Reading books starting with L or books featuring letter L words can really help as you teach your child about recognizing the letter L and learning it’s sound. Here I’ve rounded up a list of some great letter L books for preschool that will be a blast to read with your child.
Letter L Books for Preschool
Lana Llama’s Little Lamb by Barbara deRubertis (Animal Antics A to Z)
Lana Llama loves little Lucky Lamb. But Lucky has a problem―the sly and sneaky wolf down the lane! Luckily, Lana and her teacher, Alpha Betty, know just what to do!
Lost! by David McPhail
On his way to school, a small boy befriends a very large bear who is lost.
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren’t any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how.
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama! Tucked into bed by his mama, Baby Llama immediately starts worrying when she goes downstairs, and his soft whimpers turn to hollers when she doesn’t come right back. But just in time, Mama returns to set things right. Children will relate to Baby Llama’s need for comfort, as much as parents will appreciate Mama Llama’s reassuring message.
Listen and Learn by Cheri J. Meiners
Knowing how to listen is essential to learning, growing, and getting along with others. Simple words and inviting illustrations help children develop skills for listening, understand why it’s important to listen, and recognize the positive results of listening.
Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons
Everything you ever wanted to know about ladybugs— and why they’re crucial to our environment. Bright illustrations and an easy-to-read text make this ideal for young readers studying the natural world.
The Lost Lake by Allen Say (Sandpiper Books)
Luke and his father, who is disgusted by the tourists surrounding the once secluded lake of his childhood, hike deeper into the wilderness to find a “lost lake” of their own.
In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb by Marion Dane Bauer
A fresh take on a familiar saying, perfect for the first rainy days of spring. From hail and wet snow to vibrant green fields full of blossoms, the illustrations grow brighter, springing into new life—and hinting and the summer to come. The lively text and paintings illustrate the ways in which we personify spring weather, making this book a perfect introduction to figurative language—and lots of fun to read as well.
Lots of Lambs by Laura Numeroff
“Happy lambs, / grumpy lambs, / Lambs in a coat. / Grandpa lambs, / Baby lambs, / Lambs on a boat.” Jaunty rhymes make for excellent read-alouds on their own, but add flaps to flip and textures to touch and storytime success is inevitable. Colorful lambs in contrasting situations (indoors/outdoors, for instance) help reinforce the concept of opposites.
The Little Lamb by Judy Dunn (Pictureback(R)
Delectable photographs illuminate this appealing story of a little girl and a lamb.
This Land Is Your Land by Woody Guthrie
An illustrated version of the classic Woody Guthrie folk song, perfect for a family singalongs! Since its debut in the 1940s, Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” has become one of the best-loved and most timely folk songs in America, inspiring activism and patriotism for all. This classic ballad is now brought to life in a richly illustrated edition for the whole family to share. Detailed paintings invite readers on a journey across the country and create an unforgettable portrait of our diverse land and the people who live it.
Lightning Bug Lantern by Andrea Skuta
Lightning Bug Lantern is a heartwarming story for children that emphasizes the importance of teamwork and friendship through the eyes of Maggie, a young girl whose biggest wish is to catch enough lightning bugs to fill her campsite with magic light.
The Lantern Hill Light Parade by Meadow Rue Merrill (Lantern Hill Farm)
“You are invited to Lantern Hill Farm, The harvest is ready, the hay’s in the barn…” So reads six-year-old Molly’s invitation to Aunt Jenny’s harvest party at Lantern Hill Farm. But when the sky grows dark on the day of the party, Molly is scared. Thankfully, she and her friends have each brought something that glows for a special parade. While marching together, they learn about Jesus, the light of the world, who overcomes the dark and helps us be brave.
Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
Leo isn’t reading, or writing, or drawing, or even speaking, and his father is concerned. But Leo’s mother isn’t. She knows her son will do all those things, and more, when he’s ready. With its message of patience and humor, Leo the Late Bloomer is more timely than ever.
Mrs Lathers Laundry by Allan Ahlberg (Happy Families)
Mrs. Lather is getting quite worked up in her laundry. She hates washing socks, she hates washing vests, she really doesn’t much like washing trousers or dresses either. But her job gets rather more difficult when her customers start bringing in more unusual washing loads…
Larry the Lawnmower by Jeanne Archambault
Larry is a dedicated little lawnmower. It’s a delightful story all written in rhyme. Larry shares many emotions to which all children can relate. It incorporates an important message about recycling and the values that are instilled in Larry.
Leaves! Leaves! Leaves! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Join Mama and Buddy Bear’s stroll through the seasons as they examine the development of leaves on their favorite trees. In early spring, Buddy wonders when the leaves will emerge from their buds and blossom into the wonderful shapes he and Mama like to collect in the summer months. Mama, a treasure trove of tree facts, shares Buddy’s love of leaves and encourages him to use his eyes and hands to explore how a tree produces, maintains, and then sheds its foliage.
Leaves by David Ezra Stein
This simple, charming story of a young bear’s first autumn is perfectly suited to board book format. Bear is surprised when the leaves start falling off the trees, but when he tries to reattach them, it doesn’t work. Eventually, he gets sleepy, and burrows into the fallen leaves for a long nap. When he wakes up, it’s spring-and there are suddenly brand-new leaves all around, seeming to welcome him.
Little Lu Learns to Love by Leah Vis
Kindness and love can be challenging, right? Little Lu has the perfect day planned. New paints = a full day of painting bliss. All of her plans come crashing down when she ends up having to entertain her little cousin instead. Mama takes this opportunity to teach Little Lu that love can be tricky, but it is also worth the effort. Little Lu tries, flounders, and eventually discovers the joy in putting someone else first.
Leaping Lemmings! by John Briggs
Think before you leap! Lemmings look alike, sound alike, and act alike. If one jumps off a cliff, the others jump right after him. . . except Larry. Larry’s very independent and won’t follow his fellow lemmings blindly to their doom. But can he teach them to use their brains and stop making terrible group decisions? A wonderfully funny, quirky tale about staying true to yourself with witty illustrations that capture all the humor and pathos of Larry’s situation.
Lemons and Lemonade by Nancy Loewen (Money Matters)
Provides a small business scenario using a lemonade stand. Topics discussed include capital, gross profit, net profit, marketing, supply and demand, monopoly, and competition.
Lemurs by Claire Throp (Living in the Wild: Primates)
Lemurs explores the fascinating world of primates. The title includes information about classification, habitats, adaptations, food chains, behavior, and intelligence. Readers will also learn about the threats these creatures face, how they can help protect them and their habitats, and what the future holds for them.
How to Lose a Lemur by Frann Preston-Gannon
Everyone knows that once a lemur takes a fancy to you there is not much that can be done about it. That’s just what happens to a little boy when a lemur begins to follow him in the park one day—and more of the adoring animals join in. The boy does everything to ditch the playful creatures, from jumping on a train to flying in a hot-air balloon to climbing the highest mountain. But nothing works—AND he’s lost, too! It’s then that his constant companions show just why they make the very best of friends. The parade of lovable lemurs, and the playful illustrations, will have children laughing, reading this again and again-and wishing they could have a pet like that, too.
The Letters Are Lost! by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Once upon a time, all the letters of the alphabet were together. But now they’re lost! One showed up in the Bath. There was one under a Hat, another one on a Quilt, and even one in the Sandbox. Where are the rest? Readers will delight in finding out in this vibrant, charming introduction to the alphabet.
Lettuce! by Diana Kizlauskas
Good fortune runs amok as Rabbit watches his crop of lettuce grow and grow and GROW! What will he do with all this leafy goodness? His crew of wacky friends helps him solve his curly green dilemma. The story told with humor works as a lesson in friendship, sharing and values as well as all-around entertainment.
Lightbulbs by Joanne Mattern (Rookie Read-About Science)
How does a lightbulb work? Press a button. Flip a switch. And – like magic – light fills a room. It’s all thanks to the humble lightbulb. This book introduces readers to the simple science of the lightbulb. And it explains how science has continued to improve upon the little glass bulb that so brightens our world.
The Lighthouse by Tracy Blom
This beautifully illustrated storybook tells the tale of an old man who embarks on a journey at sea. While on his voyage, he encounters a mighty storm and becomes scared, lost, and tired. Through the darkness, a lighthouse calls to him and guides him to an extraordinary place where he is reminded of the beautiful things that make life worth living.
Lucy’s Light by Jo Rooks (Once Upon a Garden)
Lucy is a lightning bug and the most talented flyer in the squad. There’s just one problem: she doesn’t light up! When it’s time to learn night flying, Lucy is anxious. She tries everything to get her light to shine but nothing works. Lucy is about to give up when her friends are captured by a nasty toad and his gang, who hatched a plan to brighten up their bog. Does Lucy have what it takes to save her friends? Or is she just an “ordinary” bug after all? A sweet story which shines a light on inner confidence, selfacceptance, and courage. Lucy learns that doing a good deed will always make you shine bright!
Lizards by Laura Marsh (National Geographic Readers)
From geckos to iguanas, komodo dragons to chameleons, lizards are about the most awesome animal around! They inhabit every continent except Antarctica. Some are lethal. Some change color. Some have suction cups on their feet. There is enough fascinating information about these animals to fill an entire library of readers! But we’ve taken the absolute coolest information about the coolest animal and compacted it in this fascinating reader, perfect for anyone who loves slippery, slimy, creepy, and crawly.
Lobsters on the Loose by Jennifer Ginn
A routine trip to the grocery store turns into an amazing adventure as a brave young boy helps the lobsters in the seafood department make a great escape. The crustaceans flee their tiny tank, but can they make their way back to the sea? Follow the lobsters as they embark on a fun-filled journey and later reward the young boy who saved them with a spectacular celebration in the sea.
A Log’s Life by Wendy Pfeffer
An informative and creative tale about a fallen oak tree in the forest, teaching young readers about the various purposes it serves in the ecosystem during every step of its life cycle. One stormy day a strong wind rages through the forest, causing an old oak tree to bend and sway. Lightning strikes; the tree crashes to the ground. Now it’s a giant log. This fascinating book introduces readers to the life cycle of a tree. The informative, lyrical text is complemented by stunning, three-dimensional paper sculptures that showcase the forest ecosystem, inspiring readers to take a close look at the trees—and logs—in their own backyards.
Lunch by Denise Fleming
It’s time for lunch, and one little mouse is famished! In fact, he’s so hungry that once he starts eating, he can’t stop. He sinks his teeth into a crisp white turnip, gobbles up some orange carrots, devours an ear of yellow corn, then tosses back some tender green peas. He’s full, but this mouse keeps on munching until his bulging belly won’t hold another bite.
Did I miss any other great letter L books that you like to read with your preschooler? Leave a comment below and share your favorite books beginning with L words or featuring words that start with L.