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EDEC 140: Phonics & English Language: Alphabet Books

Instructional Resource Center & AU Library resources to support EDEC 140

Alphabet Books

What are Alphabet Books?

As their name suggests, Alphabet books, or ABC books, were originally used to teach children the alphabet. Today, "many of them have moved beyond teaching children their alphabet to serving as a format to present detailed information about a particular subject for older boys and girls, to showcase an art book, or to create complicated puzzles" (Huck, p. 131).

AU Library's juvenile collection includes a variety of alphabet books. As noted during the course scavenger hunt, some titles are more traditional in nature (PE 1155 Alphabet Books). Others are more topic specific featuring animals, art, fairs, holiday's, neighborhoods, and people.


Huck, S. &Kiefer, B. (2004). Children's literature in the elementary school. Boston: McGraw Hill.

IRC Pinterest

Looking for Alphabet Books

Visit the IRC @ AU Library on Pinterest and review a selection of alphabet books available in the juvenile collection. Call numbers and a catalog link to check availability are included with pin descriptions.


AU Library Catalog

Quick Links

But wait, there's more! These quick links will take you to the library catalog for additional Alphabet Book resources.

Reference Resources

IRC Reference

The following reference titles are available for use in the Instructional Resource Center.