For The Love of Reading: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom- Bill Martin Jr. & John


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The 26 characters in this rhythmic, rhyming baby book are a lowercase alphabet with attitude. “A told b, and b told c, ‘I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree'”–which probably seemed like a good idea until the other 23 members of the gang decided to follow suit. Lois Ehlert’s chunky block illustrations show the luxuriant green palm standing straight and tall on the first page, but it begins to groan and bend under its alphabetical burden. First the coconuts fall off, then (“Chicka chicka… BOOM! BOOM!”) all the letters also end up in a big heap underneath. A very simple board-book version stops there, but this original text goes on to introduce the helping hands of the 26 uppercase “mamas and papas and uncles and aunts. Great for baby to preschool!” (


Follow-up Activities:

1. ABC Matching Tree (Pre-Readers & Beginning Readers)

My son knows a few letters by recognition however not always consistently. To help him begin to notice details of each letter I created a matching activity to help him. What a fabulous book to encourage this; every time we read this book to him, we must reread at least 3-4 times as he giggles and repeats the jiggle sentences. 


  • Letter Stickers
  • 2 Paper Towel Tubes
  • Tape
  • Marker
  • Green Construction Paper


1. After reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, begin by first creating your “Coconut Tree.” Tape 2 tubes together. Cut out green leaves from the paper and tape on the top of the tree.


(My little man laughed every time he heard the phrase “chicka chicka boom boom.” My husband does a great job of making reading so entertaining.)


2. Write the letters A-Z (captials only, lowercase only, or mixing both).


3. Next, lay the letter stickers out and encourage your child to match them to the letters on the tree.

 (Did I mention he slept with his tree that night?! He couldn’t wait to show his little brother his tree in the morning either.) :) 


2. I- Spy Letter Identification Game (Pre-Readers & Beginning Readers)


  • ABC Letters (magnets, stickers, or whatever you have available)
  • Large bowl or Sensory Bin
1. Play I-Spy. Tell your child, “I-Spy the letter A. Can you find A?” (*Note: Begin with letters your child is familiar with to begin the activity with success and building their confidence.)
2. Switch up the game and ask you child to “spy” a letter. You find the letter they name. Ask them if you are correct.


  1. Kelley @Kelley's Passion for Nutrition says:

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  2. Thanks for sharing – I love home made toddler activities:)

  3. Nice ideas! Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is my daughters’ FAVORITE book! Such a classic! :)

    Happy Day, Michelle

  4. This is so cute!! We loved having you at “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

  5. I love the tree, what a cute idea. Thanks for sharing! This is definitely a favorite book at our house, so I’m sure we’ll have a coconut tree soon.

  6. I love that he slept with his tree! What a great way to work on letters.

    Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. I pinned this post.

  7. One of our favorite books! I love the tree you created! Thanks so much for sharing the post with this week’s Kids Co-Op Link Up1

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