The alphabet is, obviously, the foundation of literacy. There are a LOT of alphabet books out there for kids, with all kinds of themes and illustrations. These are some of the favourites in our household. Pearl knows her ABCs now and is beginning to recognize a few simple words. Rose remains largely illiterate.
This alphabet book was one we got from The Imagination Library, which delivers a new, age-appropriate book to our mailbox each month. (Thanks Dolly Parton!) It follows a group of kids around the playground, from A is for arm-linkers to Z is for Zzz snoozers. In my opinion, the best part of the book is the map featured at both the beginning and the end, pictured above. It traces the route the kids take through the playground, in alphabetical order. Pearl loves tracing her finger along it and reciting the letters. This was something that really helped her cement the letters and their order when she was first learning the alphabet.
We have a handful of picture books by Shirley Hughes, including several in the Alfie series. Rose in particular loves them (possibly because Alfie’s little sister is named Annie Rose!) Pearl likes looking through Alfie’s Alphabet and recognizing the scenes from other books we have. I find something very soothing about reading Shirley Hughes and the soft, detailed pictures.
There are a lot of alphabet books for kids out there and a lot of them are nature-based. What I like about this one is that it shows the natural world that surrounds my children. The illustrations are beautiful and it’s also fun because it uses some words that aren’t quite so common. For example, X isn’t for xylophone (as it is in every single other one of these books!) but for xiphister, a prickleback fish.
I picked this book out as a Christmas present for Rose because I love the illustrations. Each page is filled with quirky pictures depicting various items beginning with that letter. There is also a pull-out picture for each letter so the book is very tactile for the littlest learners.
Do you have a favourite alphabet book? Any childhood memories of learning your ABCs?