Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Updated: From A to Z: Recommended Alphabet Books for K-5 Classrooms

A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
A is for Africa by Ifeoma Onyefulu
A is for Art: An Abstract Alphabet by Stephen T. Johnson
A is for Artist by Ella Doran
A is for Artist: Getty Museum Book by John Harris
A is for Asia by Cynthia Chin-Lee
A is for Salad by Mike Lester
A is for the Americas by Cynthia Chin-Lee and Terri de la Peña
The ABC Book of American Homes by Michael Shoulders
ABC 3D by Marion Bataille
ABC: A Family Alphabet by Bobbie Coombs
ABCedar: An Alphabet of Trees by George Ella Lyons
Absolutely Awful Alphabet by Mordaci Gerstein
Accidental Zucchini: An Unexpected Alphabet by Max Grover
Action Alphabet by Shelley Rostner
Alaska ABC Book by Charlene Kreeger
Albert’s Alphabet by Leslie Tryon
Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli
Alpha, Bravo, Charlie: the Military Alphabet by Chris L Demarest
Alexander’s Midnight Snack: A Little Elephant’s Abc by C. Stock
Alison’s Zinnia by Anita Lobel
All in the Woodland Early: An ABC Book by Jane Yolen
Alligator Arrived With Apples by Crescent Dragonwagon
Almost An Animal Alphabet by Katie Viggers
Alphabeep! A Zipping, Zooming ABC by Debora Pearson
Alphabet City by Stephen Johnson
Alphabet City: Out on the Streets by Michael DeFeo
The Alphabet Tree by Leo Lionni
Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming
Annie, Bea, and Chi Chi Dolores by Donna Mauber
Animalia by Graeme Base
Antics by Cathi Hepworth
Anno's Alphabet: An Adventure in Imagination by Anno Antics
An Alphabetical Anthology by Catherine Hepworth
Antler, Bear, Canoe: A Northwoods Alphabet Year by B. Bowen
Appaloosa Zebra: A Horse Lover's Alphabet by Jessie Haas
Arches to Zigzags: An Architecture ABC by Michael J. Crosbie
The Ark in the Attic:An Alphabet Adventure by Starr Ockenga.
Ashanti to Zulu by Margaret Musgrove
Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African-American Poetry by Ashley Bryan
Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur
Avalanche by Michael Rosen

B is for Bookworm: A Library Alphabet by Anita C. Prieto
B Is for Brooklyn by Selina Alko
Bembo’s Zoo: An Animal ABC by Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich 
Bienviendos a mi barrio! Mi Mundo de la A a la Z by Quiara Alegria Hudes
A Big And Little Alphabet by Liz Rosenburg
A Big City ABC by Allan Moak
The Boat Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
A Bold Carnivore: An Alphabet of Predators by Consie Powell
The Book of Shadow Boxes: A Story of the ABC's by Laura Seeley
Brian Wildsmith’s ABC by Brian Wildsmith

CDB by William Steig
C is for City by Nikki Grimes
C Is For Curious by Woodleigh Hubbard
Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead by Jeanette Winter
The Calypso Alphabet by John Agard
Caribou Alphabet by Mary Beth Owens
Caribbean Alphabet by Frane Lessac
Charley Harper ABCs by Charley Harper 
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by John Archambault 
A CHILD’S DAY: An Alphabet of Play by Ida Pearle
The Christmas Alphabet Book by Robert Sabuda
City Seen From A To Z by Rachel Isadora
The City Abc Book by Zoran Milic
Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals and Ashley Wolf

D is for Dancing Dragon: A China Alphabet by Carol Crane
D is for Doufu: An Alphabet of Chinese Culture by M.S. Krach
D is for Dragon Dance by Ying Chang Compestine
The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman
The Desert Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
The Dinosaur Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
The Disappearing Alphabet by Richard Wilbur
Discovering Nature’s Alphabet by Krystina Castella

Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z! by L. Ehlert
Eight Hands Round: A Patchwork Alphabet by Ann Whitford Paul
The Extinct Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
Eye Spy: A Mysterious Alphabet by Linda Bourke

F is for Fiesta by Susan Middleton Elya
A Farmer’s Alphabet by Mary Azarian
Firefighter A to Z by Chris L. Demarest
The Follks in theValley:A Pennsylvania Dutch ABC by J.Aylesworth
Found Alphabet by Ramon Shindler
From Acorn to Zoo by Satosh Kitamura
From Albatross To Zoo by Patricia Borlenghi
From Anne to Zach by Mary Jane Martin

G is for Galaxy: An Out of This World Alphabet by Janis Campbell
G is for Goat by Patricia Polacco
G is for One Gzonk: An Alpha-number-bet Book by Tony DiTerlizzi
A Gardener's Alphabet by Mary Azarian
Gathering the Sun by Alma Flor Ada
Gone Wild by David McLimans
The Graphic Alphabet by David Pelletier

H is for Home Run: A Baseball Alphabet by Brad Herzog
Halloween A B C by Eve Merriam
The Handmade Alphabet by Laura Rankin
A Helpful Alphabet of Friendly Objects By John Updike
The Hidden Alphabet by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
The Human Alphabet by Pilobolus

I is for Idea: an Inventions Alphabet by Marcia Schonberg
I Spy: An Alphabet in Art (I Spy Series) by Lucy Micklethwait
If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet by Leslie Mcguirk
In a Pumpkin Shell, A Mother Goose ABC by J.Aglund
Into the A, B, Sea!  by Deborah Lee Rose
It Begins With An A by Stephanie Calmenson

J is for Jump Shot: A Basketball Alphabet by Mike Ulmer
Jambo Means Hello by Muriel Feelings
Jazzy Alphabet Book by Sherry Shahan

K is for Kwanzaa by Juwanda Ford
Kenya ABCs: a Book About the People And Places of Kenya by Sarah Heiman

26 Letters and 99 Cents by Tana Hoban
Letter Lunch by Elisa Gutiérrez
LMNO Peas by Bruce Baker
A Little Alphabet by Trina Hyman
Leap into Poetry: More ABCs of Poetry by Avis Harley
The Letters Are Lost by Lisa Campbell Ernst

M is for Melody: A Music Alphabet by Kathy-Jo Wargin
M is for Maple by Mike Ulmer
Many Nations by Joseph Bruchac
Marimba! Animales from A to Z by Pat Mora
A Mountain Alphabet by Margriet Ruurs
Mouse Letters: AVery First Alphabet Book by JimArnosky
My Beastie Book of ABC by D. Frampton
My Teacher Can Teach...Anyone by W. Nikola-Lisa

NAVAJO ABC by Luci Tapahanso and Eleanor Schick
The New Alphabet of Animals by C.Wormell
A Northern Alphabet by Ted Harrison
Northern Lights A to Z by Mindy Dwyer

O Is for Orca by Andrea Helm
O is for Oystercatcher by Barbara Patrizzi
Old Black Fly by Jim Ayelsworth
On Market Street by Anita Lobel
Oscar de Mejo's ABC By Oscar de Mejo

A Pacific Alphabet by Margriet Ruurs
A Peaceable Kingdom: The Shaker Abecedarius by A. Provensen
Pigs from A to Z by Arthur Geisert
Potluck by Anne Shelby
A Prairie Alphabet by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet

Q is for Duck: An Alphabet Guessing Game by M. Elting
Queen Quail is Quiet: and other ABC Tongue Twisters by Erika Barriga
Quilt Alphabet by Leslie Cline-Ransome

Racecar Alphabet by Brian Floca
Read Anything Good Lately? by Susan Allen

S is for Salmon: A Pacific Northwest Alphabet by Hannah Viano
S is for Save the Planet: A How-to-be-Green Alphabet by Brad Herzog
S is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet by Eve Bunting
The Sailor’s Alphabet by Michael McRudy
Sleepy ABC by Margaret Wise Brown
Spring: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur
Summer: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur
The Sweet and Sour Animal Book by Langston Hughes
Swim Through the Sea by Kristin Joy Pratt

T Is for Tugboat: Navigating the Seas from A to Z by Traci N. Todd and Sara Gillingham
Talk to Me About the Alphabet by Chris Raschka
A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet by Claudia McGehee
Tomorrow's Alphabet by George Shannon
The Turn Around, Upside Down Alphabet Book by Lisa C. Ernst

U is for Underwear by Jesse Levison
The Ultimate Alphabet by Mike Wilks
The Underwater Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta

V for Vanishing: An Alphabet of Endangered Animals by P. Mullins
V Is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind by Ruby Roth 
The Victory Garden Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta

Waldorf Alphabet Book by Famke Zonneveld
A Walk in the Rainforest by Kristin Joy Pratt
Walter Was Worried by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Welcome to My Neighborhood: A Barrioa ABC! by Quiara Alegria Hudes
What Pete Ate From A to Z by Maira Kalman
What’s Inside? by Satoshi Kitamura
Wildflower ABC: An Alphabet of Potato Prints by Diana Pomeroy
Winter: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur

Yucky Reptile Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta

Z Goes Home by Jon Agee
The Z Was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg
Zoo Flakes ABC by Will C. Howell
ZOOology by Joelle Jolivet
Zoopa: An Animal Alphabet by Gianna Marino


  1. This is a fantastic list! I have read many, but I'm excited to look for new titles at the library....

  2. @KID World Citizen: so glad you enjoyed the post. I curate a K-5 global books on scoop it you might like as well. You can find it here. http://www.scoop.it/t/global-multicultural-picturebooks-k-5

  3. Thanks for mentioning my Northern Lights A-Z. I met a fascinating scientist while researching this book in my quest to bring science and art together. I enjoyed reading your blog!
    Mindy Dwyer
    author-illustrator of Coyote In Love
    WInter Is app for iPad http://bit.ly/nzqfNR

    1. Just saw this Mindy.. Love your book. Thanks for posting:)