Learning the alphabet is a foundational skill for our kids. And ABC books are a great way to teach and solidify the alphabet in your preschooler’s mind.
But let’s face it, moms, ABC books can be pretty boring. But alphabet books that tell a story? That’s another matter! Here are four of my favorite ABC books that also have a storyline for your and your child to enjoy.
The ABC Bunny by Wanda Gag–You will find this classic book on several reading lists, including Five in a Row. It follows the standard “A for___” pattern, but the words flow together into a story about what the bunny sees and does. Its appealing simplicity is great for younger kids.
Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray–Can you name 26 things you could do related to an apple pie? You can after reading this book! That doggie so wants to eat the pie. Your kids will want to keep reading to find out if he gets any!
Adventures with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White–I didn’t even realize that this was an alphabet book when I reserved it at our library (yes, it says so on the front, but in teeny-tiny letters). I LOVE the illustrations in this book. Each page features a different letter and a sentance or so of story. The sentance will hilight one or more words beginning with the featured letter. You could point these out to your child or simply enjoy the story and beautiful pictures.
ABC: A Child’s First Alphabet Book by Alison Jay–This is one of my all-time favorite ABC books! At first, it seems simple. Each page features one word per letter such as, “a is for apple.” But there is so much more! Most of the illustrations contain multiple images that begin with the featured letter. And if you pay careful attention, you’ll notice that each picture provides a clue about what’s on the following page. If that weren’t enough, all of the pictures work together to tell a story in the same way a wordless book does. If you haven’t seen this book, I highly recommend it.
What are your favorite ABC books to teach your child the alphabet?