Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday…Do you have a favorite day of the week? Help little ones learn about the seven days in the week with these days of the week books for kids.
Books About the Days of the Week
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Pitter Pattern by Joyce Hesselberth shows us that patterns are everywhere. Travel through each day of the week and look for patterns on each page. A great read-aloud pick for preschoolers and kindergarteners.
I love Liftby Minh Lê and Dan Santat in which we meet a little girl named Iris who lives for pressing the elevator button each day (M-F in the book) until her baby brother is old enough to press the button. Ugh! But, she finds a discovered a discarded elevator button in the trash and turns her closet door into a very magical space transformed by the press of her button.
Llama Destroys the World by Johnathan Stutzman is the story of a series of mistakes Llama makes throughout the week from dancing until his pants rip to eating all the cake. What will Sunday bring?
Cookie’s Week by Cindy Ward is a good pick for our youngest listeners. Bold pictures and limited text as we follow Cookie through a week of mischief and discovery.
In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson, we meet Sophie who runs to see her grandfather every day after school. And, each day, Grandfather is missing something. Leave it to Sophie to find it in plain sight. On Sunday, Sophie hides something for Grandfather to find.
The Big Fiveby Bella Makatini is the story of Danny who is visiting his grandfather. Each day (Monday-Friday), Grandpa shares a story about one of the big five animals from his homeland.
I Had a Favorite Dressby Boni Ashburn we meet a little girl who wears her favorite dress on Tuesdays. But, soon the dress is too short and a resourceful mama turns it into a new shirt that she now wears every Wednesday. But, soon that is too tight and her resourceful mom turns it into something else until soon there is nothing left. What is left to do now?
In What Riley Wore by Elana K. Arnold, we meet Riley who picks an outfit for every occasion. Riley feels shy on Monday and wears a bunny costume. Tuesday calls for a superhero cape for a dentist visit. With a nod to each day of the week, we get an even deeper lesson about self-expression and gender stereotypes.
Books About Specific Days of the Week
Saturday by Oge Mora is the story is a reminder that being together is the most important thing about any day.
A beautiful book to read alongside Saturday by Mora is Saturdays are for Stella by Candy Wellins. George loves spending Saturdays with his Grandma. But, then his Grandma passes away and Saturdays just don’t feel the same. But, though he is mourning there is joy when a new addition arrives to the family.
Our Favorite Day by Joowon Oh is the story of Papa who follows the same routine day after day. But, there is something special about one day of the week. On Thursdays, he visits the craft store and gets take out for lunch because someone very special is coming to visit. This is a sweet story about a loving tradition between grandparent and child.
Moving Up to the Months of the Year Books
Oscar the Octopus by Matthew Van Fleet is a fun and playful book to explore the months of the year. Little ones will learn about the months of the year through a hands-on exploring of touching different textures in the book.
Twelve Hats for Lena by Karen Katz walks us through the months of the year as Lena makes a new hat for each month. We also learn about the symbols associated with each month. I think the kids would like to make their own sets of hats after being inspired by this book.
How does the garden change from month to month? Find out in In the Garden by Noëlle Smit. It’s a beautiful book to observe all the changes of nature from January to December.
Another garden read that walks you through the months of the year is My Delicious Garden by Anne-Marie Fortin. Planning, planting, watering, harvesting, and enjoying are all things to look forward to during a year of a garden.
Learn all about the Arab culture in Arab Arab All Year Long! by Cathy Camper. Check out Arabic writing, traditional foods, and music for festivals as you walk through each month of the year.
Printable Days of the Week Book List
Grab a printable copy of this list of books for your lesson planning or to take to the library.