October 30, 2014

The Best Alphabet Books

I absolutely love children's pictures books! Sharing a book with my children is one of my favorite things to do. Today I'm going to share with you some great Alphabet books that you can use to introduce and reinforce the alphabet with your children.

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Alphabet books aren't really going to teach your child to read, but they will help them get familiar with the letters and give them opportunities to practice recognizing them. Plus there are some really fun ones out there that even older kids will enjoy.

For younger kids: 

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom  by Bill Martin Jr.

This is a classic book for good reason. Kids love the rhythm of it and the brightly colored pictures. It's a great way to introduce kids to the alphabet.

Alphabet City by Stephen Johnson

Children who are a little more familiar with the alphabet will enjoy finding the letters hidden in these paintings of the city. They are so well done sometimes I have a hard time they're paintings and not pictures!

A to Z by Sandra Boynton

I just love Sandra Boynton. Kids love her animal drawings and this alphabet book is great.

Alphabet  by Matthew Van Fleet

My kids love being able to feel books and this one is full of things to feel and pull.

I Spy Letters by Jean Marzollo

These "I Spy" books are always a hit with my kids. This book is great for little kids as you point out the letters and the items that begin with those letters.

Alphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood

Honestly, I don't know why my kids like this one so much. I never thought it was that great but I recommend it because my kids have LOVED it. I don't know why, so I can't explain it, but your kids will probably like it too. 

LMNO Peas  by Keith Baker

Cute story about the alphabet. 

Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel

Another of my boys' favorites - pirates searching for the letters of the alphabet and they find them all over. Cute book.

Alpha Bugs: A Pop-up Alphabet by David Carter

We love the "Bug" books! 

For older kids: 

These books are good for older kids who are already familiar with the letters. They are cleverly written and kids will love how the authors play with the alphabet. It might even inspire some crazy alphabet stories of their own!

A Is for Musk Ox by Erin Cabatingan

There is a rascally Musk Ox who wants to take center stage and explains why each letter stands for Musk Ox. You will find out more about Musk Oxen than you ever knew you wanted to know. Great book!

Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham

Moose can't wait for his turn in the alphabet and Zebra (as referee) has to help keep him in his place. 

Animalia by Graeme Base

I love this book! The pictures are beautiful and there are so many hidden things to find. The pages are filled with things that start with that letter and it's a great way to introduce your kids to some new vocabulary. 

Antics! by Cathi Hepworth

This book unfortunately is out of print, but you can still buy it used. Each letter of the alphabet is illustrated with a word that contains "ant" in it, such as "Brilliant" for B and "Deviant" for D. The pictures are fantastic and your kids will learn some new vocabulary.

123 versus ABC by Mike Boldt

Another clever way to showcase the alphabet - numbers and letters competing! A very funny book with great illustrations!

Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types by Sharon Werner

Each animal in this book is composed of the letter in different typefaces. Very cool.

Take Away the A by Michael Escoffier

What happens if you remove letters? Well, without "A" beast becomes best and so forth; a fun way to play with words.

The Disappearing Alphabet by Richard Wilbur

Similar to "Take Away the A", these poems about each letter of the alphabet speculate about what you would do without them.

E-mergency! by Tom Lichtenheld

Described on Amazon as "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" on steroids. What would happen if E was injured and needed rest? What happens when the other letters take his place? Another funny book playing with the alphabet.

Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel

This book goes through the alphabet 3 times! Kids will love seeing how the letters are used each time. My boys have loved this book.

I hope you found some new books to share with your kids!
Remember - kids are never to old for read aloud time with a loved one!!
Grab a book and laugh together. 

This post is part of 31 Days of ABCs hosted by All Done Monkey. Visit her page to see all the great posts about sharing the alphabet with your children!

1 comment:

  1. These are great! I especially appreciate the recommendations for older kids, since I'm less familiar with them. We did just read 123 vs ABC, and my son loved it!


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