Welcome to Day #3 of the April A to Z Challenge, where participants are challenged to create a post every day (except Sundays) corresponding to the appropriate letter of the alphabet. If you’d like to learn more, hit the badge on my sidebar.
I’ll be posting about bookish topics each day of the challenge. Here’s today’s post about COLLECTING books:
I own about 1,000 books in a lot of different genres covering a ton of different topics. But there’s really only one category of my books that I consider to be a true collection, and that’s my collection of alphabet books.
I’m not sure how I came up with the idea to start this collection, but I do remember the first ABC book I acquired as an adult. Animalia by Graeme Base is a gorgeous picture book that’s definitely not just for kids. The page spreads for each letter are exquisite, and the reader is challenged to find as many objects as possible in each picture that start with the corresponding letter. Every time I look at this book I see something new, and the illustrations are beautiful enough to frame and hang on your wall.
After I realized how much I loved Animalia, I started looking for more alphabet books—ones that went beyond the simple “A is for apple” format. They can be challenging to find, but I soon realized that there are some wonderfully inventive and beautiful ABC books out there!
I’ve been actively collecting alphabet books for about 25 years now, and I’ve accumulated about 60 of them—all of them living on one shelf on my favorite bookcase. My favorite is the ABC book given to my dad when he was a toddler—over 70 years ago!
How about you? Do you have any bookish collections? Please share!