Choose your ABC

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Every child’s library should have an ABC book in the collection – in fact, probably more than one. There are so many ABC books available, you can be certain to find one that will match the interests of your child. I visited my local bookshop recently to have a look at the new Charlie Harper ABC that we reviewed on Babyology a few months ago. While I was there I took the time to browse through some other ABC books currently available.

The first one that caught my eye was Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert. The book covers all sorts of fruits and vegetables from around the world, from everyday asparagus and avocado to the exotic xiqua. I’m hoping that it becomes my daughter’s favourite read as she is going through that frustrating two-year-old phase where suddenly all vegetables are greeted with a scowl and a defiant “don’t like it!” Eating the Alphabet is $17.95 and is available through Fishpond.

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Although ABC books are often aimed at pre-schoolers, they are relevant and useful for kids learning to read. My kids love playing ‘I Spy’ and given that one of my boys has started school this year and is learning to read, I know the book Found Alphabet by Polish collage artists Ramon Shindler et al will appeal. Found Alphabet is a mixture of poetry and collage – each picture is made from various ‘found-objects’ ranging from rusty wire to bits of toast. There is lots to look at and the clever poems to go with each letter of the alphabet make it a great choice for school age children. Found Alphabet is $27 at Fishpond.

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The A-Z Animal Alphabet Book by Martin Yeeles will thrill animal enthusiasts. From anteaters to zebras, each letter of the alphabet is paired with an animal and some interesting facts. For example, did you know that jellyfish are 95 per cent water? I particularly like this book because it shows both upper and lower case letters plus I love the crisp illustrations and beautiful use of colours. The A-Z Animal Alphabet Book is US$35 and is available from Greenergrass Design.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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