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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Making Art Together

Alphabet Books

Twenty-six little letters are all you need to make up the thousands of words in the English language. Write or illustrate a story about your favorite letter or word in a handmade alphabet book.

This is a great activity for young children learning their ABC’s; early readers developing their spelling, phonics and vocabulary skills; and anyone who likes making up silly words and sentences!

For our books, we stapled 2 sheets of 9”x 12” brightly colored construction paper, cut in half the long way (makes 4 pages). You could make your book as many pages as you like!

alphabet book

To create the letters and words, the Studio’s Assistant, Rebekah Buettner, created master sheets of verbs, nouns, adjectives and alphabet letters.

Rebekah used fun fonts in a Microsoft Word label template and printed the sheets onto regular-weight copy paper.

The template (Avery 5161/8161)really helped keep the words and letters organized on the page, making them much easier to cut apart.

If you are only making one or two books than you could write your words and letters by hand, instead of using a computer. We needed to make hundreds of books, so this method worked really well for us!

I hope this inspires you to create your own alphabet books!



We enjoy exploring materials and ideas in the Art Studio, and we’re excited to share our process with you! Please consider the following factors when adapting these posts for your learning environment: 

We facilitate a variety of programs within the Art Studio for a wide range of age groups. Please carefully consider the age appropriateness of each individual activity in your own learning environment.

Our projects are always done with adult supervision and proper safety precautions. Be sure all of your projects are overseen by adults who likewise follow proper safety precautions. The adults overseeing your project must also be responsible for handling or assisting with any potentially harmful equipment or materials. 

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is not responsible for any damages, injuries or liabilities that result from any activities contained within this website, and we expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability therefor. From time to time, we reference materials that we have found to be particularly important in our projects. We do not receive any monetary compensation for recommending materials. 


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