Further Reading

To learn more about the history of alphabet books, please explore the sources below. They were used in creating this exhibit and offer a more in-depth examination of this topic.

Coats, Karen. “P is for Patriarchy.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, vol. 25, no. 2, 2000, pp. 88-97. Project Muse,

Criscoe, Betty L. “A Pleasant Reminder: There is an Established Criteria for Writing Alphabet Books.” Reading Horizons: A Journal of Literacy and Language Arts, vol. 28, no. 4, 1988, pp. 232-234.

Ford, Jennifer. “A, B and (not) Seeing: Animals and other Ironies in Alphabet Books.” Oxford Literacy Review, vol. 41, no. 2, 2019, pp. 219-237.

Mackey, Bonnie, and Hedy Schiller Watson. Alphabet Books: The K-12 Educators’ Power Tool. Libraries Unlimited, 2017.

Nodelman, Perry. “A is for … what? The function of alphabet books.” Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, vol. 1, no. 3, 2001, pp. 235-253.

Rostankowski, Cynthia. C. “A Is for Aesthetics: Alphabet Books and the Development of the Aesthetic in Children. Journal of Aesthetic Education.” The Journal of Aesthetic Education, vol. 28, no. 3, 1994, pp. 117–127.

Smolkin, Laura B., and David B. Yaden. “O Is for ‘Mouse’: First Encounters with the Alphabet Book.” Language Arts, vol. 69, no. 6, 1992, pp. 432–441.