Compiling my letter of the week book lists is one of my favorite things that I do at The Measured Mom. My kids are always excited when I order piles of books from the library so we can read them and find our favorites. Finding letter Y books was a challenge, but we found a small set of books I’m sure you’ll enjoy!
Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett
I start with this book because it is a true treasure, and one you and your child shouldn’t miss. One day, in her dark and dreary world, Annabelle finds a box of colorful yarn. She knits a sweater for herself and her dog. At first the townspeople criticize her for her colorful appearance – but it turns out they want sweaters too. Eventually Annabelle has created sweaters for everyone and everything in town. News spreads around the world about Annabelle and her miraculous box of yarn – which always has enough for one more sweater. But what will happen when a visiting archduke demands that Annabelle sell her box of yarn?
See the Yak Yak, by Charles Ghigna
Normally I only choose books for my Letter of the Week book lists when the book is full of words beginning with a particular letter . In this case, the book isn’t about yaks at all; they appear only on the first page. But you know what? This is the letter Y. It’s tough. And this book is so much fun! “See the yak yak” has a picture of a yak talking on a telephone, while next to him you can “see the steer steer” their car. On another page you can “see a bug bug” – but not for long, because then you “see the slug slug” in return! Love the pictures, love the play on words!
Yawn, by Nick Sharratt & Sally Symes
I highly recommend this simple rhyming book for toddlers and preschoolers which will lead your kids to guess the yawning animal on each page.
The Big Yawn, by Keith Faulkner
This is a fun book, but its appeal will probably not extend beyond preschool because of its simplicity. On each page the cut-out yawn gets larger as another brightly colored rainforest animal stretches open its mouth. You can also use this book to teach about alliteration, which appears on every page — “slithery snake, rustling reeds, terrible tiger…”
Yo! Yes?, by Chris Raschka
This book will take you less than a minute to read, but it’s still worth getting from your library. In colorful images, two boys meet on the street. Their simple exchanges (“Yo! ” “Yes?”) lead to an offer of friendship, and at the story’s end the new friends jump in the air and explain “Yow!”
Yes Day! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
What a fun book! It’s Yes Day, so the little boy in the story gets whatever he asks for – from pizza for breakfast to sugar cereal at the grocery store. Yes Day comes just once a year… what would your child ask for?
I Dare You Not to Yawn, by Helene Boudreau
In this story the boy warns that yawning will land you in your pj’s and into bed – so whatever you do, you must resist! This was a hilarious new book for us – just try to read it without yawning!
Yoko, by Rosemary Wells
I’m in love with Rosemary Wells’ entire cast of characters, but Yoko may be my favorite. Yoko’s classmates make her feel strange and weird by the comments they make about her Japanese lunch. When the teacher hosts an international food day to help children appreciate other cultures, it doesn’t exactly work. But when Timothy discovers that he loves sushi, Yoko makes a new friend.
Little Blue and Little Yellow, by Leo Lionni
Admittedly, the very simple pictures in this book don’t appeal to me, and it’s never been one we’ve read a whole lot. But that doesn’t mean you won’t like it! It’s actually a very popular book about two little blobs of color, Little Blue and Little Yellow, who play together all the time – until they hug and become green. What will they do now?
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