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Wondrous Ways to Explore Wordplay!

By MPL Staff on Jan 30, 2015 9:57 AM

Gear up for the opening of Word Headquarters at the Betty Brinn Children's Museum by checking out these wondrous wordplay books.

This enriching exhibit supports child development and shows the fun and playful side of words, reading and technology based learning. Families can revel in interactive play including word games, role-play, digital activities and other fun designed to build literacy. Get ready for your visit or extend the fun afterwards with these books.


ABC: Alphaprints text by Sarah Powell; created by Jo Ryan. (Ages 0-3) BRD POWELL.

This ABC book combines letters, rhyming and raised fingerprints to create charming illustrations and an exceptionally fun way to explore the alphabet and build vocabulary.


The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak. (Ages 4-8) PIC NOVAK.

This completely picture-less picture book requires a reader (preferably an adult) willing to embrace the hilarious text and create a comical and laugh-out-loud story for children.




Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers. (Ages 5-8) PIC JEFFERS.

Jeffers not only gives a word for each letter, but a short story as well.  Packed with humor, wit, and a little mischief this is an alphabet book not to be missed.




Petey and Pru and the Hullabaloo by Ammi-Joan Paquette; illustrated by Joy Ang. (Ages 4-7) PIC PAQUETT.

Hullabaloo to ballyhoo, this book of  mischief includes oodles of enriched vocabulary words that seem nonsensical but are in fact real.



Take Away the A: An Alphabeast of a Book! by Michaël Escoffier; illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo. (Ages 6-9)  PIC ESCOFFI.

In this clever spin on alphabet books, each letter of the alphabet is taken out of a word to create a new word.  This humorous ABC book will surely inspire readers to create their own wordplays.



Wumbers: It’s Words Cr8ed with Numbers! wri10 by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustr8ed by Tom Lichtenheld. (Ages 6 & up) PIC ROSENTH.
Letters and numbers are combined to create words and present the fun challenge of deciphering the cleverly crafted text.



The Milwaukee Public Library will participate in the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum special “Valentine Ice Cream Social” on Saturday, February 14 and the official opening day of Word Headquarters. For more information on Betty Brinn Children’s Museum’s exhibit and events visit

Present your Milwaukee Public Library Card at the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum February 14 - March 14, 2015 and receive $1 off regular price admission. (Not valid with any other offer.) 

Karli @ Central Library Children's Room


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