If Rocks Could Sing

An alphabet book illustrated entirely with stones found washed up on the shore


Ten years in the making, Leslie McGuirk’s latest children’s book, If Rocks Could Sing is now available. A simple A-is-for-apple approach to learning the alphabet is enhanced by the artist’s imagery of rocks that take form of both the letters and the words they describe.


The project started when McGuirk moved to Florida and began taking long walks on the beach looking for shells. “All I found were rocks,” the artist recalled in a recent chat. “But then I found one that looked like a letter and the idea for the book came to me instantly.” From there she began collecting letters and shapes. She recently found a K-shaped rock—the last holdout—and the project was complete.

If Rocks Could Sing is available at Amazon.