I'm going to be brief today, folks. I have a whopping stack of students' papers to grade. I've been correcting grammar and style all morning.
Which brings me to today's Perfect Picture Book selection:
Title: BUT and FOR, YET and NOR: What is a Conjunction? (part of the "Words are CATegorical series)
Author: By Brian P. Cleary
Publisher: Lerner/Millbrook Press
(which just happens to be the fantastic publisher that's putting out my PB in 2015!)
|Think he'll still be dancing when my book comes out in 2015?!|
Genre: Nonfiction, Rhyme
Subjects: Conjunctions, Grammar, Humor, Rhyme, Educational
Conjunctions are connecting words
like but and and or or,
yet, until, unless, and as,
along with for and nor.
Why I chose this book: Well, I'm a bit of a grammarian. As an English teacher, I'd have to say that grammar usage among each year's incoming students seems to be on the decline. I'm also planning to teach an upcoming Grammar Groove course with Mira Reisberg at the Picture Book Academy, launching sometime in April or so. Good grammar is essential for children as they grow, because effectively communicating is so important—whether you're writing a story or writing up a birthday party invitation. And this book makes grammar GROOVY! It's hilarious!
Brian P. Cleary has made my job easy. There are tons of resources and games for his Words are CATegorical series at his website, here: http://www.brianpcleary.com/words/index.html. Kids could probably poke around this site for hours.
Of course, SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK! is a great grammar resource for additional lessons. You can find some of them at this site: http://www.sqooltools.com/edvideos/shr/master.html. These were childhood favorites of mine. I hope your children enjoy them, too!
Now, go have a great Friday. And don't forget to check out these other Perfect Picture Books at Susanna Leonard Hill's blog!