Do you have any toddlers or preschoolers on your book-buying list? You might want to check out Backseat A-B-See by Maria van Lieshout.
At a certain age, children are fascinated with the same road signs that we jaded adults tend to tune out. Maria van Lieshout celebrates this interest as an educational opportunity, using the first letters of various road signs to encourage children to learn the alphabet. As she points out, the bright colors and highly contrasting look of road signs are developmentally appropriate for that age range.
Did you know that some US road sign designs have actually won awards? At Nerdy Book Club, Maria tells how she got the idea for the book from her son and also the “ins-and-outs” (sorry) of road sign design. Cool!
Here’s a cute little trailer for the book:
Backseat A-B-See will make you take a second look at road signs. Share it with a toddler near you.
Reading age: Toddler/Preschooler
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 11, 2012)