3 Picture Books for Grammar Geeks

Art by Mark Shulman © Chronicle Books
Mom and Dad Are Palindromes, illustrated by Adam McCauley © Chronicle Books

These picture books picks aren’t for the kids this time: They’re for all the parents out there who are unabashed grammar geeks! If you love grammar, writing, and word play, you’re likely to be more entertained than your kids when you read these clever books aloud together. Introduce writing concepts, palindromes, and grammar to your kids with the entertaining books below.

© Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
© Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

I Yam a Donkey! by Cece Bell

A fun read-aloud for everyone in the family, I Yam a Donkey! is sure to get some giggles. Simple, bold illustrations accompany the story of a yam and a donkey who just aren’t understanding each other.

A simple grammar lesson and a twist of an ending make this book memorable.

 

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© Chronicle Books

Mom and Dad Are Palindromes by Mark Shulman and Adam McCauley

Teach kids about the fun you can have with words in this clever and unique book. With over 101 palindromes to spot, this picture book is an interactive addition to family story time.

Younger kids might have some trouble grasping the concept of a palindrome, but there’s no better introduction to learning to recognize one. As a bonus, parents will love trying to spot them as well. (My favorite has to be “too hot to hoot.”) If your kids enjoy this one, Ann and Nan Are Anagrams by the same author and illustrator is another great picture book to pick up.

© Chronicle Books
© Chronicle Books

Little Red Writing by Jean Holub and Melissa Sweet

A brave little pencil chooses her own adventure in this one-of-a-kind picture book.

Read this ingenious twist on Little Red Riding Hood to the kids to explore ideas like story structure and different types of words (like adverbs and adjectives), and you just might pass on your love of grammar and vocabulary. You might even learn a new word or two yourself, like “bosky,” a new one for me.

GeekMom received a promotional copy of I Yam a Donkey! for review purposes.

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Kelly Knox is a freelance writer in Seattle, WA, where she contributes to local parenting magazines. She also writes for StarWars.com, Geek & Sundry, Forever Young Adult, and more. You can find crafts and art projects for geeky families at her blog The St{art} Button.