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Our Favorite Alphabet Picture Books!



Alphabet books are not just A is for Apple, Bis for Ball! There are very many books who teach the alphabet in a fun and interactive way! Today I list some of our very favorite books that teach the Alphabet!

Alphabets are Amazing Animals by the very talented author Anushka Ravishankar is a quirky but fun alphabet book. With verses for each letter, Anushka explores the alphabets with your beginning reader! This book from one of our favorite publishers, Tara books is perfect for the older preschoolers, and a fun addition to your library!

Baby Buffaloes Blow Big Blue Bubbles, Careless Crocodiles Catch Cold and Plump Penguins Play Ping-Pong. Combining alliteration, rhyme and images in unexpected and thrilling ways, Alphabets Are Amazing Animals is specially designed for children who have just begun to read and recognise words. With repetitive sounds that help children hone their phonetic abilities, and new words mixing with old ones, to help build a child’s vocabulary, these jolly scenes of animals engaging in hilarious situations, brought to life by joyful art, will delight young children.

Who doesn’t know Dr. Suess! This Alphabet book from Dr. Suess just like all of his other books is fun. With some non-sensical phrases this is fun for the preschooler who understands and enjoys some laughs! Aarya did not understand any of it when he was 2 or even 3. But now is slowly warming up to it. Now is the time, where he understands humor too!

BIG R, little r,
what begins with R?
Rosy’s red rhinoceros.

Alphabet Dress up has been a clear favorite from the time this book entered our home! I have read this so many times, that I confess I have hidden it a couple of times so that I don’t have to read it again. It also comes with a set of Alphabet dress up flash cards, which are fun to explore the Alphabets and play some games too!

I love this book because it promotes imagination, independent play and dressing -up! There is also a fun I-Spy element added in, which makes this book a winner in my son’s eyes, because he loves finding the letters that hidden cleverly in the beautiful illustrations! This is one book you should definitely own!

Hey, That’s an A! by Jerry Pinto is another Alphabet book that we have enjoyed. This book from our favorite publisher Tulika Books is also loved in our home!

With silly verse filled with fun puns and just enough tongue-in-cheek to keep readers of all ages tickled, this is a zany, never-before introduction to the English alphabet. Exuberant visuals play with letter shapes while a colourful cast dances, bounces and leaps across the pages.

ABC3D by Marion Batallie published by Tara Books is a spectacular 3D Pop- up book! It is clever, interactive and interesting, all at the same time. It is Winner of the 2010 Meggendorfer Prize, watch this short video, to get a feel of the book! One to have on your coffee table!

Isn’t it amazing? We loved this one!

A was an Apple Pie by Edward Lear is one of Aarya’s favorite sing-along Alphabet book. PreS-K. Caldecott Honor artist MacDonald has adapted and illustrated Edward Lear’s beloved 1871 nonsensical alphabet. It is fun, sing-song and nonsensical! There are differences from the original 1971 classic, but I personally love this version!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. is a classic Alphabet book that I think everyone should own.  It teaches the alphabet, their sequence in a fun and engaging way! There is a video on youtube for parents to use it with the book and it is amazing how easily kids pick up anything when you make it fun! Aarya started singing ‘A told B, B told C, I will meet you at the top of the coconut tree’ way ahead of saying A B Cs. At nearly 5, Aarya still loves this book and enjoys watching the video!

What Pete Ate from A to Z is a multi – award winner and is a must have for any dog-lover! Is there anything Pete won’t eat? Poppy’s charming yellow dog starts off by eating Rocky’s accordion. All of it. He snacks on a bouncing ball that belongs to Uncle Bennie’s dog Buster, and so on! This fun book which is for the slightly older crowd, explores the Alphabet in a fun way! There are many new words that are explored. A good addition to the little one’s library!

Which kid doesn’t like trucks, but Garbage Trucks, not so much! But I Stink! follows the whole day of a Garbage Truck telling you exactly what it does. It also discusses the type of trash we generate…and why is this an alphabet book? Well because it tells you what Garbage it carries from A to Z. Sounds yucky? yes it does but it is a great book to introduce kids to Trash, Recycling and what really happens to the stuff we throw in the dust-bins!

 “What’s that? You think I stink? WHOOOOO-WHEE! Do I ever! No skunk ever stunk this bad! Go, hold your nose, but think about it – Without Me? You’re on Mount Trash-o-rama, baby.

Alphabet Under Construction by Dennis Fleming was one of the first books we ever owned! It is simple, has amazing, bold illustrations and minimal texts. Mouse starts constructing each letter of the alphabet. He dyes the D, erases the E, and folds the F. Mouse works his way right through to Z, constructing an alphabet that surpasses even the wildest artistic imagination. This book is a GREAT book for alphabet activities! Love this book a lot!

Did your favorite Alphabet book make the list? Is there any other book you might want to add? There are a lot of other books we have on our wishlist, share yours as well!alpphavet

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6 thoughts on “Our Favorite Alphabet Picture Books!

  1. This is the best post for alphabet books, Veens! You have many super books here. I love Dr. Seuss, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a wonderful book–it was recommended to my children when they were very young. 🙂

  2. I do love that my Alphabet Dress-Up made it to your list. Thank you and I’ve posted your list on my Facebook Author page.

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