Children’s Books About the Alphabet

Discover the ultimate list of children’s books about the alphabet! Introduce your child to letters and words by reading these books.

Children's Books About the AlphabetEvery week, my kids would come home from preschool with worksheets on a particular letter. Their teachers would focus on one letter at a time, exploring its shape, sounds, and the various words that start with it.

And no wonder. Early literacy starts with recognizing letters, and the alphabet gives us 26 opportunities to teach them.

But an excellent way to expose your child to the alphabet is to read about it. Reading  is a subtle but effective way to teach letters without outright teaching them.

So, I’ve compiled several favorites below. Read these as you would any picture book—don’t pressure him to memorize the letters or quiz him on what each one sounds like.

Instead, introduce him to a pirate crew set on finding the alphabet and a mouse on an epic chase to track each one. Meet lowercase letters as they race up a coconut tree before they come crashing down in a pile. And read about the busy peas who share their favorite hobbies and careers—in alphabetical order, of course.

I hope you and your little one will enjoy these books about the alphabet just as mine have:

Children’s books about the alphabet

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Alphabet Mystery by Audrey Wood and Bruce Wood

Alphabet Mystery by Audrey and Bruce Wood

Mr. Bear's ABC Virginie Aracil

Mr. Bear’s ABC by Virginie Aracil

What About X? by Anne Marie Houppert

What About X? by Anne Marie Houppert

chicka-chicka-boom-boom

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

A is for Airplane by Theresa Howell

A is for Airplane by Theresa Howell

Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli

Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli

Alligator Alphabet by Stella Blackstone

Alligator Alphabet by Stella Blackstone

Alphabeep by Debora Pearson

Alphabeep by Debora Pearson

Eric Carle's ABC by Eric Carle

Eric Carle’s ABC by Eric Carle

Animal Alphabet by Alex A. Lluch

Animal Alphabet by Alex A. Lluch

Creature ABC by Andrew Zuckerman

Creature ABC by Andrew Zuckerman

The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra

The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra

The ABC Bunny by Wanda Gag

The ABC Bunny by Wanda Gág

Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming

Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming

ABCs of Art by Sabrina Hahn

ABCs of Art by Sabrina Hahn

ABCs by Charley Harper

ABCs by Charley Harper

Alphabet by Matthew Van Fleet

Alphabet by Matthew Van Fleet

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

If Rocks Could Sing by Leslie McGuirk

If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet by Leslie McGuirk

Q Is for Duck by Mary Elting

Q Is for Duck by Mary Elting and Michael Folsom

Alpha Bugs by David A. Carter

Alpha Bugs by David A. Carter

P Is for Pterodactyl by Raj Haldar, Chris Carpenter, and Maria Beddia

P Is for Pterodactyl by Raj Haldar and Chris Carpenter

A is for Salad by Mike Lester

A is for Salad by Mike Lester

So Many Bunnies by Rick Walton

So Many Bunnies by Rick Walton

Richard Scarry's ABC Word Book by Richard Scarry

Richard Scarry’s ABC Word Book by Richard Scarry

Mrs. Peanuckle's Bug Alphabet by Mrs. Peanuckle and Jessie Ford

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Bug Alphabet by Mrs. Peanuckle

ABC Science Book by Anjali Joshi

ABC Science Book by Anjali Joshi

Matthew A.B.C. by Peter Catalanotto

Matthew A.B.C. by Peter Catalanotto

Shiver Me Letters by June Sobel

Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel

AlphaOops! by Alethea Kontis

AlphaOops! The Day Z Went First by Alethea Kontis

Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky

Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky

The Letters Are Lost! by Lisa Campbell Ernst

The Letters Are Lost! by Lisa Campbell Ernst

The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC's (the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell

The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell

Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!: An Alphabet Caper by Mike Twohy

Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!: An Alphabet Caper by Mike Twohy

Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray

Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray

Alphabeasties by Sharon Werner

Alphabeasties by Sharon Werner

Backseat A-B-See by Maria van Lieshout

Backseat A-B-See by Maria van Lieshout

Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod

Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod

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  1. We discovered the AlphaOops! Books about a year ago and those are definitely are favorite of ours! A has known her letters and numbers in order for a long time so those ones are great for out of order recognition and words that go with them. Plus, they’re hilarious!

    1. Good points about Alpha Oops, Brandon! It’s important for kids to be able to identify letters and numbers randomly and not just in their string of order.