ABZZz… A Bedtime Alphabet by Isabel Minhós Martins and Yara Kono

Convincing children to go to sleep can be an adult’s nightmare: sometimes you need the patience of a saint. After endless stories, youtube lullabies, fake snoring, face stroking and begging the whole process can become somewhat laborious.

This beautifully illustrated ABZzz book is here to help all of you exhausted and irritable parents out there. Send those toddlers to sleep with this sanity saving, sleep inducing, yawn provoker.

Published by Thames and Hudson.


ABC Word Play by Fany Perret

An interactive alphabet book for the design conscious toddler!

This is an eye-pleasing object for the bookshelf. The long rectangular shape and the bold, graphic typeface make this an irresistible board book to pick up and play with.

After you punch out the chunky neon letters, assemble the simple words on the other side of the spread, or spell new words of your own.

My toddlers adore this novelty book and have been going back to it again and again. They can’t spell the words yet; however, for them it is a captivating jigsaw puzzle that is introducing them to the shapes of capital letters.

Published by Chronicle Books

Publishing date 8/3/16

Alphadoodler by Jan Bajtlik

Alphadoodler is an activity book children and typography nerds, created by graphic designer Jan Bajtlik.
The book is filled with activities for children to draw, scribble, cut, stick, paint and design.

The book is beautifully put together; it is exactly the kind of book that I want my children to get stuck into. They might have to prise it from my fingers first though.

Published by Tate Publishing.

Alphabetics – An Aesthetically Awesome Alliterated Alphabet Anthology by Patrick and Traci Concepción, illustrated by Dawid Ryski

This is no ordinary alphabet book; this is the kind of alphabet book that Stephen Fry could have written – Atticus, the altruistic astronaut, Colossal Cornelius captures his companions with his camera, Daisy the diver dares a death-defying dip with dinosaurs.

Each of the letters of the alphabet is represented by a surreal and humorous alliteration and a whimsical, stylised illustration. As someone with a graphic design history, the book makes my mouth water with its perfect typesetting, abundances of vast white space and perfectly polished illustrations. As a teacher, I can see bags of potential for using it as a stimulus for creative writing.

If you know my blog well, you’ll know I’m a sucker for a decent alphabet book. This one has just sneaked into my top 5.

Published by Little Gestalten.

Work: An Occupational ABC by Kellen Hatanaka

An alphabetical tour through the coolest jobs you can imagine—and some you might never have heard of! With a sophisticated, minimalist design and visual jokes to interpret on every page, Work: An Occupational ABC introduces children both to the alphabet and to a range of alternative careers.

Groundwood Books