Brian Wildsmith's Amazing Animal Alphabet
written and illustrated by Brian Wildsmith
(Star Bright Books) 2009
Source: Orange County Public Library
One of the cool things that happens when you do a blog like this is you come across people you should have known a long time ago and are just now discovering. Brian Wildsmith is one such person. He is a very distinguished British author and illustrator and his Amazing Animal Alphabet shows why. The illustrations are gorgeous and the mix of animals from the familiar to the not so familiar is great (I now know about the xenops!) . The back matter provides a paragraph of details about each animal. Another wonderful thing about this alphabet book is the font. I've read several alphabet books where the font is quite tricky and might throw off a child trying to learn their letters. The font is this book is very kid friendly.
A Fabulous Fair Alphabet
written and illustrated by Debra Frasier
(Beach Lane Books; Simon and Schuster) 2010
Source: Mebane Public Library
Visit Debra Frasier's website for cool resources related to this book and others that she has written.