Books to Make Learning Figures of Speech as Easy as Pie!

All teachers wish their students would take to figurative language like a duck takes to water, but sometimes that doesn’t happen. I find that students gain better mastery of these topics when they have lots of examples to learn from. I’ve put together a list of some topics and a couple of book choices to go along with them. Not only are the books fun reads, but they should help with the students’ understanding.

**I included the alphabet, which I know doesn’t really go with the other topics, but I love a good ABC book!

  • It Figures!: Figures of Speech by Marvin Terban- This book for kids contains rules and examples for alliteration, similes, metaphors, personification, hyperbole, and onomatopoeia.


  • Dear Deer by Gene Barretta
  • How Much Can A Bare Bear Bear? What Are Homonyms and Homophones? By Brian Cleary
  • Eight Ate: A Feast of Homonym Riddles by Marvin Terban


  • Princess Pigtoria and the Pea by Pamela Duncan Edwards
  • Some Smug Slug by Pamela Duncan Edwards


  • Slop Goes the Soup: A Noisy Warthog Word Book by Pamela Duncan Edwards
  • In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming


  • Any Dr. Seuss book
  • Any Llama Llama book
  • Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr.
  • The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen


  • Crazy Like a Fox: A Simile Story by Loreen Leedy
  • My Dog Is As Smelly As Dirty Socks: And Other Funny Family Portraits by Hanokh Piven


  • You’re Toast! And Other Metaphors We Adore by Nancy Loewen
  • Skin Like Milk, Hair Like Silk: What Are Similes and Metaphors? by Brian Cleary


  • In a Pickle: And Other Funny Idioms by Marvin Terban
  • You Are What You Eat and Other Mealtime Hazards by Serge Bloch


  • The Mixed Up Alphabet by Steve Metzger
  • Z is For Moose by Kelly Bingham
  • LMNO Peas by Keith Baker



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Hannah T

About Hannah T

I am a 2010 graduate with a degree and certification in Elementary Ed., and I have worked with students from birth to junior high. I believe that one of the most important qualities to surviving a teaching career is a sense of humor. I also strongly feel that students are most successful when they are active and hands-on learners. My Mom was a Special Ed. teacher for almost 30 years, and my Dad was an English major, so I enjoy bouncing blog ideas off the two of them. This usually results in an exchange of great stories with my Mom, and a correction in my writing from my Dad. When they're not available, the job falls to my rescue dog, Coozie.

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