After you put your kid to bed, you can stare wistfully at their sleeping mug and wonder what they’ll be when they grow up or you can do something about it. These 8 alphabet posters are cool enough to stand on their own as nursery decor — each is the work of a graphic designer or artist whose work wouldn’t be out of place in your own room — but they’re also clever enough to suck your kid into an entire world represented in 26 letters. When they know “A” is for “astronaut” before they can even say it, it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that they’ll be working at NASA in about 25 years.
Raise An Art Director
Alphabet Of Typography, $29
Serifs, kerning, line spacing — it’s all covered here. Your kid will be judging the font selection of your emails before they can even write one themselves.
Raise An Astronaut
Space Alphabet, $40
Since JJ Abrams is going to make sure your kid is a Star Wars fan, same as you were, it’s likely they’ll express an interest in space at some point. This fact-packed poster will teach them the difference between light speed and light sabers.
Raise An Outdoor Enthusiast
The Backpacker’s Alphabet, $30
From a trusty pocket knife to lucky long underwear, your kid will be ready to head off the grid before they can even walk. The trail beard will still have to come later, though.
Raise A Veterinarian
Animal Alphabet, £40 (approx. $60)
Or a zoologist, or just a kid who can responsibly look after the dog. This poster can also be ordered without titles for each letter, so you could use it to raise a little Dr. Seuss who comes up with their own weird names for animals.
Raise A Musician
And not just any musician — one who knows that “O” stands for “Ozzy” and “Z” is for “Zappa.” Your kid will demand a guitar before they can walk and be complaining about the soundtrack at daycare before they hit pre-K.
Raise A Modern Artist
Great Modern Artists A to Z, £16.95 (approx. $26)
Sort of like the musician poster, only a little more pretentious. You’ll be proud that your kid knows their Hockney from their Johns, but everyone else will just feel uncultured.
Raise An Animator
P Is For Pixar, $18
Since it’s a safe bet that Pixar has already invaded most of your waking hours, you may as well put their cute-enough-for-kids-but-clever-enough-for-you characters to work teaching your kid something useful.
Raise A Motorhead
Alphabet In Motion, $76
If you’ve got one of those kids who can’t help but point and shout “Truck!” or “Plane!” any time a truck drives by or a plane flies overhead, give yourself a break by expanding their vocabulary to include things like helicopters and jetskis.