Carlo loves, loves, LOVES anything to do with letters or numbers. We’ve got letters and numbers in some shape or form here at home: from plastic magnets and wooden blocks, to books, puzzles and even Christmas ornaments. Now that Carlo’s getting older, it’s a challenge to find age-appropriate alphabet or number related books. So, today, I’m sharing six really cool books (with really cool art!) that we both love because maybe your child is as alphabet and number crazy as mine.
1) Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli
According to the publisher, this book is for kids between 1 and 4 years old, but I happen to really love looking through it too. I love the bright and cheerful illustrations. I love that when you flip the page, there’s another story to tell. Each time, we go through it, I always manage to find something new and interesting to amuse Carlo with. Carlo, meanwhile, loves to trace each of the letters with his finger. And when he’s thumbing through the book on his own, I often catch him making up stories about what’s going on as well.
2) Countablock by Christopher Franceschelli
This book was released in August this year and is illustrated once again by Peskimo, the same genius behind the art in Alphablock. Carlo and I both love that this book goes all the way up to 100! Not many board books do!
3) Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
This is Carlo’s super favorite book at the moment. We read it everyday. And if you search on YouTube, there are numerous videos and songs to go along with it. Carlo sings one particular song while reading and because we play the video so often, we’ve already memorized the words to the whole book.
4) Chicka Chicka 1 2 3 by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson
I, naturally, had to get the number companion book to the alphabet one. And yes, there are YouTube videos for it too. Carlo and I end up singing a medley of the songs. Daily. I’m not kidding.
5) Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters by Oliver Jeffers
Oliver Jeffers is the illustrator behind another awesome children’s book, The Day the Crayons Quit. Carlo wasn’t interested in reading that book when I showed it to him at the bookstore; but this one, he immediately took to because he saw that the title had the magic word, “alphabet”. Hahaha. The one to four page little tales for each letter are perfect for the quick-as-lightning attention span of my whirlwind of a son. Carlo and I both like that both uppercase and lowercase letters are featured. Also, I love that it is NOT a board book.
6) The Numberlys by William Joyce and Christina Ellis
I stumbled upon this book while we were on vacation in Washington D.C. And boy! Am I glad that I leafed through it. The story takes you to a world where, at first, there were only numbers. Then, five friends decide that there must be more to it than that. Though there isn’t much text on these pages, I captivated Carlo’s interest by pointing out different things that were shown on each page. I used my own imagination to describe what was going on and made up stories for what we were reading. This book is one of our favorites.
To our readers in the Philippines, I tried searching for these books online on Fully Booked’s website but the site kept on crashing on me. Not sure why. So, hopefully, they have them there!