The A-Z of Alphabet Books

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Alphabet books are books that list each letter of the alphabet (most often in order from A to Z) with corresponding pictures or information. Some books will list only the uppercase letters while others will list both the upper and lowercase.

Alphabet books aren’t just for babies! They can often have longer descriptions and detailed information about the topic referenced by each letter. These books are a fun way to explore puzzles, art, facts, alliteration, rhyme, humour, fantasy… you can use the alphabet-style of book for almost any subject!

They’re also a great way to

  1.  help focus on one letter at a time
  2.  learn that many words start with each sound
  3.  easily learn that pictures match the words
  4. learn a new language
  5. solidify your knowledge of objects
  6.  develop confidence with your reading

Wellington City Libraries have loads of alphabet books to suit every age and ability.

Here’s just a small sample to 

A – access!

B – Browse!

C – Contemplate!

Chicka chicka boom boom / Martin, Bill
“An alphabet rhyme/chant that relates what happens when the whole alphabet tries to climb a coconut tree.” (Catalogue)

Animalia / Base, Graeme
“A picture book where familiar animals appear in unfamiliar situations and each page contains a wealth of hidden objects and ideas.” (Catalogue)

Once upon an alphabet / Jeffers, Oliver
“From an Astronaut who’s afraid of heights, to a Bridge that ends up burned between friends, to a Cup stuck in a cupboard and longing for freedom, this series of interconnected stories and characters explores the alphabet.” (Catalogue)

The alphabet theatre proudly presents The Z was zapped : a play in twenty-six acts / Van Allsburg, Chris
“Depicts how A was in an avalanche, B was badly bitten, C was cut to ribbons, and the other letters of the alphabet suffered similar mishaps.” (Catalogue)

Z is for Moose / Bingham, Kelly L.
“Moose is eager to play his part in the alphabet book his friend Zebra is putting together. He is very disappointed when his letter isn’t in the book. Will they find a home for his name?” (Catalogue)

A little ABC book / Palmer, Jenny
“A Little ABC Book has poems and pictures for ‘little people’, picked by ‘little people’ Over 26 weeks, littlies in the community voted on a little animal for all 26 letters of the alphabet. Each little letter then got its own original poem and illustration by Jenny Palmer from her business, A Little Ink, until a little book was made! Working together was as easy as ABC (and a little inspiring too!). Find a little flying squirrel, otters, giraffes, penguins and even a little unicorn inside! We have created an alphabet you’ll love!” (Catalogue)

Aotearoa to Zespri : the New Zealand ABC book / Winney, Kelly
“Aotearoa to Zespri is a uniquely Kiwi alphabet book. Experience New Zealand in 26 letters. Recall familiar brands and the sights of your favourite flora, reflects the wildlife and Kiwi way of life.” (Catalogue)

Women artists A to Z / LaBarge, Melanie
“From household names like Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe, to French-born Australian artist Mirka Mora, to underrepresented creators such as Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Xenobia Bailey, this empowering alphabet picture book features a variety of genres – painting, drawing, sculpture, and more. Each lushly illustrated spread summarises the artist’s work in one word, such as ‘D is for Dots’ (Yayoi Kusama) and ‘N is for Nature’ (Maya Lin), and gives the essential information to know about the creator. ” (Catalogue, abridged)


Kids’ Club Review by Nashe Marahwa: Dog days

Dog days / Kinney, Jeff

Diary of a wimpy kid dog days is a really good book because the author is explaining how Greg and his family are taking on the summer break my favourite part is when its Greg’s birthday and they are going to a local swimming pool near Greg’s house. I really recommend this book for people aged 9-12.

5 stars

Reviewed by Nashe Marahwa from Tawa and , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Harshit Kumar: Dog Man : grime and punishment

Dog Man : grime and punishment / Pilkey, Dav

I rated this book 4 stars because it tells that the mayor is celebrating for Chief and Dog man but Dog man was very naughty that he got fired and made everyone else in the police station cry so he went to Li’l Petey and 80-HD and they disguised dog man as a cat. Then he went back to the police station and Mayor hired him and chief was very happy to have him back. Then, Petey’s grandpa made an invention and disguised himself as a Crud but Cat man arrested him so Crud proved that he was dog man. Then the mayor went to arrest dog man but Sarah, Zuzu and Chief joined and they all got arrested and were being sent to jail. Then Crud went to a store and he used a living spray and sprayed Munchy the lunch bag so he came to life and he began to eat and drink. He captured Flippy at the pond so Molly and the others began to draw pictures on him and he went away feeling. Then Crud had the truck and he threw it but Molly and Flippy saved it and rescued their friends. Then the mayor wanted to deal with dog man but his house was on fire so he had to save Snookums but dog man had Snookums so the mayor said that dog man was the best cop ever.

5 stars

Reviewed by Harshit Kumar from Brooklyn and , 9 years old

Laughter: The Best Medicine!

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Knock, knock
Who’s there?
Spell who?

Hahaha, hehehe, lol 🙂 🙂

With Wellington back at Covid-19 Alert Level 2, sometimes the outlook can look pretty bleak! It’s good to realise that having a good laugh is still OK and is in fact really good for you, even if it turns out laughing is a serious business!  It takes a combination of facial muscles, hormones, voice box, breathing, brain activity and awareness to make a human being laugh. That’s a lot of moving parts that all need to come together to produce even a snigger!

But why do people laugh, and what is funny, or humorous? The answer to this is complicated because scientists still aren’t sure exactly what makes us laugh! There are so many factors that might influence why we laugh. This might include our culture, upbringing, personality, physical environment, health, age, being tickled… the list is endless.

Did you know that the study of humour and laughter, and its  effects on the human body, is called gelotology?

“I only know 25 letters of the alphabet. I don’t know y.”  (tee-hee)

Laughter is good for your health by:

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Boosting the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.

Triggering the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

Protecting your heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

“What did one wall say to the other?” “I’ll meet you at the corner.” (maw-ha-ha)

Further silliness 🙂

🙂 What’s a “Funny Bone”?

163 Elbow Bump Illustrations & Clip Art - iStockHave you ever experienced that weird pain and tingling in your lower arm and fingers when you bang your elbow? “Ouch! I’ve just hit my funny bone!”  But why do we call it this, when it clearly isn’t funny? Well…the funny bone is actually not a bone at all.  It is a nerve, called the ulnar nerve, which runs from the neck all the way to the hand.  The job of the ulnar nerve is to tell the brain what is happening in your pinky and ring fingers. The ulnar nerve rests along a bone called the humerus.  Sound familiar?  This sounds exactly like the word, “humorous”, which you may use when describing something amusing or “funny”. That’s one theory anyway, but I think we can all agree on one thing: hitting your funny bone is no laughing matter!

🙂 Where did LOL, LMHO and ROFL come from? 

Rolling on floor laughing | Laughing emoticon, Emoticon faces, Laughing emojiLOL = Laugh Out Loud

LMHO = Laughing My Head Off

ROFL = Rolling On the Floor Laughing

These are all acronyms – an abbreviation formed from the first letters of other words and can be pronounced as a word. They became popular when texting was THE thing to do on mobiles that were forerunners to the smartphone. A whole new ‘text language’ sprung up as it was easier and quicker to shorten words and use abbreviations.

🙂 Why are Comic books called comics?

Book Jacket for: Garfield keeps his chins upThey were called comics or “funnies” because the were, for the most part, comical stories meant for light entertainment. The first “comic books” were collected versions of comic strips that appeared in newspapers. When Superman debuted in 1938, most comic books were still collections of comic strips.


Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon? Great food but no atmosphere! (LMHO)


Wellington City Libraries have loads of great kids’ joke books for you to try on your friends and family, and unleash the comedian inside. Jump onto the catalogue and simply search:

JOKE BOOKS JUVENILE … and get issuing and reserving!

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And when you’ve finished laughing your head off and splitting your sides with laughter, here’s a few more fiction books to get you tickled pink:

Funny kid for president / Stanton, Matt
“Meet the funny kid! Because every kid loves to laugh. Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy who can make it happen. He’s the class clown, the punch line and he’s even volunteered his bottom to be the butt of the joke. Max is the funny kid … and he’s running for class president.” (Catalogue)

Mr Stink / Walliams, David
“Chloe sees Mr Stink every day, but she’s never spoken to him. Which isn’t surprising, because he’s a tramp, and he stinks. But there’s more to Mr Stink than meets the eye (or nose) and before she knows it, Chloe has an unusual new friend hiding in her garden shed.” (Catalogue)

The day my bum went psycho / Griffiths, Andy
“This is the story of a boy, his runaway bum and some of the most dangerous bums in the world including kamikaze bums; nuclear bums; and Stenchgantor, the Great Unwiped Bum. With the help of The B-team (a crack bum-fighting unit comprising three of the best bum-fighters in the business: the Kicker, the Smacker and the Kisser), Zack will risk methane madness crossing the Great Windy Desert, death by stink-bog in the Brown Forest, and the perils of the Sea of Bums before finally descending into the heart of an explosive bumcano to confront the most psycho bum of them all-His own!” (Catalogue)

Stick Dog / Watson, Tom
“Stick Dog and his friends, Mutt, Stripes, Karen and Poo-Poo have caught the scent of hamburgers and what hungry stray could resist that lovely meaty waft? All they have to do is follow the smell, find the barbecue and eat the hamburgers. But it’s not as easy as it sounds. The dogs need a ‘Master Plan’ and they’re not short of ideas. They’re just short of ideas that aren’t ridiculous, or dangerous, or just very very silly. With hilarious artwork, and an adorable four-legged hero, the story of Stick Dog’s quest for a delicious dinner is destined to be Top Dog.” (Catalogue)

I funny / Patterson, James
“Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world’s greatest standup comedian–even if he doesn’t have a lot to laugh about these days. He’s new in town and stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son Stevie, a bully who doesn’t let Jamie’s wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible. But Jamie doesn’t let his situation get him down. When his Uncle Frankie mentions a contest called The Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic, Jamie knows he has to enter.”  (Catalogue)

Weir Do / Do, Anh
“My parents could have given me any first name at all, like John, Kevin, Shmevin . . . ANYTHING. Instead I’m stuck with the worst name since Mrs Face called her son Bum. Meet Weir Do. No, that’s not a typo, that’s his name! Weir Do’s the new kid in school. With an unforgettable name, a crazy family and some seriously weird habits, fitting in wont be easy . . . but it will be funny!” (Catalogue)

My dad thinks he’s funny / Germein, Katrina
When his son says “I’m hungry,” Dad says, “Hello, Hungry. Pleased to meet you.” Before slicing a cake for dessert, Dad announces, “There’s my piece. What’s everybody else having?”  So when nothing’s up but the sky, or when jumping in the shower sounds dangerous, it may be a good time to share this book with someone who doesn’t need sugar because, well, they’re sweet enough already. (Catalogue)

Kids’ Club Review by Harshit Kumar: The end

The end / Snicket, Lemony

I rated this book 5 stars because it tells that the Baudelaires are travelling with Count Olaf on a boat but their boat got destroyed in a storm and they landed in a mysterious place. They saw Count Olaf lying with his eyes closed so they woke him but when he woke up, he found an island, and he wanted to be the king of the island and named it Olaf-land and they met a new girl named Friday. She took the Baudelaires into the island and left Count Olaf out and they met everyone in the island. Kit Snicket and a friendly snake the incredibly deadly viper are shipwrecked on the island. Count Olaf disguised himself as Kit but the islanders led by a man called Ishmael captured him. They went to the arboretum to collect weapons where they discover hidden room with a book that tells the history of the island. Ishmael told the children that their parents were once the island leaders and were responsible for many improvements in the island life. One day, the islanders told the orphans that they had captured Count Olaf and they put him in a bird cage. He wanted to get out so he decided to trick the Baudelaires. One day, they saw that Count Olaf had escaped and he had the poison the Medusoid Mycelium the But Ishmael shot him and he let the Medusoid Mycelium spread out and it poisoned everyone on the island. The Baudelaires needed horse radish so they went to find it and they found it in the Hybridized apples on a tree in the arboretum from their parent’s invention. The apples cured them so they went to get more for the islanders but they decided to go to a new place. The Baudelaires try to explain but they sailed away. Kit Snicket had a baby so they helped her but she passed away as well as Count Olaf but she gave birth to a new baby so the Orphans are going to take care of her.

5 stars

Reviewed by Harshit Kumar from Tawa and Hampton Hill School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Harshit Kumar: The slippery slope

The slippery slope / Snicket, Lemony

I rated this book 5 stars because it tells that the Baudelaires are separated in the Mortmain Mountains. Violet and Klaus managed to survive by making a drag chute and instructs Klaus to mix together sticky foodstuff which he pours on the wheels and they went to find their little sister Sunny while she is living with count Olaf and his associates. Count Olaf makes her do their chores like cooking meals, cleaning. Two villains arrive described as the man with the beard but no hair and the woman with hair but no beard gave Olaf the Snicket file without the last page and gave Esme a grey object called Verdant Flammable device. . Sunny uses this device to create smoke which she hopes her siblings will see. Then, Violet and Klaus meet a group of people in a snow scout with Carmellia Spats. They join the scout but on their first night, a scout takes them to the V.F.D headquarters and they realized that it was burnt. They discovered that the scout was Quigley Quagmire and he told that he had survived the fire that had killed his parents and after the fire he went looking for Duncan and Isadora. They also built a pit to trap Esme Squalor like she had pushed them inside the elevator shaft trapping them in a cage at 667 Dark Avenue. Then they all went to look for Sunny and they found her at the top of Mountain Fraught and they got there using Violet’s ice climbing shoes. They tried to get their sister back but her sister had tricked Count Olaf by leaving an eggplant and hiding underneath Olaf’s automobile. Then the snow scouts arrived for false spring and they saw that Carmellia Spats was the False Spring queen. Then Count Olaf kidnapped the Snow Scouts and took them away and the Baudelaires fell on their flat boat on Stricken Stream and they saw that Quigley Quagmire was trying to follow them but he couldn’t.

5 stars

Reviewed by Harshit Kumar from Tawa and Hampton Hill School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Ara: Phoebe and her unicorn : a Heavenly Nostrils chronicle

Phoebe and her unicorn : a Heavenly Nostrils chronicle / Simpson, Dana

Phoebe and her unicorn number 1
Get ready for an epic tale about a normal girl and a sparkle crazy unicorn! Phoebe and her unicorn is a well written graphic fantasy that 7 year olds will DIE FOR. Phoebe is a 7 year old who has a normal dweeby life as a part nerd. She gets bullied a lot by a girl named Dakota who is extra fashionable and sort of snotty. The unicorn / Marigold Heavenly Nostrils is a cool, sparkly, bright unicorn who is approximately around 13 years old? Phoebe and Marigold first meet when Marigold is staring into a puddle and gazing at her reflection ‘mesmerised’ by her reflection. This book is a graphic novel and I am going to rate it 3 stars because it was kind of not interesting at some points.

3 stars

Reviewed by Ara from Island Bay and Island Bay School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Ara: The bad beginning

The bad beginning / Snicket, Lemony

The series of unfortunate events #1
Look away because this series is full of sad unfortunate events. Three kids ( Violet the oldest, Klaus the kid in the middle, and Sunny the baby. ) lose their home in a fire and their parents die. Their parents are rich so when Violet comes of age they will inherit a large fortune. But beware! A sinister villain plots to steal their fortune. He takes them in and forces them to do all his housework. What will happen next??? I rate this book 3 out of 5 because some of the language is kind of hard to understand.

3 stars

Reviewed by Ara from Island Bay and Island Bay School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Harshit Kumar: The penultimate peril

The penultimate peril : book the twelfth / Snicket, Lemony

I rated this book 5 stars because it tells that the Baudelaire orphans are going with Kit Snicket to a hotel named Hotel Denouement. When the Baudelaires get there, they are worried that they might be recognized so they disguised themselves as a concierge and the hotel managers are identical triplets named Frank, Ernest and Dewey. He said that their job is to help people when they need assistance but on their first errands, they fail but they both thought that each of them got success. Klaus assists Charles and sir by escorting them to the Sauna, Sunny assists Ha, vice principal Nero and Mr. Remora and Mrs. Bass and Violet assists Esme Squalor and Carmellia Spats by bringing them a Harpoon gun. One day then Count Olaf found them to find the sugar bowl from the grotto with her girlfriend Carmellia. Then the orphans meet a man called Dewey who is a sub-sub librarian. Count Olaf was going to shoot him for the Sugar bowl but he gave the harpoon gun to the orphans and the gun shot him and then the hotel had to call the high court for a trial and in the trial, all the attenders had to wear blindfolds. Count Olaf and the orphans had to give their details but the Baudelaire orphans removed their blindfolds and then saw that Count Olaf had kidnapped Justice Strauss and then he was planning to burn the hotel so the baudelaire orphans had to come with him to the top of the hotel and they took a boat and then they escaped and Count Olaf was happy to have them in his clutches.

5 stars

Reviewed by Harshit Kumar from Tawa and Hampton Hill School , 9 years old