Let’s read books that start with the letter R! Part of a good Letter R lesson plan will include reading. A Letter R Book List is an essential part of your preschool curriculum whether that is in the classroom or at home. In learning the letter R, your child will master letter R recognition which can be accelerated through reading books with the letter R.

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Check out these great books to help you learn the Letter R!


There are so many fun letter books for preschool age kids. They tell the letter R story with bright illustrations and compelling plot lines. These books work great for letter of the day reading, book week ideas for preschool, letter recognition practice or just sitting down and reading!

While these books are great for preschoolers, you can use them for toddlers, and even kids in grade school. These books will not only teach kids consonants and vowels, but letter sounds, pronunciation, and other language skills.


These letter R books are not only fun, but a great way to reinforce the letter R lesson plan that you are teaching. Not to mention, reading is also a great way to help with reading comprehension and will help your child’s vocabulary, in this case with the letter R words. There are 10 books that start with the letter R to choose from. From the classic books to newer books, we have a great list of stories to help your child learn the letter r.

Related: Check out our list of best preschool workbooks!

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Whether it be phonics, morals, or math, each of these books goes above and beyond teaching the letter R! Check out some of my favorites.

Letter R- Books that start with the letter R- never let a unicorn meet a reindeer
Letter R Book: Never Let A Unicorn Meet A Reindeer!

1. Never Let A Unicorn Meet A Reindeer!

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Too funny, this book had my kids in a gigglefit! Put a unicorn and a reindeer together and let the games begin! Read this book to the kids at bedtime and you will spark their imagination. They will dream up all the shenanigans a reindeer and unicorn might get up to!  I love the competitiveness between the unicorn and reindeer. The eventual result of this book is too cute.

Letter R- Books that start with the letter R- rot the cutest in the world
Letter R Book: Rot, the Cutest in the World!

2. Rot, the Cutest in the World!

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A mutant potato learns that he’s pear-fect just the way he is in this bright, fun, and silly picture book. When Rot sees a sign for the “Cutest in the World Contest,” he can’t wait to enter.

Letter R- Books that start with the letter R- ricky the rock that couldn't roll
Letter R Book: Ricky, the Rock That Couldn’t Roll

3. Ricky, the Rock That Couldn’t Roll

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The rocks get together to play and roll around their favorite hill. That’s when they find that one of their friends, Ricky, can’t roll with them. Unlike all of the others, Ricky can’t roll because he’s flat on one side. This is a truly adorable letter R book my kids loved.

Letter R- Books that start with the letter R- rusty trusty tractor
Letter R Book: Rusty Trusty Tractor

4. Rusty Trusty Tractor

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Micah’s grandfather is convinced that his rusty, trusty, fifty-year-old tractor will make it through another haying season.  But Mr. Hill of Hill’s Tractor Sales is doing his best to sell him a brand-new tractor. He even wagers twenty jelly doughnuts that Grandpappy’s old tractor will break down. Will Grandpappy buy a new tractor to replace his faithful old friend?

Letter R- Books that start with the letter R- the little red pen
Letter R Book: The Little Red Pen

5. The Little Red Pen

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Poor Little Red Pen! She can’t possibly correct a mountain of homework all by herself. Who will help her? “Not I!” says Stapler. “Not I!” says Eraser. “¡Yo no!” says Pushpin, AKA Señorita Chincheta. But when the Little Red Pen tumbles in exhaustion into the Pit of No Return (the trash!), her fellow school supplies must get themselves out of the desk drawer and work together to rescue her. Trouble is, their plan depends on Tank, the rotund class hamster, who’s not inclined to cooperate. Will the Little Red Pen be lost forever?

Letter R- Books that start with the letter R- red rubber boot day
Letter R Book: Red Rubber Boot Day

6. Red Rubber Boot Day

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This story follows all of the wonderful things to do on a rainy day. Your child will delight in the vivid illustrations and fun flow of the text! This letter R book is a great way to work on pronunciation with your little one.

Letter R- Books that start with the letter R- i know a rhino
Letter R Book: I know A Rhino

7. I Know a Rhino

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One lucky little girl has tea with a rhino, plays in the mud with a pig, blows bubbles in a bath with a giraffe, sings and dances with an orangutan. She gets to engage in other equally unusual and amusing antics with an assortment of animals. My kids loved all of the exciting descriptions.

Related: Check out our list of best preschool workbooks

Letter R Books for Preschoolers

Letter R- Books that start with the letter R- Raccoon on the moon
Letter R Book: Racoon On The Moon

8. Racoon On The Moon

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A lively story with humorous illustrations, ideal for children who are beginning to read for themselves, or for reading aloud together. With simple rhyming text and phonic repetition, specially designed to develop essential language and early reading skills. Guidance notes for parents are included at the back of the book.

Letter R- Books that start with the letter R- Red-Red-Red
Letter R Book: Red Red Red

9. Red Red Red

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A gentle book about dealing with emotions and calming toddler tantrums (and the grownup dealing with them!) together with an introduction to counting. The perfect letter R picture book for handling bad days and bad moods.

Letter R- Books that start with the letter R-
Letter R Book: Room on Our Rock

10. Room on Our Rock

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There are two ways to read this story. When read from left to right, the seals believe there is definitely no room on their rock for others. When the book is read backward, the seals welcome others to shelter on their rock. A heartwarming story about sharing and compassion.

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More Letter R Learning For Preschoolers

Pair these letter R books with our other great letter R activities such as: trace letters worksheets, crafts that teach uppercase and lower case R, and even coloring sheets that teach the eighteenth letter of the English alphabet.

Which letter R book was your child’s favorite letter book?

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