Books for Teaching
Antonyms and Synonyms

Below are clever, educational books that are perfect for teaching antonyms and synonyms. This isn't generally a subject that children struggle with, as the base concepts of the same and opposite are fairly straightforward. The trick is getting children to see how the proper use of synonyms and antonyms can make writing much more interesting, precise, and exciting.

The books below can help. Many of the following books were written expressly for the purpose of teaching antonyms and synonyms to children. Some of these books define antonyms and synonyms for younger children, then progress into teaching why they  make a difference in writing. And, a few of the books below were added to this list just because they just happen to be full of antonyms and synonyms!  Fun. :)

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Best Books for Teaching Synonyms

Thesaurus Rex
(an energetic little dino explains
how he spends his days using
synonyms for his activities)
by Laya Steinberg

Preschool - 1st grade

If You Were a Synonym
(a Word Fun book that defines
synonyms, then shows how
synonyms "keep sentences
exciting and add variety")

by Michael Dahl
1st grade - 3rd grade

Big, Bigger, Biggest
(shows animals and the synonyms
that describe them, ie: a whale is
gigantic, immense, enormous)
by Nancy Coffelt

Kindergarten - 2nd grade

Chicken Cheeks
(friends gather to help bear /
includes funny synonyms for rear
ends, ie: turkey tushy, rhino rump...)
by Michael Ian Black

Preschool - 2nd grade

Pitch & Throw, Grasp
and Know:
What Is a Synonym
(Words are CATegorical series
with loads of examples!)
by Brian Cleary

2nd grade - 4th grade

Stroll & Walk, Babble
and Talk: More
about Synonyms
(Words are CATegorical, more
examples + shades of meaning)
by Brian Cleary

2nd grade - 4th grade

Best Books for Teaching Antonyms

Black? White! Day? Night!
(presents dozens of opposites
with full page flaps to create
surprises with every new page)
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Preschool - 3rd grade

Stop and Go, Yes and No:
What Is an Antonym?
(a Words are CATegorical series
book that describes and
illustrates antonyms)

Kindergarten - 3rd grade

Straight and Curvy,
Meek and Nervy:
More about Antonyms

(a Words are CATegorical series with examples of antonyms and how prefixes can create antonyms)
2nd grade - 5th grade

If You Were an Antonym
(a Word Fun series lessons on antonyms, teaching what they are and providing page after page of examples)
by Nancy Loewen

1st grade - 3rd grade

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