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Friday Favorites: Alphabet Books

Most of the books that I will list here will soon retire as my children will outgrow them more sooner than later. So it’s time for me to compile this list before we say goodbye to them altogether.

Curious George Learn the Alphabet / Curious George’s ABCs

by H. A. Rey

Both of my children went through a Curious George phase somewhere between two or three years ago. And naturally, this alphabet book was a hit. We had several versions—mini board book, regular board book, and a longer paperback edition.

WHAT I LOVE

Silly rhymes. Adorable drawings. Animals, according to my son. Letter shaped pictures. Memorable.

WHAT I DON’T LOVE

All capital letters for the mini board books. The paperback edition features both big and smalls. The use of the word “Ice” or “Icycle” for the Letter I. A bit dated.

AB See

by Elizabeth Doyle

We didn’t read this book as much as we looked at the pictures. It was a good book to bring to restaurants before COVID season. It is also great for games and practicing phonics.

WHAT I LOVE

Beautiful pictures. Minimalist layout. Guessing game. iSpy game. Phonics game. Games. Games. Games. Strong and sturdy. Index for all the items featured in each letter.

WHAT I DON’T LOVE

All capital letters. So it’s not a good spine book, if you know what I mean.

Montessori Letter Work

by Bobby and June George

If you want to keep your materials minimal, I suggest you get this book. I also find that it’s the right size for little hands. It’s the Montessori sand paper alphabet in book format so children can trace the textured letter form with their fingers.

WHAT I LOVE

Multisensory. Big and bold pictures. Introduces your littles with small letters first. Good phonics instruction.

WHAT I DON’T LOVE

Doesn’t follow the usual alphabet order. Features more than one letter per page sometimes.

Dr. Seuss’ ABC

While some purists would discard this book and label it “twaddle,” but funny themed books like this actually help children with special needs. This was included in the Memoria Press Simply Classical Pre-K curriculum and that is how we began using this material. Familiarity with the rhymes in the book will help children with speech impediment as you encourage them to speak up during prolonged pauses. We appreciate the longer version as opposed to the little board book from the Bright and Early Board Books series.

WHAT I LOVE

Funny. Engaging. Memorable. Practices letter names AND sound.

WHAT I DON’T LOVE

More silly than serious. Some would consider it twaddle because of the nonsensical words or characters.

Doodling Dragons: An ABC Book of Sounds

by Dennis Eide

Did you know that some letters make more than one sound? I know, it’s confusing at times. But this little book, which is part of the Logic of English Foundations curriculum, actually helps introduce this concept to school-aged children in a fun and friendly format.

WHAT I LOVE

Proper phonics foundation. Features both capital and small letters. You can get Doodling Dragons ABC Songs to go along with the book. Teaches both letter names and letter sounds.

WHAT I DON’T LOVE

Depending on the age of your children, there might be too much going on in this book. So it may not be good as a first instruction book.


Did I miss anything? What are your favorite alphabet books?

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