Once we figure out that LMNO isn’t all one letter and S, C and K stop seeming quite so redundant and confusing, we generally don’t spent a lot of time learning the alphabet.
Still, whether we’re thinking about it or not, there’s a new line of alphabet teaching tools for every generation of kids: alphabet puzzles, alphabet blocks, songs and poems and books with associative word pictures.
And while we’re probably not going to learn a whole about the alphabet itself from these games and books, it turns out that they can tell us a lot about us: the most common parts of our day-to-day, the moral values we want to pass down to our children, even our sense of humor.
This week, my conversation with Andrea Immel, curator of the Cotsen Children’s Library, was all about alphabets throughout the ages. You can listen to that interview above, and check out some pictures to go along with the story below.
This article is part of a summer blog series of interviews with Andrea Immel, curator of the Cotsen Children’s Collection in the Rare Books division of Firestone Library. Check out last week’s story here.
Is there a book or an artifact in the Cotsen Children’s Collection you particularly want to hear about? I’ll be returning to the collection each week this summer, so feel free to make suggestions at email@example.com