Alphabet Books
The K–12 Educators' Power Tool
by Bonnie Mackey and Hedy Schiller Watson
October 2016, 162pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-4162-0
$50, £39, 44€, A69
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Alphabet books are timeless learning tools useful with various ages of students in all content areas—even in the digital age.

Covering more than 300 alphabet books with topic, content area, grade level, text structure, and instructional value indexing, this extensive resource guide includes bibliographic information and brief summaries of each selection as well as a chapter devoted to the unique uses of alphabet books within ELL classrooms.

Alphabet books are perfect for establishing introductory lessons and serve as a starting point for project ideas. Alphabet Books: The K–12 Educators’ Power Tool is ideal for school and public librarians as well as teachers who need to meet specific learning standards. The indexing by topic, grade level, and content area helps in finding just the right book for the aligned instructional objective.

Some 300-plus alphabet books are additionally categorized according to the complexity of the text structure. Featured books for three grade level categories (Pre K–2, 3–6, and 7–12) are accompanied by instructional strategies to use with these books. Images of the finished student projects for every described strategy are included to clarify the instructional values. A chapter that focuses on the use of alphabet books in the English language learners’ classroom offers strategies for the specific needs of this student group.


  • Presents in-depth indexing and coding for more than 300 alphabet books for grades K–12, providing an easy-access resource for librarians and teachers
  • Includes analysis of text structures and instructional values that helps educators link curriculum objectives to specific alphabet books
  • Provides lessons and strategies with featured books for pre-K through 12th grade
  • Describes specific instructional suggestions that can be used with ELL students with lists of second-language titles
Bonnie Mackey is a retired associate professor of literacy, language, and library science who previously taught at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Her love of children's books and their tremendous impact on emergent and early readers inspired this book. She has taught reading courses to thousands of undergraduate pre-service teachers. Mackey is coauthor of the Libraries Unlimited books Collaborating for Real Literacy: Librarian, Teacher, Literacy Coach, and Principal, coauthored with Sharon Pitcher, and A Librarian's Guide to Cultivating an Elementary School Garden, coauthored with her daughter, Jennifer Mackey Stewart.

Hedy Schiller Watson, MBA, formerly taught English as a Second Language (ESL) in Arlington, VA. Her undergraduate background in art history and her work in a gallery, in a museum, and at a research institution have fueled her visual appetite and appreciation. She is an active volunteer in her community and publishes prints as fundraisers.


"Mackey and Watson prove that the academic possibilities of alphabet books are endless, with opportunities in language arts, math, science, social studies, and the fine arts. . . . VERDICT After reading this enlightening addition, educators will gain an appreciation for alphabet books and the creative ways they can be employed to enrich subjects across the curriculum."—School Library Journal, March 1, 2017
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