“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Curtis, J. L., & Cornell, L. (2008). Big words for little people. New York, NY: Joanna Cotler Books.
Lexile Measure: 300L
Synopsis: The narrator teaches advanced words to readers by explaining word usage with various life situations. From interacting with parents to receiving consequences at school, the advantages of verbal communication with emphasis on vocabulary are evident in the book.
Rationale for Classroom Use: Big Words for Little People is great for vocabulary development and teaching lessons on context clues.
Common Core Connection:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 1 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.5c Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., note places at home that are cozy).