•  Adjectives

    Beetle Bop by Denise Fleming

    Lunch by Denise Fleming

    Beatrice Doesn’t Want To by Laura Numeroff

    Little Blue, Little Yellow by Leo Lionni

    The Dot by Peter Reynolds

    My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

    The Napping House by Audrey Wood

    Sheep on a Ship by Nancy Shaw

    Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

    Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

    Little Red Writing by Joan Holub

    Fish Eyes by Lois Ehlert

    The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

     

    Alliteration

    The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss

    Animalia by Graeme Base

    Dog Breath: The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis by Dav Pilkey

    Snow by Cynthia Rylant

    The Z Was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg

    Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin

    June 29, 1999 by David Wiesner

    In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming

    Clara Caterpillar by Pamela Duncan Edwards 

    Walter was Worried by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

    The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens

    Some Smug Slug by Pamela Duncan Edwards

     

    Allusion

    Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

    Wild About Books by Judy Sierra

    The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

    Locomotive by Brian Floca

    Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! by David McPhail

    Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch by Anne Isaacs

    We’re Back!: A Dinosaur’s Story by Hudson Talbott

    Wreck of the Zephyr by Chris Van Allsburg

     

    Beginning, Middle, and End

    Lost Cat by C. Roger Mader

    Beatrice Doesn’t Want To by Laura Numeroff

    Dog Breath: The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis by Dav Pilkey

    Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes

    Sam and the Tigers by Julius Lester

    Dandelions by Eve Bunting

    Miss Nelson is Back by Harry Allard

    Corduroy by Don Freeman

    Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler

    A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle

    Quest by Aaron Becker

    Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

     

    Cause and Effect

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

    Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale by Versa Aardema

    The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble

    The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

    The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

    David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon

    Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

    There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback

    The Dot by Peter Reynolds

    The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

    A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

    This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

     

    Character Traits

    Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

    Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

    Insects Are My Life by Megan McDonald

    Swamp Angel by Anne Isaacs

    Brave Irene by William Steig

    Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto

    Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco

    Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

    Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

    Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

    Wembery Worried by Kevin Henkes

     

    Compare and Contrast

    The Three Pigs by David Wiesner

    Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

    The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo

    The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges

    The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka

    Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

    The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

    Goldie and the Three Bears by Diane Stanley

    Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

    Town Mouse, Country Mouse by Jan Brett

     

    Drawing Conclusions

    Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Krauss

    The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown

    Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

    Miss Nelson is Back by Harry Allard

    I Wish I Was Sick, Too! by Franz Brandenberg

    Ira Says Goodbye by Bernard Waber

    The Widows Broom by Chris Van Allsburg

    Journey by Aaron Becker

     

    Foreshadowing

    The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett

    Strega Nona by Tomie DePaola

    Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say

    Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young

    Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

    Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watts

    Comet’s Nine Lives by Jan Brett

    How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story by Eve Bunting

    Encounter by Jane Yolen

    The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg

    Skippyjon Jones by Judith Byron Schachner

     

    Homonyms

    Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones by Gene Barretta

    A Chocolate Moose for Dinner by Fred Gwynne

    How Much Can a Bare Bear Bear? by Brian Cleary

    More Parts by Tedd Arnold

    “Amelia Bedelia” series by Peggy Parrish and Herman Parrish

    Aunt Ant Leaves through the Leaves by Nancy Coffelt

    What Did You Say? by Sylvia Root Tester

    One Whole Doughnut, One Doughnut Hole by Valjean McLenighan

    Never Monkey with a Monkey by Sylvia Root Tester

     

    Hyperbole

    The Bunyans by Audrey Wood

    Hog-Eye by Susan Meddaugh

    John Henry by Julius Lester

    Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osbourne

    Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag

    Paul Bunyan, a Tall Tale by Steven Kellogg

    Other tall tales

     

    Idioms

    “Amelia Bedelia” series by Peggy Parrish and Herman Parrish

    More Parts by Tedd Arnold

    Even More Parts: Idioms from Head to Toe by Tedd Arnold

    Go Fly a Kite! (And Other Sayings We Don’t Really Mean) by Cynthia Fitterer Klingel

    Henry and the Cannons: An Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution by Don Brown

    My Teacher Likes to Say by Denise Brennan-Nelson

    Which Witch is Which? by Pat Hutchins

    You Let the Cat Out of the Bag! (And Other Crazy Animal Sayings) by Cynthia Fitterer Klingel

    You’re Clean as a Whistle! (And Other Silly Sayings) by Cynthia Fitterer Klingel

     

    Imagery

    Butterfly House by Eve Bunting

    Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse

    The Gift by Kristine Franklin

    The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires

    The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

    Mirandy and Brother Wind by Pat McKissack

    My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

    Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

    A Story for Bear by Dennis Haseley

    Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg

    When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant

    Bedhead by Margie Palatini

     

    Inference

    Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague

    Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

    Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

    Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges

    Mirette On the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully

    No, David! by David Shannon

    Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt by Lisa Campbell Ernst

    The Shivers in the Fridge by Fran Manushkin

    The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

    Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

    The Gardener by Sarah Stewart

    The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen

    My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza

    Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes

     

    Irony

    Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

    Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

    Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds

    Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

    The Fortune-Tellers by Lloyd Alexander

    Frederick by Leo Lionni

    Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

    The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

    The Sweetest Fig by Chris Van Allsburg

    Testing Miss Malarkey by Judy Finchler

    The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

     

    Letter Writing

    I Wanna New Room by Karen Kaufman Orloff

    Dear Children of the Earth: A Letter from Home by Schim Schimmel

    Small, Medium & Large by Jane Monroe Donovan

    The Jolly Postman, or, Other People’s Letters by Janet Ahlberg

    Raising Sweetness by Diane Stanley

    Thank You, Santa by Margaret Wild

    Yours Truly, Goldilocks by Alma Flor Ada

    With Love, Little Red Hen by Alma Flor Ada

    Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James

    Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

    LaRue for Mayor : Letters from the Campaign Trail

    Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague

    The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

    Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings

     

    Metaphors

    Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

    Swamp Angel by Anne Isaacs

    Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman

    The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble

     

    Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

    Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

    Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson

    The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

    Carolinda Clatter! by Mordicai Gerstein

    My Mouth is a Volcano! by Julia Cook

     

    Narrative

    The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

    The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills

    Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco

    Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell

    The Babe & I by David Adler

    Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran

    Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson

    Picnic at Mudsock Meadow by Patricia Polacco

     

    Nouns

    The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

    Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

     

    Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss

    Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

    The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

    The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems

    Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont

    The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown

    The Mitten by Jan Brett

    Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson

     

    Onomatopoeia

    The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

    Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure by Doreen Cronin

    Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin

    Gobble, Growl, Grunt by Peter Spier

    Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming

    Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?  by Dr. Seuss

    Cock-a-doodle-doo, Creak, Pop-pop, Moo  by Jim Aylesworth

    Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee

    The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

    Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale by Verna Aardema

    In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming

     

    Patterns

    Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

    The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco

    Possum Come A-Knockin' by Nancy Van Laan

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do you See? by Bill Martin

    Animalia by Graeme Base

    There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! by Dr. Seuss

     

     

    Personification

    The Talking Eggs by Robert San Souci

    Ghost’s Hour, Spook’s Hour by Eve Bunting

    Mojave by Diane Siebert

    Arthur’s Family Vacation by Marc Brown

    The Great Gracie Chase: Stop That Dog!  by Cynthia Rylant

    The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School by Laurie Halse Anderson

    The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

    Snow by Cynthia Rylant

    Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds

    The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

     

    Personal Narrative

    A Tree Named Steve by Alan Zwiebel

    Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee

    Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

    Fireflies! by Julie Brinckloe

    The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey

    The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

    A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

    All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan

    The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

    Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

    Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

     

    Persuasive

    I Wanna Iguana by Karen Orloff

    Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

    My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza

    Can’t I Keep Him? by Steven Kellogg

    Duck for President by Doreen Cronin

    Earrings! by Judith Viorst

    Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters From Obedience School  by Mark Teague

    Hey, Little Ant by Phillip Hoose

    Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin      

     

    Plot

    A Book by Mordicai Gernstein

    Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

    A Fine, Fine School  by Sharon Creech

    Piggins by Jane Yolen

    The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood

    Sophie’s Masterpiece: A Spider’s Tale by Eileen Spinelli

    Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting

    Strega Nona by Tomie DePaola

    Lunch Bunnies by Kathryn Lasky

     

    Point of View

    Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg

    Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian

    Butterfly House by Eve Bunting

    Hey, Little Ant by Phillip Hoose

    Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

    Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Rhyme  by Marilyn Singer

    Whales Passing by Eve Bunting

    Who is Melvin Bubble? by Nick Bruel

    A. Lincoln and Me by Louise Borden

    Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad by Pamela Duncan Edwards

    Tree of Cranes by Allen Say

    Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

    A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

    School's First Day of School by Adam Rex

    They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

     

    Problem Solving

    Owen by Kevin Henkes

    Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

    Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard

    Hedgie’s Surprise by Jan Brett

    Brave Irene by William Steig

    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

    A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

    The Grudge Keeper by Mara Rockliff

    Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie DePaola

    Chalk by Bill Thomson

     

    Quotations

    Ira Says Goodbye by Bernard Waber

    Patrick’s Dinosaurs by Carol Carrick

    Little Rabbit’s Loose Tooth by Lucy Bate

    Chicken Little by Rebecca Emberley

    The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble

    The Little Island by Golden MacDonald

    We Can’t Sleep by James Stevenson

     

    Rhyme

    Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

    The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman

    Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk

    Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

    How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen

    Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

    Wild About Books by Judy Sierra

    My Granny Went to Market by Stella Blackstone

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  by Bill Martin

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin

    Some Dogs Do by Jez Alborough

    Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss

    Push! Dig! Scoop! A Construction Counting Rhyme by Rhonda Gowler Greene 

    "Dino Sports" series by Lisa Wheeler

     

    Setting

    Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

    Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel

    Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

    Dandelions by Eve Bunting

    Aurora Means Dawn by Scott Sanders

    Ashpet: An Appalachian Cinderella by Joanne Compton

    Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Jan Brett

    Biscuit Finds a Friend by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

    The Bracelet by Yoshiko Uchida

    The Potato Man by Megan McDonald

     

    Sequence

    Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw

    Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback

    We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

    The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

    Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young

    Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin

    The Popcorn Book by Tomie DePaola

    If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    No Jumping on the Bed! by Tedd Arnold

    The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges

    Aquarium by Crynthia Alonso

    The Napping House by Audrey and Don Wood

     

    Simile

    Crazy Like a Fox: A Simile Story by Loreen Leedy

    Come on, Rain! by Karen Hesse

    Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

    Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young

    Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

    A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting

    Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

    Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman

    Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Patridge by Mem Fox

    Seashells: More Than a Home by Melissa Stewart

     

    Synonyms

    What the Moon Saw by Brian Wildsmith

    A Whisper is Quiet by Carolyn Lunn

    Exactly the Opposite by Tana Hoban

    Food for Thought: The Complete Book of Concepts for Growing Minds by Saxton Freymann

    Pitch and Throw, Grasp and Know: What is a Synonym? by Brian Cleary

     

    Theme

    The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry

    Duck for President by Doreen Cronin

    The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

    Imogene’s Last Stand by Candace Fleming

    Sheila Rae, the Brave by Kevin Henkes

    Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus

    Swimmy by Leo Lionni

    Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

    Elmer by David McKee

    Mole Music by David McPhail

    The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

    I Walk with Vanessa by Kerascoet

     

    Verbs

    Simply Delicious! by Margaret Mahy

    Max’s Words by Kate Banks

    The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens

    Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin

    How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long

    Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson

    In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming

    The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco

    Come on, Rain! by Karen Hesse

    Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel

    Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre

    In a Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming

    John Henry by Julius Lester

    The Z Was Zapped by Chris van Allsburg

     

    Voice

    The Teacher from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler

    My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

    Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis

    Piggie Pie! by Margie Palatini

    Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

    Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin

    The Talking Eggs by Robert San Souci

    My House Has Stars by Megan McDonald

    Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

    I Am the Dog, I Am the Cat by Donald Hall

    The Dot by Peter Reynolds

    LaRue for Mayor : Letters from the Campaign Trail by Mark Teague