We had a lot of fun with these letter Q books for preschoolers.
The Queen’s Feet, by Sarah Ellis
This is such a fun story about a queen whose feet just won’t behave. They never want to wear dignified shoes, and they won’t be still during important meetings. The final straw is when they kick the ankle of an obnoxious visiting monarch. Hard. An entertaining story with a satisfying ending!
Quick, Quack, Quick! by Marsha Arnold
“Quick, Quack, Quick!” says the mother duck to her duckling who is always lagging behind the rest of the family. All of us with a child who “putzes” will sympathize with Quack’s mother… and smile at the ending when Quack’s pace proves to be the very thing that saves his family.
The Quiltmaker’s Gift, by Jeff Brumbea
If you read just one book from this letter Q book list, make it this one. This is a long book, but it’s an amazing story that both my preschoolers and I enjoy. It’s a story about a king who has everything money can buy; he has rooms filled to the ceiling with gifts from his subjects. But it’s never enough. Now he wants one of the breathtaking quilts sewn by the talented quiltmaker. But her quilts are not for sale; they are given only to the needy.
The king threatens the woman’s life until he finally agrees to her terms: for every gift he gives away, she’ll sew a new patch on his quilt. This is an extraordinary story that you must see for yourself. I love, love, love this book!
This is a simple, gentle story about a little girl who knows just how things would be if she were queen of the world. I love how she always includes her little brother. (Even though she’d have a hundred lollipops a day and never have to share , she’d give him a lick or two.)
Giggle, Giggle, Quack, by Doreen Cronin
From the creator of the popular Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type, this book follows what happens when Farmer Brown goes on vacation and leaves the farm to his unsuspecting brother, Bob. From hot pizza in the barn to bubble paths for the pigs, Duck fools Bob into giving the animals exactly what they’d like.
Quack! by Phyllis Root
This very simple rhyming book is perfect for young listeners. My Two loved it.
Little Quack, by Lauren Thompson
Little Quack and his siblings are nervous because today is the day they learn to swim. Finally, at the end of the story, Little Quack musters enough courage to jump in the pond. “I always knew you could,” Mama said. A little too cutesy for my taste, but my Two and almost-Four requested it many times.
The Queen with the Bees in Her Hair, by Cheryl Harness
At first glance, I wasn’t sure this we would enjoy this book – but it’s such a great story! Vain Queen Ruby loves to wear flowers in her hair. When these attract birds and bees, she banishes the creatures to the adjoining kingdom. But when spring comes again, there are no flowers. There are no bees to pollinate them and no birds to eat the harmful insects. The book has a wonderfully satisfying ending.
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