Check out our Letter Y book list!
We’ve included 10 great books, including fiction and nonfiction, to reinforce your child’s love of the Letter Y!
Good Night Yoga by Diane Kovanda
This story illustrates various yoga poses to last from morning to night-time. It encourages children to try the movements as well, with questions like “Can you make a triangle shape, stretching your body?” Along with the many poses, from stretching like a cat to imitating a cow, making a bridge, and twisting in a pretzel, it reminds readers to concentrate on careful and intentional breathing that calms and soothes. We love its inclusion of healthy movement while also encouraging reading, making it a great choice when learning about the letter Y!
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Extra Yarn begins in a cold little town, where all one can see is white snow and black chimney soot. A little girl named Annabelle soon discovers a box of colorful yarn, so she begins to knit. She starts with a sweater for herself, then she makes one for her dog, too. With more and more leftover yarn, she creates more and more projects. That is, until the archduke realizes the magic of the never-ending yarn box and attempts to steal it! Readers will enjoy how the story unfolds, as well as the transition from muted illustrations to more and more color as Annabelle completes her yarn projects. A beautiful book that all readers will adore!
Yes Day! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
How many times do we say “No” to our kids? Well, this book is all about YES! Yes Day! describes the ultimate kids’ day because parents must say “Yes!” to all of their crazy requests! From pizza for breakfast, food fights, staying up late, and more, your kids will love this book! But be warned—they may soon be asking for their own “Yes Day!”
Yawn by Nick Sharratt
Good luck resisting a yawn while you read this book! In Yawn, a boy passes his yawn to a cat, who gives it to a bird, who gives it to a fish, and so on. With a clever cut-out circle that becomes the mouth of each yawning creature, your little ones will love guessing who comes next! This is a great book to read when learning about the letter Y!
Yay, You! by Sandra Boynton
Oh, Sandra Boynton, how we love you! With its simple upbeat message, combined with Boynton’s adorable animal illustrations and funny text, Yay, You! acknowledges that all people are different, and no matter what they like, where they live, or what they choose to do, the last two lines of text remind us, “I know you’ll be great. You already are.” This is not only a great book to read when learning about the letter Y—it’s a great selection for a recent graduate or anyone experiencing significant life changes.
I Dare You Not to Yawn by Helene Bourdreau
Don’t you yawn! Don’t do it! After all, if a yawn “pops out,” terrible things might happen, like getting sent to bed! Not only that, but yawns are contagious— watch out! Little ones will love this fun and engaging book, and come on, who can resist a good dare?
Yak and Dove by Kyo Maclear
Yak and Dove wish they were twins, plant a garden, and more, all while recognizing their similarities and differences. The book is organized into three sections, similar to acts in a play, and all are written in back and forth dialogue between Yak and Dove. With beautiful illustrations in watercolor, gouache and colored pencil, this is a gorgeous book young readers (and adults) will love!
Yaks Yak by Linda Sue Park
A hilarious nonfiction book? Yes, please! Using funny animal word pairs, Yaks Yak presents homographs, or words that are spelled and pronounced the same, but hold different meanings. Thanks to matching illustrations and definitions on each page, readers will grasp a deeper understanding of these fun phrases. With eighteen total animal-action homograph word pairs, there are plenty of silly word pairs and illustrations to enjoy! Included at the end is a useful guide with a chart of “The Words” used in the story, the animals’ names and likely origins, and the origins and meanings of each action word. All these reasons make it a great book to read for the letter Y!
Yo-Yo World Trick Book by Harry Baier
This nonfiction book is all about yo-yos! As stated in the preface, the purpose of this book is “to popularize the Yo-Yo and put an end to its time in the shadows.” Claiming that Yo-Yos make for a great stress reliever for kids AND adults, this book is packed full of cool tricks! The book begins with a brief history of the Yo-Yo, a brief explanation of the different types of Yo-Yos, and helpful trick tips like changing the string and adjusting its length. Then come the tricks! Each trick has its own name, step-by-step instructions and matching illustrations for each step, making it easy to follow and understand. With over 10 basic tricks, picture tricks, and over 25 pro tricks, this book will have your kids (and you!) yo-yo-ing in no time!
Yoga Bug by Sarah Jane Hinder
This adorable book features tons of cool creatures and matching yoga poses! Available in both classic and board book format, your little ones can try all sorts of fun “bug” poses with simple directions. We love that each bug has a colorful illustration and an illustration of a child showcasing the matching yoga pose. It even includes a bonus “Yoga Bug Flow” at the end with all the poses in a suggested flow. There is no shortage of fun and engaging moves for your little ones to try!