One of my kids’ all-time-favourite alphabet books is this gem. Technically, this book is more about the animals in the ocean than the alphabet, even though it does feature the creatures alphabetically — but that is precisely why the kids love it, since they can’t get enough of animals in general!
This is an alphabet book after every typography aficionado’s heart. Like the title suggests, there are 26 central ‘alphabeasties’ featured in the book, beginning with Alligator and ending with Zebra (naturally).
Alligators All Around is one of the quartet of tiny books in Maurice Sendak’s charming Nutshell Library, and probably my favourite of the four — although, that’s not to say that the other three are not equally wonderful.
A Peaceable Kingdom is an unusual alphabet book that features an abecedarius — a poem where every first letter of every line or verse follows the sequence of the alphabet.
Anyone who thinks that they are well past the age for reading alphabet books really ought to check out the new breed of picture books that use the alphabet as a point of departure to convey creative and sophisticated ideas. Leading the pack are Oliver Jeffers’s Once Upon an Alphabet, and this delightful Alphabeast.
The Artful Alphabet is quite possibly the most beautiful example of the done-to-death genre of children’s alphabet books — and the antithesis of the majority of, frankly, lazy, boring and uninspiring alphabet books produced solely to get a slice of the lucrative, evergreen parent-magnet pie.
Instead of simply plonking in generic or recycled photographs/artwork, a lot of thought has been given to every page in this book, which is filled with sumptuous, original illustrations born from the artist’s imagination.
In order to successfully process information, it’s hard to avoid the presence of either numbers or letters. The fact is, even though they are often taught separately, in real life, we need both — often simultaneously.
In 123 versus ABC, letters and numbers are thus cleverly intertwined in an amusing story that will appeal to children who are already fairly familiar with numbers, counting and the alphabet.
For children who are learning or are familiar with the alphabet, these 26 letters will be of very special interest to them: they love reciting and/or singing the alphabet song, and get excited when they spot and recognise individual letters, as if they are old pals. So, is it any wonder that letters have been personified in this book, à la Chicka Chicka Boom Boom?