"Fun" and "grammar" in the same sentence? These books make learning grammar a blast. Teachers of the world, rejoice!
Hot Fudge Monday by Randy Larson
DownWRITE Funny by Randy Larson
Comic-Strip Grammar by Dan Greenberg
Awesome Hands-on Activities For Teaching Grammar by Sasan Van Zile
Chris Lehman, the principal of Philadelphia's Science Leadership Academy
and author of the Practical Theory blog, recommends these books that he says "inspire me every day:"
Redefining Literacy for the 21st Century by David Warlick
Teaching to Transgress by Bell Hooks
Educating Moral People: A Caring Alternative to Character Education by Nell Noddings
Pam Nelson, veteran newspaper copy editor and author of the Triangle Grammar Guide blog suggests these books the next time you're tearing your hair out over "who" verses "whom."
Garner's Modern American Usage by Bryan A. Garner
Common Errors in English Usage by Paul Brians, and its related website
Working with Words by Brian S. Brooks
Rules for Writers by Diana Hacker
Erin McKean, dictionary editor and author of Weird and Wonderful Words, recommends these books:
Word Origins... and How We Know Them: Etymology for Everyone by Anatoly Liberman
The Warden of English: The Life of H.W. Fowler by Jenny McMorris
Word Myths: Debunking Linguistic Urban Legends by David Wilton
Lapsing Into a Comma: A Curmudgeon's Guide to the Many Things That Can Go Wrong in Print--and How to Avoid Them by Bill Walsh
Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon by Michael Adams ("Just in case any of you thought I was joking, the essay on ephemeral language is worth reading even if you've never seen an episode of Buffy," says Erin)
Roy Peter Clark, the journalist, writing coach and scholar we interviewed for our latest "Word Count" section, recommends these books about writing.
These books track the linguistic games politicians, companies, the media -- and yes, you and I -- play to hide what we really mean. Part dictionaries, part social commentaries, altogether intriguing:
The Evasion-English Dictionary by Maggie Balistreri
How Not To Say What You Mean by R. W. Holder
Slam Dunks and No-Brainers by Leslie Savan
I came across this list of terrific writing books as a sidebar to a Detroit Free Press article on storytelling. To read the article, please click here. [Editor]