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ABC Books

ABC books are an exciting way for early readers to explore letters and words. But they are not just for the younger grades. Many authors use the alphabet format as a springboard for teaching about science, geography, and even poetry! The following fiction and nonfiction books will stretch students’ imaginations and vocabularies — all in a format that’s as easy as A-B-C!

This Is Not My Hat

This Is Not My Hat

By: Jon Klassen
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Level: 0-5

A follow-up to the award-winning I Want My Hat Back follows the antics of a tiny fish who wears a perfectly fitting round blue hat while trying to avoid an enormous sleeping fish.

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Lowercase Letters: Learn with Dick and Jane

Lowercase Letters: Learn with Dick and Jane

By: Danielle Denega
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers
Level: 0-5

Children will love learning lowercase letters with Dick, Jane, Sally, and therest of the family. This activity workbook, complete with reward stickers, is perfect for preschoolers and kindergartners.

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ABC3D

ABC3D

By: Marion Bataille
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Level: 0-5

Prepare to be amazed. From the lenticular cover that changes with the angle of your hands all the way to the Z, ABC3D is as much a work of art as it is a pop-up book. Each of the 26 three-dimensional letters move and change before your eyes. C turns into D with a snap. M stands at attention. X becomes Y with a flick of the wrist. And then there’s U…Boldly conceived and brilliantly executed with a striking black, red, and white palette, this is a book that readers …

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Big Words for Little People

Big Words for Little People

By: Jamie Lee Curtis
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 6-7

BIG words, BIG laughs, BIG fun from the #1 national bestselling team of Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell. The hilarious, boisterous, and zany family of Big Words for Little People learns that whether they’re all shopping for shoes (COOPERATE) or walking the dog (RESPONSIBLE) or waiting on a verrrrry long line (PATIENCE), these BIG words will help them COMMUNICATE with the bigger world around them. Curtis and Cornell give kids the LANGUAGE of good values so that they’ll UNDERSTAND what it means to do the right (APPROPRIATE) thing and …

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When Farts Had Colors

When Farts Had Colors

By: Mark Lawton Thomas
Level: 8-9

When Farts Had Colors is the story of 4th grader Lance Chance who hates Mondays. This particular Monday Lance’s mom coaxes Lance to school with his favorite sandwiches and a ‘wish-kiss’. On his way to school Lance is tormented by “the biggest, meanest 4th grader ever to stalk the halls of Alfonso Orr Elementary School. Merry Maddox. Bully Extraordinaire…”A legend” and her posse of mayhem, the Crazy M&Ms. If having to hand over his sandwiches and perform a certain humiliating act wasn’t enough, Lance gets blamed by Merry Maddox for …

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Alphabet

Alphabet

By: Matthew Van Fleet
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Level: 0-5

An Amazing ABC Safari for Preschoolers! In Matthew Van Fleet’s incredible new multiconcept book, over 100 creatures and plants from A to Z hilariously demonstrate action words, synonyms, opposites, and more. Young explorers are challenged to spot four plants or animals that begin with each letter of the alphabet. Twenty-three textures plus foils, flaps, pull tabs, and even a scratch-and-sniff scent add to the interactive surprises on every page.

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Eric Carle’s ABC

Eric Carle’s ABC

By: Eric Carle
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Level: 6-7

A. B. C. D. Unfold the full-page flaps to reveal an ant, bear, camel, and duck! Eric Carle’s illustrated alphabet and animals make learning your ABCs as easy as . . . well, A, B, C!

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Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book

Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book

By: Dr. Seuss
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 0-5

With Dr. Seuss as your guide, learning the alphabet is as easy as A, B, C.

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

By: Bill Martin, Jr.
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
Level: 6-7

“A told B, / and B told C, / I’ll beat you to the top of the coconut tree.” Rascally A entices the whole alphabet up the tree, but the tree cannot handle the weight. All the lowercase letters come crashing to the ground, “Chicka chicka… BOOM! BOOM!” Uppercase letters rush in to comfort the little ones, and all is well-for a while-in this irresistible alphabet book. Ehlert’s bright, graphic illustrations join the jazzy foot-tapping rhyme. Watch out for that imp, A!

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Q Is for Quark : A Science Alphabet Book

Q Is for Quark : A Science Alphabet Book

By: David M. Schwartz
Publisher: Tricycle Press, 2001
Level: 12-13

Science fans (and science phobes!), here’s a fun, readable book that introduces science terms with one topic per letter, including black hole, immune system, Occam’s razor, and xylem. Witty cartoon illustrations on each page will keep readers of all ages amused. For further scientific explanations, the glossary defines additional terms — from absolute zero to zygote.

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