The alphabet. The basis for all we write and read. Let’s celebrate our letters! We can do it with rhyme, with nonsense, in quiet or noisy ways. Our letters tell many stories. Some wonderful books to celebrate the A, B, Cs!
Achoo! Bang! Crash! The Noisy Alphabet by Ross MacDonald
Noisy letters. Yippee! Wahoo! Ding Dang, Eeek, Fwip, Grunt, Honk Honk and on it goes. This book delivers our 26 letters marching across the pages with much exuberance and the aid of a vintage printing press. Noisy! But gorgeous!
LMNO peas created by Keith Baker
These little green peas inspire many different ideas for occupations. Painters. poets. plumbers, pilots, parachutists? That covers the “P”s! Want to guess the “S” occupations? Come on! This is a great way to share this book as a read aloud!
Dr. Seuss’s ABC
Nobody does nonsense better than Dr. Seuss! He is the King of Silly 🙂 My class loved this book and begged me to read certain pages over and over so we could try to recite particular pages together as a class. A taste. Big M little m: Many mumbling mice are making midnight music in the moonlight . . . mighty nice
Alphabetter written by Dan Bar-el and illustrated by Graham Ross.
Alberto had an alligator, but he didn’t have a bathing suit.
Benoit had a bathing suit, but he didn’t have a clarinet.
Second, search each page (sometimes you need to search and search and search) for a hidden letter. (a on A page, b on B page, etc)
My Little Sister Hugged an Ape written by Bill Grossman and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.
This alphabet book has much more text than others and carries us along in delightful rhymes. The little sister, on a hugging spree, hugs animals from A to Z. Fun!! And then some more! A sample:
She gave an OCTOPUS a hug. Those eight long arms felt nice and snug,
Gripping my sister in eight different spots. And tangling themselves into eight different knots.
The Dangerous Alphabet written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Gris Grimly
Follow not just letters through the pages. This is is a superbly edgy journey through the land of adventure. Pirates. Monsters. Bats. Creepy tunnels by boat. Eyes are watching you. Will you make it to safety? Follow two children and their pet gazelle through a world beneath the city. Beautifully creepy.
H is for “Help me!” – a cry, and a warning . . .
Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
This book could be a very simple, run of the mill ABC book. B is for Ball, C is for Cat, etc. But. . . a very impatient moose cannot wait for his turn and M is very far away when we begin with A! Full of moose mishaps, much humour and a lovely act of kindness. This is easily one of the most shared book during buddy reading time in my room.
Bruno Munari’s ABC
First published in 1960, travel through interesting pairings and graphically interesting pages.
A piano, a Package, Peanuts, a Pear a Pea Pod for a . . . (turn the page) a Quail.
Each page flows and connects in the most interesting of ways
Flora McDonnell’s ABC
A study in letters, opposites and clever pairings. Each page has 2 objects beginning with a specific letter. Some of my favourites? The large giant with a tiny red glove perched on his thumb, a regal tiger with a teapot balanced on his head and a rhinoceros sniffing at a radish. Bright, bold and beautiful.
Caveman a B.C. Story by Janee Trasler
A hilarious tale told one word at a time in ABC order. Much humour and much to infer.
These books are not just for our children learning their letters. Read them right into the intermediate grades. They let us guess, wonder and delight in the magic of language – from one letter to long strands of text! Enjoy!