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Early Literacy Skills

here are lists of picture books that improve early literacy skills

Narrative Skills

Here is a list of picture books for developing narrative skills:

Move Over, Rover, by Karen Beaumont
The Mitten, by Jan Brett
The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown
Cock-a-Moo Moo, by Juliet Dallas-Conte
Wake Up, It's Spring! by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Maybe a Bear Ate It, by Robie Harris
The Big Wide-Mouthed Frog, by Ana Martin Larranaga
A Kitten Tale, by Eric Rohmann              
Owl Babies, by Martin Waddell
A Frog in the Bog, by Karma Wilson             

Letter Knowledge

Here is a list of picture books for developing letter knowledge:

Dog's Noisy Day, by Emma Dodd
Appaloosa Zebra by Jessie Haas
Circle Dogs by Kevin Henkes
Achoo! Bang! Crash!: The Noisy Alphabet by Ross Macdonald
Chicka Chicka ABC by Bill Martin, Jr.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.
The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z by Steve Martin
Playground Day! by Jennifer Merz
Curious George Learns the Alphabet by H. A. Rey
Old MacDonald Had a Woodshop by Lisa Shulman

Phonological Awareness

Here is a list of picture books for developing phonologial awareness:

Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball, by Vicki Churchill
Jamberry, by Bruce Degen
Do Like a Duck Does, by Judy Hindley
Rattletrap Car, by Phyllis Root
Hop! Plop! by Corey Schwartz            
The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss
The Itsy Bitsy Spider, by Iza Trapani
Jazz Baby, by Lisa Wheeler
Bear Wants More, by Karma Wilson
Dig! by Andrea Zimmerman

Print Awareness

Here is a list of picture books for developing print awareness:
Hurry! Hurry! by Eve Bunting
I Know a Rhino, by Charles Fuge
Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Fish! Swish! Splash! Dash! by Suse MacDonald
The Baby Goes Beep, by Rebecca O'Connell
Smash! Crash! by Jon Scieszka
First the Egg, by Laura Vaccaro Singer
Clip-Clop! by Nicola Smee
The Busy Little Squirrel, by Nancy Tafuri
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, by Mo Willems             

Print Motivation

Here is a list of picture books for developing print motivation:

Where's My Teddy? by Jez Alborough
Dooby Dooby Moo, by Doreen Cronin
The Very Lazy Ladybug, by Isobel Finn
The Seals on the Bus, by Lenny Hort
The Wolf's Chicken Stew, by Keiko Kasza
I Took My Frog to the Library, by Eric Kimmel
The Best Pet of All, by David LaRochelle
Froggy Gets Dressed,by Jonathan London
The Great Gracie Chase,by Cynthia Rylant
Little Quack, by Lauren Thompson


Here is a list of picture books that increase a child's vocabulary:

I Love the Rain, by Margaret Bridges
The Very Quiet Cricket, by Eric Carle
Dog's Colorful Day, by Emma Dodd
The Cow Who Clucked, by Denise Fleming
Fidgety Fish by Ruth Galloway
Roar! by Margaret Mayo
I'm Dirty by Kate McMullan
Good Night Engines, by Denise Mortenson
What Do Wheels Do All Day? by April Prince
Blue Goose, by Nancy Tafuri