cover image ABCers


Carole Lexa Schaefer, illus. by Pierr Morgan. Viking, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-670-01231-2

Five children exit their brownstone buildings to explore the neighborhood in an uplifting alphabet book. From sidewalk to playground, the children take on different roles based upon the play activity of the moment: “P is for Piggyback riders. Q is for Question askers.” Muted colors, strong ink lines, and chalky backgrounds create a feeling of serenity and open space, despite the city environment, while the children’s expressive features and bright clothing highlight their creativity, movement, and joy. An ideal read for a sweet summer afternoon—directly followed by outdoor play. Ages 3–up. (June)