Alpha Books and More

September 8, 2008

Alphabet books have been on my mind. Never thought that would happen but I have two little monkeys to blame/thank for that. It is amazing me to me that such a simple subject like the ABCs can produce such variety in medium and presentation...some visually appealing, others creative and amusing, and those that should never have been published because they are too drab and boring. Here are some of our favorite alphabet books:

Found Alphabet
Takes ordinary bits and pieces and turns them into extraordinary alphabet creations....great inspiration for creating from found objects. Several polish artists worked hard to create this little gem of a book. I was very happy to find it at Tuesday Morning last week for $3.99...scooped up a couple for gifts because this is a book anyone would love.

Ellsworth's Extraordinary Electric Ears and Other Amazing Alphabet Ancedotes
One fabulous little scene after another with witty text...right up Noah's alley with his love of models, collage, and "I spy". Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Be forewarned this book is very catchy and you may wander around for weeks with it stuck in your head. Catchy, cute, and colorful makes for a good alphabet book. This is Camille's favorite alphabet book!

Pigs from A to Z
This clever book is filled with beautifully detailed illustrations of seven pigs hard at work to build a tree house. And to add to the fun there are hidden letters on each page. We checked this out from the library several times because Noah (and me, too!) couldn't get enough of it.

And our favorite alphabet songs...Here Come the ABCs by They Might Be Giants. The Price family gave us this cd when Noah was two and it is still a big hit around here. So what are your favorite alphabet books?

And one other book related item. I recently learned about Bookmooch from my on-line book club. I am primarily a library person, but when it comes to book club books I like to be able to make notes in the margins so I always end up buying my books.This sounds like an easy and inexpensive way to get/give books. Hope to try it out soon.

Tisra said...

WE LOVE Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!!!!

Corinne said...

I just joined bookmooch this week!! I really like it so far :)

Alphabet books I like:

So Many Bunnies (each bunny's name begins with a different letter of the alphabet)

Antler, Bear, Canoe: A Northwoods Alphabet Year

morninglight mama said...

My two year old has been singing Chicka Chicka Boom Boom lately, but the letters in her song are in a delightfully different order. :) And, a friend just gave us a copy of the TMBG cd, and I'm loving it! :)

And, probably my favorite alphabet book is called Matthew ABC -- about a teacher with 25 students all named Matthew... it's really, really funny and was always PERFECT for my four-year-olds when I was teaching.

holly said...

I ditto Corinne's So Many Bunnies, "Old Mother Hubbard lived in a shoe. She had 26 bunnies and knew what to do. She fed them some carrots, some broth and some bread. Then kissed them all gently and but them to bed" (A much better version if you ask me!)

We also liked William Wegman's ABC, dog shaped letters. Wacky but fun.

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