Little Lit Book Series: Words, Word Play and Language Edition

We're wrapping up our month of words and word play.  These are some titles that were shared at the beginning of the month and you can click through to read the original post in each person’s feed.  Be sure to check out the other books we featured all throughout the month by searching the terms “words word play and language” here on our blog or by searching the hashtag #littlelitbookseries on Instagram.

Little Lit Book Series: Words, Word Play and Language Edition

From @averyandaugustine — 

This month's edition of #littlelitbookseries is all about words and word play. We're featuring books that celebrate the cleverness and nuances of language and its sounds, grammar, linguistic devices, various lexicons—the big and little things that contribute to the beauty and complexity of language. Word mavens and logophiles, be sure to check in on our feed @littlelitbookseries as we share more linguistic wonders there throughout the month.

If you've ever questioned whether or not commas do make a difference, look no further than the picture book version of Eats, Shoots & Leaves written by Lynne Truss and illustrated by Bonnie Timmons. It'll make you think twice the next time you see a badly punctuated sentence, and either cringe or chuckle at it.

 

Little Lit Book Series: Words, Word Play and Language Edition

From @bonjour_mes_amies — 

I SCREAM ICE CREAM, written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Serge Bloch, is full of clever wordles also known as homophones. Homophones are groups of words that sound exactly the same but mean different things. I thought this would be the perfect choice for this month's #littlelitbookseries theme on the wonderful world of words and word play. It highlights unique phrases accompanied by their equally witty illustrations. It's pretty hysterical! 

 

Little Lit Book Series: Words, Word Play and Language Edition

From @bookbloom —

This month's #littlelitbookseries is all about language. Words and word play and everything in-between.

For anyone that has ever tried to entertain a baby, you know how much they adore sounds and funny facial expressions. Which makes these rectangular board books a hit with the newborn to four-year-old crowd, or anyone that enjoys stellar read aloud books. Brimming with a riot of color and motion, each page is packed with onomatopoeia (words that imitate sound). Just be prepared for a full on mouth calisthenics, that will undoubtedly entertain you and your little ones.

Cars GoPlanes Go and Trains Go by Steve Light. Published by Chronicle Books.

 

Little Lit Book Series: Words, Word Play and Language Edition

From @carterhiggins — 

It’s another #littlelitbookseries round-up for you! I’ve been looking forward to this one, because today we are celebrating all things word play. Language is a tricky, slippery, joyful thing, and I adore books that honor that. I had a fave all picked out, and then this one showed up in my mailbox.

And I’m smitten. It’s silly and smart and fun to read out loud, with the captivating cadence of sounds and syllables at play. I think you’ll love it.

Also, it’s dedicated to Ruth Krauss, so there’s that. ✨ A Greyhound, a Groundhog was written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Chris Appelhans.

 

Little Lit Book Series: Words, Word Play and Language Edition

From @gigglegirlsbookclub — 

Can you fill in the blank: In the quiet forest, Rufus is sleeping like....  Our #littlelitbookseries share this month is a fun little picture book called Crazy Like A Fox: A Simile Story by Loren Leedy.  This months theme is words and I had to dig deep into the recesses of my mind (well not that deep) to remember what a simile was.  A fun and age-appropriate lesson about similes, idioms, and cliches.  We even made up some of our own.

 

Little Lit Book Series: Words, Word Play and Language Edition

From @littlebooksbigworld — 

Would you believe that those marks at the bottom of my photo tell a story? A story about a brother and a sister and a soccer ball on the beach? And a shark?! Yes, there's even a shark in the story.

The Oxford Dictionary defines WORD as a "single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing." Dictionary.com defines it as "a unit of language, consisting of one or more spoken sounds or their written representation, that functions as a principal carrier of meaning.”

So an adult may spell out B-A-L-L to represent the round object we know to be a ball, yet a young child may draw a circle to represent the same object. Is it still a word? Is it still a meaningful representation? Of course!

If a mark is made, the mark can tell a story. Whether it's a scribble or a shape or a letter-like formation. As writing development progresses, children begin stringing letters together and then begin matching letter sounds to their marks and words. If any of you have a kindergarten age child, you know how fun this inventive stage of writing can be! But let us not underestimate the "words" and "writing" of a very young child.

A SQUIGGLY STORY is a book that celebrates just that. The writing process of a young child. Scribbles, symbols, letters, words... a story!

This month #LittleLitBookSeries is exploring words and language. Check out my friends below for more book selections celebrating the power and nuances of words because as Dumbledore once said "Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic."

 

Little Lit Book Series: Words, Word Play and Language Edition

From @live_read_write — 

You probably know E.B. White for his children's books Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, but did you know he also wrote for the New Yorker and is the White of the revised Strunk and White Elements of Style (William Strunk was White's English professor at Cornell).

SOME WRITER // In this beautifully crafted biography, Melissa Sweet unpacks the life and work of children's author, E.B. White. In her signature collage style, Sweet gives us a glimpse of White's early boyhood years in New York -- of learning to read with help from his brother and the New York Times, trips to Maine, and beginnings of writerhood. We see him off to college at Cornell and follow him as he travels across the country to Seattle, paying his way by writing, his working for the New Yorker, family life, and completion of of his first children's book and beyond. Despite all of his accomplishments, we learn of his humility and resistance to call his beloved books classics.

This month as part of the #littlelitbookseries, we are sharing books about words and language; E.B. White is certainly a master of the English language. Many writers, including writers for children, reference his work and his self-proclaimed "short writer" style. Author Kate diCamillo says: "The thing about White that comforts and fascinates me (and challenges me) is how he manages to make his words matter more. It is if he is able to make one word do the work of ten. He bears down with the whole of his heart and soul on each word he chooses" (107).

Pick up a book by E.B. White, or a book about him such as this one, and I think you'll find that he was *some writer.*

 

Little Lit Book Series: Words, Word Play and Language Edition

From @live_read_write — 

John Agee has a bunch of wordplay books and PALINDROMANIA! is a collection of clever two-page palindrome — words or phrases that read the same forward and backward — stories. Agee weaves together palindromes in such a way that just might change how you see language and leave you scratching your head trying to come up with your own plays on words!

 

Little Lit Book Series: Words, Word Play and Language Edition

From @ourbookbag — 

The wonderful world of words and wordplay are the focus of this months #littlelitbookseries.  This is the perfect opportunity to share the work of @frankviva. His innovative use of wordplay is integrated into the design of these books to create new word connections.  Follow along as a little boy and his mother spend their day at an amusement park where handles become candles and ice cream changes to I scream through the clever use of cut-outs in Outstanding in the Rain is published by Tundra Books. Along a Long Road was created as a single 35 foot art piece keeping pace with a cyclist as he winds from countryside to city and back again. Published by HarperCollins.

 

Little Lit Book Series: Words, Word Play and Language Edition

From @picturethisbook — 

This month's #littlelitbookseries is all about language and wordplay, so I thought we'd go back to basics with this reissued 1936 Munro Leaf classic non-fiction picture book, which creatively uses amusing stick figures and personification to help kids remember some grammar rules and speak better. Of course, given the publication date, some of the material is slightly dated — but I wouldn't change a thing. And if you like this book, do check out the whole series reissued by Universe 📚

 

Little Lit Book Series: Words, Word Play and Language Edition

From @sunlitpages — 

It's a word extravaganza on the #littlelitbookseries today! We're celebrating words and language, and the wonder, beauty, and sometimes hilarity of them all.

For my pick, I wanted to share Yaks Yak by Linda Sue Park, a book that is made up entirely of homographs (i.e., words that are spelled and pronounced the same but have different meanings). Each page features an animal performing an action by the same name: the yaks yak (talk), the hogs hog (keep all the apples to themselves), and the quails quail (shiver in fear). It's a great springboard for defining words, expanding vocabulary, and thinking about things in a new way, and we love it. 

 

Little Lit Book Series: Words, Word Play and Language Edition

From @thekaleidoscopeca — 

For this month's #littlelitbookseries we chose books about the wonderful world of words.  Where Are The Words? was written by Jodi McKay and sweetly illustrated by Denise Holmes whose work I've admired for some time.  Period wants to write a story. His friends join in to help, Exclamation Mark is always bringing excitement to Question Mark's perplexity. Finding words can be harder than they thought.  Writing a story or working on punctuation, this cute and funny story is a helpful way to sneak in a lesson without a reader realizing it. A great one for budding young writers and teaching the power of collaboration.

Published by Albert Whitman.
Ages: 4-8

 

Little Lit Book Series: Words, Word Play and Language Edition

From @welovebookworms — 

Take Away the A by Michaël Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo is my selection for #littlelitbookseries. Our theme this month is word play and this alphabet book takes the cake. The idea is simple: what happens when you subtract a single letter from a word? It transforms into an entirely different word. This book is a creative way to learn the alphabet and celebrate word play. 

 

Little Lit Book Series: Words, Word Play and Language Edition

From @writesinla — 

Wordplay is today's #littlelitbookseries topic, which gives me a chance to post another one of my favorite picture books of 2016. DU IZ TAK? by Carson Ellis invents its own language, spoken by insects. I love seeing something that feels truly new. And this book fits the bill! The characters encounter and explore something curious, delightful, and new, as readers do. (And the silent, "musical" interludes are just as wonderful.)

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