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Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers

A delightful book to read out loud with children who are just learning their ABCs.

It's sleepy time in Alphabet Town. But the twenty-six little letters of the alphabet all have something they need—or want—to do before BIG-letter moms and dads tuck them in. Not since the classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom has there been such an appealing way to teach the youngest child the ABCs while providing a one-minute goodnight story. Of course, Melissa Sweet’s animated watercolor, pencil, and collage illustrations may beg for a little more time to match up all the toys with the right letters, and Judy Sierra’ s rollicking rhymed story will want to be heard again and again. Okay, so maybe it’s a three-minute story!

THE SLEEPY LITTLE ALPHABET is now in hardcover or as a board book! Find it at local independent bookstores, through IndieBound, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or in your local library.

Using humor perfectly tuned for the two- to five-year-old audience, Sierra and Sweet’s alphabet book will capture the attention of the younger end . . . as well as the older.
— The Horn Book, starred review
This clever book is a capital choice!
— Booklist
Sierra and Sweet (Schoolyard Rhymes ) collaborate on an alphabet rhyme about rambunctious lower-case letters who won’t go to bed (“h tries standing on her head./ i and j jump on the bed”). Bookstore shelves may be crowded with abecedarian offerings, but the bounce of Sierra’s meter, the time-for-bed theme and Sweet’s offhand pencil and watercolor drawings make the story feel fresh.
— Publishers Weekly