Check out our Letter H book list!
We’ve included 10 great books, including fiction and nonfiction, to reinforce your child’s love of the Letter H!
Old Hat, New Hat by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Old Hat, New Hat is a perfect book for new readers, thanks to its minimal text, lots of repeating words, and simple phrases. And who can resist the Berenstain Bears characters? In this book, one such bear is in search of the perfect hat. Readers will enjoy his many hilarious attempts to snag the right one. Oh! And there’s a fun surprise ending to boot. Thanks to the many description words, Old Hat, New Hat will also help children learn and practice vocabulary while using the letter H!
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
Another great book for beginning readers, Hop on Pop is full of simple text, rhymes, and repeating words and phrases with classic Dr. Seuss silliness. Pages feature words/phrases like “ALL FALL” in bold at the top, followed by a short sentence including those words, such as “All fall off the wall.” In this way, budding readers can first identify the words, and then practice reading them! Whether your little one is ready to read or needs you to read to them, this is a wonderful choice they will enjoy!
Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
In Hug Machine, a little boy calls himself “The Hug Machine,” due to his mad hugging skills. He uses his hugs to calm people down, cheer them up, and “make them go completely nuts!” And he doesn’t stop at hugging people. He’ll hug anything he sees, including a fire hydrant, a park bench, and a tree! Full of love and lots and lots and lots of hugs, nothing is too big, too small, or even too spiky for the Hug Machine! This is a great story about kindness and love, and of course, a fabulous choice for the letter H!
Honey...Honey...Lion! by Jan Brett
Honey… Honey… Lion! is an African tale featuring the partnership of two animals: the honeyguide bird and the honey badger. According to the story, “the little bird follows a bee to its hive, and then she leads the honey badger there to break it open with its big strong claws. Together they share the sweetness.” That is, until the badger decides he will no longer share with the tiny honeyguide. So the honeyguide, angry and hungry, decides to play a trick on the honey badger. Due to the intriguing story and gorgeous illustrations, children will delight in this fun tale, as the honey badger learns an important lesson!
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
This book is easy to love, whether or not you’re a fan of bears (or hats!). A bear has lost his hat and wants it back. In I Want My Hat Back, the bear approaches creature after creature, asking if they’ve seen his hat. After seven animals and zero luck, he realizes that he has, in fact, seen his own hat! As he dashes to confront the thief, readers will enjoy his clever pauses and skips… and they’ll get to make their own conclusions at the end of the story!
Big Little Hippo by Valeri Gorbachev
A cute little hippo baby finds that he is the smallest in his family. In fact, he’s the smallest animal around, and despite his mother’s gentle reminders that he will be big someday, he does not want to wait! “I want to be big right now!” he exclaims. But all that changes when he gets the chance to help someone smaller than he is. With great lessons on perspective and how we are never too small to help, this is a wonderful choice for the letter H!
Honey by David Ezra Stein
Honey is a companion book to David Ezra Stein’s Leaves, complete with the same loveable bear. This year, Bear is desperate for some delicious honey, but when he realizes it is not quite ready to eat, he must find ways to entertain and distract himself from the warm, sticky stuff he craves. With simple but beautiful text, lots of descriptive words and language, and beautifully illustrated pages, readers will enjoy following this bear’s adventures (and may end up craving toast with honey themselves)!
Hippos Are Huge! by Jonathan London
The deadliest African mammal is no lion or crocodile—it’s a hippo! This and plenty of other facts about this humongous creature are shared in Hippos Are Huge! Readers will learn about hippos’ size, ability to “dance” underwater, how they hunt, eat, and even poop. As for text features, important words are highlighted in bold, with an index in the back to help readers find the most important words. Other text is presented in a slightly smaller, narrower font, cluing in the reader that the author has included more detail on the subject if they want to learn more! With colorful and detailed illustrations showcasing these mighty animals, your perspectives just might shift regarding the massive beasts.
Horses by Quinn M. Arnold
Speaking of text features, Horses includes a table of contents with 8 chapters devoted to horses. It also includes sections such as Words to Know, Read More, and Websites, not to mention an index and a section at the end that includes a diagram of a horse’s anatomy. This nonfiction text is great for beginning readers, because the words are simple and kid-friendly, often with only a few sentences per page. The photographs are colorful and bright and showcase a variety of horses, from draft horses to ponies. Horses is a perfect book for the letter H!
High-Flying Helicopters by Tony Mitton
High-Flying Helicopters is another great machine book by the Tony Milton and Ant Parker duo. In this book, readers will learn all about these cool flying machines through plenty of illustrations and fun animal characters. And, as in the rest of the series, the text is simple, engaging, full of rhymes and tons of information! There’s even a picture dictionary at the end where readers can learn about specific helicopter parts. Check it out!
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