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Amazing Alphabet Books

in alphabetically order

Alphabet recognition requires a child to know the names, shapes and sounds of letters. Singing the ABC song, helps your child learn the names of all 26 letters. Alphabet books help a child match the name to its letter shape (uppercase and lowercase letters) as well as learn each letter’s most common sound (consonant and short vowels).


  1. Animalia

    By: Graeme Base

    Book Details:
    Reading level: Preschool, Emergent and Fluent Readers
    Type of book: Hardcover, Paperback
    Pages: 32
    ISBN-10: 0140559965
    ISBN-13: 978-0140559965

    Book Review: Review gave it a fabulous evaluation. They stated, “Graeme Base’s astonishingly creative oeuvre begins with Animalia, the 1993 alphabet book that challenges the standard idea of how long reading a book for small kids ought to take. Animalia, like many of Base’s books, is a vast puzzle, built with entrancing pictures that unfold into layers and layers of objects–all matched to each page’s corresponding letter. Base leaves us stunned and amazed, painting reflections into the oddest surfaces and driving the urge to page-turn. This wonderful picture book works for 2-year-olds, 5-year-olds, and adults alike–something few other alphabet books can manage.”


  3. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault

    Book Details:
    Reading level: Preschool, Emergent Readers
    Type of book: Hardcover
    Pages: 40
    ISBN-10: 1416990917
    ISBN-13: 978-1416990918

    Book Review:This book contains many sight words and reinforces both the upper and lower case letters in a fun and engaging manner. The book contains colorful pages, which keeps a child interested. As an added bonus, the author brings the letters to life by giving them personality (e.g. “skinned-knee D”). Both of my children loved this book when they were in preschool; they especially enjoyed the catchy phrase, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” as they would randomly recite it throughout the day. As a parent I enjoyed reading about personified upper case letters and having my child locate the matching lower case letter on each page.


  5. Dr. Seuss’s ABC

    By: Dr. Seuss

    Book Details:
    Reading level: Preschool, Emergent and Fluent Readers
    Type of Book: Hardcover
    Pages: 63
    ISBN-10: 0394800303
    ISBN-13: 978-0394800301

    Book review: editorial reviews said the following about this book:”Dr. Seuss ignites a child’s imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses.”


  7. Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!

    By: Dr. Seuss

    Book Details:Reading level: Toddler – Preschool
    Type of book: Board book
    Pages: 24
    ISBN-10: 0679882812
    ISBN-13: 978-0679882817

    Book review: Review wrote the following:” … learning the alphabet is bound to be fun with Dr. Seuss. And with this small, sturdy board-book version of his classic ABC book (Dr. Seuss’s ABC), even the tiniest tots can indulge in a little alphabetical education. Each letter is featured with Dr. Seuss’s unmistakably nonsensical illustrations … The youngest readers-to-be will get lots of letter practice with the repetitive use of each letter and the easy-to-memorize rhythmic rhymes. Soon your favorite preschooler will be reading this book aloud to you!”


Understanding that letters represent sounds, which form words, is essential when learning to read. A child must know the most common sound for each letter. As a result, I’ve included a fabulous product even though it is not a book.

Leap Frog: Letter Factory
By: Roy Allen Smith

Product details:
Format: DVD
Number of discs: 1
Rated: G (General Audience)
Run Time: 35 minutes

DVD Review: I purchased this DVD many years ago after a friend recommended it to assist my son in learning his letters and their common sounds. This DVD was a big hit for my entire family. Both of my children found it entertaining and my husband and I appreciated its educational content. Each letter is brought to life and says its common sound in a way your child is sure to remember. The video concludes with an ABC song that also incorporates each letter’s common sound. The video is 35 minutes and perfect for children ages 2 to 5.