Check out our Letter G book list!
We’ve included 10 great books, including fiction and nonfiction, to reinforce your child’s love of the Letter G!
Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
This has been one of our children’s favorite bedtime stories since they were very young! A zookeeper checks on each of his animals before bed. But as he does so, the gorilla quietly steals each of the zookeeper’s keys and creeps behind him to unlock each door. An animal parade then follows the oblivious zookeeper home, resulting in a hilarious situation! Your children will giggle all the way through this funny story because they know something the zookeeper doesn’t!
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andrae
Gerald the Giraffe really, really wants to dance. But each time he tries, the rest of the jungle animals mock his efforts. After a particularly embarrassing jungle dance, a tiny cricket finds Gerald alone and offers him advice, through which Gerald learns it’s not so much the dancing that matters, but finding “music that we love.” Gerald’s character will charm your children, and thanks to the rhyming text and consistent rhythm, it just may become your next favorite read-aloud.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Perhaps one of the most famous bedtime stories of all time, Goodnight Moon is a lovely way to end a day with the kids. The text is simple and almost lyrical with plenty of rhymes, making it a wonderful book to read aloud. In it, readers examine the “great green room” and all of its interesting details, including a telephone, a red balloon, two little kittens, and even a bowl full of mush. Then the book shifts, and each item is again named, this time with the precursor “Good night.” The book includes alternating black and white and color illustrations. It’s no wonder it’s been around for decades!
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
In Shel Silverstein’s classic tale, a tree and a boy adore each other as the boy plays in its leaves and swings in its branches. Yet as the boy grows older, his needs change. Still, the loyal tree provides all it can for the boy, offering shade, apples, branches, and finally, a stump to rest upon. The Giving Tree offers a thoughtful perspective on life and its inevitable changes.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by James Marshall
In this retelling of the classic fairy tale, Goldilocks is no longer the sweet, innocent girl of the original story. This time, she’s a bit naughty and not much of a listener when her parents tell her what to do. While they will already know the general storyline, children will still love the hilarious changes, quirky dialogue, and of course, the colorful illustrations! This is a great read-aloud while learning about the letter G!
Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin
When Farmer Brown goes on vacation, he leaves his brother in charge of the animals. Farmer Brown gives detailed instructions about the animals and warns his brother to keep close watch on that troublesome duck, who always seems to be carrying around a pencil. Children will enjoy Duck’s hilarious antics and pranks as Bob the Brother completes the instructions, like ordering the animals pizza and popping popcorn for movie night. And as always, there’s a clever storyline, complete with plenty of animal sound words!
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
This clever bedtime tale details what happens as things wind down for the night on a construction site. Each page includes beautifully illustrated trucks, cranes, cement mixers, bulldozers, and more. With lots of rhyme, lyrical text, and the repeating pattern of “Shh….goodnight, Bulldozer, goodnight,” this is a perfect wind-down story or bedtime read-aloud.
National Geographic Readers: Giraffes by Laura Marsh
National Geographic Readers always seem to make our top 10 lists, and for good reason! With engaging photographs, cool facts, and simple, easy-to-read text, Giraffes is a fabulous letter G choice. Organized by chapters, readers will learn about giraffes’ large bodies, where they live, how they eat, and so much more! The text introduces new content-related vocabulary, with words like hooves, plains, and predator. Then it not only explains what they mean, but includes them in a picture glossary at the end. There are even giraffe-related jokes interspersed throughout! Overall, this is a great choice while learning about the letter G.
Creepy Creatures: Grasshoppers by Valerie Bodden
Did you know there are more than 7,000 types of grasshoppers in the world? That’s just one amazing fact you will learn from Creepy Creatures: Grasshoppers. With lots of up-close views of these fascinating insects, readers will be exposed to grasshopper details they’d rarely see otherwise. They’ll learn all about their life cycle, their bodies, where they live, the process of laying eggs and how they hatch, and more! There’s even a cute grasshopper craft at the end, along with a glossary, index, “Read More” section and even some kid-friendly websites for kids to explore.
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate
This fascinating read details the true story of Ivan, a.k.a. The Shopping Mall Gorilla. While Ivan was born in the jungle, he was taken and then raised in a 14x14 cement shopping mall enclosure for nearly 27 years of his life. Readers will quickly fall in love with Ivan, a gentle, loving, finger-painting creature. The story includes not only beautiful illustrations, but also several actual photographs of Ivan at the end, along with a more detailed section, “About Ivan.” This is a touching story and a reminder of both the needs of animals and our responsibility to protect and advocate for those needs.
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