King Midas and the Golden Touch, by Charlotte Craft
This book is worth checking out for the illustrations alone! Each page is like a classic painting. We have this book in our own collection, and I’ve had to repair it a few times. My kids love the story about the king who loved gold so much that he wished for the golden touch — but when everything he touches, including his own daughter, turns to gold — he longs for things to be as they once were.
Kite Day, by Will Hillenbrand
This is a sweet book perfect for toddlers who listen for just a short while. The sentences are brief: “Away, away, away spun the kite.” The story is engaging (Bear and Mole create their own kite, only to have it dashed away in a thunderstorm). And the pictures are truly endearing.
King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub, by Audrey Wood
Normally I’m crazy about Audrey Wood’s books, but I think this one’s a little weird. Even though the book is extremely popular, I wasn’t going to include it — but my kids keep requesting it! The repeating theme is “King Bidgood’s in the bathtub and he won’t get out!” Each visitor who tries to remind the king of his responsibilities ends up sitting in the bathtub with him – to make battle plans, eat lunch, go fishing, dance… see what I mean? A little weird. But as usual, Don Wood’s illustrations are outstanding.
The King and the Three Thieves, by Kristen Balouch
This book is a retelling of Persian folktale in which a king, disguised as a beggar, shares his dinner with poor ordinary men — who turn out to be thieves planning to rob the castle. Each man has a magical power which will make the robbery successful. But the king has a surprise of his own! I love folktales – but it’s a bit of a stretch to say we loved this book.
Bear and Kite, byCliff Wright
Don’t miss this adorable board book about two bear cubs attempting to fly a kite. Just a word or two per page will introduce your toddler to opposites.
A Kiss for Little Bear, by Else Homelund Minarik
Little Bear gives an animal friend a picture to deliver to his grandmother. His grandmother sends a kiss back to give to Little Bear. The first animal tires of the journey, so he passes the kiss along to another animal, who passes it to another… until it reaches a skunk, who shares it with a female skunk – and she shares it back. In the end the skunks get married. I think it’s a funny and cute story, but I was surprised that some Amazon reviewers felt the book was inappropriate for children. Really? Animals passing along a kiss? I still think it’s a cute book — and I suggest you don’t read too much into it!
The King, the Mice, and the Cheese, by Nancy and Eric Gurney
My kids kept requesting that I reread this vintage (1965) book we got from the library. The king has a problem: he loves cheese, but his palace is overrun with mice who love it too! The king’s advisors suggest that he bring in cats… but then the palace is overrun with cats! And on it goes.
Koala Lou, by Mem Fox
This book has been recommended for children who are expecting a new sibling. Koala Lou is very much adored by all the animals — and her mother tells her every day how much she loves her. Then other babies arrive… and Koala Lou’s mother becomes too busy to spend time with her. Koala Lou competes in the Olympics to regain her mother’s affection, only to find out that she never lost it.
Kite Flying, by Grace Lin
In this simple story, a Chinese family creates their own dragon kite to fly. My kids and I have always loved Grace Lin’s bright illustrations.
Katy No-Pocket, by Emmy Payne
Katy is a kangaroo with a pocket to carry her joey, Freddy. She asks all the other animals how they carry their own offspring, until the owl advises her to go to the city — where she finds a workman who gives her his many-pocketed apron. The story is slightly wordy, and it might bother you that the animals are from all different habitats and don’t actually live together in nature. If you can get past both those things, it’s a cute book. My Three kept requesting it.
Marsupial Sue, by John Lithgow
I’m not always a fan of picture books written by celebrites, but I think that John Lithgow has a gift for it. His books tell unique rhyming stories with a plethora of new vocabulary. This book is about a kangaroo who is unhappy with hopping. “It rattled her brain. It gave her migraine.” (“What’s a migraine?” asked my kids.) So Sue tries to be like other animals instead, with disastrous consequences. In the end she learns that familiar moral: be content with who you are.
Kitten’s First Full Moon, by Kevin Henkes
This book is the story of a fiesty little kitten who sees a bowl of milk in the sky and does everything she can to get it. The superb black and white illustrations won this book a Caldecott (best pictures) medal. A favorite at our house!
Alphabet Curriculum for Preschool
Our curriculum includes lessons for teaching both upper and lowercase letter names and sounds. You’ll get three lessons per letter, built-in review, simple handwriting practice, rhyming, syllable counting, phonemic awareness, and a whole lot more!
Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
My son would be over the moon with Koala Lou! He is a little koala-obsessed since we’ve been to Australia! Thanks for linking in the Kid Lit Blog Hop. 🙂
Such a fun trip that must have been for your kids!! We just saw a koala at the San Francisco zoo – but it was sleeping 🙂
Wow, that is one fantastic list. I am so relieved that you are on pinterest so I can just pin that post, instead of having to find each book individually, lol. Thanks so much for linking in to the Kid Lit Blog Hop.
I’m so glad I started blogging AFTER Pinterest was created, Julie – I don’t know what bloggers did without it!!
Great list! Definitely quite a few I want to check out of the library plus now curious about King Bidgood in the bathtub!!
Thanks for stopping by, Kriss! I love finding new books to add to my library list – I hope you find some new ones to love.
So glad to see King Midas! Those older tales are so easily forgotten now days. I can’t remember the one from Dr. Seuss. Guess I’ll have to check that one out again. Enjoyed the list 🙂
I agree, Tonja – I love finding old favorites retold an illustrated!
Author Aileen Stewart
Stopping by from the blog hop to say hello. What a great idea to read books by letter. The only one I recognized was Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand, a fellow Ohio author :0)
Thanks for stopping by, Aileen! A lot of the books on my lists are new ones I discover as I try to accumulate books for a particular letter. I love finding new favorites!
A great collection!! We will have to check a few of them out. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!
I love your alphabet book lists 🙂
I would also add K is for Kissing a Cool Kangaroo by Giles Andreae – a great rhyming alphabet book.
Thanks for the recommendation, Carrie — that’s one I’ve never heard of — we’ll look forward to checking it out!
Just wanted to tell you, Catherine, that my three year old really loved Kissing a Cool Kangaroo — kept him busy for quite a few minutes on a very long car trip!
So happy to hear that 🙂
What a wonderful book list to celebrate the letter K!! Love so many of these books! Visiting via Mom’s Library Link Up.
Thanks so much for checking it out!
Debbie @ http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.com/
Thanks for the list of books! Pinned it! Thanks for sharing at Tender Moments with T & P!
Thanks for the pin, Debbie!
What a great list! Katy No-Pocket looks so much like a Curious George book, I did a triple take! Would love to have you come and share at Booknificent Thursdays!
Thank you, Tina — we were out of town this week but I look forward to your link party soon. Keep reminding me 🙂
That is a super awesome list Anna. The King Midas book really looks beautiful. We are definitely picking some of these at the library. Our favorite letter K book is: King Hugo’s Huge Ego. Do check it out. Here is our review:
Thanks, Reshama! We checked out King Hugo at your suggestion, and the kids got a real kick out of it — especially that expanding head!
Such great idea to bombard your child with books full of the letter/sound you are introducing. Love the list 🙂
Thanks, Nichole! Books are great for so many things! 🙂
Awesome list. My 6 year old is obsessed with Greek Legends, so I definitely need to look for King Midas book. Kitten’s First Moon comes to my mind when I think of K-books.
Bummer – I missed Kitten’s First Moon! I was trying to find a good kitten book, how’d I miss that one?? I think you’ll love King Midas, although they’ve changed it to resemble more of a fairy tale than a Greek legend.
Angela @ Teaching Mama
Love your book lists! Thanks for sharing and I’m pinning this!
We’ll have to get some of these at the library. K is my daughter’s fave. letter – it starts her name!
I hope you find some new favorites, Emma!