Get Ready for our Alphabet Party with Great ABC Books!

Article by marycatherine

Did you come to our marathon storytime of FORTUNATELY, THE MILK last year? Well, we’re doing it again this January 24, except this year, we’ll be reading Oliver Jeffers’ newest book ONCE UPON AN ALPHABET! This will be just like our normal storytimes, but BIGGER and BETTER! We’ll have a breakfast cereal bar, tons of ABC crafts and, best of all, you can wear your pajamas!! MC and other members of the Brazos staff will regale you with the silly and adventurous tales that span the entire alphabet with alliterative aplomb! Pick up a copy of ONCE UPON AN ALPHABET at Brazos today and start counting down the days til the party! 

Once Upon an Alphabet Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator), Oliver Jeffers
$26.99
ISBN: 9780399167911
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Philomel Books - October 14th, 2014

I know I don’t even need to say more about this new Oliver Jeffers book, because you’re probably already in your car on the way to the store to get a copy. In case you aren’t, let me tell you more. Each letter of the alphabet is associated with a word and beautiful full color illustration. Then, the following pages feature a delightful, alliterative short story about that object. This book is destined to be a classic! Our staff members have compared it to Shel Silverstein, Maurice Sendak and Edward Gorey...so let that speak for itself!

In the meantime, check out these fabulous featured titles from the latest onslaught of amazing, special, and super-fun ABC books! Each puts a fun spin on the tried and true genre, and is sure to bring enjoyment to ABC newbies and masters alike.


The Zoo's Grand Opening: An ABC and Counting Book Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9783899557145
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Gestalten Verlag - May 8th, 2014

This one is an ABC and counting book all about zoo animals! Between adorable rhyming verses about each letter’s animal and vivid bright pictures, this book is perfect for young animal lovers! The rhymes make it ideal for bedtime stories and the matte illustration style makes it really unique.


Ah-Ha to Zig-Zag: 31 Objects from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780847843770
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Skira Rizzoli - October 21st, 2014

Kalman’s signature illustrations make this ABC book a real treat! Featuring 31 objects from Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum, this book makes highbrow accessible and uses alliteration to great effect! I particularly love how every G on the G page is in bright red, making it exciting for young readers to spot them all!


Alphabetabum: An Album of Rare Photographs and Medium Verses Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781590178171
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - October 14th, 2014

This newest addition to the New York Review Children’s Collection seamlessly weaves past with present in this singular picture book. Quirky pictures of children from the early twentieth century are captioned by alliterative verses that describe or give invented context to the photos. Read this book together, then look at old family photos to compare!

And here are a few standby favorites that, while they aren’t new, round out my list of favorite ABC tomes.


Bruno Munari's ABC Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780811854634
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - March 16th, 2006

Damien Hirst: ABC Book Cover Image
By Damien Hirst (Artist)
$22.50
ISBN: 9781906967635
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Other Criteria Books - October 15th, 2013

Alphablock Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781419709364
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 6th, 2013

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