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Our top 10 alphabet books

Alphabet books are a fun and easy way, even for very young children, to become familiar with letters, letter names and sounds.

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untitledSpot’s abc  Eric Hill
Warne and Co
Age 0-3

With a lift-the-flap format young children can have fun while they are introduced to the alphabet by Spot, the popular character from Where’s Spot.

myfirstabcthumbMy First ABC
Dorling Kindersley
Age 0-3

With bright photographic illustrations and a page per letter of the alphabet there is lots to look at and talk about in this first alphabet book.

ABC childs firstABC A Child’s First Alphabet Book Alison Jay
Dutton Juvenile
Age 0-5

A very beautiful book with stunning and stylish illustrations providing lots to discover and talk about on each page.

alphabet icecream thumbAlphabet Ice Cream  Nick Sharratt and Sue Heap
Age 3-5

A colourful fun alphabet book illustrated by Nick Sharratt (Shark in the Park) which features two friends, Nick and Sue. Each double page shows the different things they like. The rhyme and rhythm make this fun to read aloud as well as being a chance to talk about your children’s favourite things as well.

olivias ab thumbOlivia’s ABC   Ian Falconer
Age 3-5  

A stylish ABC with splashes of colour in a mainly monochrome book use of colour, this is a very attractive board book. Olivia is a quirky character and her ABC echoes this with E for ‘earrings’ and ‘ear muffs’ as well as the more predictable ‘elephant’.

abc animal rhymes thumbABC Animal Rhymes for You and Me  Giles Andreae, David Wojtowycz (illus)
Tiger Tales Age 3-5 

With an animal poem for each letter of the alphabet and bright colourful illustrations this rhyming, rhythmic alphabet book is great fun to read aloud.

lmno peasLMNO peas Keith Baker
Barnes and Noble
Age 3-7

Meet the alphabet peas who show us how they work and play their way through the alphabet from acrobat As to zoologist Zs.

chicka chicka thumbChicka Chicka Boom Boom  Bill Martin & Jr John Archambault and Lois Ehlert (illus)
Age 3-7

All the letters race each other to the top of the coconut tree until the tree can’t hold any more and they all fall down. With a tune to the text this is fun to read – or sing together!

eating the alphabetthumbEating the Alphabet  Lois Ehlert
HMH books
Age 3-7 

A beautifully illustrated book with fruits and vegetables from all over the world to represent each letter of the alphabet.

once upon an alphabet thumbOnce Upon an Alphabet  Oliver Jeffers
Harper Collins
Age 5-7+

An unusual book which uses the alphabet as its starting point with a story woven around each letter and offbeat characters to meet along the way, starting off with Edward the astronaut afraid of heights. Fun to choose a letter at random or read from cover to cover. Try making up your own stories about the letters of the alphabet as well.