My favourite two-year-old was scrambling onto my knee with a library book for me to read to him. It was an alphabet book with beautiful pictures. As we turned the pages and chatted together about the pictures I noticed that some pages were better than others. This is often the case with alphabet books. And it’s not the beautiful pictures or gorgeous page layout that makes an alphabet book good. It’s the content.
For an alphabet book to be good the pictures chosen for each letter must match the sound that the letter makes.
So the ‘C’ page needs words like cow, but not cement. The‘S’ page needs words like sun or sausage, but not sheep or ship.
Watch out for the vowel pages in particular:
Using these rules to help you choose a good alphabet book should make the choosing much easier, even if it makes finding a good book much harder. And it also helps you when you are teaching the alphabet by getting your child to stick or draw pictures to make their own alphabet book.
Happy reading with your little ones !
*The pictures in this post were taken from ‘New Zealand ABC’ by Gwenda Taylor.