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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.

Top 10 Books About Alphabet (abcs)

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Mrs. Peanuckle's Vegetable Alphabet
Written by Mrs. Peanuckle & illustrated by Jessie Ford
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Recommend Ages: 2-4
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.
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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!
board book
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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Jane Foster's ABC
Written & illustrated by Jane Foster
Thoughts from 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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Recommend Ages: 1-3
Introduce little ones to letters in this bold and graphic style board book by illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster. In this ABC board book, children will be introduced to letters by associating them with animals, such as D for duck, L for lion, and Z for zebra.
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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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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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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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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.
board book
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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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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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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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).
picture book
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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Books About Alphabet (abcs) and Food

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Mrs. Peanuckle's Vegetable Alphabet
Written by Mrs. Peanuckle & illustrated by Jessie Ford
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
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.
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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!
board book
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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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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A Is for Artichoke book
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Bad Kitty Cat book
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A Busy Creature's Day Eating book
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Now I Eat My ABC's book
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  1. A Is for Artichoke - This is so much more than an alphabet book! From artichokes to ganache and from oven to zest, this is a whimsical and informative introduction to words and kitchen concepts. Future chefs and food fans of all ages will delight in reading about everything kitchen-related! Three levels of learning means this book will grow with your little one from foodie basics to kitchen confidence! No other board book features ABCs and food in this way―and no other board book features the expertise of the cooks at America’s Test Kitchen!

  2. Bad Kitty Cat - From the creator of The New York Times bestseller Boing! comes the riotous story of a cat gone berserk — four times over an in alphabetical order each time. Kitty is not happy hen she’s told that her favorite foods are all gone and all that’s left are Asparagus, Beets, Cauliflower, Dill…and 22 other equally unappealing vegetables. So she: Ate my homework, Bit grandma, Clawed the curtains, Damaged the dishes, and so on, through Z. Only when tastier things arrive (An Assortment of Anchovies, Buffalo Burritos, Chicken Cheesecake…) does she Apologize to Grandma.

  3. A Busy Creature's Day Eating - Mo Willems delivers a smorgasbord of hunger, hubris, regret, and redemption as a Busy Creature hilariously chomps and chews its way through the alphabet now in board book format.

  4. Now I Eat My ABC's - “Babies and toddlers will love the eye-catching photographs of asparagus, blueberries, peas, strawberries, and more in this yummy alphabet book!”—Cover back.

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Books About Alphabet (abcs) and Animals

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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.
board book
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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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.
board book
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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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).
picture book
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.
Honorable Mentions
Alphaprints: ABC book
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A to Z book
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Animalphabet book
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ABC Yoga book
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  1. Alphaprints: ABC - 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.

  2. A to Z - Serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books. These whimsical and hilarious books, featuring nontraditional texts and her famous animal characters, have been printed on thick board pages, and are sure to educate and entertain children of all ages.

  3. 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.

  4. ABC Yoga - Pairing simplified yoga poses with alphabetized animals and objects, ABC Yoga features colorful illustrations of children and animals practicing yoga along with playful rhymes to explain each movement. A fun family read, this interactive title is perfect for teaching toddlers their ABCs, as well as introducing them to familiar animals and basic, simplified yoga poses that promote health and well-being. Each letter of the alphabet is paired with an engaging illustration mimicking the various animals’ natural movements. Clever rhymes explain how toddlers (and their parents!) can copy the poses, each of which encourage movement, physical fitness, and mental health. The 26 yoga poses, one for each letter of the alphabet, are renamed for easy understanding, while an index at the end of the book identifies the correct name for each asana (yoga pose) for the adults. The engaging illustrations and playful rhymes encourage children and their parents to get up and move, promoting physical activity, learning, and togetherness.

Books About Alphabet (abcs) and Transportation

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B Is for Bulldozer
Written by June Sobel & illustrated by Melissa Iwai
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
This is the perfect alphabet book for little construction lovers! What I really liked about this book is that it has more of a story rather than just showing different construction vehicles.
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Recommend Ages: 0-3
Get ready for a ride through the alphabet at a busy construction site. There's a big yellow Bulldozer, a tall shiny Crane, a rusty red Dump truck--and the construction crew is hard at work. But what are they building?
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Alphabet Trucks
Written by Samantha R Vamos & illustrated by Ryan O Rourke
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Truck lovers find familiar and unusual trucks and learn where they work and what they do.
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Mr. Boddington's Studio: NYC ABCs
Written & illustrated by Mr. Boddington's Studio
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
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!
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Alphabet Trains book
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Alphatrain book
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Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks from A to Z book
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Cement Mixer's ABC book
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  1. Alphabet Trains - All aboard for a train ride through the alphabet! Whether chug-chug-chugging up a mountainside in an Incline train or zipping at super speed in a Bullet train, trains will get you where you need to be—A to Z! There is a train—some familiar and some unusual—for every letter of the alphabet. Trains are used all over the world for carrying people and cargo from place to place. With a bouncy rhyming text, and clever illustrations full of visual cues, young readers will love learning all about trains.

  2. Alphatrain - All aboard the Alphatrain! This adorable two-in-one board book features beautifully illustrated animals for every letter of the alphabet and can be read page-by-page as a lap book or be unfolded into a 42” train! (Perfect for play time or room decor!) In addition to the animals, each whimsically designed train car includes fun objects for each letter: Bear eats a banana, Elephant listens to earphones, and Fox wears a fez (of course). As a bonus, the back of each page lists the words of each hidden object so kids can search for them on the front of the car. A handy clasp keeps everything snuggly shut when reading time is over.

  3. Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks from A to Z - A miniature vehicle-filled alphabet book that starts with an ambulance and ends with a zippermobile is shaped like Lowly Worm’s applemobile. On board pages.

  4. Cement Mixer's ABC - Sing along with these construction ABCs! Cement Mixer churns out a rollicking alphabet rhyme that makes work light and teaches little readers the words of the construction site, from A to Z.

Books About Alphabet (abcs) and Nature

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Jane Foster's ABC
Written & illustrated by Jane Foster
Thoughts from 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!)
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Introduce little ones to letters in this bold and graphic style board book by illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster. In this ABC board book, children will be introduced to letters by associating them with animals, such as D for duck, L for lion, and Z for zebra.
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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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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.
Honorable Mentions
Mrs. Peanuckle's Flower Alphabet book
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Mrs. Peanuckle's Tree Alphabet book
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Walk and See: ABC book
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The Alphabet of Alphabets book
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  1. 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.

  2. Mrs. Peanuckle's Tree Alphabet - Whether they’re short or tall, pruny or smooth, full of berries or flowers or nuts, the 26 types of trees in this alphabet primer are sure to surprise and delight the youngest of readers (and their parents). After all, trees do more for us than sway in the wind. Did you know incense Cedars are perfect for making pencils? (So we can practice writing our ABCs.) Or that Katsura trees are great for climbing? (So we can discover more about trees!) With playful text, bright illustrations, and pages as strong as an oak, Mrs. Peanuckle’s trees will engage toddlers and take them on an alphabet adventure through the natural world. Mrs. Peanuckle’s Tree Alphabet is the sixth and final 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.

  3. Walk and See: ABC - Simple text and colorful illustrations invite young readers to learn the alphabet by joining two children on a springtime walk through the countryside.

  4. The Alphabet of Alphabets -

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Books About Alphabet (abcs) and Vocabulary

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BabyLit ABCs: an Alphabet Primer
Written by Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
BabyLit is a fashionable way to introduce your brilliant baby to the world of classic literature. The tiniest of scholars will enjoy learning their ABCs with a literary twist by reading Classic Lit A to Z: A BabyLit Alphabet Primer. Each letter of the alphabet is presented to toddlers with engaging art and a famous character, place, or concept from a beloved classic work of literature. Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver introduce babies to letters in this board book with help from Austen, Tolstoy, Dickens, Shakespeare, and other literary greats. Jennifer Adams is the author of many books including Remarkably Jane: Notable Quotations on Jane Austen and the popular Edgar the Raven series. Jennifer works as a writer and editor in Salt Lake City, Utah. Allison Oliver runs Sugar design studio. Alison's design portfolio includes everything from logos to packaging and product design for clients such as Chronicle Books, Citibabes, and Aerie. She lives in New York.
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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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TouchThinkLearn: ABC
Written & illustrated by Xavier Deneux
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Using the same innovative production technique and brilliant aesthetic cheered by parents, educators, and children alike in the acclaimed TouchThinkLearn series, here is an alphabet that literally adds a new dimension to learning. Raised die-cut pieces nestled in mirroring indented cut-outs engage readers on both visual and tactile levels. An impressive gift, this exquisitely executed design object is above all else a fabulously fun and educationally essential alphabet book.
Honorable Mentions
ABC Dance!: An Animal Alphabet book
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ABC's of Mathematics book
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P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever book
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Jane Foster's Animal Sounds book
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  1. ABC Dance!: An Animal Alphabet - Dance through the alphabet from Aardvark to Zebra! Hey! Is that your toe tapping? Well, go on! Strut your stuff! Shake your boots with newts, lambada with llamas, and slide with sloths! A lively romp through the alphabet with vibrant art and cheerfully rhyming text, ABC Dance! is a joy for children and grown-ups to read aloud together. Now get your dancing shoes on!

  2. ABC's of Mathematics - This alphabetical installment of the Baby University series is the perfect introduction for even the youngest mathematicians! A is for Addition B is for Base C is for Chord From addition to zero, The ABCs of Mathematics is a colorfully simple introduction for babies—and grownups—to a new math concept for every letter of the alphabet. Written by an expert, each page in this mathematical primer features multiple levels of text so the book grows along with your little mathematician

  3. P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever - Turning the traditional idea of an alphabet book on its head, P is for Pterodactyl is perfect for anyone who has ever been stumped by silent letters or confused by absurd homophones. This whimsical, unique book takes silent letter entries like “K is for Knight” a step further with “The noble knight’s knife nicked the knave’s knee.” Lively illustrationsprovide context clues, and alliterative words help readers navigate text like “a bright white gnat is gnawing on my gnocchi” with ease. Everyone from early learners to grown-up grammarians will love this wacky book where “A is for Aisle” but “Y is definitely not for Why.”

  4. Jane Foster's Animal Sounds - Introduce little ones to animal noises in this bold and graphic board book by illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster. In this beautiful and sophisticated board book, children will be introduced to bold images of animals and the noises they make, such as hooting owls, mooing cows, buzzing bees, splashing whales, and more!

Books About Alphabet (abcs) and First Concepts

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Alphablock
Written by Christopher Franceschelli & illustrated by Peskimo
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
"Features thick pages cut into the shape of each letter, creating a sort of peek-through guessing game around the letter form itself. As children interact with the pages, they will familiarize themselves not only with the 26 letters and associated words, but also with each letter's physicality--angles, holes, and curves, both front and back"--
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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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ABCs of Economics
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
**Chris Ferrie's bestselling scientific series is expanding!** It only takes a small spark to ignite a child's mind! The _ABCs of Economics_ introduces babies (and grownups!) to a new economic concept for each letter of the alphabet. From asymmetric, business cycle, and capital, all the way to zero sum. It's never too early to become an economist! With scientific and mathematical information from an expert, this is the perfect book for enlightening the next generation of geniuses.
Honorable Mentions
Rockabet book
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My First Animal ABC book
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Construction Alphabet book
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ABC French book
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  1. Rockabet - Are you ready to rock A to Z? Let’s roll through some music history! ROCKABET: CLASSIC EDITION introduces classic artists of rock ‘n’ roll in catchy couplets. This fun book promotes the arts, literacy, and learning the ABC’s. Cute illustrations depict musicians in a childlike manner. Reading rocks!

  2. My First Animal ABC - Turn the pages from A to Z to discover this animal ABC! Turn the pages to discover the wonderful world of animals while learning ABCs! In My First Animal ABC by award-winning illustrator Maurice Pledger, kids are introduced to animals from all over the world with letters that start from A to Z. Fold-out pages are included on every page, allowing for even more exploration and discovery. After reaching the letter Z, kids can pin up the included poster for even more animal ABC fun!

  3. Construction Alphabet - For fans of all things that go this noisy alphabet book explores construction equipment from A to Z. Find out about these construction machines and more, from a huge saw that cuts through roads to a massive vacuum that sucks up boulders. You’ll even learn a quick and easy recipe for concrete. Rock crushers, jackhammers, and wrecking balls will delight the youngest of readers learning their ABCs. Jerry Pallotta’s trademark humor punctuates the informative text. Vibrant oil paintings bring to life a busy construction site.

  4. ABC French - ABC French is a gorgeously illustrated, engaging read that makes learning the alphabet and French words fun for the entire family. Learning French has never been more fantastique! The book pairs each letter of the French alphabet with a French word and its English translation. The included pronunciation guide helps teach the proper pronunciation of each word, making this book a perfect introduction to the French language. With colorful, engaging illustrations from children’s book author and illustrator Daniel Roode, both children and adults will love learning a new language with ABC French.

Books About Alphabet (abcs) and Counting And Numbers

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So Many Bunnies
Written by Rick Walton & illustrated by Paige Miglio
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-8
Old Mother Rabbit lived in a shoe. She had twenty-six children and knew what to do. From Abel, who sleeps on a table, to Zed who sleeps on the shed, help Mother Rabbit tuck a whole alphabet of adorable little bunnies in for the night.
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One Was Johnny: A Counting Book
Written & illustrated by Maurice Sendak
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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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Chicken Soup With Rice: A Book of Months
Written & illustrated by Maurice Sendak
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
In this beloved classic, Maurice Sendak blends his signature artwork with rhymes you’ll want to read over and over—in every season.
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Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue book
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When Numbers Met Letters book
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DC Super Heroes ABC 123 book
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  1. Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue - Pierre, along with the other three classic Nutshell Library titles (Alligators All Around, Chicken Soup with Rice, and One Was Johnny), 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 make it even easier for children to share with their grown-up readers. For over fifty years, children have cared about Pierre, Maurice Sendak’s story about a little boy who doesn’t care about anything. And they will continue to care about this classic cautionary tale in this durable board book format.

  2. When Numbers Met Letters - A playful way to learn letters and numbers. Three cheers for letters! Long live numbers! The letters and numerals have never met before, and they’re very curious about each other. Zero and the letter O hit it off. 3 and E can’t stop looking at each other. However, the number one and the letter A both claim to be first. Letters can make words and stories, and numbers can count. But which are better? Preschoolers and kindergarteners learn letter and number recognition in this funny story reminiscent of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Lois Barr’s funny jokes and Stephanie Laberis’s energetic illustrations are kid-pleasing fun.

  3. DC Super Heroes ABC 123 - Like the super-selling MY FIRST SUPERMAN, MY FIRST BATMAN, and MY FIRST WONDER WOMAN books, SUPER HEROES A,B,C, 1,2,3 will appeal to comic book-fan Dads; lovers of bold, classic art; and their babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers A is for Aquaman and B is for Batmobile in this cool, colorful board book that’s sure to make reading time lots of fun for dads. DC’s super heroes—from Superman and Batman to Green Lantern, the Flash, Wonder Woman, and many other favorites—illustrate the alphabet and numbers for budding fans. The classic comic book art makes this a great-looking package.

Books About Alphabet (abcs) and Culture

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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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V Is for Vittles: A Wild West Alphabet
Written & illustrated by Greg Paprocki
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
From the creators of BabyLit®: V Is for Vittles: A Wild West Primeris part of a unique new series that opens a window on history while teaching toddlers the ABCs. Different eras of history—including the nineteenth-century American West, medieval Europe, and Victorian England—are brought to life by Greg Paprocki’s fun and enticing illustrations in this new series of board books for brilliant babies.
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A Peaceable Kingdom: The Shaker Abecedarius
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Recommend Ages: 5-8
An illustrated alphabet rhyme that includes the animals from alligator to zebra.
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P Is for Poppadoms! book
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C Is for Coyote book
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New York, New York! book
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My First Jewish Baby Book book
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  1. P Is for Poppadoms! - From C for chai to Y for yoga, this fresh, rhyming alphabet book takes young readers on a spirited journey to discover the people, places, lifestyles, and language of India. Lush illustrations from debut illustrator Hazel Ito bring to life the beauty, wonder, and diversity of this vast and vibrant country.

  2. C Is for Coyote - This is a fresh and exciting approach to learning the alphabet using the fascinating animals and spectacular places of the American Southwest. A delightful mix of fun and informative facts is combined with stunning photography. “Now I know My ABCs” will never be the same again!

  3. New York, New York! - Welcome to the Big Apple! From A to Z, the city that never sleeps has something to offer everyone! Come visit the American Museum of Natural History and see prehistoric Animals, get a Bird’s-eye view of the Brooklyn Bridge, and Check out Central Park in this alphabetical tour from bestselling duo Laura Krauss Melmed and Frané Lessac.

  4. My First Jewish Baby Book - This unique and adorable concept board book offers a fun introduction to Jewish culture, celebrations, food and more. Adorably illustrated alphabetical entries provide a fun taste of all things Jewish. A must-have for any Jewish baby’s nursery, this tiny tome covers quintessential foods such as bagels and brisket, rituals and holidays including Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Shabbat, and Hanukkah, as well as important cultural references (with a little Yiddish thrown in). Parents and grandparents will love sharing every concise, funny entry with the little ones in their lives.

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Books About Alphabet (abcs) and Sports And Recreation

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G Is for Golazo
Written by James Littlejohn & illustrated by Matthew Shipley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
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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B Is for Baller
Written by James Littlejohn & illustrated by Matthew Shipley
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Recommend Ages: 3-5
Featuring dozens of iconic superstars like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, LeBron James, Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, and Steph Curry, B is for Baller is the ultimate alphabet book for young hoops fans--whether they're taking their first shot at the ABCs or already perfecting their threes! James Littlejohn's words leap off the page and bring legends to life, while Matthew Shipley's colorful, stylish illustrations are sure to delight fans young and old. What started as a successful Kickstarter project from two passionate NBA fans is now the perfect read for little ballers everywhere!
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Z Is for Zamboni
Written by Matt Napier & illustrated by Melanie Rose
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Each letter of the alphabet introduces a fact about the game of hockey, in a board-book version of a popular title by the creators of Hat Tricks Count: A Hockey Number Book.
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L Is for London book
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F Is for Fenway Park book
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  1. L Is for London - 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!

  2. F Is for Fenway Park - A young baseball enthusiast’s centennial tribute to the oldest active ballpark and home of the Boston Red Sox features alphabetically arranged coverage of the field’s history, features and momentous events.

  3. A is for Arizona - Take an alphabetical journey—A through Z—while learning fun facts about the University of Arizona. The rhymes and facts from A is for Arizona are wonderful for learning the alphabet and a whole lot about Arizona sports. A great book for Wildcat fans of all ages!

  4. A is for Axel - Illustrates the letters of the alphabet through a discussion of ice skating skills, the history of the sport, and past champions.

Books About Alphabet (abcs) and History

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An Inconvenient Alphabet
Written by Beth Anderson & illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
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Recommend Ages: 5-10
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.
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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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Baby's First Eames
Written by Julie Merberg & illustrated by Aki
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
This whimsically illustrated board book offers a delightful A-to-Z overview of modern design icons for the toddler set. Parents who appreciate architecture and modern design will get a kick out of sharing their passion with their kids. From Alexander Calder to Frank Lloyd Wright, from Knoll furniture to Noguchi sculptures, the visionaries, buildings, and captivating objects introduced in Baby's First Eames make design fun and accessible for aesthetes of all ages.
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P Is for Paris book
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Oscar de Mejo's ABC book
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Hieroglyphs book
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ABC: Early Learning at the Museum book
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  1. P Is for Paris - See the sights of Paris as never before! Award-winning illustrator Paul Thurlby takes us from A for Arc de Triomphe to the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, and some lesser known gems of Paris. Paired with snippets of useful information about each landmark, each page’s bold, eye-catching imagery is a visual treat for both kids and adults. Bursting with the sights, sounds, and energy of this unique and stunning city, this is a one-of-a-kind book for Paris lovers of all ages.

  2. Oscar de Mejo's ABC - Paintings illustrate scenes from Americana for each letter of the alphabet.

  3. Hieroglyphs - Children can create hieroglypic messages and “works of art” while learning about the pictograms of Ancient Egypt. Full-color illustrations highlight information about the symbols that have been found on mummy cases, scrolls, and tomb walls.

  4. ABC: Early Learning at the Museum - Using amazing objects from the British Museum, this series of captivating board books encourages children to engage with early learning concepts. Inquisitive toddlers will enjoy learning their ABCs, 123s, opposites, and colors with gorgeous photographic images on every page

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Books About Alphabet (abcs) and School

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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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S Is for School
Written & illustrated by Greg Paprocki
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Recommend Ages: 0-3
An ABC primer that introduces your brilliant baby to what to expect when they're ready to go to school. Lots of kids look forward to going back to school each fall. This collection of 26 illustrations featuring words from A to Z will introduce toddlers to what all the fuss is about in a unique and engaging way. Included are artist Greg Paprocki's colorful and wonderfully detailed illustrations that bring to life concepts from the school bus to the classroom, including activities, school subjects, friends, classmates, and teachers. 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, 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. Greg lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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A Is for Elizabeth
Written by Rachel Vail & illustrated by Paige Keiser
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
Elizabeth is in second grade. Class 2B! It's great! Friends, recess, homework! Even a big project: Make a poster of your name. Yayyy! Hang on. The name Elizabeth has a bajillion letters in it! The name Anna has only four letters. Plus, Anna's first letter is A, which is also the first letter of Alphabetical Order. But Anna can't always be first! That's not fair! In A is for Elizabeth, Elizabeth makes more than a poster. She also makes some important choices—about fairness, rules, speaking up, and glue. But the most important thing she makes is...a friend! With copious line art by Paige Keiser, this first book in a new series—spun off from Vail's beloved Justin Case series—is sure to delight fans of Judy Moody, Junie B. Jones, and Clementine.
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Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten book
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Mary Poppins ABC book
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  1. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten - This rhyming, brightly illustrated book is the perfect way to practice the alphabet and to introduce young children to kindergarten. It’s the first day of kindergarten and Miss Bindergarten is hard at work getting the classroom ready for her twenty-six new students. Meanwhile, Adam Krupp wakes up, Brenda Heath brushes her teeth, and Christopher Beaker finds his sneaker. Miss Bindergarten puts the finishing touches on the room just in time, and the students arrive. Now the fun can begin!

  2. Mary Poppins ABC - A practically perfect alphabet board book full of fantastic words from the whimsical world of Mary Poppins! Based on the 1962 classic edition. The ideal introduction to the magical nanny for the very youngest readers.

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Books About Alphabet (abcs) and Colors

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Bear Sees Colors
Written by Karma Wilson & illustrated by Jane Chapman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Explore colors with Bear in the first of a new concept picture book series from the New York Times bestselling creators of Bear Snores On. Colors, colors everywhere! Can you find colors just like Bear? Karma Wilson’s playful text and Jane Chapman’s adorable illustrations creatively introduce colors to the youngest Bear fans, who will delight in discovering a rainbow of fun.
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ABC Color
Written & illustrated by Ingela Peterson Arrhenius
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
ABC Color combines learning the alphabet with colors for an educational and fun board book for young children. Each page of this beautifully illustrated book features a different letter and little-known color, so children can learn about both topics at one time! Parents will love spending time with their kids as they learn, and kids will learn the fundamentals of letters and colors. Makes a gorgeous keepsake as children grow!
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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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Animal Homes book
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Animal Tails book
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Animal Patterns book
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Sylvia Long's Big Book for Small Children book
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  1. Animal Homes - Introduce little ones to all sorts of different homes for animals! In Animal Homes, little ones will be asked which homes belong to which animals. The pages of this book are filled with familiar, kid-friendly animals such as cats, fish, dogs, birds, and more, rendered in soft colors that make this an even more enjoyable experience for babies. Each page includes an embossed animal home, creating a tactile experience for tiny hands. And on the last spread, all the animals appear with their correct homes!

  2. Animal Tails - Introduce little ones to a variety of animals and their unique tails! In Animal Tails, little ones will be asked which tail belong to which animal. The pages of this book are filled with familiar, kid-favorite animals such as pigs, tigers, foxes, sharks, and more. Rendered in soft colors that make this an even more enjoyable experience for babies, each page includes embossed animal tails, creating a tactile experience for tiny hands. And on the last spread, all the animals appear with their correct tails!

  3. Animal Patterns - Introduce little ones to all sorts of different patterns seen on animals! In Animal Patterns, little ones will be asked which patterns belong to which animals. The pages of this book are filled with familiar, kid-friendly animals, such as giraffes, zebras, tortoises, leopards, and more, rendered in a soft colors that make this an even more enjoyable experience for babies. Each page includes embossed animal patterns, creating a tactile experience for tiny hands. And on the last spread, all the animals appear with their correct patterns!

  4. Sylvia Long's Big Book for Small Children - Sylvia Long has been creating bestselling children’s books for more than 25 years. Her edition of Mother Goose rhymes is a modern classic, and Sylvia Long’s Big Book for Small Children, her latest compendium, is destined to become another nursery staple. From beloved stories like “The Three Little Pigs” and important early childhood concepts (colors, counting, ABCs) to her own family’s favorite recipes and lullabies, this warm, joyous, and comprehensive collection is the perfect start to every child’s library.

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Books About Alphabet (abcs) and Science And Nature

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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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ABCs of Biochemistry
Written by Cara Florance
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
**The bestselling Baby University series is bringing little geniuses a whole new division of scientific topics, covered by leading medical expert Cara Florance.** Help kids get into those lab coats a little earlier with the _ABCs of Biochemistry_! Packed with researched information and adorable art, any child is sure to be swept away into this new world of amino acids, enzymes, and everything in between. Super Scientist Cara Florance has crafted a book that is easy to read and impossible to put down―for parents and children alike!
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A Little Book about ABCs
Written by & illustrated by Julie Hamilton and Leo Lionni
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Inspired by the works of legendary children's book author-illustrator Lionni, these delightful board books with sturdy pages and collage-style artwork are ideal for teaching babies and toddlers the ABCs and about the wonders of spring. Full color.
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My First Book of Canadian Birds book
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Gone Wild book
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  1. My First Book of Canadian Birds - Help your child identify birds like the Canada goose, American robin, and yellow warbler in their natural habitats with colourful and whimsical collage-style illustrations from breakout East Coast artist Angela Doak (Atlantic Animal ABC). Simple, gentle text gives readers a peek into the habitats of Canadian birds and introduces child and parent to fun facts about everything from bird sounds to egg sizes! My First Book of Canadian Birds is the perfect way to introduce young readers to birds from across the country.

  2. Gone Wild - Feast your eyes on these amazing creatures before they disappear. This stampede of wild animals, from Chinese Alligator to Grevy’s Zebra, are so rare, they’re all endangered. David McLiman’s bold and playful illustrations transform each letter into a work of art, graphically rendered with animal characteristics. Scales, horns, even insect wings transform the alphabet into animated life. Once you take this eye-opening safari, you’ll never look at letters or animals with the same way again. A striking work of art and a zoological adventure, Gone Wild is sure to be loved by children and adults alike.

Books About Alphabet (abcs) and Holidays

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E Is for Easter
Written & illustrated by Greg Paprocki
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
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.
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D Is for Dreidel
Written & illustrated by Greg Paprocki
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Celebrate all things Hanuakkah in this A to Z primer . . . Introduce your little one to the Festival of Lights in this fun collection of twenty-six illustrations featuring Hanukkah-themed concepts, such as latkes, gelt, the menorah, and of course dreidels. 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 Is for Atom, S Is for Santa, B Is for Boo, 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.
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Just In Case
Written & illustrated by Yuyi Morales
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
From three-time Pura Belpré Winner Yuyi Morales, a delightful alphabet picture book about a Día de los Muertos skeleton who must find the perfect birthday gift (or gifts!) A 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year Winner of the 2009 Pura Belpré Medal for Illustration A Pura Belpré Honor Book for Narrative Yuyi Morales takes us on a new journey with Señor Calvera, the skeleton from Day of the Dead celebrations. Señor Calvera is worried. He can't figure out what to give Grandma Beetle for her birthday. Misunderstanding the advice of Zelmiro the Ghost, Señor Calvera decides not to get her one gift, but instead one gift for every letter of the alphabet, just in case. Una Acordéon: An accordion for her to dance to. Bigotes: A mustache because she has none. Cosquillas: Tickles to make her laugh . . . . . . only to find out at the end of the alphabet that the best gift of all is seeing her friends.
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Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book book
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The ABCs of Christmas book
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D is for Dragon Dance book
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Halloween ABC book
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  1. Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book - Every year Don Pedro and his family make papier-mâché skeletons, or calaveras, for Mexico’s Day of the Dead fiesta. From the Angel and Doctor to the Mariachi and Unicornio, there’s a special calavera for each letter of the alphabet. Come dance with them! Includes a glossary of Spanish words and an author’s note.

  2. The ABCs of Christmas - LEARN the ALPHABET and DECK the HALLS! Spread the joy of Christmas with this sparkly board book that features clever word associations and delightfully festive illustrations.

  3. D is for Dragon Dance - A bilingual introduction to the Chinese New Year in English and Chinese. From the dazzling dragon dance to the scrumptious steamed dumplings to the firecrackers that frighten away evil spirits, this alphabet book celebrates the traditions of the lunar new year. First published in 2006, this new rendition presents the English text alongside the Chinese.

  4. Halloween ABC - A poem for each letter of the alphabet introduces a different, spooky aspect of Halloween.

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Books About Alphabet (abcs) and Art

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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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Flora Forager ABC
Written & illustrated by Bridget Beth Collins
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Recommend Ages: 2-5
Botanical artist and Instagram sensation Flora Forager makes her children's picture book debut with this imaginative alphabet book featuring real and imaginary animals created with natural materials gathered from her botanical foraging in wild places and from her garden. Bridget Beth Collins, known as Flora Forager on Instagram, has created her beautiful children's book debut from natural materials gathered from her botanical foraging where she makes her home in the Pacific Northwest. Children will be fascinated by her amazing botanical creations, from angel fish to zebra, and inspired to learn their ABCs.
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ABC Animals!
Written & illustrated by Rufus Butler Seder
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5
The timeless appeal of alphabet books meets the richest Scanimation book ever. ABC Animals is a romping, stomping journey from A to Z, and all the animals come alive—as many as four to a page—in the excitement of Scanimation. It’s the alphabet as it’s never been seen before: Watch the Alligator snap, the Bats swooping, the Camel trot. There’s L for the Lion proudly prowling along, and M for the Mouse scurrying inside his wheel. And it all culminates in the largest Scanimation image yet: Z, for Zoo, where all the animals gather to play.
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Mr. Bear's ABC book
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A Is for Art: A Is for Art book
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  1. Mr. Bear's ABC - From Angel to Zeppelin, Virginie Aracil’s distinctive Mr. Bear takes young children on alphabet journey like no other! Her charming and engaging art introduce memorable animals and objects that will delight readers and help them learn their ABCs. Perfect for baby showers, this gifty volume is a welcome addition to any child’s library.

  2. A Is for Art: A Is for Art - A is for Art: An Abstract Alphabet is a remarkable journey of discovery about art and language through painting, collage, and sculpture by Caldecott Honor artist Stephen T. Johnson. With literal renderings of each letter, complete with witty titles and playful, alliterative captions, Johnson’s abstract art forges connections between words, objects, and ideas. Can you find the hidden letters? Look closely and you will see a letter C made of colorful candy, a letter H hidden in a hook, and an S in a soft shadow. From A to Z, each stunning, original work of art will stimulate the imagination and creativity of children and adults alike.

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Books About Alphabet (abcs) and Science

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ABC's of Science
Written & illustrated by Chris Ferrie
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
This alphabetical installment of the Baby University series is the perfect introduction for even the youngest scientists! A is for Amoeba B is for Bond C is for Conductor From amoeba to zygote, The ABCs of Science is a colorfully simple introduction for babies—and grownups—to a new physics concept for every letter of the alphabet. Written by an expert, each page in this science primer features multiple levels of text so the book grows along with your little scientist.
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ABCs of Engineering
Written & illustrated by Chris Ferrie
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
A new book in the bestselling series with simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius! It only takes a small spark to ignite a child's mind! The ABCs of Engineering introduces babies (and grown-ups!) to a new engineering concept for every letter of the alphabet - including entries for various aspects of engineering like mechanical, architectural, and beyond. With a tongue-in-cheek approach that adults will love, this installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest mathematicians.
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Not a Butterfly Alphabet Book
Written by Jerry Pallotta & illustrated by Shennen Bersani
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Recommend Ages: 3-7
This nature alphabet book from best-selling author Jerry Pallotta features moths (not butterflies!) of all shapes and sizes. Meet dozens of moths--and a few bonus creatures--with engaging text and a laugh-out-loud narrative, from A (Atlas Moth) to G (Green Lips Moth--no kissing allowed!) to J (Jersey Tiger Moth, whose underwings are a completely different color than their upper wings, not to be confused with their underwear) to Z (Zigzag Moth). Readers of all ages will be entertained (and learning!) with every page turn.
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ABCs of Biology book
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The Crab Alphabet Book book
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ABC's of Physics book
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Never Insult a Killer Zucchini book
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  1. ABCs of Biology - This alphabetical installment of the Baby University series is the perfect introduction for even the youngest biologist! A is for Anatomy B is for Bacteria C is for Cell From anatomy to zoology, the ABCs of Biology is a colorfully simple introduction for babies—and grownups—to a new biology concept for every letter of the alphabet. Written by two experts, each page in this biology primer features multiple levels of text so the book grows along with your little biologist.

  2. The Crab Alphabet Book - With his signature humor and amazing facts, best-selling author Jerry Pallott a offers a decapod for every letter of the alphabet. From A is for Arrow Crab to Z is for Zebra Hermit Crab, young scientists learn about a vast variety of crab species, their body parts, where they live, what they eat, and more. Did you know that the Imocaris is a fossil that scientists believe was the first crab to inhabit the earth?

  3. ABC's of Physics - This alphabetical installment of the Baby University series is the perfect introduction for even the youngest physicists! A is for Atom B is for Black Hole C is for Charge From atom to zero-point energy, The ABCs of Physics is a colorfully simple introduction for babies—and grownups—to a new physics concept for every letter of the alphabet. Written by an expert, each page in this physics primer features multiple levels of text so the book grows along with your little scientist.

  4. Never Insult a Killer Zucchini - This is one science fair you’ll never forget! When Mr. Farnsworth, the science-fair judge, declares that he loves zucchinis, the Killer Zucchini is smitten. As the judge makes his way through the exhibits alphabetically—A (antimatter), B (bionic limb), C (cloning)—the Killer Zucchini tries to show his affection. But when Mr. F gets to K and admits he likes to eat zucchini with ranch dressing, the Killer Zucchini gets steamed and attempts to exact his revenge on the snack-loving judge using the other science-fair projects as his means to an end. Hilarious havoc ensues as the entire science fair is destroyed by his wrath. Engaging backmatter provides the science behind the science fair entries created by the characters in the story.

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10 books that are just too good to leave off of our alphabet (ABCs) list.
A B See book
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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom book
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Twenty-six Pirates book
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Poor Doreen book
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  1. A B See - B is for Bookworm -

    This alphabet book is a little different than others that I've seen, which I like. It would be great for a toddler that's a little older and can pick things out! It's a little more interactive as you have to search in the images making up each letter for what the text is describing. The text is also full of alliteration, making it fun but also a little tricky to read. :)

  2. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - In this lively alphabet rhyme, the letters of the alphabet race up the cocunut tree. Will there be enough room? Oh, no - Chicka Chicka Boom! Boom! A told B, and B told C, I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree. In this lively alphabet rhyme, all the letters of the alphabet race each other up the cocunut tree. Will there be enough room? Oh, no - Chicka Chicka Boom! Boom! The well-known authors of Barn Dance and Knots on a Counting Rope have created a rhythmic alphabet chant that rolls along on waves of fun. Lois Ehlert’s rainbow of bright, bold, cheerful colors makes the merry parade of letters unforgettable.

  3. Twenty-six Pirates - The Book Snob Mom -

    This is a funny and spunky alphabet book, complete with rhymes that aren't always perfect, and cut paper illustrations that are more edgy than sweet. It's a very fun read aloud and elicits plenty of giggles from my two-year-old boy, who loves this one "again" and "again". Look for the funny frogs throughout the book—they have great facial expressions. Note: I don't believe there is any such thing as a "boy book" or "girl book", but this book does have only boy pirates and has what some might characterize as "little boy humor."

  4. 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 book
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A B See book
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Alpha Bugs book
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The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC's (the Hard Way) book
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  1. 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!

  2. A B See - 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

The Dangerous Alphabet book
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Dr. Seuss's ABC book
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  1. 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?

  2. Dr. Seuss's ABC - 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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