Happy National Grammar Day!

Guest Blogger
Mar 04, 2013
It’s National Grammar Day! To celebrate we have a very special blog post from CM Reedy, a former English teacher and current intern in the Trade Publicity Department here at Scholastic. Take it away, Reedy! Today marks National Grammar Day, a day that brings to mind my experiences as an English teacher. Trying to teach English to young students can be difficult, but getting them to understand grammar can be even worse. As a teacher, I often looked for ways to trick my students into learning. Candy proved an excellent motivator, but my students’ enthusiasm only lasted as long as the sugar. The key to long-lasting learning, I discovered, is getting the kids interested. This National Grammar Day, Scholastic has a selection of books guaranteed to engage young readers’ minds and turn them into budding grammatists! From author/illustrator team Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld comesExclamation Mark (March 2013, ages 4 to 8), a tale of self-discovery. This illustrated book follows the journey of an exclamation point, hoping to find a way to make his mark. While this story teaches an important lesson about self-expression, it also shows the proper use of punctuation marks with bold graphics. The book has already earned three starred reviews and School Library Journal called a “must have.” If you’re searching for a book that packs some serious syntactical punch, look no further than Super Grammar, by Tony Preciado and Rhode Montijo (September 2012, ages 7 to 10). Superheroes and supervillains illustrate the DOs and DON’Ts of grammar in a full-color guide that reads like a comic book. Inside, readers will find an impressive array of grammar rules, including the power of pronouns and how to avoid double negatives. This book proves that bad grammar is a crime. Click here to view a Super Grammar poster! There’s also Miss Pell Never Misspells (January 2013, ages 10 to 14), by Steve Martin. This title serves as a guide that teaches tips and tricks for learning not only grammar, but trivia across all school subjects! What’s the difference between a clause and a phrase? What is a “memory palace” and how can it help readers remember important information? This book contains the answers to these questions and so much more! Itching to become a spelling whiz? Remember how to spell “broccoli” with a clever sentence: My BROther Can’t Chew Or Lick It! To celebrate National Grammar Day we’re doing a giveaway! Let us know your favorite grammar tips and tricks below to be entered to win a super-awesome Super Grammar pack! GIVEAWAY RULES:Enter the Nation Grammar Daygiveawayfor a chance to win a to win aSuper Grammarprize pack. To enter, post your grammar tips and tricks in the comments below before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time that on March 5, 2013. One winner will be randomly selected from eligible entries.Read the official rules here. (Giveaway open to U.S. residents only; must be 18 or older to enter.) UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed! Congrats to Maria, who was randomly selected to win! Thanks for participating, everyone.