Getting to Know Your Alphabet Books

Alphabet books aren’t just for babies! They entertain both young and old, going well beyond basic letter and sound recognition. They can often have longer descriptions and detailed information about the topic referenced by each letter. These books are a fun way to explore puzzles, art, facts, alliteration, rhyme, humor, fantasy, etc. You can use the alphabet-style book for almost any subject!

Below are some of our favorite alphabet books that spark the imagination, get everyone thinking, and can act as a fabulous springboard to further learning about letters, sounds and words!

Sharkabet: Troll, Ray, History, American Museum of Natural: 9781558685192: Books
In this thrilling, chilling alphabet book for kids, sharks, both living and extinct, lurk throughout its pages. The colorful, eye-popping images are accompanied by catchy factoids, making this book a swimmingly good read.

P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever: Haldar, Raj, Carpenter,  Chris, Beddia, Maria: 0760789274367: Books
This whimsical, funky book turns the traditional idea of an alphabet book on its head, poking fun at the most mischievous words in the English language and demonstrating how to pronounce them. Fun and informative for word nerds of all ages! A is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z:  9780525645405: Allman, John Robert, Emmerich, Peter: Books
Broadway fans and theater lovers everywhere will give a standing ovation to this one-of-a-kind tribute full of toe-tapping rhymes, with illustrations as bright and beautiful as the shining lights on any marquee. Start with “A” for six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, then sing and dance your way through the alphabet with beloved entertainers like Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, and Liza Minnelli! Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters:  0884784272804: Jeffers, Oliver, Jeffers, Oliver: Books
 A creative work from A through Z. Slyly funny in a way kids can’t resist, and gorgeously illustrated in a way readers of all ages will pour over, this series of interconnected stories and characters explores the alphabet in a way that will forever raise the bar.

S Is for S'mores: A Camping Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press Sports &  Hobbies): James, Helen Foster, Judge, Lita: 9781585363025: Books
This book takes readers on an A-Z trail exploring the outdoor pastime of camping.  From what to pack, where to go, and what to do when you get there, this unique camping alphabet is sure to help campers of all ages make the most of their wilderness adventures.

Alphabreaths: The ABCs of Mindful Breathing: Willard PsyD, Christopher,  Rechtschaffen MA, Daniel, Clifton-Brown, Holly: 9781683641971:  Books
Each letter of the alphabet teaches a simple mindfulness or compassion-based practice. Kids will spread their arms like beautiful butterfly wings, imagine blowing out candles on a birthday cake, and be as still and silent as a ninja.