This article will briefly examine why it is important to explicitly teach vocabulary and review some of the best practices in vocabulary instruction, including three prominent strategies for teaching vocabulary: read alouds, developing word consciousness, and interactive activities. Following that is an annotated bibliography of children’s picture books that highlights selections that are useful for teaching vocabulary. Summaries of the texts and instructional suggestions are provided.

Author Bio

Dr. Sara Churchill is currently an assistant professor in the Teacher Education Department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). She teaches literacy, school library, and instructional technology courses and is the coordinator of the School Library and Instructional Technology Leadership programs. She can be reached at schurchill@unomaha.edu.

Dr. Kathy Everts Danielson is Professor and Chair of the Teacher Education Department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is interested in children's literature and writing instruction. She can be reached at kdanielson@unomaha.edu.



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