Check out our Letter R book list!
We’ve included 10 great books, including fiction and nonfiction, to reinforce your child’s love of the Letter R!
Outstanding in the Rain by Frank Viva
With vibrant colors and fun text, this book is filled with literal “holes” in the pages. Each hole exposes a word or two, and each turn of the page transforms those words into something new. What is “cream” on one page might become “scream” on the next. “Rain” might turn into “train.” And not only do the words transform, but each new page also transforms the cutouts themselves. A polka-dot hat suddenly transforms into a birthday cake, to name one such surprise. This book will delight both you and your little one!
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
This book argues about whether the animal on its cover is a duck or a rabbit! With simple illustrations, the debate volleys back and forth, ultimately inspiring you and your child to have a fun discussion about who is correct. Not only does this book reinforce the letter R, but it will also reinforce D for duck. Double whammy!
Planting a Rainbow By Lois Elhert
Planting a Rainbow revolves around a mother and child who plant a garden together. The book includes simple text paired with illustrations that are bright, bold, and colorful. Those illustrations often give more detail than what’s stated in the text, such as the various kinds of bulbs or the types of flowers listed on the seed packets. The story teaches the process of planting a flower garden, from planting seeds to picking out seedlings, to picking a colorful bouquet. Read this book when learning about colors, gardening, and especially the letter R!
I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss’s fun rhymes and silly words are always entertaining, and this book is no exception. In this story, the Cat in the Hat tells Young Cat to show him all the fun “you can get out of reading.” Kids love all the zany things the Cat in the Hat comes up with, as well as the colorful and silly illustrations. And you will love the message—read, read, read! As the Cat in the Hat says, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
R Is for Robot by Adam F. Watkins
This alphabet book takes letter learning to a noisy level! With a letter on each page, R is for Robot is filled with robots and noise words like “ooze,” “beep boop,” and “jolt!” Check out the illustrations to see what kinds of fun things the robots are doing—you might catch them practicing kung-fu, singing, tractor-pulling, or even breaking. This book is a must for your ABC shelves!
Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera
As seen by the title, this book illustrates a version of the classic children’s song, starring an adorable kitten and puppy. It’s a fun book to either read or sing as it takes readers on a journey down a beautiful river into a rainforest. While the first lyric stays in traditional “row, row, row your boat” format, the verses quickly change from page to page, exposing readers to new lyrics about tigers, crocodiles, lions, and more. Not only that, but there are also lots of animal sound words included. And because the story winds down with Puppy and Kitty getting tucked into bed, it’s also a fabulous bedtime story. Grab this one when you get the chance!
Race Car Dreams by Sharon Shriscoe
This sweet little book is a perfect sleepy-time read. Race Car Dreams follows a little race car through his post-race routine. After his bath, snack, and a book, Race Car is ready for bed and dreams of winning the next big race. The combo of darling pictures, fun rhyming text, and a cute story will lull your little ones to sleep with their own big dreams!
Rabbits by G.G. Lake
Grab this book when you need a nonfiction text about the letter R. It’s full of colorful and interesting photographs, a map, and tons of interesting facts! It also includes simple text, perfect for keeping young readers interested and engaged throughout. Complete with a table of contents, glossary, suggestions for more rabbit books, and even a suggestion for a kid-friendly website, this book oozes text features. An added bonus is a final page of critical thinking questions that tie directly to the Common Core. You can’t beat this book!
National Geographic Readers:Rocks and Minerals by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again: National Geographic Readers can make any topic interesting. If your child isn’t a fan of rocks and minerals yet, they will be by the end of this book! Showcasing beautiful and colorful minerals, volcanoes, fossils, and even a cool diagram about the rock cycle, Rocks and Minerals is packed with engaging and interesting material. It even includes a cool section at the end called “Stump Your Parents,” with a seven question multiple-choice quiz based on info from the book. This is a great nonfiction choice for your letter R study!
Rainbows by Martha E. H. Rustad
Who doesn’t like to ooh and ahh at a rainbow? With simple text and just a few short chapters, including “What are Rainbows?” and “Why do Rainbows Shine?” your children will learn about rainbows without feeling overloaded with material. They’ll also learn what a “sundog” is, what color “indigo” is, and how to use a “prism.” Critical thinking questions at the end will extend your child’s learning, as well as recommendations for further reading and kid-friendly websites to explore! Check it out!
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