It’s April 1st which means it’s the official kick off day for the A to Z Blog Challenge where bloggers use the alphabet to structure their posts. I’m focusing on Alphabet Books this year and I am surrounded by piles of ABC books. One problem is that most alphabet books start with the letter A (makes sense, right?) So, I’m looking for themes to share in alphabet books.
Alphabet books were traditionally intended to help children identify letters and sounds but they have evolved to showcases for art and ideas. So, for your viewing pleasure take a look at
ANIMALIA by Graeme Base (author and illustrator)
Harry A. Abrams 1987
This ABC book is a visual feast. I remember spending hours poring over the detailed illustrations, counting objects, and looking for a boy hidden within the pages. Written in alliteration, each page features an animal and objects that begin with the featured letter beginning with An armoured armadillo avoiding an angry alligator. Many people consider this to be one of the best alphabet books available.
ALPHABEASTIES and OTHER AMAZING TYPES
Written and illustrated by Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss
Blue Apple Books 2009
This is not your typical alphabet book. Yes, it starts with alligator and ends with zebra, but the illustrations make this book stand out. Each letter is represented by the easily recognizable silhouette of an animal, but the animals are composed of different shapes, sizes, and types of letters. This is an amazing introduction to the art of typography. Children (and adults) will be fascinated by the variation in fonts as well as the clever ways the letters form each alphabeast. Many of the pages fold out which makes it a very clever and hands-on alphabet book.
One of our favorite alphabet books is the teeny, tiny
ALLIGATORS ALL AROUND – An Alphabet
written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Harper and Row 1962
one of four books in the Nutshell Library
Here’s the book set to music and sung by Carole King –
One of the reasons I love the A to Z Challenge is that it gives me the opportunity to find new bloggers to follow. Check out Stories Served Around the Table where AntionetteTruglio Martin is writing about childhood games and songs from A-Z.
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