The Bookstore Cat by Cylin Busby (Toddler, Preschool)
When a bear wakes up in the middle of winter, they decide to go for a walk. Finding a cabin and the delicious food inside is just the beginning of bear’s adventure. This nearly wordless book relies on its captivating illustrations to tell a charming story for all ages. ▸ Get it at the Library
If the S in Moose Comes Loose by Peter Hermann (Preschool, School Age)
When some of Moose’s letters come loose, he suddenly poofs away. Left behind, his friend Cow decides to beg and borrow what she can to find some G-L-U-E to stick his letters back together. There’s a lot of silly word play and rhymes, which can be a perfect jumping off point for discussions about letters and how they sound. ▸ Get it at the Library
Enjoy this fun twist on an alphabet book that presents atypical animal “facts” for each letter, such as “Bears sometimes want their mothers to kiss it better,” and “Jellyfish don’t care if you think they look funny when they dance,” accompanied by subtle and beautiful illustrations. ▸ Get it at the Library
Q & U Call it Quits by Stef Wade (Preschool, School Age)
Have you noticed that letter Q rarely appears on its own in the English language? It’s almost always found together with letter U. Sometimes, however U needs a bit of a break from Q. In this pun-filled story, children will learn more about blended letters and phonics, but also about how to be a considerate friend. ▸ Get it at the Library
These resources were recommended by Samantha Blanquart, an Early Literacy Outreach Librarian with the Anchorage Public Library. Visit their website for more info about early literacy or to check out one of their reading kits for young children.