Check out our Letter I book list!
We’ve included 10 great books, including fiction and nonfiction, to reinforce your child’s love of the Letter I!
Du Iz Tak by Carson Ellis
In Du Iz Tak, two damselflies discover a tiny shoot sprouting up from the ground. As the shoot grows, more and more characters emerge, and each decides what they could do with the shoot. This is a fun read-aloud, especially since the words are made-up. But with the help of the beautiful illustrations, the pseudo-language becomes easy to understand.
Inside Freight Train by Donald Crews
A companion book to Freight Train, Inside Freight Train takes readers inside each car of the train they’ve come to love. With little “doors” that open to expose what’s hidden inside each train car, your children will love being actively involved in this book! Not only that, but this is a great book for learning colors, thanks to the red caboose, orange tank car, black steam engine, and more! While Inside Freight Train is also available in a more traditional book form that does not include the sliding door format, we recommend the active version that allows your children to “open” the train and discover all of the wonderful things hiding within!
Inside Outside Upside Down by Stan and Jan Berenstain
With simple and repetitive text, Inside Outside Upside Down is a great early reader choice. Using the classic Berenstain bears characters, the book takes readers through Brother Bear’s adventures as he explores a box, “Inside, outside, upside down!” It’s a quick read, one your little one could soon be reading on her own.
Wemberly’s Ice-Cream Star by Kevin Henkes
This is the sweet story (literally) of Wemberly, a mouse who gets an ice-cream star as a special treat on a hot day. But what about her stuffed bunny, Petal? How will Wemberley get an ice cream star for him? Readers will enjoy discovering Wemberly’s solution to this problem. The book is written in very simple text, making it quick and easy to read. With adorable illustrations, a theme of sharing, and ice cream, we had to include it on our Letter I book list!
Mañana Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul
In Mañana Iguana, several animals want to have a party the following sábado, or Saturday. That means they have lots of party planning to do, from making and sending invitations, to stuffing the piñata, to decorating, and more. However, each time Iguana asks her friends to help her complete these tasks, they give her some kind of excuse, leaving Iguana to do everything on her own. With echoes of the classic story The Little Red Hen, Mañana Iguana includes a set of new characters, an updated story, and a Latino twist. It includes colorful illustrations and Spanish words interspersed throughout. Mañana Iguana is sure to delight your readers!
Itsy Bitsy Spider by Emily Bannister
This adorable board book is complete with the "itsy bitsy spider" rhyme, as well as four more classic nursery rhymes. As you read or sing the rhymes, your little one will enjoy touching, feeling, and tracing the cutouts on each page. With charming illustrations, this book is an excellent addition to your collection.
Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems
Should I Share My Ice Cream? Is part of Mo Willems’s Elephant and Piggie collection (can you tell we’re Mo Willems fans around here?). In this delightful book, Elephant is faced with a big dilemma—should he share his ice cream? Readers will enjoy the fun illustrations, dialogue, and the surprise ending!
Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Insects by Libby Romero
Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Insects is more advanced than many of our other National Geographic picks. It begins with a helpful section called “How to Use This Book,” which explains that the book is organized into two sections: insects that go through a complete metamorphosis and insects that go through an incomplete metamorphosis. At that point, insects are broken down even further by scientific classification. This book is an insect-lover’s paradise. Readers will be amazed at the cool facts and photographs of the myriads of insects included. The Ultimate Explorer Field Guide Edition also includes an incredibly helpful “Quick ID Guide,” where readers can identify an insect based on a picture. Don’t be surprised if this encourages your little one to become a self-guided insect explorer!
Iguanas by Grace Hansen
Iguanas is a great easy reader nonfiction text to supplement learning about the Letter I. It is organized into a few simple chapters, such as “Iguanas,” “Food,” “Baby Iguanas,” and “More Facts.” Each page includes simple text, with only 1-2 sentences per page. The fantastic up-close looks at iguanas highlight their amazing features. Iguanas is complete with a table of contents, glossary, index, and even access to a website with a special code so your child can learn more! Overall, it’s a great book to get your children excited about nonfiction, iguanas, and the Letter I!
Superstar Insects by Louise Spilsbury
Whether or not you are a bug-lover, this book is fascinating. Its beautiful photographs showcase bugs up-close, spotlighting their amazing camouflage, how they eat, and much more. Chapters are organized by type of bug, including Rhinoceros Beetle, Chan’s Megastick, Praying Mantis, Honeybee, and others. Each page is also filled with photographs and diagrams highlighting various insect features, ‘Top Talents’ or ‘Secret Stars,’ along with a truckload of other interesting information! Complete with a table of contents, glossary, index, and further reading and website suggestions, Superstar Insects has no shortage of nonfiction features and amazing facts!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our top 10 books for the Letter I! For more letter-themed ideas, including letter-themed crafts, snacks, and activities, check out our letter blog posts, like the Letter I post. And don’t forget to subscribe, so you can be the first to see our future letter book lists!!