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Alphabet (abcs): Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about alphabet (ABCs)?

Alphabet books are an institution in the world of children’s books, particularly in the board book realm. While no one probably wants to own a million alphabet books, whether you’re starting the process early of familiarizing babies with the idea of letters, helping your preschool prepare for kindergarten, or reinforcing what your elementary school child already knows (everyone likes a little confidence boost!), it does help to own a couple. Here are some options that we think are a cut above the average “A is for Apple” variation.

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Mrs. Peanuckle's Fruit Alphabet
Written by Mrs. Peanuckle & illustrated by Jessie Ford
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
I've loved every Mrs Peanuckle book I've read thus far—informative, engaging, and so gorgeously unique. My son adores fruit above all else, so this is our family's current favorite of the series—it has the perfect mix of fruits he can recognize (peaches & pears, bananas, watermelons) and fun new fruit facts to learn (who knew xigua was Chinese watermelon?!) Also, bonus points for being an excellent "accordian read"—if my son starts to lose interest I just skip the facts and only read the fruit names—and for being intellectually stimulating for adults too. This is truly an amazing alphabet book!
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Fruit Alphabet introduces babies and toddlers to the colorful foods that will help them grow up to be healthy and strong. Children and parents alike will want to devour the fun facts and charming illustrations of fruits from the familiar banana to the not as familiar yumberry.

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Fruit Alphabet is the second in a series of board books celebrating the joy nature brings to young children at home and in the backyard, from fresh fruits and vegetables to birds, bugs, flowers, and trees.

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A B See
Written & illustrated by Elizabeth Doyle
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

A beautifully illustrated, graphic alphabet book with a fun search-and-find twist. If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s in a single letter? Everything in A B See! Because hidden in each graphic letter are tiny troves of ABC treasures waiting to be found by sharp-eyed readers. Can you find the apple, arrow, and armor in the letter A? Or the bear, banjo, and bike buried in the letter B? Read along in this unique alphabet board book that asks audiences to A B See beyond the ABCs.

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O Is for Ocean
Written by Ashley Marie Mireles & illustrated by Volha Kaliaha
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

A is for anemone B is for barracuda C is for clown fish . . .

With F for the flounder, K for kelp, and T for tide pool, going from A to Z has never been more fun! Take an alphabetized voyage under the sea and discover the plants, animals, and places that make the ocean so amazing!

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ABC Mindful Me
Written & illustrated by Christiane Engel
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Pairing simplified mindfulness principles with each letter of the alphabet, ABC Mindful Me features colorful illustrations of children and animals, as well as playful rhymes to explain each concept to toddlers (and their parents!). A fun read for the entire family, ABC Mindful Me is not only perfect for teaching toddlers their ABCs, but also for introducing them to key mindfulness tenants which promote physical and mental wellness, proper breathing, compassion, gratitude, and kindness. These key concepts will help to grow young readers’ concentration, listening skills, and ability to manage emotions, stress, and anxiety. Plus, a handy index provides at-a-glance reference for 26 different mindfulness pillars for children to explore.

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A is for Another Rabbit
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

A rabbit-obsessed narrator makes an owl increasingly irate by refusing to play by the rules of a conventional alphabet book. Every entry is about bunnies, from delightful, dynamic, daredevil rabbits to xylophone rabbits and rabbits on drums! Readers will pore over scenes of bunnies at the circus, in a tiny town, at the museum, even in a motorcycle gang. Author-illustrator Hannah Batsel takes readers on a delightful romp through the alphabet and keeps them laughing all the way to the ridiculously fun conclusion.

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  • The ABCs of Love - Share your love with your little one from A to Z!Combining the evergreen message of love with charming animal illustrations and sweet rhymes, The ABCs of Love shows your little one you love them with every letter of the alphabet!A is for Always. I always love you more.B is for Butterfly kisses. It’s you that I adore.C is for Cuddles. I squeeze you nice and tight.D is for Dreaming as I tuck you in at night.

  • Here We Are: Book of Animals - From Oliver Jeffers, world-renowned picture book creator of the #1 New York Times bestseller Here We Are, comes a charming board book companion all about the animals we share our planet with, from A to Z! We share our planet with animals. They come in many shapes, sizes and colors. Inspired by the bestselling picture book, Here We Are, comes this irresistible alphabet book to welcome babies and toddlers to our planet. Praise for Here We Are: -Moments of human intimacy jostle with scenes that inspire cosmic awe, and the broad diversity of Jeffers’s candy-colored humans…underscores the twin messages that ‘You’re never alone on Earth’ and that we’re all in this together.–Publisher’s Weekly (starred review) -A sweet and tender distillation of what every Earthling needs to know and might well spend a lifetime striving to achieve. A must-purchase for new parent shelves. –School Library Journal -From the skies to the animal kingdom to the people of the world and lots of other beautifully rendered examples of life on Earth, Here We Are carries a simple message: Be kind. –NPR -A true work of art.–Buzzfeed -A must-have book for parents.–Gambit -A celebration of people all shapes and sizes, and of the beauty and mystery of our Earth.–Booklist -Something of a user’s guide to being alive and to life on Earth, Jeffers brilliantly uses pen and paintbrush to explore profound and puzzling questions, establishing straight off that the wisdom imparted here is wisdom for us all.–Chicago Tribune

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  • ABCs of Christmas - This year celebrate Christmas with the entire family as the traditional story of Jesus Christ’s birth is told from A to Z! - A is for Angel… - B is for Bethlehem… - C is for Christ… Read along with your young child as we travel on a donkey from Nazareth to Bethlehem–with Mary and Joseph and the Three Wise Men–to witness the Christmas Miracle…all while learning the ABCs!

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Z Is for Zoom: A Scientific Alphabet of How Things Go, from Alternator to Zerk Fitting
Written by Ashley Malec & illustrated by Teresa Bellon
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

From the experiences of a female NASCAR mechanic comes a book to teach kids (and grownups) the basics of cars, trucks, and things that go!

A is for Alternator
B is for Boost
C is for Combustion Engine

From automatic transmissions to drive lines and from suspension to Zerk fitting and everything in between, Z is for Zoom is a colorfully simple introduction for babies―and grownups―to automotive parts, mechanical terms, and what makes their favorite vehicles go vroom! Written by an expert, each page in this auto mechanics primer features multiple levels of learning so the book grows along with your little gear or motorhead!

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The Messy Alphabet Book!
Written & illustrated by Sesame Workshop
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

This book is for any child who has ever been told to “stop making a mess.” In other words, children everywhere will love this book! Join Elmo and his Sesame Street friends as they splat, splash, crash, and dash their way through the alphabet! “You know, it seems like every alphabet book I read is full of nice, clean things like cute kittens, cuddly puppies, and shiny new toys. That’s why I love Sesame Street’s Messy Alphabet Book! It doesn’t have any of those things.”—Oscar the Grouch

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Doris' Dear Delinquents
Written & illustrated by Emma Ward
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

Silver medal winner of the 2020 Key Colors Illustrators Competition! An alphabet book with just the right amount of toothy mayhem. - Publishers Weekly Doris the gharial crocodile has her motherly hands full with twenty-six misbehaved hatchlings. Follow along on a journey through the alphabet as she tries to bring peace back into her home. An amusing book about a crocodile and her cheeky hatchlings, whose names all start with a specific letter of the alphabet. For readers who know their ABCs ages 4 years and up. Key Colors is Clavis’ biennial contest for picture book creators. Held in international markets since 1996, the first US edition was inaugurated in 2020. Only a children’s book, intended for ages 2-7, can qualify for the award. A professional jury evaluates the artistic, literary, and child-oriented qualities of the works with the winner receiving a monetary prize in addition to being published by Clavis. For many illustrators, this unique award is the start of a successful international career.

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ABCs of Oceanography
Written by Chris Ferrie
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
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The Little I Who Lost His Dot
Written by Kimberlee Gard & illustrated by Sandie Sonke
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Little i can’t wait to meet his friends at school, but there’s just one problem: he can’t find his dot anywhere? Each letter offers a replacement–an acorn from Little a, a balloon from Little b, a clock from Little c–but nothing seems quite right. Adorable illustrations teach alphabet letters and sounds with a surprising and satisfying ending to Little i’s search.

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  • The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC's (the Hard Way) - Bestselling and award-winning artist Patrick McDonnell uses the ABC’s to tell a hilarious, high-energy alphabetical adventure. It starts with an ALLIGATOR and a BEAR chasing a CAT. When a DRAGON (and a chicken and an egg!) join in pursuit, things start to get REALLY interesting. A wild and wacky chase through snow and ice, and to jungles and over mountaintops, leads the whole crew to a wonderful realization: They’re better off as friends. From New York Times bestselling author and Caldecott Honor recipient Patrick McDonnell comes an exciting new take on the alphabet book for everyone who has ever wondered what’s just beyond the front door.

  • Mrs. Peanuckle's Vegetable Alphabet - Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet introduces babies and toddlers to a colorful variety of vegetables, from asparagus to zucchini. Perfect to read aloud, this vegetable buffet will delight children and parents alike with its yummy vegetable facts and vibrant illustrations. Learning the ABCs has never been so delicious! Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet is the first in a series of board books celebrating the joy of nature at home and in the backyard, from fresh fruits and vegetables to birds, bugs, flowers, and trees.

  • Poor Doreen - An Ample Roundy Fish called Mrs. Doreen Randolph-Potts is on a mission: to visit her second cousin twice removed who’s just welcomed 157 babies. But when she spies what she thinks is a yummy dragonfly—and is actually bait—poor Doreen is lifted out of the water on a fishing pole. Luckily, Doreen is, shall we say, a wee bit clueless about the dire situation. Kids will love being in on the joke as our oblivious heroine arrives, in a roundabout way, at her final destination. Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of the New York Times bestseller How to Be A Baby, and acclaimed illustrator Alexandra Boiger bring the world of a fish to vibrant, funny life.

  • A to Z Menagerie - Step right up to Suzy Ultman’s alphabet menagerie! This unique multisensory reading experience features a die-cut letter to trace and a satisfying pull-tab reveal for each letter of the alphabet. In addition, Suzy Ultman fills each page with a diverse and colorful collection of illustrated first words to find and identify. An alphabet book unlike any other, this feast for the eyes and the imagination teaches young readers hand-eye coordination, prediction skills, and rich vocabulary. Learning from A to Z has never been this charming!

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Mrs. Peanuckle's Bug Alphabet
Written by Mrs. Peanuckle & illustrated by Jessie Ford
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Bug Alphabet introduces babies and toddlers to all sorts of interesting bugs. Perfect to read aloud, this creepy, crawly adventure will engage children and parents alike with its vibrant illustrations and fascinating facts about bugs. Learning the ABCs has never been so bitingly fun! Mrs. Peanuckle’s Bug Alphabet is the fourth title in a series of board books celebrating the joy of nature at home and in the backyard, from fresh fruits and vegetables to birds, flowers, and trees.

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LMNO Peas
Written & illustrated by Keith Baker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Get ready to roll through the alphabet with a jaunty cast of busy little peas. Featuring a range of zippy characters from Acrobat Peas to Zoologist Peas, this delightful picture book highlights a variety of interests, hobbies, and careers—each one themed to a letter of the alphabet—and gives a wonderful sense of the colorful world we live in. Children will have so much fun poring over the detailed scenes that they won’t even realize they’re learning the alphabet along the way!

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Mrs. Peanuckle's Bird Alphabet
Written by Mrs. Peanuckle & illustrated by Jessie Ford
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

From the albatross to the zebra finch, Mrs. Peanuckle pulls out her binoculars and introduces toddlers to 26 species of birds from all around the world. Described by a single interesting fact or defining characteristic, each bird proves to be as unique and surprising as the one before. Ever wonder why flamingoes are pink? It’s all those shrimp they eat. Are there birds that can fly backward? Yes, but hummingbirds are the only ones! With colorful, dynamic art, and attention-grabbing text, Mrs. Peanuckle’s birds fly off the page, and in some cases, into the parks and backyards of the children and adults reading this book. Mrs. Peanuckle’s Bird Alphabet is the fifth title in a series of board books celebrating the joy of nature at home and in the backyard, from fresh fruits and vegetables to birds, bugs, and trees.

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One Was Johnny: A Counting Book
Written & illustrated by Maurice Sendak
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

One Was Johnny, along with the other three classic Nutshell Library titles (Alligators All Around, Chicken Soup with Rice, and Pierre), is the first board book edition of Maurice Sendak’s original work! You loved Nutshell Library as a miniature collection, and these large board books will make it even easier for children to share with their grown-up readers.

From one to ten and back again, children have been counting along with Maurice Sendak’s One Was Johnny for over fifty years. Now they can enjoy this classic rhyming story of a boy and his many visitors in this durable board book format!

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L Is for London
Written & illustrated by Paul Thurlby
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Discover the best of London from A to Z with award-winning illustrator Paul Thurlby! From A for Abbey Road, K for Kew Gardens, L for London Eye, T for Tower Bridge, to Z for London Zoo and more, this striking book is bursting with the sights, sounds, and energy of London! See familiar landmarks and discover the lesser known charms of the city. London has never been more spectacular!

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  • Alpha Bugs - From boogie-woogie Bubble Bugs to upside-down Umbrella Bugs, this fun-filled pop, pull, and peek book makes learning the alphabet exactly eight Egg Bugs excellent.

  • F Is for Fairy Tale - Introduce your toddler to classic fairy tales with this colorful alphabet primer, from the creators of BabyLit. An engaging collection of 26 illustrations featuring many different fairy tales and fairy tale objects–such as Castle, for Cinderella; Lamp, for Aladdin; Tower, for Rapunzel; and Red Roses, for Alice in Wonderland. Teach your little ones to be just like a fairy tale hero with words such as Brave, for the brave little goat in Three Billy Goats Gruff; Fearless, for small Thumbelina who floats down a river; and Mighty, for the mighty little boy who pulls a sword from a stone. Illustrator Greg Paprocki’s popular BabyLit alphabet board books feature his classically retro midcentury art style that’s proven to be a hit with both toddlers and adults.

  • An Inconvenient Alphabet - Do you ever wish English was eez-ee-yer to spell? Ben Franklin and Noah Webster did! Debut author Beth Anderson and the New York Times bestselling illustrator of I Dissent, Elizabeth Baddeley, tell the story of two patriots and their attempt to revolutionize the English alphabet. Once upon a revolutionary time, two great American patriots tried to make life easier. They knew how hard it was to spell words in English. They knew that sounds didn’t match letters. They knew that the problem was an inconvenient English alphabet. In 1786, Ben Franklin, at age eighty, and Noah Webster, twenty-eight, teamed up. Their goal? Make English easier to read and write. But even for great thinkers, what seems easy can turn out to be hard. Children today will be delighted to learn that when they “sound out” words, they are doing eg-zakt-lee what Ben and Noah wanted.

  • Jane Foster's ABC - The Book Snob Mom -

    SUCH a cute alphabet book! The illustrations in Jane Foster's unique style (did you know she also designs fabric!?!) are simple, bold and brightly colored, and I really like that she has a mix of more common letter/word choices (C is for cat) and more unusual ones (A is for armadillo!)

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Alphaprints: ABC
Written by Roger Priddy
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
I initially hated this book and thought the illustrations were so dumb, but my husband loved it right from the start, and after reading it a few more times I hopped on the bandwagon. Each fingerprint included in the illustration is raised so you can feel the ridges in the fingerprint, which is fun, and the cadence of the book in fantastic for reading aloud.
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

A new take on an ABC book, Roger Priddy’s Alphaprints: ABC is a charming and creative book which will delight children and parents alike. All of the letters of the alphabet are illustrated using colored finger and thumb prints, turned into animals with the addition of simple illustration. The pictures are described using imaginative, rhythmic text which is fun to read and to listen to. A clever and engaging way to teach babies and toddlers their ABCs.

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Ah-Ha to Zig-Zag
Written & illustrated by Maira Kalman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Presents objects from the collections of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum that reveal a great variety of approaches to design using the form of an alphabet book–from a medieval Egyptian cap for A to a twentieth-century chair for Z.

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ABC Spanish
Written & illustrated by Aless Baylis
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Kids learn the alphabet and Spanish words for animals in this charming book. Pairing each letter of the Spanish alphabet with the Spanish word for a popular animal and its English translation, ABC Spanish is a gorgeously illustrated, engaging read that makes learning the alphabet and Spanish words fun for the entire family. The included pronunciation guide helps teach the proper pronunciation of each animal, making this book a perfect introduction to the Spanish language.

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The Numberlys
Written by William Joyce & illustrated by Christina Ellis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

From the team who brought you The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore comes an alphabet tale extraordinaire!

Once upon a time there was no alphabet, only numbers…

Life was…fine. Orderly. Dull as gray paint. Very…numberly. But our five jaunty heroes weren’t willing to accept that this was all there could be. They knew there had to be more.

So they broke out hard hats and welders, hammers and glue guns, and they started knocking some numbers together. Removing a piece here. Adding a piece there. At first, it was awful. But the five kept at it, and soon it was…artful! One letter after another emerged, until there were twenty-six. Twenty-six letters—and they were beautiful. All colorful, shiny, and new. Exactly what our heroes didn’t even know they were missing.

And when the letters entered the world, something truly wondrous began to happen…Pizza! Jelly beans! Color! Books!

Based on the award-winning app, this is William Joyce and Moonbot’s Metropolis-inspired homage to everyone who knows there is more to life than shades of black and gray.

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All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep
Written by Crescent Dragonwagon & illustrated by David McPhail
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato
This is a sweet alphabet book that includes lots of alliteration, but it's not overdone. It's not a book I'd want to read over and over again in the same setting because it's a little bit of mouthful, but the fact that you do have to slow down to read it correctly adds to the soothing tone of the story and it is one I would happily read every day. The watercolor illustrations are soothing as well.
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

Now in board book format, this lyrical animal ABC book is just right for bedtime–or anytime! From antlered antelope to zzz-ing zebra, all the awake animals are getting sleepy in this abridged board book edition of a favorite bedtime alphabet book, from an acclaimed author and bestselling illustrator. This exquisite celebration of language and nature is perfect for lulling little ones into a cozy, soothing slumber.

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  • The Dangerous Alphabet - A is for Always, that’s where we embark . . . Two children, treasure map in hand, and their pet gazelle sneak past their father, out of their house, and into a world beneath the city, where monsters and pirates roam. Will they find the treasure? Will they make it out alive?

  • Animalphabet - A wondrous and beautiful A-to-Z guessing game from the bestselling author of Room on the Broom From ant to butterfly to caterpillar . . . to zebra and then back again, Animalphabet is an entertaining puzzle as well as a gorgeous alphabet book to treasure. Who can slither better than a rabbit? A snake! Who can growl better than a snake? A tiger! There are clever hints and peekaboo holes within the artwork that will amaze and delight young children as they learn to use the alphabet. This is a preschool must-have.

  • E Is for Easter - Introduce your brilliant baby to the ABCs with this colorfully illustrated primer about the joys of Easter. In the latest alphabet primer from artist Greg Paprocki, Easter and the rites of spring are celebrated with Paprocki’s wonderful colorful and vintage-looking illustrations. Your toddlers can enjoy illustrations of such things as the Easter Bunny, baskets overflowing with candy, children decorating Easter eggs, an Easter egg hunt, and beautiful springtime flowers. Part of the BabyLit Alphabet Series. Greg Paprocki works full-time as an illustrator and book designer. In addition to illustrating several Curious George books, he’s provided illustrations for a number of books for Gibbs Smith, including A Is for Atom, S Is for Santa, B Is for Boo, S Is for School, and The Big Book of Superheroes. He began his career as an advertising art director after studying fine art and graphic design at the University of Nebraska. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

  • G Is for Golazo: The Ultimate Soccer Alphabet - S is for soccer. F is for football, and fútbol, and fußball… No matter what you call it, everyone loves the beautiful game! The creators of B is for Baller return with a vibrant, stylish parade of soccer legends. Featuring dozens of international superstars like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Pelé, Diego Maradona, Marta, Mia Hamm, and Abby Wambach, G is for Golazo is the ultimate ABC book for budding soccer fans.

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Once Upon an Alphabet
Written & illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

The New York Times bestselling alphabet/story book from the artist of The Day the Crayons Quit is now available in an abridged edition for the littlest learners! The perfect introduction to both the alphabet and to the world of Oliver Jeffers! This clever and funny board book from the #1 bestselling illustrator of The Day the Crayons Quit and creator of Stuck gives center stage to Oliver Jeffers’ whimsical illustrations as it helps parents and toddlers connect through learning and art. A must-have. Praise for Once Upon an Alphabet: An Amazon Best Book of 2014! A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year! A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year! “The silly, spare, slightly surreal text occasionally rhymes and endlessly surprises. An utterly delightful alphabet book.”-Kirkus Review, starred review “With wry humor, equally droll ink illustrations, and a solid dose of alliteration, Jeffers creates delightful mini-narratives for each letter of the alphabet.”-Publishers Weekly, starred review “An altogether stimulating, surprising, and satisfying reading experience.”-School Library Journal, starred review “Whimsical, funny, occasionally tragic, and highly entertaining, this collection of (sometimes) interlocking tales is brilliantly inventive.”-Horn Book, starred review “Jeffers knows how to catch the attention of his young audience while challenging their imagination, intellect and vocabulary. This whimsical exploration of letters and language begs to be read over and over again.”-BookPage “Handsome, humorous and clad in bright tomato-red, [this] is the sort of book you may want to rush into the arms of imaginative, good-natured children between 4 and 10 years old. [T]his is no traditional abecedarian exercise.The stories are wonderfully varied, sometimes philosophical and often end surprisingly; the drawings are just as quirky and unpredictable.”-The Wall Street Journal “[W]itty from A to Z . . . no one would blame you for having a copy even if there are no kids in the house. Think of it as Edward Gorey for the preschool set – and their hip parents.”-The Washington Post

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ABC's
Written & illustrated by Katie Wilson
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Applying the tactile features of Montessori teaching, this innovative board book uses lightly grained sandpaper tracks to encourage children to trace various shapes as they enjoy whimsical illustrations of each. Shapes introduced include; squares, diamonds, ovals, rectangles, hearts, hexagons, diamonds, trapezoids, octagons and stars. Sturdy board pages and no moveable parts make this a unique addition to an early learning collection.

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Amazing Alphabet
Written & illustrated by Annie Simpson
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

Each letter of the alphabet is incorporated into a picture of an object that begins with that letter, in a book that features raised illustrations that fit directly into recesses of the same shape on the opposite page.

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Arf! Buzz! Cluck!: A Rather Noisy Alphabet
Written by Eric Seltzer & illustrated by David Creighton-Pester
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
Beautiful alphabet book with sounds from animals! The illustrations in this book are so fun, and there are so many different animals to point out throughout the book.
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Recommend Ages: 1-4

Moo! Neigh! Oink! Peep! This silly and inventive alphabet board book teaches little ones the ABCs with animal sounds!

We Arf We Buzz We Baaah We Coo

We Chirp and Cluck and cock-a-Doodle-Doo!

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Dr. Seuss's ABC
Written & illustrated by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Arguably the most entertaining alphabet book ever written, this classic Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss is perfect for children learning their ABCs. Featuring a fantastic cast of zany characters—from Aunt Annie’s alligator to the Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz, with a lazy lion licking a lollipop and an ostrich oiling an orange owl—Dr. Seuss’s ABC is a must-have for every young child’s library.

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

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  • Mr. Boddington's Studio: NYC ABCs - Based on the beautiful designs of Mr. Boddington’s Studio, this board book is the perfect introduction to the ABCs of NYC. This board book teaches the letters of the alphabet with illustrations of people, places, and things unique to the greatest city in the world. It is the perfect gift for anyone who loves New York!

  • Mrs. Peanuckle's Flower Alphabet - From the aster to the zinnia, Mrs. Peanuckle introduces very young children to 26 types of flowers from across the globe. For each one, she offers a single defining characteristic, some of them very surprising. Did you know that there are twice as many orchid species as bird species? It’s true! Do flowers taste good? Birds, bees, and butterflies sure think so! You’ll even find flowers in certain teas. With bold, colorful pages, strong graphic art, and exciting design, these flowers are certain to be remembered by the children and adults who share this book. Mrs. Peanuckle’s Flower Alphabet is the third title in a series of board books celebrating the joy of nature at home and in the backyard, from fresh fruits and vegetables to birds, bugs, and trees.

  • H Is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet - Written by the son of a career officer, this book explores the branches of the Armed Services and speaks from the heart about the honor, privileges and sacrifices of military families everywhere. Children will discover why drill sergeants have to be so tough, what it means to be patriotic and why we need Special Forces such as the Navy SEALS, the Green Berets and the Army Rangers. H is for Honor also explains why the annual Army/Navy football game is more than just a game, how much letters from home mean to soldiers, how often military families have to move and what life on base is like. With an underlying message of courage and commitment that every child can relate to, the book will be especially meaningful to those whose parents, siblings or other relatives serve in the Armed Forces.

  • ABCs of Black History - A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER B is for Beautiful, Brave, and Bright! And for a Book that takes a Bold journey through the alphabet of Black history and culture. Letter by letter, The ABCs of Black History celebrates a story that spans continents and centuries, triumph and heartbreak, creativity and joy. It’s a story of big ideas–P is for Power, S is for Science and Soul. Of significant moments–G is for Great Migration. Of iconic figures–H is for Zora Neale Hurston, X is for Malcom X. It’s an ABC book like no other, and a story of hope and love. In addition to rhyming text, the book includes back matter with information on the events, places, and people mentioned in the poem, from Mae Jemison to W. E. B. Du Bois, Fannie Lou Hamer to Sam Cooke, and the Little Rock Nine to DJ Kool Herc.

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Alphabet Kingdom
Written & illustrated by Starla Michelle Halfmann
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
This book is ALL about the illustrations, and boy, are they gorgeous. You don't even have to "read" this one to get everything there is out of it, so as long as little hands won't tear the picture book pages, they can have them full experience all by themselves. Worth noting that it is purely a single letter and then an image of an animal on each spread—no words (although luckily what each picture is is identified on the last page since I could NOT figure out what animal went with the letter N...Nyala).
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Recommend Ages: 0-4

In this large-format alphabet book, the letters of the English language come alive through the artwork of Austin-based fine artist Starla Michelle Halfmann. Children will learn and marvel as their ABCs become members of the animal kingdom, and adults will appreciate the beauty of this gorgeously rendered wordless picture book.

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Berenstains' A Book
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Now joining forces with “The B Book” and “The C Book” is the reissue of “The Berenstains’ A Book” –an astonishing album with almost any A word children can say. It’s guaranteed to make learning to read a bundle of fun!

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An African Alphabet
Written by Eric Walters & illustrated by Sue Todd
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

An African Alphabet is a vibrant ABC book that introduces babies and toddlers to the unique variety of animals found in Africa. An alphabet for all ages, the stunning linocut artwork brings an uncommon selection of critters to life in this lively concept book.

From aardvark to zebra and all that’s in between, little ones will love learning their alphabet with these colorful creatures.

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Curious George's ABCs
Written by H. A. Rey
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Recommend Ages: 0-3
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Alphabreaths: The ABCs of Mindful Breathing
Written by & illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In Alphabreaths, children will learn their ABCs and the basics of mindfulness through playful breathing exercises. Breaths like Mountain Breath and Redwood Breath will connect them with nature, while breaths like Heart Breath and Wish Breath will help them remember to fill their heart with gratitude and send good wishes to others. Simple, playful, and with delightful illustrations, Alphabreaths is the perfect introduction to mindfulness and breath awareness.

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