HomeBooks by AgeAges 4-8School Tools and Brain Ticklers
Children's Dictionary Scholastic

School Tools and Brain Ticklers

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: September 2, 2011

From Dictionaries to a grammar guide to a book of homographs, the following list of books features some of our favorite school tools and brain ticklers…

Scholastic Children’s Dictionary

by Scholastic

Reading level: Ages 8 and up

Hardcover: 800 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Reference; New edition (July 1, 2010)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: The bestselling Scholastic Children’s Dictionary is brand new for 2010! Some of the outstanding new features include: brand new cover and interior design, more than 1,000 all new photographs and illustrations, and double the current number of word histories and sample sentences. New entries and definitions have been written by prominent lexicographers and reviewed by an advisory board of educators and librarians. Bonus material includes a thesaurus and specially commissioned endpaper maps.

With exciting new features, accessible definitions, and helpful illustrations and photographs throughout, the new Scholastic Children’s Dictionary is an essential resource that belongs in every home, classroom, and library.

Add this book to your collection: Scholastic Children’s Dictionary


Scholastic Guide to Grammar

by Marvin Terban

Reading level: Ages 8 and up

Paperback: 256 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Reference; Student edition (August 1, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: The ultimate resource for proper grammar.

The SCHOLASTIC GUIDE TO GRAMMAR is an easy-to-use, color-coded, tabbed guide packed full of information, examples, and tips for English language arts success. Write a paper, meet new people, apply for a job, and more, with perfect grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Join “Professor Grammar” on this guided journey through the intricacies of the English language.

Add this book to your collection: Scholastic Guide to Grammar


Clifford’s Big Dictionary

by Scholastic

Reading level: Ages 4 and up

Hardcover: 128 pages

Publisher: Cartwheel Books (July 1, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: The perfect back-to-school reference book for the early elementary set!

From Scholastic, the most trusted name in learning (R), comes this picture dictionary featuring America’s favorite big red dog, Clifford!

The 128-page dictionary has:

* Alphabetical entries, with 10-25 words per letter, each illustrated with spot art.

* Simple sentences beneath each word to help describe it and put it in context.

* Frontmatter and backmatter, which includes sections on how to use a dictionary, numbers & colors, opposites, the body, things that go, Clifford’s Big Ideas, and more!

Add this book to your collection: Clifford’s Big Dictionary


Every Day on Earth

by Matthew and Steve Murrie

Reading level: Ages 8 and up

Paperback: 224 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (August 1, 2011)

Source: Author

Publisher’s synopsis: Discover all of the amazing things that can happen around the world in just one day!

You already know all of the amazing things that can happen in just one minute on Earth, so think of what could happen in a whole day! Your taste bud cells are replaced at a rate of 50,000 a day. Almost 40,000 trees are cut down every day just to make paper bags. And a mayfly lives its entire life in a single day. This book is full of fun facts about space, technology, pop culture, food, animals, sports, the human body, and more!

Add this book to your collection: Every Day on Earth


Double Play: Monkeying Around with Addition

by Betsy Franco (Author), Doug Cushman (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4 and up

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Tricycle Press (July 12, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: Brrriiiing! Recess time! Little chimps Jill and Jake find more than just their favorite games in the schoolyard today. They also discover the important mathematical concept of doubling, or adding a number to itself. Easy to learn and fun to memorize, doubling is a valuable problem-solving tool that helps kids prepare for multiplication. A must-have addition to any math-themed picture book library, Double Play makes this arithmetic lesson as welcome as recess.

Add this book to your collection: Double Play: Monkeying Around with Addition


Zoola Palooza: A Book of Homographs

by Gene Barretta

Reading level: Ages 5 and up

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); (June 21, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: The all-animal touring concert group Zoola Palooza has come to town. With a motley crew of animals playing a variety of instruments, homographs abound (homographs are words that are spelled the same but sound different and have different meanings). Billy the striped  BASS opens the show wearing a big BOW tie. He gives a gracious  BOW from the top of his  BASS fiddle.

This terrific companion to  Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones brings homographs to the spotlight for a show-stopping good time.

Add this book to your collection: Zoola Palooza: A Book of Homographs

We hope you enjoyed this School Tools and Brain Ticklers list of books. If book lists are your thing, we think you’ll enjoy perusing this awesome round-up of the Best Kids Series Books of 2013!

Rate This Article

Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

No Comments

Leave A Comment