Need some ideas for letter O books for your preschool letter of the week? I’ve rounded up a big list of books starting with O and featuring letter O words for you here to incorporate into your homeschool preschool and homeschool for younger elementary kids.
Letter O Books for Preschool
Oliver Otter’s Own Office by Barbara deRubertis (Animal Antics A to Z)
This series of books are PERFECT for letter of the week books. They each feature a different letter prominently and all told in a really fun and cute story. In this one Oliver Otter loves his little sister and brother. But the twins are always tearing or poking or losing or soaking Oliver’s homework. What will Oliver do about his double dose of trouble?
Owen by Kevin Henkes
Owen had a fuzzy yellow blanket. “Fuzzy goes where I go,” said Owen. But Mrs. Tweezers disagreed. She thought Owen was too old for a blanket. Owen disagreed. No matter what Mrs. Tweezers came up with, Blanket Fairies or vinegar, Owen had the answer. But when school started, Owen’t mother knew just what to do, and everyone — Owen, Fuzzy, and even Mrs. Tweezers — was happy.
Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes
Learning becomes fun with this book about the ecosystem of the ocean. In Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef, amazing artwork will inspire children in classrooms and at home to appreciate the world around us! Brilliant artwork is the star of this oceanic counting book, based on the classic children’s song “Over in the Meadow”. Kids will sing, clap, and count their way among pufferfish that “puff,” gruntfish that “grunt” and seahorses that “flutter,” and begin to appreciate life in the ocean. And the art will inspire many a project. Plus there are several pages of extension ideas for curriculum and art projects as well as resources on the web and elsewhere.
An Orange in January by Dianna Hutts Aston
Plump, juicy oranges are one of the great pleasures of winter?and one that is usually taken for granted. Now here?s an eloquent, celebratory picture of how those oranges have found their way to the grocery store shelves, and then into kids? tummies! With vivid, glowing paintings, this unique picture book offers a poetic lesson about a plant?s growth cycle and about the produce industry. We follow an orange from blossom to ripe fruit, from tree to truck to market . . . and into the hands of a boy who shares this treat with his friends on the playground, ?so that everyone could taste the sweetness of an orange in January.?
Oscar Otter by Nathaniel Benchley
Oscar Otter builds his very own slide, far up in the mountains. No one can bother him there. Not even his family. But Oscar doesn’t know he is in danger. His enemy, the fox, is watching. But what the fox doesn’t know is that someone is watching him….
Octopus Opposites by Stella Blackstone
Empty, full; push, pull; young, old; hot, cold! The creatures in this vibrant book range from friendly elephants to exotic kookaburras, each with an opposite to share. A companion to Alligator Alphabet and Counting Cockatoos, Octopus Opposites will encourage youngsters to find opposites all over the place in their own worlds.
Olivia by Ian Falconer
Have fun with Olivia…dressing up, singing songs, building sand castles, napping (maybe), dancing, painting on walls, and — whew! — going to sleep at last.
Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel
Owl lives by himself in a warm little house. But whether Owl is inviting Winter in on a snowy night or welcoming a new friend he meets while on a stroll, Owl always has room for visitors!
An Octopus is Amazing by Patricia Lauber
Where can you find 1,920 suction cups? Under the ocean on a common octopus! That’s 240 suction cups on each of its eight arms. And if an octopus loses an arm, it will eventually grow another one. Amazing! Read and find out about the many other ways an octopus is amazing. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.
Each Orange Had 8 Slices by Paul Giganti Jr.
If each orange has 8 slices and each slice has 2 seeds, then how many seeds are there in all? You’ll have fun multiplying, adding, and counting your way through the math puzzles hiding in the world all around you.
If You Were a Kid on the Oregon Trail by Josh Gregory (If You Were a Kid)
As Josephine Jenkins sets off on the Oregon Trail with her mother and younger brothers to reunite with her father out West, she realizes that her beloved diary has gone missing. Meanwhile, her fellow traveler Stephen Byrd is sad to be leaving his friends behind as his family makes the move to Oregon. Readers will follow Josephine and Stephen along the trail as they camp in the wilderness, look out over incredible landscapes, and prepare for their new lives in the West.
Ostriches (Meet Desert Animals) by Rose Davin
Ostriches can’t fly, but they can run! Learn about how these birds survive in their desert home in this simple Pebble Plus non-fiction book about ostriches for preschoolers and young children.
I Am Otter by Sam Garton
The curious, charming, playful, and internet-famous Otter makes her picture book debut in I Am Otter by author-illustrator Sam Garton. Here’s what Otter has to say about her book: “Hi! I am Otter, and this is a book about me and my best friends, Otter Keeper and Teddy. And it’s about the fun and messy (and little bit scary) adventure we had one day when Otter Keeper was at work. I hope you like the story! (And if you don’t, it’s probably Teddy’s fault.)”
Outdoor Opposites by Brenda Williams
Grab your backpack and head into the countryside for a camping adventure full of contrasts! Little ones love to try out the opposite actions as they sing and dance along. Rhyming lyrics teach about opposites, including high and low and fast and slow.
Outside by Deirdre Gill
In this gentle picture book fantasy, a child’s world transforms through his hard work, imagination, and persistence when he opens the door and steps outside, into to the brave new world of his imagination.
Olivia Ocelot Comes to the Rescue by Anne Crary Jantz
Olivia Ocelot lives in the Rainforest in Costa Rica with a lot of other very interesting animals. They all know she is the one to come to if they have a problem, because Olivia Ocelot cares about her friends, and she is a very good detective. In this episode, a bird, Penelope Oropendola, comes to Olivia Ocelot for help. Penelope and her friends have a big problem. Olivia goes out and visits a lot of her neighbors, and asks them all for advice. When she gets an answer, she helps Penelope and her community solve their problem. Olivia Ocelot has come to the rescue, and she is very happy. Next, she is summoned by the dangerous and powerful Jason Jaguar, King of the Rainforest. She goes to see him with great fear and trembling, and the story comes to a happy ending. Olivia Ocelot is very, very happy. Adventurous, exciting, educational, and filled with Nature’s wonders, “Olivia Ocelot Comes to the Rescue” captures the enchantment of the Rainforest, and the tropical beauty of Costa Rica. Olivia’s story emphasizes the power of a community, and celebrates the friendships between some very unique animals.
Orangutan: A Day In The Rainforest Canopy by Rita Goldner
When a young orangutan wakes in his nest of leaves, his day in the rainforest begins. He swings through the canopy searching for food, visits the river below, and encounters other Borneo wildlife-some of which create great danger. At day’s end, the young orangutan settles into a new nest of leaves with his mother, ready for another adventure tomorrow. Full of colorful, whimsical illustrations, the book also includes words to know, fun facts, and activities on related website.
Ovals by Julia Vogel
The Shapes illustrated nonfiction books provide the first lessons on common shapes. Rhyming text and creative illustrations draw attention to where ovals are found in the world around us.
Oranges to Orange Juice by Inez Snyder
Ever wonder how oranges become orange juice? A young girl and her father use a juicer to make orange juice from fresh oranges in this simple non-fiction book about where orange juice comes from.
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
Joseph had a little overcoat, but it was full of holes—just like this book! When Joseph’s coat got too old and shabby, he made it into a jacket. But what did he make it into after that? And after that? As children turn the pages of this book, they can use the die-cut holes to guess what Joseph will be making next from his amazing overcoat, while they laugh at the bold, cheerful artwork and learn that you can always make something, even out of nothing.
Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall
Thus begins a lyrical journey through the days and weeks, the months, and the changing seasons in the life of one New Englander and his family. The oxcart man packs his goods – the wool from his sheep, the shawl his wife made, the mittens his daughter knitted, and the linen they wove. He packs the birch brooms his son carved, and even a bag of goose feathers from the barnyard geese. He travels over hills, through valleys, by streams, past farms and villages. At Portsmouth Market he sells his goods, one by one – even his beloved ox. Then, with his pockets full of coins, he wanders through the market, buying provisions for his family, and returns to his home. And the cycle begins again.
The Oyster’s Secret by Traci Dunham
Mr. Oyster lives by himself on the ocean floor, patiently waiting to show everyone his beautiful secret. He doesn’t mind when the other sea creatures swim by to show off all their amazing talents and gifts — the crab’s sharp claws for catching food, the angel fish ‘s pretty scales that sparkle and dazzle, the bright pink jelly fish’s long tentacles, and more. What is so special about Mr. Oyster, they all ask? He can’t even swim! But Mr. Oyster knows his true value lies on the inside, and that is what matters. When Mr. Oyster finally reveals his secret, they realize too – true beauty does not rely on what’s on the outside, because it’s inner beauty that matters most of all.
Orangutangled by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Two orangutans jump for some yummy, juicy mangoes and the next thing they know, Thump! Bump! Crash!—they fall into a gooey, gummy mess and start rolling through the jungle, completely oranguTANGLED! Soon they are passing by a nosy boar, and then he’s quickly swept up, not to mention the frog, the yak…and even a tiger. How will they ever get untangled? Bursting with fun, the bold illustrations and rhyming text filled with sound words make this the perfect read-aloud story for little ones.
Ocelots by Henry Randall (Cats of the Wild)
About twice the size of a house cat, ocelots once awed the ancient people of South America. These small, but powerful hunters continue to captivate the imaginations of people today. Young readers will get a sneak peek into the lives of these wild cats that make their homes in parts of South America, Central America, and North America.
Orange by Sarah L. Schuette (Colors Books)
I really love these very simple books about colors by Sarah L. Schuette. They are short enough for young children and can help to re-enforce colors for them. This basic non-fiction color book for preschoolers introduces some common objects that are orange in color including carrots, pumpkins, and basketballs.
Are there any other awesome letter O books for preschool that you know of? Be sure to share them in the comments below. I’d love to hear about your favorite books starting with O words or featuring letter O words.