Alphabet Books For Kindergarten plus a free activity file for your classroom. See some of my favorite ABC books that work well in kindergarten and first grade! Alphabet interventions and ABC center ideas too!
Alphabet Books for Kindergarten
Let’s face it, learning the alphabet is an extremely important milestone in the life of a child. It’s literally the foundation of every bit of education that comes after it. How can we help young children reach this goal – to learn each letter of the alphabet – in a fun way?
Alphabet books are a great way for kindergarten teachers to help students learn the letters of the alphabet. I’m so excited to introduce you to some of my favorite alphabet books to help young readers begin their journey toward reading and writing.
By focusing on this core building block, teachers can set kids up for success, by giving them the most important foundations for language literacy. As a kindergarten teacher, you want to incorporate educational resources that are fun and engaging for your students. One way to do that is through alphabet books. Alphabet books not only make learning how to read and spell enjoyable, but they also foster important literacy skills in young learners.
Now, I want to share with you a list of alphabet books that are my favorites for teaching kindergarten students! I’ve had some of these books FOR. EVER! BUT they are still just as great as ever.
Alpha Oops! The Day Z Went First –This alphabet adventure is so much fun for kids to read! The pages are filled with bright colors and it’s among my favorite books for helping kids to learn the alphabet!
It asks the question… What if Z went first? It sort of turns into a mess.
There are some interesting images to notice in this picture book. One thing I really love about this book are the little letters along the bottom of the page. As the letters get all mixed up, these letters do as well. In this unique alphabet book, with colorful illustrations, the conversation about what is fair and how to compromise is the main theme. Because of that, this book may even appeal to older children.
A My Name is Alice is an amazing alphabet book that’s also great for learning alliteration! Children’s books that cover lots of standards are power-packed with lots of learning!
This is a great book for alliteration as well. You may want to save this one for Thanksgiving time! Along with the bright pictures, there are some fun vocabulary lesson possibilities with this book.
Tomorrow’s Alphabet has an interesting structure! As you read the pages, you may want to keep the pictures to yourself on some of these. Let the students listen to the words, then let students take a guess!
Alphabet City is such a visual book…in fact, maybe a great wordless book is a better way to inspire your young authors? You could use it as a launching point to go on your own alphabet walk!
Q is for Duck is a bit of an alphabet mystery book. Kids love the guessing game style of this book! Q is for duck because they QUACK of course! Keep them engaged with riddles on all the letters of the alphabet.
Animalia is a classic alphabet book that was written 25 years ago. Each page begs to be lingered over! And when you zoom in, you will see even more!
Let’s face it, kids love reading about bugs! Well, if they don’t LOVE bugs, at least they’re ALWAYS excited to learn more about them. This book is a fun exploration of all the creepy insects from A to Z!
This is an engaging super-deluxe alphabet book with over 100 pages of amazing wildlife photography – with animals from A to Z of course!
In this Pirate ABC book, the crew is ordered to capture all the letters of the alphabet or walk the plank! Kids love seeing what happens next in this fun book.
Uppercase and lowercase letters and a fire truck! What more could kids want in a fun adventurous book with lots of surprises!
A great book for teaching about the alphabet, the ocean, and new vocabulary! This book is a fun way to DIVE into the alphabet.
Like the 26 letters of the alphabet, Mrs. Bindergarten has 26 new students on the first day of kindergarten. Kids love to see how she prepares for each of them!
Unlike any other alphabet book out there, this ingenious book shows how each letter looks like the others! Kids love the unique view of the letters and their formations and how they can easily be molded into other letters!
Umm… I LOVE this book! A fantastic alphabet book that inspires compassion, kindness, and love for others! So Good!!
Kids love to follow adorable Rocket on his adventures in this sweet story. He interacts with fascinating new finds, each with letters starting from A to Z!
Of course, we have to add this favorite to the list of the best alphabet books! Upper case letters come to the rescue of lower case letters climbing a coconut tree.
For a week-long set of reading lesson plans for this book, click this link:
This quickly became one of my favorite ABC books! Students learn playful breathing exercises that follow the alphabet.
A neat book about letters that work together to create words and sentences.
This is a great alphabet book that introduces different jobs and activities.
Students have fun discovering different fruits and vegetables from around the world, along with interesting facts, that begin with each letter of the alphabet.
It would be fun to bring in a sample of the fruits and vegetables for each student to try!
As kindergarten teachers, we can’t underestimate the importance of using alphabet books to get kids to their first big learning goal…THE ALPHABET!
Remember, alphabet books provide a fun and interactive way for kindergarten students to learn the alphabet and letter sounds. These timeless books create a fun and memorable learning experience for children as they are exposed to words, letters, sounds, and objects in a visual format.
Here are a few engaging activities for additional alphabet practice. I like adding these tasks to literacy centers during the first several weeks of kindergarten.
Clip It Centers
Work on developing fine motor skills all while practicing letter identification and beginning sounds with these Clip It activities.
Climb and Slide Board Games
This board game is great for practicing beginning sounds. Check out the back to school theme game here:
Science of Reading Literacy Centers
Students practice uppercase and lowercase letters through various games and activities in this great resource.
Anytime Literacy Centers
These activity cards are from my non-seasonal set of literacy centers. I made these centers so they could be used at any time of the year and they would not be tied to a theme.
This editable intervention activity allows you to put in the letters that you want students to focus on. Then the pages are automatically populated. You can try a free sample at the end of this blog post.
Alphabet Free File
To download the free sample, you will just need to enter your name and email below in the box. Simple!