Check out our Letter A book list!
We’ve included 10 great books, including fiction and nonfiction, to reinforce your child’s love of the Letter A!
Since the passing of Peggy Parish, the original creator of the Amelia Bedelia character, Parish’s nephew, Herman Parish, has continued the Amelia Bedelia legacy. In this story, Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie, Amelia Bedelia is still a young girl who visits her grandparents. Together, they bake her very first apple pie. True to form, it’s a humorous and enjoyable story, including plenty of classic Amelia Bedelia blunders, like misunderstanding common phrases, homonyms, and other funny expressions. It’s a great book to read for fall or anytime, and is a reminder of how confusing the English language can be!
This classic book was originally written by Dr. Seuss under his pseudonym, Theo. LeSieg. In it, animals try to balance apples on their head, ultimately competing and one-upping each other. With its fun illustrations and the ridiculous numbers of apples, your children will not only enjoy the pictures, but they'll insist on counting the apples! And in classic Dr. Seuss style, parents will love reading the story aloud, due to its fun rhythm and jaunty rhymes.
The story starts simply enough: a woman has a son who eats some weird things. Then she calls in a doctor, a nurse, and the lady with the alligator purse. They each take a turn diagnosing and treating the boy, and their antics lead up to a fun ending. Even though this is a quick read, this could easily become a story your child will want to read again and again!
The Ants Go Marching! illustrated by Dan Crisp
An illustrated version of the classic song/rhyme, the book continues the rhyme all the way up to "ten by ten," with illustrations of the ants performing each of the the stunts as read in the story! Not only is it a fun rhyme that your children will soon be singing (and marching to), but it’s also a great way to learn about equal groups and multiplication, practice counting to ten, and of course, reinforce the letter A!
This book is easy to love, whether or not you have a transportation lover in your house! With plenty of rhyming words, it’s fun to either read or listen to. But that’s not all, as it also teaches the basics of airports and flying, from the first arrival at the airport, to boarding, the flight itself, landing on the runway and deplaning. The paperback format even includes a picture glossary. Amazing Airplanes is a perfect choice, whether you’re heading out on an airplane trip or practicing the letter A at home.
This hilarious story explains why you shouldn’t bring an alligator to school, ever. Even if your teacher tells you to bring something ‘from nature.” Because if you do, craziness and absurdity will abound. Both the story and the illustrations are funny and engaging. Plus, as an added bonus, you’ll learn some cool alligator facts along the way!
This is an adorable and colorful story of 5 ants stuck in a log. When they hear noises outside, a brave ant decides to investigate by drilling tiny holes in the log. While the digging ant is intrigued by the orange color on the other side of the hole, the last ant is convinced that it’s an orange aardvark coming to eat them all! The book ends with a fun and colorful conclusion. The storyline includes lots of dialogue and bright colors, and it could also spark a discussion about overcoming fears.
With just two short chapters and only one to three sentences per page, this informative book is perfect for young readers. The photographs are bright and engaging, and it serves as a great introduction to nonfiction text features, as it includes a table of contents, glossary, and index. It even includes recommendations for more apple books, as well as the url for a safe internet fact-searching website. Overall, this is a great way to learn about apples, the letter A, and nonfiction texts.
Are you an Ant? by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries
The National Geographic Readers are a fantastic way to research new topics with your little ones. Caterpillar to Butterfly both explains and shows the caterpillar to butterfly transformation, combining fabulous photos with kid-friendly text. Consider adding this book to your collection—as a Level One reader, it could soon be a book your child will be reading on their own!
We love the National Geographic Readers, as they are the perfect introduction to nonfiction! With colorful photographs, illustrations, and lots of cool and unusual facts, your children will learn lots and lots about any topic they cover—in this case, ants! The book is organized by chapters, which can be navigated by a table of contents, and the last page even includes a picture glossary. This book also features super cool close-up photographs of ants! Children have the choice to either read cover-to-cover or to bounce around, based on which ideas interest them. Either way, this book is a great choice when learning about the letter A.
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