Check out our Letter J book list!
We’ve included 10 great books, including fiction and nonfiction, to reinforce your child’s love of the Letter J!
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
Bruce Degen’s Jamberry makes such a fun read-aloud! Inspired by the author’s experience as a young boy picking berries, the story follows a boy and a bear in all sorts of fun berry adventures. The text itself is jam-packed (pun intended!) with rhymes, nonsense words, and lots and lots of berries—both real (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and more) and imaginary (“clickety-clackberries,” “quackberries”). With beautiful illustrations of the boy and bear in all sorts of mischief, this is a delicious choice for the letter J!
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
Stuff sheep in a Jeep, and you’re sure to have some crazy travels! Told in minimal words, this fast-paced story includes lots of rhymes and silly illustrations. It’s not only a great quick-read, it’s perfect for the letter J!
If You Were a Jelly Bean by Dodd Inglesby Ferrelle
If You Were a Jelly Bean is an interactive book that you and your child can enjoy together. Readers not only learn about animals and colors, they also get to know each other as they pick out their favorite colors, toys, and more! Readers even get to complete sentences, such as, “If you were a jelly bean, you would be a….” This book includes lots of colorful and bright illustrations, making it a fun choice for the letter J!
Jump! by Scott M. Fischer
This fun pattern book starts with a frog and ends with a giant whale! Each page follows the same pattern, changing each animal for a bigger one. Since the text is patterned and predictable, your little ones will quickly learn when to yell, “JUMP!” Full of rhymes, animals, and lots of jumping, this is a great book.
Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes by Brian P. Cleary
As can be seen, Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes is truly “a very silly alphabet book!” The illustrations are bright, colorful, and loaded with all sorts of interesting things, from “ice cream the size of an igloo” to an “ostrich with oats by oodles.” The book follows the traditional alphabet, with each letter getting its own page (or two!). Children will love all the clever (and very silly!) things that go with each letter! The last page includes a bunch of balloons with each letter of the alphabet represented, providing yet another way to review letter sounds or letter names with your little ones. This book is a fabulous and fun way to study letters and their sounds!
Once Upon a Jungle by Laura Knowles
Once Upon a Jungle tells the story of the circle of life in simple, poetic language and colorful illustrations. With only a few words per page, readers will learn how the circle of life supports the jungle ecosystem. Starting with tiny ants, which are preyed upon by the mantis, which is hunted by the lizard, and so forth, the ecosystem circles back to teach readers not only about the food chain, but about life in general. It concludes with a special two-page foldout featuring other life found in the jungle. This is a beautiful book young readers will “circle” back to again and again!
Jack and the Beanstalk by Parragon Books
This retelling of the classic tale is complete with all the beloved characters of the original, including Jack, the beanstalk, and a child-eating giant who yells, “Fee-fi-fo-fum!” The story follows Jack as he trades his cow for magic beans, which beans lead him to unbelievable adventures when they grow into a giant beanstalk! With bright and colorful illustrations, this is an easy read that will introduce your children to this classic story.
Jungle: A Photicular Book by Dan Kainen
Want to mesmerize your little ones? Look no further! Dan Kainen has captured eight fascinating jungle creatures using a method called photicular, which makes the photographs appear to move! In the book, a butterfly flaps its wings, a monkey scratches its back, a spider crawls across the floor, and more! Along with these fascinating photographs, the book also includes several pages about jungles in general, not to mention a page dedicated to information about each animal, their behavior, habitat, diet, and more! This will be a book your little ones will hate to finish!
Jellyfish by Louise Spilsbury
The Read and Learn series book Jellyfish, by Louise Spilsbury, is a great nonfiction choice for young readers! With nine main chapters organized into headings posed as questions, readers will learn what a jellyfish is, how they reproduce, what they look like, eat, hunt, and more! Each page includes a fascinating photograph, often with labels that help explain the meaning of content-related vocabulary. Such vocabulary is interspersed throughout the text and can also be found defined in the glossary. The book also includes a jellyfish body map, picture glossary, index, and a Find Out More section. Check it out!
Jaguar by Anita Ganeri
Another great Read and Learn book, Jaguars introduces readers to these powerful cats in a chapter format. Such chapters detail what jaguars eat, how they sleep, how they care for their young, and more! The text is easy to understand and includes a photograph on every page. This is a great nonfiction book for the letter J and Jaguars!
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