Now I Know My ABCs: Best Alphabet Books for Kids

In addition to the extra  20% off sale at Half Price Books, we’re also hosting a special storytime this weekend! National Literacy Month starts September 1, so we’re going back to the basics of reading by focusing on the ABCs all month long. Join us in-store at 2pm CST (so 12pm for you PSTers and 3pm for the EST crowd) as we hold a huge chain-wide ABC storytime!

In addition, here’s a round-up of some of our bibliomaniacs’ favorite alphabet books:

1) Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet by David McLimans, 2) Into the A, B, Sea: An Ocean Alphabet by Deborah Lee Rose, 3) Charley Harper ABCs by Carley Harper (Illustrator), 4) Alphabeasties: And Other Amazing Types by Sharon Werner and Sarah Nelson, 5) Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert (Illustrator), 6) Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray, 7) Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr., 8) Dr. Seuss’s ABC by Dr. Seuss, 9) Agent A to Agent Z by Andy Rash, 10) The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst (Illustrator), 11) Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson, 12) Museum ABC by the Metropolitain Museum of Art

Click here to download this book list (PDF).

I would be remiss to not include my favorite ABC book: Edward Gorey’s Gashlycrumb Tinies, described as “an alphabetical phantasmagoria in which a succession of infants meet dreadful ends” — which places it far from the kids’ section of your local HPB (but if you have a soft spot for beautifully illustrated macabre nonsense, this is the ABC book for you.)

Which ABC book is your favorite? – Kristen D.

Kristen is Public Relations Specialist at Half Price Books Corporate.
You can follow her on Twitter at @kristendickson.

2 thoughts on “Now I Know My ABCs: Best Alphabet Books for Kids

  1. The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman of course! It has Gaiman being wonderful as always with dark but appropriate material for children and some quaintly gruesome illustration by Gris Grimly. Not the masterpiece of Instructions but then that isn't an alphabet book. Good readings all! And sale shopping. I'll be making three or four stops because I'm a bit of an addict. O.o Cheers!

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