Since alphabet books are usually entertaining, as well as colorful, they continue to be favorites of young children. Teachers select them to develop language and to teach sound-symbol relationships. Illustrators and authors of alphabet books, however, continue to violate the criteria for these books established by Huck and Kuhn. According to Huck and Kuhn, a good alphabet book should have: 1. One or two easily identifiable objects--objects meaningful for the age level of the child for whom the book was written--should be presented on a page. 2. Objects such as rabbit, having several correct names, should be avoided. 3. The common sounds of the letters rather than the blends, digraphs, and silent letters should be utilized.
Criscoe, B. L. (1988). A Pleasant Reminder: There Is an Established Criteria for Writing Alphabet Books. Reading Horizons, 28 (4). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol28/iss4/2