ABC Love – Christiane Engel

 ABC Love – Christiane Engel, The Quarto Group, 9781633222403, 2019

Format: Hardcover board book

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

 What did you like about the book? There are many different ways to introduce the alphabet to young children. This is a great book to read not only to teach them the alphabet but to also teach them how to be kind and love others. The book uses each letter of the alphabet as a representation for ways we can love people or even ways moments make us feel loved. The book also takes great care in making sure to show not only the diversity in ways to love but also the diversity in kids, family types and even the activities that children can love. For example there is a young girl who loves to imagine. On this page she is pretending to be an astronaut while looking out of her window into the night sky. There are very short phrases on each page that describe the picture and match the letter of the alphabet i.e. love is to xoxo it, this is for the letter x. The pictures are digital drawings of a diverse set of children and families. The color scheme is bright and inviting for young readers. 

Anything you did not like about the book? No

 To whom would you recommend this book? I would recommend this book to readers aged 2-5 who are showing interest in learning the alphabet and learning different words/phrases associated with different letters. The book, with the very short sentences, also leaves room for the adult reader to do some extension activities which could be helpful for older readers. For example, on the “ love is to understand” page there is a picture of an older child offering ice cream to a younger child after her ice cream fell. There can be lots of deeper conversations for older children around empathy and how to help others. 

Who should buy this book? Parents of young children and pre-schools

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA

Date of review: 3/16/2021

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