Top Three Books for Children about Covfefe

June 1, 2017 | Daniel

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You may have seen or at least heard about Donald Trump's now infamous tweet. If you haven't, here it is, in all its glory:

Donald trump tweet: Despite the constant negative press covfefe

Inspired by the U.S. President’s use of a nonsense word, I’d like to share my favourite children’s books that employ the same strategy. In these books, the authors purposefully make mistakes, utilizing nonsense words to add elements of humour and flow.

The Book with No Pictures

The Book with No Pictures, by B.J. Novak

In this book, you HAVE to say every word. No matter what. I find this book works best when adults read to children, whether in a storytime session or one-on-one before bedtime. It isn't too hard to say "Blork" and "Bluurf" but as the book progresses, you're in trouble. 

Runny Babbit

Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook, by Shel Silverstein

Runny Babbit and his gang of friends - Toe Jurtle, Skertie Gunk, Rirty Dat, Dungry Hog, and Snerry Jake, among many others - have a nonsense language all their own. Children will love all of these short tales that challenge your decoding and comprehension skills. For example, what does it mean when "runny babbit lent to wunch?"

There's a Wocket in My Pocket

There's a Wocket in My Pocket, by Dr. Seuss

Ah, Dr. Seuss. The master of the nonsense word, rhyming, and wordplay. In this classic book, a boy goes exploring in his house and runs into various silly characters. As a kid, this book had me exploring my house to see if a jertain could really be in my curtain. 

Reading books filled with nonsense words can be a useful strategy to teach phonics, which can help readers decode difficult words. They are also a perfect way to demonstrate to children that reading can be great deal of fun (especially when the grown-ups are the ones forced to do the reading).

Trump tweet: Who can figure out the true meaning of covfefe? Enjoy!

While Trump challenges you to figure out the true meaning of covfefe, the real question is: What does Gluurr-Ga-Wocko (from The Book with No Pictures) mean?

 

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