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Reading ABC books is a great way to introduce your kids to letters and learning to read. Here is a great collection of alphabet books for preschoolers!
Are you getting ready to teach your kids the alphabet? Whether you’re putting together a letter of the week unit study or you’re adding books to your homeschool preschool bookshelves, this list of ABC picture books has something for everyone.
There are themed books, silly books, rhyming books, and more!
Alphabet Books for Preschoolers
The books featured below provide an opportunity to introduce preschoolers to the alphabet without worksheets, flashcards, or workbooks.
Just snuggle up with your preschooler and one or more of these alphabet picture books, and they’ll know their letters in no time!
An Alphabet Salad by Sarah L. Schuette | Provides an introduction to fruits and vegetables by using each letter of the alphabet.
Creature ABC by Andrew Zuckerman | From alligator to zebra, each featured animal boasts two striking studio portraits against a clean white background, offering a unique up-close view of the animal kingdom.
Puddle’s ABC by Holly Hobbie | Otto wants to learn how to write his name, but he doesn’t know the alphabet. So Puddle decides to teach him using his own original words and pictures.
ABC Birds by American Museum of Natural History | From Albatross to Zebra Finch, this stunning, oversize ABC book, developed in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History, celebrates some of nature’s most amazing creatures!
I Spy Letters by Jean Marzollo | Toddlers and preschoolers can search photos from the original I Spy series for letters to help them learn the alphabet.
P is for Pumpkin: God’s Harvest Alphabet by Kathy-Jo Wargin | P is for Pumpkin celebrates the wonders of the fall season. With help from the alphabet, preschoolers journey through God’s harvest blessings―in the process discovering just how much there is to be thankful for!
T is for Tutu by Kurt Browning | Tutus and leotards, pointe shoes and ribbons, stretching exercises at the barre – these are all familiar images when one is thinking of ballet.
A to Z by Sandra Boynton | From A to Z, the alphabet gets a seriously silly twist in this Sandra Boynton classic.
Eric Carle’s ABC | A. B. C. D. Unfold the full-page flaps to reveal an ant, bear, camel, and duck! Eric Carle’s illustrated alphabet and animals make learning your ABCs as easy as . . . well, A, B, C!
D is for Dinosaur by Todd Chapman | Did dinosaurs really die out or is it possible they are still with us today? And what’s bigger and scarier than the T-rex? This book answers these questions and more as readers journey through the alphabet.
B is for Bulldozer by June Sobel | Get ready for a ride through the alphabet at a busy construction site. There’s a big yellowBulldozer, a tall shiny Crane, a rusty red Dump truck–and the construction crew is hard at work. But what are they building?
The Airplane Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta | Let your imagination take flight! This fact-filled book features planes from the sleek Invader to the more popular Piper Cub.
U.S. Army Alphabet Book by Sammie Garnett | A great book for kids who want to learn more about the army.
The Yummy Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta | Welcome to a delectable alphabet adventure. While on your way to “Z is for Zatar,” relish the savory Mustard, the aromatic Spearmint, and the spicy Wasabi.
A is for Airplane: A Bilingual ABC Board Book by Theresa Howell | Vibrant illustrations bring the life basic vocabulary and letters in both Spanish and English. It’s all you need from A to Z in two languages!
The Flower Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta | Roses are red, Violets are blue… And they’re only two of the flowers in this book of bright colors and delightful information.
Bugs A to Z by Caroline Lawton | The perfect book for all kids who are fascinated with bugs. Simple text from A to Z provides buggy facts and figures.
The Vegetable Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta | A wonderful blend of facts and humor makes learning about vegetable gardening fun and easy. Learn about fiddleheads, munchkin pumpkins, snow peas, walla wallas, and more!
The Construction Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta | Readers explore construction equipment in this noisy alphabet book.
Alphabeep: A Zipping, Zooming ABC by Debora Pearson | This book covers all vehicles that move from A to Z with a rhyming, rocking pattern of vehicle sounds that children are sure to love.
A Was Once an Apple Pie by Edward Lear | A Bear sniffs an Apple pie, a Cat and Dog are friends, an Eel and Fish share an ocean, a Goose spills a bottle of Ink, while a Hen laughs and later a Mouse is observed by an Owl in a Nest!
What Pete Ate From A – Z by Maira Kalman | Is there anything Pete won’t eat? Poppy’s charming yellow dog starts off by eating Rocky’s accordion. All of it. He snacks on a bouncing ball that belongs to Uncle Bennie’s dog Buster, and then makes a meal out of the rest of the alphabet.
Cleo’s Alphabet Book by Caroline Mockford | Children can master the alphabet while following Cleo’s adventures as the curious cat explores her world.
Alligator Alphabet by Stella Blackstone | Can you think of an animal for every letter of the alphabet? In this ABC book, young children will meet a parade of exotic and familiar creatures and their babies, and learn the upper and lower case letters of the alphabet.
The Furry Animal Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta | What mammal jumps ten feet high to avoid hungry lions? What monkey almost always gives birth to twins? What mammal has a nose so large that it has to be moved out the way just to eat? What mammal has eyes that are bigger than its brain?
The Icky Bug Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta | For many children, “icky” bugs are endlessly fascinating. This book helps children discover why farmers like the praying mantis, how the water spider breathes underwater, and other intriguing facts about the world of bugs and insects.
The Ocean Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta | Do you know which deep sea creature scares away its enemies by spraying ink at them, or which fish has lights inside its mouth to attract food? Learn the answer to these questions and other fascinating details about ocean life in this engaging and informative book.
Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming | Mouse is hard at work constructing each letter of the alphabet. He dyes the D, erases the E, and folds the F. Mouse works his way right through to Z, constructing an alphabet that surpasses even the wildest artistic imagination.
Alphaprints ABC by Roger Priddy | All of the letters of the alphabet are illustrated using colored finger and thumb prints, turned into animals with the addition of simple illustration.
Oops Pounce Quick Run! An Alphabet Caper by Mike Twohy | A little mouse is asleep until a ball suddenly bounces into his home, setting off an epic chase—from A to Z.
Alphabet Trucks by Samantha R. Vamos | Everyone’s heard of a tow truck. And a pickup truck. An ice-cream truck? Of course! But what about a quint truck? A lowboy truck? A knuckle-boom truck? Readers will learn about these kinds of trucks—and many more—while learning the alphabet in ALPHABET TRUCKS.
Alligators All Around by Maurice Sendak | ‘An alligator jamboree, with all the letters ‘ A through Z.’
R is for Rocket: An ABC Book by Tad Hills | From finding acorns, to balancing on a ball, to offering a cookie and a crayon to a crow, readers will love exploring the wonderful world of Rocket and his friends.
Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel | The captain of this brave and bumbling pirate crew has ordered them to capture the entire alphabet–and they’ll walk the plank if they’re missing a single letter!
The Letters Are Lost by Lisa Campbell Ernst | Once upon a time, all the letters of the alphabet were together. But now they’re lost! One showed up in the Bath. There was one under a Hat, another one on a Quilt, and even one in the Sandbox. Where are the rest?
A My Name is Alice by Jane Bayer | Young readers will delight in meeting such characters as Barbara, the bear with balloons for sale in Brazil; New York Ned, the newt who owns a noodle emporium, and finally the zipper-selling Zambian zebra and zebu, Zelda and Zach.
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker | Get ready to roll through the alphabet with a jaunty cast of busy little peas. Featuring a range of zippy characters from Acrobat Peas to Zoologist Peas, this delightful picture book highlights a variety of interests, hobbies, and careers.
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert | While teaching upper- and lowercase letters to preschoolers, Ehlert introduces fruits and vegetables from around the world. A glossary at the end provides interesting facts about each food.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. | In this lively alphabet rhyme, the letters of the alphabet race up the cocunut tree. Will there be enough room? Oh, no – Chicka Chicka Boom! Boom!
Dr. Seuss’s ABC | Featuring a fantastic cast of zany characters—from Aunt Annie’s alligator to the Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz, with a lazy lion licking a lollipop and an ostrich oiling an orange owl—Dr. Seuss’s ABC is a must-have for every young child’s library.
Animalia by Graeme Base | An alphabet book with fantastic and detailed pictures, bearing such labels as Lazy lions lounging in the local library.
The Alphabet Book by P. D. Eastman | From American Ants to a Zebra with a Zither, there are laughs in store: an elephant on eggs! A walrus in a wig! And there’s a handy alphabet down the side of each page so that everyone can keep track of where they are in the ABC’s.
Alphabet Rescue by Audrey Wood | The lowercase letters save the day and the uppercase letters. Riding in a fire truck they fixed themselves, these lowercase letters become heroes with firehoses!
Alphabet Mystery by Audrey Wood | Come along and ride on a flying pencil as all the little letters set out to solve a very puzzling mystery.
The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst | At every turn these letters are full of surprises. Imagine! What other things can you discover hiding in the alphabet?
Alphabet School by Stephen T. Johnson | Imagine a school. Any school. Be it your school, one from memory, or even a dream school. Then enter and embark on a journey of wonder and delight.
Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson | The urban landscape will never look the same again. As Stephen T. Johnson demonstrates in a series of strikingly realistic pastels and watercolors, a simple sawhorse can contain the letter “A”–while lampposts alongside a highway can form a row of elegant, soaring Ys.
Q is for Duck by Mary Elting | Why is “Q” for “Duck”? Because a duck quacks, of course.
The Alphabet Tree by Leo Lionni | When a fierce wind threatens to blow all the little letters out of the alphabet tree, they must band together in words—and then sentences—to create a message that’s even stronger than the wind: peace on earth.
Alpha Oops! The Day Z Went First by Alethea Kontis | It’s backwards! It’s inside out! It’s every letter for itself! This laugh-out-loud romp is not your average alphabet book!
Additional Alphabet Resources
• This set of felt letters will go great with these books. Have your kids match the felt letters to the letter in the book for a fun, hands-on alphabet matching activity.
• How about a wooden alphabet puzzle! This puzzle features your child’s name across the top and includes a puzzle piece for every letter sound in the alphabet.
• Help your preschooler make an alphabet flip book that makes a great on-the-go learning resource.