Living Books for Spelling, Grammar and even Math!


Accomodating Brocolli in the Cemetary, Or, Why Can't Anybody Spell?  Vivian Cook.

Arthur's Teacher Trouble, Marc Brown.

(On You Tube: )

There's also a software program of the same name that helps teach reading, spelling, and vocabulary skills....

A Bee in Your Ear, Frieda Wishinsky.

Cheese Please, Chimpanzees: Fun with Spelling, Tracy Traynor.

Happy Valentine's Day, Miss Hildy!  Lois Grambling.

In Trouble with Teacher, Patricia Demuth.

It's Time for School, Charlie Brown, adapted by Judy Katschke. 

Silent Letters Loud and Clear,  Robin Pulver.

What Rhymes with Snake?  Rick Brown.

Word Wizard, Cathryn Falwell.

I can Spell Words with Letters, Anna Nilson

And for your spine, or main spelling resource book of lists:  McGuffey's Eclectic Spelling Book, 1816-1896. 


Chicken in the City, Maria Fleming.

How to Speak Politely, and Why, Munro Leaf.

The Mega-Deluxe Capitalization Machine, Justin Martin.

The Mystery of the Missing Socks, Justin Martin.

The Planet Without Pronouns, Justin Martin.

Woe is I jr.: the younger grammarphobe's guide to better English in plain English, Patricia O'Conner.

Behind the Mask: A Book about Prepositions, Ruth Heller.

Fantastic! Wow! and Unreal!: A Book about Interjections and Conjunctions, Ruth Heller.

Kites Sail High: A Book about Verbs, Ruth Heller.

Many Luscious Lollipops:  A Book about Adjectives, Ruth Heller.

Merry-go-Round: A Book about Nouns, Ruth Heller.

Mine, All Mine: A Book about Pronouns, Ruth Heller.

Up, up and Away: A Book about Adverbs, Ruth Heller.

Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What is an Adjective?  Brian P. Cleary

On the Go: A Book of Adjectives, Betsy Maestro

A Mink, A Fink, A Skating Rink: What is a Noun?  Brian Cleary

Just one More, Michelle Koch

Your Foot's on my Feet!  And Other Tricky Nouns, Marvin Terban

Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely: What is an Adverb?  Brian Cleary

A-B-C ing:  An Action Alphabet, Janet Beller

The A to Z Beastly Jamboree, Robert Bender

To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What is a Verb?  Brian Cleary

Add it, Dip it, Fix it: A Book of Verbs, R. M. Schneider

I Think I Thought and Other Tricky Verbs, Marvin Terban

Verbs, Verbs, Verbs: The Trickiest Action-packed Words in English

Terrific "spines" for grammar work:  First Language Lessons, Jessie Wise; Primary Language Lessons and Intermediate Language Lessons, Emma Serl.


One Guinea Pig is Not Enough, Kate Duke. (counting from one to ten and ten plus ten makes twenty, to introduce counting by tens).

One Guinea Pig Is Not Enough

Just Add Fun!  Includes skip counting and making change.

Just Add Fun! (Hello Reader Math)

Pigs go to Market, Halloween Fun with Math and Shopping, Amy Axelrod.  Introduces multiplication and a little measurement.

Pigs Go To Market: Fun with Math and Shopping

The 100th Day of School!  Introduces activities to encourage counting to 100.

The 100th Day of School

(free mini-book for 100th day activities: )

Midnight Math, Twelve Terrific Math Games, Peter Ledwon and Marilyn Mets. (Uses a deck of cards, dice, and other household items to help you brush up on basic math skills.)

Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream, a Mathematical Story, Cindy Neuschwander (a story about multiplying; math activities included at the end of the book).

(Lesson plan: )

Pigs in the Pantry, Fun with Math and Cooking, Amy Axelrod (covers capacity measurement facts).

Pigs will be Pigs, Amy Axelrod (book about adding up money amounts).

Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday, Judith Viorst (book about subtracting money amounts from $1).

(Lit guide: )

Jelly Beans for Sale, Bruce McMillan (book about adding small amounts of money, pennies and dimes).

Jelly Beans for Sale (book cover)

Pigs on a Blanket, Fun with Math and Time, Amy Axelrod (book about time measurement).

The Big Buck Adventure, Shelley Gill

Dinosaur Deals, Stuart J. Murphy

The Sundae Scoop, Stuart Murphy

What's a Pair?  What's a Dozen?  Stephen Swinburne

Math Appeal: Mind-stretching Math Riddles, Greg Kang

Adding it Up, Rosemary Wells

Mathematickles!  Betsy Franco

If I Were Bigger than Anyone and Other Poems, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins

What's in a Number:  A Collection of Poems, illustrated by Sue Heap

Abu Ali counts His Donkeys: A Folktale from the Middle East, Dorothy Van Woerkom

One Grain of Rice, Demi

How Many?  Rick Walton

Number Art:  Thirteen 1 2 3's From Around the World, Leonard E. Fisher

Terrific "spines" for math work:  Singapore Math; Life of Fred; Russian Math 6....

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