Check out our Letter U book list!
We’ve included 10 great books, including fiction and nonfiction, to reinforce your child’s love of the Letter U!
A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young
A Unicorn Named Sparkle is a story about a little girl named Lucy who sees an ad for a 25¢ unicorn. She sends in her money, happily dreaming of the day she will meet her unicorn! But when Sparkle eventually arrives, he is not quite what Lucy expected. Not only does he not look the way she expected, but he smells funny, has fleas, eats underwear, and sends them on all sorts of other comical adventures! This is a funny story of acceptance, friendship, and love—a book your children will adore!
Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems
Mo Willems is just plain hilarious. Similar in theme to Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus, in this story, readers are counseled, “Don’t let the pigeon stay up late!” The pigeon, of course, does not exactly comply with this request, instead giving every excuse possible! Kids may be able to see themselves in this funny pigeon as he tries to dodge bedtime. We especially love the interactive tone of this book, as the pigeon seems to talk directly to the reader. Overall, this is a wonderful and hilarious book your children will love!
Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet
Speaking of interactive books, in Mix It Up!, readers are asked to do such things as “tap that gray spot” on the page or “mix it up” by mixing different colors together, providing lots of practice in following directions. Children will learn all sorts of lessons about colors, too, as they see that it only takes a few basic colors to make a whole beautiful rainbow of paint! This is a great book to help children follow directions, learn about color, and, of course, practice the letter U!
Under Ground by Denise Fleming
Under Ground is a beautiful and easy read, full of gorgeous, detailed illustrations, simple text, and lots of rhymes. The illustrations feature a unique process called pulp painting, a paper-making technique “using colored cotton fiber paper poured through hand-cut stencils.” There is plenty for your little ones to see as they read about the animals that live and spend time underground. At the end, there’s even a “Creature Identification” page that features 21 different creatures, along with an illustration of each with their name and a short description. Overall, this is perfect for learning about the letter U!
The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates
Not all umbrellas are inanimate. The big umbrella, for example, is a “big friendly umbrella” that “likes to help.” It’s quite adorable, actually, with its big, happy smile. Its story shares the many kinds of people and creatures that take shelter beneath it, and readers will soon realize there is no limit to its kindness. The short and simple text makes this a quick but beautiful read, one we think your little ones will love!
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton
This graphic novel is full of fun pictures, hilarious text, and a very animated (not to mention uber-cute) narwhal! It includes a table of contents and is organized into 5 chapters with fun chapter headings like “Narwhal is really awesome.” It even includes fun facts and a song! With lots of unexpected surprises, including waffles, robots, a joke-telling sea monkey, and plenty of other crazy adventures, this book will be sure to entertain and get some laughs, too!
One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl
This counting book also teaches a lesson about sharing. It begins with one pair of underwear and two bears who aren’t particularly fond of sharing. The story increases in number by one with each turn of the page, adding new characters but never enough supplies, making it difficult for each group of animals to share! By the end, animals are doing all sorts of hilarious things—cows are riding jet skis, ducks are playing ice hockey, and seals are driving scooters, so there is no shortage of quirky fun. It’s also full of rhymes, hilarious pictures, and lots of counting, making this is a great book for the letter U—and for those who need some extra lessons about sharing!
U.S. Landforms (True Books: U.S. Regions) by Dana Meachen Rau
U.S. Landforms is organized into 5 major chapters, with various smaller sections at the end, including true statistics, resources, important words, an index, and a section about the author. Readers will begin by learning about the types of landforms in the U.S., from borderlines to peninsulas, mountains to plateaus. Each section has very cool pictures that will help expose your little ones to all of the beauty that can be found in the U.S. While the text is a bit long for many young readers, its structure makes it easy to pick and choose topics of interest or split it up into several readings. A great choice for the letter U!
Under the Sea by Kate Riggs
In Under the Sea, your little one will see and read about a clownfish in an anemone and an octopus in a den, not to mention a jellyfish, sea turtle, crab, whale, and even seaweed! The illustrations include plenty of detail, showcasing the amazing life that lies under the sea. And with only one sentence per page, it’s a perfect beginning nonfiction book—simple, yet educational!
The United States of America by Millie Miller
Want to practice the letter U and learn geography at the same time? Look no further! This book begins with a large map of the United States of America. Then each state is featured on its own page in alphabetical order. Not only does it include all 50 states, but it also includes pages for Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico! Each page is stuffed with interesting facts about the state, including an illustration of the state and its major cities, the state capitol, and other major points of interest, such as rivers, mountain ranges, lakes, and more. But that’s not all. The pages also include each state’s official flower, tree, insect, and bird, as well as fun facts about the state and/or its history. There is much to learn from this informative book, and children will get a taste of the diversity within the United States of America!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our top 10 books for the Letter U! For more letter-themed ideas, including letter-themed crafts, snacks, and activities, check out our letter blog posts, like the Letter U post. And don’t forget to subscribe, so you can be the first to see our future letter book lists!!