A is for alphabet books

I have already confessed my love of alphabet books. It's a weakness but as there are so many great alphabet books to choose from I thought it was time I shared a few favourites.

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Best Alphabet Books - a collection of the best alphabet picture books for young children to read and share | you clever monkey

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker - I do so love this book. The peas have a starring role throughout carrying on their jobs listed from A to Z.  It reminds me of the Richard Scarry books of my childhood (ala What Do People Do All Day?) crossed with the sense of humour the minions from Despicable Me display while doing their work. A great book to explore if you are looking at jobs people do.

Animalia by Graeme Base - is a classic Australian picture book.  With beautifully intricate illustrations together with tongue-twisting alliterations, this book makes the perfect gift for any child. It makes for a great game of i-spy and Animalia App is similar fun plus you get to hear Graeme read the book aloud.

Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham - is such a funny book.  It starts out as a simple presentation on stage - A is for apple, B is for ball... except there's also one very excited moose who just can't wait his turn and makes such a mess of things so much so the stage manager Zebra replaces him with a mouse for the letter M. Young children can relate to the emotions in this book making it perfect for the preschool set in particular.

A is for Artist: An Alphabet by Ella Doran - is a gorgeous book!  I'd written about it before but I love it too much not to include it here again. Out of print currently but well worth hunting down a secondhand copy like I did.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jnr (author of another favourite Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?) - one of my mentor teachers introduced me to this fun rhyming book about the letters of the alphabet who all rush to the top of the coconut tree.  It's a fantastic read aloud book for any classroom and a useful one for follow-on alphabet activities.

A Long Piece of String by William Wondriska - an older style book in which you follow a piece of string as it winds its way across every page.  Past the alligator, bird, castle, dog and elephant.  Around the flower, past the gas station, through the house and around the icecream.  A couple of letters are based on the more typically US names like alligator, gas, jet and yardstick but there is a list included at the back of the book and few children can resist tracing their finger along the string line as you read together.

Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert - beautifully illustrated, Ehlert also includes both upper and lower case letters on each page along with her water coloured fruits and vegetables from around the world. You can eat your way through the alphabet!

The Most Amazing Hide-and-Seek Alphabet Book by Robert Crowther - we've had for years and is a fun interactive book.  Flicking through all you can see are letters of the alphabet but you can then pull/push/flip/slide the letter out of the way to see the animal hiding behind.  

If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet by Leslie McGuirk - is the most amazing alphabet book full of found rocks and other objects. So beautiful! It provides a useful prompt for play with loose parts too.

Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers - is one appearing under our Christmas tree this year. I think my older two will like this one as Jeffers creates short stories around each letter and the vocabulary is more complex with just enough whimsy and surprise to keep them reading.

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  1. what a gorgeous collection! love a good alphabet book but never thought of so many before! x

    1. lol Kate we do have others as well but these are our favourites :)

  2. I just love Animalia! Alphabet books are just starting to come into their own at our place as my little man has started learning his letters. All those years of board books are finally paying off!

    1. It's such a good book isn't it Jo! Reading to your child from when they are first born makes all the difference :)

  3. What a gorgeous collection of books.

  4. Take a look at 'Alphabet' by Alison Jay. The most beautiful picture book!


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