DIY ABC by Eleonora Marton
With bold and playful design, Italian illustrator Eleonora Marton goes above and beyond the standard ABC book format, getting kids engaged with letters in a totally unique way. From filling anthills with ants to covering a zebra with stripes, kids can draw, colour, cut, stick and fold while they learn the alphabet. Available from Cicada books, October 2016.
£12.95 from www.cicadabooks.co.uk
Alphadoodle by Jan Bajrlik
This wonderful book from award-winning Polish graphic designer Jan Bajtlik allows kids to explore letters and words through their own imagination. As they make their way through the alphabet readers get can creative through drawing, doodling and designing over the letters and across the page. As Bajtlik says, “There are no other limits, unlike standard colouring books. This helps children to gain the self-confidence to express their imagination and creativity.”
£9.99 from www.shop.tate.org.uk
ABC Circus by Patrick Hruby
A is for Apple and Ants no more, when you have Acrobats, Big Tops and Calliopes. ABC Circus is a brilliant board book from the Los Angeles-based illustrator Patrick Hruby (who as a kid dreamt of running away to become a trapeze artist). Its bold design and original take on the ABC makes the alphabet exciting and is sure to capture your kid’s imagination.
£11.30 from www.ammobooks.com
Alphabet by Květa Pacovská
Czech artist Květa Pacovska’s Alphabet is a legitimate masterpiece. The beautiful and imaginative design includes pop-ups, flaps, foils and windows. With a rich concoction of textures, colours, reflections and interactive elements, it encourages kids to get stuck in.
£24.99 from www.shop.tate.org.uk
An Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers
The multi-talented and award-winning artist and illustrator behind Once Upon an Alphabet Oliver Jeffers, adapts his award-winning story for younger readers in this new board book. With A is an Astronaut and B is a Burning a Bridge Jeffers succeeds in making the alphabet book funny, imaginative and a joy to look at and read.
£9.99 from www.harpercollins.co.uk