Preschoolers and toddlers will have a lot of fun when you read to them together. Do you want to see 13 great alphabet books that Rosemary D’Urso, the Library Mom, has chosen for us?
Letters and the sounds they make are two of the first steps to learning how to read, and this is how you do it. One of the best ways to teach the alphabet to kids is to read them stories about it.
Alphabet Books to Read with Preschoolers & Toddlers
Alphabet Books for Babies & Toddlers
A B See by Elizabeth Doyle, 2015
(Ages 0 – 5)
This great board book is a great way to teach babies and toddlers the alphabet and some more complicated words.
Each letter is shown next to a picture of things that start with that letter. The alliterative sentences are short and to the point. It’s important that the items are raised off of the page so that little hands can touch them as they listen and play. A full list of all the objects is found in the back of the book, which makes kids want to read the book again and again to find every single thing.
Dr Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book by Dr. Seuss, 1963
(Ages 0 – 5)
This book has been around for a while for a reason. With its catchy rhymes and wacky art, this ABC book is hard to resist. A little bit of ” What starts with A? Aunt Annie’s alligator has a name that starts with a “A.” This board book is just as fun to read aloud as it is to listen to. It also gives kids a chance to see both capital and lower-case letters, which is a good thing.
Alphablockby Christopher Franceschelli; illustrated by Peskimo, 2013
(Ages 0 – 5)
This unique board book has die-cut holes that make the shape of a letter that is on display. As children trace each line and curve, they get a sense of what it feels like. As a bonus, the cut-outs let readers peek into the next page, which helps them figure out what object or animal the letter stands for. This book has bright colors and fun illustrations that make it a winner!
Alphabet Books for Toddlers & Preschoolers
Oops Pounce Quick Run! An Alphabet Caperby Mike Twohy, 2016
(Ages 2 – 5)
This ABC book is full of action and fun, and kids love it. Each page has a letter and a word that describe an epic chase between a dog and a mouse. The words are big and bold, with the right letter in a bright color. The white background makes it easier for kids to see the words and the funny illustrations, making this a fun and interesting read aloud.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault ; illustrated by Lois Ehlert, 1989
(Ages 2 – 5)
Because this alphabet book has been around for so long, it is still read in preschools today. It has a rhythmic text and Lois Ehlert’s signature art, which makes it a lovely book that is meant to be read aloud. The story is about lowercase letters that climb up a coconut tree in the middle of it. A pile of them starts to form when they reach the top.
Parents who look like uppercase letters rush to help the little abc’s who need their help. This book is silly, fun, and a great source of ideas for extra activities. It’s a must-have.
LMNO PEAS (2010) and LMNO Pea-quel (2017)by Keith Baker
(Ages 2 – 6)
In Keith Baker’s book series, a group of cute, anthropomorphic peas teach kids about letters, numbers, colors, and months in a fun way. Many classrooms and families love this book series.
Uppercase letters are shown in LMNO Peas, and lowercase letters are shown in LMNO Pea-quel. This book is great for reading alone or with a friend. Parents will love the advanced vocabulary used in the text, and kids will love how the busy peas do a lot of interesting things in the pictures. There is also a little ladybug hidden on each page, which makes the game even more fun.
Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert, 1989
(Ages 2 – 6)
Letters, fruits, and vegetables from all over the world come together in a beautiful alphabet book by Lois Ehlert.
A child can see both uppercase and lowercase letters on the name of each food because it is written in both. Children will be excited to show off their favorite foods and learn about new ones.
Creature ABC by Andrew Zuckerman, 2009
(Ages 2 – 8)
Stunning photos of animals with the letters of the alphabet make a fun and educational ABC book. There is a picture of an animal for each upper and lowercase letter. The next page shows a full-body picture of the creature with its name.
A lot of kids will be eager to learn more about these interesting animals when they see them. Finally, there is a glossary at the end that has fun facts about each animal that you didn’t know. To share with a group of kids, or to look at each animal’s unique features while snuggling with a friend, this book is a great choice.
If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet by Leslie McGuirk, 2011
(Ages 2 – 8)
When Leslie McGuirk looked for rocks on the Florida coast for a long time, she found twenty-six that looked like the alphabet.
She cleverly mixed them with rocks that looked like other things to make a truly interesting and educational ABC book. In her author’s note, Leslie says that “the natural world is full of ideas.” This is so true, and it’s shown very well in this captivating book. It’s not just great for teaching letters, but it’s also a great way to get kids to use their imaginations and find things in nature that look like objects, letters, or numbers.
SuperHero ABCby Bob McLeod, 2006
(Ages 3 – 8)
What better way to get kids excited about the alphabet than to use superheroes to show them off? With each letter, a new superhero is shown with alliterative descriptions of how he or she can do things. The characters are different and the pictures are big and appealing, which make this a good book to read aloud.
The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s(the Hard Way)by Patrick McDonnell, 2017
(Ages 4 – 8)
You can put your phonemic skills to the test in this clever ABC book as you go on a funny journey. The story is about a little red cat who is chased by a lot of different animals as it goes from A to Z. Children have to use the sound of the letter that is highlighted on each page to figure out which animal or object it is on each page. A lot of people enjoy this book because of its funny illustrations and wacky storyline. It’s also educational and a lot of fun.