Author and illustrator Debra Frasier
If you’re in search of books on a specific topic, ask a librarian! The lovely children’s librarians in my home town had the perfect suggestion for my BigWords Books list. Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster is funny and empowering. In this book, the ten-year-old who narrates the story is the wordsmith. She uses great vocabulary to tell the story of a mistake and her glorious recovery. She defines words within the text, and shares her extra credit vocabulary sentences along the edges of the illustrations. To further empower and connect with kids, author/illustrator Debra Frasier ingeniously uses simple lined paper and markers to create fifth-grade-style drawings. Miss Alaineus might be a little long for toddler listeners. Set aside 15 minutes to read it to a relatively quiet, engaged listener. 5-year-olds enjoy much of this book, and older kids will relate to the social faux pas and word play. Definitely check Miss Alaineus out!