I started by opting to focus on nouns (to keep it consistent) and use photos of him for illustrations. Then I brainstormed things that are important to him that begin with each letter of the alphabet--in French except for the proper names. (This required the dictionary at times!) Finally, I went through 2.5 years of pictures of my adorable little boy to find ones that represented something from each letter. Will you indulge me and let me share? I hope it will inspire you to make a minority language alphabet book for your children!
A is for amour and amourson (my nickname for Griffin--amour plus ourson, which means "bear cub").
B is for bisou (kiss); C is for Cousin Carl and Cheerios (the photo of the latter shows the cereal all over the floor while Griffin looks on open-mouthed as if it wasn't him who spilled them!).
D is for Daddy; E is for expressions.
F is for famille (family), while G is for grand-parents. H is for heureux (happy) and herbe (grass).
I is for insecte (his Halloween costume his first year was a bumblebee) and J is for jardin (gardin). K was a lot harder to figure out; I finally said K is for kangourou and found pictures of him jumping (and added the caption, Griffin adore sauter, Griffin loves to jump).
L is for livre (book) and M is for Maman. N is for natation (swimming).
O is for oncle: Tonton Matt (Uncle Matt). P and Q were also tough, especially since the template for the book had them together on one page with room for only one photo. I ended up with the following: Griffin fouille dans le placard pour quatorze casseroles. (Griffin rummages in the cupboard for 14 pots.)
R is for rire (laugh) and rigoler (giggle). S is for sommeil (sleep) and solitude.
T is for Tatie (Auntie) Elizabeth. U and V were fun to put together: Utah and voyage with a picture of us hiking during a trip to Utah with a five-month-old Griffy in the baby carrier beside a sign that said "Dirt road 75 miles. Travel at your own risk."
W is for Wisconsin, where my parents live and where we travel two or three times a year. X and Y tend to be throw-away letters in alphabet books, so I stuck with the template's suggestion of the cognate excellent and added a Youpie! (yippee!) for the Y. I love the action shot of Griffin on the slide with his hair standing on end.
Can you tell I ran out of energy at the end? I left the template's "zip-a-dee-do-dah" and added a family picture at the zoo and one other of him smiling. The final page shows all the letters of the alphabet and the sentence, "Griffin, je t'aime de la tête aux pieds et d'A à Z" (Griffin, I love you from your head to your toes and from A to Z).