Best ABC Books for Babies and Toddlers
Best ABC Books for Babies and Toddlers
February 25, 2021

Best ABC Books for Babies and Toddlers

Best ABC Books for Babies and Toddlers.
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Best ABC Books for Babies and Toddlers

Most children will begin to recognize letters between the ages of two and three and will have the full alphabet memorized by four years old-so you may not be thinking about teaching your little one to read just yet (you’ll have to hold off on those chapter books for a while). But learning letters is the first step, and when paired with friendly animals, yummy foods or a silly story, learning the alphabet can be a joy for even the youngest children.

There are so many books out there that aim to teach babies, toddlers and preschoolers their ABCs, and each has its own unique twist, so we’ve gathered our favorite parent-loved alphabet books here.

Using basic animals and toys to introduce your little one to the concept of the alphabet, this book is perfect for the tiniest learners. And babies will love the touch-and-feel pages for hands-on learning.

P is for Puppy


This silly story shows what happens when all the letters of the alphabet try to climb a coconut tree—uh-oh! And if you’re reading to a younger baby, we recommend this shorter, easy-reading version.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Big Board Book


Finger tracing is a perfect sensory learning tool for babies. The raised and lowered designs of these pages help babies trace the letters to get used to their shapes and learn associated words at the same time.

TouchThinkLearn: ABC


If your little one loves learning about animals, then why not use animals to teach the alphabet? Each letter has two to three animals to help introduce it, then the learning continues with a brief fact about one of the animals. The back cover even shows which continent each animal comes from.

T Is for Tiger


Beautifully illustrated, old-timey landscapes make this alphabet book a joy to look at. Each illustration features elements that start with that page’s letter—can you find them all?

ABC: A Child's First Alphabet Book


With everything from apples and bananas to kumquats and radicchio, this ABC book is for food enthusiasts, or to help expand your little one’s palate (and potentially your own). For extra fun, try dedicating a day or meal to a specific letter, and then eat foods that start with that letter.

Eating the Alphabet


It’s never too early to encourage a love of science, and this science-y ABC book is perfect for introducing basic concepts like kinetic energy and protons to even the littlest readers. There’s also the ABCs of Math and the ABCs of Physics, so your kiddo can get a head start on STEM learning.

ABCs of Science


What better way to learn about the alphabet than with your own name? Your preschooler will get a kick out of seeing their own name in this book, along with an inspiring alphabetic list of all the traits you’d love to see in them as they grow.

M Is for Me, a Personalized ABC Book


These peas can do anything! They’re builders and bathers, gardeners and gigglers. Each letter of the alphabet shows that there’s no end to what these peas—and you—can be.



Iconic and inspiring, the women of this alphabet book will teach your kiddo more than just the ABCs. With an extraordinary woman for each letter of the alphabet, they represent creativity, boldness, compassion and, most of all, empowerment.

A Is for Awesome!: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World


Perfect for getting toddlers and preschoolers started with handwriting. This write-on, wipe-clean book helps your little one trace letters A through Z in both uppercase and lowercase, plus play games that teach how to differentiate letters.

Wipe Clean: Letters


The alphabet gets all mixed up! Z is tired of always going last, so when it’s decided that Z can go first this time, all the other letters scramble to get represented on the page. This story is lots of fun for preschoolers who already know the alphabet in the correct order.

AlphaOops!: The Day Z Went First


Don’t trust this alphabet book! Silent letters and unbelievable pronunciations make for a great challenge for preschoolers who are ready to expand their vocabulary. Nervous about pronouncing some of these? We recommend watching helpful read-aloud videos (we love this one with a humorously snobbish English accent).

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