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Communications, Language & Literacy Book Recommendations

The following is a list of children's books divided by the goals of Communications, Language and Literacy Domain. Some of these books will overlap with other goals of the SDELG. The list was compromised of recommendations from NAEYC, Scholastic, US Department of Education, CDC, Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations, and more. These are just suggestions and there are many skill-building books that may not be included on this list.

Some titles include a link to a read-aloud and/or activities.

Goal CLL-3: communicating and oral language development~~ever-expanding vocabulary
  1. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae YouTube read-aloud
  2. Skunks! by David Greenberg
  3. Good Dog Carl by Alexandra Day
Goal CLL-4 and CLL-5: foundations for reading~~interest in literacy-based materials and comprehending information from books
  1. Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn Spanish Version YouTube read-aloud
  2. I Will Not Read This Book by Cece Meng
  3. Where’s Spot? (all) by Eric Hill
  4. I Like Books by Anthony Browne
  5. Snappsy the Alligator by David Harbour Storyline Online read-aloud
  6. Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp
Goal CLL-6, CLL-7, and CLL-8: foundations for reading~~concepts of print, sounds and phonological awareness, and knowledge of letters and alphabetic principle
  1. Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Beeke
  2. Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
  3. Maybe a Bear Ate It! by Robbie H. Harris
  4. Time to Say Please! by Mo Willems
  5. Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein YouTube read-aloud
  6. Word Family Books by Usborne: Ted’s Shed, Hen’s Pens, Shark in the Park, Sam Sheep Can’t Sleep, Mouse Moves House, Ted in a Red Bed, Goose on the Loose, Big Pig on a Dig, Fox on a Box, Frog on a Log, Fat Cat on a Mat, Toad Makes a Road all books by Phil Roxbee Cox & Stephen Cartwright
  7. LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
  8. Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack: An Alphabetic Adventure by Doreen Cronin
  9. Alphabeep: A Zipping, Zooming ABC by Debora Pearson
  10. The Hidden Alphabet by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  11. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
  12. Eating the Alphabet, by Lois Ehlert
  13. The Handmade Alphabet by Laura Rankin
  14. Alphabet…books: Rescue, Adventure, and Mystery by Audrey Wood
  15. From Acorn to Zoo and Everything in Between in Alphabetical Order by Satoshi Kitamura
  16. Nursery Rhymes and Bedtime Stories
Goal CLL-9 and CLL-10: foundations for writing
  1. When Pencil Met Eraser by Karen Kilpatrick and Lois O. Romus Jr. YouTube read-aloud
  2. Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills
  3. Do Not Open This Book! by Michaela Muntean
  4. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  5. Henry’s Map by David Elliot
  6. Wallace’s Lists by Barbara Bottner and Gerald Kruglik
  7. Oliver’s Must-Do List by Susan Taylor Brown
  8. Invisible Scribble by Diane Alber YouTube read-aloud
  9. My Map Book by Sara Fanelli
  10. Little Plane Learns to Write by Stephen Savage
  11. Dangerous! by Time Warnes