Similes, Metaphors and Idioms – Definitions, Examples and more

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Mastering figurative speech is one of the things that really makes a writer’s work more descriptive and and polished. Here is a compilation of books and freebies that you can use to teach Similes, Metaphors and Idioms in your classroom.

A simile uses the words “like” or “as” to compare one object or idea with another to suggest they are alike. Example: As busy as a bee.

Simile books:


A metaphor states a fact or draws a verbal picture by the use of comparison. A simile would say you are like something; a metaphor is more positive – it says you are something. Example: You are what you eat.  

Metaphor book:

I love the way that the introduction for this book about metaphors was written: ‘Here’s a BRIGHT IDEA: read this book. It’s a PIECE OF CAKE. And trust us; no one will call you A TURKEY. For more metaphors, look inside.’

An idiom is a phrase in which the words together have a meaning that is different from the dictionary definitions of the individual words.

Idiom definition

Example: It’s raining cats and dogs.

Raining cats and dogs idiom pictures

Idiom book:

Here are free printables that you can use in your classroom for teaching literary devices:

Free Literary Device Posters – Set of 20: Metaphor Simile and More!

Free Figurative Language Posters

You may also be interested in my Idiom Posters. filled with illustrated examples of idioms for everyday classroom use.

Idiom definitions examples

Click here for more freebies!

Literary Devices bulletin board from Amazon: