Many teachers utilize Jane O’Connor’s Fancy Nancy to teach word choice and target precise language. It’s a fabulous picture book for the trait of word choice. But many have asked for a “boy book” that targets the same word choice skills but is a little less girly. Found it! White Oak Elementary (Avon, IN) teacher Amy Stowers shared with me two fabulous alternatives. I Stink and I’m Dirty (both books by Kate & Jim McMullan) use trucks as main characters. Within I’m Dirty, the dump truck is decked out with “steel arms, hydraulic rams, and a specialized, maximized, giant-sized loader bucket.” What word choice! The whole book’s like that. You’ll love them both.

I'm Dirty by Kate & Jim McMullanI Stink by Kate and Jim McMullan

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