You know how much I love to help you figure out what to read in your homeschool, so when the opportunity came up to co-host this amazing link party, I jumped in with both feet. This week’s theme is Alphabet, and since you preschooling or kindergartening homeschool mamas might be struggling to find books to teach your littles the alphabet, I have searched my brain archives for the books I loved most, both when I was a little and when my littles were learning.
What to Read – Alphabet books
My favorite alphabet book as a child was Dr. Seuss’s ABC book. Maybe it was because Seuss was the go-to children’s book author at the time, but I don’t really think so. The rhythm and rhyme of this book still draws me in. Plus, Camel on the Ceiling for C, and not too many books give your child both sounds for C, do they? Seuss is still wildly popular today for a reason. Part of it is his hilarious illustrations, and part of it is his penchant for making up new words, but mostly it’s just that he connects with littles in a way many grown-ups can’t. And that makes learning the alphabet fun.
And that’s kinda the point, isn’t it?
If we’re going to talk about classic children’s book authors, we have to include Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s abc. This one is simpler than Seuss’s, with just the letter, one of Carle’s brilliant illustrantions, and a word that starts with a letter. But it works almost like flashcards, so it shouldn’t be ignored for its simplicity. In fact, it should be applauded. Used together, the two books could end up being all you need.
If you don’t know by now what a huge Arnold Lobel fan I am, you have not been paying attention.
On Market Street is ingeniously illustrated by Anita Lobel, but that’s not the only draw here. This book is so imaginative, your littles will barely notice they are learning letters. The premise is a person going to the shops on Market Street and buying the wares. Each page features the letter and a word, but the picture is of a person Dressed In whatever was bought–even donuts. An entire outfit made of donuts.
My favorite? The outfit made of books, of course. Your littles will be enraptured by the illustrations; I’m not making that up.
There have been times when it felt like I had 26 kids rather than just 3, so I’m all full of admiration for Old Mother Rabbit. She has 26 bunnies, and she has to put them each to bed. Each bunny has a name that starts with a letter of the alphabet. This book is both an alphabet and a counting book rolled into one. While it doesn’t focus solely on the alphabet like the books above do, the illustrations are the kind that will entrance your littles for hours, and the gentle rhyming is brilliant. Because how many different places can bunnies sleep?! So you really should include So Many Bunnies in your alphabet library.
If you have boys (or girls who like a good thrill), chances are pretty good they’re going to love this book as much as mine did. Because monsters. Because Ann has Alligator skin. And Lucy’s tongue is 10 feet Long. The monsters are funny, and the illustrations will have your littles in stitches, especially when–at the end of the book–they discover that the monsters are also reading a creepy crawly ABC–featuring humans! This one is too cute.
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And now for the link up!
Our hosts will still share a themed selection of our favorite books each week.
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