We have quite a collection of alphabet books these days. I genuinely love them, and while we are currently reading them quite often with my four-year-old, I can see the day he outgrows them approaching all too quickly. So, I thought I should write about them now, while all the benefits we get from them are fresh in my mind. We love these eight amazing alphabet books for many reasons, but probably the biggest is that many of them are books we started reading to the boys when they were babies. All those fond memories of my two little bundles just sitting on my lap in awe of the pictures in front of them come flooding back each time we read them, and that makes them absolutely priceless.
While they will not last as favorites forever, babyhood through preschool and kindergarten is a pretty good run for a book. There are not a ton of books that are short enough and visually appealing enough to read to babies that continue to be great (even sometimes challenging – in the best way possible) through the preschool years, but alphabet books do exactly that. They are a great way for us to reinforce the learning that goes on in a preschool classroom. They are a great way to practice letter sounds, letter recognition, and even letter blending.
So, here’s our recommendation of eight amazing alphabet books for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers:
The first of our eight amazing alphabet books is an Usborne Lift-The-Flap book. If you’ve never owned an Usborne Lift-The-Flap book, you definitely should. The quality of these books is just so impressive, and this one is no exception. I would venture to say that it is the most educational of all the books on the list, as it allows for exploring the letters in so many different ways.
There’s a page where you could encourage your kiddo to sing the alphabet song in order to help the animals decorate their classroom with an alphabet banner. There are pages where you can start with words/letter sounds, then lift the flaps to see what letters go with each word/sound. Pages with hints about what object/word goes with what letter. A page where you can look at the lowercase letters first, then lift the flaps to see the uppercase versions. And a page where you can trace the letters with your finger. Just so much amazingness in one book!
The second in our list of eight amazing alphabet books is also part of a series. These Abrams Block Books are amazing! The beautiful illustrations and cutouts make them keepsake books for sure. These will definitely stick around for our grandchildren. (Who am I kidding? … ALL the books will stick around for our grandchildren. But these especially!) These are wonderful books for babies and toddlers, as the cutout designs are so much fun and they will love turning the pages once they are able.
Ummmmm, awesome side note – as I was getting the link for the Abrams Block Books, I saw that a Marvel Alphablock is coming out April 16th! It’s available for pre-order now, so here’s a link in case you want to get one. I know I will be!
The third of our eight amazing alphabet books is a less traditional alphabet book, but still so fun! My boys love seek-and-find books, and this alphabet one is a great way to get them excited while learning about letter sounds. The D-shaped detective goes through all of letter town looking for the R-shaped robber. The B-shaped bus driver takes them through crowds characters who take on the roles of their letter in each part of the town. The book is great for building vocabulary (you can find more vocabulary building books here) and discovering all the different things people do – the jobs they have, the hobbies they enjoy, and the roles the take in the community.
The fourth book in our list of eight amazing alphabet books is a classic! As you can see from the worn edges, this one is a favorite in our house. Each of the boys loved Sesame Street as a baby, and Grover was one of their favorite characters. Showing kids how fun books can be by reading them books that contain their favorite characters is a really great strategy for developing lifelong readers and helping a reluctant reader to find the joy in sitting down with a book. Grover makes each of the letters with his body, so this one may even inspire your kiddo to try out some alphabet yoga too!
The fifth books in our list of eight amazing alphabet books is part of ANOTHER series. These DC Comics books have always been a huge hit with my boys as well. They love super heroes, and I love that they can learn so much while we are reading about them. There is a book about each DC super hero him or herself, a book about opposites, a book about manners, a book about colors and shapes, a book about villains (and why the stuff they do is bad), and a book about girl power. The girl power book is one of my favorites! Check out my post in Indy Mompreneurs for more about why I think it is so important to read girl power books to my boys.
The sixth book in our list of eight amazing alphabet books is also a character book. Both of my boys have been through multiple Star Wars phases. Shockingly, they tend to coincide with the new movies and how much their friends are talking about them. But when my youngest went through his first one, I was so happy that I had this book to entertain him and help him learn his letters at the same time! We have so many character books in our house, and I really feel like they are partly responsible for my boys’ love of reading. They get so much joy out of reading them that they see how fun books can be in general and then they are hooked.
The last two books on our list of eight amazing alphabet books are also Usborne books. I recently became an Usborne consultant and these were two of the first books I purchased for my own family. I kept hearing people say how great they were, and now that we own them, I completely agree! They are cute, interactive, and great for learning the alphabet. We have spent so much time reading and playing with them since we purchased them. I especially love taking them with us when my youngest has to sit through my oldest’s soccer practice. They are so easy for little ones to use to entertain themselves!
The part my 4yo loves most is switching up the pictures to make silly images. The part I love the most is how, when the picture is right, the words all start with the same letter and help so much to reinforce the letter sounds he is working on at home and at school.
As always, thanks so much for reading! We always love hearing from our readers and talking about books, so feel free to post below or on social media if you have questions about any of the books above. We would love to hear about any alphabet books you have that we didn’t mention as well. I am looking forward to getting this Illustrated Alphabet book from Usborne myself!