Check out our Letter Z book list!
We’ve included 10 great books, including fiction and nonfiction, to reinforce your child’s love of the Letter Z!
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
This board book includes unique lift-the-flaps to reveal various animals hidden in boxes! The text encourages a guessing game, as clues are given in the text or even the shape of the box (spoiler alert: the tall, skinny box hides a giraffe). In the story, a letter to the zoo requested a pet. But each pet the zoo sends is either too big, too fierce, or too tall, so they ultimately get sent back! Readers will enjoy all the hidden animals until the “perfect pet” is revealed! What a fun read-aloud for little ones!
Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire
A classic and wonderful easy reader, this book is a hilarious story about a creature who begs to live in the zoo! But the creature is not just any creature, and readers will enjoy all his seemingly-magical antics! And is the zoo the best fit? With lots of rhymes, repetitive and simple text, this book is one your young readers may soon be attempting to read on their own!
Zoomer by Ned Young
Zoomer is an adorable puppy who is “waaaaay too busy to go to school!” While Dad struggles to get him ready, Zoomer flies like a superhero, plays his trombone, blows the world’s biggest bubble, and much, much more! Children will delight in the colorful illustrations depicting all the fun things Zoomer does instead of getting ready. With a hilarious surprise ending, all will appreciate and adore this mischievous book!
Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I’m Off to the Moon! by Dan Yaccarino
This fun and simple story, full of rhymes and bright colorful illustrations, follows a little boy as he zooms off to the moon! With its simple but engaging text, Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I’m Off to the Moon! is an excellent read-aloud choice, and the perfect choice for the letter Z!
Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham
In Z is for Moose, a cast of animals (and some objects) pitch in to make an alphabet book. While A, B, and C go as planned, Moose shows up when they get to letter D. The zebra director points out that “Moose does not start with D,” so Moose makes his way off-stage, albeit causing a few mishaps along the way. Then imagine Moose’s surprise when he’s not even featured for his own letter! Full of fun surprises, readers will love this story and its attention-seeking moose!
Zero the Hero by Joan Holub
Zero the Hero is a cute numbers story featuring number Zero, who believes he is a hero, no matter what the other numbers say! This book includes lots of dialogue, with each number featured as its own personality-rich character. And it sneaks fun math into the story! Although Zero quickly learns he is not always important to addition, subtraction, or division, he finally finds his importance when it comes to place value! This is a clever story, full of fun illustrations, witty dialogue, and lots of learning. A great read when learning about numbers or the letter Z!
Zorro Gets an Outfit by Carter Goodrich
Zorro and Mister Bud begin their day just like any day—until Zorro’s owner gives him a special surprise: his very own outfit! But when Zorro puts it on, he feels embarrassed, and no longer wants to go for a walk. To make matters worse, he is forced to walk where all his other dog friends laugh at him! Grab this story to find out how Zorro finally overcomes his embarrassment and learns to embrace his new outfit! A great book that helps to teach important lessons about friendship, being different, feeling happy for others, and of course, the letter Z!
Amazing Animals: Zebras by Kate Riggs
This is a wonderful book with lots of interesting zebra facts, as well as gorgeous photographs of these beautiful creatures! In this book, readers will learn all about zebras’ appearance, their habitat, behavior, and much more! It is written in simple-to-understand text, with more challenging content-specific words defined, such as pattern, foal, or harems. At the end, there’s a “Read More” section that includes a list of books and websites to learn more about zebras. There’s even a short folklore story that explains why zebras don’t have horns! Overall, this is a great non-fiction book we think your little ones will adore!
Zoo by Rebecca Pettiford
Zoo is a great nonfiction book that includes a table of contents, picture glossary, index, and “To Learn More” section. The text is perfect for beginner readers, with no more than a few sentences per page. Although the text is simple, readers will still learn facts about many zoo animals, including lions, giraffes, snakes, elephants, parrots, crocodiles, and seals! This makes a great read-aloud, due to its simple text and fun story about children’s adventures at the zoo. It also includes a special section entitled “Ideas for Parents and Teachers” with ideas for before reading, during reading, and after reading activities. With bright photographs including lots of children and animals, this will be a great book to read for the letter Z!
Discovering STEM at the Zoo by Therese Shea
STEM is an educational buzzword that means “science, technology, engineering, and math.” This book showcases how STEM skills are used by zoo workers every single day. It includes a table of contents featuring 10 chapters, a glossary, index, and websites to learn more, as well as lots of cool animal and zoo facts. It even gives real zoo examples from around the United States. With important keywords bolded and explained, it helps young readers learn and develop a deeper understanding of new vocabulary. Readers will learn about many different animals, engineering a tiger exhibit, solar panels in a zoo parking lot, nutrients, habitat design, and much more! With lots of colorful illustrations, this is a great book to learn more about zoos, STEM, and the letter Z!