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best preschool books for the letter Dd

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Reading is so important for littles ones.  We try to start and finish our days with reading.  I like to say that if I read to each of my children, both together and individually, than the day is a success!

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One of the main reasons why we do a letter of the week style preschool at home is to encourage me to continue to read new book, do new activities, introduce new vocabulary.  For our letter of the week, I will usually find a small stack of books and read them at breakfast time and try to emphasize the “Dd” at the beginning of words.  We cycle through the small stack throughout the week during meal or other quiet times in the day.  This is a fun way to read new books and reinforce some beginning sound phonics work.

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Our list for the Best Preschool Books for the Letter D

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey won the Caldecott Medal for the year of 1942.  The brown and white classic is beloved for the humorous relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and the tender care in which they take to find the right home for their dear ducklings.  My children both will stop everything to read this cherished book.


Have You Seen my Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri is my daughter’s favorite book.  She gets so excited to find the little duckling who is hiding playfully from his mama duck.  The pictures are gorgeous and can be taught to talk about ponds and animals that live in the water.

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I Wish that I had Duck Feet by Theo LeSieg is about a little boy who just wishes he could have duck feet to splash around with.  He soon realizes that the body parts he has are just right for him.  A sweet book in the genre of the classic Dr. Seuss.

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Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff follows a sweet boy and his pet dinosaur from the museum for a day.  A fun, I Can Read book, that encourages imagination and a love for dinosaurs and archaeaology too!

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Digging Up Dinosaurs by Aliki takes a reader through a humorous study of dinosaurs and fossils.  A wonderful non-fiction book for the youngest preschooler.

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Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion is about a fun loving dog who hates taking baths.  A perfect book for any child who struggles with bath time  because, hey, Harry the dog struggles too.  He gets so dirty his family no longer recognizes him, and we don’t want that to happen to our kids :)

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Go, Dog, Go! by P.D. Eastman is a beginner book that encourages young children to read on their own.  All about different dogs and their antics, a fun loving book for children of all ages.


If you Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff is a hilarious new spin on the original, If you Give a Mouse a Cookie.  I love these little fun books which follow a cute cartoon animal and their child companion into the abyss of, “If I have that, then I need that, then I need that.”  These books set up a great early writing activity too!

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Good Dog Carl by Alexandra Day. Oh that sweet rottweiler Carl.  He is a beloved and huge dog that is often doing the parents job of taking care of the baby.  This is a sweet series with beautiful painting illustrations that can be appreciated by young and old alike.

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How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen is the first in a wonderful series about a friendly dinosaur who helps children through life’s normal, but sometimes tough times, like bed time, eating food, cleaning up, playing with friends.

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Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell is a Newbery Medal winner that doesn’t belong in a preschool list of children’s books.  However, we made a felt dolphin this week and when I remembered the nostalgia of reading this classic, I decided to include it!  Set in the 1800s, a young teenage girl is alone on a remote island for 18 years.  It is a story of heartache, solitude, survival, and hope.  Every child and parent should re-read this classic over and over!

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Dan, the Taxi Man by Eric Ode is a symphony of sounds and colors! This cumulative tale is as much fun to read aloud as it is to listen to: “Here’s Dan, Beep! Beep! the Taxi Man, going to the show and picking up the band. Climb inside while you still can with Dan, Beep! Beep! the Taxi Man.”

Dragon Post by Emma Yarlett  One day, Alex finds a dragon living in the cupboard under the stairs. Luckily, he knows just what to do. He writes letters to lots of different people – including the fire brigade and the butcher – to ask how he should take care of his surprise visitor. Children will love opening the five envelopes and reading the hilarious letters to Alex and then following his magical adventure with his new fiery friend.

It’s a busy day on the building site when the digger unearths a big, mysterious, wooden object! What could it be? In Drives a Digger! by Danielle McLean, the reader becomes part of the story! Die-cuts throughout these interactive, personalized books allow the child to be featured on every page. Fun stickers are located at the back of book to spell out the child’s name.

I Want to Dance by Makiko Toyofuku One night, a white rabbit glimpses a ballet class in progress and is enchanted. She gathers her courage and asks if she may join the class. Soon, other friends join too, and learn – along with classical ballet – that being true to yourself can be beautiful. A heartwarming story about having the courage to step into unknown worlds.

I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian Stomp, splash, slide, dive … This little dinosaur just loves mud! What does a cheeky little dinosaur with a dirty snout do? Why stomp about getting dirtier and dirtier, of course!

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