11 Awesome ABC Books

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One staple of any child’s library is alphabet books. The foundation of reading, these books are important to share with your kiddos from the start.

Because of their popularity, ABC books are a dime a dozen…and not all of them are well-written. So how do you know which ones are golden?

We read a ton of ABC books so you didn’t have to! These books are great for the whole family, but we also compiled a list of ABC books your toddler will love, most of which can be found as board books!

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Here are 11 of our favorite alphabet books!

1. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault

A true classic, we have read it so many times my daughter can recite it from memory! The lyrical quality and bright images make this one a household favorite for sure. As a kid, I loved the feeling of mischief this book gave. As a mom, I can still appreciate it while also siding with the mamas and the papas 😉

2. Big Words for Little Geniuses by Susan & James Patterson

From kerfuffle to whirligig, this book teaches kids uncommon words they might not hear anywhere else. Definitely a unique take on traditional ABCs and perfect for expanding little vocabularies.

3. LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

We love following along with these happy little peas while learning about A to Z activities! Many ABC books only identify one word or item per letter, but this book includes multiple activities on each page, introducing your kiddos to new words and careers (judges, plumbers, and inventors, to name a few).

4. If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet by Leslie McGuirk

A true labor of love, the author of If Rocks Could Sing found every rock in this book while searching along the beach! One of the neatest ABC books we have read, you and your children will enjoy marveling over the unique illustrations.

5. A is for Apple by Georgie Birkett

This is one of the most interactive alphabet books I have found so far! With flaps to lift and letters to trace, each page holds a new discovery. As a bonus, every capital letter has writing steps so older children can practice their letters!

6. The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s by Patrick McDonnell

Another great adventure by Patrick McDonnell, this story takes kids on an ABC journey with Little Red Cat and his friends. What I love about this book is that there are very few words, allowing for lots of interaction from your littles. Plus it’s funny 😉

7. A B See by Elizabeth Doyle

This book was given to us by a friend and I will be forever thankful we were introduced to it! This is my favorite book to bring out when we are waiting somewhere, like the doctor’s office, because you can spend hours (seriously) looking through the pages. Every time we read it my daughter points out something new we haven’t seen before. There is even a key in the back listing everything hidden in the book – spoiler alert, it’s a long list!

8. Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book by Dr. Seuss

My daughter grabbed this book off the shelf at Target to read while we shopped and it ended up coming home with us (I promise I paid for it!). Perfect for little readers, this Dr. Seuss board book is full of zany rhymes and made-up creatures. Although it is available in hardcover, I love the board book version because it is small enough to come along pretty much anywhere.

9. Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

This story from my (and probably yours!) childhood promotes healthy food options by introducing fruits and vegetables to your littles. This book has provided many opportunities to talk with my daughter about the importance of including these foods in our diet. Healthy learning at its finest!

10. AlphaOpps! The Day Z Went First by Alethea Kontis

A hilarious little adventure about what would happen if we mixed up the alphabet, this story has been enjoyed many times by our family. A wide range of emotions is expressed, providing a chance for social-emotional learning and each letter has its own personality, which adds to the fun. We love this clever take on the alphabet!

11. Q is for Duck by Mary Elting & Michael Folsom

Another great opportunity to get your littles involved in storytime, this guessing game pairs letters with uncommon words associated with them. I love how the pages are laid out so kids have a chance to answer the question before the answer is shown. This book is perfect if you are just beginning to ask questions while reading with your kids because the prompts are provided for you.

So many great options to choose from!

I hope you enjoyed reading about some of our favorite ABC books! Sharing your own great finds makes this an even better resource for our community of readers, and I would love it if you shared your own favorite alphabet books in the comments.

Happy reading!

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