Check out our Letter O book list!
We’ve included 10 great books, including fiction and nonfiction, to reinforce your child’s love of the Letter O!
Good Night, Owl by Greg Pizzoli
After Owl is all tucked in and ready to sleep, he hears a tiny squeak. Assuming it’s someone at the door, he gets out of bed to check. But no one is there! He decides it must be the wind and heads back to bed, only to hear the tiny squeak again! The story continues until finally Owl figures out to whom that squeak belongs. Children will enjoy all the comical things Owl tries as he attempts to get some sleep. And all will enjoy the delightful illustrations!
Orange Fish, Green Fish by Linda Kranz
Orange Fish, Green Fish teaches about opposites with the help of two adorable rock fish. The story follows them on their opposite-full adventures! Each opposite is illustrated using Orange Fish and Green Fish, providing a fun way to aid your little one’s understanding. With simple text and oodles of opposites, this book is also a great choice for reading aloud.
Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr
Not surprisingly, this picture book by Ringo Starr is based on the classic Beatles song by the same name. A little boy dreams of an underwater adventure “in an octopus’s garden in the shade.” The story follows him on his adventures as he and his friends explore the octopus garden, ride sea turtles, read books, and find treasure! Illustrator Ben Cort brings to song to life with colorful illustrations. Some editions of the book come with a CD read aloud by Ringo Starr himself, which includes a new recording of the song! Check it out—it’s a great book, whether or not you ever owned a Beatles album!
Opposites by Sandra Boynton
You just can’t go wrong with a Sandra Boynton book. Opposites includes a large variety of opposite words, complete with Boynton’s iconic illustrations. For example, “HEAVY and LIGHT” are depicted in the cover photo. On the page itself, the “HEAVY” text is bigger and bolder than the thin, small “LIGHT” text. Children and adults will enjoy the silly pictures and creative scenarios, all while learning about opposites and the letter O!
Olivia by Ian Falconer
Olivia is a darling little pig who is “good at lots of things,” but most especially, wearing people out! In the course of a day, she goes from moving the cat to brush her teeth, to making several wardrobe changes, to painting where she’s not be supposed to, and she’s just getting started. Children will enjoy this adorable and very busy pig, and may even relate to her hilarious antics! With cute illustrations that are primarily grayscale with bold red accents and occasional pops of color, this is a story the whole family will enjoy!
Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg
We love this book! It’s so clever! Beautiful Oops! encourages readers to see beyond a spill or a mess for the endless possibilities it can become! Pages include spills, rips, folds, tears, and lots and lots of mistakes, all with clever possibilities as to what these mistakes can actually become. With lots of pages to turn, flip up, pull down, open, and more, there are no shortages of surprises and interesting details, making this a fun and interactive read! It is truly a book to be celebrated, as it provides us with the perfect reminder that each “oops” can become a beautiful and wonderful surprise!
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Baby owls Sarah, Percy, and Bill wake up one night to find their mother is gone! While they wait and hope for their mother to come back, they do their best to be brave and wait patiently. Owl Babies includes beautiful, detailed illustrations of the owls and their environment. Overall, this charming book is a sweet reminder for your little ones that mommies will, indeed, come back!
Octopuses One to Ten by Ellen Jackson
There’s so much in this book! First of all, Octopuses One to Ten offers the option of reading a shorter, quick story and learning 10 quick facts, or, for children with longer attention spans, each page also includes a bonus paragraph with a more detailed explanation of the initial quick fact. Next, the author has included 10 types of octopuses to learn about, featuring their name, an illustration, and a short description about each. In addition to the beautiful illustrations, there is also a page of octopus crafts and suggestions for two octopus treats! This book is a great nonfiction choice, packed full of material and ideas to extend the text!
Owls by Mary R. Dunn
Owls is a fabulous book to support early readers! With simple text and child-friendly language, along with corresponding images, readers are guided to learn new words and vocabulary, as well as lots of cool and interesting owl facts! The book also includes a table of contents, complete with several chapters, a glossary, a “read more” section, suggested internet sites, and even an index. The book even includes a map of all the many places owls can live! After reading Owls, children will know where owls live, how and what they eat, their behavior, and much more!
National Geographic Readers: Sea Otters by Laura Marsh
National Geographic Readers provide the perfect introduction to nonfiction for young readers, as they are packed full of colorful photographs, interesting and engaging text, and child-friendly language. In this book about sea otters, readers will learn all about what a sea otter is, where they live, how they live, their diet, their bodies, and more. There are even fun jokes interspersed to make readers giggle. With a table of contents, picture glossary, and even a fun picture identification quiz at the end, your child will learn tons of cool and interesting facts about sea otters!