We live in a noisy world. Babies can hear even before they are born, and children love to listen to books. Here are some favorites to help remind them to stop and listen to the world around them!
Listen! Sense of Hearing Books
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
What will you hear when you read this book to preschool students? Roaring, yelping, snorting and more! Students are entranced with the rhythmic words and the sounds the animals make.
Extending the Learning: Have students pretend to be the zoo animals featured in the book– look at the last page for ideas!
Down by the Station by Jennifer Riggs Vetter and Frank Remkiewicz
For the class that likes to move, this is a great book to read! Jennifer Riggs Vetter takes the popular nursery song even further and visits a school bus, tractor-trailer, excavator, jumbo jet, sailboat, racecar, fire engine and rocket as well as a train.
Say Zoop! by Herve Tullet
From Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal: “Tullet’s latest interactive offering encourages readers to experiment with sound. The author/illustrator tells children to say “oh!” each time they see a blue dot. The size of the dots changes: a large one prompts kids to let out a loud “oh!”; a tiny one, a soft “oh.” Tullet spreads the dots far apart on the page to slow things down and groups them together to speed things up. When a red dot enters the mix (“say ‘ah!’ ”), the words and illustrations become wonderfully wacky. What would it sound like if the blue dot had a conversation with the red dot? Or if they were tickled? Blending elegance and whimsy, Tullet artfully places simple shapes against a white background, letting the images turn delightfully chaotic at times…Whether shared in a group or one-on-one, this dynamic selection will make a boisterous read-aloud.”
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
Poor George is one confused pup! He just can’t seem to get a bark quite right. Little learners will laugh out loud as George tries out different sounds. Great for younger preschoolers who love to identify different animals and interact with the story as it is being read.
The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
While not EXACTLY a book on hearing, this book will definitely get students listening as the reader has to read the hilarious text. “You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud.” And then the book takes the reader through some pretty silly antics. It’s one the students will ask for again and again. A great one to give to an unsuspecting guest reader with a good sense of humor!
Need some inspiration for reading this book? Listen to BJ Novak read it to this giggling group of students!
A few other “sound” choices on the Sense of Hearing
- The Listening Walk by Paul Showers
- Dog’s Noisy Day by Emma Dodd
- Hearing (The Five Senses) by Rebecca Rissmam
- Hearing Things by Allan Fowler
- Too Loud Lily by Sofie Laguna
- When Lions Roar by Robie H. Harris
- Hearing (Five Senses Series) by Maria Rius
- Listen Buddy by Helen Lester
- Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern
More Sense of Hearing Ideas:
Sound Matching Egg Game
Complete Five Senses book lists: