best picture books to build vocabulary

Best Picture Books to Build Vocabulary (ages 2-8)

These picture books are a fun way to build vocabulary effortlessly. I also have a series of posts on picture books with SAT vocabulary from the literacy specialist at our elementary school. She selects a series of picture books and pulls out big words along with a sentence with the word. Little kids like big words!

Best Picture Books for Vocabulary

Halmoni and the Picnic by Sook Nyul Choi

An advanced picture book about a girl and her Korean grandmother and how they both learn to bridge the cultural gap with food. Yunmi and Halmoni’s Trip is about their trip back to visit Korea. [ages 5-8]

The Absolutely Awful Alphabet by Mordicai Gerstein

Chock full of SAT level adjectives. [ages 2-6]

Owen and Mzee Non-Fiction series by Craig Hatkoff

A true story about a remarkable friendship between an old tortoise and a young hippopotamus. [ages 4-11]

The Ballot Box Battle by Emily Arnold McCully

Elizabeth Stanton tells young Cordelia about the fight for a woman’s right to vote while encouraging her to bravely jump her horse. We have enjoyed all of her books, especially the Mirette series. [ages 6-10]

Fancy Nancy series by Jane O’Connor

Nancy’s fancy capers are beloved by all girls, fancy or not. [ages 4-8]

Any book by Patricia Polacco except Pink and Say which is a great book about her ancestry at the time the Civil War but the content is too violent and sad for small children. If you read any of her book jackets, the biography of each book will tell you about the people in her life who inspired each story. [ages 6-10]

Thesarus Rex by Laya Steinberg

Lots of synonyms presented by a T. Rex. [ages 5-7]

Anatole series by Eve Titus.

Anatole is a French mouse with a keen palate. [ages 6-8]


Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully

Mirette meets a high wire walker who is boarding at her mother’s house and she helps him regain his ability to wire walk. In return, he teaches her to master the high wire. [picture book, ages 6 and up]

To view any book more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book.

best picture books to build vocabulary

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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