Staff Picks: Favorite Alphabet and Counting Books
Although youth services staff gets a variety of book recommendation requests, two that we often receive are recommendation requests for alphabet and counting books. Alphabet and counting books can be as simple as “A is for apple” (with a depiction of a letter, something that begins with the letter, and nothing else) or “Count two butterflies” from complex story lines involving wacky adventures with letters and numbers. Here are a few of the Warrenton Youth Services staff favorite alphabet/counting books. Here are some of our tried-and-true and newly discovered favorites!
ABCD: An Alphabet Book of Cats and Dogs by Sheila Moxley
Why we chose it: “Each letter is introduced with alliteration to emphasize the sound it makes (Tabitha taps her tambourine with perfect timing). The artwork is amusing; photographs of a cat or dog embellished with artwork that shows them doing human things. A fun book!”
Backseat A-B-See by Maria van Lieshout
Why we chose it: “Perfect for many ages. It teaches road signs as well as alphabet and is great for transportation fans.”
The Handmade Alphabet by Laura Rankin
Why we chose it: “I love these clear pictures of the American Sign Language alphabet. Each illustration includes a picture of on object beginning with letter intertwined with the handshape.”
1,2,3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle
Why we chose it: “This was Eric Carle’s first book!! It was followed by “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and uses the same style of painted paper cut out and glued to form the pictures. It shows train cars picking up animals traveling to the zoo and includes a small outline at bottom of the page that reflects the train filling with animals. Lots of opportunities for counting AND inspires lots of crafty activities.”
Baby Bear Counts One by Ashley Wolff
Why we chose it: “The illustrations are realistic and endearing. Itintroduces hibernation, which makes it a great winter-time story. The story line makes it interesting to read aloud, but not enough to distract from counting.”
Each Orange Had 8 Slices by Paul Giganti
Why we chose it: “I’d recommend this book to toddlers and preschoolers because: The illustrations are bright and uncluttered. There’s also more than one way to count what’s on the page: concepts of groups, groups within groups, color, size, shape: contrasts and comparisons are all here.”
Need more books to teach ABCS and 123s (or any other topic/reading interest for children)? Ask a member of our youth services staff or check out other book lists and recommendations online.
Warrenton Youth Services staff