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The first time I saw Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli was when it was featured in Parents magazine as the Best Alphabet Book of 2013. It looked so unique – from the colorful retro style illustrations to the way this board book is shaped like a chunky block. The book definitely stands out from others on the shelf and is sure to catch your toddler’s attention.
Learning the alphabet with Alphablock is fun. Open up the book and you’ll find that every other page represents a letter of the ABCs. The page is die-cut so kids can see and feel the angles of the letter. Behind each letter is a page of illustrations. The drawings represent things that start with that particular letter.
For example, K is for Kite. The K page covers up most of the picture of the kite on the following page. My kids and I play a guessing game where they try to guess what picture is hidden behind the letter. Once they have made their guesses, we turn the page to see what’s back there. This game helps them stay engaged in what we are reading.
I think parents could start using the Alphablock book with children younger than age 2. It’s never too early to start learning the ABC’s. The bright, colorful pictures will help keep their attention.
My two-and-a-half-year-old is really into flipping the book’s pages. Sometimes we sit down to read and he just wants to flip pages as fast as he can. Once we do that, he’s usually ready to go through it more slowly. He doesn’t get the names of the letters right yet, but he knows that we are supposed to name them. I love that he is trying!
He also likes to point at the pictures and tell me what they are. To me, that makes the Alphablock a fun way to learn first words, too. We name everything we find along the way.
Another thing we love is that it’s totally okay for kids to touch the pages. Sturdy board books are perfect for curious little hands. My 4-year-old preschooler enjoys looking through the book all by himself, but of course he gets the most out of it when I am there to help him learn the letters.
We love this unique take on the alphabet and definitely recommend Alphablock as a wonderfully fun and hands-on way for younger children to learn their ABCs.
WHERE TO BUY:
Alphablock is available at nationwide bookstore and online retailers including Amazon.
What do you think of the unique style of Alphablock? Do you have a favorite alphabet book?