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Cool books that help kids learn their ABC’s

These quirky and stylish alphabet books help little ones learn the A-Z the more, modern way

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Over singing the ABC song?  Then take a look at these cool books that help young children learn their alphabet in today’s modern world.

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Maybe your little one loves pasta? Or, is obsessed with Star Wars. Are you a parent bringing up your children the vegan way? Then, yes there really is an ABC book for you. Or, maybe you want to learn the letters of the alphabet with David Bowie? Yes, you guessed it. There is a book for that too!

It’s never too soon to get toddlers and young children to learn their A-Z and with these fun books it can suit their personalities, passions and – as these books are a much more stylish than other ABC books – capture their creative imagination too!

Ready to learn your ABC’s again? xx Modern Alphabet Books for Kids

Bowie A to Z: The Life of an Icon from Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust (Smith Street Books)

A beautifully illustrated alphabetical tribute that celebrates the many faces and facets of cultural icon David Bowie. Packed with everything you need to know about the rock legend from his greatest hits and trivia to the most obscure B-side facts. Ideal for ages 5+

BUY HERE >> Bowie A to Z: The Life of an Icon from Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust by Steve Wilde and Libby Vanderploeg

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** Look out for other titles in the series too…

A is for Avocado: An Alphabet Book of Plant Power (Ladybird)

Fan of Veganuary? New to  veganism? Then learn those ABCs the vegan way with A is for Avocado. Bright, bold and, of course totally stylish this book will introduce young readers to twenty-six fresh fruits, vibrant vegetables and powerful plants in a child-friendly way. Perfect way to introduce the concept of healthy eating, vegan food and a greener way of life. Ideal for ages 4+

BUY HERE >>  A is for Avocado: An Alphabet Book of Plant Power by Carolyn Suzuk

** Look out for others titles in the series too…

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ABC What Can She Be? Girls can be anything they want to be, from A to Z (Walter Foster Jr.)

A charming little board book that encourages young girls by presenting a colourful variety of choices for their future careers. From astronaut to zoologist and everything in between the perfect first book for all little girls with big dreams. Ideal for ages 3+

BUY HERE >>  ABC What Can She Be?: Girls can be anything they want to be, from A to Z by Sugar Snap Studio

ABC What Can He Be? Boys can be anything they want to be, from A to Z (Walter Foster Jr.)

This title presents a whole alphabet full of exciting, thoughtful, and wonderful things that boys can do – including environmental engineering, fashion design, carpentry, quantum physics, and yoga instruction. Showing that there are no limits to what boys can pursue. Ideal for ages 3+

BUY HERE >>  ABC What Can He Be?: Boys can be anything they want to be, from A to Z by Sugar Snap Studio

H is for Hummus: A Modern Parent’s ABC (Penguin)

From A for active birthing through to Z for zumba – this is a beautifully illustrated and very tongue-in-cheek look at modern parenting. Kids and adults alike will love it! Ideal for ages 3+

BUY HERE >> H is for Hummus: A Modern Parent’s ABC by Joel Rickett and Spencer Wilson

ABC Yoga: Join us and the animals out in nature and learn some yoga (Walter Foster Jr)

The calm and colourful illustrations of children and animals practicing yoga along with the playful rhymes to explain each movement – makes for a fun family read. Learn the ABCs and introduce them to familiar animals and basic, simplified yoga poses that promote health and well-being. Ideal for ages 3+

BUY HERE >> ABC Yoga: Join us and the animals out in nature and learn some yoga by Christine Engel

D is for Dress-Up: The ABC’s of What We Wear (Chronicle Books)

This playful, vintage inspired fashion alphabet celebrates the fun of getting dressed up or simply getting dressed! From everyday outfits to outrageous ensembles it encourages children to learn as well to get creative and embrace their own unique fashion style. Ideal for ages 3+

BUY HERE >> D is for Dress -Up: The ABC’s of What We Wear by Maria Carluccio

A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara (Seven Stories Press)

For the next generation of progressives and families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights and everything else that activists believe is worth standing up for. Ideal for ages 4+

BUY HERE >> A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara

V is for Vegan The ABCs of Being Kind (North Atlantic Books)

Introducing  a more compassionate lifestyle and a must-have for vegan and vegetarian parents, teachers, and activists. Presenting the basics of animal rights and the vegan diet in an easy-to-understand, teachable format – through memorable rhymes and charming illustrations. Ideal for ages 3+

BUY HERE >> V is for Vegan The ABCs of being kind by Ruby Roth

London ABC (Picture Corgi)

From Aquarium to Zoo: all of London is here. A brilliant visual guide to the capital with glorious illustrations in a muted retro palette making this a quirky, witty and endlessly appealing book for all the family. Ideal for ages 3+

BUY HERE >> London ABC by Ben Hawkes

ABC Pasta An Entertaining Alphabet (Viking Books)

A is for angel hair acrobat, M is for Macaroni the Magician and T is for tortellini trapeze artist. It’s an carb-loaded ABC circus and it’s almost good enough to eat! Ideal for ages 12 mths+ 

BUY HERE >> ABC Pasta An Entertaining Alphabet by Juana Medina

M is for Melanin: A Celebration of the Black Child (Macmillan Children’s Books)

An empowering and joyful alphabet book that celebrates black children with each letter of the alphabet containing affirming, black-positive messages, from E is for Empowerment, to L is for Lead to W is for Worthy, and encourages all kids to love the skin they’re in. Ideal for ages 2+

BUY HERE >> M is for Melanin: A Celebration of the Black Child by Tiffany Rose

Star Wars ABC-3PO (Disney LucasFilms Press)

With galactic friends from Akbar to Zeb, this cute little book will make you an excellent rhymer. So, Padawans – prepare, get ready and get set to learn the ways of the Force… and your ABCs too of course! Ideal for ages 3+

BUY HERE >> Star Wars ABC-3PO by Calliope Glass and Caitlin Kennedy, Illustrated by Katie Cook

An Alphabet in Bloom by Nathalie Trovato (Home Grown Books)

A stylish wordless alphabet book where children will explore the many places that plants grow, from the familiar to the fantastical. Readers old and young will be enchanted by the colorful cut paper illustrations alongside their journey from A to Z. Ideal for ages 2+

BUY HERE >> An Alphabet in Bloom by Nathalie Trovato

An ABC of Equality (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books)

With simple explanations and engaging artwork this A-Z with teach children about the world we live in and how to navigate our way through it. Teaching them that everybody has the right to be treated fairly, no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they come from with simple test explaining the likes of  A is for Accessibility, B is for Belief, C is for Class. Ideal for ages 3+

BUY HERE >> An ABC of Equality by Chana Ginelle Ewing, illustrated by Paulina Morgan

A Ladybird Book A.B.C  (Ladybird)

Children will love the wonderfully detailed images of everyday objects in this classic ABC book – in a lovely chunky board book style. And, parents will feel nostalgic as all the images are taken from iconic, vintage Ladybird artwork from the 1960s. Ideal for ages 2+

BUY HERE >> A Ladybird Book A.B.C by G W Robinson

Miles & Mia A to Z (Miles & Mia Ltd.)

An educational, picture book that teaches children different letters of the alphabet in a fun way. Featuring rhyming text and colourful original illustrations,  that will delight children of all ages as well as parents. Ideal for age 4+

BUY HERE >> Miles & Mia A to Z by Michaela Alexander and Sarah Croker

Doctor Who: T is for Tardis (BBC Books)

Featuring Doctors, companions and monsters both past and present, kids of all ages will love this Doctor Who alphabet book with stunning original retro-style illustrations on every page. Ideal for ages 3+

BUY HERE >> Doctor Who: T is for Tardis by Adam Howling

Once upon an Alphabet: Smart stories for all the letters (HarperCollins)

The letters of our alphabet work tirelessly to make words that in turn make stories, but what if there was a story FOR each of the letters instead? Discover twenty-six short stories introducing a host of new characters (plus the occasional familiar face) bringing the alphabet to life in that irresistible Oliver Jeffers style. Ideal for ages 3+

BUY HERE >> Once upon an Alphabet: Smart stories for all the letters by Oliver Jeffers

The ABC Book of Seasons (HarperCollins)

This picture book celebrates the joys of each season. From Autumn’s ‘red, yellow and brown leaves’ to Winter’s ‘sparkly cold snow’, with text that also introduces children to the concept of weather, nature and its changing patterns. Ideal for ages 4+ 

BUY HERE >> The ABC Book of Seasons by Helen Martin, Judith Simpson and Cheryl Orsini

O is for Old School: A Hip Hop Alphabet for B.I.G. Kids Who Used to be Dope  ( Wide Eyed Editions)

An alphabetical journey through the most iconic words and phrases in hip-hop with a whole new meaning  for new parents!

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BUY HERE >> O is for Old School: A Hip Hop Alphabet for B.I.G. Kids Who Used to be Dope by James Tyler

READ MORE >>  Why not check out Junior’s Top 100 Children’s Books for more reading inspiration?