Did You Take the B from My _ook?

Written by Beck and Matt Stanton

For ages 4 to 8

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This book is best for:
  • phonological awareness: inital sound identification
  • phonological awareness: sound manipulation/deletion
  • print awareness


The narrator loves the letter B, but when he sneezes all the Bs are suddenly missing from the book. A bed becomes a “_ed”, a beetle becomes a “_eetle” and a blue boots “_lue _oots”. After several silly spreads of B-free words together in silly sentences (such as “the _eetle is wearing the _lue _oots and jumping on the _ed”), the narrator urges readers to call for the letter B to come back. When B is back the narrator celebrates by using B-words such as bravo and brilliant!

‘Did You Take the B from My _ook?’ is a silly and interactive book that is perfect for early readers, as well as children developing their phonological awareness and print awareness skills. This book helps children to practice their ability to identify the first sounds in words, as well as deleting the first sounds in words. More capable children can be extended by asking them to do sound/phoneme manipulation where they substitute another sound in place of the /b/ in the word. For example, “What word do we make when we swap the /b/ in ball with a /t/ sound? Tall.”

Along with the colourful and simple line drawings, the book features bold and graphic typography throughout. It’s an excellent book for developing children’s print awareness as the book features letters in isolation (e.g. the B running away and reappearing at the end), visible sounds (e.g. “brrrrrr”, “achoo”) and various typesetting changes where the colour, size and direction of font changes.

For further speech and language targets in ‘Did You Take the B from My _ook?’, see the list below.

Book Details

  • alphabet
  • phonemic awareness
  • phonological awareness
  • sounds

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /b/ - bed, bull, ball, butterfly, beetle, boots, book, back
  • subjective pronouns (I)
Book Info

Published by Little, Brown & Company in 2017 (ISBN: 9780316434416)

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