When you take its centuries-long transformation from Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales to the contemporary lexicon, you have to admit: the English language is a wonder. It’s also really strange, with no shortage of inflexible syntax structures alongside spelling and verb ending rules made to be broken. That’s why this week’s What to Read Wednesday theme is a fun one for me. I love words, I love word play, and I love teaching even the littlest readers to play with letters and words.
For my list of what to read this week, I’ve included a variety of titles that move from introducing the alphabet to solving word-based clues in a race to find out whodunit. As always, these are books we own and love in our household. I think you’ll love them, too.
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
Draw the drapes. Dress the turkey. Change the baby. These are straightforward requests for most people, but not in the way the most literal maid of all time interprets them. Peggy Parish’s lovable, goofy Amelia introduces readers to idioms and puns as she navigates her first day on the job.