My Fantastic Words Book

A graphic thesaurus for young students by Ken Pransky

My Fantastic Words Book is a graphic thesaurus that students can use independently to visualize word relationships through visual "word clouds". This book and the activities that it supports make vocabulary building an active, enriching experience; helping students to expand their vocabulary and word choices in a way that is fun. The book features 41 illustrations with a total of 491 words. Designed for children in grades 2-6, My Fantastic Words Book is based on Ken Pransky’s 30+ years of teaching experience.

This invaluable teaching tool

  • aids students in getting beyond words they often overuse, such as "nice," "big," and "see"
  • gives visual clues to help students learn hundreds of essential ("tier two") words
  • helps students learn to choose words effectively
  • becomes a handy reference that students can build on

Read a review of the book here.

"What an amazing book you have created. I introduced it with my students last week and it was an instant hit. Kids were tripping over each other for a chance to share their favorite page. We had a blast acting out a couple of the verb pages...They have been independently picking up copies during writing workshop. They can hardly wait to create their own pages. One student suggested that they could keep their copy and add their own pages each year."

- Laurie Risler, 5th grade teacher, Hilltown Cooperative Charter School


  • Single copies: $15.98
  • 10-pack: $35.98

How to Order

To place an order online, please use the form in the right hand column of this page.

To order offline, please download and complete the order form below.

My Fantastic Words Book brochure and order form

If ordering offline, please mail your completed order form with a check or payment information to:

Collaborative for Educational Services, Attn: Publications
97 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA 01060

Order forms may also be faxed to 413-586-2878, or emailed to Contact us for information about placing tax-exempt orders.

About the Author

Ken Pransky, former CES Curriculum and Instruction Specialist (retired), is nationally known for his work about culturally and linguistically diverse learners, especially students who struggle to perform successfully in school. Ken is the author of Beneath the Surface: the hidden realities of working with culturally and linguistically diverse young learners (Heinemann, 2008), as well as several journal articles. He has worked extensively with schools that experience chronic underperformance challenges, providing professional development and coaching for general classroom, subject matter, resource, and specialist teachers.


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