Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A is for Alphabet, B is for Books :: 18 ABC Books for Preschoolers

September approaches rather quickly, and with that comes thoughts of school and preparing for lessons. Dom will not be 3 until December, but I am planning on this being our first year of rather informal homeschooling. I'm excited to dip our toes in the learning pool while not yet having to follow the state's requirements. I hope to teach Dom how to write his name and attempt other pre-reading schooling. With that in mind, we've been concentrating a lot this summer on reading ABC books. I've compiled a list of some of our favorites that cover a variety of themes. Enjoy!


Peanut Butter And Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book by Brian P. Cleary and illustrated by Betsy E. Snyder
We especially loved the art in this one as each page had many, many hidden items beginning with the featured letter. Verbs and adjectives get a little workout in this book rather than the usual nouns.

Paul Thurlby's Alphabet by Paul Thurlby (of course!)
Simple, but a great collection of designs. So lovely that I think I'd almost want to own a copy to hang as wall decorations!

Curious George Learns the Alphabet by H.A. Rey
A classic character takes on the alphabet; appreciated the fact that both upper and lowercase letters made their appearance in this one.

Who Put the B in the Ballyhoo? by Carlyn Beccia
Alongside beautifully illustrated vintage looking posters are facts about the traveling circus in the 1800s and early 1900s. To be noted: a few of the characters are a little scary/dark for younger listeners.

Look Behind!: Tales of Animal Ends by Lola M. Schaefer and Heather Lynn Miller; illustrated by Jane Manning
Who doesn't love a good book about bums? This is actually the 3rd tale we've discovered on that theme. This one is quite the collection of facts particularly around the behinds of 26 different animals.

Lights on Broadway: A Theatrical Tour from A to Z by Harriet Ziefert and illustrated by Elliot Kreloff
Another fact themed one for all those theatrical loving folks. We have a special place in our hearts for the stage, being related to an actress, and this was one that had to be added to our reading list. Quotes from famous performers surround words from marquee to understudy.

An Edward Lear Alphabet illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky
Little poems of complete nonsense accompany each letter teaching important rhyming schemes. So silly and sure to become memorized quickly. This book helped Dom immensely in learning to rhyme.

Alpha Bravo Charlie: The Military Alphabet by Chris L. Demerest
The ABCs of the military - this book not only teaches the ICA words and flags, but also introduces children to many military terms.

The Sailor's Alphabet illustrated by Michael McCurdy
This book pairs a traditional chanty, which offers bits of nautical history, alongside beautiful woodcut style art.

Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert
This is one of my favorite real food books, which includes Indian corn rather than the ever popular ice cream. Fun art teaches a variety of new foods, and we were able to talk about what times of year certain produce was available, where foods came from, and more all from this simple book.

E Is For Empire: A New York Alphabet by Ann E. Burg and Maureen K. Brookfield
It's never to late to begin to learn one's State history. We're NYers, so this obviously applied to us, but you can also find several other states by the same publisher.

ABC UK by James Dunn and illustrated by Helen Bate
A fun approach to learning a little about the Brits from H is for Holmes to V is for Vindaloo, well known as well as new facts are included.

B Is for Big Ben: An England Alphabet by Pamela Duncan Edwards and illustrated by Melanie Rose
Another British one. This one, however, has a little more wordiness included in the facts on each page. It still can be read the "abridged" way for young readers but also offers a bit more for older ones.

M Is for Music by Kathleen Krull and Stacy Innerst
Tunes. Instruments. Terms. Composers. They're all included, and the art is fabulous. A little classic- Mozart with the new(er)- Elvis.

Tickets to Ride: An Alphabetic Amusement by Mark Rogalski
An amusement park tale with a letter representing a different attraction or ride. A poem is presented on a ticket to accompany each one. Fascinating art to spark imaginations of all ages.

A Was an Apple Pie by Etienne Delessert
Each letter describes a verb happening to the one noun (the apple pie) - a rarity in children's ABC stories. From jumped for it to peeked in it, this book goes past any boring happenings and makes sure the pie has an eventful "life."

A Isn't for Fox: An Isn't Alphabet by Wendy Ulmer and illustrated by Laura Knorr
Hooray for an 'isn't' tale! After reading so many 'is' books, it was fun to find the opposite. Each page has a short rhyme describing what the letter is not for as well as one thing that it does represent. As a said, a nice reprieve.

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
Tour a variety of jobs + hobbies from A to Z with your guides, peas! A fun variation featuring everything from acrobat peas to yogis.

For some awesome activities collected over at No Time for Flashcards, I suggest checking out 25 Alphabet Activities, with ideas perfect for preschool and kindergarten. Make use of what you have around your home, and help your kids learn by touching and creating!

Also check out this pin from my Activities + Learning Pinterest board for a link to ABC animal coloring pages.
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  1. Loooove this. Just ordered from the library every one of these they've got. Can't wait to see which ones are B's favorites. I'm also going to start doing some "school" with my little bear this year. I'm pretty excited...and very unorganized :)

    1. Hope you guys thoroughly enjoy them! Dom's favorites were definitely 'Peanut Butter + Jellyfishes' and 'An Edward Lear Alphabet.' I'd love to hear your little guy's favorites.

  2. Think I'm going to get the Paul Thurlby one! Thanks!

    1. I want a copy solely for the purpose of taking it apart and framing the letters. They're so fun!


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