Personification

These useful titles will make teaching this literary device easy!

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The House Takes a Vacation.  Jacqueline Davies.  M. Cavendish, 2007.
When the Peterson’s go on vacation, the house decides to go on one, too.  Each part of the house has a different idea of where to go.  They finally agree on going to the beach.
Clever and humorous.  Picture Book.

Atlantic. C. Brian Karas.  Putnam’s Sons, 2002.
The ocean itself describes its many characteristics.  An unusual and beautiful picture book.

Cock-a-moo-moo.  Juliet Dallas-Conte.  Little, Brown, 2001.
When Rooster forgets how to crow and produces other animal sounds, the animals make fun of him until he saves them from a fox.  Picture Book.

Dirty Laundry Pile : Poems in Different Voices.  Paul Janeczko.  HarperCollins, 2001.
A fabulous collection of 27 “persona” poems from some of our best children’s poets.
Picture Book.

Follow the Money. Loreen Leedy.  Holiday House, 2002.
This story is told by a freshly minted quarter named George.  His stops include a bank, grocery store, vending machine, piggy bank, as well as some misadventures.  Picture Book.

I, Doko : The Tale of a Basket.  Ed Young.  Philomel, 2004.
In this Nepalese fable, a basket tells it’s life story with three generations of a family.
Picture Book.

I Stink! Kate McMullan.  HarperCollins, 2002.
A city garbage truck describes it’s rounds and collects an alphabet of garbage.
Loud and fun to read-aloud!  Picture Book.

The Iron Giant, a Story in Five Nights.  Ted Hughes.  Yearling, 2002.
The iron giant saves the earth from a space monster.  Excellent read-aloud.
Short novel.

Leaf Man. Lois Ehlert.  Harcourt, 2005.
Leaf Man journeys wherever the wind takes him.  A visual feast!  Picture Book.

Messing Around on the Monkey Bars : And Other School Poems for Two Voices.  Betsy Franco.  Candlewick Press, 2009.
These 19 poems written for 2 or more voices provide a fun romp through common school experiences.  A great introduction to poems for multiple voices, easy to perform.  I just wish the librarian was not a “shusher.”  Picture Book.

My Life With the Wave.  Catherine Cowan.  HarperCollins, 1997.
A boy brings home a wave after a trip to the beach.  After a while the wave’s erratic behavior becomes too much to handle.  Picture Book.

Open Wide : Tooth School Inside.  Laurie Keller.  Henry Holt, 2000.
Teeth are the students in Dr. Flossman’s class.  Plenty of facts and humor are woven throughout this busy book.  Picture Book.

Punctuation Takes a Vacation. Robin Pulver.  Holiday House, 2003.
It’s a hot day when Mr. Wright decides to give the punctuation marks in his class a vacation.  The students learn to have a whole new appreciation for them.  Entertaining and creative.  Picture Book.

Sweet Tooth. Margie Palatini.  Simon & Schuster, 2004.
Stewart has a sweet tooth–a very LOUD, demanding and obnoxious sweet tooth that gets him in a lot of trouble.  The tooth is undone when Stewart tells him he is switching to a healthy diet.  LOL!  Picture Book.

Traction Man Is Here! Mini Grey. Knopf, 2005.
A boy’s new action figure has perilous adventures with a poisonous Dishcloth, a brave little Scrubbing Brush and other household items.  Funny and imaginative.  Picture Book.

Water Dance.  Thomas Locker.  Harcourt Brace, 1997.
In free verse narrative, water speaks of its different forms:  storm clouds, mist, rivers, rainbows, etc.  Locker’s handsome landscapes illustrate each phase of the water cycle.
Picture Book.

When I was Built.  Jennifer Thermes.  Henry Holt, 2001.
An old house describes how it was built and what life was like back then, contrasting that with modern day.  Picture Book.

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2 Replies to Personification

  1. Thanks for including SWEET TOOTH! It’s one of my personal favorites — and I know a popular one w/my readers around the country! (“BLAH BLAH BLAH”)

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