Teaching Verbs
with children's books

We like teaching verbs! They are pretty straightforward, and there are so many fun, active activities to drive home what verbs are. Fun stuff!  Below is a list of fun children's picture books that are great for helping kids understand what verbs are.

Of course all books have verbs in them (at least those with words), but these books have kid-friendly definitions and give lots of fun examples. We hope to enlarge upon this list, but for now we have a few books to help teach this part of speech. If you know any books we should add to this list, please let us know. We need your help!

Note: We also have booklists on other parts of speech.

Great Books for Teaching Verbs

Nouns and Verbs Have
a Field Day

(an adorable little story that uses humor
to teach why sentences need both
nouns and verbs. We like this book!)

by Robin Pulver
1st grade - 4th grade

Kites Sail High: A
Book About Verbs
(part of the World of Language
series. The elaborate illustrations
are quite striking, but the book does
covers A LOT of ground (too much?)

by Ruth Heller

1st grade - 6th grade



A Verb for Herb
(a fairy shows a bored little boy
all the fun, active things he can do,
like dance, hop, cook, invent...)
by Maria Fleming

1st grade - 4th grade

Shake, Rattle, and Roll
An Action Packed Verb Book
(part of the Doodlezoo series--
combines computer illustrations
and nature photography)
by
Keith Potter



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

(zany, funny, full of examples--this book
is part of the Words are Categorical
series, which is very popular with kids)

by Brian Cleary
2nd grade - 4th grade

Slide & Slurp, Scratch and
Burp: More About Verbs

(a follow up book on verbs--this book
does not repeat material in the first,
so it's great to have both!)

by Brian Cleary
2nd grade - 4th grade



If You Were a Verb
(whimsical illustrations, defines
verbs and gives examples. Part of the
well done "Word Fun" series)
by Michael Dahl

1st grade - 3rd grade






We definitely need to grow this list with more great children's books for teaching verbs. If you happen to know any children's books that are great to use when teaching verbs, let us know! 

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