ABC Books

Check out these ABC books for elementary school readers by Dori Hillestad Butler. Dori enjoys the ABC format because it’s like putting a puzzle together. Her books offer a general overview of a subject, but the things she wants readers to know about that subject must fit somewhere in the alphabet.


The Books

P is for Police

P is for Police

Pelican Publishing Company 2009

If you ask a group of five-year-olds what they want to be when they grow up, one of the first responses you get is “a policeman.” This alphabetical police primer kicks off with A is for academy and ends with Z is for zoom lens. In between, children learn the basics of police work including when the first force began, the equipment used on the job, and some of the different careers in law enforcement.

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Ages 5-8

F is for Fire Fighting

F is for Fire Fighting

Pelican Publishing Company 2007

This exciting picture book for young children teaches the ABCs of firefighting. A popular career choice for most five year olds, firefighting conjures images of pump trucks, sirens, and ladders. This informative and fun ABC journey gives a bit of firefighting history with “B is for bucket brigade” and moves into the 21st century with “T is for thermal imaging camera.” The colorful illustrations sport a spotted Dalmatian hidden on every page.

Ages 4 and up

H is for Hoosier

H is for Hoosier

Trails Media Group 2001

Discover Indiana from A to Z! The alphabet is your guide to exploring the Hoosier State in this colorful, beautifully illustrated work. Elements from Indiana’s past and present are blended together to create a delightful text that will educate and entertain children and adults alike. Each letter is also illustrated with a sign for the hearing impaired.

Ages 5 and Up

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ABCs of Wisconsin

ABCs of Wisconsin

Trails Media Group 2000

This charming alphabet primer, a favorite bed-time storybook, helps preschoolers learn the ABCs of Wisconsin. Delightful full-color illustrations depict everyday experiences of kids all over the Badger State.

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W is for Wisconsin

W is for Wisconsin

Trails Media Group 1998

Discover Wisconsin from A to Z! The alphabet is your guide to exploring the Badger State in this interesting, colorful and beautifully illustrated work. Elements from Wisconsin’s past and present are blended to create a delightful text that will educate and entertain both children and adults. Each letter also is illustrated with a sign for the hearing impaired.

M is for Minnesota

M is for Minnesota

University of Minnesota Press 1998

There are plenty of alphabet books, but when you read about Paul Bunyan and his blue ox Babe you know you are in Minnesota. These characters are from just one entry in M is for Minnesota, a beautiful children’s book that will both entertain and delight readers of all ages. Author Dori Hillestad Butler has hand-picked the best of the state, from the northern tip (N is for Northwest Angle, the northern-most point in the lower 48 states) to the great Mississippi River.

Illustrator Janice Lee Porter portrays the subject of each letter in original oil paintings, bringing facts and stories to life. From the blazing Hinckley fire to the serenity of a loon on a lake at sunset, Porter’s renderings are filled with rich colors and innovative perspectives. Her style is both thoughtful and charming, appealing to children and adults alike.

This book is a loving tribute to Minnesota. Residents past and present, tourists, educators, and book lovers will relish the opportunity to discover the history, stories, and natural beauty of the Gopher State.

Ages 5 and Up