Learning letters and the alphabet is so important yet it can be so difficult for little ones. As a parent, reading the same alphabet books over and over can get slightly repetitive (to put it lightly). Each book in our list has something unique and fun that will make the repetition enjoyable for everyone.
Animals, big words, artwork, physics concepts, and silly rhymes are all a part of this list that will have you reading and singing those ABCs in a totally different way. So, we think this list of our favorite alphabet books will entertain both your little one and you too.
Alphabet books should be included in your child’s library to promote reading readiness. We have an entire blog series dedicated to the building blocks your child needs to master in order to be ready to read. From phonological awareness to early reader books, you might want to check out our series on reading readiness and the importance of reading.
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Alphabet Books for Babies
I love when books have texture. That added tactile element can make the difference when it comes to engagement for some kids. This book is tactile and a feast for the eyes.
Who doesn’t love Sandra Boyton? With her signature illustrations, this book goes through a list of animals on A to Z adventures.
I love this adorable story that shares an act of kindness for each letter of the alphabet. From Joining hands to Making a heart, your toddler can practice each act even at a young age.
It’s important to teach your children to be inclusive from an early age. This book is wonderful for teaching the appropriate LGBTQ+ terminology to everyone, young and old.
This amazing book has everything- plants and animals that begin with each letter, moving parts, and textures. Each page is totally interactive with flaps and pull tabs. There is even a scratch and sniff.
Each page of this books has incredible “moving” animals to go along with the alphabet theme. If you have never seen these amazing books, they are perfect for babies to toddlers and preschoolers.
Getting kids to eat new foods can be challenging. These great pictures have fruit and vegetables from A-Z. And who knows, it might encourage your little one to try something new too.
Each page in this book is cut into the shape of a letter. This huge board book is amazing to hold and a definite favorite. We love it so much, we have a post dedicated to it.
This book is a classic. It is hilarious enough to read over and over!!!
“A told B
and B told C,
“I’ll meet you at the top
of the coconut tree.” Is there enough room in the tree for all the letters?
Alphabet Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Oliver Jeffers is just the most brilliant writer and illustrator. This collection of short stories for each letter is a lovely item for any library.
My mother-in-law is a former Kindergarten teacher and she ADORES this book. She reads it to my children all the time. It’s fun to see the kids in the books (all with a-z names) get ready for their first day of school.
This is one of the cutest picture books in my collection. A little girl is afraid of something at the zoo, but can’t remember what. So her family dresses up as different animals in A to Z order to help her overcome her fear.
The peas are on every page as kickers, kings, and kayakers just to name a few. How cute are these peas?
When I came across this book I thought it was, well, genius. It is also fun to read with its huge vocabulary words inside from A-Z. There is also a list of other big words in the back listed alphabetically. I love the pictures but, it’s also pretty hilarious to hear a 4-year-old use the word loquacious correctly in a sentence.
“I spy with my little eye something that begins with A….” Find the apple on the first page by looking through artwork.
In 10 years, I don’t think I have ever found everything on ANY page in this book. The illustrations are completely amazing, creative, and mesmerizing as well. This is the alphabet book that I can read with my kids (including my 11-year-old).
The cover had me hooked on this beautifully illustrated ABC book. The drawings mixed with watercolors are gorgeous. Can you find everything on the page for each letter?
Another animal ABC book that has great illustrations. The text is delightful and is sure to engage readers of all ages.
I have never met any child who didn’t think this book was hilarious. The funny superhero names on each page have kids laughing.
This sweet little book comes with three other books in the Nutshell Library. One book teaches counting, one teaches months of the year and one story teaches about caring. This sweet book teaches the alphabet and even has a song to go with it.