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Early Literacy Booklists

Research has shown that there are Six Early Literacy Skills which help prepare children to learn to read. The materials on these lists have been selected by Children's Services Librarians for being exceptional in helping to develop these skills. You may check out an Early Literacy Kit that has eight picture books, a parent guide and DVD / CD, or you may check out the books individually.

Letter Knowledge

Knowing that letters are different from each other, that the same letter can look different, and that each letter has a name and is related to sounds are all aspects of letter knowledge. Look for books with shapes, "look-and-find" books, and alphabet books to help develop this skill.

Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
KIT J372.465 EARLY Kits for Kids: Early Literacy: Letter Knowledge
Books to help children acquire skills they need to learn to read. This kit addresses knowledge that letters are different from each other, that the same letter can look different, and that each letter has a name and is related to sounds.
JE BINGH Bingham, Kelly Z is for Moose
Moose, terribly eager to play his part in the alphabet book his friend Zebra is putting together, then awfully disappointed when his letter passes, behaves rather badly until Zebra finds a spot for him.
JE CLEAR Cleary, Brian P. Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book
Snyder's cheery collages add some oomph to this hunt-for-the-word alphabet book.
JE EDWAR Edwards, Pamela Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke
An alliterative tale about four fox kits who go hunting for meat, while their gourmet brother fixes a vegetarian feast.
JE ERNST Ernst, Lisa Campbell The Turn Around Upside Down Alphabet Book
An alphabet book in which each letter becomes three different objects as the book is turned different directions, as when A becomes a bird's beak, a drippy ice cream cone, and the point of a star.
JE INKPE Inkpen, Mick Kipper's A to Z: An Alphabet Adventure
Kipper the dog and his friend Arnold work through the alphabet by collecting animals and other things for each letter.
JE JAY Jay, Alison ABC: A Child's First Alphabet Book
In this alphabet book, a is for apple and z is for zoo.
JE MACDO MacDonald, Suse Alphabet Animals: A Slide-and-Peek Adventure
Various jungle animals pose in the shape of letters. Slide out each page insert to find out the animal's name.
JE MARTI Martin, Bill Jr. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
An alphabet rhyme/chant that relates what happens when the whole alphabet tries to climb a coconut tree.
JE MCMUL McMullan, Kate I Stink!
A big city garbage truck makes its rounds, consuming everything from apple cores and banana peels to leftover ziti with zucchini.
JE PEARS Pearson, Debora Alphabeep!: A Zipping, Zooming ABC
Describes a vehicle or street sign for every letter, from Ambulance to Zamboni.
JER SEUSS Seuss, Dr. Dr. Seuss's ABC
The classic alphabet book written by Dr. Seuss.
J BOARDBK VANFL Van Fleet, Matthew Alphabet
Over 100 creatures and plants from A to Z demonstrate action words, synonyms, opposites, and more.

If you need help finding these or other Library materials, please check with anyone in Children's Services. We look forward to seeing you at the Library!

This list was created by and is maintained by Children's Services Librarians.
Comments and suggestions can be sent to Mary R. Voors, Manager, Children's Services at

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