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ABCs, the Alphabet Song, Illustrated

Posted on: August 11, 2014

The ABC Song (Alphabet Song) shares its tune with many other songs, the first of which I could find is Ah Vous Dirai-je Maman (a French nursery song for which Mozart wrote 12 variations, that many think was written for Twinkle Little Star, an easy mistake to make since the nursery tune is the same).  It is so much fun to explore this seemingly simple song and find oneself strolling down paths of history, music, art, language, and culture.

But, as Maria says, let’s start at the very beginning, with the ABCs:

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ABC Sing Along Card by ELEG for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Card Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this card, click here:
ABC’s sbwe sing along card

Or join me at a Sing Books gathering and sing-along with my ABC book,

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ABCs by ELEG for SBWE

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

If you are interested in a copy of this book, please email: SingBooksWithEmily@att.net, or lave a comment to this post.

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SING ALPHABET SONG WITH AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

After a conversation with the wonderful teacher Ms. Anctil in March 2011 about using the American Sign Language Alphabet to help kids learn their ABCs and using the hand signs as an interesting activity I made poster cards to help kids learn their American Sign Language Alphabet with ABC poster cards:

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ABCs with American Sign Language Alphabet
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Click here to view or print this card, click here:
letters caps WITH SIGN

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A Full Service ABC Chart, 3/7/2015

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ABC letters caps WITH SIGN and chords portrait ELEG 4 SBWE
ABCs Chart with ASL Alphabet and Guitar Chords for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Card Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this card, click here:
ABC letters caps WITH SIGN and chords portrait ELEG 4 SBWE

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SONGBOOK SERIES

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SBWE SBS ABC letters caps WITH SIGN and chords portrait
ABCs Chart with ASL Alphabet and Guitar Chords for SBWE Songbook Series
Traditional Words and Tune
Card Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this card, click here:
SBWE SBS ABC letters caps WITH SIGN and chords portrait

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SBWE SBS ABC letters caps w sign no chords

ABCs Chart with ASL Alphabet for SBWE Songbook Series
Traditional Words and Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this card, click here:
SBWE SBS ABC letters caps w sign no chords

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Sing Books with Emily Songbook Series: Many Songs, One Twinkly Tune
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/09/22/sing-books-with-emily-songbook-series-for-the-very-young-many-songs-one-twinkly-tune/

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Whole shelves of libraries and bookstores are devoted to ABC books, but here are a few of my favorites:

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ABCs
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by PAINLESS LEARNING PLACEMATS

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Alphabet Cut-Out Letters ABC (by Eeboo)
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
What a fun way to sing your ABC with these beautifully illustrated, colorful, cut-out letters! 

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Charley Harper ABC
Art by Charley Harper
Published by AMMO Books

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ABC, National Museum of American History
By Florence Cassen Mayers
Illustrated with items from Washington, DC’s National Museum of American History

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ABC3D
By Marion Bataille

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Ed Emberley’s ABC
See photo spread and details of the book, here:
http://www.lab-curio.com/book/ed/ABC.html

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G is for One Gzonk (ABC Flash Cards)
Sing to the Tune of “ABC Song
Illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi (AKA Tiny DiTerlooney)

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The Handmade Alphabet
Sing to the Tune of “ABC Song
Written and Illustrated by Laura Rankin

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Museum ABC, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Illustrated with details of artwork from the collections of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

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My Own ABC Book
Sing to the Tune of ABC Song
Illustrated by Lois Lenski
Published by Platt & Munk (1922)

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The Utter Zoo
Sing to the Tune of ABC Song
Poem by Edward Gorey
Illustrated by Edward Gorey

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OTHER ILLUSTRATED SIGN LANGUAGE ALPHABETS

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ABCs: Sign Language Alphabet
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by PAINLESS LEARNING PLACEMATS

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Sign Language Alphabet Card
By Hammerpress Letterpress

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Alphabet Song wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphabet_song

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I Love this Madrigal ABC, Vintage Sesame Street.  Maybe a new tune to learn for singing the letters:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDDFh7Un3Ps

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Madrigal ABCs, a Singable Picture Book Video (and possible alternate tune)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/23/madrigal-abcs-a-singable-picture-book-video-and-possible-alternate-tune/

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Addendum 9/12/2012
ABC SONG FOREVER

We sang the ABCs and ZYXs in Ms. Everett’s Kindergarten class this past week and afterwards a little boy raised his hand and said “Can I teach you how to sing the ABC Song forever?”  I said “Of Course!”  and he sang,

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z

Now I know my A B

C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z

Now I know my A B

(And on and on)

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Addendum, 10/28/2014

Daniel Radcliffe sings Alphabet Aerobics by Blackalicious on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKdV5FvXLuI

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Related Posts

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MANY SONGS, ONE TWINKLY TUNE
Twinkle, ABC, Baa are only 3 of the many songs that use the same familiar tune
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/abc-twinkle-star-baa-blacksheep-singable-books-and-all-the-fix-ins-and-a-youre-adorable-too/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily, Service Providers, Vendors, Audio and Video to help you SING-ALONG!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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USEFUL TUNES IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/useful-tunes-in-the-public-domain/

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SONG/BOOK SETS

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songbook-sets/

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY VIDEO SERIES

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/video-series/

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LULLABIES IN SINGLE SONG SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/illustrated-lullabies-in-single-singable-picture-books/

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LULLABIES: ILLUSTRATED LULLABIES IN COMPILATIONS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/illustrated-lullabies-in-compilations/

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5 Songs, 1 Tune: a Set of Illustrated Songs
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/sbwe-singable-picture-book-set-5-songs-1-tune/

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ABCs, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/abcs-an-illustrated-song/

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Ah vous dirai-je Maman, an Illustrated Song Sheet by ELEG for SBWE for the Cute French Nursery Song, from which Came the Tune for Twinkle Little Star
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/ah-vous-dirais-je-maman-an-illustrated-song-sheet-by-eleg-for-sbwe-for-the-cute-french-nursery-song-from-which-came-the-tune-for-twinkle-little-star/

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Baa Baa Blacksheep, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/baa-baa-blacksheep-an-illustrated-song/

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Oh Mother Dear Please Listen Up, a Singable English Translation/Adaptation of French Nursery Song, Illustrated Song Sheet avec Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/ah-vous-dirais-je-maman-a-singable-translation-and-song-sheet-with-guitar-chords-by-eleg-for-sbwe/

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Scintillate Globule Vivific, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/scintillate-scintillate-globule-vivific-an-illustrated-song-sheet/

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TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE BAT, an Illustrated Song

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/twinkle-twinkle-little-bat-a-singable-poem-with-pictures-and-a-play-on-a-classic/

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TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/twinkle-little-star-the-song-the-list/

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ZYXs, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/zyxs-an-illustrated-song/

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Now THESE are the ABCs (thank you Harry Potter and Blackalicious)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/now-these-are-the-abcs-thank-you-harry-potter-and-blackalicious/

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Printable ABCs Chart with ASL Alphabet and Guitar Chords
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/07/printable-abcs-chart-with-asl-alphabet-and-guitar-chords/

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Sing Books with Emily Songbook Series Host Page
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sbwe-song-book-series/

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2 Responses to "ABCs, the Alphabet Song, Illustrated"

Hi Emily, you have compiled a lot of helpful information- thanks for posting and I will be sharing :)
best regards,
Ali in Toronto

Hello Ali! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and writing me a note! I have a wonderful friend (who is a singer/songwriter) in Toronto. I adore the subject of the ABC song since, as you probably know, there are MANY other marvelous songs, all of which can lead us down fascinating paths of culture and history. Here is my post in which I’ve gathered the songs I’ve so far found that use the familiar tune:
MANY SONGS, ONE TWINKLY TUNE
Twinkle, ABC, Baa are only 3 of the many songs that use the same familiar tune
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/abc-twinkle-star-baa-blacksheep-singable-books-and-all-the-fix-ins-and-a-youre-adorable-too/
Best wishes!
Emily

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