Reading takes us far and wide, to all corners of the globe and of the human imagination. It also zips us around all of the amazing ins and outs of our glorious language. We love nothing more than reading great books aloud to our kids, and we hope that lots of reading time will help support their early attempts to decipher the codes of reading.
It turns out, however, that reading alone is not quite enough. We need to read in such a way as to promote our children’s awareness of letters, letter combinations, and the sounds they make.
Young children latch on most easily to the letter sounds at the beginning of words, so it makes sense to take advantage of this early inclination. The next time you’re reading your way through a stack of your little one’s favorite titles, consider doing so alphabetically. Or perhaps you might even go so far as to alphabetize your children’s bookshelf together. The next time you’re looking for Madeline your kids will know that she’s just a book or two down the shelf from Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile.
To help get you started, we offer you a list of wonderful titles from A to Z, the better to enjoy a reading trip through the alphabet together.
B is for Blueberries for Sal
C is for Charlotte’s Web
D is for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
E is for Eloise
F is for Frog and Toad
G is for George and Martha
H is for Harold and the Purple Crayon
I is for Ivy and Bean
J is for James and the Giant Peach
K is for Kitten’s First Full Moon
L is for Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
M is for Madeline
N is for No, David!
O is for Olivia
P is for The Paper Bag Princess
Q is for The Quiet Book
R is for Rapunzel
S is for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
T is for Time for Bed
U is for The Ugly Duckling
V is for The Velveteen Rabbit
W is for Winnie-the-Pooh
X is for Jessica’s X-Ray
Y is for Yes Day!
Z is for Zen Shorts
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