I Spy: A, B, C

Books to Share

  • Blue’s Clue My Favorite Letters by Deborah Reber.
  • Chicka Chicka ABC by Bill Martin.
  • I Spy Little Letters by Jean Marzollo.
  • Miss Spider’s ABC by David Kirk.

Books to Show and Booktalk

  • Amazing I Spy ABC by Ken Laidlaw.
  • Dr Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Book by Dr Seuss.
  • I Spy: An Alphabet In Art by Lucy Micklethwait.
  • Touch and Feel ABC by Dorling Kindersley.

Bulletin Board

Do You Know Your ABCs? Our Toddler Storytimers Do!

Let the children decorate letters of the alphabet at Toddler storytime. Display them on the bulletin board below the caption “Come Join Us”. Include the day and time of Toddler Storytime.


Suspend the letters of the alphabet from the ceiling.


Let children choose the first letter of their name for a nametag.


A Is For Alligator


“A” is for alligator, chop, chop, chop!

(With elbows together clap hands)

“B” is for bouncing, hop, hop hop! (Hop 3 times)

“C” is for circles, around and around. (Turn in circles)

And “D” is for when we all sit down. (Sit)


Where is ABC?

(Adapted by Leila Raven Parrish. Sing to the tune of “Frere Jacques”.)

Where is “A”? Where is “A”?

(Hands behind back shrug shoulders)

Here I am. Here I am. (Bring out large “A”)

How are you today, “A”? (Look at “A”)

Very well and thank you. (Move “A” up and down)

I must go, I must go.

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Where is ABC?

(Here is a variation to the “Where is ABC” song using puppets and/or props to match the letters of the alphabet. Bring out the correct item for each letter the first time you sing. Bring out an incorrect one the second time. Limit this activity to 3 or 4 letters each time.)

Where is “A”? Where is “A”?

Here I am! Here I am!

(Bring out an “A” item such as an alligator puppet or apple)

How are you today, “alligator”?

Very well and thank you.

I must go. I must go.

Where is “A”? Where is “A”?

Here I am! Here I am!

(Bring out an item that does NOT begin with “A”)

You’re NOT “A”! You’re NOT “A”!

Where is “A”? Where is “A”?

Here I am! Here I am! (Bring out correct “A” item)

Puppet Story

ABC Puppets

Read the interactive soft book, My First ABC Puppets from Folkmanis Puppets.


A, B, C Fun


  • Poster board
  • Alphabet stencils
  • Markers, paint, or stickers
  • Optional: Construction paper


Precut large stencils of the letters A, B, and C from poster board. Children decorate them with markers, paint, or stickers. Use them to decorate your bulletin board.

Optional: Children sing the “Where Is ABC” song using the letters or glue them to a piece of construction paper.


Hidden ABC Activity Sheet

Photocopy and distribute the “Hidden ABCs Activity Sheet” and let the children color the letters.

A Jan Brett Flash Card Alphabet

Print Jan Brett’s Flash Card Alphabet at www.janbrett.com/alphabet/flash_card_alphabet_traditional_main_page.htm. Show the cards to the children one by one and name the letter and the matching animal. Ask the children to repeat them.

Audio Recordings

  • “ABC’s” on Early Childhood Songs by Ella Jenkins.
  • “‘A’ You’re Adorable (The Alphabet Song)” on Sing Around the Campfire by Sharon Lois & Bram.
  • “Funky Bluesy ABC’s” on Big Blues: Blues Music for Kids by Various Artists.

Web Site

Folkmanis Puppets



Texas Reading Club 2003 Programming Manual / Mission Possible Spy Book!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011