If your child loves the PBS show Word World, Alphabetown USA books are sure to be a hit. This unique series of books features letters of the alphabet as characters who teach basic literacy skills like phonics and word formation as well as general character lessons like the importance of teamwork and being prepared.
For example, Where is Ziggy? details how the vowel gang is trying to find Ziggy to be able to spell words like “zoo” and “zebra” successfully. When they find Ziggy, they need to convince him that he has a valuable contribution to make even though he isn’t part of as many words as some of the other letters of the alphabet.
Where is Ziggy? comes with a disc that has PDF versions of educational worksheets for the child to do. The worksheets include coloring sheets of each alphabet letter character. The “crafty mom” in me thinks these could be combined to make a cute party banner for your little one’s birthday or a fun personalized sign for his or her bedroom.
When you purchase Alphabetown USA books, you’re supporting a family effort. The books are written by husband and wife team Ryan and Nicole Mayer based on ideas provided by their daughters Hannah, Madison, and Ava.
Another thing I like about this series of books is that a portion of the proceeds from each title benefit a specific charitable organization. For example, Where Is Ziggy? helps Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a charity for children with cancer.
You can find Alphabetown USA books online at Amazon, the Barnes & Noble website, or directly though the Alphabetown USA site. Books are also available for purchase in select Barnes & Noble and Blue Sky retail stores.
Disclaimer: A review copy of Where is Ziggy? was provided by the publisher.
Photo credit: Alphabetown USA