50 Fantastic Alphabet Books For Kids

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We are very fond of alphabet books not just for their educational value but for their entertainment too. Below you won’t find every alphabet book we’ve ever reviewed just our top 50. A great alphabet book for kids needs to be more than a bunch of flash cards bound together and these books all succeed in being great books that happen to also be alphabet books. They will keep kinds engaged , having fun with letters and making solid connections.  There are so many different themes that no matter your child’s interests there should be something here to suit them. Want to read our reviews of each book? This list is duplicated with full reviews and photos  here  Alphabet Book Reviews .

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  1. Z Goes Home by Jon Agee
  2. ABCDinosaurs ny American Museum of Natural History
  3. A Gardener’s Alphabetby Mary Azarian
  4. Alphabetter by Dan Bar-el
  5. Animalia by Graham Base
  6. ABC of Canada by Kim Bellefontaine
  7. Alligator Alphabet by Stella Blackstone
  8. Dogabet by Dianna Bonder
  9. Sleepy ABC by Margaret Wise Brown
  10. Quilt Alphabet by Lesa Cline- Ransome
  11. D is for Dancing Dragon: A China Alphabet by Carol Crane
  12. Learn the Alphabet with NorthWest Coast Native Art by Ryan Cranmer (and others)
  13. A Was an Apple Pie by Eitienne Deslessert
  14. Firefighters A to Z by Chris L. Demarest
  15. The Cowboy ABC by Chris L. Demarest
  16. Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert
  17. Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming
  18. Astonishing Animal ABC by Charles Fuge
  19. The ABC Bunny by Wanda Gag
  20. Alphabet Soup by Scott Gustafson
  21. O Is for Orca: An Alphabet Book by Andrea Helman
  22. T is for Touchdown: A Football Alphabet by Brad Herzog
  23. ABC USA by Martin Jarrie
  24. Alphabet City by Stephen Johnson
  25. What Pete Ate from A to Z by Marie Kalman
  26. “A” Was Once An Apple Pie by Edward Lear and Suse MacDonald
  27. The Alphabet Tree by Leo Lionni
  28. Chicka Chicka ABC  by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault
  29. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Anniversary Edition by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
  30. The Alphabet from A to Y With Bonus Letter Z! by Steve Martin
  31. Baby’s Alphabet by Jean Marzollo
  32. All Aboard!: A Traveling Alphabet by Bill Mayer
  33. Flora McDonnell’s ABC by Flora McDonnell
  34. Bruno Munari’s ABC by Bruno Munari
  35. Museum ABC by the Metropolitan Museum Of Art
  36. Alphabeep!: A Zipping, Zooming ABC by Debora Pearson
  37. The Graphic Alphabet by David Pelletier
  38. The Human Alphabet by Pilobolus
  39. The Ocean Alphabet Book   by Jerry Pallotta
  40. Al Pha’s Bet by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  41. D Is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet  by Nancy I. Sanders
  42. Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur
  43. A is for America by Devin Scillian
  44. A Is for Zebra by Mark Shulman
  45. The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town by Judy Sierra
  46. Patty’s Pumpkin Patch  by Teri Sloat
  47. A Is for Astronaut: Exploring Space from A to Z by Traci N. Todd
  48. M Is For Maple: A Canadian Alphabet  by Mike Ulmer.
  49. ABeCedarios: Mexican Folk Art ABCs in English and Spanish by Cynthia Weill
  50. Alphabestiary: Animal Poems from A to Z by Jane Yolen

Do you have a favorite?

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Comments

  1. says

    Thank you so much for these lists. They’re great! We’re in the process of putting our own alphabet book together so there will be plenty of food for thought here. Thanks again:)

  2. Marie says

    We like ‘Alphabet Adventure’ and the following books, ‘Alphabet Rescue’ and ‘Alphabet Mystery’ by Audrey Wood and Bruce Wood around here. The little letters work as a team to solve problems with tools that begin with their letter. They are fun stories and the pictures are delightful.

    ‘A You’re Adorable’ is an illustrated version (by Martha Alexander) of the old Buddy Kaye song that we love to read and sing together.

    Finally, and I believe this is on your list – ‘A Was Once an Apple Pie’.

    We have been reading all of these for years and no one seems to be growing tired of them, even those of us who have mastered the alphabet and reading. (And this comes from a Mom and Dad who have been known to ‘hide’ books so the kids can’t find them because WE are sick of reading them over and over and over…

    Thanks again for these lists!

  3. says

    We love The Sleepy Little Alphabet. I actually bought a copy to use for the book exchange we’re doing for my daughter’s birthday.

  4. says

    I’m pinning this- such a great list. We also love …

    Arf! Beg! Catch!: Dogs from A to Z
    Henry Horenstein

    Alphabatics by Susse MacDonald

    and Dr. Suess’s ABC book is one of little man’s favorites!

    On your list- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom has always been a favorite of mine! :)

  5. says

    You missed my favorite — Q is for Duck! It was my favorite as a first grader, and I still love reading it to kids and having them guess the riddles. (Q is for duck because a duck quacks!)

  6. Anne says

    For Kindergarten on up, “Q is for Duck” byMary Elting & Michael Folsom and “Tomorrow’s Alphabet” by George Shannon are two alphabet books that will make them think. I use them with 1st and 2nd grader students. After reading them, they want to make their own books.

  7. Librarymama says

    You must must check out “Super Hero ABC” by Bob McCleod. Have yet to meet a kid (even up to 3rd grade) who didn’t love it.

  8. says

    The alphabet book on my current wishlist is If Rocks Could Sing by Leslie McGuirk. The author has found rocks in the shapes of the alphabet letters as well as items representing those letters. A fabulous book to pore over with a couple of kids.

  9. Signe says

    In addition to some of the books on your list (11,12,16), our current fave is ABC is for Circus by Patrick Hruby

  10. says

    ‘The Rock & Roll Alphabet’ is one of our new family favorites. I read about it in the February issue of ‘Parenting’ and we absolutely love it! Such a fun way to teach the ABC’s of Rock and Roll.

    • admin says

      Thanks Kristina – I love alphabet books and think they are such useful tools for teaching letters, especially when they are well written.

  11. Pam in Missouri says

    We’ve been enjoying Steve Martin’s “The alphabet from A to Y with bonus letter, Z!” The drawings are totally silly. Very fun!

  12. says

    As a kindergarten teacher, one of my very favorites is Stephanie Calmenson’s “It Begins With an A”. You have to get the cassette/CD with it, though because the song makes it magical. :) It’s an oldie, but a goodie. We read/listen to this book on tape daily at the beginning of the year. My kids love it.

    Great list. I found some I didn’t know about. Thanks!

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