Check out our Letter S book list!
We’ve included 10 great books, including fiction and nonfiction, to reinforce your child’s love of the Letter S!
Land Shark by Beth Ferry
This is a hilarious and adorable story about Bobby, a shark lover who tries to convince his parents to get him the coolest, most-awesome present ever: a shark! When he still doesn’t get a shark for his birthday, the story takes a fun twist as he learns to cope with the present he does receive. Not only does this book have a clever and original storyline, but we also love the pages packed with colorful illustrations! A great book to read when learning about the letter S!
Ming Goes to School by Deirdre Sullivan
This sweet little story follows Ming as she goes to school. From saying hello to saying goodbye, giggles and rests, and pinkie-lifting tea parties, this book is sure to encourage your child’s excitement for all the great things school can offer. It also includes beautiful watercolor illustrations!
Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt
This is an absolutely hilarious and adorable book! Immediately upon opening, readers will see a comical warning label, in which “Scaredy Squirrel insists that everyone wash their hands with antibacterial soap before reading this book.” While the rest of the book is definitely a work of fiction, it still includes comical diagrams, lists, advantages and disadvantages charts, a daily routine with clocks, an emergency exit plan, the contents of Scaredy Squirrel’s emergency kit, and even a schedule of Scaredy Squirrel’s weekly and predictable routine. It’s definitely a fun and original read!
You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang
Speaking of funny stories, You Are (Not) Small begins with two critters arguing about who is big and who is small. After trying in vain to prove that their viewpoints are correct, new characters show up that force both critters to rethink who is actually big and who is indeed small. This comical story, while simple and short, is not only a great introduction to opposites, but it also reminds us that size (and perspective) often “depends on who you are standing next to!”
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
In How to Catch a Star, a little boy wishes he could catch a star, He not only comes up with a multitude of ideas for doing so, but he also sets out on plenty of adventures to accomplish his goal. While many of his ideas don’t work out, the story still ends with a sweet and tender moment. Young readers will enjoy his adventures and the simple but beautiful illustrations!
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Caroline Jayne Church
This is a familiar and comforting story, using the beloved original song lyrics as its text. With a sparkly star-filled cover, charming illustrations throughout, and simple, bold text, this is the perfect book to read or sing with your little ones!
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
In this classic story, Peter wakes up to a world full of snow! He quickly heads outside, where readers follow all of his fun adventures. From making different tracks in the snow to smacking snow from a tree and pelting the enemy in a snowball fight, readers will enjoy (and perhaps relate!) to his actions as he enjoys his day in the snow. A favorite in the middle of the winter, this is also a fun book to read with slushies in hand in the middle of summer!
National Geographic Readers: Sharks! by Anne Schreiber
Is your child full of questions? Are they intrigued by sharks? If so, this book was made for them. Sharks! is packed with up-close photographs of these amazing (and terrifying!) creatures, not to mention tons of fascinating information. It also includes definitions of new words scattered throughout the text, as well as a picture glossary at the end to help young readers learn and understand content-related vocabulary. This book is a level 2, which may mean your little one isn’t ready to read it independently just yet, but it provides a great read aloud for both parent and child to enjoy together!
The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino
The Story of Snow takes readers through the process of how snow is made—starting as a tiny speck, growing into a crystal, and finally falling to the ground. It also combines plenty of other facts and details about snow with beautiful photographs of snow crystals that even adults will find mesmerizing. At the end, it gives tips for catching your own snow crystals! While it doesn’t include all the nonfiction text features you’ll see in many of our other nonfiction selections, it is still worth the read, especially when learning about the letter S. Both you and your child will finish it with a greater appreciation for the wonder of snow!
I’m Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton
Reading more like a story, I’m Trying to Love Spiders is a perfect choice for every non-spider-lover out there! Readers will learn all about how fascinating and amazing spiders really are. There may also be a few hilarious accidental “spider squishings” along the way, as the narrator attempts to overcome her own fear of the crawly critters. When it comes to illustrations, the watercolors effectively direct the reader’s attention to the spiders. Overall, this is a clever nonfiction book that many of us can relate to!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our top 10 books for the Letter S! For more letter-themed ideas, including letter-themed crafts, snacks, and activities, check out our letter blog posts, like the Letter S post. And don’t forget to subscribe, so you can be the first to see our future letter book lists!!