Jumpstart | Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.


When you’re young and growing up, you usually find a few books that stick with you, at least in the back of your mind. This was one of the first books we read in Kindergarten, and every time I see it come through a till, I get so excited.

A told B
and B told C
“I’ll meet you at the top
of the coconut tree.”

The book not only uses the rhyming style to teach children how to keep time musically, but also teaches them about the alphabet at the same time. By making cute little rhymes as to why the letters are racing to the top, it provides a wonderful chance for the kids to become engaged in the reading of the story.

“Whee!” said d,
to E F G,
“I’ll beat you to the top
of the coconut tree.”

The book was always a hit in my classroom, and whenever the great part of “Chicka chicka boom boom! Will there be enough room?” appeared on the page, the teacher always allowed us to yell it at the top of our lungs (Much to the disappointment of other teachers in nearby classrooms).

When parents, and teachers, ask me for interactive books for kids who are learning, this is one I always recommend. You can’t go wrong with something that’s fun and engaging. Who knows, maybe those kids will still be blogging about it 20 years from now!

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