Friday, August 8, 2014

Tot Books for the Letter A

I am a mother of an almost two year old, and I am loving it. Well, let's be specific: I love HER. Baby Girl is a leader. She leads, learns, and dances her way through her little life and I follow along with a sappy grin on my face. So it goes to follow, that my darling baby child has decided she wants to know her alphabet. Thus began my hours of research on the Internet to find simple and easy ways to begin 'tot school'. My plan? Bombard Baby Girl with a letter of the week approach. I print off coloring sheets, think of one easy craft, and then scour the library for books. This of course is the best part :)

This week I am sharing books we read and enjoyed about the letter 'A'. Our main focus was apples, which is a favorite sign...and juice...but we threw in some other fun A books as well.

The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree
The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree
I LOVED this one! I love talking about the seasons with my Baby Girl, and there is so much to sign which keeps her interested.

Ten Apples Up On Top!
Ten Apples Up on Top! by Dr. Seuss
This one was fun, but focuses more on counting, which is okay seeing as Baby Girl wants to count to three now :) Fun, cute, rhymes, a success I'd say!

Ants (Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!)
Ants by Margaret Hall and Gail Saunders-Smith
Okay, Ants are fascinating.

Can an Ant Carry Me?
Can an Ant Carry Me? by Meg Greve and Jo Cleland
Ants are the one bug that don't freak me out. I could watch them forever. However, Baby Girl doesn't care as much. These two ant books did give me a good basis for the day Baby Girl upset an ant's nest on accident. She liked watching them and letting them crawl on her feet. Also, stepping on them was big hit...

Alligators All Around
Alligators All Around by Maurice Sendak 
I appreciate the historical value of this book. We had a pretty old copy and that made me excited! I thought it was silly and Baby Girl just liked saying as many letters as she could read.

Apple by Nikki McClure
The illustrations and colors are great for a child my age and younger. Simple one word pages leave lots of fun room for parent child interaction, especially with the added notes in back.

Until next time...when we share our favorite books about the letter B!


  1. This is such a cute post! I can't remember how I learned the alphabet, and don't have kids either, so it's interesting to know that you have a game plan to teach your little girl. :) She sounds smart already, so I'm sure it won't take long!

  2. Thanks Charlene! She is one smart cookie, and I'm so glad she loves to read already!!

  3. Yay indoctrination! Get 'em while they're young and can still be tricked into enjoying reading. ;)

    This reminded me of a picture book I've had since I was little, The Sign Painter's Dream. (It also involves apples.)

  4. Exactly my evil mastermind plan :)