Monday, February 8, 2016

Language Arts Picture Books - Brian P. Cleary

Add fun to your child's learning with books authored by Brian P. Cleary. He has dozens of great language arts picture books aimed at elementary aged students. The bold and silly illustrations will appeal to this age group as well as his creative writing. If you want to make learning fun for your child but don't have the time for creativity, Cleary has done the work for you! He has sold millions of copies, so your public library should have some in stock.

Here are some highlights from a couple of books:

"Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What is an Adjective?"

"Adjectives help tell us more, like narrow street or favorite store, hilly, chilly, fast, and fun, under-cooked and overdone...They tell if root beer's flat or fizzy, and if your street is quiet or busy, that treats are yummy, shakes are thick, and if your tummy's clam or sick."

"Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely: What is an Adverb?"

"Adverbs tell us when and how, like quickly do your homework now. They often help describe the verbs like, patiently plant peas and herbs. Adverbs will frequently end in "L-Y," as in viciously, ultra-suspiciously sly."

Cleary has a rhythmic writing style that is not only fun to read and listen to, but one that helps you to remember the concepts through catchy phrasing.

Other books are
"Quirky, Jerky, Extra Perky: More About Adjectives"
"A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What is a Noun?"
"A Cat, a Bat, Your Grandma's Hat: What is a Noun?"
"A Lime, a Mime, a Pool of Slime: More about Nouns"
"I and Who, and Don't Forget You: What is a Pronoun?"
"To Root, To Toot, To Parachute: What is a Verb?"
"Slide and Slurp, Scratch and Burp: More about Verbs"
"Skin Like Milk, Hair Like Silk: What are Similes and Metaphors?"
"How Much Can a Bare Bear Bear: What are Homonyms and Homophones?"
"Stop and Go, Yes and No: What is an Antonym?"
"Straight and Curvy, Meek and Nervy: More about Antonyms
"Thumbtacks, Earwax, Lipstick, Dipstick: What is a Compound Word?"
"Pitch and Throw, Grasp and Know: What is a Synonym?"
"Stroll and Walk, Babble and Talk: More about Synonyms"
"Under Over, by the Clover: What is a Preposition?"
"I'm and Won't, They're and Don't: What's a Contraction?" 
"But and For, Yet and Nor: What is a Conjunction?"
"Lazily, Crazily, Just a Bit Nasally: More about Adverbs"
"Cool! Whoa! Ah! and Oh!: What is an Interjection?
"Feet and Puppies, Thieves and Guppies: What are Irregular Plurals?"

Visit for more information about his books as well as quizzes, coloring sheets and posters! He has written about math concepts, health concepts and more.

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