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Books to Teach Letter A

Little Dots Book List: Letter A

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Here we share 8 of our favourite books on colors that we think are must-haves in your school library.

Ten Apples Up on Top by Theo. Lesieg and illustrated by Roy McKie

This book is written by Dr. Seuss under the pen name Theo. LeSieg. The story is about three friends: a lion, a dog and a tiger who compete to see who can balance the most apples on their heads. It is a fun book with simple repetitive phrases, that is also great for learning sight words and counting


How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

What do you do if you want to make an apple pie but the market is closed? Well, this book brings you all around the world to get all the ingredients you need – hop on a steamboat to Italy for the wheat, go to an England to get the freshest milk, Sri Lanka for cinnamon, Vermont for apples and other destinations.

Children learn that food does not come from the market, it has to be grown, harvested, milled and prepared. After reading the book, you can use the recipe included in the book to bake an apple pie with your children.

Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington

Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington

Annie is a very busy apple farmer. She grows many different kind of apples and she makes yummy food with the apples she harvests (e.g. apple cider, applesauce, apple muffins, apple pies, etc.). She also sells some of the apples at the market.

This brightly illustrated book has simple engaging pictures with opportunities to build vocabulary. The book also includes Annie’s favourite apple recipes that you can recreate with your children

The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall

The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall

Follow the two sisters and watch how the apple tree changes from winter to fall. The colorful collage art is charming and children will see how an apple tree grows leaves, blossoms and tiny green apples. Finally, when the fruit is big and red, it is ready to be picked!

Hey, Little Ant by Philip M. Hoose

Hey, Little Ant by Philip M. Hoose

Originally a song, this book has a wonderful message. The story follows conversation between a boy and a little ant. The boy threatens to squish the ant and the ant explains to the boy, tries to negotiate for his life. The story ends with a thought provoking question: What do you think that kid should do? It provides wonderful opportunities for discussions with your children.

The Ants Go Marching by Dan Crisp

This is a die-cut book of a classic rhyme. The ants are marching through the rain but there is always something to distract the little ant. It is great book to learn counting too while singing along.

I want to Be an Astronaut by Byron Barton

A picture book with simple text, perfect for young readers who love astronauts and the outer space. This book is great, but it could be boring for children who are not very interested with astronauts or the outer space.

My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

A funny story about a boy who has an alligator under his bed but he is the only one who sees it. He tries to lure the alligator away. An imaginative story that your children will enjoy!

If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, DON’T! By Elise Parsley

There is a show and tell at school and Magnolia decides to bring an alligator. Hmmm…Do you think that is a good idea? The alligator as we all have expected gets her into some major trouble. The charming illustrations are sure to tickle your stomach!

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