And what does it mean when someone absquatulates. Find out all this and more in the dictionary of difficult words. Test your knowledge with more than 400 words to amaze, confuse and inspire budding Goldsmith (and adults). all of the words featured in this book are difficult to spell, hard to say and their meanings are obscure to most children (and most adults). written with simple, easy-to-understand definitions by lexicographer Jane Solomon, this dictionary celebrates the beauty of the English language for family trivia time spent around the printed page.

Do you know any more books that glorify words? Let us know in the comments.

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