Alphabet Books


The following is a selection of alphabet books. There are MANY more! There are also many books that use the alphabet as a device for presenting information on different topics. Add your own favorites to this list.


Ada, Alma Flor. Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English. Illus. by Simon Silva. Rayo, 1997

Agee, Jon. Z Goes Home. Hyperion, 2003

Azarian, Mary. A Gardener's Alphabet. Houghton Mifflin, 2000

Baker, Keith. LMNO Peas. Beach Lane, 2010

Barrett, Judi. An Excessive Alphabet: Avalanches of As to Zillions of Zs. Illus. by Ron Barrett. Atheneum, 2016

Bingham, Kelly. Z Is for Moose. Illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky. Greenwillow, 2012

Bowen, Betsy. Antler, Bear, Canoe: A Northwoods Alphabet Year. Little, Brown, 1991

Bronson, Linda. The Circus Alphabet. Henry Holt, 2001

Bruce, Lisa. Oliver's Alphabets. Illus. by Debbi Gliori. Bradbury, 1993

Bruchac, Joseph. Many Nations: An Alphabet of Native America. Illus. by Robert F. Goetzl. Bridgewater, 1997

Bunting, Eve. Girls A to Z. Illus. by Suzanne Bloom. Boyds Mills, 2002.

Chin-Lee, Cynthia. A is for Asia. Illus. by Yumi Heo. Orchard, 1997

Chin-Lee, Cynthia. Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World. Illus. by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy. Charlesbridge, 2005. Also: Akira to Zoltan: Twenty-Six Men Who Changed the World (2006)

Clayton, Dallas. A Is for Awesome. Candlewick, 2014

Cline-Ransome, Lesa. Quilt Alphabet. Illus. by James Ransome. Holiday House, 2001

Compestine, Ying Chang. D Is for Dragon Dance. Illus. by Yongsheng Xuan. Holiday House, 2006

Cronin, Doreen. Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack: An Alphabetical Adventure. Illus. by Betsy Lewin. Atheneum, 2005

Dragonwagon, Crescent. Alligator Arrived with Apples. Illus. by Jose Aruego. Macmillan, 1992

Ehlert, Lois. Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1989

Ernst, Lisa Campbell. The Turn-Around Upside-Down Alphabet Book. Simon & Schuster, 2004

Fleming, Denise. Alphabet Under Construction. Henry Holt, 2002

Floca, Brian. The Racecar Alphabet. Atheneum, 2003

Frasier, Debra. A Fabulous Fair Alphabet. Beach Lane, 2010

Hills, Tad. R Is for Rocket. Schwartz & Wade, 2015

Hobbie, Holly. Toot & Puddle: Puddle's ABC. Little, Brown, 2000

Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Alphathoughts: Alphabet Poems from A to Z. Illus. by Marla Baggetta. Boyds Mills, 2003

Howell, Will C. Zoo Flakes ABC. Walker, 2002

Inkpen, Mick. Kipper's A to Z: An Alphabet Adventure. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001

Isol (Adapted from the Spanish by the author and Elisa Amado). Daytime Visions: An Alphabet. Enchanted Lion, 2016

Jeffers, Oliver. Once upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters. Philomel, 2014

Johnson, Stephen T. Alphabet City. Viking, 1995

Johnson, Stephen T. Alphabet School. Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster, 2015

Kalman, Maira. What Pete Ate from A – Z. Putnam, 2001

Kontis, Alethea. AlphaOops!: The Day Z Went First. Illus. by Bob Kolar. Candlewick, 2006

Krans, Kim. ABC Dream. Random House, 2016

Kratter, Paul. The Living Rain Forest: An Animal Alphabet. Charlesbridge, 2004

Krull, Kathleen. M Is for Music. Illus. by Stacy Innerst. Harcourt, 2003

Lionni, Leo. The Alphabet Tree. Knopf, 1968

Lobel, Anita. Animal Antics. Greenwillow, 2005. Also: Allison's Zinnia (1990) and Away from Home (1994)

Lobel, Anita. Playful Pigs from A to Z. Knopf, 2015

MacDonald, Ross. Achoo! Bang! Crash!: A Noisy Alphabet Book. Millbrook, 2003

Martin, Bill, Jr. & Archambault, John. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Illus. by Lois Ehlert. Simon & Schuster, 1989

Mayer, Bill. All Aboard!: A Traveling Alphabet. McElderry, 2008

McGehee, Claudia. A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet. University of Iowa Press, 2004

McGuirk, Leslie. If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet. Tricycle Press, 2011

McLimans, David. Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet. Walker, 2006

Melmed, Laura Krauss. Capital!: Washington, D.C. from A to Z. Illus. by Frané Lesac. HarperCollins, 2002

Messenger, Norman. An Artist's Alphabet. Candlewick, 2016

Pallotta, Jerry. "Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books" series. Various illustrators. Charlesbridge. Includes: The Ocean Alphabet Book (1986); The Bird Alphabet Book (1989); The Flower Alphabet Book (1989); The Icky Bug Alphabet Book (1989); The Yucky Reptile Book (1989); The Frog Alphabet Book (1990); The Furry Animal Alphabet Book (1990); The Underwater Alphabet Book (1991); The Vegetable Alphabet Book (1992); The Extinct Alphabet Book (1993); The Desert Alphabet Book (1994); The Butterfly Alphabet Book (1995); The Freshwater Alphabet Book (1996); The Airplane Alphabet Book (1997); The Boat Alphabet Book (1998); The Jet Alphabet Book (2002); The Skull Alphabet Book (2002); The Beetle Alphabet Book (2004); The Construction Alphabet Book (2006); The Sea Mammal Alphabet Book (2012); The Incredible Crab Alphabet Book (2014); Eyeball Alphabet Book (2015)

Paul, Ann Whitford. Eight Hands Round: A Patchwork Alphabet. Illus. by Jeanette Winter. HarperCollins, 1991

Pelletier, David. The Graphic Alphabet. Orchard, 1996

Polacco, Patricia. G is for Goat. Philomel, 2003

Pomeroy, Diana. Wildflower ABC. Harcourt, 1997

Rankin, Laura. The Handmade Alphabet. Dial, 1991

Rosas, Juana Medina. ABC Pasta: An Entertaining Alphabet. Viking, 2017

Rose, Deborah Lee. Into the A, B, Sea: An Ocean Alphabet Book. Illus. by Steve Jenkins. Scholastic, 2000

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. The Hidden Alphabet. Roaring Brook, 2010

Shindler, Ramon & Graniczewski, Wojciech. Found Alphabet. Illus. by Anita Andrzejewska & Andrzej Pilichowski-Ragno. Houghton Mifflin, 2005

Sierra, Judy. The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town. Illus. by Melissa Sweet. Knopf, 2009

Sloat, Teri. Patty's Pumpkin Patch. Putnam, 1999

Sobel, June. Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC. Illus. by Henry Cole. Harcourt, 2006

Tryon, Leslie. Albert's Alphabet. Atheneum, 1991

Twohy, Mike. Oops Pounce Quick Run!: An Alphabet Caper. Balzer+Bray, 2016

Vamos, Samantha R. Alphabet Trains. Illus. by Ryan O'Rourke. Charlesbridge, 2015

Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth. Alphabet House. Marshall Cavendish, 2005

Watterson, Carol. An Edible Alphabet: 26 Reasons to Love the Farm. Michela Sorrentino. Tricycle Press, 2011

Wells, Rosemary. Max's ABC. Viking, 2006

Wilbur, Richard. The Disappearing Alphabet. Illus. by David Diaz. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001

Wildsmith, Brian. Brian Wildsmith's Amazing Animal Alphabet. Star Bright, 2009

Wood, Audrey. Alphabet Rescue. Illus. by Bruce Wood. Scholastic, 2006. Also: Alphabet Adventure (2001) and Alphabet Mystery (2003)

Yorinks, Arthur. The Alphabet Atlas. Illus. by Adrienne Yorinks. Winslow, 1999

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