Parents | Raising readers & learners.

Home of Parent & Child Magazine

All About the Alphabet

Uncover the world of words with these spectacular ABC books.
Cover image for Alphabet Mystery
Alphabet Mystery
by Audrey Wood Illustrated by Bruce Wood

Bestselling writer Audrey Wood and artist son Bruce present a second alphabet book with a twist: a fun mystery that will let young readers learn their lower case letters without having to study!

Read More
Cover image for Animalia
by Graeme Base
Animalia is a book like no other. Abounding with fanciful, gorgeously detailed art, it is an alphabet book, a guessing game, and a virtual feast for the eyes. Each page features one letter and images related to that letter — as well as a hidden picture of Graeme Base as a child!
Read More
Cover image for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
by John Archambault , Bill Martin Jr. Illustrated by Lois Ehlert

"A told B, and B told C, I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree."

In this lively alphabet rhyme, all the letters of the alphabet race each other up the coconut tree. Will there be enough room? Oh, no; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

Read More

Paperback Book: $6.39

Buy Now
Cover image for Dr. Seuss's ABC
Dr. Seuss's ABC
by Dr. Seuss Illustrated by Dr. Seuss

With some of Dr. Seuss's offbeat rhymes and characters, the alphabet is the subject of this book, from Aunt Annie's alligator to the Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz.

Read More
Cover image for Farm Alphabet Book
Farm Alphabet Book
by Jane Miller

Rustic barns and shingled roofs make up the landscape of this delightful picture book. Young readers follow color photos and easy-to-read text through every letter in the alphabet and nearly every aspect of farm life.

Read More

Paperback Book: $3.19

Buy Now
Cover image for I Spy Little Letters
I Spy Little Letters
Series: I SPY Classics
by Jean Marzollo Illustrated by Walter Wick
See the picture? Now read the clue. Then start looking for everything! A is for apple and airplane and ant. But where are they? Are those balloons on the letter B? See the snow-white ice on the cold letter C? Alright, the D is dotty, the E is a soft pink eraser, the F is on fire, and the G is glittery.
Read More

Board Book: $6.29

Buy Now

Paperback Book: $3.19

Buy Now
Cover image for Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
by Joseph Slate Illustrated by Ashley Wolff

It's the first day of kindergarten and Miss Bindergarten is hard at work getting the classroom ready for her twenty-six new students. Meanwhile, Adam Krupp wakes up, Brenda Heath brushes her teeth, and Christopher Beaker finds his sneaker.

Read More
Cover image for Now I Eat My ABC's
Now I Eat My ABC's
by Pam Abrams Illustrated by Bruce Wolf
From blueberries to grapes, noodles to watermelon, this book is stuffed with fun, kid-friendly foods. On each full-color spread are photos of foods that begin with and form letters: a B is made out of blueberries, an O is made out of an orange, a Z is made out of zucchini sticks, and more!
Read More

Board Book: $6.39

Buy Now
Cover image for Rin, Rin, Rin / Do, Re, Mi
Rin, Rin, Rin / Do, Re, Mi
by José-Luis Orozco Illustrated by David Diaz
Written in both Spanish and English, a young child asks his parents to "sing to me, say letters to me, rhyme with me, count with me, read with me."

Like Read to Your Bunny, Rin, Rin, Rin/Do, Re, Mi is a book that has two purposes, as a fun picture book and as advice for parents who want to give thei
Read More

Paperback Book: $3.19

Buy Now
Cover image for Ellsworth's Extraordinary Electric Ears
Ellsworth's Extraordinary Electric Ears
by Valorie Fisher
Quirky scenes of ducks driving pink dump trucks, mistake-prone mechanical moustache machines, and zippy zigzagged zebras are presented using alliterative anecdotes and photographs of miniature objects.
Read More
Cover image for ABC
by Alison Jay Illustrated by Alison Jay
B is for boy . . . but in Alison Jay's ABC, B also stands for basket, beehive, and butterfly! Simple in format, with a letter and word on every page and bright paintings of everyday items, "ABC" is perfect for toddlers.
Read More
Cover image for A Is for Salad
A Is for Salad
by Mike Lester
Read More
Cover image for Into the A, B, Sea
Into the A, B, Sea
by Deborah Lee Rose Illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Swim the ocean waves with me and dive into the A, B, Sea … where a wondrous array of creatures swim, crawl, cling, sting, prance, prey, dive, and thrive.

Read More
Cover image for K Is for Kissing a Cool Kangaroo
K Is for Kissing a Cool Kangaroo
by Giles Andreae Illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
K is for kissing a cool kangaroo, L is for loving, like Daddy loves you, M is for mischievous monkey and mat, N is for naughty and "No, don't do that!"

This picture book puts a new twist on the alphabet with Andreae's fun-filled descriptions for each letter and Parker-Rees's clever illustrations.
Read More
Cover image for Max’s ABC
Max’s ABC
by Rosemary Wells

Everybody's favorite bunnies Max and Ruby are back, starring in their very own ABC concept book. Max's ants have escaped from their farm, and now they're searching for food. The ants start with Max's sandwich, and soon they're everywhere! Fortunately, Ruby comes to the rescue.

Read More
Cover image for Alphabet City
Alphabet City
by Stephen T. Johnson

In this wordless book, through realistic pastels and watercolors, Johnson proposes a new look at the urban landscape, pointing out how letters appear in a variety of places, from interstates to a simple sawhorse at a construction site.

A 1996 Caldecott honor Book

Read More
Cover image for Miss Spider's ABC
Miss Spider's ABC
Series: Miss Spider
by David Kirk Illustrated by David Kirk
She gave a tea party. She got married. Then she bought a new car. Now Miss Spider prepares for her birthday party in a story that takes readers through each letter of the alphabet. Featuring his trademark brilliantly colored illustrations, David Kirk takes fans on a new round of Miss Spider magic!
Read More
Cover image for Museum ABC
Museum ABC
by Metropolitan Museum of Art
"Museum ABC" is a unique and colorful picture book that uses the alphabet to introduce children to more than 100 works of art. A full spread is devoted to each letter of the alphabet and four pictures of the object represented. Full color.
Read More
Cover image for Ashanti to Zulu
Ashanti to Zulu
by Margaret Musgrove Illustrated by Diane Dillon , Leo Dillon

Artists Leo and Diane Dillon won their second consecutive Caldecott Medal for this stunning ABC of African culture. This Caldecott Medal-winning book gives fascinating facts about African tribes and customs. The different tribes are listed in alphabetical order, and the illustrations are rich and beautiful.

Read More
Cover image for Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack
Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack
by Doreen Cronin Illustrated by Betsy Lewin

Animals awake beneath blue blankets


Read More
Cover image for Shiver Me Letters
Shiver Me Letters
by June Sobel Illustrated by Henry Cole

The captain of this brave and bumbling pirate crew has ordered them to capture the entire alphabet, and they'll walk the plank if they're missing a single letter!

Read More
Cover image for Superhero ABC
Superhero ABC
by Bob McLeod Illustrated by Bob McLeod
Humorously named superheroes, such as Goo Girl and The Volcano, represent the letters of the alphabet from A to Z.
Read More
Cover image for The Dog from Arf! Arf! to Zzzzzz
The Dog from Arf! Arf! to Zzzzzz
by The Dog Artlist Collection



Read More
Cover image for The Jazzy Alphabet
The Jazzy Alphabet
by Sherry Shahan Illustrated by Mary Thelen

The ABC's explode in a creative flurry of color and cadence in this stimulating mix of contemporary abstract images and playful jazz lingo. This hoppin', swingin' romp through the ABCs can keep kids toes tapping from alley cat to zoot suit.

Read More

Find Just-Right Books