Great Children's Books for
Teaching Punctuation Rules

We think teaching correct punctuation rules is actually pretty fun. Do you? Okay, maybe we're weird, but we think it can be a hoot. Goodness, some kids really struggle with correct punctuation-- not only using it correctly in their own writing, but also grasping how the meaning of what they are trying to say can be radically altered depending on punctuation usage.

Children's books like the ones below can be a great tool for teaching correct usage...and the pitfalls of incorrect usage.


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Punctuation
Celebration

(14 adorably illustrated
poems about
punctuation marks)

by Elsa Knight Bruno
2nd grade - 7th grade


Punctuation
Power

Punctuation and How
to Use It
(clearly written
guide on punctuation
rules for middle grades)
by Marvin Terban

4th grade - 9th grade


When Comma
Came to Town

(Comma visits the town
of 'And' -- teaches
comma usage
(Grammar Tales series)

by Samantha Berger


Mystery of the
Missing Socks

(ace reporter solves a
mystery -- teaches
quotation marks)
Grammar Tales series
by Justin Martin


Punctuation
Tales series

Subtitle: "A Motivating
Collection of Super-Funny
Storybooks That Help
Kids Master the
Mechanics of Writing"

Kindergarten - 2nd grade



Punctuation Takes
a Vacation

(silly story about what
happens
when punctuation
marks go on
vacation--
nothing makes sense!)

by Robin Pulver
1st grade - 3rd grade


Eats, Shoots, &
Leaves

Why, Commas Really
DO Make a Difference
(comically shows how
incorrect usage
changes the meaning)

by Lynne Truss
1st grade - 4th grade


The Girl's Like
Spaghetti

Why, You Can't Manage
Without Apostrophes!
(comically shows how
incorrect usage
changes the meaning)

by Lynne Truss
2nd grade - 4th grade


Twenty-Odd
Ducks

Why Every Punctuation
Mark Counts

(comically shows how
incorrect usage
changes the meaning)
by Lynne Truss

3rd grade - 6th grade


Yo! Yes?
(not specifically about
punctuation rules but
great for showing how
it impacts inflection
and meaning)
by Chris Raschka

Preschool - 2nd grade



The Punctuation
Station

(a family of giraffes
learns all about
punctuation marks on
a train ride to
Punctuation Station)
by Brian Cleary

1st grade - 3rd grade


Greedy Apostrophe
(
the punctuation
marks each have
an assignment, but
Greedy Apostrophe
wants to do it all)

by Jan Carr
1st grade - 3rd grade


Alfie the Apostrophe
(punctuation marks
compete in the
punctuation talent
show by displaying
their unique traits)
by Moira Donohue

1st grade - 3rd grade


The Perfect
Punctuation
Pop-Up Book

(review and peek
inside coming soon)
by Kate Petty

3rd grade - 5th grade


Penny & the
Punctuation Bee

(the punctuation bee
is coming and
punctuation marks
are preparing; sequel to
Alfie but not as good)
by Moira Donohue

1st grade - 3rd grade


Enjoy the books!

Betsy, Cindy, and Virginia
(the teachers/sisters behind this website)

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