Sep 232021
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Looking for an interesting book to teach your little one her/his ABC’s…. we have curated everyone’s favourites from our kbc facebook group! Here goes….

For 1 – 5 years

A To Z – This is Sandra Boynton’s fun book on alphabets and gets ordered often!

Big Digger ABC: An A To Z Of Things That Go!

See, Touch, Feel: ABC (0 – 3 years)

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Alphabet book series (0 – 3 years)

The British Museum ABC (0 – 3 years)

I bought this for Darwin when he was around 8 months old and it helped to introduce Alphabets and art simultaneously to him.

-Divya

ABC’s of Virtue – (0 – 6 years) Quoting Amardeep:

Not only was the book not preachy at all, it is probably one of the most unique books I’ve ever come across. Not written in a story form, it introduces 26 key virtues every child (human) should know – one for each alphabet!

Chicka Chicka: ABCs and 123s Collection (1 – 4 years)

Once Upon An Alphabet (2 – 4 years) by Oliver Jeffers

A Is For Apple (lift the flap and trace) (2 – 5 years). [This book also has a counting version 123 Count with Me ]

I wanted something colorful, interactive with both small as well as capital letters in the same page. “ A is for Apple “ is just the book with tracks to trace for capital letters and flaps to lift for small letters. Very easy to explain names and sound of letters and lays foundation for writing by enabling tracing.

-Asma

ABC Dance! (0-4 years)

Solimo Board Book: ABC (2 – 4 years)

Solimo All In One Board Book (2 – 4 years)

Scholastic First Step Trace and Learn ABC (2 – 5 years)

Tracing if the alphabets and flaps make it interesting and easier to teach ABC to little ones.

-Divya

Chris Ferrie’s ABC’s series (2 – 5 years)

The Alphabet Book Of Lower Case Letters (2 – 8 years)

The Alphabet of Animals and Birds (2-7 years) This has been featured on our website as well.

For 3 – 5 years

Dr. Seuss’s ABC  – this gets ordered often

Chipmunk’s ABC:  Amardeep has this one:

This book was bought when I realised that my child did not know his alphabets when he was almost 4 years old. Like all Richard Scarry books, this one has cute, loveable characters through the book and my son learnt his ABCs through this book. 

The Usborne Big Book of ABC

We have Usborne. There are so many things to look at on each page! Heaps of learning and fun! We never explained what alphabet stands for what, but M is starting to pick that up on her own, thanks to this book.

-Girija
PC Asma Shaikh

Touch, Think, Learn: ABC

It has beautiful carvings in shape of letters as well as shape of object/animal starting with a particular alphabet. We had so much fun touching the embossed letter, tracing them, feeding carve outs and A to Z was familiar in no time. Thick boardbook pages are easy for very young to explore on their own.Also the book is very sturdy, next to indestructible!

-Asma

Alphabet Ice Cream illustrated by the legendary Nick Sharratt is recommended by Punidha.

This has few words in each page varying from 2-5 words. Illustrations are wow ❤️ with Nick and Sue travel throughout the book with us.

Scholastic: Little Mates (3+ years) If you wish to buy this book from Amazon, click here.

Hey, That’s An A! (3.5+ years). Achira highly recommends this book and in her review says,

If you have a smart toddler or pre-K kid who doesn’t like the idea of studying, you got to grab this book. Adu shows me how he can change into the alphabets and it is a laughing riot with all of us rolling and laughing till our tummies hurt.

Alphabet Street (3 – 7 years)

For 4 – 8 years

Alpha Oops!: The Day Z Went First

Alligators All Around An Alphabet by Maurice Sendak. This too has been featured on our website.

The Construction Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta

Everything from aerial ladder to laser and other vehicles used in construction has been illustrated beautifully. And a must have for Vehicle Lovers.

– Divya

Letterland: ABC

K Is For Kissing A Cool Kangaroo by the legendary Giles Andreae is also recommended by Punidha. Quoting her:

There are so many words in each page. For instance, the letter T has words – Toucan, Tiger, Teddy, Tapir, Tortoise, Turtle, Tomato, Tangerine, Toffee, Tea, Teapot, Truffle cake, Toad, Trout fish (New to me 😀, pls add if I have missed noticing anything else).The letter V has words – Vampire, vampire bats, vulture, vole, violet flower and most interestingly ‘Venus flytrap’ plant. Have you noticed it? There are very tiny things to be observed in each page. This book has rhyming text and illustration is awesome, so we sing like a song that catches my kids’ attention and make them love this ❤️. I would proudly say that I’m learning new words by teaching my kids ❤️🥰.

B is for Breathe: The ABCs of Coping with Fussy and Frustrating Feelings by Melissa M. Boyd for 4-8 years. Heliana has shared a review:

Another lovely book from this group recos. A lovely book for toddlers going through big emotions and learning how to control and how to express through imagination, art, music and more.At 3.9 years old we are going through different feelings and emotions and such books are of great help for young toddlers who are still learning how to better express their feelings and emotions.Just today she picked this book and turned the page where there is E for Eat a healthy snack and asked for a whole apple and strictly asked for it not to be cut as she wanted to eat it just like the girl in the pic 😝It’s a good book we continuously go to everytime we have big emotions.A couple pages i found them to be little more Americanized but you can still try your own interpretation. For example the page that has P for Prayer, since we dont really pray and aren’t religious, we have interpreted in our own way where we draw a parallel of praying to meditation which my daughter is more familiar and fond of at the moment.The pages are bit too thin but overall it’s a great book!

Take Away the A – Amardeep has this one and highly recommends it

Want to read a really fun book with great illustrations, and amazing word play, that kids just starting to read can read by themselves? Then get this book. I really don’t know what I love the most about it – the name of the book (that made neil fall in love with it immediately), the amazing word play on each page (that has made me read this book innumerable times!), the fact that neil could read most of it by himself, the superb quality of the paper, the huge size of the book or that we enjoyed it sooo much that we now want to find our own alphabeast in every word (this is the coolest, i think)!

NEW RELEASE!

WHOS AFRAID OF Z? NOT ME! by Lubaina Bandukwala – an interesting book dedicated to the much ignored letter Z!!!

J Is For Jalebi – Hindi Alphabets for Little Foodies Read Amardeep’s detailed review here.

Thank you Asma, Girija, Neha, Achira, Divya, Punidha, Amardeep, Heliana for sharing your awesome recommendations.

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