World of Words

July 25, 2022 | Katherine McG

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With the recent popularity of online games like Wordle and Spellie (which was made especially for kids by a dad from Vancouver) there seems to be a brighter spotlight shining on the world of words.

Letter and word magnets on a whiteboard

"Letter and Word Magnets" by Lyn Lomasi is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Of course, at Toronto Public Library, we've always had an appreciation for words. Not only do words in many different languages make up the books in our collection, but they are an important building block in getting kids ready for reading!

Three of our Ready for Reading skills feature words:

  • Hearing words is all about listening for the smaller sounds in words, which will help children to sound out written words.
  • Seeing words is about gaining familiarity with printed language, to help children feel comfortable with books and reading.
  • Knowing words is about building a child's vocabulary so that they recognize written words and better understand what they read.


We have many books in our collection that celebrate the wonder of words. Whether they're being used to describe our country, play with poetry, or create a new collection, these books also shine a spotlight on wonderful words.

Three Little Words

Three Little Words by Clemency Pearce, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw



Words by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert


Canada in Words

Canada in Words by Per-Henrik Gürth


100 First Words for Little Canadians

100 Words for Little Canadians by Pierre Lamelle


Moving Words About a Flower

Moving Words About a Flower by K.C. Hayes, illustrated by Barbara Chotiner


Poem in my Pocket

Poem in my Pocket by Chris Tougas, illustrated by Josée Bisaillon


Max's Words

Max's Words by Kate Banks, illustrated by Boris Kulikov


The Word Collector

The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds


Perhaps these books will inspire you and your children to play more with words or even start a word collection of your own. To help get these collections started, why not add your favourite word in the comments below?