Upper Elementary to Middle School Books

Theme: Letter by Letter

Animalia - (ISBN: 978-0810919396)

by Graeme Base

Beautiful illustrations entice you into learning what alliteration is; the use of similar sounds for the beginning of each word. Here the alliterations are alphabetical, and all describe animals! After you finish reading this, try making a few alliterations of your own.

Bestiary - (ISBN: 978-0689812460)

by Jonathan Hunt

This book describes and pictures imaginary beings of classic times, one for each letter of the alphabet. None of them is real, yet you will appreciate their positions in the fantasy and science fiction of time. Which is your favorite? Can you describe and draw your own idea of a mythic beast?

K is for Kabuki: A Japan Alphabet - (ISBN: 978-1585364442)

by Gloria Whelan

In addition to learning Japanese words that some Americans have adapted into English, these pages give you cultural information about Japan and how the pictured word fits into the overall Japanese psyche. Read as much or as little as you want on each page! From manga to zori, the words themselves tell rich stories of Japanese history, art, literature, and customs.

P is for Peanut: A Photographic ABC - (ISBN: 978-0892368785)

by Lisa Gelber

This is an alphabet book for sure, but it is a very special one because its pages show famous photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum. Appealing to readers of all ages, this book encourages you to spend more than a glance looking at the corresponding photos. Which photo is your favorite?

The Skull Alphabet Book - (ISBN: 978-0881069143)

by Jerry Pallotta

This unusual alphabet book does not tell you what the letters stand for. While you read the book, you learn about different animal skulls. Then you must figure out what the alphabet letters mean. What is the most unusual skull you find here?

A is for the Americas - (ISBN: 978-0531301944)

by Cynthia Chin-Lee

A Peaceable Kingdom: The Shaker Abecedarius - (ISBN: 978-0670545001)

by Alice Provensen

An Alphabet of Animals - (ISBN: 978-0316108522)

by Isabelle Brent

From Albatross to Zoo: An Alphabet Book in Five Languages - (ISBN: 978-0590454834)

by Patricia Borlenghi

Spooky ABC - (ISBN: 978-0689853562)

by Eve Merriam

Activities for this Theme

Try the app “The Endless Alphabet.”


Take a walk with friends or family. Check off items that you see in nature that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet. Which letters do you think will be the hardest to find?