An Alphabet of Books

What makes a great picture book? Is it the illustrations? Is it the rhythm of the words? Should it be funny? Should it teach us something? Yes, Yes, and Yes! Picture books can be soothing or rambunctious; they can be silly or sad. They can be for kids or for adults. The best part of a picture book is what happens when you share the book with someone else.

I am pleased to present my Alphabet of Books – one picture book for each letter of the alphabet. I limited myself to books that were currently on the shelf at the Aurora Public Library, so if you don’t see your favorite, it could have been checked out! Please feel free to add your favorites in the comments! In this list, you’ll find 2 books of poems, several award-winners and a book by a famous cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine. Click on the titles or the images to see more about each book.

all-the-world     All the World  by Liz Garton Scanlon

blueberries-for-sal     Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Just thinking of this book makes me say “Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk.”

creepy-carrots     Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds

duck-rabbit     Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Which is it? A duck or a rabbit?

each-kindness     Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

the-firekeepers-son     The Firekeeper’s Son by Linda Sue Park

great-gracie-chase     The Great Gracie Chase by Cynthia Rylant

happy-birthday-to-you     Happy Birthday to You by Dr. Seuss

in-the-wild     In the Wild  by David Elliott

journey     Journey by Aaron Becker

knots-on-a-counting-rope    Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin, Jr.

look-out-jack     Look Out, Jack! The Giant is Back! by Tom Birdseye

many-moons     Many Moons by James Thurber

night-tree     Night Tree by Eve Bunting

oh-no     Oh, No! by Candace Fleming

purple-green-and-yellow   Purple, Green, and Yellow by Robert Munsch

quackers     Quackers by Liz Wong

red-sings-from-treetops     Red Sings From Treetops by Joyce Sidman

stella-louellas-runaway-book     Stella Louella’s Runaway Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst

the-tale-of-tricky-fox     The Tale of Tricky Fox by Jim Aylesworth

under-the-quilt-of-night     Under the Quilt of Night by Deborah Hopkinson

the-velveteen-rabbit     The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco

whoever-you-are   Whoever You Are by Mem Fox

dave-the-potter    Sorry!

There are no titles that begin with “X”, so you get an “X-tra” book, instead. Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill. This is a picture book biography that is shelved with our other juvenile biographies.

you-read-to-me     You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman

zin-zin-zin     Zin! Zin! Zin!: a Violin by Lloyd Moss

Maybe this would be an activity you could try with your kids!