7 Fun Word Books to Help Build Vocabulary Skills

There are so many different ways to teach little ones new words. When my son was a baby, I used a variety of different methods to help him expand and build new vocabulary, from letter manipulatives and flash cards, to simple day to day conversation. Books can be another fabulous tool to help encourage and promote a love for learning vocabulary in younger children. There are plenty of options to choose from, but here are seven fun selections that I highly recommend!

Clifford is the #1 big red dog...at least we all think so, here! There's no shortage of Clifford reading books in our home library–that's for sure. This one is an adorable hardcover picture book that offers plenty of new vocabulary words as it also introduces younger children to the ABCs. The words are offered in list format, so it's also great for teaching spelling to preschoolers and kindergartners.

Teaching new words while offering little ones an introduction to some of the popular stories in the Bible, this is an oversized board book that also uses the rebus method. Not only will kids learn new words from the Bible, but they can also help tell the stories using a matching picture key. This book is a cherished favorite in our home.

This is the latest book that's been released in the Dr. Seuss collection, and it teaches young children one hundred essential vocabulary words for everyday life. It's a fantastic first word book and one that I definitely wish we had when my son was younger. It pretty much has all of the basic words, including animals and colors, plus a little of this and that in between. This adorable, oversized board book has a thick hardcover and sturdy pages that are perfect for babies and toddlers who are just beginning to put words to together. The book includes one hundred of some of the most frequently used words for beginning vocabulary, such as cat, hat, pants, read, sit, walk, and play.

Here's another Dr. Seuss must have for teaching new words. This fun book not only introduces younger children to the alphabet, but also provides a collection of new vocabulary words to go along with each letter

A curious little girl has so many interesting questions about learning her ABCs. This is a cute story that puts a fun play on storytelling, since it uses the letters in alphabetical order to also introduce new words. Kids will definitely get a kick out of the little girl's imagination as she wonders about things like a "Giraffe trying to Hide in an Igloo."


When my son was a toddler, these Search and Find books were all the rage. Not a day went by when he wasn't perusing through them and for good reason, too. These are oversized board books with sturdy pages, so they're fantastic for even the youngest of ages. The large pages are filled with tons and tons of illustrations and images to take in. At the side of each page is a picture key with basic everyday objects and a corresponding vocabulary word underneath. Kids can learn the words and then look for the objects throughout the pages. In Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall the main theme correlates with the four different seasons, and includes various elements relating to them. In Things That Go! children will be introduced to anything and everything that has to do with transportation (dune buggies, various types of trucks, construction vehicles, planes, etc.). If you have a young child who adores cars, trucks, planes, or anything of the sort, then this is the book to grab for them. If you have a chance to get your hands on any Search and Find book, I definitely recommend swiping one up for your kids. There's tons of fun to be had with these!


Kid's Word Books that Promote Building Vocabulary Skills

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