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Children's Literature

Books in BU's Juvenile Collection

Alphabet Books

Aardvarks, disembark! / Ann Jonas. 1990. 591.529 J76a.   After the flood, Noah calls out of the ark a variety of little-known animals, many of which are now endangered.

Alphabatics / Suse MacDonald. 1986. Fic M1358a.   The letters of the alphabet are transformed and incorporated into twenty-six illustrations, so that the hole in "b" becomes a balloon and "y" turns into the head of a yak.

Alphabet Adventure / Audrey Wood. 2001. Fic W873a.  On their way to school, the little letters of the alphabet have to rescue little "i" and then find his dot before they can proceed.

The Alphabet Atlas / Arthur Yorinks. 1999. 912 Y61a.   An alphabet book that introduces young explorers to the beauty, shape, and habitat of twenty-six areas of the world.

Alphabet City / Stephen T. Johnson. 1995. Fic J694a.  Paintings of objects in an urban setting present the letters of the alphabet.

The alphabet room / Sara Pinto. 2003. 428.1 P659a.  Lift-able flaps hide pictures in which each letter of the alphabet is represented by a variety of objects in a room.

America: a patriotic primer / Lynne Cheney. 2002. 973 C518a.   Each letter of the alphabet is represented by important people, ideas, and events in the history of the United States.

The black book of colors [braille] / by Menena Cottin and Rosana Faría. 2008. 535.6 C848ℓ. This title invites readers to imagine living without sight through remarkable illustrations done with raised lines and descriptions of colors based on imagery. Braille letters accompany the illustrations and a full Braille alphabet offers sighted readers help reading along with their fingers.

Chicka chicka boom boom / Bill Martin Jr. 1989. Fic M3837c.  An alphabet rhyme/chant that relates what happens when the whole alphabet tries to climb a coconut tree

Click, clack, quackity-quack: an alphabetical adventure / by Doreen Cronin and [illustrated by] Betsy Lewin. 2005. Fic C947cl.  An assortment of animals gathers for a picnic.

Crazy Alphabet / Lynn Cox. 1992. Fic C8773c.  A cumulative alphabet starting with an apple and ending with a Yowie who eats everything and bursts, leaving zero.

D is for drinking gourd: an African American alphabet / Nancy I. Sanders. 2007. 973.0496073003 S2156d.  Using the alphabet to introduce its contents, this book includes topic such as abolitionists, cowboys, Harlem Renaissance, and Kwanzaa."

Eating the alphabet: fruits and vegetables from A to Z / Lois Ehlert. 1989. Fic E327e.  An alphabetical tour of the world of fruits and vegetables, from apricot and artichoke to yam and zucchini.

Firefighters A to Z / Chris L. Demarest. 2000. 628.925 D376f.   An alphabetic look at a firefighter's day.

The folks in the valley: a Pennsylvania Dutch ABC / Jim Aylesworth. 1992.  974.80043934 A978f.   A rhyming alphabet book about the people and activities of a Pennsylvania Dutch settlement in a rural valley.

Food for thought: the complete book of concepts for growing minds / written and illustrated by Saxton Freymann. 2005. 736.9 F894f.   Presents fruits and vegetables carved into shapes to teach colors, numbers, letters, shapes, and opposites.

Gone wild: an endangered animal alphabet / David McLimans. 2006. 591.68 M165g.  Bold and playful illustrations transform each letter into a work of art, graphically rendered with endangered animal characteristics.

The handmade alphabet / Laura Rankin. 1991. 419 R211h.  Presents the handshape for each letter of the American manual alphabet accompanied by an object whose name begins with that letter.

The Hidden Alphabet / Laura Vaccaro Seeger. 2003. 428.1 S451h.   An alphabet book in which windows open to reveal the letters hidden within each picture.

I spy: an alphabet in art / Lucy Micklethwait. 1996. 759 M625i.   Presents objects for the letters of the alphabet through paintings by such artists as Magritte, Picasso, Botticelli, and Vermeer.

K is for Keystone: a Pennsylvania alphabet / Kristen Kane. 2003. 974.8K 16k.  An alphabet book that introduces Pennsylvania's history, culture, and landscape, from the Amish of Lancaster to the Philadelphia Zoo.

LMNO peas / Keith Baker.  2010.  Fic B16787ℓ.  Busy little peas introduce their favorite occupations, from astronaut to zoologist.

Many nations: an alphabet of Native America / Joseph Bruchac. 1998. 970.0049 B887m.  Illustrations and brief text present aspects of the lives of the many varied native peoples across North America.

Miss Bindergarten gets ready for kindergarten / Joseph Slate. 1996. Fic S6314mg.   Introduces the letters of the alphabet, as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten.

Miss Bindergarten stays home from kindergarten / Joseph Slate. 2002. Fic S6314ms.  Introduces the letters of the alphabet while telling what happened at kindergarten when Miss Bindergarten was too ill to come to school.

Miss Spider’s ABC / David Kirk. 1998. Fic K588m.  Jumping junebugs, very vivid violets, entertaining earthworms, and other friends of Miss Spider gather to celebrate her birthday.

Old Black Fly / Jim Aylesworth. 1992. Fic A978o.  Rhyming text and illustrations follow a mischievous old black fly through the alphabet as he has a very busy bad day landing where he should not be.

Q is for quark: a science alphabet book / David M. Schwartz.  2001.  500.S399q.   A is for Atom, B is for Black Hole, C is for Clone . . .Introduction to a variety of scientific ideas.

The racecar alphabet / Brian Floca.  2003.  OVERSIZE  Fic F6274r.  An exciting day at the races highlights the letters of the alphabet as a variety of automobiles burn fuel speeding through the curves of the track.

The turn-around upside-down alphabet book / Lisa Campbell Ernst.  2004.   428.13 E71t. An alphabet book in which each letter becomes three different objects as the book is turned different directions, as when A becomes a bird’s beak, a drippy ice cream cone, and the point of a star.

Z is for Moose / Kelly Bingham.  2012.  Fic B6135z..  Moose, terribly eager to play his part in the alphabet book his friend Zebra is putting together, then awfully disappointed when his letter passes, behaves rather badly until Zebra finds a spot for him. 

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