Alphabets on the Edge

The alphabet isn't just for toddlers and preschoolers. These books present the alphabet in new ways that are certain to captivate, gross out, or enthrall beginning elementary kids as well.

The Icky Bug Alphabet Book

By Jerry Pallotta

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Bugs from A to Z. Suggested for ages 4-8.
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Discovering Nature's Alphabet

By Krystina Castella, Brian Boyl

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A beautiful book which finds letters in nature. Suggested for ages 7 and up.
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Ellsworth's Extraordinary Ears and other Amazing Alphabet Anecdotes

By Valorie Fisher

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Photographs depict twenty-six scenes, one for each letter of the alphabet. Suggested for ages 3-9.
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My Little Sister Hugged an Ape

By Bill Grossman

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Little sister is on a hugging spree, out to hug a different animal for every letter of the alphabet. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P My sister's on a hugging spree! Hugging her way from A to Z. Suggested for ages 5-8.
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Bestiary : an Illuminated Alphabet of Medieval Beasts

By Jonathan Hunt

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An alphabet bestiary featuring mythical animals such as the amphisbaena, basilisk, and catoblepas. Suggested for ages 5-10.
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What Pete Ate from A to Z : where we explore the English alphabet (in its entirety) in which a certain dog devours a myraid of items which he should not

By Maira Kalman

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In this alphabet book, a child relates some of the unusual things eaten by Pete the dog, including an accordion, a lucky quarter, and Uncle Norman's underpants. Suggested for ages 4-9.
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The Hidden Alphabet

By Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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An alphabet book in which windows open to reveal the letters hidden within each picture. Suggested for ages 4-8.
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The alphabet from Z to A : (with much confusion on the way)

By Judith Viorst

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Verses running backwards through the alphabet take note of some anomalies in English spelling and grammar. Suggested for ages 7-10.
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Ogres! Ogres! Ogres! A Feasting Frenzy from A to Z

By Nicholas Heller

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The letters of the alphabet are represented by an assortment of ogres devouring all sorts of foods. Suggested for ages 4-9.
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Fed Up! a Feast of Frazzled Foods

By Rex Barron

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In a series of alphabetically arranged scenes, a cabbage cries over coleslaw, eggs exit, oranges object, and other foods are pictured to represent all the letters of the alphabet. Suggested for ages 7 & up.
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