What to Read Wednesday – Alphabet Books

Alphabet books don’t have to be boring picture books. There are some really great ones out there that you can learn lots of important lessons from! Here are my favorite alphabet books for older kids!

Alphabet books don't have to be boring picture books!

Alphabet Books for Big Kids?

I was recently asked to be a co-host for what I think might be THE coolest link-up ever! It took me about 2.3 seconds to jump at the chance and accept! I am so excited to be able to bring you a new set of books every Wednesday based on a certain subject. This week’s subject is alphabet books and next week’s subject is books about food!

When I found out what today’s subject was, I kind of groaned. I don’t think we even own any alphabet books! I mean, my kids are too big for alphabet books, right? But I was determined that today’s post was not going to be a flop. I mean, how much of a great first impression would that be? My first What to Read Wednesday is a total flop because I can’t think of any books to recommend! Nope, I wasn’t going to let that happen!

So the first place I went was Amazon. hmm. I found a lot of books with high reviews, but I haven’t ever read most of them, so I am reluctant to recommend them to my readers.

Next, I went searching on other blogs. Again, lots of great book lists, but I haven’t read them. I can’t say they are great books if I haven’t read them.

So I did what I should have done in the first place. I went to my local library. Yeah, Amy, duh!

And I found piles of great books! So, here I am with a (hopefully) not awful post full of great alphabet books that I can totally recommend to you since I have read them all! Yay! So here goes!

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Alphabet books don't have to be boring picture books!

Ashanti to Zulu by Margaret Musgrove

This is a beautiful book that tells you about 26 African tribes from A-Z. It was a Caldecott Honor Winner in 1977. I tend to like kid’s books from years ago best, and this one was no exception! It gives lots of facts about each tribe, and I found it very interesting myself. This book is not just for kids. It was a really great addition to our “Give Your Child the World reading this summer!



The Handmade Alphabet by Laura Rankin

Our family has been interested in ASL for several years because we have a friend who is Deaf. This book is absolutely stunning, hands down the most beautiful sign language book I have ever seen. It is really simple as it shows the fingerspelling sign for each letter, but each one is illustrated so beautifully it keeps you turning the page to see what the next letter looks like. Princess declared this one her favorite alphabet book.



G is for Gold Medal by Brad Herzog

I got this book thinking it would be a good addition to a unit on the Summer Olympics coming up in a few weeks. But once I actually read it, I realized it has information about the Olympics from Ancient Greece to some of the different events at the Olympics. You can read the simpler story to a young child or go in depth with the information on the sidebar for older kids. Be on the lookout for more details on the books we use for learning about the Olympics this summer!

P is for Pilgrim by Carol Crane

I love History and this book is the perfect mix of alphabet and History! It goes through the history of Thanksgiving and Pilgrims one letter at a time. This book is from the same series as the previous book, and gives lots of history explanation in the sidebars, so it is perfect for an older kid who needs more details. This book would be a great addition to a unit on Colonial America or for Thanksgiving.

B is for Bookworm by Anita C. Prieto

From the same series as the previous two books, this was my favorite alphabet book about libraries. Again, it goes in-depth with details about John Dewey and how the Dewey Decimal System came to be, and the Library of Congress, and more. A similar book for younger kids is L is for Library.


I Stink by Kate and Jim McMullan

This book was rated 5 stars by Superman (he’s 8.) Probably not stellar literature, but fun and appealing to the gross-loving kids in your family. Not really a toddler book, but an easy read that you can enjoy (or be grossed-out by) in just a few minutes.

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