What is an alphabet book?

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Alphabet books are sometimes used

  • as motivational tools to attract people's attention to books
  • as supplements to primers
  • to help transfer reading skills from one language to another, or
  • to introduce the sounds and letters of an alphabet.

An alphabet book is a collection of pages that lists and illustrates the entire alphabet.


Here are some features of an alphabet book. An alphabet book usually contains the following for each letter:

  • one or more keywords
  • an illustration of each keyword, and
  • the letter(s) in small and capital letters.

An alphabet book might include

  • all the letters in a language
  • only the vowels
  • selected vowels and consonants
  • sentences using the keywords and letters
  • paragraphs or stories featuring the key words or letters
  • an entire page of examples of the use of one letter, or
  • several letters on each page.

Here are some examples of pages from alphabet books from different countries:


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