Check out our Letter P book list!
We’ve included 10 great books, including fiction and nonfiction, to reinforce your child’s love of the Letter P!
Penguin Problems by Jory John
This is a hilarious story about a penguin with way too many problems! He suffers from everything—his beak is cold, the water is too salty, and he can’t fly, for starters. He eventually meets a walrus who offers wise suggestions for overcoming his multitude of problems. This book makes kids giggle as it teaches to show appreciation and gratitude despite challenges.
If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor
If You Were a Penguin begins by asking readers, “If you were a penguin, what would you do?” Then, with beautiful illustrations and simple text, it proceeds to share many of the fun things penguins can do! For kids who want to learn more, there’s also a “Penguin Fun Facts” page included at the end of the book. This is a quick read your child will be sure to enjoy when learning about the letter P!
Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann
In Pinkalicious, a little girl’s obsession with pink goes a little haywire. After eating way too many pink cupcakes, she wakes up to discover she has turned PINK! While she’s ecstatic about the change, her parents aren’t so happy and drag her to see the doctor, whose diagnosis is not what our pink-loving friend wants to hear. Not only is this a fun book to read with the letter P, it’s also a great resource if you’re studying the color pink!
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems
If you haven’t heard of Mo Willems yet, get yourself a copy of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and read it. Then check out The Pigeon Wants a Puppy. You won’t regret it! In The Pigeon Wants a Puppy, the Pigeon is back, and this time he’s trying to convince the reader that he should have a puppy! With tons of dialogue and funny text, not to mention oodles of expression, this book is a fantastic read-aloud choice that will have your children laughing out loud!
If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff
Laura Numeroff shows up on our top 10 lists again and again because her books are cute and fun and there are so many of them! In this story, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, a pig receives a stack of pancakes. But if you give a pig a pancake, it won’t end there. You’ll end up giving him syrup, a bath, a trip to the farm, and then you’ll get mixed up in a whole truckload of funny shenanigans! This book is a great choice for the letter P!
Time to Say “Please!” by Mo Willems
Any other parents out there desperately trying to teach their kids manners? We’ve got the book for you! As the title implies, Time to Say “Please!” gives plenty of examples of times to say please. But it also teaches other helpful phrases, such as “excuse me” and “sorry.” Plus, it reminds kids that saying “please” doesn’t always guarantee they’ll get what they want! And in classic Mo Willems style, the text is often presented in unique formats, with each word in a sign or words in a balloon, for example. Learning manners has never been so fun!
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
If you or your child have ever read (and fallen in love with) Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, give this book a try. While the pattern and rhyme is similar, Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? introduces readers to a whole new cast of ten endangered animals, including a panda bear, spider monkey, sea lion, and red wolf, among others. There’s even a short note in some editions, discussing endangered animals and what we can do to help. And as always, Eric Carle’s illustrations steal the show! This is a darling book that you and your child will enjoy reading again and again.
Penguins by Jill Esbaum
The Explore My World National Geographic series provides a fabulous introduction to nonfiction texts. While they lack some nonfiction features like a table of contents and a glossary, each book is still packed with interesting facts, beautiful photographs, and lots to learn—in this case, about penguins! The book is organized by chapters, with fun chapter headings like “Waddle” and “Glurp!” and it ends with a penguin map which showcases several types of penguins and where they live in the world. It’s a great nonfiction text to read during your study of the letter P!
National Geographic Readers: Pandas by Anne Schreiber
The National Geographic Readers series is a bit more advanced than the previously mentioned Explore My World series, primarily because there is quite a bit more text, more advanced vocabulary, and each page includes more detail. However, the books can still be used with even the youngest readers, as the reader or child can pick and choose those things most interesting to them. These books are complete with a table of contents, gorgeous photographs, diagrams, tons of science and content-related vocabulary words and definitions, a glossary, and in this case, two pages dedicated to amazing panda facts! Your children will enjoy learning about baby pandas, a panda’s diet, where pandas live, and so much more.
Planes by Julie Murray
With only two sentences per page, Planes is a great quick read. The text is really child-friendly, making it an ideal book to read aloud. It also includes a table of contents, chapter headings like “Parts of a Plane” and “Airports,” a glossary, and an index. With tons of photographs of airports, the insides and outsides of planes, and pilots, children will have plenty to look at and enjoy!
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