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Alphabet Library

last modified on 02/25/2008

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As a kindergarten teacher, my method of teaching was based around the alphabet with a letter for each week. For each letter, I tried to find at least 5-10 books that would emphasize something that began with that letter. If I had to just pick one book for each letter, here is my abbreviated, must-have alphabet list.

Total: 25
Status: Public
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Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and Their Monkey Business

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.9

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Classics, Comedy and Humor, Fables, Folk Tales and Myths

Resources: Yes

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C - concepts of math and patterns

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Dinosaur Days

(Harold and the Purple Crayon Books)

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz

Genre: Adventure, Animal Stories, Series, Media Tie-In, Tie-Ins

Resources: Yes

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P - Give your students their own purple crayon and watch their imaginations run wild after this story!

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Elmer

by David McKee, illustrated by David McKee

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.1

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Comedy and Humor

Resources: Yes

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E - great self esteem lesson about being yourself, plus color recognition

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Barbara McClintock

Interest Level: Grades PreK - 3

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.9

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Classics, Fables, Folk Tales and Myths

Resources: Yes

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G - various versions; teaches sequencing

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Growing Vegetable Soup

Interest Level: Grades PreK - 1

Grade Level Equivalent: 1.7

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Classics, Realistic Fiction

Resources: Yes

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V - the minimalist of the early reader book world; great intro to where we get our food and plants

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Harold and the Purple Crayon

by Crockett Johnson, illustrated by Crockett Johnson

Interest Level: Grades K - 3

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.4

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure, Classics

Resources: Yes

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P - Give your students their own purple crayon and watch their imaginations run wild after this story!

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Henny Penny

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.4

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Western

Resources: Yes

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H - great for acting out w/ puppets (oral communication)

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Jamberry

by Bruce Degen, illustrated by Bruce Degen

Interest Level: Grades K - 1

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.5

Includes: Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Poetry and Rhymes

Resources: Yes

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J - fun story about jam, bears, and boys

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Little Blue and Little Yellow

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 1.7

Includes: Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Fiction

Resources: Yes

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B - art lesson and cooperation

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Swimmy

Interest Level: Grades PreK - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Resources: Yes

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F - intro to ocean life & same as letter E lesson, also a great self esteem lesson about being yourself, plus color recognition

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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

by William Steig, illustrated by William Steig, translation by Teresa Mlawer

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.8

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Fable, Classics, Comedy and Humor

Resources: Yes

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S - value of family and being careful of what you wish for

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Ten Black Dots

Interest Level: Grades PreK - 1

Grade Level Equivalent: 1.4

Includes: Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Rhyming Story

Resources: Yes

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D - counting and basic intro to art (Monet in the simplest form)

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The Accidental Zucchini: An Unexpected Alphabet

Interest Level: Grades PreK - 2

Genre: General Fiction

Resources: Yes

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Z - great story to lead in to making your own alphabet books

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The Apple Pie Tree

by Zoe Hall, illustrated by Shari Halpern

Interest Level: Grades PreK - 3

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.1

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Resources: Yes

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A - This book is perfect a intro to short "a" and the seasons.

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The Big Orange Splot

Interest Level: Grades PreK - 3

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.1

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Resources: Yes

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O - lesson on individuality

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The Jolly Postman: Or Other People's Letters

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.5

Includes: Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Western, Mystery and Suspense

Resources: Yes

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L- intro to community workers and letter writing

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The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

by Tomie dePaola, illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.8

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Legends and Myths, Fables, Folk Tales and Myths

Resources: Yes

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I - intro to Native Americans, folk tales/ legends

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The Little Red Hen

by Paul Galdone, illustrated by Paul Galdone

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Folk Tale

Resources: Yes

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R - various versions; great story on the value of hard work!

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The Mitten

by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Yaroslava Mills

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.3

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Folk Tale

Resources: Yes

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M - sequencing and seasonal wear

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The Quilt Story

by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Historical Fiction

Resources: Yes

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Q - Make your own class quilt with fabric crayons and fabric scraps. (Actually, I was quite amazed at all the picture books about quilts. I thought Q would be a lot harder to find books than it actually was!)

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