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Teach Alliteration With Picture Books

Alliteration is used to make text flow and create impact in slogans, poetry, music, literature, and other language forms. She sells seashells down by the seashore, and Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers are examples of this literary device, in which two or more words in a sentence begin with the same sound.

Consonants (Gordon glared at the gloomy ghost) and vowels (Alicia ate an apple pie) can be used at the beginning of words to create alliteration. Alliteration is different than consonance, where the same consonant is used within words in a series, and assonance, which is the repetitive use of a vowel within words in a phrase or sentence.

Alliteration is common in picture books for children. Many alphabet books use alliteration on each letter page as a way to reinforce the letter sound.

Here is a list of some picture books teachers can use to demonstrate the use of alliteration, and provide inspiration for students to create their own alphabet books, poems, stories, or songs using repeated vowels and consonants:

She Sells Seashells And Other Tricky Tongue Twisters (Ways To Say It) by Nancy Jean Loewen (Picture Window Books, January 2, 2011): This is a book filled with hilariously fun tongue twisters. Look for it in your local library or at Amazon.com. Click on the book below to learn more:

The Big Book of Absolutely Animalistic Alliterations by Anna Childs (Fear Nought Publishing; 1st Edition, June 25, 2009): Anna Childs wrote and illustrated this alphabet book when she was 13. Look for it in your local library or at Amazon.com. Click on the book below to learn more:

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