Alphabet books help children familiarize themselves with letters as well as different things, animals, or ideas. Here are five amazing alphabet books for young readers to check this year.
Who’s Yawning Now? By Nicki Geigert
Nicki Geigert is a professional photographer and a travel writer. She is the author of the fantastic travel book Family Trip to Magical Madagascar and Beyond. In 2020, Geigert released another picture book. Who’s Yawning Now is unique because of two features. First, it is a children’s book on animals from A to Z. Second, it contains pictures of animals yawning. The collection of amazing photos include a variety of individual wild animals, and even some birds caught yawning. On each page or sheet are few facts about each animal, where it lives, and if it is an endangered species. Young readers will also discover why some animals yawn, such as when they feel stressed.
Eating the Alphabet by Ms. Lois Ehlert
Lois Ehlert was an award-winning author-illustrator known for her trademark collage artwork featuring bold colors, crisply cut shapes, and found objects. She passed away last May. One of her important works is the 1996 alphabet book, Eating the Alphabet. The book is an effective tool for parents and teachers. While teaching upper- and lowercase letters to preschoolers, Eating the Alphabet also introduces fruits and vegetables worldwide. It contains a glossary at the end that provides interesting facts about each food. Ehlert’s classic work is easy to recognize because every page reveals a mouth-watering arrangement of foods: Indian corn, jalapeno, jicama, kumquat, kiwifruit, and kohlrabi. Her lively watercolors paintings and easy-to-read type will always attract young readers and those who grew up with Ehlert’s art.
Dr. Seuss’s ABC by Dr. Seuss
Speaking of classic, there’s none more classic item on this list than Dr. Seuess’s ABC. This amazing 1963 children’s A to Z in English alphabetical picture book by the great Theodor Seuss Geisel was published as part of the Random House Beginner Books series. The book features several short poems about various characters and is designed to introduce basic alphabet book concepts to children. Personally, anything done by Dr. Seuss will always attract and educate young readers. From his short stories from Green Eggs and Ham (1960), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957), The Cat in the Hat (1957), to Horton Hears a Who! … (1955), Dr. Seuss provides unforgettable narrative and illustrations.
The Handmade Alphabet by Laura Rankin
Thirty years since it was first published, Laura Rankin’s The Handmade Alphabet remains a relevant work of literature. The book is designed for deaf persons and contains excellent and detailed hand symbols of the alphabet. It features realistic pencil illustrations of various human hands—male and female, young and old—signing the letters of the alphabet. Each entry or letter features objects that begin with the corresponding letter. One of Rankin’s inspirations for this unique alphabet book is her deaf stepson. The Handmade Alphabet is a perfect introduction to the alphabet and to sign language. Young and old will certainly appreciate the art and the idea behind this amazing book.
ABC’s of Countries by Des ‘O Gorman
How would you like to learn more about your country through learning the English alphabet? Des ‘O Gorman creates books that enable children to discover more about their country while learning the ABCs. ABC’s of Countries: the USA, for example, features ABC’s of Countries features images of animals, scenes, and things related to the United States of America, child-friendly facts on each page, bears, baseball, Washington, Monument Valley, sequoia trees, jazz, Yosemite, and eagles, There is also a special feature on the Alaska wildlife. ABC’s of Countries by Des ‘O Gorman is a book series featuring countries like Australia, Ireland, China, Europe, and South America, to name a few.