Alphabet workbooks with their dotted lines and standard pictures are passé. Every child who takes their first steps into the world of reading and understanding letters deserves better. There are so many wonderful books dedicated to learning the alphabet. Here are Little Kulture's fun picks – that both the child and adult can enjoy, together.
A huge favourite is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. This musical alphabet book with its active alphabets will remind you of booming jungle drums, coconuts, the sea and the sand. It's such a fun book that it prompts the reader to come up with their own tune to read it. Don't believe me? Here's a sample.
'The Absolutely Beastly Children' by Dan Krall is a funny, funny alphabet book filled with children who do things as they like and definitely not as they are told. Whimsical characters in caricature style accompany their namesake alphabets. This book will definitely bring a smile to your face.
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The amazing visual documentarian of New York and design, little girls and gardens Maria Kalman's 'What Pete Ate' takes us through the twenty-six letters of the English alphabet with Pete, the dog. Pete pretty much devours anything that chooses his fancy.
A great book to learn the alphabet is the full of alliterative sounds Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! : Dr.Seuss. Each page with its sounds and fantabulous stories is a child's delight. Read Dr. Seuss's ABC for guaranteed fun and play with letters and words.
Alphabet City and A is for Art by Stephen.T.Johnson are two superbly designed books that prompt the reader to see letters in their landscape and in art installations. A traffic signal becomes an E and a road barrier's sides hide an A.Is that a pretty D?
And I wonder what could this B?
In A is for Art the child also learns about a visual representation of the word.
Hoops and Ice Cream Cones represent H and I, in A is for Art bringing a new dimension in understanding and using alphabets.
Yet another interpretation of the alphabet can be found in Maria Kalman's Ah-ha to Zig-zag. Kalman picks different lettered objects from The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and illustrates them in her inimitable style, and equally, inimitable wording to elevate the alphabet book to a collectors item.
It is only fitting that we end with Z and the wisdom that it imparts to us.