Maria Carluccio takes the more traditional route of 26 letter-noun pairs, her thematic book D Is for Dress-Up (Chronicle, $15.99) treads stylishly fresh ground, perfect for aspiring designers.

D Is for Dress Up: The ABC's of What We Wear Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452140254
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 5th, 2016

Jeanne and William Steig, meanwhile, show that alphabet books aren’t just for younger children: their delightful Alpha Beta Chowder (Atheneum, $17.99) will have elementary readers howling. The verses feature colorful characters and phrases that are too much fun not to recite aloud.

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By Jeanne Steig, William Steig (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481440608
Availability: Backordered
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - February 2nd, 2016

Who can put down Daytime Visions (Enchanted Lion, $17.95)? The gloriously ambiguous alphabet book from Isol combines clever phrases with intriguing imagery, allowing readers to interpret and reinterpret thousands of scenarios. Alphabet books have never been so magical.

Daytime Visions: An Alphabet Cover Image
By Isol (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781592701957
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - May 10th, 2016