Alphabet books are a fun way to introduce kids to the letters of the alphabet. ABC Books help children recognize letters, learn about letter formation and some even showcase alphabet sounds too.
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There are so many ABC Books at your local bookstore, but some of these books just have a little extra something that make them special. One of the best way’s to teach alphabets to children is by exposing them to the alphabet letter’s as much as we can.
In this post you will find more details about each of these alphabet books and I’ve included my top picks at the top.
Here is a quick list of some of my favorite alphabet books
We do a lot of Alphabet Activities for Kids as it’s a fun educational activity for children. Pairing these alphabet activities with another child favorite, alphabet books for toddlers and preschoolers, makes learning even more fun.
Children are constantly exploring vocabulary and language and reading books help them develop early literacy skills.
Sure, you can open any book and have your child find the letters in the book. But, these children’s alphabet books include fun rhymes, colors, illustrations and catchy tales to make exploring the alphabet letters even more interesting.
Dr. Seuss’s ABC
was written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss.
This alphabet book is a fun trip through the alphabet, using Seuss’ traditional silly rhymes and eccentric illustrations. The tongue-twisting text and peppy rhythm make this a fun one to read aloud. The Dr. Seuss ABC Book is a must-have in your alphabet book collection.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Board Book)
written by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault and illustrated by Lois Ehlert.
This fun rhyming story follows a group of lowercase letters as they race to the top of a coconut tree. Will there be enough room for all of them? This classic story has a pleasant rhyme scheme that kids will want to chant along with, and the illustrations are full of striking colors and simple shapes.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is most definitely one of my favorite ABC books for toddlers and it deserves a spot in every child’s home library.
I like to extend the kids alphabet book with this wonderful Chicka Chicka Boom Boom video I found on YouTube.
A Is for Apple
by Georgie Birkett
This interactive alphabet book provides kids with an opportunity to explore the shapes of the letters through grooved shapes on the sturdy pages. Each page showcases a letter in both upper case and lower case form, and provides examples of words starting with that letter.
Goodnight Moon ABC Board Book
by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd
Take a stroll through the alphabet and the great green room in one of the sweetest alphabet books inspired by the bedtime classic Goodnight Moon. Each letter is represented by an item or phrase from the popular story, and the illustrations are done in the same familiar style.
Eating The Alphabet
by Lois Ehlert
This vibrant book introduces readers to the alphabet through colorful fruits and vegetables starting with each letter. The back of the book includes facts about the foods in the book.
by Keith Baker
Roll through the alphabet with these busy and adorable working peas. Each page showcases the little peas hard at work while they are doing a job that starts with the alphabet letter. It is an adorable book.
This alphabet book printable workbook is a fun hands-on alphabet activity book. It’s a fun way to review alphabet letters and their sounds through the fun and repetitive activities on each page. Children will color in the alphabet letter, trace the letter, find the letter, color the picture that begins with the letter and dot the letter.
DC Super Heroes ABC 123
was written by David Bar Katz.
This book introduces readers to the alphabet through their favorite superheroes. Each letter is represented by a different superhero or item familiar to comic book fans. The brightly colored illustrations are done in a bold comic book style as well.
was written and illustrated by Victoria Kann.
Join Pinkalicious as she takes you through the alphabet, pairing each letter with one of her favorite things. The illustrations are vibrant and fun, using items that kids will recognize and enjoy.
Mrs. Peanuckle’s Fruit Alphabet (Mrs. Peanuckle’s Alphabet) was written by Mrs. Peanuckle and illustrated by Jessie Ford.
This brightly colored board book pairs a different fruit with each letter of the alphabet, and provides an interesting fact or tidbit about each one.
Bear Is Awake: An Alphabet Book
written by Hannah E. Harrison
This adorable spin on classic alphabet books showcases a word that matches each letter but through a hilarious tale of Bear, who suddenly wakes up in the middle of winter and does some exploration.
Building with the Alphabet
Alphabet Under Construction was written and illustrated by Denise Fleming. Join a creative little mouse as he builds the entire alphabet. He creates each letter by using a verb starting with that letter. This simple book provides lots of vocabulary for kids, and may inspire them to create on their own.
The Construction Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta’s Alphabet Books) was written by Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by Rob Bolster. For fans of machines and vehicles, this alphabet book is a must have! Each letter of the alphabet is introduced through a different vehicle starting with that letter. The illustrations are incredibly detailed and the text includes facts about each machine.
B Is for Bulldozer Board Book: A Construction ABC was written by June Sobel and illustrated by Melissa Iwai. This fun rhyming story introduces the reader to the letters of the alphabet through the story of a construction crew working together. The illustrations are bright and full of details, while the text has a pleasant rhyme scheme.
Lower Case Alphabet Letters Books
Alphabet Mystery was written by Audrey Wood and illustrated by Bruce Wood. When little x goes missing, the other lower case letters go on a mission to find him. When they are threatened by upper case letter M, it is up to little x to save the day! This is a fun story for introducing kids to lower case letters.
The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town was written by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Melissa Sweet. This fun bedtime story follows the lower case letters as they try to evade bedtime. Luckily the parents (upper case letters) know how to get them down for bedtime. The fun rhyming text and entertaining illustrations show familiar situations that parents and kids may recognize from their own bedtime battles.
A to Z was written by Sandra Boynton. This board book pairs letters of the alphabet with adorable animals and a corresponding activity that begins with the letter. The illustrations are simple, showcasing Boynton’s sweet and lovable animal characters.
Eric Carle’s ABC (The World of Eric Carle) was written and illustrated by Eric Carle. This colorful book introduces readers to the letters of the alphabet through adorable animal illustrations done in Eric Carle’s signature style. Each letter is shown in upper case and lower case form, along with examples of animals which start with that letter.
A Is for Angry: An Animal and Adjective Alphabet was written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton. This exploration of letters and emotions pairs each letter with an animal and an adjective. Each illustrations shows a large example of the letter being highlighted, as well as some of Boynton’s popular animal characters. As I mentioned above in my favorite picks list, we absolutely love this book.
I Spy Little Letters was written by Jean Marzollo and illustrated by Walter Wick. This board book encourages readers to explore the alphabet through a simple rhyming text and a fun game of I Spy. The illustrations are simple and colorful, decorating each letter of the alphabet with something starting with that letter.
Q Is for Duck: An Alphabet Guessing Game was written by Michael Folsom and Mary Elting and illustrated by June K. Kent. This fun story puts a twist on the alphabet, encouraging the reader to figure out the riddles in the text. The accompanying illustrations are full of funny moments, sure to entertain young readers.
The Z Was Zapped: A Play in Twenty-Six Acts was written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. In this mysterious book, each letter of the alphabet undergoes a transformation of some kind, utilizing words beginning with that letter. The stark illustrations are separated from the text, giving kids a chance to guess what is represented in the picture.
Twisted Alphabet Books
P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever was written by Raj Haldar and Chris Carpenter and illustrated by Maria Tina Beddia. This fun twist on the alphabet book takes a look at some of the oddities in the English language. Kids will appreciate the humor in the story, as well as the recognition that sometimes the English language breaks it’s own rules.
Z Is for Moose was written by Kelly Bingham and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. As a group of animals try to introduce the letters of the alphabet, an energetic Moose is too excited to wait for his letter. When he realizes he doesn’t get to represent the letter M, he wreaks havoc on the show. This book is a hilarious take on the alphabet that will have kids laughing along.
Z Goes First: An Alphabet Story Z-to-A was written by Sean Lamb and illustrated by Mike Perry. What happens when Y and Z decide that they don’t want to be at the end of the alphabet anymore? In this fun twist on the alphabet, Z and Y head to the front and demand to go first. The letters are all given fun personalities, and the text and illustrations are full of funny moments for both kids and parents.
Alphabet Look and Find Books
A B See was written and illustrated by Elizabeth Doyle. This eye catching alphabet book introduces each letter of the alphabet through a detailed illustration of the letter, made up of items beginning with that letter. The simple text accompanying the letter offers clues to some of the items found inside.
Alphabet City was illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson. This wordless picture book shows how letters can be found all around you. The photo-realistic illustrations offer examples of letters found in various places around a city.
ABC: A Child’s First Alphabet Book was written and illustrated by Alison Jay. This intriguing alphabet book utilizes a simple text, introducing the letters of the alphabet with the upper and lower case version, and a simple sentence using a word beginning with that letter. But the illustrations steal the show, highlighting one particular object for that letter, with many more hidden in the images. Older readers will also have fun finding the hints of items from past pages, and items still to come.
Alphabet Books with a Deeper Message
The Alphabet Tree (Dragonfly Books) was written and illustrated by Leo Lionni. This book shares the story of a special tree full of letters. When the letters are at risk of being blown out of the tree by a strong wind, they must learn to work together. The illustrations are detailed and colorful, while the important message of teamwork, and the power of words, shines through.
A is for America was written by Devin Scillian and illustrated by Pam Carroll. This book pairs each letter with an important person, object, or concept related to America. The illustrations are beautiful, and the simple rhyming text is accompanied by a deeper exploration of each concept in the margins.
ABCs of Space (Baby University) was written by Chris Ferrie. This informative book walks readers through the alphabet by introducing them to concepts and topics related to space. Each letter is represented by a concept, which is then explained in a simple sentence for younger readers and then a deeper explanation below for older readers. The illustrations are simple and colorful, and the fonts are bright and striking.
Do you have any other favorite alphabet books for preschoolers or ABC books for toddlers that I didn’t list above? Please share it with us.
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This post was originally published on December 4, 2018. It was updated on January 5, 2022.