Chicka Chicka Boom Boomby Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault has the rhyme and rhythm to make learning the alphabet fun for all. Published in 1989, it won the Parents Choice Award in 2003.
Long after the book first came out and long after I had learned to love it, I heard John Archambault speak at the Sevier County Junior Authors Conference (grades 5-8) in the spring of 2007. He explained how the book came to be and the science behind the “rhythm.”
In Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, the lower case letters of the alphabet (the “children”) all race (in alphabetical order, of course) to the top of a coconut tree. Overloaded in the tree, they all fall to the ground. The capital letters (“parents”) come to the rescue of the wounded.
Simple, brightly colored illustrations by artist Lois Ehlert punctuate the catchy text. This book is both fun to read aloud and listen to. It is a must for young children and makes a wonderful gift.