There are several wonderful alphabet books that have been published over the years to help children learn the 26 letters of the English alphabet. Here are some of our favourites that are absolutely distinctive and off-beat.
Go ahead and grab these books to make learning ABC a lot more fun.
Alphabetics by Suse MacDonald
In this wonderfully creative book, letters are pulled, curled, twisted and turned till they become a part of an illustration they represent. ‘A’ becomes an ark, ‘d’ becomes a dragon and ‘g’ becomes a giraffe. A visually appealing book that is sure to be read time and again. Read this book and rest assured you will never see alphabets the same way again. Alphabetics is Suse MacDonald’s first book and it won her the Caledecott Honor.
Harold’s ABC by Crockett Johnson
A unique and original ABC book where Harold picks up his purple crayon and draws himself adventures through the alphabets. The story unravels as Harold creatively draws over each letter he encounters with the narrative brilliantly connecting each alphabet in sequence. This book is not only a great read but can also encourage creativity to inquisitive minds while teaching basics of the alphabet to little children.
Alphabets are Amazing Animals by Anushka Ravishankar and Christiane Pieper
A clever and quirky book in which each page tells you a silly story. Careless Crocodiles Catch Cold, Fat Fish Frighten Funny Frogs and Huge Hippos Have Happy Holidays. The best features about this book are the amusing alliterations, and the catchy rhythm that each line creates. The playful illustrations match the text perfectly, making it a delightful book to read.
The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman and Gris Grimly
Two children sneak out of their house with a treasure map in their hand into a world beneath the city where eerie, unfathomable, mysterious things lurk. Neil Gaiman and Gris Grimly have combined their expertise in this genre and have unleashed the most grisly, spine-chilling alphabetic adventure. Definitely not a typical alphabet book.
Picture A Letter by Brad Sneed
Feast your eyes on this exquisite wordless picture book that skillfully hides and reveals illustrations. A quick glimpse of the page ‘F’ for instance, immediately reveals a fisherman and a fish, take a closer look and you will see a Ferris wheel, firewood, frog, fawn, fly, flashlight, feather, etc. This exceptional work of art will be enjoyed at different levels by all age groups. A must-have for every picture book collector. And a must-read for adults!
Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet by David McLimans
David McLiman’s big and bold illustrations transform each letter into a work of art, graphically rendered with endangered animal characteristics. Spots, beaks, horns, wings, etc transform the alphabet into animals. The Moth for example spreads out its patterned wings to cleverly create the letter ‘M’. McLimans includes details of the endangered animals in a small red box at the bottom of each page and also provides information at the end of the book on how to protect and save them from extinction. Gone Wild is a Caldecott Honor Book.