A is for apple. B is for Ball. C is for Cat. And the list goes on. How do we pick an ABC book that can work in our classrooms?
I am studying this topic because I am in search for alphabet books that could be used with the kindergarten ABC book project. The ABC book project is a collaborative project with kindergarten classroom teachers. Students listen to stories or song based on a topic related to a particular letter in my art class. Students then create their own art page using an art technique based off of a particular letter. What I am looking for are books that are a blend of the alphabet, visual arts, and relatable to kindergarten students.
This topic is pertinent to K-8 education because the alphabet is a foundational piece in reading. McGill-Franzen states, “Reading comprehension develops in kindergarten but lags far below listening comprehension” (p. 20). Mc-Gill goes on to explain that students really don’t get reading comprehension until 7th or 8th grade (p. 20). If students don’t have the foundation in place in kindergarten they will fall further and further behind their classmates as the years go on. By giving all students exposure to the alphabet through alphabet books students will be given equal opportunity in my class. My kindergarten students are not only getting exposure to each alphabet letter in my class they are also building an art foundation.
Alphabet books interest me because when my daughter (Tabitha) was born I sang to her the ABC song as a lullaby on the day she was born. I would read ABC books to her all the time. She is now in second grade and she loves to read. One summer, my daughter and I created our own ABC book for her filled with her ideas. I thought that maybe it would be nifty to have my students then write their own ABC book like I did with my daughter. I now have a one year old and we read a lot of ABC books. She really likes her books. This topic is near and dear to me and relates to my teaching.
A. A B C: A child’s First Alphabet Book by Alison Jay (2003)
B. Creature by Andrew Zuckerman (2009)
C. A Fabulous Fair Alphabet by Debra Frasier (2010)
D. Alphabetter by Dan Bar-el and Granham Ross (2007)
E. AlphaOpps! The Day Z Went first by Alethea Kontis (2006)
F. The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra (2009)
G. A is for Zebra: A Happy Ending On Every Page! By Mark Shulman (2006)
H. G is for Goat by Patricia Polacco (2006)
H. B is for Bookworm: A library Alphabet by Anita C. Prieto (2007)
J. T is for Teachers: A school Alphabet by Steven l. Layne and Deborah Dover Layne (2005)
K. Alphabeep: A Zipping, Zooming ABC by Debora Pearson (2006)
L. The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z! by Steve Martin (2007)
M. Xavier and the Letter X: Alphabet Friends (2003)
N. Kindergarten ABC by Jacqueline Rogers (2003)
O. Z is for Zamboni by Matt Napier (2002)
P. G is for One Gzonk! An Alpha-Numbr-Bet Book by Tiny Diterlooney (2006)
Q. The Bouncing, Dancing, Galloping ABC by Charlotte Doyle (2006)
R. Museum ABC by The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2002)
S. A is for Artist: An alphabet by Ella Doran (2005)
T. LMNO peas by Keith Baker (2010)
U. Little Bird’s ABC by Piet Grobler (2005)
V. P is for Peanut: A photographic ABC by Lisa Gelber and Jody Roberts (2007)
W. A is for Art: An Abstract Alphabet by Stephen T. Johnson (2008)
X. Alphabeasties: and other amazing types by Sharon Werner (2009)
(Note: Y and Z were up late in a Yo-Yo contest and still catching up on some Z’s. They didn’t make it in today.)
Mc-Gill-Franzen, A. (2006). Kindergarten literacy: Matching assessment and instruction in kindergarten.New York, NY: Scholastic Inc.
To be continued ……….