ABC Books: Something for Everyone!

I am a huge fan of ABC books. They are just so darn creative
and entertaining. And they are not just for little ones. Some
of the best ones give you ideas and make you think. I have a bunch of them for
you to check out, some for this week and some for next. Although most are new
to me, I couldn’t resist pulling some of my favorites from other years’
ABC post. Enjoy!

 

 Shout! Shout it Out! by Denise Fleming

This isn’t just an ABC book but it’s so wonderful,
I had to include it. On each page, children shout out their numbers, letter,
colors, animals and vehicles. If you enjoy good loud fun, you will love this
perfect read-aloud book. The illustrations shout too!

 

 Irish Alphabet by Rickey E. Pittman, illustrated
by Connie McLennon

This book explores Irish culture,
religion, folklore, and history. Not a simple ABC book but one that takes a
thoughtful look at Ireland.

 

 The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet Book by
Lisa Campbell Ernst

I love clever books and this is a very clever
book. Each letter becomes three different objects as the book is turned
different directions. A becomes a bird’s beak, K is a picnic table, Q is a
magnifying glass. Try as I might, I couldn’t see most of the images until I
read the caption. And then… obvious!

 

Alphab’art Find the Letters Hidden in the Paintings by
Anne Guéry and Oliver Dussutour (sorry, no link)

There are 26 famous paintings and each has a letter hidden
in it. Some of the letters are easy to find but some are definitely not easy.
Fortunately, the answers are at the back.

 

 3-D ABC: A Sculptural
Alphabet
 
by Bob Raczka

Although all the pages in
this book are terrific, my favorite is the cover—I love this sculpture in
Minneapolis and try to go see it whenever I’m in the city. Each letter of the
alphabet is illustrated by a piece of sculpture: D is for Dance, F is for
Family (my second favorite), R is for Riders…

 

 The Monster Alphabet by Michael P. Spradlin, illustrated by Jeff
Weigel

Abominable Snowman, Cyclops,
Hydra, Ogre, Urayuli, Zombie… There are 26 monsters with a description of each.
The illustrations are more funny that frightening. This might be a good book for finding an interesting costume for Halloween!

 

 Paisley Pig and Friends: A Multicultural ABC by
Willow Bascom

This is a very cool book. I often have to take it off my shelf to look through it. Besides being beautiful, it’s
perfect for guessing what’s in the illustration to represent the letter.
Fortunately, the author includes a list at the end of the book. Tricky!

 

 E-mergency by Tom Lichtenheld and Ezra Fields-Meyer

Clever, clever book! Life is
good in the house of letters until Letter E gets sick and is bedridden. Letter
O steps in to take E’s place but everything gets quite confusing. The
illustrations are hilarious.

 

Happy ABC reading!

Gail

 

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