The Alphabet Kids book series were created by Allegra Joyce Kassin, who is a devoted mother of five and grandmother of seven, who, through reading with her children, noticed a lack of children’s multicultural books. With the assistance of six culteral experts (one for each of the current books) along with Emmy Award and Parent’s Choice Award winning co-author, Patrice Samara, the Alphabet Kids book series was born.
Each of the current six books in the Alphabet Kids series focuses on a different culture. There is Allegra who is Italian-America, Elana who is Hispanic-American, Isaac who is Jewish-American, Oni who is African-American, Umar who is Arab-American, and Yang who is Chinese-American. Each book not only explores a different culture, but each book also teaches a valuable life lesson. The each of the books features approximately 24 brightly colored pages, and is targeted for children 2-8 years old, although they have also had positive reviews from kids as old as 12. The books ultimately show children that we can be different (and embrace and celebrate those differences) and still be great friends.
Both of my boys, ages 3 and 5, listened intently and asked questions about the characters and “new words” they were hearing in the stories (there is a handy “New Words” section on the inside of the back page for help with pronunciation and definitions). My daughter, who is 17 months, also sat and listened, enjoying the illustrations. My boys also inquired about their own cultural backgrounds which took a bit more explaining (they’re Italian-Irish-Polish-Scottish-English-French-American)!
You can purchase these books individually on the Alphabet Kid’s website, or you can purchase them in a set of six which also comes with a reusable Alphabet Kids tote bag. Be sure to check out the Alphabet Kids Sweet Dreams Lullabies CD too! There are also some great Activities for kids on their website too. Kids will love the drawing pad and coloring sheets! Lastly, I like to thank Alphabet Kids for not only sharing a copy with me for my children, but also donating a set of books for my son’s school library as well! You’ll also love that for every book purchased, Alphabet Kids will donate another to a child in need! So buy one (or six) for yourself, and know you’re sharing the gift of reading with a child in need as well!