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Are you looking for literature to support classroom instruction about Grammar? Check out Our Editors’ Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team. Then it's your turn to share books that you enjoy or use in your classroom in the Our Readers’ Voices section below. With your help, we will build the best list on the Web of Best Books for teaching Grammar.



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by Kate Petty
In this interactive pop-up book, teaching and learning punctuation are transformed into a fun, hands-on activity. Sliding tabs, lift-the-flap features, and fresh, bold illustrations are sure to engage kids and help them understand the basic rules of punctuation. Wacky unpunctuated sentences will have kids laughing as they learn to recognize the correct use of every punctuation mark. Playful quizzes -- and helpful hints from different animals on each page -- make this book a perfect learning tool in the classroom and at home.

by Lynne Truss (2006)
Truss's picture-book version of her adult bestseller tackles the topic of commas and what can go wrong when they are misused. Versions of two identically worded sentences are presented side by side, demonstrating the difference in meaning achieved when a comma is added or subtracted. The author cleverly selects examples with the potential for comical (and grammatically correct) revisions. Timmons's humorous watercolor cartoons bring the point home. (School Library Journal)

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by Robin Pulver (2004)
"Day after day, the punctuation marks showed up in Mr. Wright's classroom. Day after day, they did their jobs. They put up with being erased and replaced and corrected and ignored and moved around." Miffed when the teacher quips, "Let's give punctuation a vacation," the various marks decide to take a trip and rush out the door. The class misses them almost immediately, as nothing the students read or write makes any sense without them. (School Library Journal)

by Rebecca Elliott Ph.D. (2006)
This very approachable text combines instruction in parts of speech and sentence structure with down-to-earth examples, funny illustrations, and examination of some of the more amusing and peculiar words in the English language. Barron's popular Painless Series of study guides for middle school and high school students offer a lighthearted, often humorous approach to their subjects, transforming details that might once have seemed boring or difficult into a series of interesting and mentally challenging ideas.

by Marvin Terban (1994)
From Scholastic, this kid's manual of style includes spelling rules, punctuation, capitalization, contractions, parts of speech, abbreviations, acronyms, and 100 most often confused and misused words. A detailed index helps students find answers to grammar questions quickly.

by Brian P. Cleary (2001)
Simple, rhyming text and colorful cartoon cats help children expand their vocabularies and gain an appreciation for the rhythm of language in this lighthearted book of rhyming verse. Adjectives like frilly, silly, polka-dotted, fizzy, and spunky are printed in color, and all the words will tickle you pink! Part of the Words Are Categorical series that includes Under, Over, by the Clover: What Is a Preposition? and To Root to Toot to Parachute: What Is a Verb?

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