Book Review | If I Were a … Series

Book Review | If I Were a … Series

In my previous life, I was an overworked PTA President. As such, I wore many, many, MANY hats. One of those hats was creating a well-rounded Amazon Wish List for library books. Our last charter school had neither a library, nor a paid librarian (although we had an amazing volunteer one). The PTA created something out of nothing and to great success, I might add! We received donations of over 10,000 new and used books. Our Amazon Wish List tried to fill in the holes — missing books in a series, duplicates of popular books, and books in topics that were lacking.

I included the “If I were a ____” series of books on grammar, parts of speech and punctuation because they are such a great way to teach children the technical part of what they need to know, but in a fun way. Plus, the books cover all the bases. They can be read to younger students, while older ones can peruse them solo.

This summer we moved to northern Minnesota and I was thrilled to learn that my local library system carries many of the 23 books in the series. While my daughter is in 6th grade, I figured she could use a refresher. I’ve been checking them out – one a week – and including it in her weekly assignments. Heck – there’s a TON of people out there that should read up on plural words vs. apostrophes! I see randomly added apostrophes so often on Facebook that my left eye has developed a twitch!

This series covers so many topics:

  • Nouns
  • Pronouns
  • Verbs
  • Adverbs
  • Adjectives
  • Conjunctions
  • Prepositions
  • Contractions
  • Prefixes
  • Suffixes
  • Compound Words
  • Plural Words
  • Periods
  • Question Marks
  • Exclamation Points
  • Commas
  • Quotation Marks
  • Apostrophes
  • Capital Letters
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Homonyms
  • Homophones
  • Interjections


Phew! That’s a TON, right?! You can see why I LOVE them!! Check your local library and see what they have on hand. Sadly, they can be tricky to find on Amazon.  You’d think they’d all pull up at once, but no. I created an Amazon Idea List to make it a little easier. Plus, when I looked, they were all free on Kindle with Amazon Prime 🙂

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