The ABCs of a New School Year

By Jeremy Brunaccioni on September 13, 2011
  • Grades: PreK–K

Hi folks! I hope everyone had a super summer and is ready to dive into the new school year with some great picture books. Since so many of us are starting the year teaching the alphabet, I thought I'd round up some of the new ABC books for you. I've used the following titles in my class, much to the delight of the children.


If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet

By Leslie McGuirk

Tricycle Press

I'm not sure how long it took Leslie to find all these letter-shaped rocks in Florida, but it was worth the wait. She's used them to create one unique alphabet book.


Apple_pieabcApple Pie ABC

By Alison Murray

Orchard Books

This is one heck of an endearing book, featuring a hungry dog and a delicious pie. With words including "ogle" and "pine," it's a great title to enrich vocabulary.


AlphasbetAl Pha's Bet

By Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Putnam Juvenile

This is a tongue-in-cheek title that teachers and students will get a kick out of. Al Pha bets he can put the newly invented alphabet in order. Al makes this trip more than worthwhile and Amy Rosenthal's quirky illustrations only add to the fun.


Classroom Tips

* Set up a book display of alphabet books in your classroom. Make use of your school's library and the public library to round out the collection.

* Roll out some modeling clay and pass out alphabet cookie cutters. Your kids will have a great time creating their own alphabets.

* Mix up some salt dough so students can create their alphabet rocks, a la "If Rocks Could Sing." Use black and gray paint to make them look more like rocks.

* Go to your local pizza joint and ask for a pizza box and the round cardboard that goes under the pizza. Decorate the cardboard with the alphabet, cut it into slices, pop it in the box and you have a yummy pizza alphabet puzzle.

Well, that's all for now. Feel free to write in and share your favorite alphabet books and tips. I'd love to hear them!


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